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Someone Missing at your Company? The Demand Architect

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It’s more than obvious that most B2B marketing departments are feeling the stress of a marketing environment that has changed radically over the past several years.  It’s used to be enough just to have one or two digital folks and perhaps a campaign strategist on the team to achieve some good demand programs results.   Not [.]. Database Marketing Digital Marketing Automation CMO People Strategy

Creating a Social Content Audit

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So how do B2B marketers know that the content we’re pushing out there actually meets the needs of the people we desire to reach. CMO Strategy Content Marketing Digital Planning Social Media StrategyWhile it’s not like we’re completely guessing, do we really ever KNOW for certain that the content that we’re building and promoting is on topic?  Do we really get the subtleties of the [.].

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Is the White Paper Dead?

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These days, it seems like the answer to all content marketing questions today come with a title page and 8-10 pages of slick thought leadership content. It’s no secret that B2B companies are serial white paper abusers. While white papers are perhaps overused and abused by most, our MZ buying study last year pointed out [.]. Digital Lead Management Uncategorized Lead Qualification Strategy

Ready, Set, Go! The Marketing Readiness Assessment

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If you had to guess how ready your organization is today for big time marketing transformation, would you know the answer?  If you’re like most of us, you’d probably pause for a moment, then either say “Yes, of course&# and then quickly change the subject… or you’d just guess. Either way, changing the way a

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

Leverage customer engagement and advocacy to drive brand, demand and profitable growth

A Cheat Sheet for Marketing Automation Maturity

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Moving to marketing automation is a evolution, not a revolution. Contrary to how much chatter there is in the B2B marketing world around “new&# marketing tactics, things still happen rather slowly in practice. This is largely dictated by the need for more earned marketing knowledge among B2B marketers, as well as the massive organizational shifts [.]. Content Marketing Database Marketing Lead Management Marketing Automation Planning High Tech Lead Generation Lead Qualification Strategy Technology

4 Useful Social Media Tracking Tips

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If you’re using social media as part of your inbound marketing toolkit… great! Content Marketing Lead Management Marketing Automation Social Media Analytics Lead GenerationOne thing I like to think about as the social calendar and content planning is under way is “How are we going to consistently capture data from social to our.com in a way that gains us some valuable insight and/or captures [.].

Marketing Automation: Does the CMO have your back?

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One of the most useful organizational hints I’ve heard over the past few years involves making sure that any marketing automation / transformation launch has the appropriate senior level oversight and commitment PRIOR to starting any effort.  I couldn’t agree more and, though an obvious suggestion, I haven’t seen it put into practice much. CMO Strategy Database Marketing Marketing Automation Planning CMO People StrategyThe statement is [.].

Getting to know your content… really well.

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This is an especially important point to internalize as B2B marketers are putting more pressure on themselves to place just the right content in front of just the right person at just the right time.  A tall [.]. Content Marketing Digital Planning Lead Generation StrategyAll content is not created equal. Additionally, different pieces of content can have very different purposes and goals.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. Marketers need to take the. content.

5 Essentials of Marketing Automation

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Doing a webinar today with Steve Woods, CTO at Eloqua on the 5 essentials of marketing automation.  Really excited about the content.  How can their be only 5???  Well, here’s the top 5 we were most wondering about… Data – having a data plan for both known or unknown data.  Capturing fit and engagement is

5 Essentials of Marketing Automation

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Doing a webinar today with Steve Woods, CTO at Eloqua on the 5 essentials of marketing automation.  Really excited about the content.  How can their be only 5???  Well, here’s the top 5 we were most wondering about… Data – having a data plan for both known or unknown data.  Capturing fit and engagement is

Is the Aprimo Acquisition a Good Thing for B2B?

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So more announcements today in the marketing automation space, with Aprimo now swinging over to Teradata…  This has me thinking about what happens to us in the B2B space when one of these tech giants swallow up some of the bigger marketing automation brands that the implementers of this technology are using on the front [.]. Database Marketing

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Is the Aprimo Acquisition a Good Thing for B2B?

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So more announcements today in the marketing automation space, with Aprimo now swinging over to Teradata…  This has me thinking about what happens to us in the B2B space when one of these tech giants swallow up some of the bigger marketing automation brands that the implementers of this technology are using on the front [.]. Database Marketing

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Infographics in B2B

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Seems like I&# m seeing more examples of creative visualization lately.  In this age of minimal attention span, the use of infographics is bound to become more and more common/popular, especially among business marketers.  The ones I’ve seen work seem to have a few things in common: They creatively represent differences in trends, numbers in creative,

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. Marketers need to take the. content.

Infographics in B2B

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Seems like I&# m seeing more examples of creative visualization lately.  In this age of minimal attention span, the use of infographics is bound to become more and more common/popular, especially among business marketers.  The ones I’ve seen work seem to have a few things in common: They creatively represent differences in trends, numbers in creative,

Content Marketing takes Center Stage

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Content marketing in B2B has always been important.  However, it seems that in the last few months, content has become the most critical component of any good lead generation program among B2B marketers (creative directors are cringing here…).  Why?  I believe it’s for two primary reasons: 1.  Measurement – In lead generation programs, content became [.]. CMO Strategy Digital Social Media High Tech Lead Generation Lead Qualification Strategy

Content Marketing takes Center Stage

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Content marketing in B2B has always been important.  However, it seems that in the last few months, content has become the most critical component of any good lead generation program among B2B marketers (creative directors are cringing here…).  Why?  I believe it’s for two primary reasons: 1.  Measurement – In lead generation programs, content became [.].

