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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

10 Digital Trends to Inspire Your 2017 B2B Content Marketing Strategy

KoMarketing Associates

With 2017 less than two months away, it’s time to start thinking about your 2017 B2B content marketing strategy and how to get the most out of your efforts. With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of ten digital marketing trends that should be considered by all when thinking about next year’s content strategy. 1. Content Management Inefficiency Abounds.

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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

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.

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?  .

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.

How to Create Irresistibly Shareable Content

KoMarketing Associates

Every now and then, a piece of content goes absolutely viral on the internet. And, it’s pretty much every content marketer’s goal to produce that piece of content, the one that gets shared like crazy. Creating shareable content requires taking a step back and thinking about the process. What actually encourages people to share content? What Enjoy! The Place.

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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Making Industrial Content Marketing Engaging for Engineers and Industrial Buyers

Industrial Marketing Today

Industrial content marketing is facing a big challenge because manufacturers are struggling to make it more engaging for their target audience. They have a good grasp of industrial content marketing’s contributions at the top of funnel but can’t quite connect the dots when it comes to measuring its effectiveness in driving sales. This is only a content summary.

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.

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.

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.

13 Suggestions for Content Marketing Inspiration

KoMarketing Associates

One of the most rewarding parts of planning and writing content is landing on a new idea kernel. The newfound bounty can power content marketing efforts for a few weeks or even longer. So how can a content marketer keep a spark file of fresh ideas and stave off the boring, overdone, or stalled ones? Here are some suggestions for finding your content marketing inspiration.

Outside-in marketing: a pragmatic approach to content marketing

Biznology

Content Marketing is rapidly growing, but is often done poorly. People think they have to publish content regardless of the needs of their target audience, at a pace no one can possibly consume. This leads to what Mark Schaefer calls “content shock,” in which you overwhelm an increasingly unwilling audience with content. Don’t worry. Thanks to all our sponsors!

34 Compelling Content Marketing Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

Content marketing is now ubiquitous, with 93% of all marketers saying they do content marketing (it’s not clear what the other 7% are doing). But with so much content being produced, distributed and shared, how do you make your efforts stand out and grab the attention of your prospects? Only about half of marketers try to connect content to sales. TopRank ). 2.

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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

How Your Startup Can Overcome Content Marketing Challenges

KoMarketing Associates

Starting a content marketing program from scratch is right up there on the list. Data shows content marketing is a long game requiring consistent, strategic investment. Startups that invest in content marketing have the means to affirm theirs is the best solution. Content has the cues. There are even more reasons to begin content marketing early. Guess what?

Infusing SEO Into Your Content Marketing Strategy

B2B Marketing Insider

Most search marketers would agree that content marketing is an essential cog in the wheel of SEO. Exceptional content that delivers value and purpose can earn links naturally, fueling a website’s authority and overall ranking potential. When content marketing strategies are infused with subtle layers of SEO and keyword targeting, the potential to realize greater […].

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5 Reasons Snackable Content is (Still) Awesome

ScribbleLive

If you’ve ever heard the expression “big things come in small packages,” you already know a little something about snackable content. This social media content category might be composed of small, easy-to-consume chunks of information—think a tweet, or a Facebook video, or an Instagram meme—but it is nonetheless a mighty force for the good of your brand. Puh-lease.

8 Genius Ways to Repurpose Content

Act-On

B2B marketers are ramping up their content production, reporting a 51 percent budget increase for this year alone in a Content Marketing Institute study. Michael Brenner, CEO of the Marketing Insider Group , said, “Content marketing represents the gap between what brands produce and what consumers actually want.”. Everybody responds differently to content formats.

Infographic: Top 10 Types of Demand Generation Content

The Point

Choosing the right content offer for a demand generation campaign isn’t simply about aligning that content with a particular buying persona. Some content types are best-suited for early stage offers, while others will only appeal to those buyers in the very latter stages of the buying cycle. Click here to view the infographic full size.

Content Marketing 2015: Top 100 Influencers & Brands

Onalytica B2B

What’s next for content marketing? With a growing discussion and a solid increase in the use of content marketing across all disciplines we are asking ourselves what’s next for content marketing? We initially built this tool ourselves to find influencers using our latest content. Promote Your Content Among Key Influencers. Content. contently.

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Five Content Marketing Tips for B2B Success

Webbiquity

Business content is a turn off for 70% of consumers—that’s according to research by Flagship Consulting in association with The Economist Intelligence Unit. However, this figure is not surprising when, according to the research, 93% of marketers can’t resist trying to connect their content to the product, and 70% even measure their content by the number of calls from prospects.

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Is Content Operations Your Next Focus Area?

Avitage

The traditional, project oriented, creative craftsman approach to content cannot meet new requirements.  This post will introduce […] The post Is Content Operations Your Next Focus Area? Content Operations Strategy business trends Content marketing content operations digital enterprise digital marketing enterprise content strategy

Content Calendar for Content Marketing

PWB Marketing Blog

Metrics for content marketing, are key to understanding campaign performance! With content marketing, I like to be able to see what motivates a action, whether that is an email, phone call or a spike in traffic on the site. The calendar I created for them shows the days and times content is posted. The post Content Calendar for Content Marketing appeared first on PWB Blog.

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