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12 Quick Content Marketing Tips and Trends

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The frigid cold along Route 128 the other morning didn’t keep a standing-room-only crowd from Schwartz Communications’ Breakfast Roundtable on content marketing (using information shared on the Web to drive sales.) Official call to action: My specialty is writing marketing material that gets the attention of IT buyers based on where they are in the sales cycle.

It's Official: Forrester Says B2B Buyers Hate Confusing Jargon

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And, as Forrester points out, you need to develop sales content geared to the needs of individual industries so buyers in each of them can understand why they should care about what you’re selling. IT marketing IT sales and marketing Tags: IT Marketing B2B marketing content marketing effectiveness of sales call Forrester Research improving the IT sales process. report.

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How We Can Help

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All this is in addition to white papers and newsletters that:  Are helping a middleware vendor move from the embedded to the commercial market through detailed technical white papers;  Educate the salesforce of a global IT products and services vendor about the capabilities of one of its service provider partners, in order to drive more sales for the service provider.

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About Us

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Bob Gallagher is head of Funnel Impact , a marketing services firm that provides content creation, sales support and marketing automation to companies that sell complex products or services, including Software, Hardware, Hosting and Cloud Computing. Bob Scheier Associates is a writing and marketing services collaborative serving the information technology industry.

Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

50% more sales-ready leads at a 33% lower cost 15 1,200 Blog posts per month Avg new monthly leads ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY11 Content marketing's impact also extends to social me- dia, where brands that don't have compelling content to. as sales, employee advocacy, customer service, audi- ence engagement, thought leadership, and hiring. All rights reserved.

Maintenance Fees, a Cash Cow for Vendors, Under Attack From Users

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With so many software sales coming from new, emerging economies with less experience with enterprise apps, maintenance agreements aren’t going away completely anytime soon. Some customers are pushing back on software maintenance agreements, threatening vendors with the loss of their most predictable, profitable continuing revenue stream.

Selling Your Weaknesses in B2B Content Marketing

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The post goes on to suggest “Reach, leads and sales should be some of the tangible metrics that are measured as part of social media marketing strategies.”. I’ve long argued that admitting your product or service isn’t the right hammer for every nail is an effective way to sell. Which they are.   Did HubSpot shoot itself in the foot? The implied solution?

Using Online Games To Sell Complex B2B Software

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But is asking prospects to spend the time playing an online game good for all parts of the sales cycle? I have to give IBM points for even trying this: They’ve developed an online game that walks players through a (BPM) Business Process Management) exercise. OK, World of Warcraft it ain’t.   Maybe.

To Sell A Conference, Give Away Last Year’s “Takeaways”

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So even if you don’t get the prospect for the conference, you might have a lead for a product or service sale. What great, usable content is sitting around your organization you could be using to attract conference attendees – or sales leads? Gotten a pitch to attend a conference or trade show lately? Did you decide to spend the money, or ditch it and stay in the office?

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

Content serves as a powerful tool for sales. Sales staff are. industry metrics such as sales and leads, or. lead score • Sales-qualified leads (SQLs) • Opportunities • Search traffic • Return visitor rate Lead nurturing: Move leads. personas at each stage of their journey through the sales funnel. Content. Methodology: A Best. All rights reserved. Definition II.

What Is Content Marketing?

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By focusing your expensive sales efforts on the right prospects at the right time, we boost your revenue while reducing your costs. The most critical steps, though, are getting marketing and sales to agree on how to score leads and setting up new workflows so marketing has a better idea of which leads to send to sales, and which leads it should instead keep and “nurture” with more content till they’re ready for a sales call. The more complex your “sell” and the longer the sales cycle, the more content marketing can help you. Read

Software Consultancy: Why MA Is Hot

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Among the main drivers she listed: Buyers’ desire for quality content; an aversion to sales calls (especially before prospects are ready for one), the need for marketing to prove its value to the business and the fact that sales cycles are longer in a down economy. Software consultancy Software Advice has a good business model: Give away a certain amount of information about software, then charge for more detailed counseling. Recent survey data indicates these are the top three hurdles to companies adopting MA software.

Virtual Trade Shows for Mere Mortals

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You share (as SAP did) the information about which customers and prospects viewed which events with your sales force. That, of course, is the whole aim of content marketing (to help the sales force,) and if a trade show or customer conference isn’t an exercise in “content creation” I don’t know what is. SAP appears to have done a bang-up job with its combined physical and virtual customer conferences, according to B2B Magazine. Not only did it focus on getting customers to talk to each other, (VS. What can we in smaller companies learn from giant SAP? And that costs.

