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A creative director’s take on marketing strategy and tactics

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The content? The media and formats are new, but the relevance and variety of the information – content – hasn’t changed much. It’s a great way to motivate companies to create repositories of messages, offers, and content that can be distributed as soon as a response or inquiry is submitted. Lead generation is a top objective of B2B marketers. And we do that a lot. Right.

How to Improve Your Marketing Automation ROI

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By itself, a MAP can help marketers refine their targeting and the assignment of specific content to prospects; together these drive greater response rates. Effective B2B marketing processes plus automation yield outsized returns. The magic lies in realizing higher conversion rates throughout the Sales cycle. It’s not about generating more leads; it’s about identifying the right leads.

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B2B telemarketing: An interview with Michael Brown

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define that as: phone + e-mail + social + SEO/SEM + online content. Ask before telling and learn before selling. Michael Brown is our “Business to Business By Phone Expert”. When it comes to using the phone to generate, nurture and qualify leads, there’s nobody better than Michael. So I sat down with Michael and asked him what’s new in telemarketing. Cold callers call to pitch. Well put.

B2B Marketing Automation: Crawl, Walk, Run, Win

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Step 1: Develop Personas and Related Content. Repurpose, refresh or create content for offers that are relevant and useful to them. Match the content and cadence to each. The bad news is that when it comes it comes to implementing marketing automation for generating, nurturing and qualifying leads, many B2B marketers are daunted by the perceived complexity. The good news?

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more

Marketing for leads and sales: What’s working for technology companies today

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They’re struggling with content development. How do they create the amount of quality content they need with limited resources? Where should people start… how should they go about creating the content they need? Inventory what (content) you already have in house. Curate and use other people’s content, with their permission and giving them credit. Add to the content on your site so prospects have a reason to return to it. And it’s also for developing the content that can be leveraged for the other two buckets: Case studies, podcasts, webinars, etc.

Graphic design tips from one of our experts

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Kim designs marketing and campaign materials for our clients including emails, landing pages and other online and offline marketing materials such as “offer” content including white papers, how-to guides, checklists, case studies and presentations. Worth considering: Need help designing your B2B lead generation and lead nurturing campaigns and content? Less is more. Honor your brand.

B2B Email Marketing: Interview with Stephanie Miller

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The bad news: It’s not about content – so changing words like "Free" or "Click here" won’t make much of a difference. Keep it simple – no one has time to read a lengthy newsletter, even if the content is interesting. Use unique content and a slower pace. This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest today is Stephanie Miller , email expert and co-author of Sign me up! Witness your own Junk folder.

Can you join me for breakfast or lunch in Chicago at Harry Caray’s on August 25th?

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Remember to offer content prospects can really use. The content must be relevant to the recipient. If you are near Chicago, and are responsible for getting your large company's marketing materials into customers' hands, consider attending this Breakfast or Lunch and Learn: As Marketing Grows More Complex, Don’t Forget the Basics. Cost: Completely Free! Register here. Register here.

Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 1: Evangelizing Content and Setting Yourself Up for Success Copyright © 2015 Contently. contently.com By Joe Lazauskas ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY2 I. Content Marketing: Why 7 IV. Content Marketing: When 12 V. Content Marketing: How 17 VI.

B2B e-newsletters: Three bits of advice

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A client just asked me, "What are the three best pieces of advice to give to companies that embark on an e-newsletter for the first time?" Here’s my answer: Useful, relevant content is essential to get readership, and to avoid opt-outs. (I recommend aiming for 80 percent or more useful content and 20 percent or less promotional content.). Make sure compelling copy is visible in the upper left corner. When viewed as HTML with graphics shut off, as well as when viewed as a text email or via a PDA/phone.).

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Increasing B2B Lead Management ROI: 4 Key Performance Indicators

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Content. Although the findings are not news to me or my clients, a recent research study about increasing B2B sales lead management ROI is worth mentioning. Because it validates some of what I’ve been recommending to my clients for years. The Forrester research study and white paper about sales lead management , commissioned by Silverpop , reports that when it comes to increasing the ROI from B2B sales lead management, there are four key performance indicators (KPIs) that pay off in more qualified leads and sales. Lead scoring. Nurture early-stage buyers.

