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This is the week that was in B2B: from HP printergeddon to Accenture rebrand

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The industrial behemoth is currently flying high as a purveyor of marketing par excellence. comes courtesy of Michael Brenner at Marketing Insider Group (if he does say so himself). B2B Marketing b2b B2B latest newsYes, really. Sit back – this is the week that was in B2B: ‘Wolf’ of the week…. Yes, your humble printer really could be the downfall of your enterprise. years.

One of these things will happen to all B2B Marketers in 2017

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I'm not a betting man but I'm willing to bet anyone in our industry that one of these things will happen to you in the year ahead. Happy New Year - here's to a great 2017

This is the week that was in B2B: from surrogate meeting attendees to AI tools

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goes to Sam Hurley writing on Sparklane – with his 6 significant no-fluff trends for B2B Marketing in 2017. From the importance of a good customer experience (52% stop buying after a bad customer service interaction) to the rise of machine learning (by 2018, 20% of business content will be written by machines), get the trends in full here. 'AI tools for B2B marketers' of the week.

This is the week that was in B2B: from Jetson’s reboot to buyer journey revelations

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In a week that saw a group of bankers get their comeuppance for swindling small businesses, lettuce rationing hit the British Isles and Snapchat valued at $25bn ahead of its IPO, here’s what was going down in the heady world of B2B marketing: ‘Mega budget brand launch’ of the week. Sound advice given some suggest only 5-10% of the market is ready to buy at any one time. Whatever next?

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

The new Superpowers: CCS Predicts

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Smart watches still can’t find a compelling use case that drives mass-market adoption. Quantified self devices (health and fitness) is where the growth will be – so much so, in 2018 smart sports shoes will sell 1 million pairs to become the first mass market smart clothing. -. Last week the great and the good in the tech industry gathered at the CCS Insight annual Predicts event.

You don’t need to be a start-up or Google to innovate

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12 learnings from ‘Perk Me Up’ – Earnest’s first marketing innovation breakfast. It’s a word bandied around a lot in marketing these days. What new marketing innovations should we be aware of? Using this mantra can have an amazing influence on what a marketing team can achieve. 2. A few mistakes can go a long way. Innovation. Possibly too much. The thought leaders.

Meet the team. Channel marketing campaign case study for Canon

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Launch Canon’s new range of MAXIFY printers into the SMB market – through the reseller channel. The big question, how to create stand out in a market where selling on speeds and feeds is the norm – creating a campaign that would get traction with distributors, resellers and their small business customers alike? B2B Marketing Creative Picture it, you’re a small(ish) business.

The Seven New Content Commandments*

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Content marketing*that you may or may not want to pay attention to. Jonathan Swift once said, “Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own”. But whose face do we see when we stare deep into the eyes of content in the twilight weeks of 2016? 1 - Snackable content is dead, long live the Sunday roast. You know how snacks are good? Like, everyone enjoys snacks. Pringles. Cherry bakewell slices. whole cantaloupe melon. You know what is better than snacks? Mum’s Sunday Roast. Sun Tzu said “fight the enemy where they are not”. hours. Is 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.

How to improve your luck: 4 simple tips

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Much like inbound vs outbound marketing, sometimes it’s more effective to let good luck come to you – and generosity is a great way to enable that. B2B Marketing Behavioural Economics “I''m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” ? Thomas Jefferson. Nothing is as obnoxious as other people''s luck” - F. White. Coincidence? I don''t think so.”.

22 things we learned at the Festival of Marketing 2015

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Festival season as we know it has been over for a couple of months now, but that didn’t stop the Festival of Marketing 2015 taking place in East London’s Tobacco Docks. Unlike Glastonbury however, we were fortunate enough to actually score a couple of tickets to attend this year and check out what’s been happening in the marketing industry. B2B Marketing Events Brand innovation

Using the power of emotion: B2B Marketing Awards campaign case study

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The Earnest campaign shortlisted for the Best use of Direct Mail at the B2B Marketing Awards 2014. The market itself is a complex one, but wrapping a message up in long words and complex ideas doesn’t make you appear any more intelligent. In a market saturated with content that assumes we only make decisions rationally our DM stood out from the crowd. B2B Marketing Creative

25 things I learnt at the LBS Global Leadership Summit

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In a study of micro-entrepreneurs, those with access to marketing education made 86% more profit (via Rajesh Chandy). B2B MarketingWhat if? The future of business under the spotlight. While the ad industry indulged itself in Cannes last week, there was another, much more stimulating event taking place back here in London. Researchers have shown that Moore's Law is no longer true.

