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Marketing Automation Trends - Download the Report

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Marketing automation is a hot topic as more B2B marketers are adopting the technology to generate more and better leads, improve marketing productivity, and increase conversion rates. But what are the current trends, challenges, and success factors for marketing automation?

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The Top-5 B2B Marketing Trends for 2012

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Happy New Year! It is time again for our annual B2B Marketing "predictions". As every year, I asked the 25,000 marketing professionals in the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn about their B2B marketing priorities for 2012. And here are the results: 1 - Integration of social media Social media remains the #1 topic in 2012. Social media has clearly evolved from the experimental stage to become an established marketing tactic and lead generator in 2011.

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The Top-10 B2B Marketing Trends for 2011

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Happy New Year! It is January and time again for the obligatory 2011 predictions. Many marketing experts have strong opinions on what they think will happen in 2011. Instead of coming up with what I think is going to change in the B2B marketing world in 2011, I decided to ask you and tap into the combined wisdom of over 17,000 marketing professionals in the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn. I asked you to rank the marketing areas you think will become more important in 2011.

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Developing Your Marketing Analytics Strategy - A 3 Step Approach

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Guest post b y Glenn Facey We live in a new age of information superabundance: the burgeoning era of Big Data analytics. Never before have marketers had the opportunity to understand their audiences in such fine, precise, and comprehensive detail.

Everything You Need to Know About BFCM

Speaker: Jonathan Meyer, Danielle Erwin, Jeremey LaDuque, Nathan Hedley & Nils De Moor

To help eCommerce merchants set themselves up for success, Bridgeline's leading eCommerce, SEO, and marketing experts are coming in an all-star roundtable to discuss Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2023. As a group, they will showcase the checklist for how to prepare your eCommerce site, how to identify the latest online shopping trends, and how to seize new revenue-generating opportunities.

Why Your Technology Firm Needs a Content Marketing Strategy

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The key to marketing success online is educating prospects. If a technology firm is going to have a successful online marketing campaign, it needs to revolve around the educational content being produced. Content is king. Why, you ask? It is through content that many other online marketing channels flow best. If you are producing high value content, it is much more likely to spread in social media, attract links from other websites, and rank well in Google.

New Marketing Report: B2B Lead Generation Trends 2013

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Finally, the new 2013 B2B Lead Generation Report is available! Download it here: [link] ) The B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn conducted the 2013 lead generation survey to better understand how B2B marketers are adjusting to new challenges, and to identify new trends and best practices. The results are in. Here are the Top-5 Trends in B2B Lead Generation (for more details download the report ): The number one challenge for B2B marketers: Generating high quality leads.

Crossing the Divide: The Art of Closing the Sale

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We see it again and again: professional services sellers misread the real desires and priorities of their buyers, and consequently stumble in the art of closing the sale. The Hinge Research Institute conducts regular research on the professional services marketplace. For our most recent study , we set out to examine how successful providers cross the perception gap between buyers and sellers.

Is Traditional B2B Marketing Dead?

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Earlier this week, I was on a panel at the WIT event "The Intersection of Marketing & Technology" in McLean, VA. One of the discussions was about the dramatic changes happening in B2B marketing today and what the future will hold. The question "Is traditional B2B marketing dead?" ignited a lively discussion. I think we are experiencing nothing short of a major disruption in marketing today.

Take the 2012 B2B Content Marketing Survey

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B2B buyer behavior has been changing dramatically over the last few years as buyers increasingly refuse to be interrupted by traditional outbound marketing tactics. Content marketing has emerged as a highly effective strategy to engage the reluctant B2B buyer who is actively searching for guidance and information online, often involving social media, before making a complex purchase decision.

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6 Proven B2B Marketing Strategies and How to Use Them

Bold tactics. Innovative ideas. Thriving revenue growth. Behind every great B2B marketing campaign is an amazing story. Learn the strategies behind six winning B2B marketing campaigns — directly from the marketers that made them. Read the stories now!

What Are the Top-10 Marketing Books?

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There are literally thousands of marketing books available today. A handful of them stand out as most influential on the art and science of marketing. But which books should be in the top-10 list of "must read" marketing books? To get an answer, I conducted a quick survey among the 17,000+ members of the B2B marketing community on LinkedIn.

Why care about B2B Content Marketing?

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Our B2B content marketing survey is the most popular survey we have produced to date. We asked over 20,000 B2B marketing professionals to share their collective insight on B2B content marketing issues, trends, and preferences. After the first couple of hundred responses, patterns and trends have stabilized - a clear sign that we are getting close to a representative sample size. Time to share some preliminary survey results!

The Top-5 Content Marketing Trends in 2013

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Check out our latest B2B Content Marketing Report 2013 and find out what is going on in the world of content marketing. Here are five of the most interesting content marketing trends we identified: Content marketing is going mainstream and is becoming more sophisticated to help marketers generate more leads and enable thought leadership. The popularity of white papers as a content marketing format is declining relative to interactive, easily digestible formats such as video.

