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3 Content Marketing Mistakes Every B2B Company Should Avoid

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Over my last seven years as an entrepreneur in the business storytelling space, my co-founder and I have had the opportunity to work with different types of companies— ranging from software and media, to corporate innovation, financial services, and even data as a service.

The Difference between Content Marketing and Marketing Content

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There are a lot of ways to use content to market a product or service that barely scratch the surface of marketing content , but if you want to learn content marketing , training is just the beginning, grasshopper.

Viral Content: The Emotional Triggers That Make Us Click “Share”

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Content marketing is no longer something entirely foreign to marketing teams. In fact, a quarter of marketers now devote more than 50 percent of their budget to content.

Why the Customer Experience Starts with Internal Alignment

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The dust from the content marketing storm has settled. Content marketing is no longer the next big tactic, or the go-to buzzword. It now enjoys a stable spot in the marketing mix, and marketers embrace content as a critical component in their strategies.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

Must-See Examples of Marketing Success That You Can Replicate.

3 Ways Agile Helps Scale Content Marketing

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To an outsider looking in, a bigger content marketing program seems to be better. . Heftier budgets, growing teams, and a steadily increasing flow of content seemingly prove a department is doing its job. .

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Better Content in Half the Time: Applying Scrum Principles to Content Marketing

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Let’s begin with a question: if someone told you they were, “moderately successful” or “minimally successful” at something, would you recommend that they do more of that thing in the near future? Probably not.

The Only Content Marketing Metric That Matters

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When it comes to engaging with consumers, an effective content strategy is essential. Producing educational content targeted for specific keywords can help attract more traffic and raise awareness of your brand.

6 Different Types of Buyer Journey Maps

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Organizations that use a mapping program to manage buyer and customer journeys average a 79% increase in cross-sell and upsell revenue, marketing research from the Aberdeen Group reveals. In the new B2B marketing landscape, buyers are in control of their journeys.

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.

Solving the Inbound vs. ABM Contest with Content

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We are marketers, so we’re used to ever-changing marketing “buzzwords.” ” However, one buzzword popped up in 2016—Account-based marketing (ABM)—and I believe, it’s here to stay. The Age of Inbound.

What is a Content Governance Board—And Why You Need One

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Wouldn’t it be great if your marketing leadership team was aligned across a concise set of priorities, who then rallied around them when planning and producing content? Of course it would! Many companies have tried to do this, but often with lackluster results.

Great B2B Customer Experiences Require Customer-Centric Marketing

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Only 12% of B2B marketers rate themselves as “very effective” at delivering a great customer experience. No, that’s not a typo. It’s a finding from the 2016 B2B Customer Experience Benchmark Report from Kapost.

The Lead Gen Mistakes Marketers Are Making

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When it comes to lead generation, you may be unknowingly sabotaging your sales pipeline with these seven common lead generation mistakes.

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.

Why Every Content Strategy Needs a Managing Editor

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Jane, a director of marketing at SaaS company, eagerly opens the email attachment.

10 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Customer Experience

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It’s that time of year again! After holiday work parties, family, food, more food, more drinks, even more food, and even more drinks…reality sets in. We’re all collectively over the hangover and ready for a fresh start.

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Yes, Virginia, Brand Awareness Really Does Increase Sales

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Once upon a time, a group of executives were listening to a presentation on what their marketing strategy should look like. The marketing director put together an integrated and comprehensive strategy that included content development, email, social media, and paid advertising.

The Psychology Behind a B2B Marketing Plan

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Just because we’re business-to-business doesn’t mean we have to engage with one another like machines. Behind a business are (newsflash!) humans. Still, how we communicate with prospects and customers should be different than the B2C marketing approach. How come?

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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.

Why Relevance Outsmarts Personalization in B2B Marketing

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Personalization is all the rage in marketing, and for good reason. In a B2C context like e-commerce, it can dramatically improve shopping experiences by suggesting items based on a user’s purchase history. Personalization in the B2B world is a completely different animal.

