A Beginner’s Guide to Business-to-Business Marketing Automation
B2B Lead Blog
MARCH 21, 2016
Business-to-business (B2B) marketing is largely an online endeavor, as businesses can easily connect with other businesses via digital channels. Here are some tips to optimize your B2B marketing strategy with marketing automation software. Since marketing automation can streamline digital marketing, it’s an ideal tool for B2B marketing. Reach More Channels Email marketing has served as […]. Marketing Automation marketing automation
6 Tips for Rock Star Business-to-Business Telemarketing
MAY 6, 2014
Do you want to rock your business-to-business telemarketing results? If so, reading these six rock star tips could be your prelude to success. . . . . If you take the time to clean up outdated contacts and companies in your database and gather intelligence, you can orchestrate a more efficient, effective telemarketing campaign. Stay in the Rhythm.
Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?
FEBRUARY 28, 2016
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%. They also believed there should be 3 to 4 types of content for each stage. Main Culprit.
The Telltale 8% Drop In Content Marketing Effectiveness
OCTOBER 9, 2015
The index fell by nearly 778 points or almost 7%. In October of that same year, the Dow tumbled yet another 733 points, or by 8%. It goes to show you that sometimes, numbers being relative, an 8% drop can be significant and historic. As much as 80% say, “Vendors give me too much material to sort through”. Empathy: Helping Buyers To Achieve Their Goals. by Aha-Soft.
Use Buyer Persona Research To Improve B2B Customer Experience
JUNE 5, 2016
Customer experience has been and will continue to be one of the major influences on how buyers make choices. Recent research by SiriusDecisions found that for 80% of B2B buyers surveyed, customer experience counted as the top significant reason why they chose to work with a specific provider over another. What can B2B executives do to achieve customer experience excellence?
Overcoming The Content Personalization Challenge With Buyer Persona Research
APRIL 17, 2016
It is clear that one of the top challenges facing marketing, especially B2B marketing, is the ability to connect with potential buyers on a personal level. This coincides with previous studies and surveys showing content marketing effectiveness continues to be an enormous struggle. Even hearing verbatim “our strategy is to implement content technology this year.” by icon 54.
4 Myths Preventing True B2B Customer Understanding
MARCH 6, 2016
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.
The Emerging Importance Of B2B Ethnography To Buyer Personas
OCTOBER 26, 2015
There are two additional concerns CEOs are finding of increasing importance to the growth, as well as, survival in competitive environs. CEOs and their organizations are finding it hard to keep pace with new digital technologies. These three pressing concerns are causing CEOs and CMOs to reevaluate how to understand their buyers and their abilities to help buyers achieve their goals.
How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content
JANUARY 31, 2016
Content is ubiquitous in all phases of life and in business. In fact, it is getting harder and harder to find a slice of time where content is not invading precious personal or business space. The fact that senior decision-makers may choose to employ the use of “content gatekeepers” to administratively handle the volume of content is telling in of itself.
Mapping Buying Experiences: Creating Growth Through Aligning With Buyer Goals
NOVEMBER 8, 2015
Engaging new buyers and repeat customers are the lifeline to achieving growth. Recent surveys of CEOs by IBM, PWC, and KPMG all point to major concerns and priorities in expanding the lifeline to growth. Creating distinctive and engaging experiences, as part of how people and businesses go about making purchases, is getting more attention today than ever.
6 Ideas to Create More Relevant Lead Nurturing Emails
B2B Lead Generation Blog
SEPTEMBER 29, 2014
Tweet I’m writing this post while attending the ExactTarget Connections 2014 event. I’ve learned a lot from listening to the sessions and speakers here. As I listened to attendees and speakers, I frequently heard the same keywords, such as: Personalization. But something I wanted to hear more about was relevance. They’re looking for reasons to delete them.
Story + Video = Powerful B2B Marketing
JULY 6, 2013
It’s nearly impossible to communicate effective B2B marketing messages in a brief enough time frame for today’s short attention span prospects. Well-produced video is a way to get peoples’ attention and hold it. Online video marketing professionals work with clients to uncover stories about their businesses. People are hard-wired to pay attention to stories.
