The Demise of the White Paper is Greatly Exaggerated
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
If you can say anything about marketers, it’s that we love obituaries. Yes, we love to declare things dead. Inbound Marketing? The MQL? Lead Funnels? Outside the rarified air of marketing punditry, however – i.e. in the land of marketing practitioners – all three of these concepts are still alive and well. Why all the premature death notices? Amongst those strategies, according to Dun: 1.
An Email is Not a Campaign: the Case for Integrated Marketing
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
The reality of life as a professional marketer is that there is rarely, ever, enough time, budget, resources or bandwidth to plan, design, build, launch and manage every campaign as we would if we could. I get that. We all make compromises. And yet it’s because of those compromises that campaigns often don’t perform as well as they should, and so, results fail to meet expectations.
Email 101: Tell Me Something I Don’t Already Know
MARCH 22, 2017
To be successful in driving engagement from business buyers, it’s not enough that marketing content simply be relevant to the individual reader. To be information of value, that same content needs to be useful, and at a very fundamental level it needs to tell the reader something he or she doesn’t already know. Sounds obvious, right? And even then, they should be as short as possible.
7 Creative Demand Gen Tactics to Drive Trade Show Booth Traffic
JANUARY 24, 2017
Even in this digital age, trade shows are still a core part of many B2B marketers’ 2017 demand generation plans. Generating maximum return from that investment, however, requires careful planning, and close attention to both pre-show and post-show communications strategy. In a previous post, I discussed key strategies for following up with trade show leads.
Infographic: Top 10 Types of Demand Generation Content
OCTOBER 18, 2016
Choosing the right content offer for a demand generation campaign isn’t simply about aligning that content with a particular buying persona. Some content types are best-suited for early stage offers, while others will only appeal to those buyers in the very latter stages of the buying cycle. Or start with one core piece of content – say, a white paper – and then repurpose it in multiple forms.
3 Problems You Need to Solve Before You Buy New Marketing Technology
OCTOBER 25, 2016
We marketers may be many things, but few of us can be described as patient. We want results, and we want them now. And so when martech companies come along promising instant answers to all our marketing challenges, we’re all ears. We all want the quick fix, right? Wish it were that easy. Listen, marketing technology is great, and in the right circumstances can make a big difference. Poor Messaging.
[Infographic] 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog
JANUARY 21, 2016
The social media landscape is littered with business blogs that, on the surface, do everything right. They may feature relevant content, of real value, published with good frequency. Most of those same blogs, however, do little to generate leads, subscribers, or any other kind of measurable engagement or ROI. Sourcing, developing, and publishing great content is the hard work.
Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads
OCTOBER 8, 2015
Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. I sent an email to a marketing technology firm, one with whom I was vaguely familiar, about a client campaign for which I thought their technology might be useful. I talked to an account executive, got pricing, and told her I’d be in touch. A question: at this point, what kind of lead am I? But no.
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.
Infographic: 29 Tips to Improve B2B Email Campaign Performance
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
An email campaign that fails to perform up to expectations could be failing on any number of fronts. The list could be bad (in which case, no attempted “fix” of the email itself will make that much of a difference.) The offer could be uninspiring, or buried deep in the email, or both. Or the campaign could be suffering from a myriad of issues relating to design, copy structure, and deliverability.
Which Content, Tactics & Technologies Are Driving Demand Generation ROI?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
A recent survey by content automation company TechValidate and B2B agency Spear Marketing Group provides useful insight into the content, tactics, and technologies proving most valuable for today’s B2B marketers. More than 200 marketing VPs, directors and managers responded to the survey, which asked respondents to identify the crucial factors in driving demand generation ROI.
7 Steps to a Successful Account-Based Marketing (ABM) Strategy
NOVEMBER 20, 2015
Account-Based Marketing (ABM) is certainly the hot topic in B2B circles these days, but like other trends, ABM can encompass a whole range of activity – from something as simple as an email drip campaign to a more comprehensive, sustained, integrated program that incorporates multiple channels. In our experience, the most effective ABM campaigns share 4 common traits. – Economic Buyer.
