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How to Create More Effective Content When Resources Are Thin

Marketing Insider Group

The power of content marketing to achieve marketing goals can become a sort of catch-22 for small to mid-sized businesses, startups, and any organization that doesn’t boast a six-figure content budget.

8 Key Takeaways from New Survey on B2B Content Preferences

The Point

The team at Demand Gen Report just released their 2018 Content Preferences Survey Report (free download, registration required), yielding fresh insights – and a few surprises – on the types of content today’s B2B buyers prefer, and why.

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How to Increase Conversions By Identifying Anonymous Website Visitors

Act-On

In this podcast episode & transcript, Phil Bosley, CEO and founder of Tactical Marketing, discusses the importance of using forms, form tools, and form integrations with your marketing automation so that you can increase conversions by identifying anonymous website visitors. .

How to Guarantee Content Shares From Influencers

Onalytica B2B

What is a content marketer’s ultimate dream? To increase brand awareness, establish brand perception and to increase demand generation – often using content performance metrics such as views, social shares and engagements as softer indicators of success.

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.

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Trade Show Takeaways: 12 Lessons from Past Successes and Failures

Webbiquity

Guest post by Kelsey Stage. Searching for ways to ramp up your trade show performance? One of the best ways to improve is by learning from the successes and failures of past exhibitors. We’ve seen some amazing trade show performances over the years. We’ve also seen some that made us cringe.

Evaluating Sales Tech: An Insider’s Look

Vidyard

Coming from a sales background, I’m usually the one trying to get people to buy something! However, in the past year I’ve often found myself on the other side of the conversation. I’ve been evaluating new technologies to help my own team succeed.

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The one marketing investment with no ROI that you must make

Biznology

I am a big believer in marketing investments returning more than their investment–and you probably are, too. In these data-driven times, we all want to know that we are spending money wisely. We all want to be sure that when we put a dime in the marketing machine, that we get a dollar out.

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Guiding Customers Through the Buying Process With Sales Acceleration

Marketing Insider Group

To get your customers from problem recognition to purchase, and even better, post-purchase loyalty, you need to be able to guide them through the buying process masterfully. Smooth guidance means few roadblocks and sidetracks as they try to find a solution to their problem or need.

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.

B2B Marketing Plan: Steps to Implementing a Program That Drives New Business

Sales Lead Insights

Follow these steps to tune up your B2B marketing program and drive new business. B2B marketing marketing plan

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The Perils of Poor Content Engagement

ScribbleLive

Everyone knows content is king. While that phrase has become a bit overused over the years, excellent content is still vital to any content marketing initiative. However, what that content does once it’s out there is perhaps even more important.

Why B2B Marketing Content Must Be Customer-Centric

Navigate the Channel

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.

Getting Emotional: How Customer Sentiment Impacts Marketing

Act-On

Understanding customer sentiment is critical to your marketing and organizational success. Learn about the role human emotion plays in a marketer’s work – from brand perception to decision-making to the creative. Customer Marketing

How a CMS Enables B2B Marketing Success

A CMS lies at the heart of a B2B marketing framework

Weekend Reading: “Inbound Organization” by Todd Hockenberry

Marketing Insider Group

For the 171st episode of The Marketing Book Podcast, I interviewed Todd Hockenberry, co-author with Dan Tyre of Inbound Organization: How to Build and Strengthen Your Company’s Future Using Inbound Principles.

Business-to-Business Telemarketing: Wasting Your Money?

Sales Lead Insights

Are you dialing for dollars or wasting your money with telemarketing? Unfortunately, most of what B2B marketers call “telemarketing” simply doesn’t work.

On the limits of personalization

Biznology

Before I start my post, I’d also like to invite you to the next Biznology webinar on May 1 where Mike Moran is going to interview me about keyword knowledge graphs.

3 Takeaways From Our Content Maturity Assessment

ScribbleLive

We recently launched a content maturity survey to get a read on the biggest challenges and opportunities facing some of the top minds in content marketing. Since then, we’ve collected nearly 500 responses, and it’s time to share some of the results.

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.

5 Steps To Building Your Lead Nurturing Program

Act-On

Wondering what is a lead nurturing program, or how to create a lead nurturing program? Here are five foundational steps you can take to set up a successful lead nurturing program. Demand & Lead Generation Lead Generation Lead Management Lead Nurturing Lead Scoring

How the Act of [Insight] Sharing Can Boost Your Business

Marketing Insider Group

Knowledge is power. It’s an expression that rings true for many. When we know a topic, inside and out, it gives us confidence, energy and a positive disposition. Now if knowledge is power, then more knowledge must be more power. Sounds simple, right?

Great customer experiences rely on robust identity management

Modern Marketing

With an ever-growing demand from consumers for personalised engagement, it is becoming increasingly important that marketers appreciate the importance of identity management as a piece of bedrock marketing infrastructure.

Making the Most Out of Your Investments in Marketing Technology

Measure Up Marketing

The marketing automation software industry was a $3.3 billion market in the United States in 2017, and it is growing 30% annually claims SharpSpring in their recent Investor Presentation. Adoption of these products has passed the tipping point.

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.

Why Video Needs to Be a Part of Your Sales Tech Stack featuring Craig Kulman

Vidyard

Welcome to this edition of Modern Sales Point of View. Today we hear from the remarkable Craig Kulman, Director of Inside Sales at Gong.io. Craig looks at what’s changing in B2B sales, what sales tactics are working, and why a carefully curated sales tech stack is more important than ever. What’s changing in B2B sales? From Craig’s perspective, the question might be better phrased as: what isn’t changing in B2B sales?

Today’s CMO is tomorrow’s CEO candidate

Act-On

More and more companies are turning to chief marketing officers (CMOs) as CEO candidates. Today’s CMO typically has more responsibility and influence than ever and is likely to have stronger ties across the organization beyond marketing to sales, product marketing, corporate strategy and IT.

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3 Trade Show Booth Elements You Shouldn’t Skimp On

Navigate the Channel

When you attend a trade show, you pour many of your company’s resources — such as time, staff and money — into making it a success. This underscores the importance of your booth and making sure that it captures the attention of attendees while helping you achieve your objectives. The three trade show booth elements outlined below are ones that you shouldn’t skimp on. Eye-popping trade show graphics.

Congratulations to the 2018 Markie Award Winners!

Modern Marketing

Celebrating a Magical Night Honoring Old and New Marketing and Commerce Legends. Last week at Modern Customer Experience, we celebrated our 12th Annual Markie Awards.

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.

Decision Makers Like Details

WriteSpark

I once participated in a focus group to evaluate the effectiveness of sales materials produced by an insurance company. The group included people of diverse professions, ages, and life experience. Yet it was interesting to see how quickly they reached consensus on which document had the most appeal, especially for motivating a purchase decision. The group's choice?

Here's the Information You're Probably Giving Social Media Networks, and How They Protect It

Hubspot

People have questions about the security of our digital data. That ranges broadly, whether it's passwords, online banking information, or what we do on social media. And more than ever, people are asking, "How is my information protected?".

A High-Tech Future for Ecommerce

Webbiquity

Guest post by David Gutierrez. Ecommerce just keeps growing bigger and bigger. What began with a few companies in the 1990s has exploded into a worldwide phenomenon.

The Why and How of Glossary Pages for Your B2B Website

KoMarketing Associates

“Google it.”. This is a phrase we use with our family, friends, trivia teammates (just kidding!), and coworkers. Googling it” has become a part of everyday life for most of us, and since we are all humans, it only makes sense to capitalize on it from a business perspective, including within the B2B space. In fact, 90% of B2B buyers start their B2B purchases with a search.

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.