The Sales Development Playbook #PeopleMatter #MustRead
FEBRUARY 29, 2016
Trish Bertuzzi and I have known each other for quite some time now. We've been on stage together. We've been with clients together. Green Leads' b2b appointment setting team has even been a client of the Bridge Group. My opinion of Trish as a sales development expert is beyond what I could deliver in this article. Recruiting, onboarding, motivating, retention, managing, and the managers.
TOPO Sales Summit April 7-8, Join Me
MARCH 7, 2016
I'll be attending the TOPO Sales Summit on April 7-8 in San Francisco. If you are a sales, sales development, sales operations, sales enablement, or even marketing leader, you should attend. The agenda looks amazing and the attendees are basically everyone in SaaS. The information and networking that will flow at this conference, is unprecedented in our industry. Tell us about the Summit? PERIOD.
5 Simple Steps To Turn Readers Into Buyers – Content Marketing That Sells
JANUARY 12, 2016
Guest post by Tom Hunt. So you have set up a blog and social media profiles…. You are pumping out multiple articles per week and sharing them furiously…. And yes you see some small traffic spikes (though they quickly drop off when you stop posting right?). Trust me, I know, I have been there… multiple times. Understand Your Customer’s Desired Outcome. What does your customer truly want?
Three Things Smart B2B Marketers Will be Doing in 2016
JANUARY 25, 2016
What will successful B2B marketers to be doing more of, or differently, in 2016? That question was recently posed to the expert contributors at the B2B Marketing Zone , and two dozen responded with a range of insights about content marketing, measuring results, employee advocacy, customer experience and other topics. Here are three key takeaways plus some additional musings.
Account Based Marketing and its Growing Interest Among B2B CMOs
It's All About Revenue
MAY 10, 2016
In his Forbes piece published last month, contributor Daniel Newman shared a quote from Megan Heuer, Vice President and Group Director, Data-Driven Marketing, at SiriusDecisions: “Companies of all sizes are trying out ABM, from expanded efforts in very large global companies to laser-focused go-to-market models in lean startups. Not all that impressive. CMO Corner
Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?
FEBRUARY 28, 2016
by Juan Pablo Bravo. Sometimes more is truly less. When it comes to the state of B2B content marketing and engagement, this proverb is on the mark. According to a recent study by Track Maven , one among a few on this topic, shows both B2B and B2C marketers have increased their publishing of content in 2015 by as much as 35 to 40%. From my perspective, I think you can. One is causing the other.
What Microsoft's Acquisition Of LinkedIn Could Mean For B2B Marketers
JUNE 14, 2016
Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn holds enormous potential for helping B2B marketers reach their audiences and improve revenue generation. Announcing the reinvention of productivity and business processes, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, explains : As these experiences get more intelligent and delightful, the LinkedIn and Office 365 engagement will grow. But what about Outlook? B2B Marketing
10 Digital Marketing Trends That Should Influence Your 2016 Content Strategy
MARCH 17, 2016
I wrote a post six months ago highlighting ten marketing trends that should influence your content strategy. While it feels like that was published yesterday, we all know today’s digital marketing trends change with the blink of an eye, whether it’s due to a new channel, updates to search algorithms, or any other factors. Data Management. Source ). Digital is Where the Money Is. Source ). Source ).
Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat
Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation – and yet, many assets fail to provide true ROI. Download the eBook to avoid the three top problems that keep content from living up to its potential.
33 Thought-Provoking B2B Social Media and Marketing Stats
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
As noted in the 2016 B2B Marketing Trends report , B2B marketing strategies and practices are in the midst of significant change, driven by new technologies and evolving buyer expectations for more “consumer-like” experiences. These changes are affecting tactics, budgets, messaging, and metrics as illustrated in the compilation of B2B marketing facts and statistics below. MediaPost ).