How Agile Encourages Sales and Marketing Collaboration

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Alien vs. Predator. BetaMax vs. VHS. Microsoft vs. Apple. Rolling Stones vs. The Beatles. Sales vs. Marketing. Anyone who has been caught in the cross-hairs of a sales vs. marketing skirmish won’t contest its place on a list of the greatest rivalries of all time.

4 Examples of the Best B2B Influencer Content Marketing

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Are you struggling to create engaging content for your B2B audience? Maybe you’re running short on time and are unable to produce enough content. Perhaps you’re facing budget constraints to promote your content. These examples of common B2B content marketing challenges may be all too familiar.

How to Generate Fresh, Customer-Centric Content

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Being innovative and creative is a big part of marketing, but campaigns based on customer-centric content topics are game changing.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

Top 10 Takeaways from the B2B Customer Experience Report [Original Research]

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Today, everything is connected. From the screen of your iPhone you can: control the heat of your home, monitor your bank account, play music, sync photos, send an email, etc. The advancements in technology over the past ten years have been pretty great—err, unless you’re a B2B marketer.

Strategy Before Tactics: 3 Simple Steps for More Effective Content

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It’s not easy to know where and how to allocate funds to craft an effective content strategy. Between technology, resources, and implementing specific tactics, cobbling together a winning marketing mix can feel a bit like playing chess in the dark.

10 Top B2B Marketing Metrics for 2017

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The latest report by Marketo reveals that 65% of marketers publish content at least once a month. According to Gartner’s CMO Spend Study , marketing spend is on the rise for the third consecutive year.

Agile Marketing: 5 Critical Things You Need to Know

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If you ask five people to define agile marketing , you’ll probably get five different answers. But the unifying principle of agile—across industries and fields—is prioritizing the right work to make an efficient and quantitative impact, and doing it even better next time.

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.

Why Video Should Play a Vital Role in Your Content Marketing Strategy

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If long-form articles are the elder statesmen of content marketing, consider videos to be the up-and-coming whiz kids.

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Who Cares If You Meet Your Marketing Content Goals?

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Carter Stepanovsky cares. Carter’s a customer success mana ger at Kapost. Given the descriptive title, it’s fairly easy to deduce the job’s role and responsibilities. But it’s fascinating still to unravel the behind-the-scenes details of a function that might otherwise be taken for granted.

Want to Generate More Leads? Try These 6 Tips

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As we continue to see improvements in marketing automation, demand generation, and analytics, marketers are being held more and more accountable for generating leads.

Lead Gen Hacks: 3 Strategies to Improve Content Conversions

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In the world of content marketing, there are no shortcuts: you need high-quality storytelling to build a strong connection with your target audience. But what happens after you’ve built that bond? Do your readers move on to become customers? This is where conversion optimization comes into play.

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.

Learn How to Prioritize with The Content Operations Maturity Model

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If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a hundred times: the burden of managing the tactical operations of content production is crushing marketing teams and organizations everywhere.

Tips on Optimizing Buyer Personas to Make Content More Buyer-Centric

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Creating buyer personas is not a one and done practice. In some ways, buyer personas are like a unique, fine wine that grows in-depth and flavor as it matures. Each unique customer profile needs refinement and shaping to really work their magic long-term.

Ask the Experts: The Content Operation and Marketing Success

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Ineffective management of the content operation has led to an estimated $958M per year in inefficient and ineffective content marketing spend for mid-to-large B2B organization. And we’re obsessed with finding a solution. Enter Modern Marketing at Scale: A Framework for B2B Content Operation.

10 Trends for B2B Marketing in 2017

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As the year rolls to a close, marketers are planning, preparing and strategizing based on new B2B marketing trends to expect in 2017. Is mobile a big contender for grabbing market share in the B2B space? Is content still relevant, and if so, how?

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.