Top 10 Marketing Automation Mistakes
JULY 21, 2016
It’s a common fallacy, as with martech in general, that simply the act of implementing marketing automation breeds success, and that the technology alone renders all other factors – content, offer, creative, etc. Many of the pitfalls that cause the returns on marketing automation to fall short can be distilled into a handful of common issues. Launching lead scoring too soon. irrelevant.
Why Are People Not Engaging With Our Content?
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
According to a recent report, “ The Content Marketing Paradox ,” content marketing output increased by 35 percent in 2015, while engagement dropped 17 percent. The author of the report, digital marketing solutions provider TrackMaven , theorized that the primary reason for the discrepancy is that there’s a “limit to how much content can be consumed, liked, shared, etc.”.
Which Content, Tactics & Technologies Are Driving Demand Generation ROI?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
A recent survey by content automation company TechValidate and B2B agency Spear Marketing Group provides useful insight into the content, tactics, and technologies proving most valuable for today’s B2B marketers. Key findings from the survey include: • Technologies considered most crucial to marketing success were Content Marketing, SEO, and Marketing Automation.
[Infographic] 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog
JANUARY 21, 2016
They may feature relevant content, of real value, published with good frequency. Sourcing, developing, and publishing great content is the hard work. If you’ve got the content nailed, turning your blog into a demand generation machine may require little more than a few simple changes. Here are 10 tips for generating more leads from your blog, drawn from this earlier post.
150 Content Marketing Tips
Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more
Moving Past Responsive Design to a Mobile-First Email Strategy
APRIL 22, 2016
Offer mobile-friendly content (for example, ebooks formatted to read on a mobile device, vs. traditional white papers.). 5. Consider a “save this offer” or “remind me” call to action so that the user can choose to download the content at a later time. By now we’ve all heard the statistics that as much as two-thirds of all email is opened or read on mobile devices. Well, not so fast.
Forrester thinks Content Marketing Isn’t Working – They’re Half Right
JULY 18, 2014
Over at Forrester Research, Vice President Laura Ramos recently talked to Advertising Age (“ Marketers Still Struggling to Get Results from Content Marketing “) about what she perceives as a general lack of return from the investment so many companies are making in content marketing. In a nutshell, this is where so many content marketing initiatives fall short.
Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads
OCTOBER 8, 2015
Prospects who then engage with that nurturing content can then be further profiled, or scored, and the rep can be alerted based on pre-defined triggers. (At which point, sales is engaging with prospects showing immediate, current interest, not prospects who raised their hand months or years ago.). talked to an account executive, got pricing, and told her I’d be in touch. But no.
7 Steps to a Successful Account-Based Marketing (ABM) Strategy
NOVEMBER 20, 2015
content-driven – so that it drives engagement and dialogue, vs. a program that attempts to sell a solution or drive meetings exclusively, and finally. • of a sufficient duration , vs. a short-term “one off” approach, so that that success relies less on an accident of timing, and more on a consistent nurturing and education of the targeted list. – Economic Buyer.
Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program
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A Follow-Up Strategy for Content Syndication Leads
AUGUST 25, 2015
It’s important to recognize that content syndication leads are not like most sales leads. Furthermore, that individual hasn’t downloaded that content from your Website, and may not even be familiar with your brand or even remember your company’s name from the white paper they downloaded mere days ago. references the specific content asset. 2.
Report: Targeting & Predictive Analytics Driving Changes in B2B Email
APRIL 6, 2016
The main barrier to greater segmentation, however, is content. But in reality, when that next campaign needs to be in market next week, many companies find they don’t have the time or the resources to develop the additional content or versions that segmentation demands. Why? (HS) It has to be segmentation.
Infographic: 8 Ways to Get B2B Demand Gen Back on Track
OCTOBER 20, 2015
The survey results are yet more evidence that while marketing technology, properly deployed, can be a boon to both productivity and effectiveness, it’s the basics: strategy, creative, messaging, and good content, that ultimately are the primary contributors to demand generation success. Can technology solve every problem of the modern B2B marketer?
A Simple 2-Step Technique for Improving Lead Follow Up
JULY 14, 2015
In an era when “demand generation” and “content marketing” are virtually synonymous, most B2B sales leads are the result of a prospect downloading or requesting content. Step 1: Fulfill marketing content via email. discuss other compelling reasons to fulfill content via email in this earlier post. There is a better way.
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.
The One Marketing Automation Guide You’ll Ever Need?
DECEMBER 16, 2015
Let’s face it, most martech “guides” are written by, well, marketers, and are either sponsored by or authored by the technology vendors themselves, so the content needs to be read with a critical eye. Research company TrustRadius just published their new edition of the “Buyer’s Guide to Marketing Automation Software,” and it’s a doozy. appeared first on The Point.
Quit Obsessing About the Customer Journey
AUGUST 11, 2015
And the more that your message and content reflect a prospect’s stage in the selling cycle, the better. Marketing nerds love to talk about mid-stage programs and late-stage content, and the like, but how do we really know? We data-driven marketers may want to assign meaning to that activity, whether page visits or email clicks or content downloads, but most of the time?
Measure Your Way to Lead Nurturing Success
JANUARY 27, 2016
Email open rates increased more than 260 percent, click rates more than doubled, and the Lead to MQL conversion rate for online programs such as content syndication, banner ads, SEM, Webinars, etc. You can download a free copy of the report here. That, ultimately, is what lead nurturing is designed to do – move leads towards opportunity and close. The results were dramatic.
