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Why are so many B2B websites… boring?

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I’ve worked with several website designs and website redesigns over the years, and one thing that always strikes me about B2B sites is how much they all look the same. With a few exceptions, you’ll most often find a polished, sterile, brochure-like presence which is sure to appease the discerning B2B buyer. Why do B2B websites follow a similar pattern, and are there opportunities to break the mould and still be successful? What are the first things that prospects look for on a B2B website? Q. Which B2B companies have found the right balance? Q.

Marketing to Influencers [#B2Bchat]

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In our upcoming episode of #B2Bchat , we’ll look at B2B marketing as it relates to influence and word of mouth. Brand advocacy: is it different in B2B? Q. b2b marketing #B2Bchat influencer marketing word of mouth“Being good… is different than being worth talking about.” – Andy Sernovitz. Imagine you are tasked with, or involved in, a major purchase decision for your company. Where do you go to for information? Whose advice do you seek and which recommendations carry weight? As marketers, we understand value of word of mouth. Questions will include: Q. How? Q.

Is Quora Relevant for B2B Marketing?

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B2B Marketers are starting to cross paths ever more frequently with this knowledge market site, whether it is a Quora listing on a Google search results page, or going to the site itself to exercise thought leadership. In this Thursday’s B2Bchat, we dive into Quora’s role in B2B marketing. Q. Which ‘knowledge market sites’ do B2B buyers go to for information? Q. Join us on February 24 at 5:00pm Pacific for a live #B2Bchat on the relevance of Quora for B2B marketing! b2b marketing social mediaBut do we need another Q&A site? Will Quora kill blogging? Q.

Using Content to Reach and Engage Your B2B Audience [#B2Bchat]

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And in a world where B2B buyers go online to find answers to their questions, content marketing is central to any B2B marketer’s strategy. Join us for our next #B2Bchat where we dive in to everything related to B2B content marketing: Q. As a B2B marketer, what is your most popular piece of content ever? b2b marketing #B2Bchat content marketingYou’ve heard it many times: Content is King. How do we best create, and leverage content to reach our audiences? What types of content are most effective in reaching a business audience? Video? Blog posts?

5 New B2B Sales and Marketing Strategies

5 New B2B Sales and Marketing. The traditional B2B sales and marketing model is typically depicted in the shape. New B2B sales and marketing strategies. are required. 5 New B2B Sales & Marketing Strategies. B2B Sales and Marketing leaders should evaluate adopting these 5 new B2B. Collaboration Between B2B Sales & Marketing. Strategies. Overground. 2.

Content Marketing: How Companies are Doing It [Infographic]

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B2B marketers allocate approx. The data for this Infographic came from Marketo’s Content Marketing Cheat Sheet and the 2010 B2B Content Marketing white paper on benchmarks, budgets, and trends from MarketingProfs and Junta42! b2b marketing social media content marketing Infographic Marketo54% of marketers use Facebook to distribute content.

Blogging in the Social Media Ecosystem

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In fact, as a B2B marketer, you have probably been at the blogging game for three or four years now. b2b marketing social media #B2Bchat bloggingPhoto credit: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid. Okay, so you’re sold on the value of having a blog for marketing purposes. But how have social media changed the way you blog ? Are you getting everything you can out of your corporate blog?

How to Turn Followers and Fans into Leads (and when not to)

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b2b marketing social media #B2Bchat lead generationOne of the most evident goals of a social media program is to grow the fan base. Publish great content, develop a voice, reach out to others in social networks, rinse and repeat. But as social media becomes more accountable, marketers look for ways to generate leads throughout the process. So how do you best turn fans into leads?

Balancing the Demand Equation: a Twitter Chat with Adam Needles on his new book

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There’s a brand new book that’s making waves in the B2B marketing community. Adam Needles is the Chief Strategy Officer at digital demand generation agency Left Brain DGA, and for our upcoming #B2Bchat, we’re joined by the author as he answers questions related to B2B marketing, demand generation, and his hot new book. How is the role of B2B marketers changing within their organizations? Q. What are the biggest problems faced by B2B marketers today? Q. Which B2B case studies would you recommend? Q. Join us this Thursday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m.!

