November, 2016

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115 Facts You Never Knew About Social Media [Infographic]

Webbiquity

Guest post by Josh Wardini. It’s something that you use almost every day, but how much do you really know about social media? We’re going in-depth, behind the scenes, on a mission to bring you facts. Maybe you know some of them already, but you definitely don’t know all of them, so take a look at the complete graphic once you’re done here. Social Media Is The New Newspaper.

Industrial Email Marketing for Targeting Engineers in Long and Complex Sales Cycles

Industrial Marketing Today

Industrial email marketing doesn’t get as much respect as it deserves. I’ve read articles where people have claimed that email marketing is dead thanks to social media. That is simply not true when it comes to industrial marketing. Let’s say you are a provider of engineering services and you sell to the Medical Device industry. This is only a content summary.

Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

The Point

For a long time, “ lead nurturing ” was thought of as something you did with the leads that sales didn’t want. The theory was: leads come in, the sales team gets the hot ones, and the rest go to lead nurturing. Today, of course, a comprehensive lead nurturing strategy is much more than that. Currently we have a bunch of leads sitting in that “contacted” stage. Do you agree?”.

How do I find time to create content? 25 Ideas!

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark Schaefer. I’ve never met a person who says they have too much time, especially when it comes to creating content! But here’s a fact: successful bloggers, YouTubers, and podcasters have the same number of hours in a day as you. Everybody has the same time to create content, but not everybody makes it a priority. Focus. Don’t try to be everywhere and on every platform. Add an insight.

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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7 Common Myths About Big Data

Webbiquity

Guest post by Michael Ryan. There is much feverish online discussion about “big data,” particularly in relation to whether smaller firms that aren’t already accustomed to the use of advanced analytics should embrace it for their operations. Unsurprisingly, more than a few myths have arisen as a result. Big data is a short-lived fad. Big data fixes all problems. ” 6.

Is Your Organization Ready For Market Strategy In A Digital Economy?

Tony Zambito

Community Preparedness by Iconathon. The digitization of the global economy is resulting in a tidal wave of new business and operating models throughout the world. Sparking rapid forms of innovations and turning existing markets upside down with new market rules and design. Digital disruption means organizations must stay alert to how an existing market strategy may have to undergo reinvention.

Agile Marketing in B2B

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Agile marketing increasingly is being recognized as a powerful key to content effectiveness. Buyer interest and trends can change in the blink of an eye, in particular as social and other media drive the news. Breaking news creates windows of opportunities, but only if marketers are quick and smart enough to take advantage of them. And did I forget to say it can produce stupendous ROI results?

Why “White Hat SEO” is Just Another Name for “Beautiful Content Marketing”

B2B Marketing Insider

Having been in the Internet marketing profession for eight years now (seven of which have been specific to SEO and search marketing,) I’ve worked for several companies that employed both “black hat SEO” and “white hat SEO” programs. Now, as I reflect on my experience, I solidify my belief that actualizing ethical, white hat SEO strategies […].

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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.

3 Insights to Help Build Your Unified Customer Database

Customer Experience Matrix

The Customer Data Platform Institute (which is run by Raab Associates) on Monday published results of a survey we conducted in cooperation with MarTech Advisor. The goal was to assess the current state of customer data unification and, more important, to start exploring management practices that help companies create the rare-but-coveted single customer view. You must have faith. Tools matter.

Think Beyond Mobile-First and Consider Mobile Experiences Like These Brands

It's All About Revenue

A few years ago, mobile was viewed by digital marketers as a side channel; a sort of “diet-digital” that was marginalized because of smaller screen sizes and a less mature marketing ecosystem. Fast forward to the present, and mobile is the alpha dog of the pack: Two-thirds of marketing emails are opened on mobile devices ( eMarketer ). What’s Different on Mobile? Social value.

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Three drastic marketing changes ahead for 2017

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By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Since 2017 is about to knock on your screen, it’s important to reflect on your online strategies. For me, the past year has been a paradigm shift in how I treat my personal site and the social networks. I am going to jolt you today with my three most drastic marketing changes I have implemented to survive and thrive in the online world. Goodbye website. For the longest time, I have believed that your personal website was the most important part of your online presence. The holy grail. The mother base of all missions. Another good example is Medium.

The Problem Pursuing Perfection, Especially in Marketing

ANNUITAS

Perfect is the enemy of Good. The quest for excellence shouldn’t be confused with pursuing perfection, yet it’s a trap many marketers fall into. Many enterprise marketers get caught up in producing the “perfect” campaign or the “perfect” web site. This is a clear case of missing the forest for the trees. It’s uncomfortable for most involved, most people and organizations tend to resist change.

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.

Build Your 2017 Pipeline NOW!

Your Sales Management Guru

Now is the Time to Build Your Pipeline for 2017. At this time of year it is not unusual for salespeople and sales managers to simply focused on closing business to achieve their yearly objectives, maximize their compensation plans and unfortunately drain their pipelines. January can be a good month with leftover sales opportunities but many sales teams face a weak February/March.

