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How Social Media Can Help B2B Marketing Teams Hit Growth Goals

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Social media has been around since 1997 , but it didn’t explode in popularity until 2006. From then on, the way we communicated was never the same. Business-to-consumer (B2C) companies have harnessed social media in a huge way.

Now Is the Time to Plan Your 2021 Demand Marketing Transformation

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To say that 2020 has caused us all to rethink our demand marketing approaches moving forward is an understatement. We all started Q2 having to triage and rapidly iterate at every level of our marketing and sales motions.

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How the Growth of Telehealth Has Become a Catalyst for Patient-Centric Demand Marketing

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While both patient demand and legislative change have increased provider focus on patient experience over the last few years, COVID-19 has dramatically accelerated the expansion of the patient-centric care model. Never before has it been so critical to provide patients healthcare when and where they want it through methods like patient-centric demand marketing.

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How SalesLoft Is Ruining Customer Experience (But It’s Really Your Fault, Not Theirs)

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Let me start by explaining that this post is not an attack on SalesLoft. It actually has little to do with their technology, per se. This post ‘is’ however a shot across the bow of the concept that successful selling simply comes down to persistent, interruptive, automated ‘sales cadences.’

How to Drive Revenue Through Retention Marketing & Sales Enablement

Speaker: Ruth Stevens, President of eMarketing Strategy

In a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to focus on retaining and expanding current customers. So, how can sales and marketing support the retention effort? Join Ruth Stevens as she dives into this fast-paced session and reviews the 7 key strategies for current customer marketing, to enable sales and expand customer value.

The End of Forms as We Know It

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We’ve all been there – we see a catchy headline on LinkedIn or Google, we click through only to be greeted with a form asking for the equivalent of your life story. Sure, if that article will answer a BIG question for you, you’ll clench your jaw and fill it out.

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Are You Committing Random Acts of Marketing and Sales?

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How to know if your marketing and sales efforts are eroding your growth. How would you describe your current marketing and sales motion? Do you have a finely tuned, highly repeatable, highly predictable model for generating demand and closing business?

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Your Sales Motion Is Challenged – It’s Time to Pivot in a New Direction

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It’s been more than a decade since we’ve seen such a radical change in the market – one that is driving every organization to reconsider its business strategy – including its go-to-market approach and sales motion. Whether we’re ready or not, as sales and marketing leaders, it’s time to pivot. One of my favorite business books is “ Who Moved My Cheese ?” by Spencer Johnson.

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The Dark Side of Marketing Attribution

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Throughout my career at ANNUITAS, I have probably spent more time thinking about and enabling Marketing Attribution models than any other activity. Over the years, I have seen Marketing Attribution models transform from a nice-to-have tool to help demonstrate marketing’s performance into a must-have core business planning component. To understand the outcome that more and more business are trying to move towards, it makes sense to first examine the fundamentals of Marketing Attribution models.

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Real World Results of Demand Marketing Strategy Shifts During the COVID-19 Crisis

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A few weeks ago, my colleague Scott Parent wrote about the immediate impact the COVID-19 pandemic was having on marketing. It’s one of our highest performing blog posts, and for good reason – this is completely uncharted territory.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Next Generation Growth Marketing: The Evolution Towards Strategic Demand

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The Growth Marketing movement (aka growth hacking ) – now nearly ten years old – has had a significant and positive impact on the efficacy of demand marketing. It has brought focus to both customer experience and revenue outcomes – and the relationship between the two – and resulted in growing attention to the science of optimizing conversion. Yet ‘first generation’ Growth Marketing has hit a wall. It is increasingly constrained by many of the attributes of the growth hacking mindset.

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(Re)Focusing Your Demand Marketing Plan Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

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We all share concern over the health and safety of our loved ones during this humanitarian and health crisis – it’s truly something like we’ve never seen before. But many of us also share concern over a different crisis: the state of our businesses at this time. Business leaders and marketing and sales teams are struggling now, more than ever, to not only drive new demand, but to replace the loss of existing demand in the marketplace.

