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4 Ways to Humanize Marketing to Fit Your Buyer’s Journey

B2B Lead Generation Blog

We need to stop treating our customers like objects and treat them like people. So how do you humanize marketing to fit your buyer’s journey? It starts with us being human first by recognizing their humanity. I don’t know about you, but I’ve become weary of all the “personalized” emails that I’m receiving lately. Would you do a better job connecting and a building a relationship? Think about it.

5 Types of SEO Audits for B2B Organizations

KoMarketing Associates

The term “ SEO Audit ” can be quite nebulous. I’ve seen all types of SEO audits from colleagues and competitors, offering a range of assessments and areas of focus. While some of these SEO audits could certainly be scrutinized, many have been quite thorough and impactful. Of course, B2B marketers have differing expectations of an SEO audit as well. The Duplicate Content Audit.

3 Ways to Optimize Customer Experience Via Email

It's All About Revenue

The pressure to create and maintain a stellar customer experience is a daunting challenge faced by brands, and the onus is increasingly falling on marketers to own the strategy and tactics to deliver on the promise of delight. The CX quest is on. Gartner estimated that by this year, 89% of companies expect to compete mostly on the basis of customer experience, versus 36% four years ago.

97 Customer Experience Stats Marketers Need to Know

Type A Communications

December 1, 2016 by Carla Johnson By 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product and the key differentiator between brands. Are you prepared? While most business leaders admit the. read more. Customer Experience B2B Carla Johnson Customer Service Digital Customer Experience Mobile Customer Experience Type A Communications

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

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

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4 Things That Should Be On Every CMO's Wish List

It's All About Revenue

With Thanksgiving now in our rear view mirror, it's time to focus squarely on those items we all crave, pine and dare I say, yearn for as marketers. Ok perhaps a little melodramatic but you get the idea. As kids of course we would make our wish list, and if we were lucky get a few of the items on it, like that way cool 10-speed bike I got when I was 14. Oh, sorry. where was I? " How?

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The 24 Best Visual Content Creation Tools

Webbiquity

More than 90% of B2B marketers already use content marketing in some form, and spending on content marketing is projected to double by 2019. But content won’t simply be produced in greater volumes, it will also become increasingly visual. As noted here previously , the current preference for consuming B2B content in text rather than video or other visual forms won’t last. 10) MakeaGif.

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Cybersecurity in a hyper-connected smart city

Biznology

In our days we read more stories than ever about the current size of the IoT field. The fact that we can connect any possible device on the Internet and become capable of understanding the context in real time and making decisions based on the most accurate description of the situation opens new eras where we can develop business and opportunities. Smart cities are a constant developing concept.

Dear CEO: The Era of Accountability Starts in 2017

ViewPoint

(Photo Courtesy of Kenny Madden). This cartoon was sent to me in response to a blog I wrote a couple of weeks ago. just love the simplicity of it; not to mention that it absolutely captures what is wrong with marketing in many if not most companies today. At some point it has to stop, doesn’t it? You would think so, but there are few signs of it stopping in the real world today. Sales is mad.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

TOPO Report: Successful ABM Marketers Focusing On Down-Funnel Metrics

bizible

Marketing and sales analyst firm, TOPO, recently published a report on the state of account-based marketing. The report found a number of insights and recommendations for both marketers who are just getting their feet wet with ABM and those who have a few years of ABM under their belt. The chief finding of the report is that ABM works. Successful ABM Requires a Shift to Down-Funnel Metrics.

With Email Deliverability Comes A Huge Responsibility

It's All About Revenue

I am privileged to manage global deliverability, across all Oracle Marketing Cloud properties. As you might imagine, I have the chance to speak to all kinds of customers, across all different customer life cycle stages. The End Comes First. Let’s start with the end-game first. The reality is that you, as the sender, control and are responsible for your own deliverability. Email Marketing

10 Examples of Facebook Ads That Actually Work (And Why)

Hubspot

One average, Facebook is home to 1.18 billion daily active users -- from CEOs, to students, to companies. And while the community is clearly there, connecting with them from a marketing standpoint isn't always easy. For brands, posting on Facebook alone isn't enough anymore -- especially for ones just starting out. So, what does optimized Facebook advertising actually look like? Source: Facebook.

What content to blog for Google search success

Biznology

After I wrote  The More the Messier for Content Marketing SEO Success  I received an email thanking me for the post, but also noting something else. While learning how to write content to best support your marketing goals, the golden ticket is what to write, week-after-week, that will drive people organically, over time, more and more, to your website. What to Write? It’s diabolically simple.

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.

Not Documenting Your Content Marketing Strategy?  Here’s What to Do About It

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If you are a regular reader at Content Marketing Institute, you know how often we talk about the importance of documenting your content marketing strategy. According to our latest research , we know that marketers who document their strategy are much more likely to accomplish their content marketing goals and be successful. It really is that simple. Click To Tweet. Who really cares? Click To Tweet.

