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Business volunteering – people or profits?

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Our goal with this project was to help charities attract more volunteers from the business community, and to help businesses implement a more successful volunteering strategy. After all, the more people that see it, then the greater the chances that it will help charities and businesses alike. Last year we started a volunteering programme here at Circle.

Understanding brand personality through projective techniques

The B2B Research Blog

That’s why in market research we often use projective techniques (also referred to as ‘enabling techniques’) to help tease out a brand’s perceived personality. This reveals key brand associations and does so in a manner which helps those managing the brand to envision where the brand is and needs to be. Not only are projective techniques like these great for teasing out rich brand personality profiles, respondents find them enjoyable and the vivid imagery created by projective techniques helps users of the research to immediately relate to the findings.

B2B market research – 10 unique features

The B2B Research Blog

The findings garnered from desk research can help to frame a good qualitative interview and a thorough focus group can help provide relevant answer options for a quantitative survey. Is B2B market research really that different from B2C? Well in a nutshell, yes. In this blog post Circle’s Andrew Dalglish explores the 10 key differences that make B2B research unique.

Driving action from a customer satisfaction programme

The B2B Research Blog

This will help to build a customer-centric culture and contribute to improved performance through a mass of small, spontaneous actions. Most companies have a customer satisfaction research programme in place, but not all are made equal. Some are active agents of change – they spur the organisation to act, building stronger customer relationships, boosting customer loyalty and ultimately improving commercial performance. Others are passive observers – they simply report on the situation but do little to change it. Here are nine golden rules. Rule 1: Create stakeholder ownership.

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust

Top ten B2B marketing challenges

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Given the volume of opinion I thought I’d help the digestion process by creating a word cloud. Holger Schulze, Marketing Director at SafeNet, recently posted a great question to the 9,040 members of LinkedIn’s B2B Marketing group. Can you use ONE WORD to describe the biggest challenge facing B2B Marketing today?”. I love this question for two reasons. One, it forces a focussed answer. Focus.

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SME marketing channel preferences revealed

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And there are six specific learnings – outlined below – which will help ensure marcoms have the best chances of breaking through. There are 1.3 million of them, they generate half of the UK’s GDP and employ 60 per cent of the private sector workforce. Moreover, they’re big buyers of B2B products and services. Just ask Sage who’s built a £1.4 billion business on the back of them. SMEs are a potentially significant opportunity for many B2B marketers then, but how best to open a conversation? Their answers provide clear guidance on where best to target marketing resources. An overview.

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The seven R’s of thought leadership

The B2B Research Blog

Not “I want to tell you about me…” but “I’d like to share something that could really help you…”. Thought leadership content gives you fuel for social media activity and helps form relationships early in the buying cycle. Thought leadership. Everyone’s claiming it but, by very definition, only a handful ever delivers. So how do you ensure that your content marketing strategy positions you as one of the few? . Follow the seven R’s – Resonant, Rare, Road Mapped, Robust, Rounded, Rooted and Re-used. Five reasons to develop a thought leadership strategy. It’s a showcase.

Shape the B2B Barometer

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Second, to identify the challenges faced by the marketing community so that trade bodies which support the study (The BMC and IDM) can help to address these. Or perhaps you feel there are some gaps which need filling – questions which if answered would provide you with a useful comparator or help to benefit the whole marketing community. The B2B Barometer has been a consistent feature of the B2B landscape since 2009. Now it’s evolving and you can shape its future. The B2B Barometer was designed as a ‘state of the nation’ study. What are their most important marketing goals?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Use frameworks like ABM and ICE to help with these efforts. With marketing now responsible for helping to nurture and. advocacy program aimed and fine-tuned for their sales department will help. B2B marketers will see how sales people can help. social sellers will understand that in doing so, it can only help contribute to. Technology will help marketers.