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New Report: 2011 B2B Content Marketing Trends

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SlideShare views for the new report " 2011 B2B Content Marketing Trends " are off the charts - looks like we have a topic that is really resonating with B2B marketers. This new report is the result of a survey I conducted with the 20,000 member B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn to better understand the current state of content marketing, and to identify key challenges as well as best practices.

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New Ways to Reach, Influence, and Close More Deals with Intent Data

Speaker: Ardath Albee, B2B Marketing Strategist and CEO of Marketing Interactions

Acting on intent data when applied to buyer context can be a game-changer for gaining attention by increasing relevance, which drives purposeful engagement toward purchase. But all intent data is not the same. In this webinar, learn the difference between interest and intent, and the best ways to use the right data.

8 Tips for Marketing SaaS and Software in the Cloud

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The cloud is all the rage these days. Saugatuck Technology's Bruce Guptill released some interesting market research predicting that by 2014 the majority of new corporate B2B software purchases will be in the form of cloud software solutions (SaaS) rather than traditional on-premise software. This is a significant tipping point, after which adoption of cloud services is expected to further accelerate. What does this mean for B2B marketers selling cloud solutions and software as a service?

5 Ways to Better Marketing Performance with Marketing Operations

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In my last post “ 5 Steps to B2B Marketing Success ” we established a simple approach to improving success in B2B marketing, starting with understanding your audience, building a strong value proposition, mapping out the buyer’s journey, building compelling messages and content, and finally, investing in robust marketing automation.

It's Budget Season - B2B Marketing Budget Trends for 2011

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MarketingSherpa asked more than 900 B2B marketers how they expect their marketing budgets to change for 2011. The results are in: The majority of B2B organizations are increasing marketing budgets for inbound marketing tactics, including social media, virtual events and webinars, SEO and PPC. When considering outbound marketing tactics such as telemarketing, direct mail and print advertising, the majority of B2B organizations are either not changing or decreasing budgets.

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Download the 2013 B2B Content Marketing Report

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Content marketing is going mainstream in 2013. B2B marketers are increasingly using content marketing tactics to engage B2B buyers with compelling content to educate, inform, entertain and guide them along their buying journey. But what’s behind the buzz and growing popularity of content marketing? Download the new B2B Content Marketing Report to find out.

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Your Ultimate Guide to the Trends Shaping Marketing Data

In Salesforce’s latest Marketing Intelligence Report, hear from 2,500+ global marketers on how they are leading with their data, from business growth to customer satisfaction, data privacy, and more. Get the report now!

The Brave New World of B2B Marketing - Are You Ready?

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Your B2B markets are changing rapidly. It is now harder than ever for B2B vendors to get the attention of our audiences. The effectiveness of traditional push marketing is rapidly declining, marketing budgets and headcounts have been slashed over the last few years (while output expectations have increased), and the availability of new technologies for marketing automation is leaving many B2B marketing professionals scratching their heads.

5 Steps to Social Media Leads with Content Marketing

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One of my recent posts (“ The Top-10 B2B Marketing Trends for 2011 ”) received a lot of great comments. The number one marketing trend for 2011, according to the 17,000 member B2B technology marketing group on LinkedIn, is the increasing integration of social media with traditional marketing tactics to drive qualified leads. John Cook’s comment to the blog post got straight to the point: "How do you accomplish this”? Conversion Metrics More Important This question is being asked more frequently.

Take the Survey: B2B Marketing Trends in 2012

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With 2011 coming to a close, what do you think will be the major trends and priority shifts for B2B marketers in 2012? Take the 2-minute survey to share your thoughts: [link] You will receive a copy of the survey report as a thank you

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Top-10 B2B Marketing Topics of 2010

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With 2010 coming to an end, it is time for a quick review of the most popular B2B marketing posts on the Everything Technology Marketing blog. The 10 Most Popular Blog Posts (by number of re-tweets) 1 - 5 Steps to B2B Marketing Success (100) 2 - The Brave New World of B2B Marketing - Are You Ready? (98) 98) 3 - Is Traditional B2B Marketing Dead? (87) 87) 4 - What B2B Marekting tactics are Up, Down, Flat? (79)

B2B Distribution Roundtable: The Challenges & Solutions of Buying and Selling

Speaker: Jonathan Meyer, Kyle Mitzner & Jacobi Zakrzewski

Join Hawksearch’s Jonathan Meyer as he moderates a roundtable discussion with Bridgeline’s Kyle Mitzner and Luminos Labs’ Jacobi Zakrzewski, where they highlight the challenges and solutions surrounding B2B distribution.

Is Your Content Marketing Program a Success?

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Content marketing is one of the most popular strategies deployed by today's B2B marketers to attract and engage prospects, and guide them through the buying process. But how do marketers measure content marketing success? We asked 20,000 members of the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn what metrics they use to measure the success of their content marketing initiatives. Over 500 people responded - and here is a preview of the results.

