October, 2016

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How 3 Top Brands Are Using Long-form Storytelling in their Content Marketing Strategies

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In the last few years, many marketers have favored short, snackable pieces of content over the longer in-depth counterpart. It was assumed that long-form content (1,200+ words) had no place in a world of tiny phone screens and 140 character limits. However, recent studies have shown the opposite; long-form content is the comeback queen. Red Bulletin – Red Bull. What is it? Why it’s Great. Period.

What is Inbound Marketing? The Idiot’s Guide [Infographic]

Webbiquity

Guest post by Andy Beohar. Over the past decade, inbound marketing has climbed to the top of the marketing latter and claimed its place as (arguably) the most beneficial approach for business campaigns—both online and off. But you may be wondering, why exactly have inbound practices become so dominant in marketing? And how can you apply them to your own business? Talk about fish in a barrel!

Four marketing mega trends nobody’s talking about

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By Mark Schaefer. This is the time of year people post their prognostications for the next year. The predictions will be … predictable: More video! More Snapchat! More podcasts! Well, OK. It’s pretty easy to make a prediction based on what’s already happening. But there are less obvious tectonic forces rumbling through our marketplace. Content Marketing Re-constructed. Seriously.

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Singing the Customer Data Platform Blues: Who's to Blame for Disjointed Customer Data?

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m in the midst of collating data from 150 published surveys about marketing technology, a project that is fascinating and stupefying at the same time. A theme related to marketing data seems to be emerging that I didn’t expect, and many marketers won’t necessarily be happy to hear. Many surveys present a familiar tune: most marketers want unified customer data but few have it. So far so good.

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

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The 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Making a Product Video (Learned the Hard Way)

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Some people like to learn by making mistakes. And by “some people” I mean me, and by “like” I mean it just happens. I guess that’s the price you pay when you’re not afraid to try new things. As product marketers (or marketers in general), we have to try new things every single day, whether because we want to, or have to, depending on the needs of the business. It’s only normal, and it’s ok. Quotes.

Three Influencer Marketing Secrets to Drive Traffic

Webbiquity

Guest post by Tim Brown. I recently had the opportunity to speak to a couple classes of high school students, and used my time to dig into what and how they interact on the web and social media. I was trying to figure out what kinds of ads they responded well to on social media—but lo and behold, they’ve already grown a deep resistance to advertising. I asked. Blank stares. Blog comments.

HR and social media: 7 Ways HR needs to act like marketing

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By Mark Schaefer. I wrote awhile back that digital transformation would not necessarily be led by marketers. Success may not come through a brilliant strategy or new technology. It’s going to require a culture change, and that might have to be led by and HR team. On the flip side of things, maybe success in HR will be led by marketing, or at least HR professionals who think like marketers. Human.

Six Ways CMOs Can Capture Audience Attention in the Online Community

Tomorrow People

Stand our in the digital landscape and with the right content to attract attention and create an online community.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

7 Storytelling Tips for Sales Teams

Type A Communications

October 25, 2016 by Carla Johnson The biggest beef I hear from sales teams or sales-driven organizations is that they can’t get people to pay attention, make decisions or quit. read more. Sales Storytelling Carla Johnson sales storytelling Type A Communications

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. Or start with one core piece of content – say, a white paper – and then repurpose it in multiple forms.

Rethinking Market Strategy In A Digital Economy

Tony Zambito

by Delwar Hossain. The primary course of conversation in the past few years for CMO’s and their marketing teams has centered around customer centricity, customer experience, and content marketing. For good reasons too. Customer behaviors have significantly shifted in the last decade impacting conventional thinking on the role of marketing and sales and their abilities to connect with customers.

12 Lessons I’ve Learned from Writing 1,000 Blog Posts

Webbiquity

In Taekwondo, students are taught they must perform each kick at least 1,000 times before they can safely say they have learned the kick perfectly. I’m not sure I craft “perfect” blog posts even after writing 1,000 of them—but I’ve certainly learned a few things. Hence, 1,000. 1) Persistence is essential. Quality matters. 2) Persistence requires discipline. Or every evening.

How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.

Five new content forms rocking the marketing airwaves

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By Mark Schaefer. When I wrote about this idea of Content Shock — the idea that content marketing becomes less sustainable as a strategy as the amount of competitive content increase — I predicted that there would be new innovations in content forms. Here are five that caught my attention. Interactive dynamic video. link]. How cool would it be to actually play with objects in a video?

The 60 Best Marketing Speakers To Rock Your Event

B2B Marketing Insider

When it comes to developing our skills as marketers, content providers and world-class communicators, it helps to learn from the best marketing speakers the world has to offer. Speaking at Marketing Events and Business Conferences is one of the great honors and passions of my career! My goal is ALWAYS to help the audience understand […]. Content Marketing

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These 6 Marketing Automation Statistics Show Where Marketers Really Are

It's All About Revenue

Marketing automation is a core technology that all marketers, especially B2B marketers need to implement to connect with prospects and generate the right leads for their sales team. The time of scattershot marketing, or even broadcast marketing, is long past. Marketers need to focus on prospects that have a higher likelihood of becoming customers. We are all guilty of this one. Be one of the 10%.