Is B2B Lead Generation Really This Difficult?
AUGUST 20, 2015
Never mind that, over the long term and with the appropriate lead nurturing in place, other lead generation tactics (notably content marketing) are far more cost-effective. Results are in from a recent survey on B2B Lead Generation by the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn ( free report download here ), and the numbers tell a disheartening story. Why is that?
Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program
ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 3: Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program Copyright © 2015 Contently. contently.com By Joe Lazauskas ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY2 I. Staffing Your Content Team 24 VI. Pros, Cons, and Costs of the Top 10 Content Distribution.
4 Key Takeaways from the 2015 SiriusDecisions Summit
MAY 16, 2015
As we marketers assume responsibility (or at least accountability) for more of the sales cycle, it makes sense that the strategies, programs, content and channels we employ are brought to bear against more than just the top of the funnel. More than 2,300 marketers, including this writer, gathered in Nashville this past week for SiriusDecisions’annual confab on all things marketing.
10 Tips for a Successful Trade Show Follow-up Campaign
AUGUST 18, 2014
Consider a triggered program of 2-3 emails in the days following the show (offering varying types of informational content) so that prospects don’t wait weeks until they next hear from you. Research has long suggested that the majority of leads generated by trade shows never receive follow-up by company representatives. Prompt response to show leads is critical. Any response (e.g.
Does Creative Still Matter in B2B Marketing?
MAY 11, 2015
Content. 3. Good content – and, more specifically, here I mean offer content – is the fuel that feeds modern B2B marketing. Good content ensures that the information you’re offering is topical and relevant. When it comes to marketing success, data and content are simply the foundation. You see similar sentiments echoed throughout the marketing press.
Content Selling: How Sales Can Better Leverage Marketing Content
JUNE 18, 2013
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Daniel Chalef, CEO of KnowledgeTree , developers of an intriguing new solution, built for both Salesforce.com and mobile (iOS), that enables sales teams to instantly find, surface, and present the ideal content in any selling situation. This avalanche of content drives “Content Anxiety”– more discontent, if you will.
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.
5 Common Content Syndication Mistakes
JUNE 13, 2014
Though it predates what we think of today as “content marketing,” content syndication is still a cornerstone of many B2B companies’ demand generation strategies. And yet content syndication is no slam dunk. Here are 5 common mistakes that cause content syndication programs to underperform: 1. And your content can do the filtering for you. Too Little Content.
Step Away from the Email Software and No-One Gets Hurt
JANUARY 19, 2016
With the right email cadence, messaging, content, segmentation, and offer strategy, there’s no reason to think that technology which automates sales communication can’t be a force for good. Marketing technology is a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands, and nowhere is this more evident than in the recent surge of interest in automating BDR campaigns and other sales communication. And I agree.
Are Agencies the Future of Marketing Automation?
MARCH 3, 2015
The staff, the expertise, the content, the sales cycles required to sell software effectively are very different. This isn’t exactly new but what once seemed like a niche strategy now looks more like a standard approach. Vendors have been knocking themselves out for the past five years trying to educate marketers to run their systems. But, actually: no. It’s a win-win-win.
How to Measure Email Success in 2015: A Call to ROI
JANUARY 13, 2015
No matter what your marketing resolutions this year – more content, better creative, etc. – no improvement matters if you can’t measure it. Since email continues to be a dominant channel for most B2B marketers, let me suggest that a good candidate for #1 on your “to do” list for 2015 is to improve the way you measure email campaigns. Nothing else really matters. Opens/Open Rate.
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.
Sorry, But “How Many Touches Does it Take to Make a Sale?” is No Longer a Valid Question
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
Now, there may have been a time when the good Doctor’s rule held true, but in today’s Internet-driven world of content-centric marketing, the notion that ANY number of persistent touches is the formula to sales or marketing success is naïve at best. In fairness to my VP friend, he won’t be the last to ask the question (or its close cousin, “How many touches does it take to make a sale?”)
Why This Holiday Email Campaign Misses the Mark
NOVEMBER 24, 2015
What’s less excusable is the way that the email is a confused mash-up of a content offer combined with copy that does precious little to sell that content. The goal of good content marketing is to get the reader to request/download/register for/engage with that content – nothing less, nothing more. Take the email campaign below from security vendor Symantec.
Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?
AUGUST 22, 2014
But companies still need to be prepared to invest significant resources to garner return, particularly in the area of content development. For those of us who work in and around the technology every day, it can seem like marketing automation is already pervasive. Industry data tells us something different. Even then, however, the vast majority of B2B marketers have yet to take the plunge.
5 Reasons to Gate Lead Nurturing Content
OCTOBER 30, 2013
A client asks: “I notice that you’re recommending we gate our offer content behind landing pages as part of the lead nurturing campaign. If you send the prospect directly to the content (say, a white paper) upon him or her clicking in the email, how confident can you be that the individual is expressing an active interest in your topic? Here’s why: 1. click is not a response.
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.
Is Technology Making Marketing Agencies Obsolete?
MAY 30, 2014
clients increasingly work directly with publishers and ad networks directly, aided by developments in technology that allow for programmatic ad buying. • in B2B circles, the emergence of content marketing as the dominant form of demand generation leads some clients to question the value of “big idea” creative (agencies’ traditional calling card). Hint: Maybe Not)”. What do you think?