December, 2016

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3 Tips for Using Social Media for B2B Marketing

Webbiquity

Guest post by Larry Alton. Social media can be a great business tool to use for marketing, sales, PR, customer service, and HR. However, most of what’s written about social media functionality on a professional level tends to be focused on businesses that work directly with consumers (B2C) rather than B2B enterprises. Image credit: Jason Howle on Flickr. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

BlueVenn Bundles Omnichannel Journey Management, Personalization, and Single Customer View

Customer Experience Matrix

BlueVenn has only been active in the U.S. market only since March 2016, although many U.S. marketers will recall its previous incarnation as SmartFocus.* The company offers what it calls an omnichannel marketing platform that builds a unified customer database, manages marketing campaigns, and generates personalized Web and email messages. The Venn in BlueVenn The unified database process, a.k.a.

How B2B Marketers Generate Revenue -- State of Pipeline Marketing 2016 [Infographic]

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The reality that B2B marketers can have a huge impact on real-time revenue results is not a new concept to today’s B2B marketing community. But the question remains -- how do marketers actually generate revenue? Which metrics are B2B marketers using? What does their channel mix look like? Which channel has the highest impact on revenue generation? click to enlarge). PRIMARY OBJECTIVES. Email.

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Building a personal brand? Here’s why you need to ignore SEO

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That may seem like strange advice but let me explain. When you optimize content for SEO, by definition you are trying to “own” the most common keywords and phrases. If you become obsessed with SEO, you become just another dog fighting over a bone. It’s a battle you’ll probably never win unless you are the biggest, meanest dog in your industry … forever.

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39 Amazing Internet Stats and Facts for 2016-17 [Infographic]

Webbiquity

Guest post by Toby Dean. The Internet literally has no boundaries. Its influence reaches into the far corners of the world, gives birth to momentous thoughts and ideas, shapes democracies, creates opportunities where none previously existed, and transforms millions of lives every day. As of December 2015, more than 40% of the world’s population had access to the Internet—3.26 billion people.

Can Customer Data Platforms Have Decision Functions? Discuss.

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve had at four conversations in the past twenty four hours with vendors who build a unified customer database and use it to guide customer treatments. The immediate topic has been whether they should be considered Customer Data Platforms but the underlying question is whether Customer Data Platforms should include customer management features. It’s about what systems do and how they’re built.

4 Ways to Humanize Marketing to Fit Your Buyer’s Journey

B2B Lead Generation Blog

We need to stop treating our customers like objects and treat them like people. So how do you humanize marketing to fit your buyer’s journey? It starts with us being human first by recognizing their humanity. I don’t know about you, but I’ve become weary of all the “personalized” emails that I’m receiving lately. Would you do a better job connecting and a building a relationship? Think about it.

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What it’s like to be hugged by a brand. Literally.

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By Mark Schaefer. Last week I was hugged by a brand. I’m serious — a literal, physical hug. I’ll tell you more about this unexpected embrace, but before I do, I need to explain why this gesture was so important to me, and why it should be important to you, too. What are some of the biggest digital marketing trends right now? Marketing automation. Bot-produced content. Likable.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

4 Cross Channel Marketing Stats Marketers Need To Know Going Into 2017

It's All About Revenue

As 2016 winds down and we all look forward (hopefully) to some time off from work and spending time with family and friends, I thought it a good time to give some marketers some cross channel marketing stats to get to know up close and personal as we head into 2017. Let's dive right in shall we? 1. Two-thirds of all shoppers regularly use more than one channel to make purchases.

The Rise of Account Based Thinking

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Within the world of sales and marketing over the last two to three years, account-based thinking has risen to prominence as a top-of-mind initiative. Analyst firm TOPO recently reported that 80% of all client inquiries are related to account-based topics. Even the online search activity around “account based marketing” has grown almost 10X since 2013. Because it’s perfectly suited for B2B.

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. As noted here previously , the current preference for consuming B2B content in text rather than video or other visual forms won’t last. 10) MakeaGif.

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The World May Be Ending But, If Not: 3 Tips To Be a Better Marketer in 2017

Customer Experience Matrix

About eighteen months ago I started presenting a scenario of a woman named Jane riding in a self-driving car, unaware that her smart devices were debating whether to stop for gas and let her buy a donut. The point of the scenario was that future marketing would be focused on convincing consumers to trust the marketer’s system to make day-to-day purchasing decisions. Et cetera. It is.

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

What can B2B Marketers Adopt from Growth Hacking?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

What can you learn from growth hacking and how can it help you develop a mindset to better your B2B marketing? To help answer this question, I interviewed Neil Patel ( @neilpatel ), co-founder of Crazy E gg, Hello Bar, and KISSmetrics. He also helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. As marketers, we can reject having a growth mindset without realizing it. Heck no.

