2018

ViewPoint

How Much Leads Cost

ViewPoint

I review a lot of content on this topic and am amazed at what I find written about lead cost. For example: “The average cost per lead across all the companies surveyed is almost $200 ($198.44).Admittedly, Admittedly, that’s a useless statistic, as these figures vary quite dramatically depending on industry, company size, etc.” (see see marketing charts analysis of HubSpot’s “2017 Demand Generation Benchmarks Report” ). Others stated that the range is between $35 – $100 for a B2B lead.

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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.

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Jill Konrath Reveals How She Overcomes a Problem by Reframing It

ViewPoint

In five minutes, Jill Konrath reveals how she reframes a problem and turns it into a challenge which has made a huge difference in her life. This is an outtake from her interview on SLMA where she talks about the five most important things she has learned in business and life: The Most Important Things Jill Konrath Has Learned in Business and Life. One of the things that I found that really made a difference to me early on was whenever I faced a problem, to not call it a problem.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The 6 Biggest Marketing Lessons HubSpot Learned in 2017

Hubspot

One of the big themes for me in 2017 was what it means for marketers to do the right thing. Outbound marketing that relies on spamming, irrelevant advertising, and other tactics that are almost as bad for the business as they are for the customer is obviously not the right thing.

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.

Facebook's News Feed Will Once Again Focus on Friends and Family

Hubspot

Facebook announced yesterday that it will be overhauling its News Feed that will once again shift the type of content users see first, and most often.

10 Ways to Grow Your Email List Like a Boss

Modern Marketing

Email marketing has long stood in the shadow of its younger, glitzier cousin, social media marketing, as a tool for turning customers into a devoted community of fans.

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.

6 Ways B2B Marketers Can Attract More Leads With Video

Modern B2B Marketing

Video is one of the most effective ways to drive sales for marketers. According to Email Monks , emails with videos drive a staggering 280% higher return than the ones without.

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.

How to Scale a Social Selling Program

Modern Marketing

As your B2B business enters a sustained growth phase, it presents you with incredible opportunities to use your resources to reach an expanded pool of customers.

How To Manage Multiple Marketing Channels in Today’s Dynamic Landscape

Marketing Insider Group

Marketing managers have two ways to perceive the ever-increasing number of marketing channels available today. Chaos or opportunity. From video marketing and gamification to in-person events and blog content, not only are there more ways to reach customers, there are more channels that consumers are accustomed to and therefore are willing to engage with. More […]. The post How To Manage Multiple Marketing Channels in Today’s Dynamic Landscape appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

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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24 Content Marketing Predictions for 2018

Contently

Contently grew up a lot in 2017. Instead of just going through the motions, we thought about how content marketing was maturing , refined our mission, and conducted research to find out as much as possible about our clients and the industry at large.

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.

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 […].

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.

New Tech Makes Translating Content Easy—But It’s Still Not Enough

Content Standard

What would you do if you could understand any language? From the universal translator of Star Trek to the Babel Fish from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy , sci-fi heads have always been captivated by the idea of rapid, seamless interpretation.

The Personalization Challenge (and Why Tech Alone Can’t Solve It)

Modern B2B Marketing

My three-year-old was extra special the other day and I wanted to surprise her with a treat on our walk home from school. We passed by a storefront with macarons in the window—one of my daughter’s favorites—but we kept on walking for another block.

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.

Is This The End of Email Marketing? How to Survive the GDPR Regulations [Video]

Hubspot

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A New Outreach and Meetings and Unleash, Oh My: What we Shipped in 2017

Outreach

2017 has been quite the wild ride at Outreach -- our product and company are growing so fast, you may barely even recognize us from a mere 365 days ago!

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.

Emerging Types of Innovative Digital Content

Content Standard

Just like that super old box of cereal in the back of your cupboard, your brand’s digital content can grow stale over time. You know the story: After honing your content marketing strategy, content production starts to run on autopilot.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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

3 Technologies to Watch (and Use) Today

Modern B2B Marketing

Marketing is going through a technology revolution. Bold statement, right? For proof, just take a look at Marketo’s 2018 Predictions , and you’ll find a beefy technology section as well as numerous predictions that are fueled, if not dependent, on advancing technology.

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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.

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1 Key Lesson For Sales in 2018

Nudge.ai

While at Nudge.ai we’re wary of the typical ‘delusions of grandeur’ that seems to surround New Year’s resolutions, we do think this time of year is a good opportunity to reflect on a lesson or two from the past year and then to set achievable goals. So we’re kicking off the New Year with some thoughts on how to make sales in 2018 even more successful than ever. In 2015 , I discussed what we can learn and do better as startups.

What Cards Against Humanity Can Teach Marketers About Content Personalization

Modern B2B Marketing

Inspiration can strike at any moment. I never thought I’d have a revelation about marketing during a game of Cards Against Humanity, but we don’t get to choose when the lightbulb goes off. For people unfamiliar with Cards Against Humanity , it dubs itself the “party game for horrible people.”

Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

See how a marketing team demonstrated 10X ROI and increased sales by 35% with marketing automation.