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Integrating Content Marketing Into Your Online Campaigns

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As a content marketer, it’s very common to be pulled in many directions, having to wear multiple hats at once. While the ability to react to current trends and evolving buyer demands is just part of the job, reactionary behavior should not define your content strategy. If you don’t take a step back every now and then, you could spend weeks or months at a time creating content that’s simply meeting the demands of individual branches (sales, PR, social media, etc.)

What Are Experts Prioritizing in 2018 B2B Marketing Budgets?

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As we wrap up 2017, it’s time to think about top priorities for the new year. Instead of planning for 2018 when you’re already starting it in January, the most prepared B2B marketers already have priorities identified and plans for execution come January 1. We reached out to B2B marketers across different industries and asked them the following question: What are B2B marketers prioritizing in their 2018 budget?

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To Save Time, B2B Marketers Now Look to Improve Audience Targeting

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As B2B marketers look to make the most of their time, they are turning to tactics, such as improved audience targeting, to boost their efficiency. This is according to a new report titled, “It’s About Time: Why Your Marketing May Be Falling Short” from Bain & Company. Statistics showed that one-third of B2B marketers intend to invest more in improving their understanding and targeting of customers over the next three years.

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The backfire effect is elusive

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The backfire effect is when correcting misinformation hardens, rather than corrects, someone’s mistaken belief.

The Sales Enablement Handbook

In the sphere of sales, it helps to get your definitions down. You might have thought sales operations and sales enablement are the same thing - but there are important differences. Both have the objective of improving sales performance, and although there is some overlap, they do this in different ways.

How to Develop Fresh Ideas for Your B2B Content Marketing Program

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In B2B marketing, it can be difficult to think of content topics to write about on a monthly, or even weekly, basis, especially if you’re in an industry that has a lot of regulations or limits the type of information that can be shared (e.g. the financial services industry). But having some challenges when it comes to creating effective and engaging content for B2B organizations doesn’t mean that your content should cover the same topics over and over.

B2B Marketers Increasingly Using Data to Analyze Video Content Performance

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As B2B marketers begin to invest more in video content, new research suggests that they are turning to data and analytics to measure their performance along the way. Vidyard recently conducted the “2018 Video in Business Benchmark Report” and found that 36 percent of businesses now use intermediate or advanced video analytics. This is compared to just 13 percent that claim they are not using any metrics.

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Survey: Email Engagement Rises When Marketing Email Volume Dips

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Marketers who send fewer emails may actually see more engagement, according to new research from Yes Lifecycle Marketing. Recently, the company conducted its “Q1 Email Benchmark Report 2018” to gauge how active email recipients are in correlation with marketing efforts. Statistics showed that the average number of emails sent per engaged subscriber declined 29.3 percent from Q4 2017 to Q1 2018. However, the average open rate increased by 5.8

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27 B2B Marketing Measurement Reports in Google Analytics

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Google Analytics has over 100 different reports available out-of-the-box. Some reports require additional configuration, such as Events, Ecommerce, or Goals, but a majority of the reports will begin showing collected data on your site visitors and marketing behaviors immediately. For B2B marketing measurement , only about 25 percent of these reports will hold valuable insights into the effectiveness of your marketing programs.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

Survey: Marketers Still Struggle with Marketing Automation Challenges

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Although marketers are focused on marketing automation to achieve their top priorities, research shows that they are still facing numerous barriers when it comes to executing this tactic. Ascend2 recently conducted the “Optimizing Marketing Automation” survey to determine how marketers are faring in terms of marketing automation.

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Report: Marketers Use 8+ Channels to Build Customer Relationships

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Marketers are constantly working to maintain relationships with customers, and new research suggests that they are using a wide array of channels, such as email, to reach out to them on a regular basis. ProsperWorks recently conducted “The State of Customer Management in the Relationship Era” report to determine how marketers and sales representatives are maintaining relationships with existing customers.

Is Long-Form Content the Only Way to Achieve B2B Content Marketing Success?

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Long-form content is essentially the technique of developing articles and blog posts in excess of 1,000 words. This type of content marketing initiative can be important for SEO because long-form content typically generates a higher number of page views, inbound links, and social media shares. There are numerous articles that discuss the benefits of developing long-form content for an SEO content marketing strategy.

Report: Marketers Not Making the Most of Customer Data

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Marketers are aware of the benefits of harvesting customer data, but new statistics suggest that they are still struggling to make the most of it. Forbes Insights and Treasure Data recently conducted the “Data Versus Goliath: Customer Data Strategies to Disrupt the Disruptors” report and discovered that only 13 percent of companies express the highest level of confidence that they’ve taken the necessary steps to ensure they’re making the most of customer data.

