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B2B market research – 10 unique features

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Well in a nutshell, yes.  In this blog post Circle’s Andrew Dalglish explores the 10 key differences that make B2B research unique. Is B2B market research really that different from B2C?  As you go about your daily business it’s unlikely that you’ll come into contact with many people who think that a pair of jeans and a nuclear power plant have a lot in common. And with good reason.

B2B social media: Highlights from new benchmarking research

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Despite clear SEO and brand positioning benefits, only one half (51%) include blogging in their activity mix. B2B social media; is it a case of the Emperor’s New Clothes? The latest B2B Marketing Benchmark Report – based on a survey of 274 client side B2B marketers conducted by us here at Circle Research – finally seems to provide a definitive answer.  There was a lot of talk. 

It’s official – in B2B, content is king

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Highest on the ‘to do’ list are three heavily used content formats: blog posts (61% use), case studies (45%) and white papers (44%).  Blog posts are felt to be the single most effective format to drive web traffic.  It’s official.  Content is king. The latest B2B Marketing Benchmark report  produced in association with Circle Research reveals that 71% of B2B marketers consider content marketing to be a critical activity.  Last year less than half (43%) held this opinion. Content marketing in some shape or form now consumes 40% of the average B2B marketing department’s time. 

It’s all about the lead

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With this in mind, B2B Marketing Magazine’s latest Benchmark report on lead generation couldn’t have come at a better time.  It’s packed full of useful information, but a few findings in particular leaped out at me. . I’ve shared these below, but if you’d like the full report we’re giving away copies to the first 50 new subscribers to this blog – register here for your copy (be sure to do so using your email address so we know where to send the report). Marketing still plays second fiddle to sales in B2B organisations. . Fair enough.  So how best to generate them?

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Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

resources Blog, social, email Google Analytics, biannual. editor) Blog, social, email, paid distribution Google Analytics, engagement. managing editor) Create 2–4 pieces per month 2–4 pieces per week 1+ pieces per day Blog, social, email, paid. 2,500 Format Blog post. Blog post Longform. blog post Longform. blog post Longform. Content. Definition II.

The seven R’s of thought leadership

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Social media channels, especially blogs and Twitter, have opened up new opportunities to connect but require a constant stream of quality content.  Thought leadership.  Everyone’s claiming it but, by very definition, only a handful ever delivers.  So how do you ensure that your content marketing strategy positions you as one of the few? . Follow the seven R’s – Resonant, Rare, Road Mapped, Robust, Rounded, Rooted and Re-used. Five reasons to develop a thought leadership strategy. B2B marketing has always been better suited to engagement over broadcast.  It’s a showcase.  Resonant.

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Report: The Ambitious SME

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So, to define your target market as ‘SMEs’ is a good start, but misses an awful lot of nuance (that deserves a blog post all of its own – see my colleague Andrew Dalglish’s exploration here ). SME businesses are a passion of mine.  I founded one (Circle!) and as a B2B specialist I regularly explore the opinions and behaviours of SMEs. But before I go on, let’s be careful with that label of ‘SME’. Even if we exclude sole traders, there are still more than one million SMEs in the UK alone. That said, there is something which in my experience is common to most SMEs – ambition.

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Why is B2B market research the poor cousin?

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In his latest blog for the Market Research Society’s news and insight hub Research Live , Circle Research’s Andrew Dalglish explores why business-to-business companies need research just as much as consumer-facing ones…. The research industry is full of dichotomies: qualitative and quantitative; domestic and international; B2C and B2B. There’s no value judgement within these pairings. Each Each side of the coin meets a different need and requires a different skill set. However, However, while there might not be a conceptual value judgement, there is a commercial one. 

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SME marketing channel preferences revealed

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Fifth, use social media channels by all means, but don’t necessarily expect them to gain the attention of SMEs.  58 per cent of SMEs report that blogging is not at all effective in engaging them; 67 per cent say the same of tweeting.  Take blogs.  Four channels – telemarketing, tweeting, blogging and SMS – are seen as ineffective across the board. There are 1.3 million of them, they generate half of the UK’s GDP and employ 60 per cent of the private sector workforce.  Moreover, they’re big buyers of B2B products and services.  Just ask Sage who’s built a £1.4 An overview.

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Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

you Google it, you’ll find a thousand different blog posts. than thinking about it as a company blog. Its three robust blogs see 2 million. Our blog generated 2 million views. has built blogs with over 100,000 monthly readers for. problems through your content, you’re much more like- ly to get them to read your blog and pick up much more. Introduction 3 II.

B2B marketing sector bounces back: 57% report rising budgets

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The full B2B Barometer report will be published in October 2011 (subscribe to our blog to receive a complimentary copy – simply click here ).  In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview. Subscribe to our blog to receive a complimentary copy – simply click here. To say it’s been an eventful few years economically is an understatement.  First we had the credit crunch and a deep recession.  Now deficit reduction measures are biting and bond markets shaking. These turbulent times make the latest instalment of the bi-annual B2B Barometer interesting reading.  And with good reason. 

B2B content marketing research

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Most commonly this includes email (94% use), their website (87%), social media (83%), events (71%), their blog (62%) and one-on-one meetings (49%).  Content marketing works.  So maybe you already have a content strategy, but want to know what your peers are doing.  Or perhaps you’re developing a content strategy and want some pointers.  Focus on quality not quantity. Make time.

The Cobbler’s Shoes

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In his latest blog for the Market Research Society’s news and insight hub Research Live , Circle Research’s Andrew Dalglish explores why research agencies should carry out research for their own benefit as well as clients’ …. Ever heard the saying that ‘the cobbler’s children have no shoes’? The The cobbler is so focused on everyone else’s shoes that he doesn’t think to use his expertise for the benefit of his own family. Research agencies are a bit like that. If If you work for an agency, take a look at your own metaphorical shoe rack.

B2B content marketing research

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Most commonly this includes email (94% use), their website (87%), social media (83%), events (71%), their blog (62%) and one-on-one meetings (49%).  Content marketing works.  Almost three fifths (56%) of the 175 B2B marketers Circle Research recently surveyed for B2B Marketing Magazine’s Content Marketing Report have seen content marketing boost sales (most of the remainder simply don’t know the impact as measuring ROI is tough). Either way, the survey results provide valuable guidance. Focus on quality not quantity. Make time. Don’t forget the leads.

Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

So, naturally, she want- ed Marriott to have a blog, and she wanted Bill Marriott. read a blog from me?” blog post at a time. Marriott’s efforts started with weekly blogs. ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 1: Evangelizing Content and Setting Yourself Up for Success Copyright © 2015 Contently. Introduction 4 II.

Financial benchmarks for B2B Marketing agencies

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The League and lots of other juicy information is published in a Benchmarking Report.  We’re giving away copies to the first 50 new subscribers to this blog.  Every year B2B Marketing Magazine, in partnership with Circle Research , ranks the UK’s top 50 B2B marketing communications agencies based on their revenues. Get your copy here  - subscribe. Highlights. Look at the headline numbers and you’d be forgiven for thinking everything is rosy. Average gross income is up 15%.  But look a bit deeper and we can see that whilst far from dire, the market is certainly subdued. out of 10.

Big list of B2B blogs

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The chaps at Proteus B2B Marketing have compiled a list of B2B sales and marketing blogs.  Stuff we like B2B blogs354 of of them to be exact and well worth a browse to cherry pick the best. The list can be found here – [link].

15 Elements Most Successful Blogs Have in Common

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What’s on your blog? But are there blog elements you’re missing? There are a few basic components almost all successful blogs share. These are the widgets, share buttons, and other mechanics of the blog. The overall strategy is to keep people on your blog once they’re there. In other words, your blog is a soft-sell environment. Maybe a sign-up box.

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5 Ways Blog Analytics Improve Your Business Blog

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How do you use your blog analytics ? There There are many easy-to-use blogging analytics tools out there, but the really successful bloggers know their results and tailor their blogs accordingly. This is the fifth element in the CAST system for effective blog content : C ontent (compelling). And if you haven’t subscribed to my blog, now would be a perfect time!

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

like corporate website, blogs or all-customer email newsletters. audiences they were targeting with a single blog. Needless to say, the blog wasn’t. Joe Pulizzi THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE 9 Do you really think that a customer or prospect is going to keep visiting your blog, or opening your emails, if the content is irrelevant to their needs 95% of the time? There are way too.

Better Business Blogs: Correct Those Broken Links

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Are you keeping your business blog fresh? If If you’re like me, and you’ve been blogging for a number of years, chances are some of your links may no longer work. This This guest post, from Susan Boggs, offers tips for successful bloggers and blogs on how to find and correct broken links. Our blogs would rank high for our keywords, and life would be wonderful.

[Infographic] 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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The social media landscape is littered with business blogs that, on the surface, do everything right. Most of those same blogs, however, do little to generate leads, subscribers, or any other kind of measurable engagement or ROI. If you’ve got the content nailed, turning your blog into a demand generation machine may require little more than a few simple changes.