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Content marketing strategy: Start with questions, end with insights

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By Mark Schaefer. great way to initiate your content marketing strategy is to “start with answers and end with insights.” Let’s unpack that idea. A few years ago, YouTube came out with a white paper stating that companies doing the best job building brands on the  web used three different kinds of content : Hygiene — The “everyday content” that answers common customer questions.

7 Engaging CMO Interviews From 2016

It's All About Revenue

As the year comes to a close and we make final plans for the New Year and celebrations and the like, I figured it was a good time to take a look back at some CMO Interviews from 2016 before we move onto 2017. Below are 7 CMO interviews from 2016. Well, sort of. They are in fact a headline, a blurb, followed by my take on each interview with the link to read the full piece at the end. Marty St.

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97 Customer Experience Stats Marketers Need to Know

Type A Communications

December 1, 2016 by Carla Johnson By 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product and the key differentiator between brands. Are you prepared? While most business leaders admit the. read more. Customer Experience B2B Carla Johnson Customer Service Digital Customer Experience Mobile Customer Experience Type A Communications

The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook

The 3 Major Job Functions of a Marketing Operations Professional

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My friends outside of B2B marketing have asked me “What’s marketing operations?” and honestly, I found myself rambling with answers. Since marketing operations is such a new role, it’s still evolving and solidifying -- when speaking with people on MarketingOps.com and industry tradeshows, it seems every company thinks about it a little differently.

How to Harness the Power of Social Media

Writing on the Web

When it comes to content marketing , social media has become an essential part of most smart professionals’ marketing plans. They know that without a social presence, your online brand can appear outdated and unapproachable. However, social media marketing isn’t as simple as a lot of business owners anticipate. Facebook Pages. Paid Advertising. Video Content. Social Engagement.

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. However, there was a rise in the number of people watching the on-demand webinars.

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In case you missed it, the best marketing posts of 2016

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By Mark Schaefer. How many people read an individual blog post? really have no idea. Are you a subscriber? Do you see my writing on Facebook or LinkedIn? Maybe you connect with me on Medium , or The Harvard Business Review ? In any event, even the biggest fans of the blog miss a lot of the best ideas every year. Are you ready for the mega-shift from social media to private media? That’s OK.

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A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

3 Ways to Optimize Customer Experience Via Email

It's All About Revenue

The pressure to create and maintain a stellar customer experience is a daunting challenge faced by brands, and the onus is increasingly falling on marketers to own the strategy and tactics to deliver on the promise of delight. The CX quest is on. Gartner estimated that by this year, 89% of companies expect to compete mostly on the basis of customer experience, versus 36% four years ago.

How to deploy content properly within your account-based marketing program

NuSpark

The potential synergy between account-based marketing programs and content marketing offers enough potential to make any informed, savvy marketer excited, but many find the details of implementation a hurdle too high to overcome. To successfully and consistently deploy content within your account-based marketing program, we advise you to take the following steps. Understand your goals with content.

How Does Your Marketing Stack Up Against Your Peers? [State of Pipeline Marketing Data by Company Size]

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Finding good, actionable data to help you improve your marketing is tough to come by. Study after study shows data from datasets that may or may not apply to your specific company. We get that. We recently published the 2016 edition of the State of Pipeline Marketing Report , a study of over 350 marketers from a wide range of companies. likely have little to do with your day-to-day work.

11 inspiring case studies of digital transformation

Biznology

88% of companies report they are undergoing digital transformation (source: Altimeter Group ). 85% of enterprise decision-makers say they have a time frame of two years to make significant inroads into digital transformation or they will suffer financially and fall behind their competitors (source: PWC ). COMPETITION: Rethink the competition and build platforms that deliver competitive advantage.

Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

5 Types of SEO Audits for B2B Organizations

KoMarketing Associates

The term “ SEO Audit ” can be quite nebulous. I’ve seen all types of SEO audits from colleagues and competitors, offering a range of assessments and areas of focus. While some of these SEO audits could certainly be scrutinized, many have been quite thorough and impactful. Of course, B2B marketers have differing expectations of an SEO audit as well. The Duplicate Content Audit.

Finding the right “authenticity level” for your brand

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By Mark Schaefer. One of my readers asked me if I would review his blog and provide some advice. He had been writing for several months and had made no progress with subscriptions, comments, or shares. The most obvious problem was that his content was anonymous. There was no indication of who was writing the blog! No name, no personality, no smiling face. The headlines left me cold. That last one?

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Why Customer Experience Is Just Like Gift Buying

It's All About Revenue

Ok raise your hand if you have not even started your holiday shopping yet. Yes, my hand is firmly raised. Trust me, we are not alone for many holiday shoppers are in the same dilemma. Or maybe it's not a dilemma as perhaps some actually enjoy waiting to the last minute. But that's another story for another time. Has there ever been a more ambiguous phrase than "one size fits all?"