January, 2018

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. .

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.

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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.

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

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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Marketing and Sales Content – Differences That Matter

Avitage

What IS the difference between marketing and sales content? This is a good question to ask across your organization. The answers will reveal people’s thinking and understanding about “content” in general. Notice how clear, specific, consistent and actionable the responses are. Or not. Why does this matter? Effective sales content is a strategic imperative when selling in a digital age of hyper-connected, hard to engage, low attention span buyers.

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

Content Standard

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How Do Media Mergers Like Disney and Fox Impact Digital Marketers?

Content Standard

Last month, the Walt Disney Company announced plans to acquire 20th Century Fox in only the biggest and most recent of many mergers reshaping the media landscape.

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.

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

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Leads are Hard 

ViewPoint

A Story From Yesteryear About Reader Service (aka Bingo) Cards. According to Wikipedia: “a reader service card or bingo card" was a reply card inserted in a magazine and used by readers to request free samples and literature from businesses who advertised in the issue. Many advertisers were listed on the reply card. Readers circled the advertisers they were interested in and mailed back (or faxed back) the card to the publisher which then provided their advertisers with the appropriate leads.

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.

3 Tips For Building A More Robust Customer Reference Program

Influitive b2b

In the past 15 years, customer reference usage in marketing and sales has evolved from simply inserting testimonials in ads to a dedicated discipline that drives revenue. Now, many more savvy marketers are looking at the bigger picture: they’re turning to customer advocacy as their “secret sauce” for making a bigger impact on their company’s.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Proving ROI of Industrial Content Marketing is Still a Big Challenge

Industrial Marketing Today

Congratulations if your 2018 industrial content marketing budget increased or at least didn’t get cut. You are in good company. 38% of respondents from the 2018 Manufacturing Content Marketing Trends—North America survey expect their manufacturing content marketing spending to increase this year and another 46% expect it to remain the same as last year.

35 Marketing Automation Tools To Personalize Your Customer’s Journey

Marketing Insider Group

One of the most empowering abilities marketers have gained from the digitization of the marketing function is marketing automation. Today, every organization out there is using some form of software as a service (SaaS) platform to share content (CMS), to streamline their communications with customers (CRM and Marketing Automation), and to draw insights (Analytics) from […].

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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.

Does Innovation Make a Company Innovative?

Type A Communications

January 18, 2018 by Carla Johnson I have a client that’s proud of his new innovation center. It’s well thought out. He’s hired the best-of-the-best across the board. Design thinking is core to their innovation discipline.

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.

Robot Writing, AI, and Marketing: It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Content Standard

Picture if you will, dear reader, the marketing apocalypse, a place where human-powered engines are less and less relevant and we are facing a new dawn: robot writing, triggered email campaigns, automated social scheduling and responses, ways to track users wherever they go. Oh, hang on.

The Introvert's Guide to Nailing a Job Interview [Infographic]

Hubspot

When people see the word "introvert," they often think of qualities that don't actually describe introverted people at all. Quiet." Even "antisocial.". But how we have grown to think of introverts has strayed far from realities.

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.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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