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How customer-hero stories help you connect better

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Do you focus on capturing product stories or customer-hero stories? The answer can make a huge difference in your sales and marketing results. Let me explain.

4 Ways to Humanize Marketing to Fit Your Buyer’s Journey

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We need to stop treating our customers like objects and treat them like people. So how do you humanize marketing to fit your buyer’s journey? It starts with us being human first by recognizing their humanity.

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What can B2B Marketers Adopt from Growth Hacking?

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What can you learn from growth hacking and how can it help you develop a mindset to better your B2B marketing? To help answer this question, I interviewed Neil Patel ( @neilpatel ), co-founder of Crazy E gg, Hello Bar, and KISSmetrics.

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Empathetic Marketing: How To Connect With Your Customers

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Have you made empathetic marketing part of your strategy in 2017? If not, you should. I interviewed Michael Brenner ( @BrennerMichael ) the CEO of MarketingInsiderGroup.com.

Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

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

How Empathy Will Grow Your Sales and Marketing Pipeline

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Writers note – This as a primer for my session at Dreamforce 2016 next week. We have more marketing channels and more content than ever before, but it’s become harder to actually connect with customers.

7 Tips to Boost Your Email Nurturing Results Immediately

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People aren’t looking for a reason to read your email nurturing messages, they’re looking for a reason to delete them. Think about it. You probably do this with your inbox too. This is important because marketers rely on email as the top lead-nurturing tactic and according to Econsultancy, it’s the best channel for ROI. However, according to a MarketingSherpa survey of email recipients, 58% of those who stop reading, disengage or unsubscribe later cite “lack of relevance” as a key factor.

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5 Useful Lead Nurturing Tactics to Get More Opportunities

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Lead nurturing is one of those things that’s easy to talk about but hard to do. In this article, I’ll share how to apply lead nurturing to help advance leads through three stages of your lead generation funnel to get more qualified opportunities. Here’s the thing: Our customer’s don’t see our funnels. They only have the aggregate experience of what they see, hear, and feel from us. Yet, it’s helpful to notice that all customer buying cycles fit into three distinct funnel stages. Let me explain.

How to Attract B2B Buyers with Killer Content

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Content marketing is booming. According to the 2017 B2B Content Marketing Trends, 39% of companies are increasing investment in content marketing. And yet most companies are not creating effective content. Want proof? Two of the leaders in B2B funnel benchmarking, SiriusDecisions and Forrester, will tell you that inquiry-to-closed-won conversion ratios are often below two percent […]. The post How to Attract B2B Buyers with Killer Content appeared first on the B2B Lead Blog.

2017 CMO Survey

The 2017 CMO Survey can provide you with the latest insights into marketplace dynamics, spending, and trends.

How to do lead management that improves conversion

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In this post, I’m going to focus on how to do lead management that increases sales conversion. Here’s why: First, B2B lead conversion to actual revenue conversion is low. You may be wondering: how low? According to Forrester, top performers convert 1.54% of leads to revenue. And average performers turn less than 0.75% of leads into closed deals. Source: Forrester US and Europe B2B Marketing Tactics and Benchmarks Online Survey.

Who should own lead generation for a complex sale?

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So, who should own B2B lead generation: sales, marketing or both? You might be thinking, “isn’t the answer obvious?”. It’s not. Let me explain. I hear the same problem over and over. Sales and marketing aren’t doing a great job of executing lead generation because they both believe it’s the others job. And you know what? They’re both right. Here’s what I mean. Companies don’t typically call what salespeople do “lead generation” or “demand generation.”

How to Improve Lead Routing for More Sales

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Have you recently looked at your lead routing and assignment process? If not, you could be leaking revenue and marketing ROI. Case in point. LeadData’s new report, The State of Lead Management , based on a survey of 527 B2B sellers and marketers found an average 25.5 % of marketing-generated leads get assigned to the wrong account owner. Did you catch that? Over 25% of marketing-generated leads get assigned to the wrong person.

The Biggest Contributor to B2B Revenue

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In most B2B companies with complex products or services, marketing-sourced leads rarely account for even half the revenue and often it is much less. To keep valuable field sales resources productive, many of the more innovative sales and marketing departments build “sales development” teams. Oracle.

Getting sales enablement right to increase results

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Sales enablement is intended to help raise performance, but a lot of efforts have backfired due to departmental silos. And now there’s growing gap between what salespeople need and what they’re getting to improve performance. For example, Corporate Visions recently surveyed 500 B2B marketers and sales professionals that 20% of organization content creators “just do what they think is best” with no overarching structure at all.

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The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

How giving useful ideas and secrets builds trust

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I had coffee with a potential partner, and our conversation ebbed to us talking about business philosophy, marketing, and lead generation. I talked about freely sharing ideas and helping people.

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5 Ways to Transform Your Content From Adequate to Awesome

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We’re overloaded with the message that “Content Is King,” but teams are still struggling with where to even start. Some latch onto sales trends that only guide a short-term strategy, while others rely on new technologies to do the work for them. We’re constantly inundated with endless choices as to the way we create, pitch, and share content with today’s changing sales landscape.

