5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox
JUNE 8, 2016
Direct Mail – the rise of Account-Based Marketing (ABM) has renewed interest in direct mail as a high-impact vehicle for delivering your message to targeted accounts or senior executives. That’s not because email is going away any time soon. But direct mail doesn’t have to be a “batch” process. through ads on display, video, mobile and social networks.
[Infographic] 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog
JANUARY 21, 2016
B2B Marketing blog marketing Blogs Inbound marketing Interactive Design lead generation Social Media blog best practices blog design blog lead generation blog leads blog ROI blog subscribers social media design social media ROIThe social media landscape is littered with business blogs that, on the surface, do everything right. Click on the infographic to view full size.
ABM & the Marketing Hype Cycle
MARCH 15, 2016
The none-too-subtle implication, of course, was that Account-Based Marketing (ABM) isn’t new, and that B2B marketers have been developing, and executing, Account-Based Marketing strategies and programs for some time, if only in different forms and under a different name (e.g. Say what you want about us marketers, we love our bright shiny objects. Which is true, sort of.
7 Steps to a Successful Account-Based Marketing (ABM) Strategy
NOVEMBER 20, 2015
Account-Based Marketing (ABM) is certainly the hot topic in B2B circles these days, but like other trends, ABM can encompass a whole range of activity – from something as simple as an email drip campaign to a more comprehensive, sustained, integrated program that incorporates multiple channels. Planning on integrating Account-Based Marketing into your demand gen mix in 2016?
150 Content Marketing Tips
Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more
Bad Copy is Your Campaign’s Weakest Link
JUNE 17, 2016
With rare exceptions, “big idea” marketing is regarded as a quaint anachronism, especially in the B2B world. Marketing is now more about the right data. Marketers care more about segmentation than tag lines. The attitude of many marketers towards creative, and copywriting in particular, seems to be “how difficult can it be?”. In the digital age, all that has changed.
Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity
JUNE 29, 2015
Are most B2B companies getting maximum value from their investment in marketing automation? recent industry survey by Spear Marketing Group suggests: no. Or are companies rushing to implement marketing automation without a full understanding or strategy for how to put that technology to best use? Is this a technology problem relating to ease of use?
Why Are People Not Engaging With Our Content?
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
According to a recent report, “ The Content Marketing Paradox ,” content marketing output increased by 35 percent in 2015, while engagement dropped 17 percent. The author of the report, digital marketing solutions provider TrackMaven , theorized that the primary reason for the discrepancy is that there’s a “limit to how much content can be consumed, liked, shared, etc.”.
Which Content, Tactics & Technologies Are Driving Demand Generation ROI?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
A recent survey by content automation company TechValidate and B2B agency Spear Marketing Group provides useful insight into the content, tactics, and technologies proving most valuable for today’s B2B marketers. More than 200 marketing VPs, directors and managers responded to the survey, which asked respondents to identify the crucial factors in driving demand generation ROI.
Moving Past Responsive Design to a Mobile-First Email Strategy
APRIL 22, 2016
The conclusion we’re drawing from these statistics is the following: In order for be successful in a marketplace increasingly dominated by mobile users, B2B email marketers must do more than just implement responsive design in order to ensure a user experience that truly drives engagement. So what can a B2B marketer do, beyond responsive design? Well, not so fast. Why is that so?
Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads
OCTOBER 8, 2015
sent an email to a marketing technology firm, one with whom I was vaguely familiar, about a client campaign for which I thought their technology might be useful. By my own reckoning, I’m an MQL (Marketing Qualified Lead). B2B Marketing Cold Calling inside sales Lead Management Lead Nurturing Marketing Automation Sales 2.0 question: at this point, what kind of lead am I?
Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program
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10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
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Infographic: 29 Tips to Improve B2B Email Campaign Performance
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
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The One Marketing Automation Guide You’ll Ever Need?
DECEMBER 16, 2015
Research company TrustRadius just published their new edition of the “Buyer’s Guide to Marketing Automation Software,” and it’s a doozy. Let’s face it, most martech “guides” are written by, well, marketers, and are either sponsored by or authored by the technology vendors themselves, so the content needs to be read with a critical eye. appeared first on The Point.
Report: Targeting & Predictive Analytics Driving Changes in B2B Email
APRIL 6, 2016
The folks at Demand Generation Report just released a compelling new paper on the impact that new technologies are having on the use, and effectiveness, of email marketing. It’s not a new concept, by any means, but the hype surrounding Account Based Marketing (ABM) has finally woken up many marketers to the value of a more personalized, one-to-one approach.
Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program
Playbook No. 3: Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program Copyright © 2015 Contently. Conclusion 35 Table of Contents ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY3 On the evening of March 2, our content/marketing team. Platforms,” “7 Keys to SEO for Content Marketers,” and. What’s the Difference Between B2B and B2C Market- ing?” Marketers are humans too.
Infographic: 8 Ways to Get B2B Demand Gen Back on Track
OCTOBER 20, 2015
Can technology solve every problem of the modern B2B marketer? Maybe not, if you believe a recent survey sponsored by TechValidate and Spear Marketing Group. Asked to name the two primary barriers to demand generation success, B2B marketers named 1) lack of budget and 2) lack of resources. Click on the infographic below to view full size.
A Simple 2-Step Technique for Improving Lead Follow Up
JULY 14, 2015
In an era when “demand generation” and “content marketing” are virtually synonymous, most B2B sales leads are the result of a prospect downloading or requesting content. Most B2B marketers take for granted that content marketing will, by default, generate a wide spectrum of leads – some of them qualified, perhaps, but most just conducting informal research (the proverbial “tire kickers”).
Does Creative Still Matter in B2B Marketing?
MAY 11, 2015
At Marketo’s Marketing Nation Summit last month in San Francisco, there was much talk about the shifting function of marketing towards a more strategic, data-driven role within the modern corporation. You see similar sentiments echoed throughout the marketing press. Marketers are no longer the “arts and crafts” people, we’re told. Sure, data rules the roost. List. 2.
Forrester thinks Content Marketing Isn’t Working – They’re Half Right
JULY 18, 2014
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. In a nutshell, this is where so many content marketing initiatives fall short.
Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness
Marketing. EFFECTIVENESS ACROSS THE INDUSTRY 2Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry I. Introduction 4 Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry Red Bull has long been the strongest example of this. marketing technology into a seamless process. YOUR CONTENT MARKETING IN 2015.
B2B Copywriting: 5 Common Terms & Phrases to Avoid
DECEMBER 15, 2015
Submit” is a marketing term best resigned to campaign plans and performance reports (as in: “the campaign generated 53 form submits”.) It should never make it into a copy deck. B2B Marketing Copywriting Creative Landing Pages b2b marketing agency b2b copywriting b2b copywriting tips b2b creative b2b copywriting best practices b2b copywriter b2b copywriting successSubmit.
Measure Your Way to Lead Nurturing Success
JANUARY 27, 2016
Demand Gen Report just published “ Top B2B Marketers Measure Lead Nurturing Effectiveness to Boost Performance ,” a special report in which they address the whys, whats, and how tos of measuring lead nurturing’s true impact. But, more important is having clear, precise definitions for each stage – whatever those definitions are – that both marketing and sales buy into.
Infographic: Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Full-Service Demand Generation Agency
MARCH 24, 2015
But in the right situation, especially given the complexity of today’s modern marketing, the right agency partner can be the key to your company making the most of your demand generation investments. Agencies aren’t for everyone. Check out the infographic below for tips on deciding whether a full-service demand gen agency is the right move for your organization.
Is B2B Lead Generation Really This Difficult?
AUGUST 20, 2015
Results are in from a recent survey on B2B Lead Generation by the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn ( free report download here ), and the numbers tell a disheartening story. At face value, it’s hard not to conclude based on this data that many B2B marketers are struggling to even measure lead generation success, let alone achieve it. Why is that? Here are my theories: 1.
Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap
planning for a future in which GE would be a publisher, not just a marketer. redefine the role of marketing,” Comstock reflected in. When you hear marketing, most people. more we expect from marketing. sure that marketing has been redefined as innovators. in their content marketing journey, GE went above and beyond in their. successful content marketers. B.
Quit Obsessing About the Customer Journey
AUGUST 11, 2015
These days it seems to me that you can’t read a marketing blog, attend a marketing conference, listen to a marketing podcast, without hearing someone drone on about the customer journey. Look, I’m all for the general notion of our marketing being more targeted, personalized, and relevant. Suddenly, we are led to believe, the customer journey is all that matters.
