Sat.Oct 28, 2023 - Fri.Nov 03, 2023

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The Power of Context in B2B Buying, and What That Means for Marketers

B2B Marketing Directions

The context in which people consider buying something has a significant impact on how the buying decision is made and on what is (or isn't) ultimately bought. Hundreds of research studies conducted by cognitive scientists over the past four-plus decades have shown that contextual factors can affect everything from how we react to marketing messages and offers, to how we perceive specific products or services, to how we make buying decisions.

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Let's talk ABM: 5 ways to create WOW moments with ABM


As humans, we like to be entertained. Being entertained elicits a chemical reaction in our brain that puts us in a happy place, where we feel comfortable with a subject – even drawn to it. The customer experience in ABM is no different. Creating moments that WOW buyers generates traction with your audience, and opens doors to start conversations that can lead to meaningful relationships.


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7 Tips for Effective Industrial Email Marketing

Industrial Marketing Today

Do you believe that industrial email marketing for manufacturers is outdated and ineffective? Think again! While it’s true that open and click-through rates have seen a downward trend over the years, email marketing continues to be among the highest-performing industrial marketing strategies.

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3 benchmarks for the B2B marketing budget as a percentage of revenue

Sword and the Script | B2B

Several credible studies conducted in 2023 put the average benchmark for B2B marketing budgets at about 10% of revenue How much money should a company invest in B2B marketing? As companies plan their budget for 2024, here’s a look at three credible benchmarks for B2B marketing budgets. 1. The CMO Survey: 9.2% of revenue invested in marketing The CMO Survey comes out twice a year in the spring and fall.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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How to Optimize your Email Campaign for Mobile


Go anywhere these days and you’re bound to see someone on their mobile device. Did you know that 85% of people are checking their email on smartphones ?” From chatting with friends to exploring social media feeds, we’re all pretty much glued to our screens. It’s one of the many reasons why mobile optimization of emails is critical if you want to get ahead, or at the very least keep up with the times, in your business.

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Finding the Right Marketing Candidate: 5 VP or Director of Marketing Interview Questions and Answers to Look For

Launch Marketing

In a B2B (business-to-business) organization, the lead of your marketing department plays a critical role in shaping and executing the marketing strategy. This involves setting goals, identifying target markets, and determining the best approaches to reach and engage potential clients. With responsibilities that encompass a range of strategic and leadership functions, finding the right fit for your organization is key, but it is not easy.

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Crafting Exceptional B2B Websites: A Guide to Masterful Conversion and User-Centricity

BOP Design

In the ever-evolving world of B2B marketing , your website takes center stage as the virtual representation of your business. It holds the power to shape perceptions and influence potential clients and partners. In this digital era, where first impressions are paramount, the design and functionality of your website play a crucial role in captivating and engaging prospects.

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HubSpot buying B2B data source ClearBit


HubSpot announced today that it is buying B2B data provider ClearBit, bolstering the Boston-based CRM platform with third-party company data from millions of businesses. In addition to that HubSpot will be getting the other company’s 400,0000+ users and more than 1,500 business customers. Terms of the deal have not been announced yet. ClearBit was valued at $250 million as of January 2019, according to data from Pitchbook “By joining forces with HubSpot, the industry’s most loved B2B

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Email and SMS Marketing: Seven Intriguing Facts and Benchmarks


Email marketing has for years provided the highest ROI of any digital marketing tactic. Today, ecommerce vendors are increasing combining email with SMS (text) marketing; marketers sent a whopping 62% more SMS marketing messages last year than in the previous year. What’s driving the growth of SMS campaigns? What are the obstacles to doing both email and SMS marketing well?

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The Resurgence of Direct Mail as a Growth Marketing Strategy

Speaker: Jeff Tarran, COO, Gunderson Direct & Margaret Pepe, Executive Director of Product Management, U.S. Postal Service

Learn the secrets to direct mail success for growth marketers! Industry veterans Jeff Tarran and Margaret Pepe are here to delve into how direct mail has completely evolved in recent years, and has rightfully earned a seat at the table alongside the email and digital marketing plans of SMBs, enterprise companies, and agencies as they look into strategy for 2024 and beyond.

