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Games as Content in B2B Marketing

Marketing to Business Executives Blog

Turns out games have been used in B2B several (many?) times, You start, as always, with the customers’ questions at each stage of the buying cycle.  You also need another starting point: your company’s world view or story line.  Velocity Partners’ B2B Marketing Manifesto , published last fall, calls this a past, present and future that lead to your solution.  Thanks.

Forrester: Advocate Marketing Is Critical To B2B Success

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The most powerful tool B2B marketers have in today’s hyper-connected world is genuine word of mouth from their customers—such as reviews, social media shares and recommendations. That’s what Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst Laura Ramos  has found in  a new report, Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Customer Relationships That Last A Lifetime.  . Downplay monetary rewards.

Forrester thinks Content Marketing Isn’t Working – They’re Half Right

The Point

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. That hardly seems consistent with the characterization of marketers “struggling” to get results.

No marketing tactic works well Forrester says, it’s all about strong content

Vidyard

Forrester has been following marketers to ask them how those efforts were going, and the answer is… not so well. Read on for solutions to the content funk such as: Putting content investment ahead of media and program choices. The post No marketing tactic works well Forrester says, it’s all about strong content appeared first on Vidyard. Blog Content Marketing

There is no community on social media

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And when I saw that headline reporting on a speech provided by a Forrester executive , it made me pause. If you want a community, you need to build a community, and that means a branded community on a domain you own. I am generally a fan of Forrester and their research but this observation has me dumbfounded. You social media connections are generally weak relational links.

Forrester Research, Inc. Benchmark Report: How Top Marketers Do Lead Generation, Part 1

Marketing Action

That’s according to a December, 2013 Forrester report by VP and Principal Analyst Peter O’Neill,  Gauging Your Progress and Success , a benchmark-style assessment of what top-performing marketers do. And it’s the focus of this 2-part series where we’ll share key takeaways from the Forrester report. The post Forrester Research, Inc. First things first:  what’s a “top performer”?

39 More (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

The notion of using social media for business has gone from cutting edge to commonplace in an amazingly short time. And for those laggard firms still resisting social media, recent changes by Google now make it all but imperative. Of course, there’s no single cookie-cutter approach to social media marketing that works for every enterprise. B2B Social Media Guides.

CMOs fail to go beyond brand awareness on LinkedIn

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Recent studies show 87% of B2B sales and marketing leaders are using LinkedIn and other social media platforms, but less than 1 in 5 can clearly prove and demonstrate social media ROI. Forrester reports that 99% of leads don’t convert, and LinkedIn says 87% of leads don’t convert. Xerox is Focused on Reaching Prospects with their Content – n ot Engaging Prospects using Content.

Forrester finds b2b marketers lagging with demand generation

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Jeff Ernst, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research. B2B marketers are doing a poor job with demand- and lead-generation programs, according to a new study from Forrester Research. He presented “How to Build an Awesome Personal Brand&# at the 140 Social Media Conference and appeared to discuss B2B lead generation on Sales Lead Management Radio. B2B Demand Generation | Companies are struggling with demand generation today. From BtoB Magazine Marketers Lagging in Demand Generation. “I find it sad how badly most companies are doing in B2B demand generation today.

Social Media Marketing: It's Complicated.

Synecore

The idea was partially inspired by a newly published report from Forrester which outlines the relative ineffectiveness of Facebook and Twitter as social engagement tools for brands. When thinking about social media marketing for our clients, I always start with values and goals. How can we most effectively communicate this throughout their (the client’s) entire social media presence?

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How to Perform a Social Media Audit: Measure What Matters

Act-On

Social media is long past the novelty stage. Before we dive into how to do that, let’s take a quick snapshot of the latest social media stats: 3 billion people are active Internet users. And as far back as 2013, Forrester analyst Zachary Reiss-Davis concluded that “ everybody uses social media for work.”. Do you know how well your social media is working?  .

Social Media for the Sales Department

Salesfusion

Gartner Group and Forrester Research Group predict record levels in Marketing Automation (MA) spending and exponential growth in the field. The post Social Media for the Sales Department appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion. Best Practices Customer Interaction Nurture Marketing Social Media [one_half valign="middle"].

What’s the killer app in B2B marketing? Face-to-face events

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20% on average, according to Forrester.  I’ve seen companies that devote as much as 60% of their spend to face to face. 2015 study showed events way ahead of other media channels—online or offline—at 84%. B2B Marketing B2B marketing conference Event marketing face to face marketing Forrester lead generation trade showsIt’s not digital, except tangentially. Bingo. alone.

Nine Things I Learned at Social Media Marketing World 2014

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Gartner Group and Forrester Research Group predict record levels in Marketing Automation (MA) spending and exponential growth in the field. The post Nine Things I Learned at Social Media Marketing World 2014 appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion. Social Media Techie Stuff [one_half valign="middle"]. Partner Portal.