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The Anatomy of a Strategic Demand Marketing Plan – Part 1: Intro to Demand Marketing

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ANNUITAS CEO Adam Needles recently discussed what makes up a Strategic Demand Marketing Plan, one of the main offerings of what we do at ANNUITAS, in this eBook. Over the next several weeks, we will be breaking down that anatomy into bite sized blogs that dig into each aspect of a Strategic Demand Marketing Plan and then we’ll explain how we at ANNUITAS implement those plans.

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The Anatomy of a Strategic Demand Marketing Plan – Part 3: The Strategy Phase

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Over the past two weeks, we have covered the definition of strategic demand marketing and introduced you to the first phase in our process, the insights phase. This week, we take it a step further as we share how the insights phase builds a foundation for the strategy phase. It is at this stage that we define the critical customer journey and begin to build the Strategic Demand Marketing Plan. . The Strategy Phase.

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The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

Customer-Centric Selling: 8 Deeper Questions to Ask to Understand Your Buyer

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I once was on the phone with a client who was describing his sales organization to me and he said something that caught my attention: “My people have gotten robotic. They come right out and ask how many seats the prospect has.

How to Measure Your Content’s Effectiveness

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“Content is king” is a phrase that’s dominated the marketing world for years now, and for good reason. Content works. It helps connect with customers in their buying process and it helps drive demand.

The Anatomy of a Strategic Demand Marketing Plan – Part 2: The Insight Phase

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Last week, we discussed what we really mean when we talk about demand marketing. This week, as we dive deeper into the anatomy of a Strategic Demand Marketing Plan , we introduce you to the first step in our process: the insight phase. The Insight Phase. The starting point in developing a Strategic Demand Marketing Plan is what we refer to at ANNUITAS as ‘context analysis.’

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6 Components of a Perpetual Demand Generation Program

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What makes Demand Generation perpetual ? I’ve been thinking about this while considering an update of my last post on this topic. One key component (other than a decreased reliance on tactical, campaign-based activities to drive demand) is its adaptability.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

How to Make Your Inside Sales Team a Strategic Bridge Between Sales and Marketing

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A well-orchestrated demand marketing program is a beautiful thing. Lead flow is consistent and predictable. Marketing interactions align to the customer journey. Marketing investments are optimized to produce the most lift, technology is fully leveraged to enable the whole process, and your Inside Sales team is a strategic bridge between sales and marketing. What could go wrong?

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What is Demand Marketing?

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Marketing as a business discipline is ever-evolving. Arguably the only ‘constant’ in marketing today is constant change. This is particularly true for Demand Marketing, which today finds itself at a crossroads. Answering the question, “What is Demand Marketing,” requires some context – particularly given a substantial shift in its core mission over the past twenty years. So we’ll tackle the definition and then explain how we got here. What does Demand Marketing mean today?

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Driving Growth Amid a Pandemic: Three CMOs Guide the Way

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Developing and delivering upon a growth strategy is the most important mandate for a today’s successful CMO. Without this focus, the CMO faces a shortened tenure. And while it’s not easy, I applaud those who have pivoted from storytelling and brand building to driving revenue-focused growth with accountability across the entire customer journey.

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6 Tips to Aligning Stakeholders before a Demand Marketing Transformation

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Aligning stakeholders around a large, new initiative or transformation has to be one of the largest challenges demand marketing teams face. Between getting the c-suite on board, aligning your marketing and sales functions, and getting web and tech teams up to speed, demand marketing teams have to put in just as much work up front as they do throughout the new initiative. But picture this: Your organization is taking on a large new initiative.

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How You Can Triple Your Results With a More Personalized, Empathetic Approach

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO and Founder of markempa

Marketing and sales feel pretty tricky right now. What worked before now feels out of touch, but have you made plans for how you'll continue to move forward? You've likely tried everything: expert recommendations, best practices, the latest tools, and automation. But your results are falling short. Here's the thing: All the automation tools, best practices, data analytics won't help get better results now until you master empathizing with your customers. In this webinar, you'll learn how to go beyond rational-logic based sales/marketing and adjust your sales enablement strategy to better understand how buyers feel so that you can connect and help them on their journey.

Industry Perspective: Is Your Demand Marketing Keeping Up With the Changing Buying Process of B2B Banking Customers?