4 Key Takeaways from the 2015 SiriusDecisions Summit
MAY 16, 2015
More than 2,300 marketers, including this writer, gathered in Nashville this past week for SiriusDecisions’annual confab on all things marketing. For the last five years or so, inbound marketing and demand generation have been virtually synonymous. But as I wrote in this earlier post , inbound marketing can’t do the job alone. Outbound is the New Inbound.
10 Tips for a Successful Trade Show Follow-up Campaign
AUGUST 18, 2014
Usually, marketing best practice dictates that an email focus on one offer and one call to action. Don’t just dump show leads into your marketing database or sign them up for your monthly newsletter indiscriminately. At the very least, point leads into an email track tailored for their specific product interest or vertical market. Prompt response to show leads is critical.
9 Proven Ways to Increase Webinar Response
MARCH 25, 2016
Take full advantage of marketing automation. Integrate your marketing automation system (e.g. Let’s face it: most business inboxes get flooded every day with Webinar invitations. If your Webinar campaign is getting lost in the crowd, take a look at these 9 proven tips and techniques for increasing registration and attendance at online events. 1. Sell the event, not the product.
What is Predictive Marketing?
Predictive marketing = predictive demand generation + predictive scoring
Are Agencies the Future of Marketing Automation?
MARCH 3, 2015
It’s always been obvious that agencies were a sensible channel for marketing automation vendors to pursue, but I’m beginning to wonder whether agencies might turn out to be the primary channel for such systems, excepting only direct sales to large enterprises. Vendors have been knocking themselves out for the past five years trying to educate marketers to run their systems.
Infographic: 10 Commandments of Email Copywriting
NOVEMBER 12, 2013
No matter what you’re selling – a white paper, a Webinar, a demo, a free trial, or 25% off your latest software – there are certain rules that disciples (ahem) of good B2B email marketing should always follow. B2B Marketing Creative E-mail email marketing Infographics Interactive Design b2b demand generation B2B email creative B2B email marketing Demand Generation email copywriting
Infographic: 17 Tips for Generating Leads from Social PPC Advertising
DECEMBER 23, 2014
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Step Away from the Email Software and No-One Gets Hurt
JANUARY 19, 2016
Marketing technology is a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands, and nowhere is this more evident than in the recent surge of interest in automating BDR campaigns and other sales communication. Just as with marketing campaigns, if your sales communication is complete cr*p, marketing automation simply enables you to produce more cr*p, more quickly. The answer seems to be: no.
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.
Programmatic Ad Buying: What Does It Mean for B2B Marketers?
MARCH 17, 2015
You could make the case, as I will, that of all the new technologies to enter the marketing technology landscape of late, the two with the potential to have the biggest short-term impact for B2B marketers are Predictive Analytics and Programmatic Ad Buying. If Google enters a space, it’s always a huge validation to the market, as they focus only on giant market opportunities.
A Follow-Up Strategy for Content Syndication Leads
AUGUST 25, 2015
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Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?
AUGUST 22, 2014
For those of us who work in and around the technology every day, it can seem like marketing automation is already pervasive. Analyst David Raab reports that for companies under $5 Million in revenue, marketing automation penetration is a miserly 5 percent. Even then, however, the vast majority of B2B marketers have yet to take the plunge. You can access the full podcast here.
Email Critique: When a Good Offer Just Isn’t Enough
JULY 16, 2015
Here’s a list of the things I love most about the email below from Allocadia , a Vancouver, BC-based developer of Marketing Performance Management (MPM) software: 1. It’s visually stunning, professional, colorful, even the title is intriguing (“How Marketing Performance Management is Changing the Role of the CMO”). The offer image. Yeah, that’s about it. By now, most readers are lost.
Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?
Marketing is Effective? 700 content marketers. CONTENTLY STUDY: HOW MUCH OF YOUR CONTENT MARKETING IS EFFECTIVE? Content marketing is having a moment. billion dollars on content marketing this year, and that number is growing fast. As marketers dedi- cate more and more of their budgets to content, we wanted to understand more about where their. marketing.
Is Technology Making Marketing Agencies Obsolete?
MAY 30, 2014
Over at the IDC Technology Marketing Blog , analyst Sam Melnick posted an article recently with the intriguing title: “Are Ad Agencies Keeping Pace with the Marketing’s (sic) Massive Digital Uptake? Specifically: • IDC reports that digital marketing spend by technology companies will surpass non-digital spend by the end of 2016. Marketing technology can do a lot of things well.