New Report: Alliance Marketing Trends 2014

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The results from our new study on Alliance Marketing are now available! Download it here. Our 60,000 member B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn conducted the 2014 study on alliance marketing to better understand how B2B marketers are adjusting to new alliance marketing challenges, and to identify new trends and best practices.

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A Framework for B2B Customer Segmentation – Part 1: Why Segment Your Market?

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Marketing segmentation is about subdividing markets into segments of customers that have similar needs and behaviors. This way, vendors can optimize their product offering, marketing, and sales approach to meet the specific requirements of the segment better and more cost efficiently than the competition. But the craft of identifying and selecting the right segments is too often rushed and under-appreciated.

What B2B Marketing Tactics Are Up, Down, Flat? (Survey Sneak Peek)

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Last week, we talked about the changing B2B marketing mix (" Is Traditional B2B Marketing Dead? which caused a heated debate about whether these changes are real and consequential). Let's take a look at some data. We are currently conducting a social media survey among B2B marketing professionals, and one of the questions is aimed at better understanding what activities marketing teams are doing more or less of than 3 years ago.

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The Essential Guide to the Buying Experience of the Future

The ultimate value proposition is an impactful buying experience that guides people to the best possible decision. But how do you prepare your sales teams to do that? Read "The Essential Guide to the Buying Experience of the Future" to find out how to empower your customer-facing teams and thrive in modern selling environments.

5 Steps to B2B Marketing Success

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By Holger Schulze Major shifts are taking place in B2B marketing that started a few years ago but have accelerated in recent months – in the marketplace as well as inside vendor organizations. Prospects and customers are becoming more sophisticated and better informed than ever before. They are tuning out a lot of the marketing noise they receive which makes it harder for marketers to reach audiences the old fashioned way. Customers are are in the driver’s seat today.

Social Media in B2B Marketing - Survey Results

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The B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn conducted a survey earlier this year to explore the rapidly changing landscape of social media in the context of B2B marketing. The survey generated over 270 responses from B2B marketers - and the results are in!

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Is the In-House B2B Marketing Department Going Away?

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My last post triggered a heated debate (mostly in the LinkedIn B2B Technology Marketing Community ) about the dramatic changes we see in the B2B marketing function. One of the interesting topics that came up was outsourcing. As you know, more and more corporate functions are moving to a service and subscription based model where companies aggressively outsource everything that is not core to the business in order to gain advantages related to cost, scalability, and agility.

You Have No Metrics for B2B Social Media Measurement? (Survey Sneak Peek)

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Here is another interesting result from the B2B social media survey. I was surprised to learn that a plurality of B2B marketers (45%) say they don't have ANY metrics in place for measuring social media effectiveness. Something tells me that B2B marketers will get away with this only for a short time until investment in social media comes under increased scrutiny.

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Roadblocks to Delivering a Competitive Buying Experience

Why are buyer-facing teams struggling and what can be done about it? Bigtincan teamed up with Heinz Marketing in a recent research study to discover the roadblocks revenue-generating teams encounter in preparing buyer-facing teams for today’s market. Click here to learn what you can do today to prepare!

B2B Market Segmentation – Part 2: How to Approach Segmentation

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In part one of our segmentation series , we discussed the importance of and rationale behind market segmentation. Let's take a closer look at actual implementation of market segmentation. The biggest segmentation error that people make is to start with the "who" or "what" and segmenting the market using criteria such as industry verticals, company size or geography and other dimensions because this data is easy to gather.

Survey Result: The Top-3 Goals of Content Marketing

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Last month, we asked over 30,000 members of the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn about content marketing. The results are in. Here is the first in our series of sneak previews of the survey results (the complete report will be available shortly). The first survey question was "What are your top-3 goals for content marketing?" and here is what 727 marketers say: #1 Lead Generation With 68 percent of responses, the most mentioned goal for content marketing is lead generation.

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Is B2B Marketing Ready for Social Media? Take the Survey to Find Out.

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B2B marketing is undergoing dramatic change. Traditional marketing tactics are losing effectiveness, and new tactics such as social media are still perceived as unproven. And while social media is a success story in consumer markets, adoption in B2B markets is still lagging.

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Top-7 Challenges for B2B Marketers

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According to MarketingSherpa , the top challenges for B2B marketers are becoming, well, more challenging. Especially the top-3 challenges have grown significantly from 2009 to 2010: 1) Generating high-quality leads (from 69% in 2009 to 78% today) - Today's B2B marketers are tackling this issue with processes and technologies such as marketing automation and lead scoring in an attempt to only deliver qualified, truly sales ready leads.

Putting the Buyer Back Into Your B2B Marketing Strategy

Speaker: Ardath Albee, B2B Marketing Strategist and CEO of Marketing Interactions

In this webinar, B2B Marketing expert Ardath Albee will teach you what it means to be buyer-first and buyer driven, and will share success stories of companies that have made the switch.