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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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

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

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?

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.

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

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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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.

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

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.

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?  .