How B2B Marketers are Handling the Digital Content Overload [Accenture Interview]
APRIL 7, 2016
When Accenture published its “Content: The H2O of Marketing” report in February 2016, its statistics showed that the majority of marketers have more digital content at their fingertips than they did two years ago. Additionally, 83 percent of respondents said that they expected this amount to increase within the next two years. HOW HAS THE LARGE VOLUME OF CONTENT IMPACTED B2B MARKETERS?
Rating the Crowd-Sourced Marketing Software Review Sites
Customer Experience Matrix
JANUARY 5, 2016
What began as a whimsical “ landscape of landscapes ” led me to realize crowd-sourced review sites are the most common type of vendor directory, accounting for 15 of the 23 sources listed in my original graphic. The first question was which sites draw a big enough crowd to be useful. used Alexa traffic rankings, which are far from perfect but good enough for this sort of project.
How Your Startup Can Overcome Content Marketing Challenges
APRIL 14, 2016
Beginnings are hard. We procrastinate the projects and tasks we perceive tough, complicated, or otherwise messy. Starting a content marketing program from scratch is right up there on the list. Neck-tightening tension separates things we intend to do from the things we actually do. Left unresolved, tension quickly escalates to anxiety, stress, and self-doubt. Mistakes Are Amplified For Startups.
Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness
We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.
Note to the Nearly Half of US Small Businesses Still Not Mobile Optimized: Get Crackin'
APRIL 15, 2016
Believe me, I get it. An inveterate slacker who tends to view any sort of change with a wary eye, I understand how difficult it can be to embrace new technologies, especially as a small business with limited resources. But we’re halfway through 2016 and the world has clearly gone mobile, yet almost half of U.S. small businesses still have not. Web Development and Design
8 Key Google Changes B2B Marketers Need To Know In The New Year
JANUARY 5, 2016
In early December, Google dropped the “followers on Google+” social annotation for AdWords advertisers, as uncovered in an article from The SEM Post. This is announcement was just another indicator that B2B marketers can focus less on activity directly associated with Google+ in the new year. The Demise of Google+. Image Source. Smart Goals For AdWords Advertisers. Mobilegeddon.
10 People You Should Follow on Twitter if You’re in Marketing
APRIL 11, 2016
Twitter’s official company mission is “to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.” However, with over 320 million active users, Twitter can sometimes feel a bit … overwhelming. In order to help you cut through the craziness, we’ve compiled a list of 10 marketing leaders (in no particular order) who are killing it on Twitter. 1.
[Infographic] The Periodic Table of Elements for B2B Marketing Attribution
JANUARY 6, 2016
As the scientific community recognizes four new elements on the scientific periodic table, it seemed fitting for revenue-focused B2B marketers to join the club with our own chart. The Periodic Table of Marketing Attribution displays the key components necessary for a fully functional, data-driven attribution strategy. click to view larger). click to view larger). SECTION #1: ATTRIBUTION MODELING.
Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?
745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.
22 Tantalizing Content Marketing Stats and Facts
MARCH 8, 2016
With the near-universal embrace of content marketing— 93% of B2B marketers are using content marketing , and B2C marketers are close behind—the amount of brand content being produced has exploded. The top challenge for content marketers will no longer be producing more content, but rather creating relevant content, in the right mix of formats, that connects with buyers on an emotional level.
5 Things Spotify Can Teach You about Content Curation
FEBRUARY 8, 2016
With a business model that allows customers to start and stop service at their leisure, Spotify is doing an amazing job of keeping them around. It has similar pricing and a nearly identical music catalog to the other streaming music services, so how does Spotify set itself apart? And what the heck does it have to do with your content strategy? Lesson #2: Customize Content for Individual Users.
The 9 Circles of B2B Marketing Hell
JULY 20, 2016
B2B marketing and sales is a drawn out process that takes months, or longer, to convert leads to customers. That extended timeframe means tons of touchpoints, multiple leads from single accounts, lots of nurturing, and too many opportunities to fall into marketing hell. But, if you know what to avoid, it’s much easier to navigate the marketing landscape and steer clear of traps. Think about it.