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B2B Marketing Strategies for Small Companies: An Interview with Dianna Huff

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Dianna helps businesses with their B2B marketing communications content strategy and implementation. Usually the person doesn’t know what the newsletter content will or should be, the publishing frequency, whether or not he or she wants to use segmented lists, etc., This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to business-to-business lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest today is Dianna Huff of DH Communications. Second, strategy doesn’t match the objective.

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B2B Lead Generation by Phone: An Interview with Michael Brown

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Customers expect in-depth content knowledge and business process skills. This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to business-to-business lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest today is Michael A. Brown. He is the B2B telemarketing and telesales consultant and telemarketing trainer whom I frequently recommend to our clients. Michael, first off, I know you hate to use the word “telemarketing.&# Why? Telemarketing is why your home phone is on the national do-not-call list. List validation.

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Your B2B Lead Generation Budget: Start by Cutting It Into Thirds

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The lion’s share of this final third should be spent on creating content (e.g., white papers, how-to guides, checklists, decision-maker kits, webinars, newsletters, articles and web page content optimized for key search terms). Here is a simple and effective way to allocate your business-to-business lead generation budget. Use the first third of your B2B lead generation budget for Internet marketing. Adding your company and its products or services to appropriate online directories. Use the second third of your B2B lead generation budget for direct marketing.

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Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 2: Strategy and Roadmap Copyright © 2015 Contently. contently.com By Joe Lazauskas ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY2 I. Conclusion 31 Table of Contents ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY3 In 2008, General Electric CMO Beth Comstock had just.

B2B Copywriting: Interview with Miller McMillan

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Using keywords, tags, links and relevant content is critical to being visible in search results. Can a copywriter be a generalist and still be effective, writing everything from lead generation copy to search-optimized web page copy to content such as case studies, white papers and how-to guides? This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. Miller has worked with such clients as CNN, Hughes, Nestlé, Avery and Microsoft. Am I right? Absolutely.

The B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study Report: Useful data and advice

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Please take a look at the Table of Contents. Are you looking for data to help justify a bigger budget or more resources for your B2B lead generation programs? Are you looking for advice you can use to make your B2B lead generation programs as productive as they can be? Get the 2009 B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study Report. It provides metrics and best practices for business-to-business lead generation. Are you wondering what results your B2B lead generation peers are getting from telemarketing, email, their websites, online marketing, social media and other tactics?

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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?  .

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.

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

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7 Content Marketing Mistakes Costing You Time and Money

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Content marketing is getting harder. Ironically, it’s because of the content itself. There’s just a crazy amount of content available right now. Here’s what the increase looks like year over year: That rate of content publishing – sometimes called content “velocity” – isn’t going to stop. Because it appears the more content we publish, the less engagement we get.

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8 Genius Ways to Repurpose Content

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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.

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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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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Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

Content. Practices Report Copyright © 2016 Contently. Why a Content Methodology Is Needed III. Culture of Content: The Foundation. for Content Methodology IV. Components of a Content Methodology V. Create a Content Plan VI. Contents “ If you want to learn. content possible based. the content creation and. Competitive Content.

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.

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 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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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.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

Copyright © 2015 Contently. contently.comBy Jordan Teicher Content. Contents GOING LONG: HOW 5 B2B TECH BRANDS BUILT VALUABLE AUDIENCES THROUGH HIGH-QUALITY, LONGFORM CONTENT CONTENTLY3 Brands aren’t just publishing. Introduction 4 Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry Red Bull has long been the strongest example of this.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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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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.

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.

5 Powerful Techniques To Boost Your Content Marketing

Act-On

Every day, large and small businesses use content marketing to increase their conversions, leads and traffic. Having a powerful content marketing strategy in place can mean all the difference in whether you’re seeing the full potential of your efforts through the amount of conversions you’re turning over. Writing content is easy, writing exceptional quality content is hard.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

Copyright © 2015 Contently. contently.com By Jordan Teicher Study: How Much of Your Content. 700 content marketers. CONTENTLY STUDY: HOW MUCH OF YOUR CONTENT MARKETING IS EFFECTIVE? Content marketing is having a moment. billion dollars on content marketing this year, and that number is growing fast. Our content measurement survey from. 68% 16.7%