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The secrets of successful B2B marketing

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What’s the secret to successful marketing?  A recent survey by B2B Marketing and Circle Research asked 104 client-side B2B marketers that very question – ‘what would you say are the key elements to successful B2B marketing?’.  They were given free rein to answer however they wanted and an analysis of these responses reveals five themes. First, marketing needs to have a strategic vision.  It needs to be based on a clear understanding of its purpose and what it ultimately wants to achieve – its raison d’etre.  Based on deep insights into customers – their motivations, needs and behaviours.

Incentives in B2B market research

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One of the toughest aspects of conducting a B2B research study is securing the support of a hard-to-reach target audience.  B2B decision makers are time poor, under pressure and protected by Gatekeepers (e.g. their PA).  These are all features which make them less likely to take part in surveys and interviews, but with the right approach B2B respondents can be persuaded to take part in research. So, what’s the trick? Read the article in full here. The post Incentives in B2B market research appeared first on Circle Research - B2B market research company.

How to boost your pay packet: The B2B Marketing Salary Survey 2016

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There’s so much more to job satisfaction than money.   The happiest marketers find their role stimulating, respect their leader and buy into their employer’s vision (see my post on the 2015 B2B Leaders report for an in depth exploration of this). But money does matter.  Of course it does.  We all have bills to pay, lifestyles to support and futures to plan for.  So if you want to maximise your pay packet what can you do? Well, contrary to popular belief, whether you work agency- or client-side seems to make little difference.  No, it’s more about what you do with that opportunity.

The data asteroid is coming

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They say that an asteroid impact wiped dinosaurs off the face of the earth. Could data be the B2B marketer’s asteroid? At a basic level, data can reveal the effectiveness of and ROI from marketing investments. What was the click-through rate? How many leads were generated? Which executions generated the most engagement? But this ‘what happened?’ data is just scratching the surface. Data can be used not just to observe what happens, but to shape what happens. So whilst the fundamentals of good marketing may remain timeless, the data age is transforming how these principles are applied.

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

20 Tremendous Digital Marketing Stats and Facts

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Digital marketing budgets continue to rise, often at the expense of offline advertising spend. But digital marketers must continue to evolve practices as they strive to make their content an asset, rather than an annoyance, to prospective buyers. Image credit: MarketingProfs. combined. Spending on digital marketing is projected to increase by 12% to 15% on average. Measurement remains problematic.

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15 Elements Most Successful Blogs Have in Common

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What’s on your blog? You’ve got a few posts of course. Maybe a sign-up box. But are there blog elements you’re missing? More importantly, are you leaving out anything that could be getting you more results? There are a few basic components almost all successful blogs share. These are the widgets, share buttons, and other mechanics of the blog. That’s where the sign-up boxes come in. Why use them?

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Account Based Marketing and its Growing Interest Among B2B CMOs

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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?

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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.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

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

33 Thought-Provoking B2B Social Media and Marketing Stats

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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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Rating the Crowd-Sourced Marketing Software Review Sites

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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.

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

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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

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

10 People You Should Follow on Twitter if You’re in Marketing

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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

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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.

22 Tantalizing Content Marketing Stats and Facts

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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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5 Things Spotify Can Teach You about Content Curation

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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.

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

Are you kicking off new content initiatives this year? This comprehensive ebook from DivvyHQ asks the 10 most vital questions that should be answered (before you start executing anything) to ensure the success of each new content initiative.

Social Selling 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

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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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47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts

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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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7 Content Marketing Mistakes Costing You Time and Money

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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?

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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.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

Landscape of Machine Intelligence Systems for Marketing

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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

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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.

3 Things Jerry Seinfeld Can Teach Us About Creating Quality Content

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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

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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.

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.

10 Very Smart People Weigh In on How to Rethink Marketing

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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.

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No I Do Not Want To See Your Demo

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege and opportunity to deliver the closing keynote for the B2B Summit in London.  The event, hosted by B2B Marketing , was a one-day event that delivered multiple sessions focused on best practices on everything from content, measurement, demand generation and Account-Based Marketing (ABM) strategies. Then, they ask if I have time for a 30-minute demo. ”   .

The 9 Circles of B2B Marketing Hell

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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.

Your Employees May Be Your Best Untapped Brand Advocates

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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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10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

Learn how you can deliver the outstanding cross-channel experiences your contacts want.

49 Noteworthy Social Networking Stats and Facts

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Though new social networks continue to be launched (e.g. SnapChat , Blab ) and some disappear (anyone remember Pownce or Friendster ?), the “big three” among both consumers and marketers continue to thrive and dominate. But there are no guarantees that leadership will last, and the social networking landscape is constantly evolving. Image credit: Social Media Examiner. Twelveskip ). 8.

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