10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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If you’re not generating leads – as in: a lot of leads – from your company’s blog, you’re missing out on what is perhaps not only your best opportunity to convert organic Web traffic into actionable, measurable sales inquiries, but also the best way to actually show real ROI from your social media investment. Here are 10 proven ways to generate more leads from your blog. No problem.

Nobody reading your blog? 10 reasons to persist!

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If you enjoyed this infographic and would like to use it on your own blog or publication for free, you can download your own copy here: 10 Reasons to Blog Infographic And for more blogging inspiration, be sure to buy  Born to Blog , the number one book on blogging in the world. The post Nobody reading your blog? The post Nobody reading your blog?

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

For example, Thea Oliver, communications manager at Thrive, said her biggest content failure last year was pushing “guest blogs. produced blog posts this year due to lack of budget and time, and. early days of content marketing as a one-click solution to popu- lating corporate blogs and as a hack for boosting search rankings. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved.

How Do You Choose a Blog Platform?

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How do you choose a blog platform ? . In my last post,  How to Start a Blog: 7 Steps BEFORE You Blog , I shared important information you want to consider before your first post, including signing up for a trial blog. With so many great blog platforms available, including  WordPress , Blogger, Tumblr, Ghost, Squarespace, Wix, Typepad, Weebly, etc., Which is best?

What is the future of blogging?

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It seems to be that time of year when the “is blogging dead” debate swirls around the social web. In this post I will cover three very important issues to the world of blogging: Exactly what is a blog right now? Are blogs as important as they used to be? What is the future of blogging? Exactly what is a blog right now? love Mitch Joel. Audio.

16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats

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This final installment covers some fascinating though sometimes contradictory and confusing stats about business blogging and the value of marketing. For example, what percentage of businesses maintain company blogs? ” Blogging is the ideal vehicle for communicating brand purpose, beyond just “selling stuff.” Business Blogging Stats and Facts. 1.

New Chapter for the B2B Lead Blog

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You may have noticed the B2B Lead Blog has a new look. That’s because it’s my personal blog again. Back when I started this blog in 2003, I couldn’t find any place where people were sharing ideas related to lead generation and the complex sale. You may have noticed the B2B Lead Blog has a new look. That’s because it’s my personal blog again.

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Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

blog came from posts that were more than a month. That entire team could stop blogging for a whole. work needed,” he wrote in a blog post. As venture capitalist and content market- ing expert Tomasz Tunguz recently wrote on his blog, “Content is one of the few forms of marketing that has. instance, found that the average post on his blog. All rights reserved.

Lessons learned while deleting 274 blog posts

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After more than seven years of blogging I had a lot of clutter. So I started at the beginning of the {grow} timeline and began deleting blog posts. When the dust had cleared, I had trashed 274 blog posts. It was fun to go back and figure out who left the first of 65,000 comments on this blog. Since those early days I have had more than 65,000 comments on the blog.

10 Maxims of Successful Blogging

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I enjoy coaching people with their blogging efforts and there are 10 pieces of advice I seem to dispense the most often.  So I thought you might be interested in these ideas. Whether you are blogging for your business or for the pure joy of it, I think these ideas will help you: 1. Write a blog post that only you could write. 2. Negative blog posts are like seeing a car wreck.

Why the economics of blogging are diminishing

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By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist When I started blogging about five years ago (back when we felt smart with dumb phones), I devoured every blog post about how to write epic blog posts. And for a while, it was good, because I followed the ‘proven’ formula of the wise ones that made money teaching others how to make money with blogging.

The future of blogging and online publishing

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A lot of people out there are saying blogging is dead. I don’t think so. When reading is dead … then blogging will be dead. Starting your social media strategy with a blog used to be a safe bet. The post The future of blogging and online publishing appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Is reading dead? Or something else?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

marketing topics on the Webbiquity blog. ranging from single-person businesses to $1 billion+ corporations. A few recent success stories:  Doubled a large office products company's online footprint, launched a successful blog, increased organic search traffic to its main corporate site by 74% over a two- year period, and grew Web-generated leads by 79% in a challenging economic environment.

Five Ways to Draw Traffic to a Blog Post

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As buyers spend more time with online articles, blog posts and reviews, and rely less on advertising for product information , companies have quickly caught onto the fact that they need great content to attract new customers and retain their current ones. Here are five methods you can use to get your blog posts more exposure amongst your audience and beyond.