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Expert Panel’s Feedback on Our Lead to Revenue Calculator

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During the last week of December I asked a panel of experts for feedback on our Leads to Revenue Calculator. I was surprised at the level of detailed feedback I received. Not all of it was positive, but it was all valuable. You will hear from Matt Heinz, Dave Brock, David Hubbard and Ardath Albee. The above graphic is a sample from our Lead to Revenue Calculator. Download it here. Thank you.

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Proof that Account-based Marketing Works

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Companies that spend less on their marketing programs and generate better and bigger deals using a super-targeted approach to marketing are using an approach that you might have heard about—account-based marketing. Here’s a specific example for you. One healthcare IT solutions company with a complex solution and a finite market learned first-hand just how account-based marketing works. They recently completed a campaign that cost $49,000. This account-based marketing effort was laser focused on ideal prospects (right size and right criteria); and the right role (targets with the right titles).

5 Steps to Account-based Marketing Success

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ABM drives bigger, better deals. Most marketing and sales folks I talk to agree … in theory. Many are still trying to figure out how to put ABM principles in place. If you fall into this category, and are looking for actionable how-tos, take a look at the account-based marketing primer just published and available now on SlideShare. The deck outlines the 5 steps you need to apply the super-targeted approach to reaching out to prospects that is ABM: Identify Targets and Target Roles. Focus on who needs you the most to avoid wasted effort. Segment and Stratify. Map content to audiences of one.

How to Establish a Meaningful Lead Definition

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Walk out of your office and ask the first three marketers and the first three sales executives you encounter one question: What constitutes a lead? suspect that you will get 6 almost entirely different answers to this essential, strategic question. Before technology came into play things were bad enough. With technology it is now possible to get more poor quality leads to sales faster than ever before. Most of them are a waste or wasted. Watch this brief video to learn how to establish a lead definition. Are we marketing to IT decision makers in the F100? Comments please!

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How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

How to Leave Voicemails that Generate Results

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Have you ever scheduled a meal for you, your significant other and close friends? Did it take more than one or two phone calls, emails and texts to settle on a date, time and venue? Of course! Multi-touch, multi-media and multi-cycle processes multiply results. Done right, you can expect that 20 – 40% of the leads you generate to be the result of a call back or email reply. wise person once asked: How many return calls do you get when you don’t leave a voicemail? Watch the video and note the advice below regarding how to leave a voicemail: A quality voicemail will never hurt you. Be persistent.

Why Measuring Success on Cost Per Lead is a Huge Mistake

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In the search for the holy grail of marketing KPIs, we want ones that correctly emphasize ROI over lead cost, tie lead generation to overall revenue and profits, identify the most successful marketing initiatives and deliver insights that can be leveraged to run future high-return activity. Cost-per-lead is not the correct metric for measuring marketing initiative success for the following reasons: It incorrectly incents volume over quality. It incorrectly emphasizes cost over ROI value. It doesn’t deliver high quality, high value, more convertible leads. Cost-Per-Opportunity (Cost-Per-SQL).

B2B ABM: Seven Sales & Marketing Tips for 2017 - Tip #7: From Chaos to Kickass

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How well are your B2B organization’s sales and marketing behaviors, practices, and processes reliably and sustainably producing required outcomes? Are you mired in chaos, spending lots of time getting little done? Are you like most companies, achieving just average results and not knowing why? Or are you among the few that are kickin’ it? No matter where you are now, there are specific steps you can take to get to a fully optimized condition. You can emerge from a chaotic state … you can rise above average … you can achieve a fully optimized state of prospect development. Not 50 things.

The Great Big List of 23 Types of B2B Marketing Campaigns, by Funnel Stage

bizible

Need ideas on how to generate high quality demand and turn prospects into customers? You’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of 23 types of B2B marketing campaigns, as well as descriptions of when they are typically appropriate to use. The list is broken down by stage of the funnel. This could be a “contact us” form or a form to download gated content, such as an ebook. Brand campaign.

