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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

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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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

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?

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.

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.

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.”.

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.

Does every business need content marketing? A reality check.

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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.

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”?

Deleting Your Social Media Business Page? Read This First.

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Let’s say you’ve had it up to the heavens with Facebook and you want to delete your social media business page. Option A: Deleting Your Social Media Business Page. Whether we’re talking Facebook, Twitter, or SnapChat, it’s a tough call to decide to delete ANY of your social media business pages altogether. Is deleting it the way to go? But still. Yikes!

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. 

Case study: Small business content marketing success

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After six years in business, Pet Sitters Ireland is Ireland’s largest Pet Sitting and Dog Walking company, with thousands of visits competed every month to hundreds of pet owners across Ireland. When we started the business, we thought traditional marketing methods would bring in customers. We put out flyers, hung up posters, ran some newspaper ads, and gave out business cards.

The business case for unbranded content

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Let’s take a deeper look at the business case for unbranded content through three interesting case studies. 1. The post The business case for unbranded content appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Let's take a deeper look at the business case for unbranded content through three interesting case studies. 1. The answer?

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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

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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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.

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.

The one social media rule ALL businesses should follow

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There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach for businesses when it comes to which social media platforms you should have a presence on or what times you should post, and many other areas that marketers will try to stuff down your throat (ugh, blanket statements!). BUSINESS. Or how you’re protecting your business from being locked out of your own accounts. BUSINESS.

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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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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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The Business Case for Blab: Trust Acceleration

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The business case for Blab. The post The Business Case for Blab: Trust Acceleration appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. The business case for Blab. The post The Business Case for Blab: Trust Acceleration appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Is it really this good? For brands?

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Social media and the forgotten business opportunity

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And here is what most people have forgotten — Business has always been built on relationships, not people yelling at you. You’d lose a lot of business right?  If you wouldn’t do it in real life, why would you do it online? What makes people think this is any way to build a relationship that leads to business benefits? The pitch. The opt-in. Spamming for help.

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?