Just Say No To "Social Media Press Releases"

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And why not, since they focus on tweaks in management, distribution, product wins, sales or product features in terms that are more critical to competitors than customers? To succeed, the “social media press release” must focus more on content than Web bling.         Catherine Marenghi , senior PR manager at Cognizant Technology Solutions (a client of mine) read my recent post asking if it’s “Time to Kill the Press Release? because it’s too stilted and vendor-focused, and asked what I thought of the Social Media Press Release (SMPR) template. with similar links.

Looking for Good Content? Go for Brains, Not Titles

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The bigger and more complex the sale (and thus the more interesting for my client) the more likely it is a consultant is involved, not merely as a reseller but as a provider of critical, industry-specific expertise. Journalism isn’t like marketing, and that isn’t just because journalists supposedly seek the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Reporters and editors take an extremely pragmatic, “whatever and whoever it takes” approach to getting good stories. That means choosing and quoting good sources based on their knowledge and credibility.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

percent, was lead conversions and sales. SALES 20 Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry Results and Analysis It’s reassuring that leads and sales, two elements. While leads and sales were deemed the most. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.comBy Jordan Teicher Content. Marketing. Introduction II.

Study: Top Execs DO Use Social Networks

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Social networks are another, complementary sales channel where the emphasis is on useful, honest information. But not to talk about the new appetizer they just tried at a trendy restaurant. A new study shows decision-makers, such as business buyers, are increasingly using social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter to make buying decisions. Trade publishers have tried, unsuccessfully, for years to build such on-line communities which they could control and mine. As it turns out, customers (C-level execs) like everyone else want to own and control their own networks. Of course not.

July is Sales Leadership Month

Your Sales Management Guru

July is Sales Leadership Month. As a sales leader you must always have a vision and action plans for a rolling six months, this is why July is the perfect month for anyone that has sales management responsibility—so why not name it Sales Leadership Month !  Ok, it is not an act of government and it is only Acumen’s opinion, but let’s explore why I feel that way.

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5 Essential Elements to Include in Every Sales Pitch

Webbiquity

Effectively closing sales is the bread and butter of your business. According to researchers at the University of Florida, 20% of all salespeople make 80% of all sales (also known as the 20/80 rule or the Pareto principle ), which makes securing a spot in that top 20% crucial to running a competitive and profitable business. First and foremost, ditch the the “sales pitch.”

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Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

The Point

Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. Perhaps I was an SQL (Sales Qualified Lead) at one point in the conversation, but no longer. I’m also a perfect candidate for lead nurturing. And secondly, and more critically, these kinds of “touching base” phone calls are the worst possible use of a sales rep’s time. But no.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

for 2015 our goal is to make content for the whole sales funnel, including white papers, e-books, webinars, case studies, and. In 2014, many brands learned that a sales pitch doesn’t. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.com By Jordan Teicher Study: How Much of Your Content. Marketing is Effective? What’s working—and what’s not—for over. 700 content marketers.

Emotional Sales Leadership

Your Sales Management Guru

Emotional Sales Leadership. I was recently interviewed on a podcast based in Europe around the topic of the importance of emotional leadership. In retrospect based upon the podcast I came away with even a stronger opinion on the topic of generating the right level of emotion-that is positive emotion into the sales team. HINT: Run an annual sales trip contest.

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Changing Your Sales Mindset

Avitage

Unfortunately, most sales professionals focus primarily on learning sales techniques. Adopting a better sales mindset might be what’s required. With the typical sales mindset, techniques might be even be experienced by prospects as gimmicks. With this sales mindset, you’re going to work every day with an inherently conflict oriented mindset.

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3 Good Questions to Align Strategy, B2B Marketing, and Sales

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Have you intentionally linked your sales, b2b marketing, and strategy? . thought Frank had a practical approach to aligning sales and marketing. So, I reached out to him and interviewed him about what he’s learned through his research for his most recent book Aligning Strategy and Sales (Harvard Business Review Press). know something about sales. Frank Cespedes.

New Sales Competency – Use Content to Sell

Avitage

Sales professionals have been slower to change their sales methods to adapt and align with new buying processes and the expectations of buyers. Those who are not actively and effectively using content to sell are missing an important opportunity to capture a selling advantage, lower selling time and costs, and accelerate successful sales outcomes. “Social selling” while new and popular, doesn’t yet represent a significant breakthrough in the way B2B sales people sell. The digital era has ushered in many behavior changes, especially for B2B buyers.