Goal-Directed Marketing: How Marketers Can Help Buyers Achieve Their Goals
OCTOBER 4, 2015
Many CMOs today are faced with a dilemma. As digital interactions and media become more intertwined into everyday life, marketers need to respond. Yet, as CMOs invest and allocate more to content and digital media, the returns are not occurring as hoped. However, approaches to understanding buyers have only evolved marginally in the same time period. Goals Matter To Buyers.
Lead Nurturing: What it is, and what it is not
B2B Lead Generation Blog
NOVEMBER 24, 2014
Tweet Building on my post last week , I was reminded of a conversation I had with a marketer who was meeting with her new boss to explain the need for a new lead nurturing strategy. Starting to get my point? Pretty, well-designed fluff is not going to “feed” your prospects. Randomly calling leads every four weeks to see if they are ready to buy.
7 Elements Of Customer Understanding The C-Suite Must Master
NOVEMBER 22, 2015
Changes in customer and buying behaviors continue to rock the very foundations of many industries. According to recent surveys by PWC, Forrester, IBM , and McKinsey, disruptive trends in customer and buying behaviors are expected to continue over the next five years. Companies today will need to develop an integrated view of customer research. by Yarden Gilboa.
State Of Buyer Personas 2016: Strong Correlation Between Effectiveness And Goals
JANUARY 3, 2016
What is clear is buyer personas are now entering the mainstream of dialogue when it comes to overall customer understanding. . wish to thank the (124) respondents of the State of Buyer Personas 2016 Survey for taking the time to complete the survey. This jumped from 14% to 30% as well. Again, a correlation to effectiveness as well. by Scott Lewis. New Directions.
Informed Customer Understanding Should Guide Marketing
JANUARY 24, 2016
At the start of every year, CMOs and their teams can be besieged by proclamations of the three, four, five, or six things that they must do to succeed in marketing. Each of these proclamations can come with dire warnings that if you do not heed this advice, then you are bound to fail. With some challenges easy to define and some not so easy to clarify.
How B2B CMOs Can Achieve Customer-Centric Marketing With Buyer Personas
NOVEMBER 1, 2015
recent survey by B2B Marketing, in conjunction with the UK-based agency Tomorrow People, indicated only 38% of marketers considered their content to be “very customer-centric.” This mirrors findings of other surveys related to content marketing and customer-centric marketing, which consistently hovers in the 35- 40% range of “very customer-centric” or “very effective content marketing.”.
Buyer Decisions Are Not What You Think
DECEMBER 13, 2015
Leading to many strategies and tactics devoted to attempts to market or sell to the rationale behind decisions and buying processes. Of late, the term “buyer’s journey” has come into vogue. Essentially another name for mapping the buying process. It is yet another example, however, of the search to understand the process of decision-making. by Gregor Črešnar.
The Power of Story for B2B Marketing
JUNE 18, 2013
Stories have the power to influence and persuade. Stories have a special appeal to human brains. We are hard-wired to be fascinated by stories. Every culture bathes their children in stories to explain how the world works. We have evolved to pay attention to stories, to remember them and to retell them. In one class, we had a memory exercise.
Beyond Buyer Profiling To Buyer Personification
OCTOBER 18, 2015
Segmentation has been a staple of business marketing and sales for several decades. The concept of breaking down a potential market or industry into smaller target segments is a standard technique taught in business schools and used by many organizations. Beginning in the 1980’s and 1990’s, we began to see a shift to individualism. by Evan Shuster.
B2B Video Stories Achieve the Impossible
JULY 31, 2013
The ‘Impossible’ we’re referring to is effective AND affordable B2B marketing videos. It’s challenging to produce videos that people will watch, that clearly communicate value propositions and benefits, AND do it at a price that mid-sized businesses can afford. People are hard-wired to pay attention to stories, to remember them and to share them with others. Video is an excellent medium for delivering stories, but it’s an art and a science to produce videos that will grab and hold attention. Why Stories?
Tools I use to amplify social campaigns
JUNE 30, 2015
I am surprised how much of a one-man band I have become through social media thanks to a little help from my friends. Here are the top social media applications I use in order to help lead my clients and my own brand through all the background noise and into the spotlight. It’s no longer okay to just drop links into your social media stream from Mashable or the Huffington Post.