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4 Steps To Building A Data-Driven Customer Experience

B2B Marketing Insider

We need to talk about data. What was once a seemingly abstract concept used only in science fiction movies and software development textbooks has now become a sort of secondary currency in the world of business. Data is a valuable resource that all organizations must tap into. In effect, a company is a little data […]. Content Marketing

3 Marketing Operations Mistakes That Will Break Your Sales and Marketing Alignment

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Tanya Chu What do the marketing leads look like? Where are all our leads going? On the marketing operations team, we get asked these questions often by the demand generation and sales teams. Lead management is a critical piece to effective sales and marketing alignment , and without proper planning and execution, leads cannot move smoothly through the funnel. Centralize global scoring. 

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Account-Based Marketers Achieve Higher ROI + More Stats [2016 State of Pipeline Marketing Data]

bizible

Account-based marketing (ABM) has been the topic of webinars, new martech, blogs, conferences and countless B2B conversations over the last year. For this reason, we included ABM in the research for the 2016 State of Pipeline Marketing Report. According to the responses of over 350 marketers who took the survey, 67% are doing some form of account-based marketing. Sales and Marketing Alignment.

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.

How to Build a Memorable Personal Brand on Twitter

Hubspot

Imagine that you’re within 140 characters of connecting with a customer, prospect, or influencer. How can you afford not to reach out? We’re talking Twitter, of course: the 300-million strong whirlpool of information that has emerged as a personal branding, relationship-building nirvana. Check it out below. How to Build a Memorable Personal Brand on Twitter. Step #1: Follow the leaders. Repeat.

13 Customer Loyalty Best Practices for B2B Companies

Act-On

Marketers are often laser-focused on one thing: Get new customers. It ends up being such a focus that any other part of the customer lifecycle gets second-shrift. This can cause a bit of tension, as most of us know keeping customers is nearly as important as getting them in the first place. And then there’s the quotes and statistics about the benefits of customer loyalty , aka customer retention. They usually go something like this: “ Acquiring a new customer is anywhere from five to 25 times more expensive than retaining an existing one.”. It’s hard to ignore stats like that. Build your brand.

The Content Marketing Debate: More (Better) Is Definitely More

B2B Marketing Insider

I have always believed that content marketing means companies leaving behind their tired old promotional ads, brochures, and requests for a demo. That’s why marketers are acting like real publishers focused on helping their audience become educated, informed, even entertained. Because if you are good enough to build an audience, then great things happen to your business. […].

6 Ways to Get Inspired to Create Content

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Elaine Ip Even the most innovative marketers sometimes hit a wall when it comes to creating content. Sometimes the industry is slow, the market is lagging, or the product/service you offer just doesn’t change much. It can feel like there’s nothing left to say, but that’s never actually the case. You just need some fresh inspiration to get back on track. Look Around. Utilize New Tools.

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.

The Future of Pipeline Marketing: Trends Marketers Need To Watch For

Radius

2016 has been a year of technological innovation and adoption in the B2B marketing world. With the growth in solutions, channels, and data, marketers have increasingly become more analytical and strategic when implementing campaigns to drive revenue. As marketers strive to drive revenue, they focus on crafting campaigns that impact the entire funnel—from the top, to the bottom.

How the Brain Processes Different Types of Content [Infographic]

Hubspot

Sometimes, the movie adaptation of a book is better than the book itself. Maybe it's the acting, maybe it's the special effects or the soundtrack, or maybe the story is simply better told on the big screen than in our imaginations. The reason? Different stories are better told in different formats depending on the message they're trying to convey. And some of their insights may surprise you.

Want Better Sales Coaching Results? Focus on 3 Sales Fundamentals

Brainshark

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Content Marketing Strategy for Start-Ups

B2B Marketing Insider

You knew you would have to master the art of content marketing before you even launched your start-up. You know you’re not the only one seeking attention in the specific industry, so you have to do your best to attract your target audience. During the early stages of marketing, you’ll mostly rely on content promotion. […]. Content Marketing

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.

How to Navigate the Social Ad Spend Solar System [Infographic]

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Mike Tomita Social media is a popular channel of choice, with 2.31 billion active social media users and 1.97 billion active mobile social media users worldwide, according to data from We Are Social—and it’s getting better by the minute. However, this means that, as a marketer, you need to supplement your organic posts with paid promotion to get your posts seen by your audience.

5 Disruptions to Marketing, Part 1: Digital Transformation

chiefmartech

The cartoon above is “Disruptive Innovation” by Tom Fishburne. This is not your typical “predictions for 2017” story. confess, those things aren’t my cup of tea. But it is a serious call to prepare yourself for a transformative year ahead. believe that marketing is in the middle of five major disruptions that are reshaping our whole industry and profession.

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Keyboard vs. Pen: What's the Best Way to Take Notes?

Hubspot

Growing up, I was fascinated by my mom's shorthand notes. The cryptic symbols she'd write blindly while listening through our 1980s-era phone with a 12-foot cord were a different language -- vestiges of a different time. You'll never need to learn shorthand because you'll type all your notes," she explained. And as it turns out, she was right. Were we doing this all wrong? Try a tablet and stylus.

This Week in Content Marketing: Could Brands Cure Traditional Media’s Run to Eyeballs?

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. In this episode, Robert and I get together IRL and discuss Airbnb’s new magazine launch with Hearst. This week’s show. Recorded live on November 28, 2016; Length: 1:01:05). Download this week’s PNR This Old Marketing podcast. HANDPICKED RELATED CONTENT: Will the Content Bubble Burst?

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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