The New Market for Social Media Consultants

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To date, most social media consultants have focused on helping organizations use social networks for marketing and  customer service. But there’s a new career opportunity for social media consultants — helping your company use social technology for collaboration inside the enterprise, called social collaboration. By Neicole Crepeau, Contibuting {grow}  Columnist. Think Yammer.

Consolidate and Coordinate your Media

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Forrester has observed that advertising/PR agencies are battling each other for dominance in the digital media space. Kirk argued that if you keep paid, owned and earned (POE) media in their current silos, you will fail. To learn more about Paid Owned and Earned Media – check out this Webinar with Forrester’s Sean Corcoran.

5 Myths of Social Media Marketing

Marketing Action

Have you tied your social media efforts to a positive ROI? Or, have you heard claims that social media marketing just isn’t worth the effort for B2B companies? B2B social media has gotten a bad rap in the marketing community, with many marketers claiming a low ROI and seeing a lack of interest from prospects. Myth #1: Social Media is Only for B2C Companies. adult.

3 Secrets To Having A Two-Way Conversation With Your Brand’s Customers Online

Buzz Marketing for Technology

No matter where you look, brands are all trying to crack the code of having a two-way conversation with their customers wherever they are – be it in-store, online, on a smartphone, on a tablet or on social media. But for brands, the real opportunity lies in the data obtained from consumer interactions on these social media sites. Don’t treat every customer the same.

Forrester find most companies still have small interactive marketing departments

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reported in BtoB magazine, (May 2, 2011), b2b marketers need to “significantly realign their organizations&# according to a new report from Forrester Research. Amen, Forrester! Companies ought to do a much better job of breaking down silos, personalizing and customizing marketing content – so that they are able to deliver the right messages to the right person in the right media at the right time. Lead Generation Companies | Companies struggle with small interactive marketing departments.

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Social Media Audiences Are Great, But Email Audiences Are Better

Act-On

Which would you rather have: 3,000 email newsletter subscribers or 30,000 social media followers? You know that while social media represents a vast potential audience, the engagement rates are awful. Or a click further, if you will, to open rates for emails, and then to social media’s version of that measurement: “engagement rate.”. Not so of social media. The result?

Survival of the Fittest: Adapt or Perish, a white paper by Forrester Research

Modern B2B Marketing

by Katie Byrnes The Forrester paper, the CMO Mandate: Adapt or Perish , truly embraces the idea of survival of the fittest. Forrester defines Adaptive Brand Marketing as a flexible approach in which marketers respond quickly to their environment to align consumer and brand goals and maximize return on brand equity. Identify weak links. Prioritize efforts to become more adaptive.

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12 Tweetable Statistics Prove B2B Social Media ROCKS

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Know B2B social media fact from fiction. Fiction: Social media offers limited value to B2B marketers. Fact: 86% of B2B companies are using social media. B2B companies are absolutely using social media to generate leads , connect with customers, and reach business goals. Dispel the myth that social media isn’t for B2B and tweet the truth. Source ) TWEET THIS. 2.

7 social media lies the gurus want you to swallow

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Social media is unfortunately no exception to the rule and there will always be people (often those who claim to be experts or “gurus”) to sell you the newest bells and whistles. How many requests have we all seen for “social web” strategies?  I’m considered to be a “social media expert” so I’ll admit I’m part of this whole quagmire.

Guide Your Buyers Through the Customer Journey with Social Media

Modern B2B Marketing

With a s much as 90% of a buyer’s journey being self-directed, according to Forrester Research’s 2015 report, “Don’t Let Muddled Messaging Compromise Customer Experience,” it’s clear that the modern customer journey now begins with self-education. Marketers are seeing a tremendous shift in how buyers are researching and buying, particularly on social media platforms.

Three reasons social media marketing favors small businesses

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For example, I sat through a Forrester presentation on new social web marketing analytics and their ideas on measurement took resources that were way out of reach of the small business owner, meaning … most of us. Here are some of the social media benefits described in the clip: Higher customer loyalty/number of visits. Look through the success stories in your blog reader.

Test Your Digital IQ with Mark Schaefer’s Social Media Quiz

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How much do you know about social media platforms, facts and trends? Take out a piece of paper and write down your 20 answers to this fun social media quiz! Which of these platforms attracts the most marketing budget dollars (by far)? a) paid search marketing. b) In-game advertising. c) mobile website ads. d) social media ads. 6. Who was the first U.S. Italian. Spanish 8.7%.

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It’s Time For CMOs To Tap Into The Power Of Personalization

Buzz Marketing for Technology

According to  Forrester Research , U.S. According to Forrester’s 2012 North American Brand Performance Study, being indispensable commands greater preference, and that means a higher likelihood that customers are going to keep spending their hard-earned dollars with your brand across multiple channels. Posted in eCommerce Optimization Personalization. Make data your best friend.