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.

Happier Living with Traces or more SoMe skepticism?

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B2B Marketing TechnologyCan new social media app traces bring us closer together? I am, admittedly, one of these social media (SoMe) sceptics. I’m sure we’ve all been part of the same conversations theorising what impact SoMe has had on our personal relationships. But this blog is not a grumble over SoMe, it’s actually quite the contrary. Now that’s a brilliant thought.

Five tactics to convert page visitors into leads

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Content marketing User experience design b2b uxDriving traffic towards your lovingly created webpages takes effort. All the more reason to make sure those efforts aren’t wasted by a sub-optimal design. Here are five things you can do ensure your visitors get what they want – while encouraging them to do what you want in the process. #1. Brevity is the soul of wit. Lower the drawbridge.

Banging the drum

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We're all hugely excited, rather humbled and quite shocked to have won B2B Marketing Agency and B2B Campaign of the Year at The Drum marketing awards last night - for the second year in a row! Massive thanks to the whole crew at The Drum, everyone who voted for us, and all of our lovely clients of course. Our Oracle 'Owning the day' campaign was also nominated.

The seven commandments for a successful rebrand

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In spite of this, many marketers and brand managers have been scarred from previous failed rebrand programmes. Thereby raising the strategic importance of the rebrand – from ‘simply’ marketing planning – to the highest level, as it is intrinsic to the future plans of the business. You usually know when it’s time for a rebrand. And we all know the benefits. Fear and loathing. Brand

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.

Event Wallet: Making an impact at Event Tech Live

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All credit to Adam and his team at Event Tech Live, the day was a real success and a perfect way of introducing ourselves into the market. If you were at Event Tech Live this week it’s very likely that you’ll have bumped into Oscar the Robot. It’s even more likely that you are still scratching your head as to how he managed to hold a conversation with you. So how did we do it?

Live Streaming Apps - the future of Content Marketing?

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After briefly testing Periscope at our recent Charity Tech Pub Quiz we thought we would take the three biggest live streaming apps for a ride (there are many others entering the market) to see what they are all about and how or if marketers could use them to their advantage. It’s marketing gold dust. But what are they all about? Here’s what happened. First up, Periscope. Risky?

Emotion in B2B marketing is important. No debate needed.

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As I’m speaking at the upcoming B2B Marketing conference 2014 , it occurred to me that I should probably set out my stall as to why this topic is important. This solution selling approach to marketing basically means in any given category you all end up campaigning around the same issues, to the same set of prospects. Persuade. Persuade. efficiency, transformation and so on.

The best presentation slide in history* (tribute)

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Data is increasingly becoming marketing’s weapon of choice. Spotting trends in behaviour and tracking and analysing activity has allowed marketers to gain real insights into how programmes and products are performing. The good news is that this isn’t really a secret to b2b marketing. B2B MarketingA picture can paint a thousand words. Ok great. Be compelling. E.g. N.B.

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

Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. Generate more leads. Better leads. And content fuels it all

This is the week that was: Behaviours they are a changin’

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B2B Marketing Did you see that loud, cold, blurry thing that just whizzed past at 100 miles per hour? That was January. It absolutely flew by and here we are in February. Still, at least it’s almost pancake day (17 th ). Here’s our round up of all the things that caught our eye last week. Insight of the week: What causes behaviour change? No, me neither. Have a mull and see what you think.