Who owns your brand? B2B brand perceptions research

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After all, they’re often responsible for delivering the brand experience so understanding their perceptions helps make brand aspirations a reality. Your organisation doesn’t own its brand. It can shape it, manage it, but never own it. That’s because a brand is not what an organisation says it is. It’s what the market believes it to be. It’s a perception developed through the sum of an individual’s experience. Through every encounter they’ve had with your organisation, your employees or products. Through what they hear from you and about you. So what should we measure?

Three reasons B2B marketers should care about sustainability

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In both of these examples clients are looking to us for help. They want us to challenge them and ourselves, they often want us to advise them, but above all they want us to be their trusted partner who will help them deliver on the sustainability challenges that we all share. . In the latest in my series of interviews with today’s leading business thinkers I spoke with Thomas Jelley, Corporate Citizenship Manager at support services giant Sodexo. But why, you may wonder, is a B2B marketing research agency like Circle talking about sustainability. Well, no. How do you define it?

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An interview with Jaakko Alanko: MD, Alanko Consulting

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It’s whatever enhances your understanding of these and helps you get into true insight, which then drives the operation creatively and strategically and tactically. But I also want to help companies service and look after their customers better with appropriate offerings, better sales people and the right behaviours. Every month David Willan interviews leading experts from the world of marketing and B2B. This month David spoke with Jaakko Alanko, one of the true doyens of B2B communications. What are the biggest? Many of the changes we’ve seen have been pretty wide-ranging.

Better B2B segmentation: Four steps and a case study

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At this point, firmographic variables like company size and industry sector become relevant again as each segment can then be profiled on this basis to help targeting. Last week I was invited to join The Network of Aspiring Woman, Birmingham Group. I was tempted. After all, “ it’s where networking feels like a party ”. However, I declined for two reasons. I live in London. I’m a man. Clearly the Network’s execution fell short, but their strategy seems smart. Rather than trying to be all things to all people, they’ve segmented the market and targeted a niche group. Enjoying this post?

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Use frameworks like ABM and ICE to help with these efforts. With marketing now responsible for helping to nurture and. advocacy program aimed and fine-tuned for their sales department will help. B2B marketers will see how sales people can help. social sellers will understand that in doing so, it can only help contribute to. Technology will help marketers.

Not how you fly, but how you serve

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What does the power of national identification bring to the airline in each market it serves, and how could that knowledge be leveraged to help position the airline and its service to best effect? Many years ago now, whilst I was working at, newly privatised, British Airways, our research team was challenged to understand what it meant to be “branded British” in each of its key markets.

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Measuring the service experience

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I’ll just call the operator’s help desk and get back online. Does your business have a service element? Do you measure customer perceptions of the experience? If so, you might want to take a quick look under the bonnet. Let me share a story. It sounds far-fetched, but is true. Recently I took a holiday. Not one to ever fully turn off though, I needed my smartphone. Sadly, it too had decided to take a vacation. No calls. No emails. “No No problem” I thought. Inevitably it wasn’t that simple although soon I was back in action. . Just a formality really and the score to give is ten”.

Understanding brand personality through projective techniques

The B2B Research Blog

That’s why in market research we often use projective techniques (also referred to as ‘enabling techniques’) to help tease out a brand’s perceived personality. This reveals key brand associations and does so in a manner which helps those managing the brand to envision where the brand is and needs to be. Not only are projective techniques like these great for teasing out rich brand personality profiles, respondents find them enjoyable and the vivid imagery created by projective techniques helps users of the research to immediately relate to the findings.

An interview with Stephen Cheliotis: CEO, Centre for Brand Analysis

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It’s vital for not only helping to secure consumer trust, it’s also vital to other stakeholder groups too. Every month David Willan interviews leading experts in from the world of marketing and B2B. This month David interviews Stephen Cheliotis, Chairman of the Superbrands Expert Councils and Chief Executive of The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA). Stephen offers some fascinating insights into the world of B2B brands. Stephen, in your experience are brands becoming more important in B2B? So in summary, I think we’re winning the battle, it’s not won, but we’re getting there. Absolutely.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Use frameworks like ABM and ICE to help with these efforts. With marketing now responsible for helping to nurture and. advocacy program aimed and fine-tuned for their sales department will help. B2B marketers will see how sales people can help. social sellers will understand that in doing so, it can only help contribute to. Technology will help marketers.