What’s the Best Social Media Monitoring Tool? It Depends

Webbiquity

The explosion of social media has led to a corresponding need for more sophisticated monitoring tools that can crawl the hundreds of social networking and bookmarking sites and millions of blogs across the globe. You can find a list of more than 150 social media monitoring tools here or close to 200 here , but—that can seem overwhelming. Another excellent free tool for finding relevant influencers across the social media sphere, Social Mention is a real-time social search engine that also provides alerts and a cool buzz-monitoring widget you can add to your website or blog.

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2011: The year of personal brands

Chris Koch

Forrester Research is testing both sides of this argument. Now, awhile back I wrote a post criticizing Forrester’s decision to prevent its analysts from hosting their own personal blogs. The reason I bring up Forrester again is because they are actually so far ahead of the curve on this issue that they are the Sputnik dog of personal and a corporate brand testing. It’s a good problem to have, to be grappling with this issue as Forrester is. If you follow social media, you probably know most of the story already. Testing the popularity of content.

Best Social Media Stats, Facts and Marketing Research of 2010

Webbiquity

For anyone in marketing or PR being asked to make “data-driven&# decisions “based on the numbers&# (and doesn’t that include pretty much everyone in marketing and PR these days?), the sources below provide a vast wealth of data, statistics and research results, as well as a bit of interesting social media trivia. Social Media Facts and Stats. by Social Media Today.

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Why research firms are screwing up content marketing

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Companies like Forrester and Gartner — who used to make their money providing expensive and exclusive research reports — are finding it impossible to “contain” the data. Companies like Forrester and Gartner — who used to make their money providing expensive and exclusive research reports — are finding it impossible to “contain” the data.

Three Stats Prove B2B Social Media Set To Explode [Charts]

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Social media has reached prime time. Consumers are interacting with each other and with companies on social media. Social media isn’t just for B2C marketers. B2B organizations are getting leads and generating demand using social media. We rounded up three stats that prove B2B social media is not only here, it’s set to explode.

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Sales Enablement’s Dirty Big Secret

The ROI Guy

Attending the Forrester Sales Enablement Forum, one research metric was presented that just blew me away. According to Forrester, the average company spends more than $135,000 in sales support costs per year for EACH salesperson. ValueStory Sales Enablement Forrester Pisello Alinean Value Selling Sales Tools Provocative SellingNot necessarily. Why Change? Quantify the Pain b.

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Online Shopping’s – Zero Moment of Truth

Buzz Marketing for Technology

According to Forrester Research, the top six reasons for abandoning a cart before making a purchase are: Shipping and handling costs are too high (55%!). behavioral targeting Customer Experience Online Shopping Customer Centric etail Forrester Multivariate testing online shopping ZMOTPosted in behavioral targeting Customer Experience Online Shopping. Offer free shipping promotions.

Onward and Upward: Research-backed Tips to Rise Above the Noise on Social Media

Modern B2B Marketing

Here are three data-backed tactics you can implement in your social media strategy to ensure success: 1. Probably not often, but messaging this way, especially on social media, is simple, straight to the point, informative, and delivers results. Social media provides an open platform for communication between brands and customers. Social Media b2b Consumer

The Future of Social Customer Service: Seamless Customer Experience

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EEOC Turns Its Attention To Social Media in the Workplace. Social Media for Customer Support channels company Customer Customer experience customer service customers department Email Facebook Forrester Research Las Vegas manager media mobile platforms the social time Twitter view Website These days,  customer service is ruled by the customer rather than companies; it is the customer who relentlessly determines how he wants to be helped, not the other way around. Customers need to … Continue Reading. Comments Is that all there is to this post? paragraph?

Best Social Media and Digital Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 2

Webbiquity

How widespread, really, is the use of social media for marketing? How are B2B marketers using social media differently from their B2C counterparts? How are marketers measuring social media success? General Social Media Statistics. The Growth of Social Media: An Infographic by Search Engine Journal. Infographic: Social Media ROI Statistics by Digital Buzz.

Research Proves the Early Bird Catch the Worm?

The ROI Guy

The empowered buyer of today is leveraging the Internet, social media and peer groups to investigate opportunities, investigate potential solutions and research your and your competitors products. At the same time as Sales reps are being invited later, Forrester reports that engaging earlier provides more advantage than ever.

10 Must-See Marketing Takeaways From AdExchanger Industry Preview 2014

It's All About Revenue

Measure Native Ad effectiveness against paid, earned, and owned media convergence. Jenny Wise , Mobile Marketing Analyst, Forrester Research. Publications are still untapped grounds to support your earned media strategy. by Amanda Batista | Tweet this The start of the New Year in the marketing industry is a particularly exciting time. Is 1:some actually fine?

Innovators Wanted: Marketing to Generation Live

Biznology

Common Sense Media released two astounding facts in its recent report, Zero to Eight, Children’s Media Use in America. 38% of children under 2 have used a mobile device for media – compared to 10% two years ago. combination of traditional and digital media marketing would influence his buying decisions. Photo credit: MikeMonello. He’s frugal and hard-working.

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