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Matching Webinar Content to the Buying Cycle

It's All About Revenue

As prospects increasingly self-educate through the buying cycle, webinars have become a primary source of information that buyers turn to before making a purchase decision. To be most effective, your webinar content must be tailored to the specific objectives of each stage of the buying cycle. Industry trends. This post is Part 1 of a 2-part series.

Deconstructing the Four Stages of the Industrial Buy Cycle

Industrial Marketing Today

The problem becomes more acute for the industrial sector because the industrial buy cycle can be a long and complex process that often involves multiple decision makers. The white paper has deconstructed the complex industrial buy cycle into four distinct stages that the buyer systematically goes through. Sounds simple, right?

White Papers are Influence Kings, But Need Personalization to Maintain Crown

Tom Pisello

Internet Fuels IT Buying Cycles According to a recent survey of 500 technology decision makers and influencers, Internet access to content is changing the way IT solutions are purchased, with buyers using on-line research to drive substantial portion of the decision making cycle on their own. In a do-more-with-less environment, IT buyers view on-line content as essential to the buying process, a facilitator to help make better decisions more quickly. The issue is that traditional white papers are often not engaging enough to break through the clutter.

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Content Auditing and Mapping it to the Industrial Buy Cycle

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Content Auditing and Mapping it to the Industrial Buy Cycle by Achinta Mitra on September 3, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Integrated Industrial Marketing These days it is popular to say “Content is marketing currency.” of Tiecas, Inc.

Shortening the Industrial Buy Cycle in 5 Simple Steps

Industrial Marketing Today

Even though her article is about the B2B buy cycle in general, it is a perfect follow up to my earlier post “Deconstructing the Four Stages of the Industrial Buy Cycle.” She has focused on identifying the problem and providing a 5-step solution to shorten the buy cycle. What is the key to shortening the buy cycle? The steps are: 1.

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The State of Demand Generation

The Effective Marketer

Buying cycle control (you need to facilitate the buying process and understand what is required of you as a result). The Customer Buying Cycle Framework. According to SiriusDecisions, buyers go through three stages and six steps during their buying process. You have to be prepared to engage them throughout the cycle. Here are some of my notes. deals.

Tom Pisello: The ROI Guy: Do White Papers Still Engage? They do if.

The ROI Guy

Tom Pisello: The ROI Guy This blog is dedicated to the strategies and tools used by solution providers to better prove and improve the value of B2B solutions to frugal buyers - using diagnostic assessments, interactive white papers, ROI calculators and TCO comparisons. Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Do White Papers Still Engage? Do White Papers Still Rule?

Use Content Marketing to Manage Industrial Sales Funnels

Industrial Marketing Today

B2B and industrial marketers are usually tasked with two main responsibilities: Fill the top of the sales funnel (ToFU) with high quality leads. That’s why more B2B and industrial marketers are turning to content marketing to lift their lead generation ROI. similar trend is seen in the industrial sector. How do you use content marketing to manage your industrial sales funnel?

How to enhance information absorption for your white paper?

Connect the Docs

Many companies are producing video white papers as online presentations based on information that would normally go into a printed white paper. Visual connection seems to engage viewers better and also enhance information absorption. We asked our panel of white paper experts "In what scenarios should video white papers be used?

Who Do B2B Buyers Trust?

The ROI Guy

A common debate in B2B marketing is how to create and deliver the right content at the right time to help improve the connection and engagement with prospects and their buying decisions. When analyzing decision making patterns, buyers make purchasing decisions based on content containing the most valuable information and seek out sources, which are trustworthy and relevant. Overall, buyers continue to prefer documents such as research briefs, white papers and blog posts as the most important form of content along each stage in the buyer’s journey.

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How to write lead generating white papers?

Connect the Docs

White papers are powerful sources of lead generation. We asked our panel of white paper experts "What are the top 2 components of a white paper that is most effective to generate leads?" He is also the author of the White Paper Pundit blog. This principle of engagement also corresponds well to white papers. Books.

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The Big O – Outcome Selling

The ROI Guy

Empowered Buyers: Fueled by the Internet, with access to a wealth of resources, research, discussions, product and pricing information, buyers are self-empowered to drive the buying cycle, inviting sales later and later into the decision making process, if at all. Path - How will it be purchased and how can you help facilitate the decision cycle? The benefits include: 1.

