Marketing In Real Life

How to determine marketing budget for B2B

Marketing In Real Life

I'm often asked how much money to budget for B2B marketing - usually towards the end of the year when annual budgets are being developed. Most people already have a ballpark number in mind.

Best Advertising in Powder Bulk Solids August 2018

Marketing In Real Life

For our latest advertising spotlight, these ads earn applause for standing out in the August 2018 issue of Powder/Bulk Solids.

Best and Worst Advertising in Packaging World July 2018

Marketing In Real Life

Advertising in Packaging World reaches nearly 60,000 print subscribers plus thousands more digital edition subscribers and costs several thousand dollars per page so advertisers would be wise to take full advantage of the exposure and work hard to ensure a healthy return on the investment.

10 Ways to Write Stronger Personnel News and Get Free Publicity

Marketing In Real Life

Nearly everyone reads, or at least skims, the personnel moves sections in magazines and email newsletters to see what competitors are up to, what long lost colleagues are doing and to find new prospects.

Lead Generation Companies: How to Pick a Right One

Have you ever had a bad experience using a lead generation company? If the answer is yes, you are certainly not alone; fortunately, MarketJoy has put together 4 simple questions that you can use to judge your next potential lead gen partner.

Twitter Multiplies Impact of Publicity

Marketing In Real Life

Placing press releases, articles and other content in magazines and Websites reaches thousands upon thousands of prospects and customers but do you realize just how much more exposure your publicity can generate with Twitter? Social Media

Outstanding Classified Advertising Must Stand Out

Marketing In Real Life

Classified advertising and directory advertising offer an alternative that reaches the same target audience as more costly display advertising. While large, display ads can command attention simply by dominating the page, small classified advertising needs to work much, much harder to get noticed.

Video Boosts Impact of Publicity

Marketing In Real Life

Several magazines that already republish your news on their Websites are now also embedding videos from your YouTube channel to add value for their readers. Video

Niagara Falls Destination Marketing with a Smile

Marketing In Real Life

Visitors bureaus and destinations invest huge amounts of money to get visitors to spend their precious little vacation time at their attractions.

Direct Mail Scores 21% Percent Response, Wins Election

Marketing In Real Life

When it came time for me to run for local office in a write-in campaign, I took my own recommendation and turned to direct mail. Yes, I won. Find out by how many votes. Direct Mail

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Customer Service Wins = Marketing Wins

Marketing In Real Life

The closer we got to the Sierra-at-Tahoe ski area, the more crowded it looked, and the more tension I could feel building from all sides. When finally directed to turn around and park on the access road without even getting close enough to see the mountain, the uncertainty grew.

7 Cold Calling Tactics You Aren't Using but Should Be

Cold calling isn‘t dead; neither is it on its deathbed. In fact, it’s one of the most effective ways to increase sales and drive revenue. Learn 7 preperation strategies to lessen your stress, and to become a better closer!

How Customer Service Fails Infuriate Marketing Managers

Marketing In Real Life

Customer service fails infuriate marketing managers and waste precious marketing dollars. On this anniversary dinner in a restaurant overlooking Lake Tahoe, one, surly waitress turned an otherwise perfect evening into an experience worthy of a training course for the hospitality industry.

What people think when the intern designs your advertising

Marketing In Real Life

You think you saved a few dollars having the intern design your advertising. Here's what everyone else thinks about your decision-making. Advertising

Are these outdated advertising techniques killing your response?

Marketing In Real Life

Material Handling & Logistics magazine recently posted this gallery of full-page ads from the 1960s and three key differences from today’s advertising immediately jumped out. See what they are and how you can use the design elements of the 60s to develop effective creative today. Advertising

Paul Entin in the News! Comments for CNBC, NY Times, Internet Retailer

Marketing In Real Life

An effective public relations program integrating feature articles, press releases, videos and other content delivers quantifiable returns as sales leads, clicks and social media engagement.

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Writer admits images more powerful than words

Marketing In Real Life

As a writer, it's hard to write this but while images and words working together deliver far more impact in advertising than either working alone, if I'm forced to choose either images or words to convey a message, I'll choose the image almost every time. Advertising

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How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

Sales Training Is Practice, Do It Before the Game

Marketing In Real Life

Ready to sign the advertising contract, I called the sales rep to verify the numbers and get a premium ad position but the rep was out of the office for sales training. How ironic! Unavailable to close the sale to attend training to learn how to sell? Business Life

How to generate B2B leads with PR for content marketing

Marketing In Real Life

Industrial companies relying on high profile public relations programs for lead generation already understand the power of PR in commanding visibility and driving their sales efforts.

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Customer service: really worth going the extra mile?

Marketing In Real Life

It was the clear, cold, windy prelude to the next day's blizzard and our firewood pile wasn't going to last through the storm. I tried to call the guy around the corner with the gigantic firewood pile but could not remember the name of the company.

New York Times: Business plans relics of the past?

Marketing In Real Life

When I was contacted by a New York Times reporter writing an article about whether startups still need to write a business plan, I was happy to offer what I'd learned after writing two business plans for two, different companies that secured two microloans - and helped get them paid in full.

Best Practices for Selling to Government Agencies

The US government spends over $235 billion on goods and services each year. Because of this, selling your product or service to a government agency can be a great way to increase profits. A government buyer also offers consistency, at least for the duration of your contract. However, there are key differences between selling to a customer or business and selling to the government. MarketJoy VP of Customer Success, Curtis Bendt, has used his vast experience in sales industry to craft a list of best practices for selling to government agencies to give you a more specific idea of what the process involves. MarketJoy also provides you with several tips on how to increase your chances of success.