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Why B2B Marketers Aren’t Using More of the MarTech They Have

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Ever buy something you didn’t use? Be it a shirt or a timeshare or the latest tech gadget, we’ve all made purchases that sounded great upfront… but never actually got much use. This happens a lot with marketing technology. Depending on the source you cite, the problem is either catastrophic, or simply a missed opportunity. The truth probably falls somewhere in between.

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How to Prepare Contact & Account for an Account-Based Marketing Strategy

Among B2B communities, 2017 brought upon several new concepts, trends and technologies… But perhaps none captured more attention than the re-emergence of account-based marketing as a viable growth strategy.

How to Leverage New Technology in B2B Marketing

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One exciting thing about digital marketing is that it is always changing. There is always a new strategy to test or a new update that makes you question what you thought you knew.

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Expert Insight: The Challenge of Delivering a Personalized Customer Experience

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Personalization is a content marketing tactic that can help reel in customers and prospects, but how many marketers are actually utilizing this method? According to the “2018 Connectivity Report” from Widen, 28 percent of marketers claim that personalizing the customer experience is what their organization is most focused on this year.

B2B Marketers Expect Budget Increases and More Investment in Digital

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As marketers look ahead to the remainder of the year, those in both the B2B services and B2B product sectors expect their budgets to grow in the coming months. The CMO Survey” from Deloitte, The Fuqua School of Business at Duke, and the American Marketing Association discovered that B2B product marketers expect a 9.3 percent increase in their marketing budget in the next 12 months. B2B services marketers foresee an 8.5 percent increase.

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Location-Based Data is Helping Marketers Personalize the Customer Experience

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Marketers have an abundance of data at their fingertips, and new research suggests that those who use location-based information on their customers may improve the outcome of their campaigns. Lawless Research and Factual recently conducted the “2018 Location-Based Marketing Report” to gauge how marketers are using location-based data to their advantage. Statistics showed that 83 percent of marketers who used location data saw higher response rates, while 83 percent saw more customer engagement.

Not Too Late: Last-Minute Steps towards GDPR Compliance for B2B Marketers

Speaker: Howard J. Sewell, President, Spear Marketing Group, and Anne Angele, Senior Marketing Automation Specialist, Spear Marketing Group

As you likely know, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect May 25. Surveys show that most US-based B2B marketers are still woefully unprepared, even though the regulation affects not only any company actively doing business in Europe, but anyone even communicating with European contacts in his/her marketing database. The penalties for non-compliance with GDPR can be severe – in the millions of dollars. Fortunately, there are a few basic steps that B2B marketers can and should make that will get them closer to full compliance.

Report: Transparency, Communication Critical to B2B Marketers’ Customer Relationships

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New research suggests that transparency and communication are critical components to developing successful relationships between B2B businesses and their customers. To better understand the important factors of B2B customer relationships, Gyro and the Financial Times’ Commercial Insight Group recently conducted a study called “The Business Feeling Index.”

A Guide to Quora Ads for B2B Marketers

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Quora Ads have existed for a while now but if you haven’t tried its self-serve platform, you’ve been missing out on the opportunity to target high-intent users who are very clearly looking for answers. The ad platform has quickly evolved and new features and targeting options are being added frequently. B2B marketers who have been early adopters of this platform are benefiting from a low cost-per-click and cost-per-lead as well as a high conversion rate.

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Study Finds Marketers Are Increasing Spend on Original Video Content

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Marketers continue to increase the amount of money they spend on digital video content, but how much of it is original? To find out, IAB recently conducted the “Digital Content NewFronts: Video Ad Spend Study 2018” report. Statistics showed that marketers will spend upwards of $10 million on digital/mobile video advertising this year, and $4.7 million will go toward original content. This is a 68 percent year-over-year increase dating back to 2016.

70% of B2B Marketers to Increase DemandGen Budget in 2018

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As B2B marketers look ahead to the remainder of 2018, new research suggests that they are shifting their focus to demand generation. Recently, DemandGen Report conducted its “2018 Demand Generation Benchmark Survey Report” to gauge how B2B marketers intend to utilize their budget over the coming months. Approximately 70 percent of respondents said that they expect their demand gen budgets to grow this year. Thirty-six percent claimed that they predict that it will increase by up to 10 percent.

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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.

