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What businesses can learn from hipsters

Beyond

How one man’s battle with the “hipster” label serves as a lesson for brands

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Why do B2B buyers decide to buy? The Buyersphere Report reveals thinking behind the buying process

Beyond

Did they do it to help them cope with an expanding business? Why do B2B buyers decide to buy? The question every marketer wants to ask is answered by Part 1 of the Buyersphere Report. If there is a golden moment for B2B marketers, it is the very outset of the buying process. When the blue touchpaper is first lit, and buyers finally decide that they have to buy… At this point the buyer is hungry for information. Open to ideas. Susceptible, even vulnerable. Did they make the purchase to reduce their overall costs? Did they do it to leverage new technology? Download Report here.

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Creating a Good Pitch

Beyond

Having been in this business for more than 20 years I can safely say that, as with so many things in the universe of marketing and design, there is no one recipe to guarantee perfect results What makes a good pitch?

Did You Have A Nice Christmas? (And Why 2014 Is The Year That Brands Have To Humanise)

Beyond

As we return to the grindstone in 2014, we should remember that there is a key business lesson to learn from the festive period. It''s one that the smart brands know all about. But in amongst all the tinsel, telly and turkey, did you learn anything

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

better job of linking their efforts to measurable business results. Demonstrate business results: the challenge to tie marketing efforts to measurable business results (e.g., Encourage employee advocacy: a business's employees are (or at least should be) natural brand advocates. What are the business and. my business deliver upon them? B2B Marketing.

Social Media: Are B2B Buyers Really Using It?

Beyond

So in this year’s Buyersphere research, we asked 500 B2B buyers what they actually did online during the buying process for a recent, significant (over £20,000) business purchase. Look beyond the hype – are B2B buyers really using social media? The answers are here. It’s a painfully repetitive question. We’d rather hear it directly from the B2B buyers themselves.

The Key To Social Selling: Be Nice

Beyond

Some of the nicest business people on social media also happen to be some of the most successful. always thought this was pure coincidence but a recent post by Eric Tung suggests that it is more than that

Data capture fail: Do businesses really need my inside leg measurement?

Beyond

I question the way data capture forms are being used by businesses. There is such a fine, and sometimes blind, line between making sure that people are viewing your content and putting them off with overwhelming data capture forms

How the UK could benefit from an extra £11.5bn through flexible working

Beyond

The Centre for Economics and Business Research has recently carried out a piece of research on flexible working, discussing the benefits the UK could stand to gain from a “work from anywhere” culture

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

better job of linking their efforts to measurable business results. Demonstrate business results: the challenge to tie marketing efforts to measurable business results (e.g., Encourage employee advocacy: a business's employees are (or at least should be) natural brand advocates. What are the business and. my business deliver upon them? B2B Marketing.

Who is the social media voice for your business?

Beyond

You don't often hear phrases like "305% ROI" attached to discussions about social media, so I was delighted to read, via Kipp Bodnar , about Forrester's recent research into "live chat" as a sales tool. Basically, the point of the research was to show that having a "live" person manning the chatroom, fielding enquiries from prospects, is a sound investment for 'big-ticket' B2B sales.

Listen and learn

Beyond

One of the things I really love about my job is that I'm always learning - in particular about my clients, their responsibilities, their worries, their jobs and their businesses. especially love meeting new people working in businesses, industries, and markets where I know very little. This is a fantastically privileged position to be in. or at least that's what I thought I was doing.

Turning the B2B world inside-out. Or is it outside-in?

Beyond

Which is better and why should B2B marketers care? I was wondering this as I took my seat yesterday at an event yesterday entitled "Outside-in v inside-out: the great debate" hosted by Experian and ABBA (the Association of Business-to-Business Agencies , not the Swedish power-pop combo ). Is your marketing outside-in? Or inside-out?

Beyond: The Poems. Order now

Beyond

And in this case, beyond business as usual. You can't write a poem about B2B marketing'. Not just one, anyway. More like seven. It all started just over a year ago with an invitation: our original pink poem in B2B Marketing magazine. Following up in the Beyond blog, we asked all of you involved in B2B to 'debate how and why (if?) But what good is a poem about B2B marketing? Deeper. Really.