Why customer advocacy should be at the heart of your marketing

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Are you connecting with and empowering your customer advocates? If not, you should. Here’s why. Customer advocacy marketing programs help you increase revenue by improving customer acquisition and retention (and they’re your bes source of leads). Because you’re helping to encourage and motivate happy customers to speak about you positively to others. And delighted customers are your most powerful hidden sales force.

6 Ideas to Create More Relevant Lead Nurturing Emails

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Tweet I’m writing this post while attending the ExactTarget Connections 2014 event. I’ve learned a lot from listening to the sessions and speakers here. As I listened to attendees and speakers, I frequently heard the same keywords, such as: Personalization. Segmentation. Customer focus.

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.

Why purpose matters to marketing: growth, revenue, and profit

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Does your purpose currently impact your marketing, revenue growth, and profit? If not, it should. Here’s why: According to research, curated by Mack Fogelson, consider the following: 73% of people care about the company, not just the product when making a purchase. BBMG ). 50% of purchases are made because of word-of-mouth (Brains on Fire). 85% of purpose-led companies showed positive growth ( Harvard Business Review/EY ).

Tips on how to use LinkedIn for Better Lead Generation

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Have you ever wondered about how can you use LinkedIn for better lead generation and business. development? In this post, I interview Susan Tatum, Partner at The Conversion Company. I met Susan through following her writing on her blog and her work in the LinkedIn community.

Fast Growth Marketing: From 0 to 500,000 Users

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How can you drive fast growth with marketing? In this interview you’ll hear from Jim Fowler, founder of Owler on what he’s learned to grow fast. Owler – a free competitive intelligence platform – went from 0 to over 500,000 users. And they’re on pace to exceed a million users by the end this year.

31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

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Tweet More often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. Not having these two teams aligned can be a vital — and costly — mistake. How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? Be honest. They love them — couldn’t be happier!

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation.

16 Proven Ways to Get Better Opportunities Now (Part 2)

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Marketers spend a lot of time and effort generating inbound leads, but they often struggle getting those leads to convert into sales opportunities and customers after they hand them off to sales. .

Lead Nurturing: What it is, and what it is not

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Tweet Building on my post last week , I was reminded of a conversation I had with a marketer who was meeting with her new boss to explain the need for a new lead nurturing strategy. The problem was that her boss felt their current integrated marketing campaigns qualified as lead nurturing.

16 Proven Ways to Get Better Opportunities Now (Part 1)

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When I’ve talked with marketers about their b2b lead generation results, I’ve heard statements like, “We’re generating a ton of leads, but they aren’t converting” or “We need to increase lead quantity” or “We need to generate more qualified leads.”.

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Lead Generation That Converts Leads into Sales Opportunities

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Tweet Ask most executives and marketers what salespeople need to sell in this economy, and they will say one thing: more leads. That’s why many marketing and lead generation programs tend to focus on quantity.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

4 Steps to Lead Nurturing: Walking the buying path with your customers

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Tweet Lead generation can take you on a long hike. The one thing I can guarantee you about the journey is that more is not better if you don’t know how to nurture. The goal of lead nurturing is to help progress leads from initial interest toward purchase intent. It’s about progression.

How to Put the Customer First in Lead Generation

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Tweet Putting customers first in lead generation. As marketers, we have more ways to observe our customers behavior and can leverage tools like marketing automation, Web analytics and CRM systems to help us manage all this complexity.

Lead Nurturing in 6 Simple Steps

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Tweet What’s the quickest, cheapest way to implement lead nurturing? I get that question frequently when I talk to marketers about lead nurturing. Lead nurturing is pretty easy to understand, but hard to execute when you have little time or budget.

Lead Generation via Influencers and Experts in 4 Steps

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Tweet Proactively building relationships with influencers and industry experts and is a powerful way to generate leads and positive word of mouth (WOM). Most of us know this as influencer marketing , aka influence development.

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 Most Popular B2B Lead Blog Posts of 2016

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The year 2016 is quickly coming to an end and the holiday season is a time for reflection and preparation. I’ve compiled a list of the 10 most popular and shared posts on the B2B Lead Blog, chosen by marketers, just like you, to help you get ready to have a great 2017.

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Email Marketing: 3 lead nurture paths you should automate

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Tweet Marketing automation can help you manage lead nurturing efforts in a complex marketplace. So where do you even begin in terms of an automation strategy?

The Most Important B2B Marketing Metrics for CEOs

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Tweet CEOs expect their marketing leaders to provide metrics and be accountable in meeting their numbers, just like their expectations for sales leaders. Oftentimes, CEOs’ marketing leaders only have various activity KPIs and some squishy metrics, such as brand recognition.

Lead Nurturing: Unique tracks and impactful tests

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Tweet I was recently interviewed by Marketo for their Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing eBook, and I wanted to share some ideas that didn’t find their way into the guide as well as some additional thoughts on lead nurturing with you.

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.