B2B Data is now Cool, well kind of…

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Getting ready for my mini-session at Forrester’s Marketing Forum in LA next week, I’m giving some thought to my session content with Scott Kosciuk, Director, Marketing Programs at Symantec. Database Marketing Digital Analytics Lead Generation StrategyThe Symantec story is good one in that Scott and team are doing a great job pulling together a large volume of global data, getting it [.].

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. Marketers need to take the. content.

B2B Data is now Cool, well kind of…

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Getting ready for my mini-session at Forrester’s Marketing Forum in LA next week, I’m giving some thought to my session content with Scott Kosciuk, Director, Marketing Programs at Symantec. Tags: Database Marketing Digital Analytics Lead Generation Strategy The Symantec story is good one in that Scott and team are doing a great job pulling together a large volume of global data, getting it [.].

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Assessing the Business Value of Social Media

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I guess it’s not surprising that marketers still find themselves justifying social media spend/plans to others in their organization.  Given the education that still needs to take place in the medium, as well as the future evolution of tools, processes and experience of end users interacting with different social options, we’re bound to need more [.]. Digital Planning Social Media Uncategorized Analytics CMO Strategy

Framing up Social Media Measurement

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That’s the question that marketers are nervously asking as they are now trying to justify spending money in this medium.  As we seem to have dabbled as much as anyone in this space… in a detailed, in the trenches way… I thoughts I’d [.]. So how can we measure the effectivness of our social media efforts?  Planning Social Media Analytics Digital Lead Generation Strategy Twitter

Framing up Social Media Measurement

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That’s the question that marketers are nervously asking as they are now trying to justify spending money in this medium.  As we seem to have dabbled as much as anyone in this space… in a detailed, in the trenches way… I thoughts I’d [.]. So how can we measure the effectivness of our social media efforts? 

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

Explore the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves

Assessing the Business Value of Social Media

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I guess it’s not surprising that marketers still find themselves justifying social media spend/plans to others in their organization.  Given the education that still needs to take place in the medium, as well as the future evolution of tools, processes and experience of end users interacting with different social options, we’re bound to need more [.].

Things I really need (the social media version)

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A growing list I’m keeping of things that every integrated marketer needs when moving into social media. Caution… not meant to be comprehensive.  Here are some thoughts.  Add to the list!… … Content – This is really what it’s all about… Smart, honest linkable content to drive followers from micro-blog to a deeper experience inside and [.].

When not to invest in CRM

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Rethinking Market Strategy In A Digital Economy

Tony Zambito

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.  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. by Delwar Hossain.

A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey

How Empathy Will Grow Your Sales and Marketing Pipeline

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We have more marketing channels and more content than ever before, but it’s become harder to actually connect with customers. What is empathic marketing? Empathy is your marketing intuition. Empathetic Marketing is about moving out of our mind and into the mind of the customer. It’s built on the following ideas: The best marketing feels like helping.

Agile Marketing in B2B

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Agile marketing increasingly is being recognized as a powerful key to content effectiveness. Breaking news creates windows of opportunities, but only if marketers are quick and smart enough to take advantage of them. On topic of agile marketing is what some have called newsjacking, which means responding quickly to news items of the day. Market trigger : We knew that the U.S.

20 Tremendous Digital Marketing Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

Digital marketing budgets continue to rise, often at the expense of offline advertising spend. But digital marketers must continue to evolve practices as they strive to make their content an asset, rather than an annoyance, to prospective buyers. Spending on digital marketing is projected to increase by 12% to 15% on average. General Digital Marketing Stats. 1. combined.

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7 key roles in digital marketing

Biznology

It was a lot of fun presenting Outside-In Marketing to local executives and students at UConn Stamford, which hosted the event. “What kind of team do you need to create outside-in marketing content?” They come from all walks of marketing, but just want to learn how to get better results with their digital investments. Content strategist. You read that right.

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

The Telltale 8% Drop In Content Marketing Effectiveness

Tony Zambito

The annual Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs B2B Content Marketing Benchmark Study 2016 is quite startling. Perhaps not as drastic as the Dow falling by 8%, but to see the percentage of marketers who believe their content marketing was effective drop to 30% from 38% in one year is a revelation. While, 47% of the least effective content marketers did not.  

Confusing Customer Segmentation, Buyer Profiling, and Buyer Personas Harms Marketing

Tony Zambito

If you are a CMO or a marketer and you find yourself having a sudden realization that perhaps you are not quite sure of the differences, you will be in a lot of good company.  The value of customer segmentation is it can tell you where to point your marketing and messaging.  And, it can help gauge the size of a market opportunity. Confusion by Adam Gale. Customer Segmentation.

Informed Customer Understanding Should Guide Marketing

Tony Zambito

At the start of every year, CMOs and their teams can be besieged by proclamations of the three, four, five, or six things that they must do to succeed in marketing.  One thing that is clear is the dynamics of markets, customers, and sellers continue to unfold in new ways.  For example, one shiny object has been content marketing.  What Should Guide Marketing?

Outside-in marketing: a pragmatic approach to content marketing

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Content Marketing is rapidly growing, but is often done poorly. hosted a webinar with James Mathewson about how we define content marketing. In our book “ Outside-In Marketing: Using Big Data to Guide Your Content Marketing ,” we offered a more pragmatic approach. Outside-in marketing is based on understanding the audience and publishing only what they need.

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful