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Three Ways Data-Driven Marketing Improves Performance

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According to a survey just completed by ITSMA and Patricia Seybold Group , today’s B2B marketers recognize the importance of data-driven marketing.  So what?  Well, now we have statistically significant findings supporting that view. . That’s hard data that associates leadership in data-driven marketing with market and sales performance increases.  The cost of darkness (i.e.,

The Role of Context in Curation: B2B Marketers Take Note

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Every B2B marketer should read Arnold Waldstein’s thoughtful post entitled, “ Context, not content, is king.&#   The context he describes is exactly what B2B marketers need to provide in their content curation.  He points out that, “Few of the curation platform players seem to understand that content without dynamic context is really neither interesting nor that valuable.&#. This is the challenge for the B2B marketer:  pick the topics/issues that keenly interest a particular audience and provide a point of view that keeps bringing them back.  Neither do I. 

Ten Use Cases for Content Curation in Marketing

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Marketing to Business Executives Blog B2B Marketing Strategies that Work Home About Home > Content curation , Content marketing , Social media management , Thought leadership > Ten Use Cases for Content Curation in Marketing Ten Use Cases for Content Curation in Marketing 01/12/2011 Marketing to Business Executives Leave a comment Go to comments Content curation offers the promise of addressing both information consumers’ and marketers’ challenges in taming the flood of digital information.  But as I look at the vendor landscape it is apples and oranges.  Reduce costs. 

“Curation” gets six tweets per hour…right now!

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Marketing to Business Executives Blog From Insight to Action in B2B Home About Home > Buyer behavior , Content curation , Content marketing , Customer knowledge , Thought leadership > “Curation&# gets six tweets per hour…right now! “Curation&# gets six tweets per hour…right now! Tweets per hour and the “sparkline&# of tweet history is shown for each story. 

B2B Loyalty, The B2C Way

Find out how consumer loyalty principles can help B2B companies reward, recognize, and engage their customers

B2B battleground for content curation « Marketing to Business.

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Aggregage ) vendors are coming on the market with B2B as their primary focus.  The B2B marketer, like, publishers, need search and filtering that yields a quality collection of items (blog posts, articles, tweets) from which the curator can work efficiently.  And new (e.g., HiveFire ,  CIThread ) or re-branded (e.g., What will it take to succeed?  These need curation too. 

Why Marketers Invest in Technology: Survey Results

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In today’s B2B buying environment, marketing can not be effective in driving demand, building brand, or charting strategies for future growth without technology.  First a few details on the 107 survey respondents: Large B2B companies (half over $1 billion in revenue). So, in a recent survey conducted by Patricia Seybold Grou p and ITSMA , I asked. There is no time to waste.

Top Two Areas of Struggle in Marketing Automation Implementation

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The key question is:  WHERE DO YOU FOCUS? I’ve started to explore that question with major suppliers of enterprise platforms for B2B marketing automation and show in the chart below the skills, processes and organizational practices at which less successful customers struggle the most.  So you’re in the market for a marketing automation platform.  The results aren’t there.

Today’s Rant: Why Marketing is Harder — and More Fun

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Filed under: B2B marketer's job , Business management , Core marketing skills. B2B marketer's job Business management Core marketing skillsA salesperson who is face-to-face with a prospect can vary his or her dialogue to accommodate the prospect’s needs and interests.  The salesperson knows the company size, location and industry as well as the prospect’s role and stage in the buying cycle.  She can assess the prospect’s level of knowledge and fill in gaps.  Most importantly she can use the prospect’s responses to guide the discussion. Leadership matters.

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.

New Research on Why CRM Fails…Also Lessons for Marketing Automation

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Filed under: B2B marketer's job , Business management , Customer knowledge , Governance of the marketing function , Marketing technology , Uncategorized Tagged: Customer relationship management , Marketing , Marketing automation. B2B marketer's job Business management Customer knowledge Governance of the marketing function Marketing technology Uncategorized Customer relationship management Marketing Marketing automationThe four key insights that the authors drew from their research are equally applicable to marketing automation.  Enough of the left brain/right brain argument. 

Who cares about marketing data?

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Filed under: B2B marketer's job , Business management , Governance of the marketing function , Marketing measurement. B2B marketer's job Business management Governance of the marketing function Marketing measurementIn a recent survey conducted by Patricia Seybold Group and the Information Technology Services Marketing Association ( Survey on Data-Driven Marketing, March 2011 ), more than 100 marketers reported what types of marketing data most interested heads of other departments.  Type of Data. Top Choice For: Customer Data. CEO, COO, BU leader, Service leader. Sales leader.

7 not 3… actions for marketing automation implemenation success

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Jeff Ernst from Forrester has just come out with a new report, “B2B Marketers must Prepare Better for Marketing Automation,&# that raises a critical issue but doesn’t go far enough.  He points out that marketers, “… need to prepare for the use of the technology by having 1) a lead-to-revenue process model to automate; 2) content to support the message and responses; and 3) a marketing organization that is ready to support the technology.&#  . Without question this is true.  Agree on the end-to-end lead management process. Have a champion in senior management.

5 Reasons for Low Adoption of Marketing Technology and How to Move Forward

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Filed under: B2B marketer's job , Business management , Core marketing skills , Marketing measurement , Marketing Technology Ecosystem Tagged: Business , Marketing , Technology. B2B marketer's job Business management Core marketing skills Marketing measurement Marketing Technology Ecosystem Business Marketing TechnologyMany of the technologies that comprise the marketing technology ecosystem  have been around since before the shift to customer control of the buying process, a shift that has made technology essential to marketers.  Lack of, or delayed, IT support.

Marketing: The New Finance…with a technology ecosystem to support it

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Filed under: B2B marketer's job , Business management , Content marketing , Customer knowledge , Governance of the marketing function , Marketing technology , Marketing Technology Ecosystem Tagged: Adobe Omniture Summit 2011 , Ecosystem , The New Finance. B2B marketer's job Business management Content marketing Customer knowledge Governance of the marketing function Marketing technology Marketing Technology Ecosystem Adobe Omniture Summit 2011 Ecosystem The New FinanceThink about it. Finance tracks the value chain of the business. It’s important, but mostly inward facing.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

Leverage customer engagement and advocacy to drive brand, demand and profitable growth

How do you involve your experts in social media?

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Filed under: B2B marketer's job , Content curation , Content marketing , Customer knowledge , Social media management Tagged: ConnectedN , Marketing , Patricia Seybold Reports , Peter Drucker , Publishing , Social media. B2B marketer's job Content curation Content marketing Customer knowledge Social media management ConnectedN Marketing Patricia Seybold Reports Peter Drucker Publishing Social mediaMarketers need to “know their customers so well that the product or service sells itself,&#   as Peter Drucker said. From whom does the customer want to hear? Not the marketer. 

Evidence:the heart of your business (and marketing) plan.

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Share this: Email Print Facebook Share Digg Reddit StumbleUpon Categories: B2B marketers job , Business management , Core marketing skills , Customer knowledge , Marketing measurement Tags: Business plan , Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model , John Mullins , Randy Komisar Like Be the first to like this post. Read the book for some great examples.)

Content marketers: throw out your editorial calendar!

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Read more about content curation at a curated site focused on B2B content curation and in my  reports for Patricia Seybold Group. The first recommendation in Accenture’s publication, Social Media:  Rewriting the Rules on Content Management , is to throw out your editorial calendar.  Shocking!  Shocking!  Isn’t the editorial calendar the tool you use to keep a regular flow of relevant content moving out to constituents?  Doesn’t it drive your budget, assignment, and approval cycles?  The calendar ignores today’s news and recent developments.

Sorting through content curation options

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Marketing to Business Executives Blog B2B Marketing Strategies that Work Home About Home > Content curation , Content marketing , Lead management , Marketing technology , Social media management , Thought leadership > Sorting through content curation options Sorting through content curation options 01/13/2011 Marketing to Business Executives Leave a comment Go to comments Let’s say you are serious about establishing a thought leadership position in an area of keen concern to your customers.  There are dozens of content curation tools out there.  Let me know what you think.

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.

Agile Marketing in B2B

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Agile Marketing Content Marketing Innovation Strategy agile marketing B2B Marketing ITSMA Lean Processes MEA Awards Platinum Marketing Excellence AwardAgile marketing increasingly is being recognized as a powerful key to content effectiveness. Buyer interest and trends can change in the blink of an eye, in particular as social and other media drive the news. The quick or the dead.

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. 

5 Types of SEO Audits for B2B Organizations

KoMarketing Associates

Of course, B2B marketers have differing expectations of an SEO audit as well. By resolving these issues, B2B organizations may realize significant long-term gains in organic search performance. But, B2B marketers do not always need to invest significant dollars in SEO auditing at the start. B2B Online Marketing Blog Search Engine Optimization B2B Marketing seo audits

Three Things Smart B2B Marketers Will be Doing in 2016

Webbiquity

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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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.

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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MarketingProfs B2B Nuggets of B2B Wisdom

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This year’s MarketingProfs B2B Forum 2016 is a whirl-wind of data, inspiration, marketing advice, how-to’s and more than a little fun. Often B2B marketers think they can’t use comedy in their content, but follow the rule of three and you can. How to know what you B2B Buyer is Really Thinking. The post MarketingProfs B2B Nuggets of B2B Wisdom appeared first on Annuitas.

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. 

New Chapter for the B2B Lead Blog

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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.

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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

10 Digital Trends to Inspire Your 2017 B2B Content Marketing Strategy

KoMarketing Associates

With 2017 less than two months away, it’s time to start thinking about your 2017 B2B content marketing strategy and how to get the most out of your efforts. Numbers behind this trend : According to a study by Seismic and Gatepoint Research , just one in five B2B marketers are currently satisfied with their content management methods. B2B Buyers Are Demanding Personalized Content.

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B2B Video Marketing Done Right

KoMarketing Associates

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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The Emerging Importance Of B2B Ethnography To Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

Importance Of B2B Ethnography Grows In The Digital Economy. In order to see how behaviors and interactions are changing, CEOs and CMOs will need to embrace B2B ethnography. This ethnographic approach in B2B also allows for understanding contextually how people and organizations are interacting to arrive at decisions. Redefining The Meaning Of Buyer Understanding.

B2B Copywriting: 5 Common Terms & Phrases to Avoid

The Point

Here are my candidates for 5 common terms and phrases that every B2B writer should eliminate from his/her vocabulary: To Learn More. For more B2B copywriting tips, check out our infographic: “ 10 Commandments of Email Copywriting “ The post B2B Copywriting: 5 Common Terms & Phrases to Avoid appeared first on The Point. Why should I click on your ad? Submit.

Winning B2B Email Campaign Keeps it Simple

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In B2B email marketing , does short copy always win over long? You won’t see or find many shorter B2B emails than the one below from BounceX , a New York-based developer of “behavioral automation tools for digital marketers.” For more tips on B2B email marketing, download a copy of our free white paper, “ Top 10 B2B Email Marketing Mistakes.”. Not necessarily. Unlock?

The state of B2B marketing in Asia—moving toward digital

Biznology

While teaching in Hong Kong for the semester, I’ve had the chance to meet some very interesting people.  A standout in the B2B marketing field is David Ketchum , CEO of the demand generation agency Current Asia , and author of Big M, little m Marketing: New Strategies for a New Asia. He kindly agreed to share his perspective on B2B developments in Asia. That puts pressure on margins.

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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?

The Biggest Contributor to B2B Revenue

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In most B2B companies with complex products or services, marketing-sourced leads rarely account for even half the revenue and often it is much less. The post The Biggest Contributor to B2B Revenue appeared first on B2B Lead Blog. To keep valuable field sales resources productive, many of the more innovative sales and marketing departments build “sales development” teams.

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.