Pubcon Austin 2018: Visual and Video Content Marketing

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I talk a lot about content so when I had the opportunity to talk about using visuals at Pubcon Austin , I was excited. See, we often get stuck thinking that content has to be blog posts or product information, FAQ pages or ebooks. But when we really think about content, content isn’t just words.

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Survey: 69 Percent of Businesses Spend Time and Money on Email Marketing

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New research suggests that marketers are still heavily relying on email as a tactic, but their goals vary according to company size. The Manifest recently conducted the “State of Email Marketing in 2018” survey to determine how frequently marketers are turning to email to reach out to their target audiences. The research found that most businesses (69 percent) spend time and money on email marketing.

How to Create the Best Content For Your Marketing Automation System

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Most content marketers have two core beliefs about content: That “good” content (high-quality content) will outperform “bad” content every time, i.e. that good content gets more results. That good content takes more time to create than bad content. For instance, an epic blog post that takes 20 hours to create will get more business results than a blog post that takes just one hour to dash off. A 20-hour post will always outperform a one-hour post. Right? Except it just ain’t so.

70% of Marketers Are Sharing Video Content on Facebook

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Facebook continues to be a popular platform among marketers, but how big is its return on investment? Furthermore, how does video content perform across the website? To better understand its overall impact on marketing strategies, Buffer and Social Media Week recently conducted the “State of Social 2018.” The majority of respondents (96 percent) claimed that their business is actively using Facebook.

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.

10 Principles of Effective Landing Page Optimization

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You can learn a lot from a company’s landing pages. It’s one of the best measurements of how well their marketing is run. First of all: Do they have any landing pages at all? Even a few years ago, only 67 percent of medium-sized companies used any landing pages (!). And only 48 percent built a new landing page for each marketing campaign. Even now, you only have to click a few online ads to find a company that’s still sending traffic to a generic page.

5 Ways to Target B2B Customers Through Email Marketing

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Here’s some news that might come as surprising: a recent study in the UK of IT professionals working in B2B said they preferred that companies market to them using email by a gross majority: 57 percent. What’s even more interesting, the second largest preferred marketing method wasn’t even marketing at all: 36 percent that they’d rather reach out to the company themselves than be marketed to.

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Marketing Teams Still Struggle with Fully Understanding MarTech

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Although executive marketers are proficient in marketing technology, new research suggests that they are not confident in their marketing team’s skills in it across the board. Wipro Digital recently conducted a survey to determine how confident executive marketers are in MarTech. The results showed that 75 percent of marketing executives are confident in their own MarTech proficiency. However, only 6 percent believe that their marketing team is MarTech conversant.

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5 Steps to an Agile B2B Content Marketing Strategy

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Agile marketing, an approach inspired by agile software development , focuses marketing efforts on short-term campaigns, continuous testing and data pulling, inter-departmental collaboration, and quick responses to change. If you’ve been thinking about implementing an agile marketing strategy, you certainly aren’t alone – a 2018 study found 37 percent of marketers have adopted an agile approach.

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.

Personalizing the Customer Experience is a Marketing Focus for 2018

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Many marketers are already personalizing the customer experience, but new research indicates that there is more of a need for them to go above and beyond using simple phrasing, such as “you” and “your.”. Widen recently conducted the “2018 Connectivity Report” to assess how marketers are enhancing customer relationships through personalization. About one-quarter of the respondents (28 percent) claimed that personalizing the customer experience is what their organization is most focused on in 2018.

10 Infographics to Inform Your 2018 B2B Content Marketing Strategy

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It can be argued that content marketing is the most important digital marketing strategy available today. Without new and fresh content, it’s almost impossible to achieve the results you’re striving for. Recent data from the Content Marketing Institute backs up this claim, as 91 percent of respondents to the “2018 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends” report say they use content marketing.

Finding Content Gaps: Moving Buyers Through the Funnel

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Note: The following post is an overview of the presentation given at Digital Growth Unleashed 2018. . It’s no secret I’m passionate about the customer experience and content. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said it or written about it (hint: It’s a lot ). It’s not that I don’t love all aspects of digital marketing, it’s just there’s something so interesting about the role content plays in getting people to make a purchase.

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Should Your B2B Company Be On Instagram?

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When most B2B marketers think of Instagram, they may think of teenagers or millennials who are using it to post photos about their lives and what they are into. But using Instagram in B2B marketing actually isn’t a bad idea: a 2017 Marketing Profs infographic reports that Instagram is the fastest growing platform for B2B marketers and it actually has the highest engagement rate amongst all social media platforms.

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.