Digital B2B Marketing

6 Ways B2B Marketers Are Falling Short Today

Digital B2B Marketing

As I came back from the B2B Marketing Innovation Summit, put on by Demandbase, I couldn’t shake the feeling that we aren’t doing enough. That I’m not doing enough. Sure, marketing is changing faster today than it did yesterday. Blah blah blah.

How We Systematically Overvalue Content Consumption

Digital B2B Marketing

Let’s get right to the point. B2B marketers today are not optimizing programs to reach and engage their best prospects. Sure, we talk about a buyer journey or about carefully mapping content. But at the end of the day, what are we doing?

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LinkedIn Has Opened the Content Marketing Floodgates

Digital B2B Marketing

LinkedIn has gone Tumblr on us and B2B content marketers are drooling. Finally, you can publish directly on LinkedIn, along with people like Bill Gates and Richard Branson. It seems like the perfect opportunity, but it is brand new territory. What should you expect going in?

How to Solve the Marketing Skills Gap In Your Company

Digital B2B Marketing

A few weeks ago I was talking to Maureen Blandford about marketers, marketing technology, and the need for all of us to move faster. Our conversation turned to skill sets and the current digital and technology skills gap in marketing today.

The Content Marketing Pyramid

The Ultimate Framework To Develop & Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy

How To View Any Profile On LinkedIn

Digital B2B Marketing

I’m sure it has happened to you too. You look someone up on LinkedIn only to find they are a third degree connection (or not even!) and you get a profile page with basically no information.

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LinkedIn Sponsored Updates: The Best B2B Social Advertising Option Yet?

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Have you felt like social advertising just wasn’t right for your B2B marketing? If so, LinkedIn’s new Sponsored Updates may just change your mind. This looks like the most compelling social advertising offering yet for B2B marketers.

No!! LinkedIn Just Went Klout On Us!

Digital B2B Marketing

If you have viewed a LinkedIn profile in the last couple days, chances are you have seen a new box at the top of the page prompting you to endorse the individuals skills.

LinkedIn Just Went Into the Publishing Business

Digital B2B Marketing

A number of publishers and blogs covered the launch of LinkedIn’s new follow feature for 150 thought leaders or influencers over the last few weeks. However, labeling it the ability to follow thought leaders (as LinkedIn did) misses the real point.

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

B2B Marketing’s Measurement Problem

Digital B2B Marketing

No one makes a million dollar decision based on one white paper, one email or one Google search. The buying process may take 12 to 18 months. 20 different people may be involved in the decision. Peers, consultants and analysts will provide their input.

Digital Marketing’s Massive Measurement Lies

Digital B2B Marketing

Digital marketers are getting hooked on reporting bigger numbers, but in the process your marketing may actually be making a smaller and smaller impact. Marketers are making a land grab, including in their reporting big swaths of results that were not driven by their marketing efforts.

5 Metrics Every B2B Marketer Should Track

Digital B2B Marketing

You have a lead generation program. An influencer program. An advertising program. A marketing automation program. You measure every detail about every program. And your programs are doing great. There is just one little problem: you are reporting on a series of programs.

Change Is Overdue

Digital B2B Marketing

I’ve had it! I’m sick of crappy content, fluffy sales claims and advice that ignores the real issue. And I hope you will help (more on that in a minute). I’m tired of issues without examples, of the content marketers that are afraid of naming names and creating conflict.

Two Killer Google+ Mistakes

Digital B2B Marketing

Last week WSJ ran an article entitled “ There’s No Avoiding Google+ ” on the front page. In short, it highlighted the drive by Google to make Google+ pervasive across other Google services.

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The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

Google+ for SEO? Don’t Focus on Your Brand Page!

Digital B2B Marketing

Google, Plus Your World was rolled out just over a week ago, and the online world has adopted the rallying call to get onto Google+ for the SEO benefits. Multiple articles point to brand pages as the solution.

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Five Biggest Infographic Mistakes Marketers Make

Digital B2B Marketing

It seems there is another marketing infographic hiding around every corner of the web, and it will probably fall well short of its potential. Instead of making information easier to consume, many infographics make it harder to understand the information they present or even outright mislead.

Old Content is the King of Content Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

You don’t need more content. You need old content. I know, that’s not what you usually hear, so stick with me. Old content is the real king of content marketing. It’s why established publishers still have a huge advantage.