3 Problems You Need to Solve Before You Buy New Marketing Technology

The Point

We marketers may be many things, but few of us can be described as patient. We want results, and we want them now. And so when martech companies come along promising instant answers to all our marketing challenges, we’re all ears. We all want the quick fix, right? Wish it were that easy. Listen, marketing technology is great, and in the right circumstances can make a big difference. Poor Messaging.

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The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook

To build integrated, data-driven programs, demand gen marketers need diverse, compelling content at every stage of the buyer's journey.

Why Most CMOs Are Getting Their Social Media Strategy Wrong

Tomorrow People

CMOs need to evaluate their processes of building business reputation, enabling growth and establishing brand awareness through social media

The Single Most Important Element for Increasing B2B Lead Gen and Sales

Webbiquity

This post originally appeared on MarketingProfs. A spate of articles recently have expounded on the “consumerization” of all things business: the consumerization of sales, of IT, and of business-to-business (B2B) marketing most prominently. McKinsey’s David Edelman has referred to the consumerization of B2B marketing and sales as a “massive disruption” on the horizon.

Why we create crap content: We’re afraid

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By Mark Schaefer. An industry “thought leader” recently characterized me as a “loose cannon.” ” I found this surprising since this implies there’s a set of standards and expectations that I am not following in a lockstep fashion. His statement pissed me off (momentarily), and I am not easily pissed off. Who is setting these industry expectations and rules?

How We Systematically Overvalue Content Consumption

Digital B2B Marketing

Let’s get right to the point. B2B marketers today are not optimizing programs to reach and engage their best prospects. Sure, we talk about a buyer journey or about carefully mapping content. But at the end of the day, what are we doing? We are scoring leads high if they consume a lot of content and we are optimizing our program to increase lead scores and content consumption. Your Turn.

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

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

3 Mobile Marketing Trends You Can't Afford To Ignore

It's All About Revenue

You might want to sit down when reading this next sentence. The majority of your consumers are, or soon will be smartphone owners. Ok I am being quite sarcastic but that line, which I borrowed from the Forrester report The Path To Mobile Marketing Mastery , is all too true yet somehow I am not convinced the majority of marketers are aware of it. Hard to believe, I know. Mobile DMP. a mobile DMP.

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What Successful B2B Content Marketers Are Doing Differently [Research]

B2B Marketing Insider

62% of B2B marketers say their organization’s content marketing efforts are much more or somewhat more successful compared to a year ago. This was just one of the key findings from the seventh annual B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends research from Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs released last month. This year’s study […]. Content Marketing

Why (and How) Your Team Should Personalize the Customer Experience

Act-On

We all have good intentions when it comes to customer experience and treating our customers well, but sometimes there are disconnects. The classic example of this is when you get put on hold by a company. They tell you at the beginning of your wait, “Your call is important to us.” They tell you that again five minutes later. Then ten minutes later. Customers disagree. Is it worth the investment?

The Biggest Contributor to B2B Revenue

B2B Lead Generation Blog

In most B2B companies with complex products or services, marketing-sourced leads rarely account for even half the revenue and often it is much less. To keep valuable field sales resources productive, many of the more innovative sales and marketing departments build “sales development” teams. Oracle. Marketo. HubSpot. Salesforce.com. Just to name a few. Improved sales productivity. 1: Your brand.

Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

Selecting a Marketing Automation platform can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, your success with Marketing Automation depends on selecting the platform that best fits your needs.

How to become an influencer (even if you’re a little guy!)

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By Aaron Lee, {grow} Community Member. If you’ve never heard of me, hello there! This is @AskAaronLee. Back in 2009, I started a Twitter account because I saw the potential to have a worldwide presence. And I was right. I’ve used Twitter to connect with people, grow a small brand, and became an influencer. Perhaps you believe that @AskAaronLee would not make it if I had started today.

MarketingProfs B2B Nuggets of B2B Wisdom

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This year’s MarketingProfs B2B Forum 2016 is a whirl-wind of data, inspiration, marketing advice, how-to’s and more than a little fun. What makes an event a success from an attendee’s perspective? It’s a mix of all the above. I was lucky enough to attend several sessions last week and I feel compelled to share some of the marketing, strategy, and leadership nuggets that I learned. Now that is love.

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Customer Experience Simplified

It's All About Revenue

I am a firm believer that we humans have a penchant for making (something) more complicated than necessary, a.k.a. overcomplicating everything. And we marketers take it to a whole new level. However, as much as we overcomplicate things, there is no overstating the importance of providing the best customer experience possible each time, every time and across all channels. Customer Experience