10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
If you’re not generating leads – as in: a lot of leads – from your company’s blog, you’re missing out on what is perhaps not only your best opportunity to convert organic Web traffic into actionable, measurable sales inquiries, but also the best way to actually show real ROI from your social media investment. Here are 10 proven ways to generate more leads from your blog. Subscribe Now!”).
How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel
Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.
Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity
JUNE 29, 2015
Are most B2B companies getting maximum value from their investment in marketing automation? A recent industry survey by Spear Marketing Group suggests: no. Is this a technology problem relating to ease of use? Or are companies rushing to implement marketing automation without a full understanding or strategy for how to put that technology to best use?
A Simple 2-Step Technique for Improving Lead Follow Up
JULY 14, 2015
In an era when “demand generation” and “content marketing” are virtually synonymous, most B2B sales leads are the result of a prospect downloading or requesting content. Most B2B marketers take for granted that content marketing will, by default, generate a wide spectrum of leads – some of them qualified, perhaps, but most just conducting informal research (the proverbial “tire kickers”).
Origami Logic Scores Gold with “Brand Olympics” Campaign
AUGUST 16, 2016
Origami Logic is a marketing analytics company and a global leader in marketing performance measurement. The company’s technology helps large brands master their marketing performance by unifying and refining their vast array of marketing data, across every channel and platform, so they can see what’s working and what’s not.
ABM & the Marketing Hype Cycle
MARCH 15, 2016
An interesting question popped up in my LinkedIn feed this week: “Does anyone remember all those times we used ABM before it was called ABM?”. Target Account Campaigns). Which is true, sort of. Nonetheless, the question got me thinking about the ABM phenomenon, and how quickly it has come to dominate the B2B marketing landscape, in coverage, if nothing else. And that disturbs me, to tell the truth.
The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook
To build integrated, data-driven programs, demand gen marketers need diverse, compelling content at every stage of the buyer's journey.
Infographic: 8 Ways to Get B2B Demand Gen Back on Track
OCTOBER 20, 2015
Can technology solve every problem of the modern B2B marketer? Maybe not, if you believe a recent survey sponsored by TechValidate and Spear Marketing Group. Asked to name the two primary barriers to demand generation success, B2B marketers named 1) lack of budget and 2) lack of resources. Click on the infographic below to view full size.
B2B Copywriting: 5 Common Terms & Phrases to Avoid
DECEMBER 15, 2015
Copywriting success may depend on finding the precise mix of language that resonates with your audience, but success or failure can just as easily rest on which words you don’t use. Here are my candidates for 5 common terms and phrases that every B2B writer should eliminate from his/her vocabulary: To Learn More. Why should I click on your ad? What happens when I do? What do I get in return? “To
How Do We Find People Who Are Ready to Buy Our Product?
JULY 27, 2016
A prospective client asks: “What are the best demand generation strategies for finding people who are ready to buy our product?”. My response: Finding highly-qualified, late-stage prospects has less to do with demand generation channels or tactics, and much more to do with content. Does that mean you should only ever use late stage content? No it doesn’t. But don’t limit yourself to those offers.
Moving Past Responsive Design to a Mobile-First Email Strategy
APRIL 22, 2016
By now we’ve all heard the statistics that as much as two-thirds of all email is opened or read on mobile devices. But no problem – you’re using responsive design for all your email campaigns, so you’ve got that covered, right? Well, not so fast. For comparison, B2B industry standards are 27 percent opens on mobile, compared to 43 percent for B2C. The industry ratio is even lower.).
4 Key Takeaways from the 2015 SiriusDecisions Summit
MAY 16, 2015
More than 2,300 marketers, including this writer, gathered in Nashville this past week for SiriusDecisions’annual confab on all things marketing. Outbound is the New Inbound. For the last five years or so, inbound marketing and demand generation have been virtually synonymous. But as I wrote in this earlier post , inbound marketing can’t do the job alone.
Report: Targeting & Predictive Analytics Driving Changes in B2B Email
APRIL 6, 2016
The folks at Demand Generation Report just released a compelling new paper on the impact that new technologies are having on the use, and effectiveness, of email marketing. You can view and download a copy of the complete report here. I was interviewed for the report, and my contributions are below (reproduced with permission.). (BA) Why? (HS) HS) It has to be segmentation. Why or why not? (HS)
10 Tips for a Successful Trade Show Follow-up Campaign
AUGUST 18, 2014
Research has long suggested that the majority of leads generated by trade shows never receive follow-up by company representatives. A 2010 study concluded that fewer than 70 percent of exhibitors have any formalized plan or process in place for how leads are followed up after the show. Here are 10 tips for designing an effective trade show follow-up campaign. Any response (e.g. But don’t overdo it.
Forrester thinks Content Marketing Isn’t Working – They’re Half Right
JULY 18, 2014
Over at Forrester Research, Vice President Laura Ramos recently talked to Advertising Age (“ Marketers Still Struggling to Get Results from Content Marketing “) about what she perceives as a general lack of return from the investment so many companies are making in content marketing. 51% responded “somewhat effectively”. • 14% responded “very effectively”. In her interview, Ms.
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.
Why Are People Not Engaging With Our Content?
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
According to a recent report, “ The Content Marketing Paradox ,” content marketing output increased by 35 percent in 2015, while engagement dropped 17 percent. The author of the report, digital marketing solutions provider TrackMaven , theorized that the primary reason for the discrepancy is that there’s a “limit to how much content can be consumed, liked, shared, etc.”. They may be correct.
9 Proven Ways to Increase Webinar Response
MARCH 25, 2016
Let’s face it: most business inboxes get flooded every day with Webinar invitations. If your Webinar campaign is getting lost in the crowd, take a look at these 9 proven tips and techniques for increasing registration and attendance at online events. Sell the event, not the product. A Webinar invitation should sell the value of the event, period. No-one cares about how wonderful your product is.
Quit Obsessing About the Customer Journey
AUGUST 11, 2015
These days it seems to me that you can’t read a marketing blog, attend a marketing conference, listen to a marketing podcast, without hearing someone drone on about the customer journey. Suddenly, we are led to believe, the customer journey is all that matters. Lead nurturing , for example, must now coddle the buyer through every step of his/her journey to customer nirvana. Well, not so fast.
Top 10 Marketing Automation Mistakes
JULY 21, 2016
It’s well documented that, of the companies who invest in marketing automation, many fail to achieve maximum return from that investment, or even utilize marketing automation technology to its full capacity. Many of the pitfalls that cause the returns on marketing automation to fall short can be distilled into a handful of common issues. Launching lead scoring too soon. Not setting up SPF and DKIM.
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.
5 Sales Tips My Kids Learned from Watching Shark Tank
FEBRUARY 6, 2015
Confession: at our house, we watch a LOT of reality TV. One of our favorite series – and one of the few reality shows that’s also family-friendly – is ABC’s Shark Tank. I love the brash personalities, the high-stakes negotiation, and seeing entrepreneurs achieve their life’s dream. Our children love the banter, the friendly insults, and watching people get rich. Know your facts. And wait.
Is B2B Lead Generation Really This Difficult?
AUGUST 20, 2015
Results are in from a recent survey on B2B Lead Generation by the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn ( free report download here ), and the numbers tell a disheartening story. At face value, it’s hard not to conclude based on this data that many B2B marketers are struggling to even measure lead generation success, let alone achieve it. Why is that? Here are my theories: 1.
A Follow-Up Strategy for Content Syndication Leads
AUGUST 25, 2015
It’s important to recognize that content syndication leads are not like most sales leads. When someone registers to download a white paper or podcast or case study about the business challenge that your product solves, he or she is expressing an interest in that topic, not necessarily in your product. references the specific content asset. invites the prospect to call or email with any questions.
Infographic: Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Full-Service Demand Generation Agency
MARCH 24, 2015
Like any “build or buy” decision, whether or not a full-service agency makes sense for your company depends on a myriad of variables – notably budget, of course – but also how the scale of your objectives balances against the breadth of available in-house resources and expertise. Agencies aren’t for everyone. Click on the infographic to view full size.
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.