2018

Why B2B Brands Should Jump on the UGC Bandwagon

Type A Communications

January 2, 2018 by Mitch Duckler For years, the world’s biggest B2C brands (e.g. Starbucks, Target, Coca-Cola) have been riding the user-generated content (UGC) wave, while B2B brands have only recently begun to gain traction in creating and distributing UGC.

Five B2B marketing predictions that will come true in 2018

The B2B Research Blog

Everyone’s a futurologist at this time of year and most of them spout complete bollocks. From their high horses they tell you where you need to be focusing your energy and budgets in 2018 lest you’re left behind. The source of their wisdom? Usually a combination of their own narrow experience, what they’ve been reading recently and a Google search on what others are predicting (safety in numbers you see). Here’s a thought.

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5 MarTech Trends That Will Evolve Marketing In 2018

Marketing Insider Group

If you want to know what will shape marketing in 2018, just look where marketing technology is heading. Today, technology is much more than a dynamic arm of marketing – a sea of thousands of tools and resources for marketers to pick and choose from and add to their bag of tricks. Martech, the merging […]. The post 5 MarTech Trends That Will Evolve Marketing In 2018 appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing

How Much Leads Cost

ViewPoint

I review a lot of content on this topic and am amazed at what I find written about lead cost. For example: “The average cost per lead across all the companies surveyed is almost $200 ($198.44).Admittedly, Admittedly, that’s a useless statistic, as these figures vary quite dramatically depending on industry, company size, etc.” (see see marketing charts analysis of HubSpot’s “2017 Demand Generation Benchmarks Report” ). Others stated that the range is between $35 – $100 for a B2B lead.

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The Marketing Landscape: Where Data and Content Merge

Understand the importance of good data and good content and how they work together to help your marketing efforts.

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Instant Gratification: 5 Ways it Impacts Your Content Marketing Efforts

Navigate the Channel

It’s been said that the average human attention span has gone down from 12 seconds in the year 2000 to just eight seconds today. With the advent of mobile just-about-everything and the mainstreaming of the internet of things (IoT), this statistic is hardly surprising—these days, it’s all about instant gratification. But what does this mean for your content marketing efforts? For starters, it means content has to adapt to stay relevant and to even have a chance of being consumed.

Why Differentiation is Crucial for B2B Content Marketers in 2018

Tomorrow People

50% of B2B content marketers are doing the same or worse than their competitors — and that’s by their own admission. Make sure you’re not one of them…. Once everyone got the memo about the power of content marketing a few years ago, the unstoppable tide began to flow. Fast forward to now, and the B2B landscape is flooded with content creators competing for customer attention, scrabbling for prospects, and trying to cut across one another to make an impact.

Modern White Paper Marketing: How to Create Readable, Shareable, and Successful White Papers

Content Standard

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Are Things Changing in the World of Demand Generation?

Vidyard

Welcome to Modern Marketing Point of View, a new series that connects you with industry leading experts to hear their views on the changing marketing landscape. This episode features the wonderful David Lewis, CEO at DemandGen. We were lucky enough to grab some time to chat with him recently and get his thoughts on the changing marketing landscape. During this episode David discusses his views on Demand Generation, Full-Stack Marketing and how MarTech is expanding rapidly.

Make No Mistake: How Worst-Practices Derail Successful ABM Efforts

This Quick Study Slide Show from Node identifies the common mistakes of ABM executions and offers practical advice to help teams avoid them.

Empathy, Web & People: Improving The B2B Customer Experience

Type A Communications

January 16, 2018 by Carlos Hidalgo Some businesses make it hard to work with them. It seems at times that many B2B organizations have made it so complex and uncomfortable to work with that customers are forced to find an alternative even if their current provider offers a better product or solution.

How to Get Better at B2B Lead Generation

Only B2B

All marketers agree that B2B Lead Generation is the biggest challenge that they face. One of the main reasons why this is the case is because companies tend to disregard Outbound Marketing tactics for generating qualified leads.

The Best Marketing Conferences of 2018

Marketing Insider Group

Network, learn, discover. The best marketing events are where we grow in our field and get our dose of marketing inspiration. There were dozens of fantastic marketing conferences last year. Whether you attended some and are planning your event schedule for 2018 or you are excited about trying your first one, make sure you put one […]. The post The Best Marketing Conferences of 2018 appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing

5,000 Marketing Technology Tools (and Sales Execs Still Need to Find Over Half of Their Own Leads)

ViewPoint

A 2017 MARTECH TODAY infographic lists the almost 5,000 companies that are part of the marketing technology landscape, up from just 150 in 2011. Yet, according to CSO Insights , despite the new tools, the mobile devices, the potential of social, and so on, many salespeople are working harder than ever just to achieve the same old results or worse.

Developing a Conversational Approach

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, CEO & Founder of VisumCx

B2B buyers are self-guiding their purchase journey, consuming more content along their purchase path and involving more stakeholders in the final decision. Therefore, it is necessary for B2B marketing teams to align to this purchase path and to the buying committees. This is not accomplished by creating more content or sending more communication, the key to success is establishing a conversation with your buyers that engages them in a meaningful dialogue and ultimately converts them to a customer.