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Top 5 B2B Marketing Tactics You Can’t Ignore

B2B Marketing Insider

In our ever-advancing world, it can be hard to keep up – for B2B marketers, especially. Seemingly every week there is a new marketing tactic to not just analyze for validity and endurance, but to learn, implement and take advantage of. Notably online, there are endless marketing platforms, software and tools, each promising to fulfill […]. Marketing Strategy

Want to Raise Prices? Focus on Storytelling

Type A Communications

November 17, 2016 by Carla Johnson Storytelling still gets a bad rap. Companies – especially B2B – see it as soft. Execs don’t see it as something to do if. read more. Storytelling Carla Johnson Digital Storytelling storytelling Type A Communications

A Deeper Look Into B2B Demand Generation

It's All About Revenue

We just completed our third annual B2B Enterprise Demand Generation Study , which evaluated the maturity of the demand generation function within enterprise organizations. While the results are showing incremental improvement overall, it is clear that organizations are still looking to master the art and science of demand generation. stated that their team skill set is highly effective.

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.

30+ Statistics Designed To Guide B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy in the New Year

KoMarketing Associates

It’s that time in the year again. As we head toward the end of 2016, marketing budgets and planning for the new year will begin to take focus. While we realize that successful B2B marketing programs leverage a combination of investments, social media needs to remain in a part of that mix. Social Media Strategy and Budgeting. source ). source ). source ). of marketing budgets (10.6% source ).

5 Steps to Creating a Compelling Marketing Strategy

Tomorrow People

Highly significant within an organisation, a great CMO ultimately helps to drive the business forward. But how do the most successful CMOs deliver a compelling inbound content marketing strategy?

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Why A Content Marketer Needs to Buddy Up with their Company’s Product Marketer(s)

ScribbleLive

A content marketer and a product marketer can do really great work together when they make a concerted effort to integrate their specialized talents. A well-executed joint product/content marketing plan can build more awareness and interest in a product than both counterparts could accomplish without the help of the other. Our product marketer, Geoffrey Gualano, has poked fun at me for throwing around “Teamwork makes the dream work” on Slack (and he probably should because it’s a painfully cheesy line), but it’s very true within this context. Get Product-Specific Only in Later Stage Content.

What If Brands Stopped Thinking “Content” & Started Thinking Something Else?

B2B Marketing Insider

Ah, “content.” The Tupperware of the internet. Just saying “content” brings to mind a hollow shell, a container. And so us marketers plod along, obsessing over exactly that. We talk about “pieces” and “deliverables” or even name the things — posts, ebooks, tweets, videos — rather than agonize over the stuff inside, i.e. the stuff the audience is really […]. Content Marketing

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

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

Search: The art and science of identifying your target audience

Biznology

A common theme with marketers is to acquire as much intelligence, data, and insight as possible in order to “place your bets”: meaning, you want to make sure that the money you are spending on marketing will ensure the people you want to reach actually consume your messaging and then act accordingly. With digital, marketers have access to more data and insight than ever. Search is a critical piece.

How 4 Brands Are Revolutionizing the Customer Experience

It's All About Revenue

As consumers, we don’t actively think about the “customer experience” — we just know when a brand makes us feel good. And the number of ways that we encounter brands is vast and continuing to expand thanks to things like native advertising, mobile app experiences, the Internet of Things and innovative offline and in-store experiences. Ideally, it does both.

3 Tips for Better Aligning B2B Content Marketing & SEO in 2017

KoMarketing Associates

As every search marketer knows, content is critical in driving SEO efforts. Whether you’re looking to improve traffic, drive conversions, or acquire links, you need quality content in place to help get you there. As noted by Neil Patel , content marketing and SEO are like peanut butter and jelly. You can eat them on their own, but they complement each other so well. You know what? Just kidding.

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Three Reasons Why Building an Online Community Is Essential for B2B Marketing Success

Tomorrow People

Online communities are highly effective places for engaging with your target audience. Find out how to harness their power and achieve marketing success.

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.

Dear CEO: The Era of Accountability Starts in 2017

ViewPoint

(Photo Courtesy of Kenny Madden). This cartoon was sent to me in response to a blog I wrote a couple of weeks ago. I just love the simplicity of it; not to mention that it absolutely captures what is wrong with marketing in many if not most companies today. At some point it has to stop, doesn’t it? You would think so, but there are few signs of it stopping in the real world today. Sales is mad.

From Awareness to Advocacy: Interactive Content for the Entire Customer Lifecycle

B2B Marketing Insider

Ask 10 different marketers what the customer lifecycle looks like and you’ll likely get 10 different answers. Each business is unique and each target customer segment is unique. No matter how you try to boil the customer journey down into one of the dozens of models, only knowing your customers will get you the right […]. Content Marketing

Adapting To The NEW Consumer With Better Analytics

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Brooke B. Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist. While your customer may not have seemingly changed, a NEW consumer has been shaped and molded by online channels, marketing, and sales. At least, that’s what Hessie has to say. Here are some new perspectives on measurement from Intelligence Analyst Hessie Jones: Key Performance Indicators: New Versus Old. Now it is. Analysis is real-time.