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

Contents GOING LONG: HOW 5 B2B TECH BRANDS BUILT VALUABLE AUDIENCES THROUGH HIGH-QUALITY, LONGFORM CONTENT CONTENTLY3 Brands aren’t just publishing. Thirty-one percent identified as B2B marketers, 18. 49 percent work across B2B and B2C businesses. marketing in B2B tech, even major brands like. B2B marketers. for B2B marketers than for B2C marketers. little.

Social Media Statistics for B2B Marketers

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Here is a new, must-see video for B2B marketers interested in social media. The use of social media by B2B companies is validated by business purchasers. Tags: b2b marketing social media statistics stats trends video It has been prepared by our friends at Earnest Agency in the UK. Fifty-four percent of CIO’s prohibit use of social networking sites while at work.

What are marketers reading this summer?

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Which older marketing titles are must-reads for B2B marketers? The Fourth of July is just around the corner and for many of us, that means the official beginning of summer. With the new season come thoughts – or perhaps mere dreams – of lazy days ahead. Perhaps camping, road trips, flights to far away places, and time to catch up on some summer reading. Or on your Kindle? Why? Q.

How to Demonstrate the ROI of Social Media

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Join us for our latest online discussion with leading B2B marketers as we tackle the question: How to demonstrate the ROI of social media. Q. b2b marketing social media #B2Bchat social media ROIAs social media marketing matures from “something we have to do”, to “something we have to do well”, the question of social media ROI begins to rear its ugly head. targets for social media? Q.

Social Media Statistics for B2B Marketers

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Here is a new, must-see video for B2B marketers interested in social media. The use of social media by B2B companies is validated by business purchasers. Tags: b2b marketing social media statistics stats trends video It has been prepared by our friends at Earnest Agency in the UK. Fifty-four percent of CIO’s prohibit use of social networking sites while at work.

Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

Consider: Content Marketing on the Rise &86% B2B Marketers are now using content marketing in. strategic fashion 77% B2C Marketers 76% 69%& B2B Marketers are creating more content than they. report, only 21 percent of B2B marketers say that they’re. ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. All rights reserved. Introduction 4 II. brands.

Lead Scoring Best Practices

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More and more B2B marketers are turning to lead scoring as a way of optimizing lead management. Tags: b2b marketing marketing technology b2b lead qualification lead scoring marketing automation sales and marketing It wasn’t possible to know which leads were the most interested in your company, and wasn’t easy to see which matched your target buyer. What is lead scoring?

Measuring the Value of Digital Marketing

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How do B2B marketers tackle the question of marketing campaign value? And this is especially true for B2B with their typically complex, drawn out sales cycles. Tags: b2b marketing marketing Do we make strategic decisions based on real, actionable data? In our latest episode of #B2Bchat, we dug into questions surrounding metrics. Search (PPC and SEO). Email. Where do you start?

Aligning B2B Sales and Marketing Efforts in Social Media

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Join us for our upcoming #B2Bchat session on Thursday, December 16 at 5:00pm Pacific, where we’ll dive in to: Aligning B2B Sales and Marketing Efforts in Social Media. Q. What is “social CRM&# and is it mostly a consumer thing or does it also apply to B2B? Q. b2b marketing social media #B2Bchat sales and marketing alignmentMarketing and public relations departments tend to be the ones driving social media within companies. But what about Sales? How can they best contribute to carrying the brand message and communicating with prospective customers?

New Chapter for the B2B Lead Blog

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You may have noticed the B2B Lead Blog has a new look. look forward to keeping up with the accelerating evolution B2B lead generation, demand generation, and marketing for the complex sale, and helping you do the same. Feel free to comment here or join me on the  B2B Lead Roundtable LinkedIn Group. You may have noticed the B2B Lead Blog has a new look.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

benchmark report, 76 percent of B2B marketers and 77 percent of B2C marketers. and over half of both B2B and B2C marketers are not clear on what a successful. The Drum named the Best B2B Content Marketing of 2015. Content. Methodology: A Best. Practices Report Copyright © 2016 Contently. All rights reserved. Definition II. Why a Content Methodology Is Needed III. the stories.

Three Things Smart B2B Marketers Will be Doing in 2016

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What will successful B2B marketers to be doing more of, or differently, in 2016? That question was recently posed to the expert contributors at the B2B Marketing Zone , and two dozen responded with a range of insights about content marketing, measuring results, employee advocacy, customer experience and other topics. Here are three key takeaways plus some additional musings.

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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.

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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. Gmail Sponsored Promotions work well for B2B marketers given the ability to target specific domains and target business audiences that are constantly on email. B2B marketers may have a lot to look forward to. B2B Marketing

4 Myths Preventing True B2B Customer Understanding

Tony Zambito

There is a big problem when it comes to B2B customer research.  And, most B2B executives may be unable to see or recognize the problem.  According to various studies over the years (by credible institutions such as Harvard) regarding market and customer research, approximately 80% or better of B2B customer research is conducted to reinforce current assumptions about customers. 

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE 1 THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE 2 Introduction For the last decade, DivvyHQ’s founders have been helping the world’s leading marketers. to plan and produce effective content for their respective companies. In that time, we’ve. experienced first-hand how much time, effort and thought is required to get a new. content initiative planned, launched and firing on all cylinders. the “what”.

Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?

Tony Zambito

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%. And, let’s not forget that B2B companies believe they may have 3-4 unique buyer personas. 

8 Great LinkedIn Groups for B2B Marketers

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It is no secret that LinkedIn is a valuable social media platform for B2B marketers. And according to the “LinkedIn Ads Benchmark Report Q3 2015” published by Marketing Mojo, 79 percent of B2B marketers said that LinkedIn was “effective” at generating leads. B2B Technology Marketing Community. B2B Sales, Marketing, Social Media & Lead Generation. Google Analytics.

B2B Video Marketing Done Right

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How can a good B2B video be characterized? Why is it a good idea to incorporate video into your B2B marketing? Categories of B2B video, with examples: Branding and Corporate Awareness. MarketingProfs: B2B Marketing Forum. B2B video is a gold mine of opportunity. The word these days is content. Start planning how to create video for your company now. Informative.

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Don’t Bore People: 10 Ideas for B2B Newsletter Content

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What’s the first thing you think when you hear “B2B newsletter”? Neither does most B2B marketing. B2B newsletters definitely don’t have to be dull – at least for their core, intended audiences. In order to give you a few ideas for how to make your newsletters worth reading, I’ve rounded up 10 ideas for B2B newsletter content. If you’re like most people, it’s boredom.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

According to CMI’s 2015 report, just 35 percent of B2B or- ganizations and 27 percent of B2C organizations have a. ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 2: Strategy and Roadmap Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.com By Joe Lazauskas ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY2 I. Introduction 3 II. conference.

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

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Have you intentionally linked your sales, b2b marketing, and strategy? . That’s a lot of managerial time and effort as well as money, and the reality is that sales forces are, by far, the biggest and most important part of strategy execution for most firms, especially in B2B markets. My research started with distribution channels, B2B distribution channels, morphed into sales.

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Are you taking advantage of B2B marketing data?

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Frequent readers know that most of my marketing experience is B2B rather than B2C, and that virtually everything I do is data driven. So, perhaps you might think that I didn’t have much to learn when I picked up  B2B Data-Driven Marketing by fellow Biznology blogger Ruth Stevens and Theresa Kushner. No B2B marketer should be without this book. Wrong. Like this post?

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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. Below, read about the 9 circles of B2B marketing hell and what you can do to avoid them. Account-based marketing has been a hot topic for B2B marketers over the last year, and for good reason. In B2B marketing, quality should always be a goal. Think about it.

What Every B2B Marketer Needs to Know About Readability

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B2B marketers have named a perennial problem with producing engaging content. In the Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Profs 2016 B2B Content Marketing Trends report , “Producing engaging content” was the #1 challenge marketers face. Improving readability is a particularly excellent opportunity for B2B marketers. Is the content you publish engaging enough? Typography.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. B2B marketers will focus.

Is B2B Lead Generation Really This Difficult?

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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?