Proper care and feeding of content marketing programs

Marketing In Real Life

It isn’t enough to sign onto industrial content marketing platforms such as GlobalSpec, ThomasNet and ChemicalsTechnology and sit back and wait for leads. If these programs are to deliver any results then you need to continually feed them fresh content that's relevant to the target audience.

Marketing by accident - know a gift horse when you see it

Marketing In Real Life

Sometimes the most effective marketing happens by accident, and when it does, you just need to recognize that it's happening and jump on the opportunity. Know when you're staring a gift horse in the mouth - and enjoy the ride. Marketing

We didn't have to pay, but I'm grateful we did

Marketing In Real Life

We'd agreed to sell our company with the expectation that the parent company would go public within the year. Then the dot com bubble burst. Here's what happened when the parent company refused to pay our staff. Business Life

How to use Twitter for trade show marketing success

Marketing In Real Life

These are some of the top recommendations to help boost the impact of your Twitter efforts and increase the value of your trade show investment. Trade Show

Paradigm of Strategic Value-Based Discounting for the B2B Industry

Competition has increased to new levels of intensity and organizations have begun to look for new ways to acquire customers. Discounted pricing is a strategic tool, which when used correctly can drive a variety of business goals, from marketing through to sales strategy

One more B2B magazine gives up on print advertising

Marketing In Real Life

Publisher Crain Communications recently announced its Waste and Recycling News would no longer produce print magazines, only digital, citing a decline in advertising pages due to industry consolidation, among other factors.

One Link Sabotaged Your Email Ad

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I clicked the email ad to learn more and was brought to the company’s home page, which was a confounding maze of dozens of different products.

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Airlines and oil prices – is media anti-biz or really that dumb?

Marketing In Real Life

Newscasters on CNBC, Fox, CNN, Bloomberg and other stations have asked their guests in recent weeks why airlines won’t cut their prices since the price of oil and, therefore, jet fuel, has dropped. Framing the discussion in this way implies the price of a ticket is determined based on the input costs. Of course, it is not, and to even imply that reveals a stunning lack of business acumen from journalists who claim to be experts in the field. The price of a ticket is based on: Economics

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12 Powerful PR Trends That Will Shape Your Strategy for 2019

B2B PR Sense

PR trends are like the oil that keeps your car lubricated. A regular check of current, fresh trends will help to keep your public relations strategy running smoothly and limit the chances of its breaking down on the side of the virtual road.

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The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

Unique Challenges of Manufacturing Content Marketing in 2019

Industrial Marketing Today

I just finished reading the Manufacturing Content Marketing 2019—Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends report published by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and sponsored by IEEE GlobalSpec.

Why Are There So Many Types of Customer Data Platforms? It's Complicated.

Customer Experience Matrix

I spend much of my time these days trying to explain Customer Data Platforms to people who suspect a CDP could help them but lack clear understanding of exactly what a CDP can do. At the end of our encounter they’re often frustrated: a simple definition of CDP still eludes them.

Report: Customers Seeking Less Promotional Email From Marketers

KoMarketing Associates

As marketers continue to target their audiences with email, new research suggests that they may benefit from leaning more on the informational side than the promotional when it comes to content.

Report: One-to-Three-Month Mark is Most Critical During the B2B Buyers’ Journey

KoMarketing Associates

B2B marketers have an ample amount of time to reach out to their target audience, but new research suggests that the first one-to-three months of the buying process are critical.

The Sales Enablement Handbook

In the sphere of sales, it helps to get your definitions down. You might have thought sales operations and sales enablement are the same thing - but there are important differences. Both have the objective of improving sales performance, and although there is some overlap, they do this in different ways.

6 Examples of AI Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

Technology is evolving and the world of online marketing is evolving along with it. Artificial intelligence and machine learning now make a wide variety of marketing tasks easy; even those which would have been impossible only a few years ago.

Best Digital Marketing Tools for Small Businesses

Marketing Insider Group

One of the most exciting aspects of the world of digital marketing is how it levels the playing field for smaller businesses and solopreneurs.

More Marketers are Standing Out from the Pack with Visual Content

KoMarketing Associates

As marketers look for new ways to resonate with their target audiences, new research suggests that using visual content marketing is paying off. Venngage recently published an infographic depicting visual marketing statistics to know for 2019.

Report Suggests Marketers May Not Want to Fully Commit to AI Just Yet

KoMarketing Associates

Marketers have turned to artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance the customer experience, but is it hurting or helping their overall efforts? To gauge the impact of AI on the customer experience, Invoca and Adobe published the “ Emotions Win: What Customers Expect in the Age of AI ” report.

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Your Recipe for Inbound Success

Speaker: Jen Spencer, VP Sales and Marketing, SmartBug Media

Recent studies have shown what a lot of B2B marketers already know - it’s hard to build a successful inbound marketing program. Join Jen Spencer, VP of Smartbug Media, as she discusses how to grow an inbound strategy and framework in your organization to attract leads and establish your brand. And the best part is, it can apply to content for all stages of your funnel! Jen will dive in deep how she did this at a fast-growing SaaS company that shows, among many other things, how you can use buyer personas and establish a cadence to ensure that your content is seen at the right stage of the buyer's journey. And while a good inbound program gets started with the marketing department, a great inbound program gets other departments involved. Your marketing team may build perfect personas and have excellent research, but if the sales and operations team aren’t aligned, you're missing out on opportunities to move potential buyers to the next stage of the funnel.