Planning Successful Business to Business Lead Generation Campaigns
MAY 9, 2013
There are 6 key factors to take into consideration when creating your next lead gen marketing plan outline: 1. Market To receive a response, we need an incentive. It doesn’t necessarily need to cost us a fortune, but the value of your incentive is directly correlated to the return on your response. 4. What exactly are you conveying to your audience?
Study Confirms Importance Of Qualitative Research To Success With Buyer Personas
DECEMBER 20, 2015
Another highlight for companies exceeding revenue goals is those who also focused on buyer fears and challenges in addition to drivers and motivators. This indicates a shift away from the often incorrect view of buyer personas focused on rational data such as buying criteria to a focus on the qualitative behavioral influences related to buyer decisions. Will you help?
Five B2B marketing beliefs and trends debunked
JUNE 26, 2015
Here are my top five beliefs and/or trends that seem wrong or wrongheaded, and need someone to shine the light of day on them. The definition of business-to-business is and never was meant to be a description of a market, but rather the type of organization that is sold to by a company vs. consumer, government or institution. B2B is a market.
Capturing the Voice of Your Customer for B2B Video
OCTOBER 7, 2013
We just don’t know how to find them and document them.” ” This is an easy problem to solve. And customers talk about business results – not product features. Like this: Customers tell me things when I interview them that they’d never tell your salespeople when they’re selling to them. People are much more open when they know they are not being sold to. promise to never attribute their comments to them by name. They often express surprise and admiration that the vendor I’m working for cares enough to have someone interview them.
Marketing Automation: Lessons from 4 case studies
B2B Lead Generation Blog
DECEMBER 1, 2014
Lead generation, lead nurturing and determining the time for the handoff to Sales would be extremely difficult without that technology. Add lead scoring and tracking through that final conversion to sale and the task is flat out impossible without automation. Luckily, for B2B marketers there is a wide range of marketing automation options out there from relatively simple solutions that help streamline email marketing to full-blown packages that seem like they do everything but automate the lights and thermostat at the office. Scalability. Results? Conversion rate of 2.6%
Business to Business for Small Business
OCTOBER 26, 2012
Small businesses account for a huge chunk of business revenue produced in our country. In fact, there are nearly seven million small businesses in America. This includes everything from high-tech startups to mom-and-pop shops in your local town to freelance work done in your neighbor’s basement. Big businesses market their strengths easily. Take your time.
Why Servant Marketing Matters
B2B Lead Generation Blog
AUGUST 18, 2014
Tweet As I talk to marketing and sales leaders, I hear this reoccurring theme: “I want to do something that really matters; I want to feel what I’m doing is really making a real difference.” ” I feel the same way, but I’ve painfully learned that it’s futile to make changes outside before we make changes inside. This requires a different kind of thinking to drive a different way of marketing. Instead, they’re saying, “We need to solve a problem.”. believe this idea can also be applied to sales and marketing.
State Of Buyer Personas 2016 Survey
DECEMBER 8, 2015
Each year, since originating the concept of buyer personas in 2001-2002, I have reflected and offered a perspective on the state of buyer personas. As in last year, I wish to incorporate the use of a survey to offer a comprehensive view of the state of buyer personas. From advice on how to do interviews to what elements to include in buyer persona descriptions.
Why CMOs Should Stop Being Addicted to Pay-per-Click Ads
Buzz Marketing for Technology
JANUARY 15, 2014
Better yet, the price was just right, ranging between 15 to 25 cents per click. It seemed like a great tool to grow our website traffic, as well as an effective means for generating unique leads. There was no doubt in my mind we were going to scale this campaign. So the typical reaction is to change the ad around and run it again.
4 Lessons from Responsive Design for CMOs
Buzz Marketing for Technology
FEBRUARY 12, 2014
According to data from a December 2012 study conducted by eConsultancy, nearly 70 percent of client-side marketers described their experience level with responsive design as “average” or better, and more than half of that group described their companies as “ahead of the curve” or “state of the art” when it came to the design technique. Rule #1: Don’t Become Complacent. touch, swipe).