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Twitter and B2B: don't be fooled by the silent majority

Beyond

This fact, according to the widely quoted recent report by Harvard Business School , "implies that Twitter resembles more of a one-way, one-to-many publishing service than a two-way, peer-to-peer communication network". Apparently, 90% of Twitter traffic is created by just 10% of users. The sub-text here is clear: Twitter is mainly spam.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

better job of linking their efforts to measurable business results. Demonstrate business results: the challenge to tie marketing efforts to measurable business results (e.g., Encourage employee advocacy: a business's employees are (or at least should be) natural brand advocates. What are the business and. my business deliver upon them? B2B Marketing.

Let your people go: the great social media in the workplace debate

Beyond

According to the third annual Deloitte LLP Ethics & Workplace survey , 60 percent of business executives believe they have a right to know how employees portray themselves and their organizations in online social networks. However, employees disagree, as more than half (53 percent) say that employers have no business monitoring their online activity. EMPLOYEE: (indignantly) I am an individual; let me speak for myself! EMPLOYER: (blusteringly) I pay your wages! make the rules! It's a funny situation. Fascinating research, but I think we might be overlooking something here.

Socialize your videos for business development

Biznology

It feels forced, message-y, and sales-y; kind of like commercials on TV. H ere are some ideas for creating videos for business development and sales that fits naturally into the way today’s buyers communicate. Video Content for Business Development is Just a Video. If it’s a video for business development,  its only goal should be to get the viewer to seek more information.

16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats

Webbiquity

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? One may have thought this question was answered years ago by Milan Kundera who famously said , “Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.”.

Small Business Marketing Optimization Tips for 2016

Webbiquity

The year is coming to a close, which means it’s time to start looking at the exciting opportunities 2016 will have to offer your small business. You’re probably thinking, “If only I had more time today!,” but what you should really be doing is focusing on areas you can improve your business every day for the remainder of 2015. Guest post by John Oechsle. Data Management. Social media.

Marketing to Millennial business buyers

Biznology

The Millennial generation has been out in the workforce for a while now, and this cohort is now entering the stage of their careers where they are part of the business buying process. Much has been written about Millennial preferences as consumers, but how about them as business buyers?  These are the product positioning angles that are meaningful to the new business buyer.

The Real Roadblock to Social Business Success

Webbiquity

Stories about how top executives just don’t “get” social media and the concept of social business were common four or five years ago. Per recent research from GaggleAMP : “Connecting your business with your employees in social media can boost your social media presence. But it’s jarring to still come across such reports today. marketing and HR).

The Social Business Shift [Infographic]

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this What’s a  social business  all about? But what social business is truly about a “shift”, a move from enterprises attempting insulate itself from disruption and instead greeting it warmly. The social business shift is leading to a social business economy. What’s your definition of a “social business”?

Business volunteering – people or profits?

The B2B Research Blog

Our goal with this project was to help charities attract more volunteers from the business community, and to help businesses implement a more successful volunteering strategy. To do so we surveyed 200 decision makers in London businesses to understand their attitudes, motivations, practices and challenges when it came to volunteering. The The results were fascinating. 

10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

The Point

The post 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog appeared first on The Point. B2B Marketing blog marketing Blogs Content marketing Demand Generation Email Newsletters lead generation SEO Social Media Uncategorized blog content blog design blog lead generation business blogging tips social media agency social media consultants social media design social media ROI

Better Business Blogs: Correct Those Broken Links

Writing on the Web

Are you keeping your business blog fresh? If In a perfect world, we would always know exactly what the Big Search Engines want from us and our business blogs, always and without a doubt. We won’t call it “SEO”, but rather a component of content marketing that business owners can get a handle on, without too many technical details. Ah, yes, nirvana. Link rot.

Using Data-Driven Marketing for Business Success

It's All About Revenue

Here are some tips on how to use data-driven marketing for business success: Start with how to measure the ROI of your marketing efforts. With the advent of huge amounts of data now available, thanks to online interactions and shopping, digital marketing has become hugely reliant on this data-type of information for decision-making. Increase investment once you have the right formula.

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Interesting Marketing Trends of Small Businesses [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

Small businesses face challenges of small budgets and scarce resources, causing them to be even more selective of their decisions in growing their top line. Small businesses therefore test, pivot, and analyze to recognize where their dollars would be best spent. This infographic outlines some of the tactics and observations that help small businesses advertise. Postal Service.

10 essentials missing from your business website

Biznology

You want a business website that sells. There are two things a solid brand identity and your business website absolutely need to succeed. Almost any business website will benefit from a contact form that allows customers to instantly “reach out” online. form on your website allows customers to interact with you at any time and will keep you from losing business.

Social Business: Four Real-Life Truths about Collaboration

Conversionation

Since nearly five months we started working with BT Global Services on an integrated global social business, training and content marketing program. Many departments, countries, languages and actions: you can imagine it learns one a few lessons on social business and collaboration. Social business is all about people, integration (the silos, remember?) Some facts and data.

How long should your online business video production be?

Biznology

In the office, commuting to work, and during off hours; on our desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices…we are all watching more online videos for business than ever before. But what is the optimal length of an online business video production ? Thus the golden rule for “how long should an online business video be?” is – never make it longer than it has to be. 180 seconds?

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Cost areas that make up a business video marketing communication

Biznology

If you are planning to make an investment in business video marketing communication, but don’t yet have precedent of ROI and/or analytics, then you may be only looking at the purchase price as the main decision making criteria. Business video production services are a professional service and just like any professional services purchase there is a wide range of options.

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Has social business finally arrived?

Biznology

Based on what has been written by advocates of social business, one might have expected radical changes to have already occurred across the business landscape. While many start-up companies have adopted new technologies and business models, the majority of businesses, however, have been relatively slow to change. The post Has social business finally arrived?

6 Business Skills Every B2B Marketer Must Master

Type A Communications

B2B Marketing Business Change ManagementMay 3, 2016 We’re barely into the week and I’ve already heard the same tale of woe from four different companies. They need a different kind of marketer. Well, to. read more.

How Small Businesses Can Use Real-Time Case Studies to Acquire New Clients

Webbiquity

As a result, his business flourishes. Effective user acquisition strategy is the new Holy Grail for all small business owners and marketers. So instead of investing in expensive growth hacking strategies, you can simply share a few case studies to make your blog business look authentic and to-the-point. Guest post by Bill Achola. Ned J. One day, he decides to try something new.

Does every business need content marketing? A reality check.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Does every business need content marketing? He recently became president of a company whose primary line of business is producing highly-engineered rolls for the steel manufacturing process. Most of my career has been spent in businesses that actually made stuff in big old plants, so this is familiar territory. Business is hard. By Mark Schaefer. Of course not.

Two reasons to invest in online business video production

Biznology

To get informed and educated quickly, the people who make decisions are watching more and more online business videos every single day for a reason. The reason is pretty simple – online business video marketing content gives them [decision makers at any stage, from lower level recommenders to ultimate budget holders] the most amount of information in the shortest amount of time.

10 of the Best Podcasts About Business and Management

Hubspot

We’re busy, we’re distracted, we’re ambitious, and we’re always on the hunt for new sources of inspiration. That’s why business management-oriented podcasts are so perfect for today’s professionals. Since the majority of podcasts are light in tone and conversational in structure, they make it easy to explore business challenges and trends from multiple perspectives. Former U.S.

Top 10 Essential Features Every Small Business Website Must Have

B2B Marketing Insider

If you have a business of any size or type, you already know that you must have a website if you are going to be successful. In this age of information and the Internet, people expect to find businesses online. Some business owners have a list of reasons why they don’t think they need a […]. Marketing Strategy essential features small business website

19 Remarkable Guides on Business Strategy, Leadership and Motivation

Webbiquity

It’s a (sometimes forgotten) truism of business that no company can cut its way to growth. Entrepreneurs are forming new businesses at an increasing pace, hoping to take advantage of new opportunities in the recovering economy. But the business environment has changed significantly in just the past six years since the start of the downturn. Leadership Guides.