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AMP Email 101: Definition, Examples, and Use Cases


While traditional emails have long served as a static medium of communication, AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) for email is transforming these messages into dynamic, interactive, and engaging platforms.

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How Segmentation Serves as Your Strategic North Star for Growth | What’s Your Edge?

Vision Edge Marketing

[link] In the vast cosmos of business, growth shines like a distant star, beckoning companies toward success and prosperity. Amidst this celestial journey, businesses seek a guiding light to navigate the ever-expanding universe of opportunities. This guiding light is segmentation. Like the North Star or Southern Cross, it leads businesses to prioritize their efforts, allocate resources strategically, and chart a course toward sustainable growth and profit as found in a Bain & Company study ,

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Does CDP Need a New Definition?

Customer Experience Matrix

The earliest Customer Data Platform systems were introduced before 2010; the term CDP was coined to describe this emerging class in 2013. My definition had changed very little when we launched the CDP Institute in 2016, and has been the same ever since: “packaged software that builds a unified, persistent customer database accessible to other systems”.

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The Marketing Book Podcast: “Simply Put” by Ben Guttmann

The Forward Observer

Simply Put: Why Clear Messages Win―and How to Design Them by Ben Guttmann About the Book How do you break through the noise? Why do some messages work when others don’t? Why do some ideas break through, why do some slogans stick in your brain, and why do some leaders inspire change – when others don’t? The answer is simple. Literally.

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What Regulations Will Impact Sustainability Comms in 2024?

Navigating the waters of sustainability reporting disclosures and regulations can be intimidating, to say the least. With various measures set in motion in 2023 to keep companies accountable, there is a lot in store for brands’ impact communication in the upcoming year. 3BL is kicking off this January with our Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Capricorn Edition by highlighting the impact of: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Climate disclosure rules The European Commission

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Seven Ways to Amplify Your Thought Leadership with Professional Awards

Trade Press Services Newsletter

Congratulations—you just received an award! Whether you earned a spot on a “Best of the Best” industry list or “Top Professionals” directory, awards are a can’t-miss opportunity to build your thought leadership platform, strengthen your brand, demonstrate credibility, and highlight your expertise. Professional awards can establish you as an expert in your field and increase visibility with target audiences.

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Approaching AI + GTM Through a Strategic Lens — Powering Your Perpetual Growth Engine vs. Applying AI to Perpetuate “Random Acts”


The potential use cases for artificial intelligence (AI), especially generative AI (GenAI), in go-to-market (GTM) are perhaps too numerous to count. Amid an overly-optimistic marketplace outlook for AI, growth leaders — across marketing, sales and customer success — are increasingly turning to AI and/or AI-enhanced technology tools. Name a go-to-market challenge, and you’ll likely find a growth leader who’s convinced AI is now the solution.

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3 ways email marketers should actually use AI


I’m often asked whether we’re using ChatGPT in email marketing campaigns. (This question becomes more frequent as major ESPs rush to release their own version.) Despite genAI’s proliferation, I find the answer easy: we don’t use it for content, aside from maybe using it to generate ideas or as a rudimentary starting point. For final content generation, your team’s creative minds are far more refined and empathetic to the audience’s needs.

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Harness First Party Social Intent Data to Accelerate Sales Pipelines with Oktopost’s Social Signals


In today’s business environment, the ability to discern and act upon a potential customer’s needs and desires can be transformative, enabling businesses to engage with prospects more effectively and convert them into loyal customers. For this reason, utilizing intent data has become a pivotal strategy for B2B revenue teams, as more of their budgets become dedicated to generating new business.