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The Best Content Marketing Examples

B2B Marketing Insider

Last year we published 99 Amazing Content Marketing Examples. There were actually 106 examples there but “99+” felt better. This year, the list has almost doubled. So I’m giving up on counting them (You can count them below.) But if you are you looking for the best content marketing examples you’ve come to the right […]. Content Marketing

How The Content Illusion Is Leading Marketing Astray In The Era Of Digital Transformation

Tony Zambito

Illustration by Hea Poh Lin. In the past five years, the often-unquestioned hymnal has been that to succeed in today’s digital world, businesses must produce content.  Produce high-quality content, yes.  But, produce massive amounts of it to get in front of customers. Where nearly 1500 blog posts are posted every minute.  Whereby over 200 million email message are sent every minute.  Misguided.

An Email is Not a Campaign: the Case for Integrated Marketing

The Point

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.

MarTech: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

Onalytica B2B

Martech is the blending of marketing and technology, with the aim of streamlining processes   to achieve marketing goals and objectives. In In this digital age, there is a huge demand for marketing technology to provide marketers with the tools they need to succeed. WHAT ARE THE INFLUENCERS SAYING? We reached out to some of the top influencers on our list to ask them for their views on MarTech.

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The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook

The 15 Best Special-Purpose SEO Tools

Webbiquity

Given the importance of search engine optimization—organic search remains the top source of traffic for most B2B websites—t’s vital to use the right tools to help with various aspects of optimization, for any size website. Previous posts in this series have covered tools for specific SEO functions including content ideation , keyword research , and rank tracking. Google Review Count:  600.

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25 B2B Engagement Tactics For All Marketing Funnel Stages

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With the myriad of available B2B marketing engagement opportunities, which strategies should marketers use, and at what point in the buying journey? At which of the marketing funnel stages are prospects prepared for various types of outreach? Here are 25 different engagement tactics, organized by funnel stage, and designated by category -- content, social, paid media, direct mail, and events.

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Rethinking Buyer Personas In An Era Of Digital Transformation

Tony Zambito

by Louis Prado. In the past five years, we have seen exponential disruption each year in multiple markets.  Digital technologies and resulting transformation turning markets literally inside out.  Fundamentally reshaping markets in five years’ time compared to the fifty to seventy years it may have taken to build up a market. Revenues falling by as much as 40% and many drivers switching to Uber.

How to develop buyer personas for B2B marketing

Tomorrow People

Creating buyer personas is a powerful way to build the audience understanding every B2B marketing department needs for success, and an essential part of your campaign research. b2b promotional campaigns buyer personas

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

The 26 Best All-in-One SEO Tool Suites

Webbiquity

SEO has a lot of moving parts. Successfully getting your content to rank highly and stand out from the vast ocean of blog posts, articles, website content, videos, infographics, and other types of informative and persuasive marketing pieces being produced requires making sure no component is missing and everything is working together. Best all-in-one SEO tool suites. Google Review Count:  330.

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5 Bold Ideas for Content Strategists in 2017

B2B Marketing Insider

You’re a high-level thinker. problem solver. And a communicator worth an audience’s attention. So, you understand why bold ideas matter in content strategy. Without the vision to think bigger and better, companies usually get lost in content shock. People used to vote with their wallets, and now they vote with their time. If you […].

7 Creative Demand Gen Tactics to Drive Trade Show Booth Traffic

The Point

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.

Content Marketing to Engineers is Tough. And Getting Tougher

Industrial Marketing Today

Every industrial marketer should sit up and take notice of some of the preliminary findings from a recent survey called the Engineering Marketers 2017 Survey conducted by ENGINEERING.COM. As you read through this article, pay close attention to the prediction and the recommendations for achieving success with industrial content marketing to engineers. This is only a content summary.

Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

9 Digital Marketing Lies You Should Stop Believing

B2B Marketing Insider

We all lie to ourselves in one way or another. And this is equally true in Digital Marketing. Fortunately, we are facing the truth that consumers don’t want our banners or need our ads. We know those aren’t helping anyone. We are also facing the truth that marketing has value. And executives expect to see us deliver […]. Content Marketing

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Manufacturing Content Marketing Trends and Challenges

Industrial Marketing Today

For the past four years, I have downloaded and read research reports on Manufacturing Content Marketing in North America published by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI). This is only a content summary. Please click on the headline to read the full article. Visit my website for more content on industrial marketing.]. Content Marketing Industrial content marketing Manufacturing content marketing

4 Actionable Insights from Google Search Console Search Analytics Reports

KoMarketing Associates

SEO remains a critical channel for B2B marketers as they shift their focus on a new year’s worth of goals and objectives. As indicated in the recent “ 2016 State of Pipeline Marketing ” report from Bizible , Heinz Marketing , Radius , ReachForce , and Uberflip , SEO ranked 4th amongst tactics used to acquire new customers. So what tactics do B2B marketers use to execute a SEO program ?

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New Approaches To Understand Customers Needed In A Digital Transformation World

Tony Zambito

Illustration by Nikita Kozin. In numerous surveys of CEOs in the past few years, predictably, you will find growth strategies as one of the top priorities going into any new year.  Strikingly, in these same few years, you will also find developing customer understanding also on the list of CEO priorities. Strategic Necessity In An Emerging Digital-Centric World. New Thinking And New Approaches.

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Do You Suffer From Brand Detachment Disorder?

Type A Communications

February 7, 2017 by Carla Johnson Super Bowl ads are the mother lode of creativity. They’re the most watched show on television every year and the buzz of marketers for. read more. Creativity Marketing Storytelling

Five Strategies for Improving Customer Experience

Webbiquity

Guest post by Brooke Cade. As a marketing professional, you understand customers are your firm’s most valuable assets. They are the key to your brand’s ultimate success and survival. However, dialing into customer loyalty and determining what it takes to improve customer retention isn’t always easy. Image credit: The Blue Diamond Gallery. Make Their Experience Personal. Price and Value.

Content shock re-visited, the content marketing myths and realities

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By Mark Schaefer. For the past few years I’ve been a contributor to The Harvard Business Review. submit my very best article once a quarter or so, an editor reviews it, she suggests some minor modifications, and then it would be published. Some of this increased competition is coming from big company executives who compose articles crafted by a support team of writers and PR agencies.

What is a Q&A Case Study? And Why is it Great for B2B Marketing?

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Guest post by Zachary Moore. Today, 88% of consumers look at reviews before making an online purchase. This trend makes case studies more important than ever. case study is more than a review or a testimonial. good case study paints a picture, tells a story. It highlights your successes in a way that turns potential buyers into actual customers. ” That’s what you’re aiming for. Big Names.

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

The Psychology of Colors in Content Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

Design plays an important part in content marketing. An interesting looking site is more likely to retain the attention of visitors than something boring or simply average. In turn, sites that rely on content marketing tactics like blogging need to use images to help break up the text and give their readers’ eyes a break. […]. Content Marketing

The greatest content marketing case study in history

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark Schaefer. I was going through some old files from classes I taught years ago and came across the most beautiful and wonderful content marketing case study. It is my all-time favorite because it touches so many bases and I thought I would pass this along to you for a little fun and inspiration. even asked GE for help but they could not locate the story either. Here we go. Hello. Right?

The 4 Stages of B2B Marketing Performance Management Maturity

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Systematic improvements are the best way for a marketing organization to make consistent gains in performance. To have an impact over the long-run, changes should be made at the fundamental level to how the budget gets allocated, how content is created, how performance is measured, etc. That’s why marketing performance management (MPM) has increased as a focus for so many B2B marketing departments.

10 Epic Shifts that are Re-Writing the Rules of Marketing

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By Mark Schaefer. I’m often asked: “What is the next big thing in marketing?” ” This seems like a simple question, but I’m not sure I know any more. started thinking about this and came up with at least 10 “big things” that will profoundly impact my career, and yours. first posted this list on Facebook and it provoked some interesting comments. ” No.

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