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Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

before they went on sale? ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY12 While the business goals of your content marketing efforts are import- ant—be it generating leads, sales, brand awareness, industry education, or, more likely, some combination of initiatives—we find it extremely. from coaches, entrepreneurs, sales heads, or, heck, even. All rights reserved. So was I.

31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet More often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? The second thing I would ask is, when was the last time you talked with your sales team? Consider having short huddles daily and weekly between the marketing and sales team members. Be honest. The say leads, what leads?

To Manage Sales You Must Manage Sales Leads

ViewPoint

“Why,” I was asked, “must you manage sales leads in order to manage sales? Sales lead management is a marketing function, isn’t it?”. It was with a slight hesitation that the sales manager added the second sentence about sales lead management being a marketing function. The responsibility for addressing prospects’ needs remains a major part of the sales job.

3 Magic Questions a Sales Manager Must Know

Your Sales Management Guru

Three Magic Questions a Sales Manager Must Know. One of the main roles of a Sales Manager is to help train your salespeople on how to stay on track during a sales cycle. During any sales opportunity coaching sessions consider asking these three questions with any sales opportunity: Why do anything? Sales Leadership Training Sales TrainingWhy now?

Sales Management & Discipline

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management and Discipline. received a call from a former client that was concerned about the status of their sales team and VP of Sales-it seems that their revenue was off more than $2M over the previous year and below their growth goal! After that conversation I next interviewed the VP of Sales.   The VP of Sales and President failed on one major tenet of sales leadership; they forgot about the need for discipline. Development of a Sales Plan for the new year with quarterly objections/goals. Need more sales management resources?

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

Never Lose A Deal Alone: 5 Advocates You Need In Your Sales Funnel Stages

Influitive b2b

In B2B sales, we’re taught to never allow ourselves to be single-threaded in an account. That’s why we label the different people we interact with throughout sales funnel stages with some common terms: Evaluators, Business Users, Champions, Detractors, Influencers, Budget Holders, Decision Makers… Since the dawn of. This post was updated on August 25th, 2016.

Sales Enablement Danger

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Although marketing automation is now almost fully embraced by marketers, sales organizations are still not completely accepting of the technology benefits, nor are they trusting of marketing’s motives. Enter, the era of Sales Enablement. Sales enablement is a universal challenge. Is the target now a naïve Sales Enablement buyer?

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How Marketing Automation Changed My (Sales) Life

Salesfusion

The post How Marketing Automation Changed My (Sales) Life appeared first on Salesfusion. Marketing Automation Sales and Marketing Sales Sales Pain Points

Steal This Technique for Your Next Sales Email

The Point

As the saying goes, he who hesitates is lost. I was reminded of this principle earlier today when a colleague forwarded an email received from a inside sales representative at a technology company looking to partner with our agency. B2B Marketing Cold Calling Copywriting Creative Demand Generation E-mail email marketing inside sales lead generation Offer Strategy Sales 2.0

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

Successful Sales Coaching Best Practices

DiscoverOrg

Sales is tough and ongoing sales development is a never ending process. Take it from us – our sales and sales development functions are constantly evolving as we look to accelerate our record growth rates over the past few years. Below are the interview answers provided by David Sill, an authority on B2B sales and the SVP of Customer Success at DiscoverOrg.

How Marketing Operations Can Align with Sales (and Why)

Act-On

One of the most common phenomena I encounter in the wonderful world of B2B companies is the creation, and then continual expansion, of a chasm between sales and marketing. Wouldn’t this be great information for a sales rep to have when building out prospecting lists!? Empowering your sales team will dramatically increase their output and inevitably, your revenue.

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4 B2B Sales Prospecting New Year's Resolutions for 2015

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Here are a few resolutions to help kick off your B2B sales prospecting on the right foot in 2015. 1. Include New Year''s in your inside sales messaging, and make sure to follow up on those prospects who wanted to speak at the beginning of 2015. 2. As we embark on the journey of B2B sales prospecting in 2015, it is important to keep in mind that timing does matter.

The Sales Development Playbook #PeopleMatter #MustRead

Smashmouth Marketing

My opinion of Trish as a sales development expert is beyond what I could deliver in this article. Just last week I attended her launch party for her new book, The Sales Development Playbook (amazon link) and she fielded a few questions that pointed directly to the underlying theme of the book, that sales development is all about the people. sales books reviews sales managers

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.