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The AI-Enabled CMO: Practical Tips for Today's B2B Marketers

Speaker: Paul Slack, Vende Digital CEO

On October 11th, understand how to navigate the AI landscape confidently, turning insights into groundbreaking strategies that set you apart. Why attend? You'll learn: Practical applications/Use cases How to find and assess the right AI technology Prioritizing quick wins Mastering prompt engineering Solving marketing challenges efficiently Strategies to launch pilot programs Case studies of B2Bs building smarter businesses with AI Exclusive bonus content: Actionable frameworks to get started qui

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How to transition from a Salesforce Admin into a Marketing Cloud Admin

Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Hi, I’m Kaelan! I’m a passionate Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Instructor and for the past few years I’ve taught people from all backgrounds, from complete novices to experienced Salesforce Admins, all about Marketing Cloud, how to become a Marketing Cloud Administrator, and even how to pass the Marketing Cloud Administrator Certification Exam.

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Is Social Media Even Worth It Anymore?

Content Marketing Institute

With engagement and website traffic from social platforms dwindling, many marketers question whether to continue spending time, budget, and energy on social media content. Take stock of what you want from social media participation – and how to get it – with these tips.

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EU authorities ban Meta from using personal data for advertising


The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) is permanently banning Meta from using personal data for advertising across the EU and European Economic Area (EEA). As it stands, the ban cripples the company’s ability to sell personalized ads to the 258 million Europeans who use Facebook and Instagram each month. “Meta has been found … to not have demonstrated compliance with the orders imposed at the end of last year,” EDPB Chair Anu Talus said in a statement.

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ROAS and CAC. A Comparison of Two Important Metrics

NuSpark Consulting

Introduction In media buying, two metrics often stand out as the guiding stars for decision-making: Return on Advertising Spend (ROAS) and Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC). While both are crucial, they serve different purposes and offer unique insights into the performance of your advertising campaigns. If you’re new to these terms or find them confusing, you’re not alone.

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The New GTM Playbook: 18 Ways to Future-Proof Your Sales Team

Longer sales cycles. Increasingly discerning buyers. More meetings. Intensifying competition. Economic uncertainty. Go-to-market teams of every size, in every industry, are grappling with these challenges firsthand. Thankfully, there’s an answer. We’ve developed an entirely new way for GTM leaders to identify and execute proven, data-driven strategies that drive revenue.

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Is Your Generative AI Making Things Up? 4 Ways To Keep It Honest

Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Generative AI chatbots are helping change the business landscape. But they also have a problem: They frequently present inaccurate information as if it’s correct. Known as “AI hallucinations,” these mistakes occur up to 20% of the time. “We know [current generative AI] has a tendency to not always give accurate answers, but it gives the answers incredibly confidently,” said Kathy Baxter, principal architect in Salesforce’s ethical AI practice.

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Cornerstone Content: An Overview And Step By Step Guide 


Creating cornerstone content helps users and search engines understand what your area of expertise is, which can help your website. Continue Reading The post Cornerstone Content: An Overview And Step By Step Guide appeared first on Copyblogger.

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Breaking through the noise: How brands can connect with today’s consumers


There aren’t enough hours in a day. You spend eight hours working. If you’re lucky (or really disciplined), you get eight hours of sleep. What do you do with the remaining eight hours? Data says you likely spend much of it consuming digital media. As a marketer, you might think that the more time people spend online, the more opportunities we have to capture their interest through marketing.

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How to Build (And Structure) an SEO Team


But how do you build an SEO team? Is it worth the investment? Where do you find the people you need? Today, we answer all these questions and more. Is building an SEO team even worth it?

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Let's Get Physical: How to Blend Direct Mail Marketing with Your Digital Strategy

Speaker: Akeel Jabber, B2B SaaS Investor and Growth Marketer at Horizen Capital

⭐ Are you ready to boost campaign success? Consider the untapped potential of integrating direct mail marketing seamlessly with digital marketing strategies. Combining the physical, tangible impact of direct mail with the dynamic reach of digital marketing can be a game-changer, significantly increasing your ROI when done right. Direct mail grabs attention, making it great for reaching your target audience 📩 Digital marketing keeps the momentum going, driving action 📲 So.