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How Content Marketing Changes the Economics of Selling

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In the not-so-distant past, scaling a B2B company meant hiring more sales people that were responsible for all their own business development.

Quantifying the Value of Lead Nurturing: A Case Study

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Most marketing and sales leaders in the business-to-business world know that nurturing leads is important. The reason: it’s essential to maintain a digital connection with buyers who want to learn about a business pain, product, or service—but who are not yet interested in talking to a sales person.

Why Perfect Branding Isn’t Enough to Connect with Buyers

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Once upon a time, branding was an indispensable part of a company’s success in B2B sales. Marketing budgets spent on bold logos, memorable slogans, pricey sponsorships and colorful presentation were all devised for a simple overarching purpose: to get Sales in the door.

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3 Reasons to add pay-per-lead white paper syndication to your digital marketing plan

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3 Reasons to add pay-per-lead white paper syndication to your digital marketing plan There are three challenges every B2B marketer faces as they try to build a lead generating engine to feed their sales team: 1. Content marketing can be a long, expensive, and uncertain journey. Make no mistake, “content marketing” is modern digital marketing and you should absolutely be doing it.

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How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

Redefining sales prospecting in an era where no one wants to talk to you

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If you’ve been prospecting for sales recently, you may have noticed some differences in our culture—most importantly the fact that disruptive marketing and sales is out. That means cold calls. That means deleting email pitches.

Matt Spangler of Compass Disrupts an Industry With Content Marketing

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Coming from a creative agency and media production background that includes Tribeca Enterprises (owners of Tribeca Films and the Tribeca Film Festival), Matt Spangler was looking for an opportunity to apply his skills to disrupt a larger industry.

Are you using the wrong lead-gen model?

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It’s time to face some hard truths about B2B sales. People don't answer their phones the way they used to—some 85 percent of phone calls go to voice mail never to be returned. People can filter through their email and decide who they're going to listen to.

What Can a B2B Marketer Learn From a 150-Year-Old Museum?

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Sometime in 2011, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City decided that it could not rely on its 150-year history acquire new audiences—they needed to launch a massive digital initiative.

Congratulations on your deal!  Didn’t you tell me you were going to close that months ago?

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Even as a CEO of a content marketing agency , I still get this pressure from my board and colleagues—and they all know how buyers have more control these days, buying on their own time frames, not ours.

Best Practices for Selling to Government Agencies

The US government spends over $235 billion on goods and services each year. Because of this, selling your product or service to a government agency can be a great way to increase profits. A government buyer also offers consistency, at least for the duration of your contract. However, there are key differences between selling to a customer or business and selling to the government. MarketJoy VP of Customer Success, Curtis Bendt, has used his vast experience in sales industry to craft a list of best practices for selling to government agencies to give you a more specific idea of what the process involves. MarketJoy also provides you with several tips on how to increase your chances of success.

Marketing's 2017 Quota starts Today!!!

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Your Sales team will come into the office tomorrow morning and begin the Q4 push. Some reps will be scratching back from a tough summer trying to hit quota while the over-achievers reach for club and accelerators.

The Top 5 Mistakes Companies Make Building Demand Generation

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Most B2B companies are realizing that, to hit their growth goals, they need to shift the focus of their marketing from branding and awareness to lead generation. So they task marketing leadership with building a demand generation engine and run into myriad problems.

Using Video to Collect Subject Matter Expertise

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Content creation starts with access to subject matter expertise. It then must be communicated in a meaningful, educational, and entertaining way (assuming that you actually want people to read it).

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The B2B Content Marketing ROI You Should Care About.

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Measuring content marketing’s return on investment in B2B companies can be a complex calculation, especially if your solution is expensive, requires committee-based decisions, and has long and unpredictable sales cycles.

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Paradigm of Strategic Value-Based Discounting for the B2B Industry

Competition has increased to new levels of intensity and organizations have begun to look for new ways to acquire customers. Discounted pricing is a strategic tool, which when used correctly can drive a variety of business goals, from marketing through to sales strategy

Feeding Sales Is a Process, Not a Project.

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For decades, the B2B marketer has been a manager of projects. They develop white papers, email campaigns, go to trade shows, and —well, you know, execute on lots of projects. Project-based marketing always has a beginning, middle, and an end.

Is Content the Solution to Your Shrinking Sales Pipeline?

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Despite a vibrant U.S. economy and an ever-expanding arsenal of technologies to help both salespeople and marketers reach more prospects, many companies continue to struggle to grow sales. And what can you do about it?