How to create a Customer Happiness Index

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Cascade results throughout the organisation in an easily digestible format to foster cohesion and help develop a customer-centric culture. In my last post I put forward the idea that every business should measure its performance against a stakeholder ‘Happiness Index’ with a particular focus on customers. As the customer’s voice within the organisation, responsibility for this index lies at the marketer’s door. Before we go any further I’d like to challenge the received wisdom that it’s commercially sensible for every business to invest in enhancing customer happiness.

Driving action from a customer satisfaction programme

The B2B Research Blog

This will help to build a customer-centric culture and contribute to improved performance through a mass of small, spontaneous actions. Most companies have a customer satisfaction research programme in place, but not all are made equal. Some are active agents of change – they spur the organisation to act, building stronger customer relationships, boosting customer loyalty and ultimately improving commercial performance. Others are passive observers – they simply report on the situation but do little to change it. Here are nine golden rules. Rule 1: Create stakeholder ownership.

How to measure customer satisfaction in B2B markets

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This will arm you with some valuable hypotheses and the process of involving internal stakeholders will help you to drive action at the back end of the research. How do you measure customer satisfaction in B2B markets? What questions should you ask in a customer satisfaction survey? Fair questions, but first ask yourself this: should you measure customer satisfaction? It’s counter-intuitive, but in B2B markets sometimes customer satisfaction doesn’t actually matter. The cost, effort or risk of moving supplier is just too high8. They’re inert and don’t really care that much.

Air Cargo News: Interview with Circle’s Andy Booth

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Circle has been employed to undertake a comprehensive review of the company’s customers, which is being used to help shape products and services. Airfreight can be a bit behind the times in terms of service quality, relationship building and loyalty, but through sensitive customer and market research we can offer lots of ways to help it catch up.”. I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by legendary aviation journalist Peter Conway for Air Cargo News. Who needs marketing in the air cargo sector? Eighty per cent of all the work we do is brand-focused”. he says. “Do

The Ministry of Happiness

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Helping create wealth is an important part of this. “[GNP] measures everything…except that which makes life worthwhile” said Robert Kennedy. Forty years on David Cameron has picked up Kennedy’s idea and instructed government statisticians to begin measuring quality of life in psychological terms. . In a nutshell the idea is this. Government has many roles but its core goal is to ensure the happiness of citizens. After all, money buys a better standard of living. However, there comes a point once material needs have been met. Rather I just thought there was an interesting parallel.

Are B2B marketers neglecting their brands?

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It helps drive customer loyalty. Every so often it’s healthy to reflect. To identify learnings in success and take a pat on the back; to re-classify disappointments as valuable experience; then to focus on future ambitions with renewed energy. In doing so it’s sometimes useful to have a catalyst which supports the thought process. That’s why in early 2009 Circle Research, in conjunction with ABBA and The IDM, launched The B2B Barometer. . A ‘state of the nation’ survey amongst B2B marketers which gauges economic confidence, benchmarks marketing activity and explores key trends.

17 Helpful SEO Tools and Tool Reviews

Webbiquity

Which SEO tools are most helpful in conducting a site audit? Helpful SEO Tools. Ian Cleary (again) explains how to use Google’s free tools to help out with SEO efforts; not just the obvious ones (e.g., For nearly as long as there have been people working on search engine optimization, there have been SEO tools. Which tools are best for local SEO? Competitive analysis?

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How Does Content Marketing Help with SEO?

Webbiquity

Efficient use of meta data, URL addresses and sitemaps all fall under this category and can help to naturally increase your chances of naturally appearing high in search results. Guest post by Sam Allcock. Content marketing and SEO are often written about and addressed separately. But both are actually essential, and work in tandem as part of a broad web presence optimization (WPO) strategy.

