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15 Ways Real Marketing Pros Create High-Performing Advocacy Programs

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Still relying on email campaigns to engage and communicate with your customers and prospects? These innovative B2B marketers are doing things differently. They aren’t wasting time crafting clever messaging or chasing the latest marketing fads. They’re driving retention and acquisition by harnessing the power of their customer advocates. By building engaging advocacy programs, these marketers.

5 Hacks From Sujan Patel That Will Help You Rise Above The Sea Of Content Mediocrity

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Here’s the major problem with today’s content marketing landscape: most of the time, people who write content are totally out of touch with the people who actually read the content. That is why Sujan Patel is a total breath of fresh air. He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty and find clever ways to.

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How Sujan Patel Writes Six Top-Ranking Blogs Every Week

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As a content marketer, everything you do revolves around producing the best content as quickly as possible. However, in a world where competition for views is high, how can you strike a balance between quality and quantity? Sujan Patel, author, blogger, public speaker and co-founder of multiple startups including Mailshake and Narrow, has an answer.

From Tattoos To Testimonials: How Cisco Energized Over 700 European Brand Advocates (In Just 4 Months)

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In 2016, Cristina Melluzzi, Head of Customer Advocacy EMEAR at Cisco, was facing something lots of B2B companies can relate to: having an internal fire drill every time Cisco needed customers for references, speaking opportunities, analyst interviews, and case studies. Cisco had a traditional reference program with around 100 European customers that sales and marketing.

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

Dear Marketing Conferences: Here Are 10 Things We Hate About You

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We’ve all been there. You walk into a marketing conference, full of excitement and hope. Oh the things you’ll learn! The free swag! The takeaways that‘ll dazzle your coworkers back at the office! But then as the day rolls on, you’re inundated by countless boring slideshows, sales pitches galore, and booth workers who are a. Advocamp

How Hubspot Sparked A Movement Behind Their Brand (Just Like Beyonce)

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Never mess with the Beyhive. That was the advice of angel investor, VC, and former CMO of Hubspot, Mike Volpe, who kicked off the recent Advocacy Advantage roadshow in Boston on September 19, 2016. His main goal: illustrate the sheer power of fanatic, loyal advocates.

What To Do When Your Advocate Marketer Leaves Your Company

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I want you to meet a pretty cool guy (IMHO): Truman Tang, Director of Marketing, Customer and Advocacy, at Influitive. He’s the mastermind behind our incredible advocate marketing program, Influitive VIP. Truman’s got a pretty long list of accomplishments under his belt, like driving 1,000 customer referrals in a year, running highly effective ABM campaigns.

Infographic: Why Your B2B Online Community Needs Advocacy

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Are branded communities living up to organizational expectations? Although hopes are high, B2B online communities frequently become nothing more than dead zones featuring the occasional support question—a far cry from their vibrant consumer counterparts. However, all that is changing. Recent research from CMX and Influitive on B2B communities shows that more and more organizations are.

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.

A Look Inside Our Most Ambitious B2B Marketing Campaigns Of 2016

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January is the perfect time to review the past year’s ups and downs—both personally and professionally—to see how you can do better. To start 2017 off strong, we’re reviewing some of Influitive’s biggest B2B marketing campaigns from 2016 to see what went well and what we could improve on. (If

Forrester: Advocate Marketing Is Critical To B2B Success

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The most powerful tool B2B marketers have in today’s hyper-connected world is genuine word of mouth from their customers—such as reviews, social media shares and recommendations.

Which Is Right For You: Influencer Marketing Or Advocate Marketing?

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Lots of companies ask influential outsiders to advocate on their behalf, with the hopes that it will grow their reach and generate new leads in a (seemingly) organic way. And it makes sense in these digitally-connected times. People often seek the opinions of their peers online before they make a purchase (including B2B buyers). However, influencer.

Forrester Report: Customer Goodwill Is An Untapped Marketing Goldmine

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We’ve long talked about how advocate marketing programs drive tangible revenue—and we’re not the only ones. Analysts at Forrester and Gartner have outlined how advocate marketing strategies can spark B2B growth by increasing leads, brand awareness, and customer retention.

The Perfect Customer Marketer Job Description

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Customer marketing is on the rise. According to Koyne Marketing’s 2017 State of Customer Marketing Report, 93% of organizations agree that customer marketing is important or very important to their revenue, and more than two-thirds are planning to boost their investment in customer marketing over the next year. In spite of this, many organizations still.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

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

9 Stellar Referral Program Examples

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Referrals are an important part of a healthy B2B sales pipeline. According to LinkedIn, 84% of B2B decision makers start the buying process off with a referral.

19 Ways Your Customers Can Improve Your Content Marketing Strategy In 2017

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These tips were originally published in our eBook, Inspiring Customers to Create Content for You: A Marketer’s Guide. As a B2B marketer, you have boundless opportunities to turn your happiest customers into content collaborators. Involving customers in your content marketing strategy has lots of benefits, including: Uncovering better content ideas and new customer success stories.

The Relationship Between Customer Engagement, Loyalty And Revenue

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Marketers know that finding ways to increase customer engagement is good for the bottom line. Customer engagement is highly correlated to customer loyalty ,” says Aimee Lucas , Customer Experience Transformist and VP at the Temkin Group , a customer experience research and consulting firm.

