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How to Avoid Wasting 75% of Your Marketing Spend

ViewPoint

Most companies admit to generating only a 10-25% follow-up of their sales inquiries. With so little follow-up, they’re reaching, on average, only 25% of available buyers. This means that 75% of the marketing dollars spent on lead generation are wasted. Why it’s Important. “If your company is average, you are only following up 10-25% of the leads you give your salespeople which means you are wasting 75% of your lead generation budget!”. Sales Lead Management Association. But what if we have a world where: Sales follows up 100% of the inquiries (all inquiries, not just leads). Guest Blogs

How to Use Trigger Events for More and Better Leads

B2B Lead Generation Blog

People aren’t ready to buy when we want to sell. Think about it. . This common statement has big implications if you’re doing account-based marketing (ABM) and lead generation. Why doing more lead generation activity doesn’t help  . CEB discovered that a typical for B2B customer is 57% into their purchase process before they directly engage a sales rep or talk to a supplier. Conclusion.

5 Powerful Techniques To Boost Your Content Marketing

Act-On

Every day, large and small businesses use content marketing to increase their conversions, leads and traffic. Having a powerful content marketing strategy in place can mean all the difference in whether you’re seeing the full potential of your efforts through the amount of conversions you’re turning over. So how do you complete this grand task, you ask? Don’t build content just because you can.

Why Demand Generation Requires More Than Marketing

ANNUITAS

I had a conversation with a prospect today about their demand generation challenges. As is often the case in these discussions, the topic of the sales team came up. My prospective customer, who is an executive on the marketing side of the organization, wanted to know how he could get sales to appropriately respond to the leads that would be generated from a perpetual demand generation program.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

3 Good Questions to Align Strategy, B2B Marketing, and Sales

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Have you intentionally linked your sales, b2b marketing, and strategy? . If not, you’re in good company. We had a memorable time sharing ideas, and research. thought Frank had a practical approach to aligning sales and marketing. Writers Note: I edited this interview for length and grammar only. Brian: What inspired you to write about Aligning Strategy and Sales? Frank Cespedes. Question 1.

I’m an influencer, pay me more!

Biznology

Back in January I had the honor of being a guest on Shel Holtz ‘s premier PR podcast,  For Immediate Release. It must have gone well because I was back on a panel of PR professionals yesterday , joining Shel,  Zeno Group EVP Frank Eliason , and Cision SVP Heidi Sullivan. Lucky for me, a major focus of our time together was influencer marketing. Kindness opens many doors online.

Four actual, non-spammy strategies for Pokémon GO and local businesses

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Something is happening. Children are stepping outside, blinking into the sun as their eyes adjust. People are driving slowly around their neighborhoods, coming to a stop for no apparent reason. Of course there IS a reason…they’re hunting for Pokémon. Seriously! As you’ve no doubt heard, the 90s phenomenon Pokémon is back in a big way, thanks to the Pokémon GO app. Keep lures active.

Finally, the truth about social media and customer engagement

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark W. Schaefer. When I started on Twitter in 2008, it was THE cool place to connect, share ideas, and meet new people. would hang out there in the evenings and have amazing conversations with new friends from all around the globe. And then, it got crowded. My precious little band of followers ballooned to hundreds, thousands, and tens of thousands. Fast forward to 2015.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Debunking 10 Common SEO Misconceptions

KoMarketing Associates

Working in a search marketing agency, I often forget that basic SEO techniques are not second nature to the general public. This became crystal clear to me earlier this summer, in fact. While sitting in a graduate class, we were discussing the topic of search engine optimization and my professor told the class that keyword stuffing is the way to go. SEO Is Dead. No, SEO is not dead. Why?  .

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We Want to Be The Very Best — Like No One Ever Was!

Vidyard

Pokemon GO may be all the rage, but here at Vidyard we’ve been PokeNerds for a long time. From trying to get Snorlax to move on our monochrome, brick-sized Gameboys to perfecting our Pikachu strategy in Super Smash Brothers, Vidyard’s marketing team is packed with Pokemon Veterans. We want to be the very best – like no one ever was! Kimbe & Noah. Emily & Finn. Julie & Piper.

Here’s Why I Didn’t Engage With Your Content

B2B Marketing Insider

Content creation can sometimes seem like throwing a penny into a wishing well; you get your hopes up, toss your penny, and then watch it float to the bottom, lost among hundreds of other pieces of change. And now there are more pennies in the content marketing wishing well than ever. According to the Content […]. Content Marketing

Top 5 Content Marketing Trends Of 2016 So Far

B2B Marketing Insider

Can you believe we’re more than half way through 2016 already? It feels like just yesterday when we were making our 2016 content marketing predictions last year. In 2015, 88% of marketers said content marketing was core to their overall marketing strategy. Their top five priorities included creating more engaging content, developing a better understanding […]. Content Marketing

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.

3 Ways to Optimize Your Email Subject Lines

Act-On

Your customers (and your potential customers) are consistently bombarded by email. The key to getting those customers to open, click and engage with your emails is to make it worth their while, beginning with optimizing your email subject lines. According to a Radicati study : In 2015, the number of emails sent and received per day was more than 205 billion. Boring. Three tips for success: 1.

Is Word-of-Mouth Marketing Still Worth Your Time?

Content Standard

The adage goes that word of mouth is the best form of advertising. But that motto, like the types of advertising it once referred to, has now been disrupted by dozens of new digital channels that have turned traditional advertising upside-down. It’s not just that word-of-mouth marketing is being sized up alongside digital strategies possessing unprecedented value. Marketing Video Marketing

What’s the killer app in B2B marketing? Face-to-face events

Biznology

I was teaching B2B digital marketing in Buenos Aires this month, and found some of my students to be dismayed by one data point that came up again and again in the course: of all tactics in the B2B marketing toolkit, the most valued, the most used, and the most effective is face-to-face events. It’s not digital, except tangentially. Why is this the case, and what does that mean for us marketers?

How to Create a Video Marketing Strategy You Can Be Proud of

Vidyard

Are you proud of your video marketing strategy? I bet the answer comes pretty quickly. Nearly every marketer I speak with these days is using video in their web, social media, demand, content marketing, or sales enablement programs. They all think it’s important, and they all plan to increase their investments in video because they believe it works. Place the Emphasis on Impact, Not Quality.

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.

Why Quality Wins the Internet

B2B Marketing Insider

Quality. It’s a word that’s tossed around pretty often. You hear it. You see it. You say it. But what does it really mean? And more importantly, how does it help your business stand out? Quality: The standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something. Maybe you […]. Content Marketing

The 4th Reason for Content Marketing: A Profit Center

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This post was co-written by CMI’s Chief Content Adviser  Robert Rose. In both our speeches and workshops to audiences not familiar with content marketing, we generally spend the first part of the presentation on what content marketing looks like, and how it can provide multiple ways to create value. Goal of sales or win. When they are — your brand will be top of mind. Goal of savings or subscribe.

AdWords Industry Benchmark Report Deep Dive: Software and SaaS

bizible

Last week we released the 2016 AdWords Industry Benchmark Report. The report includes unique data about the down-funnel impact AdWords is having for companies across six different industries. Today, we will take a closer look at the data for software and SaaS companies. Don’t work for a Software/SaaS company? Check out the full benchmark report here , which includes data for six industries.).

10 Handy Gmail Tips That'll Help You Stay Organized & Productive [Infographic]

Hubspot

Gmail is one of the most popular email clients for webmail right now -- and with good reason. It's one of the most powerful and reliable email clients available, and makes checking and organizing email easy. And dare I say fun?). But there are a whole lot of cool things you can do in Gmail that not a lot of people know about. What other tips do you have for being a Gmail power user?

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.

5 Things You Can Do To Improve B2B Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog

B2B Lead generation is rapidly changing process for companies with the advent of MarTech. . Join me Thursday, July 28 at 10 am PST for an exclusive webinar. I’ll be sharing where B2B marketers can focus and what on the “best few” things they can do to improve their b2b lead generation efforts immediately. Register for “5 Things You Can Do Immediately to Improve your B2B Lead Generation.” ” In this session you’ll learn what you can do to improve the following: How to get sales and marketing collaborating with these questions. Nurture leads more effectively.

Data In. Data Out. The Secret to Data Driven Marketing

It's All About Revenue

You've likely heard the old one-two punch from the digital marketer: "It's as easy as data in and data out.” ” Well that might be the process, granted but there is a little bit more to it and let me tell you why. So let's start with "data in." What matters is understanding where the data is. Need customer contact details—where is it stored? Data in.

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How to Get Subscribers for Your B2B Email Newsletter [And How Not To]

Act-On

If you want a successful B2B email newsletter, it goes without saying that you’ll need subscribers. Plenty of subscribers. So in addition to our articles on B2B newsletter strategy and B2B newsletter content ideas, we wanted to give you a toolkit of tactics for how to get more subscribers. They don’t tag new subscribers so they can evaluate their list-building tactics later. Don’t buy subscribers.

10 Proofreading Tools To Make Your Blog Posts Shareable

B2B Marketing Insider

The lifeblood of any social media campaign is ‘shares’ from your followers. You want word of your business to spread far and wide, raising awareness and hopefully sales. However, a successful campaign needs more than just a hyperlink and a pretty image. Write the right post, and the customers will come flocking. These tools will […].

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

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

How the Personality of a CMO Compares To Others In the C Suite

It's All About Revenue

Last December, executive search firm Russell Reynolds released the findings of a report they conducted which they called Inside the Mind of the CMO. For their research they conducted online psychometric testing of 36 CMOs as well as other c-suiters, if you will. The results were quite interesting and insightful to say the least. Let's jump right in with a finding. Help or Hinder? The Boardroom.

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28 of the Best Instagrams to Follow for Design Inspiration

Hubspot

What if I told you you could visit an art gallery. from the comfort of your own home? Or from a bus seat on your commute to work? Or while you're taking a break for lunch? If you follow the right people, that's what Instagram can do for you. There are a lot of really talented artists and designers out there who use Instagram as a sort of mini art gallery -- a social portfolio, if you will. Neil A.

This Week in Content Marketing: Compared to Advertising, Content Marketing Still Petite

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. In this week’s episode of This Old Marketing, Robert and I discuss the meteoric growth of Pokémon Go and the intriguing opportunities it may present for marketers. Next, we analyze one blogger’s ranking of hot digital media topics based upon the number of pitches he receives. This week’s show.

Why B2B Marketers Don’t Like Articles on Sales Alignment

bizible

B2B marketers are constantly looking for ways to improve, optimize, and increase the ROI of the marketing they do all day, every day. We throw our best efforts into the digital void and hope they return as impressive revenue figures, productive KPI reports, and a positive impact on the bottom line. But, professionally, I know that it really is a critical concern. have a theory. Definitely not.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

How to Find a Marketing Automation Platform That Grows With You

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Patrick Groover Let’s face it, resources are limited and money doesn’t grow on trees. Some of the biggest challenges that marketers face are the cost of programs and the infrastructure needed to support multi-channel communication in this digital age. Many marketers out there are making similar decisions, in which features and functionality are ultimately weighed against platform cost.