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Managing the timeframe to purchase in a customer’s lifecycle has always been a challenge for financial institutions. In an industry heavily reliant on relationships, the reality is that the B2B banking customer’s buying process is typically long, and rarely linear. Potential customers can enter and exit the decision-making process at any point, and external pressures are a heavy factor in whether or not a purchase (or change) will occur.

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How Do You Know Your Demand Marketing Is Providing Real Lift to Sales?

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What do CFOs and CROs have in common? Both ask the same, fundamental question when analyzing demand marketing budgets: What real sales ‘lift’ am I getting from this spend? What do we mean by lift? Incrementality. A Nielsen blog post notes : Marketers in every industry have one common goal: Prove that marketing efforts help drive more revenue… . One way you can do this is by measuring incrementality. People use the word “incrementality” to mean different things.

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Don’t Duct Tape Your Demand Generation Right Now: Adopt a Strategic Approach to Demand Marketing

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The crisis that’s emerged from the coronavirus pandemic has forced B2B marketing teams to look at their demand programs in a new light, and an ugly truth has emerged. Most B2B companies have inefficient sales and marketing motions. In fact, nearly three-quarters of businesses in this segment succeed because they have a strong product or service.

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How Financial Services Companies Can Connect with Customers Both On and Offline

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Our current world environment has proven the need for companies to build marketing strategies that can withstand pivots when necessary. It’s also exposed a major flaw in industries built on traditional tactics and in-person relationships – especially financial services. While these industries have been focused on connecting offline, their struggle to connect online is now a crisis.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

Demand Generation’s Problem with Content Marketing Evangelism

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I had my heart broken at Content Marketing World in Ohio this week. I was very pleased to return to Cleveland for my sixth #CMW, and curious to see what was new at the show as I had missed last year’s event. Event founder Joe Pulizzi came back from a 9-month sabbatical (and 30-day technology detox) refreshed and inspired, delivering an aspirational keynote advising focus, dedication to your goals, and empathy and awareness for the good of others as well as yourself.

The Secret Ingredients to the Perfect Demand Marketing Technologist (And Why The Role is So Crucial for Your Business)

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It’s no big surprise, marketing is expected to do more today than ever before. No longer is marketing only responsible for brand and events – it’s now responsible for generating leads and tying performance back to impact on revenue. It’s a big shift in the marketplace and has been made possible, in part, by the emergence of demand marketing technology and technologist. . Demand marketing technology isn’t new, nor is its impact on how companies can achieve growth.

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5 Considerations for Personalization in B2B

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During an increasingly competitive time in the digital marketing landscape, it can be easy to get lost in the ever-changing trends and customer needs in the B2B space. However, at least one trend is overwhelmingly clear, and has been for some time: B2B customers expect tailored content. In fact, not only do they expect it, but some require it to move forward in the buying process.

What Type of CMO Do You Have?

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It’s been a while since you’ve heard from the ANNUITAS blog– and we’re very pleased to be back – but we’ve spent the last year creating a lot of new content centered on helping our customers find the answer to a very specific question: What type of CMO do you have? Frustrations with Demand Generation.

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Why Start With Marketing & Sales Alignment

Speaker: Molly Rigatti, Marketing Strategist at SmartBug Media

Before you plan your next sales kickoff or bottom of the funnel marketing campaign or any effort where sales and marketing are both on the hook for performance, you need to check in on your teams. Sales and marketing both oversee a very important part of the pipeline and revenue process for your organization. But that doesn’t mean they should function in silos. When building up your sales enablement program, think about the three “P”s—practicality, productivity, and profit—when defining responsibilities and facilitating communication between your teams.

The ANNUITAS Perspective on the Adobe Acquisition of Marketo

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A Memo from CEO Adam Needles to ANNUITAS clients on the Adobe Acquisition of Marketo. Good morning. You probably saw that late yesterday Adobe bought Marketo. And if you didn’t, now you know!). For those of you with Marketo in your Demand Process technology stacks, your next question is probably what does this mean for me ? And what does this mean for our ANNUITAS Perpetual Demand Generation ® (PDG) investments?