B2B Marketing | Business to Business Marketing Information Portal
JUNE 3, 2009
B2B Marketing News SMEs flock to BT Tradespace 10 June 2009, 11:30 GMT BT Tradespace has announced 400 per cent year-on-year growth. The B2B social networking site – which was launched with the ‘specific mission’ of helping SMEs promote themselves, communicate with other businesses and grow – marked its second anniversary this month by signing up its 350,000th member. Tap into the resources in the Data section of the Knowledge Bank to get the biggest bang from your data buck. But too few marketers understand how to use it as a strategic route-to-market.
3 Ways CMOs Can Achieve Deeper Insights Into The Customer Journey
SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
Never more pressing as digital channels expand and become more immersed in the conduct of commerce. At the same time, the ability of marketing to influence and support the entire customer lifecycle continues to expand. Such pressing concerns have CMOs seeking better ways to understand the entire buying cycle, as opposed to marketing’s traditional concern with building awareness. If we touch upon these two points, one aspect we see is the role of marketing is extending beyond just customer desires to learn and become aware. Some are heeding to this call.
What the growth of inside sales means to B2B marketers
OCTOBER 29, 2014
Turns out, the statement was based on a recent study showing that inside sales is growing 7.5%, compared to field sales at only 0.5%, and that as of 2013, 53% of the B2B sales rep population sells by phone, instead of face-to-face. It strikes me that this development bears enormous implications for B2B marketers. Interestingly, inside sales reps appear to be more effective as well.
The Building Blocks of Content Marketing: How to Plan Your B2B Content Library
OCTOBER 23, 2013
Stevens of eMarketing Strategy presented our latest Biznology® Webinar about how to plan your B2B content libraries. But many B2B marketers struggle with the question of what content to develop, how to get it produced efficiently, and the best applications for content marketing. Photo credit: Saad Faruque. Yesterday, Ruth P. Stevens videos white papers
How B2B Leaders Are Understanding Buyers Better With Behavioral Buyergraphics
JANUARY 25, 2012
In the business-to-business world, the quest to connect with decision-makers has been and most likely will continue to be the main challenge confronting B2B leaders. For decades, B2B sales and marketing has relied on business information of the likes of Hoovers , Dun & Bradstreet , and others. What has been missing? Follow @TonyZambito.
Predictive Buyer Modeling Is Changing the Future of B2B
JANUARY 30, 2012
would not be surprised today if a group of B2B executives said they were using fortune tellers to peer into a crystal ball to make predictions about the future. The ability to make decisions based on predictions is becoming an essential attribute for B2B executives. Bringing a qualitative interface to the quantitative analytics. Image via Wikipedia. Related articles.
The State of Buyer Personas 2012
MAY 20, 2012
The adoption of research-based modeling of buyers that leads to buyer personas has been mixed. Understanding about buyer personas and their place in the grander effort of modeling buyers to inform marketing and sales strategies ranges from harmful misperceptions to evolving maturity levels profoundly transforming organizations. Yet, we have a long way to go.
Slow Death of the Funnel: Why Buyer Choice Matters to Revenue
FEBRUARY 16, 2012
This is part 1 of a limited series on why buyer choice modeling is the new view B2B Business must adopt to improve revenue performance and develop long lasting relationships with buyers. . B2B marketing and sales is still predominantly tethered to traditional ideas, approaches, and systems that are being dragged into the modern era. Follow @tonyzambito. Related articles.
Boost Demand Generation Using Target Ready Buyer Models
FEBRUARY 2, 2012
Recently, I published two articles related to 5 ways buyer behaviors are affecting B2B sales , and 5 ways they are affecting B2B marketing. Contrary to hyped notions of sales going away to wither in the desert – lead generation and the new label of demand generation are more important today than ever. What needs to change you might ask? An easy answer is to say plenty.
Why Digital Marketers Need to Get More Personal
Buzz Marketing for Technology
NOVEMBER 14, 2012
As trendy catchwords go, “personalization” has become a go-to term for websites and online marketers, laden with all the possibilities of connecting with individual consumers and a departure from the limitations of a one-size-fits-all approach. Nearly every online marketing vendor touts some form of personalization as the secret sauce for helping to target customers. It makes sense.