How Buyer Personas Shape White Papers

Savvy B2B Marketing

thought it would be helpful to show how a buyer persona comes into play when creating a specific content asset, in this case a white paper. When I ask clients about the audience for a white paper, I sometimes hear: "the technical and business decision makers" (i.e., Align with the buying stage. Do buyer personas shape your white papers?

Best Random but Interesting B2B Marketing Posts, Articles and Resources of 2010

Webbiquity

In this penultimate best-of-last-year post you’ll find a compendium of interesting, informative and valuable but difficult-to-categorize marketing-related articles and blog posts from 2010. And one of my favorites, “Social media thought leadership is built by empowering employees to talk about your company and industry.&#. Enjoy! B2B Marketing Tips, Insights and Resources.

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Variety of Content is the Key in the Early Stages of the.

Industrial Marketing Today

In Needs Awareness and Research phases, the first two stages of the industrial buy cycle (see my earlier post Deconstructing the Four Stages of the Industrial Buy Cycle ) your prospects and customers use a variety of online content to find solutions to their current problems and needs. This white paper aims to change that perception of them.

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The Biggest Challenge in Creating and Marketing White Papers

Connect the Docs

Business decision makers don't read white papers just because a product or service is "cool" They have real business problems they are trying to solve. How should marketers solve this informational need? We asked white paper experts: " What is the biggest challenge in creating and marketing a white paper? Who needs white papers anyway?

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Killer Questions to Ask Before Starting a White Paper Project

Connect the Docs

How can you create a white paper that serves it purpose - create high quality leads, provide useful information to potential customers etc. Well, like Stephen Covey said, "You begin with the end in mind" We asked our panel of white paper experts "W hat are the 3 key questions you ask before starting a white paper project? Buying Guide.

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New White Paper and Eloqua Prospect Profiler

Customer Experience Matrix

In honor of the event, they sponsored a white paper by Yours Truly on the general topic of, um, why it’s important to make it easier for salespeople to review prospect behaviors that are captured by the demand generation system. At a minimum, it keeps the company in the consideration set during the early stages of the buying cycle. Back to Eloqua Prospect Profiler.

Spring has Sprung, and So Should New Sales and Marketing Practices

The ROI Guy

It is not often we see so many thought leaders and pundits confluence around such significant observations: • At Forrester , sales enablement analyst Scott Santucci indicates that “We are in the middle of a major transformation in the B2B sales model, driven by customer’s enterprise-wide strategic procurement initiatives to buy only what they need at the lowest possible price”. Marketing luminary Seth Godin indicates that "No business buys a solution for a problem they don't have." Path - How will it be purchased and how can you help facilitate the decision cycle?

The White Paper Question: To Gate or Not To Gate?

Connect the Docs

We asked white paper experts: " How should marketers balance the need for free content (helpful for prospects decision making) Vs. the need to have content that produces a steady flow of good leads (that can directed to sales team)? He is also the author of the White Paper Pundit blog. Generating More Leads with Video White Papers. White Paper FAQs.

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ClickInsights: What is the ideal length of a white paper?

Connect the Docs

How do you concisely convey the information you want to present in your white paper? How long should a white paper be to convey information and yet hold readers interest from start to end? We have invited White Paper Experts to shed light on the following question: "What is the ideal length of a white paper?" Provoke?

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New Research on How B2B Marketers Get More Leads

Act-On

As a result, there’s quite a lot of information available about what works and what doesn’t. So should every white paper, every webinar, and every other content format. The extra information will help your sales team winnow out the weaker leads. It doesn’t ask them for the same information all over again. That’s harder than it sounds. But we do have one advantage.

Alinean Launches Interactive White Papers

The ROI Guy

Overcomes Marketing Information Overload, Transforming Traditional White Papers into Dynamic, Personalized Engagement Tools Alinean, the leading creator of value-based interactive sales and marketing tools for B2B vendors, today launched a new demand generation tool for B2B marketers – Alinean Interactive White Papers. Unlike traditional white papers, Alinean Interactive White Papers use profile information from a prospect to intelligently customize the collateral with more personalized, relevant and analytical content.

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Tom Pisello: The ROI Guy: Alinean Launches Interactive White Papers

Tom Pisello

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Alinean Launches Interactive White Papers Overcomes Marketing Information Overload, Transforming Traditional White Papers into Dynamic, Personalized Engagement Tools Alinean, the leading creator of value-based interactive sales and marketing tools for B2B vendors, today launched a new demand generation tool for B2B marketers – Alinean Interactive White Papers.

7 Strategies for Using Content to Market Industrial Products

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website 7 Strategies for Using Content to Market Industrial Products by Achinta Mitra on May 14, 2010 in Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing & Web 2.0 , Industrial Marketing Blog I am a big fan of Content Marketing or as some people like to refer to it as Inbound Marketing. Thanks for sharing! Resources

Does Your White Paper Have a Call to Action? (My Guess: No)

Savvy B2B Marketing

Seems basic enough, but is this really common practice with white papers? I did some very unscientific research, and the results may surprise you. Jonathan Kantor provides a list of white papers each Friday in his blog, The White Paper Pundit. They are not B2B white papers, but it's still an interesting exercise. So what did I find?

Does Your White Paper Have a Call to Action? (My Guess: No)

Savvy B2B Marketing

Seems basic enough, but is this really common practice with white papers? I did some very unscientific research, and the results may surprise you. Jonathan Kantor provides a list of white papers each Friday in his blog, The White Paper Pundit. They are not B2B white papers, but it's still an interesting exercise. So what did I find?

Content Marketing Tips for Lead Nurturing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Direct mail examples: personal letters, dimensional mailers, books, post cards, newsletters, press releases, white papers, event invitations, research reports, case studies, success stories and third-party articles. Email examples: links to by-lined articles, blog posts, links to third party articles, case studies, press releases, white papers, e-newsletters, event invitations, archived event links, research reports, blogs, success stories, video, podcasts, third-party articles and website content. Glossaries of industry terms, directories and how-to guides.

Lead Nurturing in 6 Simple Steps

B2B Lead Generation Blog

What industry are they in? Make sure you understand what each persona looks like, their needs and goals, what information they’re looking for and how they prefer to receive their information. Decide what information would be most relevant to them . Find content – articles, blogs, white papers and the like – that addresses these issues. Step #1. Step #2.

How many profile questions does Alinean recommend for an Interactive White Paper questionnaire?

The ROI Guy

Interactive White Papers are designed to quickly personalize white paper content for relevancy. The last thing a user wants to do, even to get a valuable white paper, is fill out a lengthy profile to receive their personalized report, but at the same time you want to ask enough questions so that the content can be customized appropriately. This occurs automatically on program launch, and means the user does not have to retype important profile information. interactive smart content interactive white paper Demand Generation Pisello Alinean

6 Success Factors for Adopting Marketing Automation

Act-On

These pieces should be strong enough, and compelling enough that the people you attract to your website will be happy to give you their contact information in trade for access. This informs your message, so you can build content that speaks to your audience. The definition of “large” varies by business size, industry, and sales cycle. Congratulations!

White Papers are Influence Kings, But Need Personalization to Retain Crown

The ROI Guy

Internet Fuels IT Buying Cycles According to a recent survey of 500 technology decision makers and influencers, Internet access to content is changing the way IT solutions are purchased, with buyers using on-line research to drive substantial portion of the decision making cycle on their own. In a do-more-with-less environment, IT buyers view on-line content as essential to the buying process, a facilitator to help make better decisions more quickly. The issue is that traditional white papers are often not engaging enough to break through the clutter.

33 Inspiring B2B digital marketing case studies

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Maybe it’s because the buying cycle takes longer, more people are involved in purchase decisions and sales are made for rational, not emotional, reasons. Here we go: CONTENT MARKETING ADP : Developed a content marketing campaign to connect and engage with their target audience on a ADP solution using white papers and a diagnostic assessment tool. million. million.

Can Industrial and B2B Marketers Learn Creative Problem Solving.

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Can Industrial and B2B Marketers Learn Creative Problem Solving from Fifth Graders? How can industrial and B2B marketers apply the same creative problem solving lessons in engaging with their prospects and customers? This white paper aims to change that perception of them. The four steps are: 1.