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Help Google help you optimize your content for search

Biznology

The post Help Google help you optimize your content for search appeared first on Biznology. It’s really hard to get Google’s attention. Content marketing is indeed a silver bullet — why do you think I’m writing this — but there are ways of wooing search engines beyond starting a blog. Google loves structured data. Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

How Video Helps Sales and Marketing Alignment

Vidyard

Marketing will produce valuable assets for the sales team to distribute, while Sales will request specific campaigns or promotions to help them reach more accounts. Marketers can help craft the story and make sure it stands out. The post How Video Helps Sales and Marketing Alignment appeared first on Vidyard. They even sat in different parts of the office at most companies.

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How Content & SEO Marketers Can Help Each Other Be Successful

ScribbleLive

These three tips will help content marketers and search engine specialists help each other. It’s just as interesting and helpful to a reader who found it in January as it will be to a reader who stumbles upon it in November. Content that is original, contains helpful information, is highly engaged with and attracts links from third-party sources are valued when it comes to doling out rankings. This all could have been avoided if the content included the keywords that the intended audience uses in search bars when sourcing help and answers related to the blog’s topic.

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3 Insights to Help Build Your Unified Customer Database

Customer Experience Matrix

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. But it’s a rich set of data so this post will highlight some other helpful insights. So agile is helpful but not a magic bullet. All central customer databases are not equal.

8 Helpful Resources for Creating Beautiful Infographics

Hubspot

Not only do they make content more sharable -- 40 times as much -- but they help us retain information. 8 Helpful Resources for Creating Beautiful Infographics. Here's one that helps non-profits visually communicate highlights from an annual report: 4) Easel.ly. However, Infogram also has the option of enlisting professional help with infographic design. 1) Canva.

How Predictive Intelligence Helps B2B Marketers with Buyer Targeting

SalesPredict

Predictive intelligence can help identify and analyze behavior and intent data to provide a 360-degree view of prospects and their paths to purchase. Predictive solutions can help your organization uncover hidden "breadcrumbs" of previously uncaptured data from across the web that reveal buyer intent. Improve demand gen results by targeting in-market buyers. How bad is it?

5 Email Metrics to Help Diagnose Your Mistakes

Act-On

Analyzing email metric reports is an excellent way to help review and sometimes diagnose issues with your targeting, data, or even deliverability. This metric will help tell you the mailable status of a list, each time you send. It’s then counted into a spam complaint ratio, which the ISP uses to help determine whether future email sends should be blocked. Certainly.

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Five Tips to Help You Write Outstanding Content For Your Blog

Webbiquity

These five tips can help you more dependably write outstanding content for your blog. This will also help you to place the paragraphs in the right order. Use tools like the Emotional Value Headline Analyzer and the CoSchedule Headline Analyzer to help you craft more effective post titles. Content is king, and blogs often make the best castles. Organize Your Content.

How Big Data and Marketing Analytics Help Sales

Crimson Marketing

How to use Big Data to help sales. By listening to what information buyers have access to, and studying buyer behavior through B2B marketing technology, CMOs and their marketing teams are in a position to help the sales team directly. The post How Big Data and Marketing Analytics Help Sales appeared first on. Marketing analytics is the answer. Try googling the words “Big Data.”

3 Ways Agile Helps Scale Content Marketing

Kapost

Agile marketing helps elevate the quality of the content a team produces by getting them out of panic mode, allowing them to consistently review their process and themselves, and keeping them from constantly getting derailed by external demands. . But closing your eyes and vaguely throwing money in the general direction of content isn’t going to help your cause. . 100%.

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51 Essential Email Marketing Tips to Help Marketing Automation

B2B Marketing Insider

The post 51 Essential Email Marketing Tips to Help Marketing Automation appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Marketing automation tools save marketers a lot of time – but there are so many more benefits beyond that. These tools also let us gather insights about how our subscribers are consuming and interacting with our messages. Content Marketing

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