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Top 5 Content Marketing Trends for 2017

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Content marketing trends change often due to advances in technology, search engine preferences and changes in advertising. While the primary goals remain the same, strategies and techniques vary dependent on audience and industry.

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4 Top Marketing Fails You Need to Avoid Digitally

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Whether you have focused on digital marketing for a while or you are just getting started, you want to make sure you are doing the right things to get noticed. These are the four top marketing fails you want to avoid. Not Having a Brand Design.

The Insights You Should Be Following in the 2017 B2B Market

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You do not have to wait on the new year to give an assessment of your marketing and business strategies. Technology and business trends are moving faster than ever, so whenever you have a chance to stop and revise, you should do so.

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What is the $30 Billion Brand Trying to Commercialize B2B?

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The 3M Company claims that the average person is never more than three meters away from its products (hence the name). They may be right. 3M is a $30 billion business with 91,000 employees. It does business in 200 countries with an expertise in 46 different tech platforms.

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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.

Is Data Science the Key to Marketing?

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Is data science the key to marketing? In a word, yes! There was a time when statisticians did not have to be so scientific. The age of big data had everyone so thrilled about the volume of data they could collect that no one actually started to think about organization until a few years ago.

The New Market for B2B Social Influencers

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Influencer marketing has long been a staple in the B2C marketplace. However, many experts believe that it will soon rise in the B2B marketplace as well.

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5 Best Practices for Choosing the Right Trade Show Technologies

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Trade show marketing just isn’t what it used to be. It seems like just yesterday that trade shows depended on paper registration, hard copy promotional materials, and exhibit booths featuring static displays of data and graphics. Thankfully, times have changed…for the better.

3 ways to update your trade show booth displays without completely replacing them

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Here’s a quick question: what’s the first thing that trade show attendees see? Answer: the trade show booth displays of the various vendors who are there. Your booth is your way of making a good first impression on those people whose attention you’re trying to attract.

How to Prepare Contact & Account for an Account-Based Marketing Strategy

Among B2B communities, 2017 brought upon several new concepts, trends and technologies… But perhaps none captured more attention than the re-emergence of account-based marketing as a viable growth strategy.

Don’t Forget the Conversation!

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When you’re thinking about ways to marketing your firm, one of the ideas you may have is conversational marketing. It may not be the hot, trending buzzword it once was, but conversational marketing is a vital way to build your brand’s visibility, influence customers and grow within your industry.

4 Essential Elements to Effectively Market Building Materials

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Marketing is an important element of selling products and is very visible for things like consumer goods. Well-known marketing examples for items like toothpaste, refrigerators, and clothing abound.

Attracting the Right Customers to Your Trade Show

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Whether your business is to sell cleaning products or dog treats trade shows can be an effective way to introduce your product to distributors that can help your products gain popularity and bring about success.

The Marketing Potential on Amazon

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Part of the reason that Amazon stock has gone through the roof is that people are finally beginning to realize its potential as a marketing platform as well as a retail space.

7 Tips to Create Your 2018 Trade Show Budget

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Creating a trade show budget for 2018 is a skill that pays off in a better use of company resources. By following the tips below when making the budget for this crucial aspect of marketing your business, you’ll be able to develop a more accurate template of the necessary costs.

GDPR & Demand Generation: What Your Team Needs To Know

Speaker: David Crane, Head of Content & Thought Leadership, Integrate

The coming month will test the boundaries of change management for marketing organizations (and their colleagues in sales, finance, IT and legal) as they ready their teams for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will go into effect May 2018. Much of what we’ve seen in B2B marketing publications, martech vendor blogs and from word-of-mouth borders on fear-mongering. Not to say this isn’t understandable – a lot of rather quick changes must be made to ensure GDPR compliance, and they can feel overwhelming. However, some of the wisest B2B marketing experts continue to reiterate one very important point: GDPR, while causing significant stress now, will lead to more efficient and effective marketing and sales down the road.

Five Reasons to Rethink Your Call to Action

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You spend time or money getting the perfect webpage designed. Then, you write the perfect copy that is sure to captivate consumers and get them interested in your brand. You spend big bucks on ads or other methods to attract visitors to your site in the first place.

What Business-to-Business Marketing Trends and Tactics Will Define 2018?

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The world of business-to-business marketing continues to evolve in 2018. The trends and tactics that will move business forward may not be the strategies that experts thought would work months ago. What B2B marketing trends actually define 2018? Let’s take a look: Transparency.

What are Marketers Doing with AI Right Now?

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The business world is asking itself – has artificial intelligence finally moved beyond being yesterday’s buzzword of choice into an actionable solution for my marketing issues? The answer depends on who you ask.

New Marketing in the Age of Local

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The Age of Information is old news – we are now in the Age of Local advertising. Just as big data now means nothing unless it has been streamlined and focused, information in total means very little unless it is immediately relevant.

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Top 20 B2B Marketing Charts of 2017

Discover critical data and insights with MarketingCharts' most popular B2B marketing charts of 2017. This deck covers both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective across topics such as lead generation, vendor relationships, and content marketing.

Creating a Better B2B Sales Team

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There are plenty of new technologies to employ within your current marketing infrastructure. What good are they without a great sales team? This is especially true of the B2B marketplace – no one cares about your beautiful networks if you can’t tell people what your company is about.

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Tactical Tips to Maximize Your Trade Show Presence in 2018

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Trade show planning for 2018 is in full swing. With budgets and strategy considerations on the table, we’re offering our take on tips to maximize your trade show ROI for the upcoming year. Technology is (still) king.

How to Dominate Mobile Marketing by Leveraging Engagement

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Smartphones are now the number one way that consumers access the Internet. People are no longer making buying decisions sitting at home on a laptop – they are actively doing commerce within the scope of their daily activities.

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Space on the Trade Show Floor

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When it comes to your trade show floors and appearance, you might be limited in the size and design of your booth by your budget.

2018 B2B Marketing Mix Report

B2B marketers like you contributed their insights to Sagefrog’s annual B2B Marketing Mix Report, a valuable asset in planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead.

How to Win the Online Marketing Battle

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The quest to convert target customers into clients is never-ending. The battle to connect with such clients has moved to the web across the past couple decades. It is no longer enough to advertise on radio, TV, billboards, magazines, and/or newspapers.

Technology Disrupts Marketing

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There are many blogs and headlines focused on how new tech is disrupting the marketing industry, but there is actually another area being disrupted that is just as important. Led by Millennials, new talent is moving unapologetically into tech companies from media.

Hands-Free Marketing is the Future

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The majority of experts fully expect the future of marketing to be hands-free, following in the footsteps of mainstream hands-free consumer technology, a la Siri, and Alexa.

How to Ensure Your Trade Show Strategies Meet Your Goals

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Before attending a trade show, it’s important to hammer out what your goals for the event are. Only with that knowledge can you then put the strategies in place that help achieve those goals.

Empathy: Your Lead Generation Superpower

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO & Founder of markempa

Today’s sales and marketing environment is a paradox. There has never been more marketing channels to reach potential customers. But, connecting and building trust with buyers has never been harder. That's why we need to go beyond rational-logic based marketing to understand how our customers feel. Empathy is not just a “soft” skill, it's an incredibly powerful tool to understand customer motivation and increase lead conversion.

Old B2B Marketing Tactics that Still Work Today

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The business landscape of 2018 has changed immensely from the previous year – perhaps more quickly and definitively than any year over year measurement before it. However, there are still many marketing tactics that work in any market, regardless of the technology spurring disruptive change.

How Will New Data Privacy Regulations Affect You?

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New data privacy laws around the world are going to affect North American business more than ever, and savvy executives are taking note.

3 PR Trends You Need to Adopt in 2018

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With the holiday season in full swing, it might not seem like you have enough time to add one thing to your to-do list. It’s not too early to start thinking about your public relations strategy for 2018.

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Why B2B Marketing Content Must Be Customer-Centric

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While many forward-thinking B2B marketers aim for customer-centricity, according to a recent study commissioned by Squiz, many brands still have much work to do.

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.

Is There Room for Emotional Marketing in B2B Circles?

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The world of B2B is stereotypically based on an overload of reason and logic, almost to a fault. The stereotype comes from a good place – orders made to scale cannot afford to be wrong. Companies are spending more money, they are trying to find long-term supply chain partners, and the purchases have larger customer facing implications as well. However, the concept of relationship marketing has found its way into the B2B market.

Is Quora’s New Ad Program Really Good for B2B Marketers?

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Advertisers, in general, are overwhelmingly positive about the new Quora ad program, which came out of beta earlier in 2017. The new self-serve program allows advertisers to target and create text-based ads at their fingertips.

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Top Digital Marketing Mishaps and How to Solve Them

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Digital marketing has come a long way over the last few years. Big data means businesses have more data-driven insights than ever before, which translates to quality relationships with customers and (hopefully) increased conversions along with a better bottom line.

Ideal Trade Show Timeline

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In order to have a successful trade show, you need to start with a timeline. Doing so helps to ensure that everything that is necessary for success is completed in a timely manner. It’s important to remember that the timeline noted below is for general purposes only.

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.