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Content marketing has spawned a huge proliferation of free marketing knowledge.       Hubs such as MarketingSherpa (launched 2000) provide a treasure trove of   10,000 free B2B resources. The downsizing of print journalism payrolls and rise of content marketing could be one of the contributing growth factors in freelance marketplaces for marketing professionals.

Destructive B2B Sales Practices

Acquiring Minds

Better Sales Training - Training on solution knowledge and how best to engage customers are two key training areas for sales.    McKinsey calls for a centralization of content development and creation of compelling value propositions.    This seems to be a call for marketing and sales to align their efforts better on messaging.   Tech Mergers & Acquisitions - In Q1 2010, $68.8 Resources.

Marketers are smarter

Acquiring Minds

Content marketing has spawned a huge proliferation of free marketing knowledge.       Hubs such as MarketingSherpa (launched 2000) provide a treasure trove of   10,000 free B2B resources. The downsizing of print journalism payrolls and rise of content marketing could be one of the contributing growth factors in freelance marketplaces for marketing professionals.

Be Social or Be Fit?

Acquiring Minds

The rhythm of training and racing hasn’t left much time for the demands of producing content for social media. For the past year I have been anti-social: hardly a tweet and nary a blog post. While the social media wave has swept over the world, I have been navigating other waves. have plunged in and taken up triathlon. Nice to be back! blogs social media blogging Triathlon

A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey

HubSpot's Social Media Delivers on ROI

Acquiring Minds

Mike has calculated his cost-per-inquiry as $10 per inquiry and includes the marketing overheads for content creation. Marketers should create content or tools that engage prospects to realize a social media outcome. In some of my previous posts , I suggested that social media is highly effective in generating marketing ROI. Last week, I interviewed Mike Volpe , VP of Marketing HubSpot , for his perspective on social media ROI. Mike started off our discussion by observing that most marketers believe that social media is only suitable for creating buzz and fostering brands.

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Delivering ROI on Social Media

Acquiring Minds

If your goal is to attract visitors to your website, blogs are an ideal medium to publish fresh, relevant content with keywords that attract the search engines like bees to honey. My last post discussed why the nature of social media need not be compromised by pursuing lead generation through these new media. Today, let's turn to some examples of how B2B marketers are embracing social media for this purpose. A few weeks ago, McKinsey & Company released the results of their latest survey on social media: Building the Web 2.0 Enterprise: McKinsey Global Survey Results. Bingo!

Lead Generation through Social Media?

Acquiring Minds

Where social media happily deviate from their fellow communication and collaboration tools is their unique ability to dialog with not only internal but also external parties and to publish fresh content featuring keywords that attract search engines to your website. You can almost see the collective hand wringing and hear the teeth gnashing as angst-ridden B2B marketers are being pressed by their organizations for proof on the value of social media. It's clear that B2B organizations, being metrics driven beasts, are looking for more 'beef' beyond the measurement of engagement.

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More Reasons that Small Businesses Excel at Social Media

Acquiring Minds

And now let`s feature some of the top reasons submitted from those who read the blog: Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer, MarketingProfs "Got passion? After my last posting on small business and social media, Chris Brogan was kind enough to tweet my blog and attract some savvy writers. At the same time, Ann Handley was a welcome visitor to ye old blog. surprise for me: all of the comments were positive and relevant (except for the guy trying to sell me on doing business on Costa Rica). Is this showing up in the data?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content. B2B Marketing.

Top 10 Reasons Small Businesses Excel at Social Media

Acquiring Minds

The production of relevant social media content requires this dedication and investment. Today I attended Forrester' s Webinar "Defining Your B2B Social Media Strategy" with Vice President and Principal Analyst, Laura Ramos, and Vice President of Tech Industry Consulting, Dan Klein. The seminar was chock full of interesting facts on social media usage by B2B marketers and by B2B decision-makers. For both B2B vendors and the buyers of those solutions, social media is considered a second tier marketing medium. Laura attributes part of this to using `warmed-over press releases` on blogs.