After A Stroke, My Sales Skills Helped Me Recover. Here’s How.

Outreach

This post is part of Outreach's new blog series, Beyond the Number. We believe that salespeople are more than the number they carry, and that by celebrating the human side of sales, we help salespeople win bigger. Join the movement by sharing this post with the hashtag #beyondthenumber.

How CMOs Are Helping Healthy Food Brands Secure Market Share

Modern Marketing

Consumer demand for healthy food is at an all-time high, leading Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) to think outside of traditional marketing channels to put healthy brands directly in front of their target markets.

2018: Survey Says!

Modern B2B Marketing

I realize that not everyone watched the game show “Family Feud” growing up, which is the source of the title for this blog, so here’s a random link to an entire episode that you may want to watch, just to absorb the quality of the analogy.

3 Tips to Refresh a Lackluster Marketing Strategy

BOP Design

Is your marketing strategy looking a little lackluster or not driving the results you are looking for? While you may not need to scrap your entire marketing strategy, it’s likely time for a refresh. Here are three quick tips to refresh your existing B2B marketing strategy. Look at the Numbers.

7 Common Marketing Mistakes and strategies to avoid them

This white paper addresses the 7 most common challenges marketers hit when marketing products, solutions, or services and offers proven advice on how to avoid these missteps and improve the success of your marketing efforts.

The 6 Biggest Marketing Lessons HubSpot Learned in 2017

Hubspot

One of the big themes for me in 2017 was what it means for marketers to do the right thing. Outbound marketing that relies on spamming, irrelevant advertising, and other tactics that are almost as bad for the business as they are for the customer is obviously not the right thing.

Stop Blaming Content Marketing For Business Failures: Naysayers Who Missed the Point

Content Standard

As soon as content marketing took off as an industry term, so appeared the naysayers.

24 Content Marketing Predictions for 2018

Contently

Contently grew up a lot in 2017. Instead of just going through the motions, we thought about how content marketing was maturing , refined our mission, and conducted research to find out as much as possible about our clients and the industry at large.

The 10 most fascinating people in B2B marketing in 2017

Biznology

Top 10 lists are everywhere this year. I even ran across a top 10 list of top 10 lists — hilarious! My list is about the most interesting people that I came across in B2B marketing during 2017. I find them fascinating not only as interesting people, but also for making valuable contributions to our business and our world. So meet this year’s fascinating B2B marketers, and let’s not forget the outstanding members of my lists in 2016 and 2015. .

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Seven Things Marketers Need to Know About Lead Generation

Speaker: Douglas Burdett, Host of The Marketing Book Podcast, Founder/Principal of ARTILLERY

If you are a marketer who needs to generate more high-quality leads that will turn into sales opportunities and revenue, register now for this special event that will show you how to get started and moving in a profitable direction.

Being Different B2B Marketers

TaylorMadeIn KEW

In my most recent posts, I’ve explored why and how we can think and do differently in B2B marketing. Yet, have we ever considered why we became B2B marketers in the first place?

5 Expert Tips to Refine Your Content Marketing Strategy for 2018

Marketing Insider Group

Interactive video. Unforgettable live events. Micro-influencers who can pack a trust-building punch. Are you wondering how you are going to weave all the essential elements of a stellar content marketing strategy for 2018 together to blow your metric marketing goals out of the water and make your customers forget your competition even exists? With more […]. The post 5 Expert Tips to Refine Your Content Marketing Strategy for 2018 appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketin

11 Habits of Highly Effective Marketing Technologists

chiefmartech

The following is a guest post by Anand Thaker , CEO of IntelliPhi and my co-collaborator on the marketing technology landscape since last year. He’ll be a keynote speaker at the upcoming MarTech West conference in San Jose, April 23-25.

A New Outreach and Meetings and Unleash, Oh My: What we Shipped in 2017

Outreach

2017 has been quite the wild ride at Outreach -- our product and company are growing so fast, you may barely even recognize us from a mere 365 days ago!

30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

Don’t Get Lost in Translation: How to Make Multilingual Marketing Easy

Modern Marketing

As the world moves towards greater globalization, marketing globally across multiple languages is more important than ever. English speakers accounted for only about 25% of internet users in 2017. In order to reach 80% of the world’s internet users, more than 10 languages are needed.

6 Ways B2B Marketers Can Attract More Leads With Video

Modern B2B Marketing

Video is one of the most effective ways to drive sales for marketers. According to Email Monks , emails with videos drive a staggering 280% higher return than the ones without.

Social Listening for B2B Sales: How to Ignite Sales and Buyer Engagement

ScribbleLive

“You were born with two ears and one mouth for a reason…so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”. – 55 AD from Epictetus , the Greek Sage and Stoic philosopher. Listening is probably one of the most important skills we can use in all aspects of our lives – both personally and professionally it shows empathy, a genuine interest and through active listening we can learn a lot about a person.

Facebook's News Feed Will Once Again Focus on Friends and Family

Hubspot

Facebook announced yesterday that it will be overhauling its News Feed that will once again shift the type of content users see first, and most often.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

How to strategically target your content and lead generation campaigns to disrupt the status quo and facilitate the sale.