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5 Tips for Tweeting Your Customer Case Studies

Stories that Sell

In spreading the word about new content, marketers clearly see the value of social media. In fact, 93% of B2B marketers use social media to share their content, with 87% of them choosing to do so on Twitter. 2016 B2B Content Marketing: 2016 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America). And on Twitter, posting a written or video customer case study is pretty quick and simple. Package Tweets.

The Small Marketer’s First Steps to a Customer Advocacy Effort

Stories that Sell

A few years ago, I delightfully observed as a client started a customer advocacy program. What’s that, you might ask? It’s an effort to go beyond one-off case studies and reference calls to engage with customers who are willing to serve as advocates for your products and services in a variety of ways. Impressive. Why Your Business Needs an Advocacy Program. How Advocates Engage with Your Business.

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7 Companies Boldly Leading with Customer Stories

Stories that Sell

I’m sorry to tell you this, but your marketing has a credibility problem. You’re not the only business facing this challenge. Potential customers distrust nearly all marketing. When promoting ourselves, we usually make a lot of promises, and prospects don’t know whether we’re living up to those promises. For that, they need objective, outside opinions. Microsoft. It doesn’t get better than this.

5 Simple Steps To Turn Readers Into Buyers – Content Marketing That Sells

Webbiquity

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?

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

Explore the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves.

Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?

Tony Zambito

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.

Rating the Crowd-Sourced Marketing Software Review Sites

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

10 Digital Trends to Inspire Your 2017 B2B Content Marketing Strategy

KoMarketing Associates

With the holiday season right around the corner, we all have family, friends, and good food on our minds. However, the forward thinking should not stop there. With 2017 less than two months away, it’s time to start thinking about your 2017 B2B content marketing strategy and how to get the most out of your efforts. Video Is Leading to ROI. Video Is Being Thoroughly Consumed. Final Thoughts.

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10 Digital Marketing Trends That Should Influence Your 2016 Content Strategy

KoMarketing Associates

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 ).

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

How Empathy Will Grow Your Sales and Marketing Pipeline

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Writers note – This as a primer for my session at Dreamforce 2016 next week. We have more marketing channels and more content than ever before, but it’s become harder to actually connect with customers. Today’s crazy-busy customers are weary of pitches, cold emails, hype, and manipulative messages, and as a result, they tune them out. Our customers aren’t saying, “We need solutions.”

33 Thought-Provoking B2B Social Media and Marketing Stats

Webbiquity

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 ).

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What Microsoft's Acquisition Of LinkedIn Could Mean For B2B Marketers

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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

IoT 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

Onalytica B2B

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.

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8 Key Google Changes B2B Marketers Need To Know In The New Year

KoMarketing Associates

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.

Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

Selecting a Marketing Automation platform can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, your success with Marketing Automation depends on selecting the platform that best fits your needs.

Account Based Marketing and its Growing Interest Among B2B CMOs

It's All About Revenue

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

Note to the Nearly Half of US Small Businesses Still Not Mobile Optimized: Get Crackin'

Synecore

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

How Your Startup Can Overcome Content Marketing Challenges

KoMarketing Associates

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.

How B2B Marketers are Handling the Digital Content Overload [Accenture Interview]

KoMarketing Associates

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?

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust.

[Infographic] The Periodic Table of Elements for B2B Marketing Attribution

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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.

5 Things Spotify Can Teach You about Content Curation

ScribbleLive

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.

4 Ways to Humanize Marketing to Fit Your Buyer’s Journey

B2B Lead Generation Blog

We need to stop treating our customers like objects and treat them like people. So how do you humanize marketing to fit your buyer’s journey? It starts with us being human first by recognizing their humanity. I don’t know about you, but I’ve become weary of all the “personalized” emails that I’m receiving lately. Would you do a better job connecting and a building a relationship? Think about it.

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115 Facts You Never Knew About Social Media [Infographic]

Webbiquity

Guest post by Josh Wardini. It’s something that you use almost every day, but how much do you really know about social media? We’re going in-depth, behind the scenes, on a mission to bring you facts. Maybe you know some of them already, but you definitely don’t know all of them, so take a look at the complete graphic once you’re done here. Social Media Is The New Newspaper.

A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey.

How Does Content Marketing Help with SEO?

Webbiquity

Guest post by Sam Allcock. Content marketing and SEO are often written about and addressed separately. But both are actually essential, and work in tandem as part of a broad web presence optimization (WPO) strategy. Here are a few distinctions between content marketing and SEO, as well as the effect they can have on your online visibility. What is the difference? How do they work together?

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Social Selling 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

Onalytica B2B

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.

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How Understanding The Goals And Intent Of Buyers Can Transform Marketing

Tony Zambito

Transformation by Yu Luck. People and professionals in organizations can have different intentions while working towards the accomplishment of organizational, as well as, individual goals.  Understanding the difference between intent-driven and goal-driven behaviors allows for deeper levels of understanding buyers (customers).  The relationship between intent and goals is a very important one. 

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22 Tantalizing Content Marketing Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

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.

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Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful.

Master These 10 Content Marketing Skills to Become an All-Star

KoMarketing Associates

Each year, typically during a weekend in mid-February, the NBA’s best players flock to a designated city for NBA All-Star Weekend. During this three-day long annual celebration, a handful of selected players participate in a 3-point contest and dunk contest before joining the rest of their peers for the All-Star Game, which caps off the weekend. Let’s take a look: 1. Organization. Data Analysis.

47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

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.

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5 Smart Metrics To Measure B2B Content Marketing Success

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According to a recent survey by CMI and MarketingProfs, only 21% of content marketers are able to successfully measure their content marketing in terms of ROI. Seeing that stat was a big wake up call. In what other profession would that be ok? He doesn’t know if his passes are caught or if they hit the ground. But that’s how it is for a lot of content marketing teams. Email Open Rate. Exit Rate.

The 24 Best Visual Content Creation Tools

Webbiquity

More than 90% of B2B marketers already use content marketing in some form, and spending on content marketing is projected to double by 2019. But content won’t simply be produced in greater volumes, it will also become increasingly visual. As noted here previously , the current preference for consuming B2B content in text rather than video or other visual forms won’t last. 10) MakeaGif.

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The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

Leverage customer engagement and advocacy to drive brand, demand and profitable growth.

Landscape of Machine Intelligence Systems for Marketing

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

6 Tools for Automating B2B Social Media Marketing

KoMarketing Associates

Social media can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a B2B marketer, because it can be a struggle to find things to share. However, as KISSmetrics suggests, hire someone who is experienced in social media, not your niche, as most social media for any industry will have similar goals: getting more visibility for the company. That doesn’t change, no matter the target audience. Buffer. Edgar.

Study: Half of Marketing Jobs Will Be Replaced by Machine Intelligence

Customer Experience Matrix

Riesterer’s own talk followed exactly that template, a bit of consistency I always admire. This in turn got me thinking about my presentation on machine learning systems at the MarTech conference in March. pretty much finished drafting it last week, but it was still an interesting exercise to imagine recasting it along the lines Riesterer proposed. Let’s go back to Riesterer’s three-part template.

Your Employees May Be Your Best Untapped Brand Advocates

Webbiquity

Guest post by Liz Greene. If you were asked to rattle off your top marketing strategies, would employee advocacy make the list? Your employees are one of the most valuable marketing assets available, and if you’re not putting them to use as part of an overall marketing strategy, you’re missing out on an incredible opportunity to increase revenue. It’s simple. Identify. Willingness to help. Educate.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.