7 key takeaways from The State of Inbound 2016

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Inbound has been gathering pace, as buyers are becoming more and more immune to traditional marketing and push tactics and marketers embrace new approaches. Marketers are clearly focused on achieving their business objectives and monetising opportunities, trying to increase number of leads, site traffic and revenue from existing customers. Who’d have thought it heh?

IBM's Watson gives the real insight on brand personality

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Content marketing TechnologyHow do you get to the heart of a company? How do you really understand what they are all about? You go to the ‘About Us’ section of the website, of course. But what does this corporate nonsense really say about a business? We decided to give IBM's new ‘Personality Insights’ tool a spin to find out. Thought IBM wasn't compassionate? Thought UPS lacked imagination?

Putting the tea in team: brewing a successful marketing team

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Similarly, any ambitious marketing team must develop and nurture their three elements too – the people, the strategy, and the knowledge. The best marketing teams champion the tangible benefits of bringing pioneering specialists and the best third party suppliers in to supplement their own talents. Likewise, successful marketing teams will have a sound working knowledge of sales enablement, marketing automation, and lead generation and management. B2B Marketing"I would rather have a cup of tea than sex." – Boy George. Was that a no? Sugar for you, right?

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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

Events for #Eventprofs – are they worth the time out of the office?

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Only 8% of event marketers say they have cracked developing relationships and closing deals off the back events , and it’s no surprise when organisers and exhibitors are often slow to follow up once the big day has finished. They can amplify your marketing, help drive momentum and extend your reach far beyond your typical audience. What happened inside? Hmmmm. That’s so 2000 and late.

Your invitation to Experiential Lab

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As you’ve probably noticed, in recent years breath-taking experiences have become increasingly important in the world of marketing, becoming a key tool that all brands are going to need to add to their arsenal. Just like any other piece of marketing you need to engage, excite and inspire. B2B events can no longer just be about putting a pop up banner in front of a table and expecting prospects to be lured in by the dead-eyed stare of your sales people. That’s why, on the 1st July, we’re hosting our first ‘Experiential Lab’. Look forward to seeing you there.

Innovation in higher education marketing

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Tips and tricks on how marketing professionals can be more innovative. But while teaching continues to evolve, higher education is lagging behind other industries in innovative and digital marketing. And with an average exposure of 5000 marketing messages seen per day you need to really impress them. Content marketing TechnologyWhich is a problem. Millennials watch 11.3

Don’t hate the player – an introduction to gamification

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For these reasons the rise of gamification, and its application across marketing products and services in the last few years, has particularly resonated with me. And in a recent report published by TechNavio, a technology research firm, analysts forecast the global gamification market to grow 68.4% B2B Marketing"You have to learn the rules of the game. and Nike’s NikeFuel band.

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

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

Innovation from the inside: Building Event Wallet

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Well just over a year ago, I said the very same thing and as part of Earnest Labs, the innovation arm of award winning B2B marketing agency Earnest , decided to make it a reality.Here’s how it happened. It’s what has now been termed ‘proximity marketing’ and is largely used in the retail space, but was perfect for what we wanted the app to do. ‘I’ve got an idea for an app.’ Events

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Etiquette & Propriety: a quintessential guide to decorum in B2B marketing

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So this has me thinking – what pitfalls are there in the world of B2B marketing? Mind your P’s and Q’s – but also your I’s and O’s : They may be the top buzzwords of this decade so far, but there’s a good reason for why those in the know are talking about inbound and outbound marketing. Read more about it in Earnest’s The YES Factor and Behavioural Marketing. B2B Marketing

You have a new match! Online dating tips for the B2B inbound marketer

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Back on the market or going to market? And as more customers search and buy online, more B2B companies are formulating and creating inbound marketing strategies – indeed, the number of marketers who state they are practicing inbound surged from 60% last year to 85% only this year. For marketers, this means creating regular quality content such as a company blog.

Lessons from the Mad Men

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What marketers today can learn from 1960’s Ad Land. Eventually, dozens of taglines are discarded and the team develop a campaign idea based on market research combined with creative thinking – to blow away the client and win the account. Eventually the team realise that the computer is a necessity for modern marketing, and actually more of an opportunity than a threat to their work.

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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