What to make of the new Oracle.

Acquiring Minds

How well will the hard-hitting and competitive print ads from Oracle make the transition to the world of online media and user-generated content? You may have caught Kate Maddox of BtoB Online covering the recent Business Marketing Association conference. According to Kate, the candor of Judith Sim, VP-CMO of Oracle, during her keynote at the BMA conference was quite surprising. Judith stated that Oracle has increased its return on marketing despite declining budgets. That budget is 1.7% of revenue versus more than 5% a decade ago. CMP's elimination of some its print publications).

Content shock re-visited, the content marketing myths and realities

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They realize that producing content is a great way to increase awareness for their agendas and brands. Perhaps they’ve read my book  The Content Code , which articulates this very strategy. I was incredibly disappointed my article didn’t make the cut. In any event, the cost of producing this content is going to go up, up, up. Content Shock is certainly here to stay.

The Best Content Marketing Examples

B2B Marketing Insider

Last year we published 99 Amazing Content Marketing Examples. But if you are you looking for the best content marketing examples you’ve come to the right […]. The post The Best Content Marketing Examples appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content MarketingThere were actually 106 examples there but “99+” felt better.

B2B Content Marketing: Will Video Kill eBooks?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

“With the rise of content marketing, a lot of businesses get stuck in the eBook rut,” saysLinda West ( @ misslindawest ), Director of Digital Marketing at Act-On Software , a rapidly growing company that makes a marketing automation Software as a Service (SaaS). Shift in Customer Behavior in Content Marketing. How a technology company used its employees to generate quality content.

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A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

Content Marketing is essential for anyone who wants continued success and growth

What is structured content?

Biznology

Structured content is the most important trend in digital marketing that you’ve probably never heard of. Of all the stories and advice in our book Outside-In Marketing: Using Big Data to Guide Your Content Marketing , the one that has attracted the most questions from my colleagues is the section on structured content. All that did was change the shape of the content.

The five great questions of content marketing

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These five content-related posts stood out as the great questions representing the minds of the conference attendees: 1. Breaking through the noise. “We can create ‘great’ content, but how do we guarantee it is seen? Seamless content creation. want to make sure we all seamlessly collaborate on content creation.”. 4. By Mark Schaefer. Competing funding levels. ” 5.

Cognitive content strategy

Biznology

My job involves building content systems and platforms for the world’s largest private digital publisher— IBM. Here is an example of a Twitter conversation related to the topic: The goal is no different for small sites and large sites: you need to help your users find the content that answers their questions in the fewest number of clicks. Cognitive content markup.

Personalized content for more effective content marketing

Biznology

Content marketing is, of course, a great way to attract and engage an audience, but if you’re putting out one set of content for all comers, you’re wasting an opportunity to engage more deeply. Personalizing content will yield much greater results. Persona-Specific Content. Behavior-Based Content. Don’t call them, they’ll call you. How did they find your site?

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful

The 24 Best Visual Content Creation Tools

Webbiquity

More than 90% of B2B marketers already use content marketing in some form, and spending on content marketing is projected to double by 2019. But content won’t simply be produced in greater volumes, it will also become increasingly visual. Visual and video content will become increasing important.” ” — Marketing Insider Group (Content). 14) Kleki.

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What Is Content Marketing Development?

KoMarketing Associates

As a content marketer, I look forward to this time of year. This past year, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of content advisory programs, where our team is making recommendations for our clients’ content marketing teams – and then they execute. That said, there are a number of best practices to keep in mind when developing effective content marketing programs.

Content Shock is here. Now what?

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About two years ago, I wrote a blog post called Content Shock: Why Content Marketing is not a sustainable strategy. The premise behind Content Shock is simple. My post was a call to arms, pointing out that what worked in content marketing a few years ago — when content was a novelty — will not work in this era or overwhelming information density.

