April, 2017

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8 Questions to Help You Decide if Your Content is Good Enough

The Point

The best demand generation campaigns start with content that your prospects want. Even the best data, and sparkling creative, can’t save you or your campaign if your content and offer isn’t up to scratch. Here are 8 simple questions to help you decide whether that content is good enough.

The Future of Content Marketing — 3 Predictions You Need To Know

B2B Marketing Insider

Just when you believe you’ve caught up with all the greatest techniques and tools, you look up from all your hard work – the riveting video campaigns, your exciting new influencer partnership, hey, you’ve even become agile! only to find out the content marketing landscape is shifting again.

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5 Simple Ways to Write Better Emails

Act-On

How much time do you spend on emails every week? If you’re average, it’s about 28% of your time ‒ almost one and a half days out of every week. So … how much of that time do you think is wasted?

Building a B2B Brand Starts with Stories, Not Standards

Type A Communications

April 20, 2017 by Chris Schermer As a B2B marketing agency, SCHERMER often gets asked to do “branding.” Typically, it’s marketers who want help with their brand positioning, messaging and. read more.

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Customer Success and Marketing Alignment: The Key to Unlocking Customer Advocacy

Most B2B companies say the customer experience is a priority, but their teams are not prepared or coordinated enough to make this a reality.

How to Add a Personal Touch to Your Marketing Automation

Act-On

The days of “one size fits all” marketing are over. If you want to stay competitive now, you need to talk to different types of customers … differently. But I bet you already knew that. And you don’t just know it – you apply it to your business all the time.

The Eight Best Social CRM Tools

Webbiquity

Social customer relationship management (CRM) was being written about as a distinct product category as far back as 2008, but market interest really began to take off the following year.

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The secret to Mastodon’s success is mastering the hyperlocal

Biznology

Maybe you should install Mastodon , the latest-and-greatest Twitter-killer , onto your own server and launch your very own community in support of your own personal community of interest or of action.

Can anybody become known? Let’s ask the janitor.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Faith McKinney with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. By Faith McKinney, {grow} Community Member. I have just listened to the audio version of Mark Schaefer’s book KNOWN: The handbook for building and unleashing your personal brand in the digital age.

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.

Crossing the influence line: When does sponsorship destroy your reputation?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark Schaefer. A comment, a question, and a blog post all came together last week to make me ponder this question: When does an “influencer” become a “salesperson,” and is there a difference?

12 Perfect Video Types for the B2B Customer Lifecycle [Infographic]

Vidyard

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that video is an important part to accelerating the journey from prospect to customer.

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Why C-Levels Need To Think Differently About Social Media Strategy

It's All About Revenue

Don’t think customer service is an issue your social media team needs to worry about? Think again. Whether you’re prepared for it or not, social media affects more areas of your company than marketing alone.

10 Ultimate All-Inclusive SEO Tools For Business Owners and Agencies

B2B Marketing Insider

Many business owners and agencies understand that SEO is very important for the success of their online business Websites with the strong SEO perform well in search generate more traffic and sales. Many business owners ask what the best SEO tools are.

7 B2B Marketing Strategies You Need to Know About

As B2B marketers, we know that our buyers' needs are ever-evolving, but it's not just our buyers that are changing.

How to Improve Your Content Strategy with Influencer Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

Influencer. It’s a powerful word, isn’t it? It conveys authority, respect, and expertise. An influencer has the power to affect the decisions of other people, who accept or perceive this person’s authority.

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If you’re not embracing native advertising, your content marketing strategy is obsolete

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Chad Pollitt, {grow} Community Member. We have a serious problem in content marketing and I’m going to point fingers today. For the last several years, there’s been a steady drum beat in our industry to be more strategic and to embrace content distribution.

10 Ways CMOs Can Help Grow Their Companies

It's All About Revenue

Whether you are in startup mode or your brand is fully established, your overall goal as a CMO is to help grow it into something bigger that solves problems for more people and provides a greater source of revenue and profitability as a return on the investment of your time and money.

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The Key to Overcoming Internal Alignment Challenges When Scaling Your ABM Strategy

bizible

Implementing an account-based marketing strategy is no easy feat. But once it’s launched, life becomes a lot easier, right? Wrong. There are several challenges that spring up when scaling an ABM strategy—transitioning it from a shiny new toy to a full and effective marketing strategy.

