Expert Panel’s Feedback on Our Lead to Revenue Calculator
JANUARY 27, 2017
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.
Proof that Account-based Marketing Works
JANUARY 23, 2017
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
JANUARY 13, 2017
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
FEBRUARY 2, 2017
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? I 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!
Lead Generation Checklist
You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.
How to Leave Voicemails that Generate Results
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
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. A 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. PowerViews
Our AE’s Would NEVER Have Been Persistent Enough to Uncover This Opportunity
JANUARY 18, 2017
We recently turned over a huge opportunity to one of our clients. When we explained the number and type of touches this lead required, the president of that company said: “our AE’s would never have been persistent enough to get this opportunity.”. Here are the facts: We worked the lead from August – December of 2016. It took thirty-two total touches from start to finish. Calls were split between five to decision-maker/influencers and five to executive assistants. We spoke with three decision-maker/influencers and two executive assistants. You are my conscience. B2B Sales
B2B ABM: Seven Sales & Marketing Tips for 2017 - Tip #7: From Chaos to Kickass
JANUARY 5, 2017
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 Best Content Marketing Examples
B2B Marketing Insider
JANUARY 9, 2017
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
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 The Content Illusion Is Leading Marketing Astray In The Era Of Digital Transformation
FEBRUARY 5, 2017
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. Why An Illusion.
The Great Big List of 23 Types of B2B Marketing Campaigns, by Funnel Stage
FEBRUARY 2, 2017
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.
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.
25 B2B Engagement Tactics For All Marketing Funnel Stages
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
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.
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.
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.
MarTech: Top 100 Influencers and Brands
JANUARY 18, 2017
Martech is the blending of marketing and technology, with the aim of streamlining processes to achieve marketing goals and objectives. 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. 22.78.
Matrix of 31 Marketing Funnel Metrics [Infographic]
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Marketing funnel metrics are always at the forefront of a B2B marketer’s mind. We’re constantly looking at conversion rates, cost data, social shares, open rates, and click-throughs -- just to name a few. While different teams focus on different metrics (because we’re all running different marketing strategies), how do all of these metrics compare to each other? click to enlarge).
Reboot Buyer Insights To Drive B2B Growth
MARCH 12, 2017
Illustration by Gregory Cresnar. B2B companies are faced with the most transformative era in business history. On a greater scale than that of the first Industrial Revolution over a century ago, we are witnessing a technological and digital revolution that will disrupt business-to-business profoundly in the next 10 years. This is being felt by the supply-chain side of businesses acutely.
The 15 Best Special-Purpose SEO Tools
JANUARY 10, 2017
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. 1) Google Search Console.
The 4 Levels of Sales Intelligence
Your Sales Management Guru
MARCH 20, 2017
The Four Levels of Sales Intelligence. By Jeb Blount, Author of Sales EQ: How Ultra High Performers Leverage Sales-Specific Emotional Intelligence to Close the Complex Deal. The speed and complexity of the modern marketplace is the domain of intellectual agility. IQ—how smart you are. Fixed and baked into your DNA. AQ—how much you know. Makes IQ relevant. Makes more time for human relationships.
Rethinking Buyer Personas In An Era Of Digital Transformation
JANUARY 22, 2017
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.
The 21 Best Content Curation Tools
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
Although content marking is now a nearly universal practice—with 93% of B2B marketers using content marketing— half of all marketers still rank “producing enough content” as one of their top five challenges. Fortunately, content marketers don’t have to do it all themselves. Expert summary compilations (example: Soulati Media ). Expert interview roundups (example: iDigic ). GetApp.
5 Bold Ideas for Content Strategists in 2017
B2B Marketing Insider
JANUARY 10, 2017
You’re a high-level thinker. A 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 […].
New Buyer Insights Needed To Unlock Growth In An Era Of B2B Digital Transformation
MARCH 6, 2017
Illustration entitled Insight by Yu Luck. The digitization of the global business economy has been taking place at an unprecedented rate. Consider this. Approximately forty years ago, 83% of the market value of the S&P 500 were tied to tangible assets – physical products. Today, the complete reverse has happened. Such transformation will also redefine what it means to acquire buyer insights.
How to develop buyer personas for B2B marketing
FEBRUARY 3, 2017
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
Is Your Content Fresh Enough to Attract Google?
B2B Marketing Insider
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
So, you publish a new blog post or how-to video twice a week – does that mean your site is fresh as a summer rose? Not to the search engines. There’s more to website freshness than posting new content. Many marketers don’t take the full scope of freshness seriously enough, favoring new content but neglecting […]. The post Is Your Content Fresh Enough to Attract Google? Content Marketing
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.
Five Strategies for Improving Customer Experience
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
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.
The 26 Best All-in-One SEO Tool Suites
JANUARY 19, 2017
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. 1 ) BrightLocal. 2) ontolo.
9 Digital Marketing Lies You Should Stop Believing
B2B Marketing Insider
JANUARY 16, 2017
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
The Psychology of Colors in Content Marketing
B2B Marketing Insider
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
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
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.
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.
What is a Q&A Case Study? And Why is it Great for B2B Marketing?
JANUARY 5, 2017
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. A case study is more than a review or a testimonial. A 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.
Content Marketing to Engineers is Tough. And Getting Tougher
Industrial Marketing Today
JANUARY 26, 2017
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.
4 Actionable Insights from Google Search Console Search Analytics Reports
JANUARY 3, 2017
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 ?
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.