We Tried Launching A Full B2B Marketing Campaign From Start To Finish In 1 Day – Here’s What Happened

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What would you do if you only had 24 hours to create a complex B2B marketing campaign that involved your entire team?

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

The Art Of Asking For A Customer Reference

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The scenario: it’s nearing the end of the quarter, and your sales team is within reach of their number. Evaluations are done, sales reps are in closing mode, and all that stands in the way of a killer three months are a few customer references. Panic time? Of course not. Asking for a customer reference.

Meet The New Rising Star In B2B Marketing: The Customer Marketer

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When it costs 6X more to attract a new customer than it does to keep an existing one, does it still make sense for marketers to focus mainly on generating new leads, rather than nurturing current customers? Nope!) As more and more companies turn their focus away from short-lived marketing campaigns, and towards building ongoing.

New Report: Improve The B2B Buying Process With Social Proof Marketing

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In the B2B software world, it’s a buyer’s market. With the wide array of technology options available, and the ability to easily get opinions from peers online, buyers have a lot of choice and information at their disposal.

How To Build A Community of Brand Advocates

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B2B marketers can learn a thing or two about mobilizing advocates from our B2C cousins. Think about the products that you use every day. For me, it’s my iPhone, Sennheiser headphones and Altra running shoes. I didn’t go straight to a store or the vendor’s website to buy these products. Instead, I decided to purchase.

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.

The SiriusDecisions Demand Unit Waterfall Is Useless If You Don’t Have This…

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The biggest marketing trends of the year are often influenced by conversations that happen at SiriusDecisions Summit. This year’s hot topics included: The new Demand Unit Waterfall Account-Based Marketing (ABM) Ungating content If you’re concerned about how to effectively implement these ideas in your already-packed marketing strategy, there’s good news. You already have a way to bolster these.

The Results Of 3 B2B Account-Based Marketing Campaigns: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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Account-based marketing (ABM) is one of the hottest marketing trends right now—and with good reason. Today’s customers don’t want to be treated like just another email address. They expect personalized, relevant experiences. According to a study by Walker, the customer experience is expected to overtake product and price as a company’s key brand differentiator by.

How To Train Your Employees To Be Brand Ambassadors

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When you’re looking for ways to improve your branding and reach with consumers, some of your most important assets are (literally) sitting right in front of you: your employee ambassadors. In some shape or form, all employees have interactions with customers, be it directly (sales and customer service reps) or indirectly (developers, fulfillment workers, and.

What Does The Future Hold For Customer Marketing? Here’s 11 Predictions for 2017

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There’s no denying that the importance of customer marketing is growing. The 2017 State of Customer Marketing Report indicates that over the next year, 93% of organizations expect that their customer marketing efforts will take on greater importance, and 62% will increase their staff or budgets in the customer marketing area. However, there isn’t a.

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.

A Brief History Of Developer Relations Programs: How DevRel Evolved Into Developer Communities

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This post is part of a series on the evolution of developer relations, evangelism and advocacy as a marketing and community-building function. Click here to read the first blog in the series, An Introduction To Developer Relations: What It Is And Why You Need It. When I joined Constant Contact in 2013, developer relations programs.

5 Referral Program Ideas For Driving More B2B Leads

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Do you feel awkward asking customers for referrals? You shouldn’t. According to SalesStaff, 91% of satisfied customers say they’d give referrals. Yet, on average, only 29% of customers do. It’s likely because you haven’t asked them. Or, at least, not in the right way. Barraging customers with emails asking for referrals isn’t going to.

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Why Most Online Communities Are Destined to Fail—And 5 Ways To Save Yours

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Listen, if you’re an online community manager, or are responsible for the success of an online community, you might want to know this: According to Gartner, 70 percent of online communities are destined to fail. But wait. There’s more. Despite the billions of dollars being poured into online communities, almost 70 percent of customers never.

How To Create “Moments That Matter” With Your Customers

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I walked into an all-day meeting back in February, and on one of the tables I saw a piece of notebook paper with my name and a heart written on it. To the side of the paper was a Starbucks tea (I abhor coffee) and a bottle of water.

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A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

Content Marketing is essential for anyone who wants continued success and growth.

Never Lose A Deal Alone: 5 Advocates You Need In Your Sales Funnel Stages

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This post was updated on August 25th, 2016. In B2B sales, we’re taught to never allow ourselves to be single-threaded in an account.

An Introduction To Developer Relations: What It Is And Why You Need It

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Over the last several years, the dramatic shift from brick and mortar stores to cloud service offerings has made programmers, developers, and engineers some of the most sought-after professionals on the planet. However, unlike many market segments, developers seem to live in their own world, with their own values. As such, they’re not as receptive.

New Forrester Research: B2B Should Use B2C Customer Loyalty Principles

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For years, B2B marketers have largely viewed B2C loyalty tactics as irrelevant in their space. After all, B2B buyers don’t respond to reward points and coupons. Plus, customer retention has long been seen as the responsibility of those in sales, service, and support. But B2B marketers are under growing pressure to interact—and deepen relationships—with customers at every stage of the lifecycle, since retaining a customer is more valuable than acquiring a new one.

3 Powerful Hidden Benefits of Customer Reviews

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Online reviews are becoming the new marketing currency as more and more buyers turn to peer reviews to help make their purchasing decisions.

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust.