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8 Questions to Help You Decide if Your Content is Good Enough

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The best demand generation campaigns start with content that your prospects want. Even the best data, and sparkling creative, can’t save you or your campaign if your content and offer isn’t up to scratch. Here are 8 simple questions to help you decide whether that content is good enough.

5 Reasons Your Sales Reps Aren’t Getting Enough Qualified Leads

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Earlier this year, I talked to a CMO at a B2B tech company whose sales counterpart was lobbying strongly for the company to adopt Account-Based Marketing (ABM) as part of their demand generation strategy. The reason?

Observations from the 2017 Marketo Summit

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This week was my eighth consecutive Marketo Summit, all of them as a sponsor/exhibitor. The event has transformed since 2009, when the customer party fit (literally) onto a suburban restaurant patio.

An Email is Not a Campaign: the Case for Integrated Marketing

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The reality of life as a professional marketer is that there is rarely, ever, enough time, budget, resources or bandwidth to plan, design, build, launch and manage every campaign as we would if we could. I get that. We all make compromises.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

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

Email 101: Tell Me Something I Don’t Already Know

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To be successful in driving engagement from business buyers, it’s not enough that marketing content simply be relevant to the individual reader.

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Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

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For a long time, “ lead nurturing ” was thought of as something you did with the leads that sales didn’t want. The theory was: leads come in, the sales team gets the hot ones, and the rest go to lead nurturing. Today, of course, a comprehensive lead nurturing strategy is much more than that.

5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox

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Email may still be the workhorse in how B2B companies build relationships, maintain awareness, qualify leads and nudge prospects along the sales cycle, but these days, it pays to think about “lead nurturing” as more just an email campaign. That’s not because email is going away any time soon.

Infographic: Top 10 Types of Demand Generation Content

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Choosing the right content offer for a demand generation campaign isn’t simply about aligning that content with a particular buying persona. Some content types are best-suited for early stage offers, while others will only appeal to those buyers in the very latter stages of the buying cycle.

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.

3 Problems You Need to Solve Before You Buy New Marketing Technology

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We marketers may be many things, but few of us can be described as patient. We want results, and we want them now. And so when martech companies come along promising instant answers to all our marketing challenges, we’re all ears. We all want the quick fix, right? Wish it were that easy.

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Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

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Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. I sent an email to a marketing technology firm, one with whom I was vaguely familiar, about a client campaign for which I thought their technology might be useful.

[Infographic] 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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The social media landscape is littered with business blogs that, on the surface, do everything right. They may feature relevant content, of real value, published with good frequency.

Infographic: 29 Tips to Improve B2B Email Campaign Performance

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An email campaign that fails to perform up to expectations could be failing on any number of fronts. The list could be bad (in which case, no attempted “fix” of the email itself will make that much of a difference.) The offer could be uninspiring, or buried deep in the email, or both.

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.

Which Content, Tactics & Technologies Are Driving Demand Generation ROI?

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A recent survey by content automation company TechValidate and B2B agency Spear Marketing Group provides useful insight into the content, tactics, and technologies proving most valuable for today’s B2B marketers.

7 Steps to a Successful Account-Based Marketing (ABM) Strategy

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Account-Based Marketing (ABM) is certainly the hot topic in B2B circles these days, but like other trends, ABM can encompass a whole range of activity – from something as simple as an email drip campaign to a more comprehensive, sustained, integrated program that incorporates multiple channels.

10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity

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Are most B2B companies getting maximum value from their investment in marketing automation? A recent industry survey by Spear Marketing Group suggests: no.

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.

A Simple 2-Step Technique for Improving Lead Follow Up

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In an era when “demand generation” and “content marketing” are virtually synonymous, most B2B sales leads are the result of a prospect downloading or requesting content.

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ABM & the Marketing Hype Cycle

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An interesting question popped up in my LinkedIn feed this week: “Does anyone remember all those times we used ABM before it was called ABM?”.

Infographic: 8 Ways to Get B2B Demand Gen Back on Track

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Can technology solve every problem of the modern B2B marketer? Maybe not, if you believe a recent survey sponsored by TechValidate and Spear Marketing Group. Asked to name the two primary barriers to demand generation success, B2B marketers named 1) lack of budget and 2) lack of resources.

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B2B Copywriting: 5 Common Terms & Phrases to Avoid

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Copywriting success may depend on finding the precise mix of language that resonates with your audience, but success or failure can just as easily rest on which words you don’t use.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

Video Tech Company Leverages SEM to Drive Enterprise Leads

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Started in 2008 as the world’s first open source video player, JW Player pioneered video on the Web and today has customers in 193 countries, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual bloggers. The company’s flagship product, JW Player, is live on more than 2 million sites with more than 1.3

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Origami Logic Scores Gold with “Brand Olympics” Campaign

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Origami Logic is a marketing analytics company and a global leader in marketing performance measurement.

How Do We Find People Who Are Ready to Buy Our Product?

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A prospective client asks: “What are the best demand generation strategies for finding people who are ready to buy our product?”. My response: Finding highly-qualified, late-stage prospects has less to do with demand generation channels or tactics, and much more to do with content.

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4 Key Takeaways from the 2015 SiriusDecisions Summit

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More than 2,300 marketers, including this writer, gathered in Nashville this past week for SiriusDecisions’annual confab on all things marketing.

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.

10 Tips for a Successful Trade Show Follow-up Campaign

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Research has long suggested that the majority of leads generated by trade shows never receive follow-up by company representatives. A 2010 study concluded that fewer than 70 percent of exhibitors have any formalized plan or process in place for how leads are followed up after the show.

Forrester thinks Content Marketing Isn’t Working – They’re Half Right

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Over at Forrester Research, Vice President Laura Ramos recently talked to Advertising Age (“ Marketers Still Struggling to Get Results from Content Marketing “) about what she perceives as a general lack of return from the investment so many companies are making in content marketing.

Moving Past Responsive Design to a Mobile-First Email Strategy

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By now we’ve all heard the statistics that as much as two-thirds of all email is opened or read on mobile devices. But no problem – you’re using responsive design for all your email campaigns, so you’ve got that covered, right? Well, not so fast.

Report: Targeting & Predictive Analytics Driving Changes in B2B Email

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The folks at Demand Generation Report just released a compelling new paper on the impact that new technologies are having on the use, and effectiveness, of email marketing.

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.

Why Are People Not Engaging With Our Content?

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According to a recent report, “ The Content Marketing Paradox ,” content marketing output increased by 35 percent in 2015, while engagement dropped 17 percent.

Quit Obsessing About the Customer Journey

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These days it seems to me that you can’t read a marketing blog, attend a marketing conference, listen to a marketing podcast, without hearing someone drone on about the customer journey. Suddenly, we are led to believe, the customer journey is all that matters.

9 Proven Ways to Increase Webinar Response

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Let’s face it: most business inboxes get flooded every day with Webinar invitations. If your Webinar campaign is getting lost in the crowd, take a look at these 9 proven tips and techniques for increasing registration and attendance at online events. Sell the event, not the product.

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5 Sales Tips My Kids Learned from Watching Shark Tank

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Confession: at our house, we watch a LOT of reality TV. One of our favorite series – and one of the few reality shows that’s also family-friendly – is ABC’s Shark Tank. I love the brash personalities, the high-stakes negotiation, and seeing entrepreneurs achieve their life’s dream.

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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.