The strategy behind the content

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At the end of each year I reflect on what I need to do more of or less of … what is working now and what will be working in the coming year. A lot of this reflection is spent on the time I spend creating content. thought I would share for you my strategic view of the strategy behind the content streams going into 2016. Content has no value unless it is seen and shared.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content. B2B Marketing.

The business case for unbranded content

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In this age of overwhelming content, our consumers can steer around what bore them. You could have a massive marketing budget and team of writers and designers, but if no one engages enough to share your content and ideas, then it’s just not working. Why would you create content and not even take credit for it? Using unbranded content when branding is impossible.

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22 Tantalizing Content Marketing Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

With the near-universal embrace of content marketing— 93% of B2B marketers are using content marketing , and B2C marketers are close behind—the amount of brand content being produced has exploded. Already widespread, content marketing will continue to grow. Visual and video content will become increasing important. Stats About Content Marketing Use and Trends. 1.

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Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?

Tony Zambito

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%. The Track Maven study found that content engagement decreased by 17% in the same period. 

How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content

Tony Zambito

The explosion of content in the digital world is an unprecedented phenomenon just a few could have predicted twenty-five years ago.  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. by Creative Stall. New Dilemmas For Marketers.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content. B2B Marketing.

The uncomfortable state of content marketing metrics

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In a post titled Content Marketing – It’s About to Get Weird , my friend Joe Pulizzi revealed disappointing findings from an annual research survey. Here’s Joe goes on to paint a hopeful picture of content marketing’s future by plugging this problem into the Gartner’s “hype cycle” model. Fixing the content marketing problem. It sucked.

B2B Content Marketing Trends for 2017

MI6 Marketing Agency

If you’re wondering what the B2B content marketing trends for 2017 are this post is for you. The chart below is featured in the research report : “ B2B Content Marketing: 2017 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends – North America ” published by MarketingProfs and the Content Marketing Institute (CMI). B2B Content Marketing Trends, Benchmarks and Budgets for 2017.

From Mealy to Meaty: How to Create Better Content

Act-On

Many of us content marketers have been operating under a faulty premise. Every year, we’ve made it a priority to create more and more content. Even this year, 76% of B2B content marketers say they will create more content. But does more content result in better content? We could get more strategic about curating some content. So what to do?  .

The Telltale 8% Drop In Content Marketing Effectiveness

Tony Zambito

The annual Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs B2B Content Marketing Benchmark Study 2016 is quite startling. Perhaps not as drastic as the Dow falling by 8%, but to see the percentage of marketers who believe their content marketing was effective drop to 30% from 38% in one year is a revelation. Documented Content Strategy Helps. by Aha-Soft.

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust

The 23 Best Content Ideation Tools

Webbiquity

Great content—the kind that resonates with your audience—starts with great topic ideas. What are the best tools for finding great content ideas? Here are almost two dozen of the best content ideation tools finding and capturing bursts of inspiration. Sample review:  “Turns your content creation into a magazine, while it can also be embedded on WordPress sites too.”

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Industrial Content Marketing’s Role in Sales

Industrial Marketing Today

You’ve probably read all the buzz surrounding industrial content marketing. The Content Marketing Institute found that 81% of business-to-business (B2B) manufacturers in North America said that their organizations were using content marketing (Source: 2016 B2B Manufacturing Content Marketing Trends—North America). This is only a content summary.

Should your content generate leads or relationships?

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His business goal was to generate an ever-increasing number of leads from his company’s blog content and he wanted my ideas on what they might try to kick the number up. “Should your content be aimed at building short-term leads for cold calls, or for building real business relationships?” Should content generate leads or relationships? ” I asked.

How Does Content Marketing Help with SEO?

Webbiquity

Content marketing and SEO are often written about and addressed separately. There have been theories surrounding Google’s algorithm that question if content marketing as important as people think it is for a business’ rankings for years, but there’s no doubting that efficiently marketing quality copy is beneficial to any SEO strategy. The answer: through content marketing.

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