47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts
JANUARY 19, 2016
Social media use isn’t quite universal—but it’s getting close. 70% of the U.S. population now has at least one social networking profile; more than half use two or more social networks. The number of worldwide social media users is projected to grow from 2.1 billion last year to 2.5 billion by 2018. Image credit: The CMO Survey. Still, interesting contradictions remain. 70% of the U.S.
Social Selling 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands
FEBRUARY 24, 2016
Social selling is the process of developing relationships as part of the sales process, this mostly takes place on social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook but can also take place offline at networking events and conferences. In addition, socially savvy reps beat their quotas 23% more often. WHAT ARE THE EXPERTS SAYING? Tim Hughes – UK Business Development Director at Oracle.
7 Content Marketing Mistakes Costing You Time and Money
APRIL 1, 2016
Content marketing is getting harder. Ironically, it’s because of the content itself. There’s just a crazy amount of content available right now. And there’s more of it being published every day. Here’s what the increase looks like year over year: That rate of content publishing – sometimes called content “velocity” – isn’t going to stop. Trouble is, it may not work. The end of content marketing?
Landscape of Machine Intelligence Systems for Marketing
Customer Experience Matrix
FEBRUARY 15, 2016
I’ll be speaking next month at the MarTech conference on How Machine Intelligence Will Really Change Marketing. This required assembling a list of marketing systems using machine intelligence, which pretty much inevitably led to the logoscape below. wasn’t initially enthusiastic about the idea – could there by anything less original?—but but have found the result surprisingly useful. Not so.
Four ways Facebook Instant Articles will dramatically impact marketing
grow - Practical Marketing Solutions
MARCH 10, 2016
Something important is about to happen, and the impact on content marketers will be profound. Facebook announced it would open up Instant Articles -– formatted and optimized to load almost immediately -– to any publisher without a special approval process. Let’s look at the implications for digital marketers. 1. shift in distribution. Their algorithm will decide who sees what we create.
IoT 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands
FEBRUARY 17, 2016
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the term used to describe the networking of physical objects, such as consumer electronic devices, vehicles, buildings, air conditioners, heating systems and other items. These objects or “things” are embedded with software, sensors, electronics, and network connectivity, enabling them to complete tasks and communicate with each other, with no user input.
3 Things Jerry Seinfeld Can Teach Us About Creating Quality Content
JULY 5, 2016
Jerry Seinfeld’s show “ Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee ” is not just good fun – it’s also built on a simple foundation of quality content gold, which you can replicate without breaking the bank on antique automobiles. Yes, that’s Margaret Cho cracking up at something Jerry Seinfeld just said. Ferrell, for the last time, we're going to ask you to put the cigar out.”.
Once is Never Enough: How to Repurpose Content Like a Boss
JANUARY 26, 2016
Producing engaging content is the #1 challenge for content marketers. Getting it right often requires a whole team of people, from data analysts and content strategists to the actual content creators – the subject experts, writers, designers and editors that produce the final product. None of that comes cheap. Creating engaging content is the biggest challenge for B2B and B2C content marketers.
10 Very Smart People Weigh In on How to Rethink Marketing
APRIL 25, 2016
It wasn’t exactly a random survey. We reached out to ten people we think are smart and interesting, and we asked them: What does it mean to “rethink marketing?” How might you do that? We got ten answers: 1.Gerry Murray. Research Manager, IDC, @murray_gerry. One fundamental way to rethink marketing is to replace the notion of making an offer with the idea of delivering value. 2.Daniel Newman.
Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program
Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.
Top 3 Chinese Search Engines: What B2B Marketers Need to Know
JULY 27, 2016
With 688 million Internet users and growing, China has become a compelling market for Western companies looking to expand globally. What makes it this market even more enticing is the number of Chinese Internet users is growing at a rate that far surpasses that of most countries, which speaks to the business growth potential in the marketplace. In fact, most marketers have no idea where to start.