6 Best Tactics for B2B Lead Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

You need to generate leads, right? If you are a B2B marketer, particularly one focused on making a complex sale in a large enterprise, the answer is almost certainly a resounding yes. The B2B lead generation landscape has changed tremendously in the last decade.

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.

Outbound Marketing for Modern B2B Marketers

Digital B2B Marketing

Inbound marketing may be the hot topic for B2B marketers today, but today’s big B2B inbound marketers are all active outbound marketers as well. So how do you pair your outbound marketing activity with your inbound marketing?

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9 Marketing Words That Have Lost Their Meaning

Digital B2B Marketing

The following 9 terms are so overused or misused in B2B marketing that they have lost nearly all meaning. If you are using these terms today, it is time to stop and explain what you really mean. Otherwise, we may hear you, but we will think you mean something completely different.

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The Most Dangerous Opinion in Marketing: Yours

Digital B2B Marketing

How does your opinion influence your marketing activity? Has your opinion ever biased your creative selection? Has your personal experience with social media increased your perception of its marketing value? Do your watching and reading habits influence the publishers you advertise with?

Understanding Intent Behind Content Consumption

Digital B2B Marketing

You know millions of people saw your content. But do you know the answer to the more important question: why did they take the time to read it or watch it? It isn’t because it was widely shared on Twitter or LinkedIn. Your SEO program didn’t make then read it.

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Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation.

4 Metrics You Need To Track In B2B Lead Generation Programs

Digital B2B Marketing

Enterprise B2B marketers face a conundrum. Businesses needs to drive growth and lead generation is a key way the business expects marketing to contribute. However, sales cycles are long.

Why Good Content Delivers Bad Leads

Digital B2B Marketing

Congratulations, you are a B2B content marketer. You have created a great industry blog and library of premium content. You promote your content through search, social, emails, newsletters, even banners.

The Real Challenge for B2B Content Marketers

Digital B2B Marketing

B2B content marketers are hiding behind false excuses for their content marketing challenges. According to Curata’s survey, now nearly a year old, B2B content marketers’ biggest challenges are limited budget (27%), limited staff (25%) and creating enough new content (21%). source ).

The B2B Marketing Guide to Paid Content Distribution

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Forrester recently released a report pointing out the failure of most content marketers to plan for adequate content distribution. And they’re right. Marketers are slaving over content today, but almost no one sees that content.

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.

The Biggest Missed Opportunity in B2B Lead Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

When the success of your business is less important than the success of your marketing, something is seriously wrong. Yet this is exactly how most B2B marketers approach lead generation today! You don’t care about the number of leads your sales team has.

Social Sleuthing: Who is Sharing Your Content: Twitter & LinkedIn Edition

Digital B2B Marketing

Have you ever wondered who is sharing your blog posts or other content on social media sites but don’t have access to expensive social media monitoring applications that can tell you?

4 out of 5 Marketers are Zombies! [Infographic]

Digital B2B Marketing

What, it’s changing? Quick, call it dead! Write an article about how social media is killing advertising! Advertising is Dead. SEO is Dead. Television is Dead. Magazines are Dead. Newspapers are Dead. Websites are Dead. Agencies are Dead. Media companies are Dead. Did TV kill radio?

LinkedIn Now Tracks You Across The Web [And Flaunts It]

Digital B2B Marketing

We know companies track us across the web, but most companies don’t make the tracking obvious. LinkedIn, in quite a departure, is showing right on the homepage the company websites you have visited. The video below is a short screen capture showing how Eloqua and Demandbase were added to the recently viewed block on my homepage after visiting their websites, not just LinkedIn company pages.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

5 Key Elements of Modern Inbound Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

Last week, I made the case for a new definition of inbound marketing , or as Michael Brenner ( @brennermichael ) called it in the comments, a “call to arms” for inbound marketers.

Too Much Crappy Social Media Content!

Digital B2B Marketing

We all know people that overshare. They are the people that discuss their sex lives, their drinking problems or their last conversation with their probation officer for all to hear. These are all conversations I have overheard recently on public transit).

Why Your Content Sucks!

Digital B2B Marketing

If it doesn’t benefit us, entertain us, educate us, solve our problems or advance our causes, we don’t want it. If we find something better, we switch. Today, our mantra is “What’s in it for me?” ” All too often, the answer is “Not much.”

15 People Every B2B Marketer Should Follow On Twitter

Digital B2B Marketing

As a B2B marketer, it is easy to find people to follow on Twitter, right? Big names in B2B marketing, content marketing and social media seem to be everywhere.

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.