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5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

Why Social Proof Matters For Your Brand

It's All About Revenue

Social proof may have been updated for the social media era, but it’s a concept that’s been around in various forms for nearly 100 years.

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How AI Can Improve Customer Experience

It's All About Revenue

It seems hard to imagine that a machine could provide a better experience than a human could for another human. This is especially the case when one of the biggest customer complaints is the lack of personal interaction and care.

Want More Creative Marketing? You Need More Sensitive Marketers

B2B Marketing Insider

As things get increasingly commoditized in our world, creative thinking becomes the biggest weapon your brand possesses. Eventually, all task-based, logic-driven jobs in marketing will be automated, and even now, they’re table stakes.

Five Ways to Avoid Getting Burned by Outsourced B2B Sales Lead Generation

ViewPoint

Based on my experience over the past almost 30-years it seems that everyone has been burned by outsourced lead generation. Often multiple times. And, at lot of times executives will say “I tried it and it didn’t work.” Many will acknowledge that the failure(s) were partially their fault. Candidly, when this kind of partnership doesn’t work it is the client’s fault in many situations, but not always.

Flip My Funnel - Guide To B2B Account Based Marketing

As modern B2B marketers, we have been lucky enough to witness some of the most dramatic shifts in marketing strategies and technologies.

4 Ways Big Data Improves Marketing Effectiveness

Reachforce

The effectiveness of a marketing strategy has always boiled down to one thing: sales. Marketing leaders ask themselves, “how much revenue can be attributed to a certain campaign?” And, perhaps more importantly, “how can we replicate those results in future campaigns with new prospects?”

5 Ways to Transform Your Content From Adequate to Awesome

B2B Lead Generation Blog

We’re overloaded with the message that “Content Is King,” but teams are still struggling with where to even start. Some latch onto sales trends that only guide a short-term strategy, while others rely on new technologies to do the work for them. We’re constantly inundated with endless choices as to the way we create, pitch, and share content with today’s changing sales landscape.

Digital Transformation Works — So Why Are Companies Struggling to Transform?

B2B Marketing Insider

Digital transformation isn’t an overnight process; it takes time and commitment. To be successful, your company needs to be customer-centric, have the right team, and develop a digital framework. Digital is no longer one of the many lakes we visit to fish for new marketing ideas.

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An Infographic Guide To Marketo Summit 2017

bizible

Marketo Summit is upon us and for attendees that means creating a plan to make the most out of the April marketing conference. To help you with this we created an infographic guide to Marketo Summit.

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

The Automated CMO: The New Era of Simplicity

Tomorrow People

Find out how marketing automation can help you nurture leads in a more efficient and effective way. Marketing Automation

6 New LinkedIn Features You May Have Missed

Hubspot

If you’ve logged into LinkedIn over the past few weeks, you may have noticed something different. Actually, everything is different, because LinkedIn completely overhauled its desktop site.

5 Trends That Will Shape Content Marketing in 2017

B2B Marketing Insider

Content marketing isn’t just a sideshow anymore. More and bigger companies are relying on it as one of their main marketing forms. No longer is content marketing something a handful of companies do.

How to Become an Agile Marketing Machine

B2B Marketing Insider

Top brands across industries, from eCornell to Verizon are adopting the nimble and unstoppable approach of agile marketing.

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

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

Why Your Marketing Needs to be Data-Driven

B2B Marketing Insider

In this day and age, there’s no excuse for not knowing what your customers want. There are now a wide variety of tools that enable marketers to capture a range of data at particular stages in their marketing campaigns. Gone are the days of mass, untargeted broadcasting.

Chris Abraham joins Frank Eliason and Shel Holtz on FIR

Biznology

Every once in a while magic happens. Magic in the form of Shel Holtz , godfather of Digital PR and Social Media Communications, asking me to join him on his globally-popular communications podcast, For Immediate Release (FIR). Yesterday was such a day.

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The 6 Most Important Social Media Trends of 2017

Contently

Social media—once a competitive, dynamic space—has gotten predictable. Facebook added a hundred million users in a quarter? What else is new ? Facebook is in trouble for failing to stop fake news , extremist messages , and child pornography ? Par for the course.

Why I Chose Vidyard: A Story of a CMO, The Video-Enabled Business, and Culture

Vidyard

If you’re lucky, at least once in your career you will have an opportunity to work someplace truly special. For me, Vidyard is that place. As a chief marketing officer, one of my core tasks is to communicate stories that engage people.

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.