Content Marketing Requires the Mindset of a Publisher

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I’ve always loved magazines—most of us do, right? There’s something about scanning the headlines on the newsstand that I still enjoy, especially before getting on a plane or even when I’m killing time between meetings.

From Branding to Demand Generation

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How First Rate Uses Thought Leadership Content to Grow the Business Having the same brand since their start in 1991, First Rate knew they had to make some major changes if they were going to compete effectively and grow in today’s digital era.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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

5 Key Points to Consider when Choosing a Demand Generation Solution

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Savvy B2B marketers are recognizing the limits of today’s email marketing and web analytics applications for generating qualified sales leads and are switching to a demand generation solution to ensure a continuous stream of qualified leads.

Content Marketing: Now Serving Freshly Squeezed SEO Juice

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Because the search engines like Google have changed their algorithms in the last few years, the role that search engine optimization (SEO) plays in content marketing is causing a lot of confusion.

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Want more qualified sales conversations? Give marketing a quota…and some writers

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Several years ago, we made some significant investments in marketing after we’d purchased a marketing automation system, and the idea was to gain as much market traction as possible. We were able to achieve over 15,000 hits to our website, and we were being featured in some big national publications.

When Should You Put Content Behind a Form?

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A common issue with content creators is when to gate content and when not to. Gated content is defined as a content asset that lives behind a landing page—someone has to enter their information into a form to get to the page.)

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.

Demand more from today’s B2B marketer

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When it comes to B2B marketing—whether it be social media, email marketing, blogs, white papers or attending trade shows—it has to be about lead generation. Not that there isn’t branding and awareness value in these projects.

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Sales Vikings vs. Marketing Baby Birds

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Paul Rafferty, co-founder and CEO of Sales Engine Media, was a recent guest on the TechnologyAdvice Expert Interview Series. The series, which is hosted by TechnologyAdvice’s Josh Bland, explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders.

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Can the value of lead nurturing be quantified?

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Most marketing and sales leaders in the business-to-business world know that nurturing leads is essential to maintain a digital connection with buyers who want to learn about a business pain, product, or service—but who are not yet interested in talking to a sales person.

The 7 Attributes of Highly Effective Lead Generation

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It used to be that darkening the skies with sales reps, albeit expensive, was the best way to grow a B2B company—more feet on the street equaled more opportunities.

7 Key Insights from the "How B2B Marketing is Changing" Report

Speaker: Tom Pick, Independent B2B Digital Marketing Consultant

What are the top priorities, challenges, and trends in B2B marketing as we head into the final stretch of 2018? We conducted in-depth interviews with senior B2B technology marketers to find out. The results included a few expected areas of consensus but also some surprising divergence of opinions. Content marketing, for example, is widely viewed as the most effective lead generation tactic and area for additional spending in the coming year. But doing it effectively to optimize results is also the top challenge marketers face. Meanwhile, marketers report conflicting views about and are seeking guidance on search engine marketing, live events, and inbound vs. outbound tactics. And there's one promising avenue many marketers may be under-investing in. This webinar not only summarizes the issues raised in the study but also offers guidance from multiple sources on how to address the challenges of today's B2B marketers.

The Jig is Up—SEO Starts With Good Content.

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The role of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has changed substantially over the last 10 years.

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Content Marketing Is No Longer a Choice

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Many companies that have embraced content marketing are still using it as a branding and positioning function of their marketing department. It’s not that this approach is wrong, but it’s not the main reason that most successful companies have embraced content marketing.

Is it a good idea to hire a junior person to create your content?

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Depending on what their role is, you can hire a junior person to create content. But how do you define junior? If junior means “young,” most kids out of college know how to operate a video camera.

The best content marketing blends old, new, and what’s next

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A newspaper editor, a digital producer and a content marketer walk into a bar…and they discovered that great stories and brand communications are no joke—it takes all of their combined skills to engage an audience and generate leads.

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How to Successfully Coach Your Sales Team to Drive Efficiency

Speaker: Steve Benson, Founder and CEO, Badger Maps

A great sales team starts with a manager who’s a great coach. To stay competitive in today’s market, you need to implement a formal coaching approach that is aligned with your buyer’s journey and internal processes to drive results. Fortunately, Steve Benson is here to help you become that great coach.

What Should Your Content Strategy Look Like? Let’s Go to the Zoo

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I live in St Louis which is home to one of the best zoos in the country. (If If you ever get to St Louis, definitely go to Forest Park and the zoo… it’s free, and it’s pretty awesome!) Coincidentally, I think the zoo lays out a great roadmap for content marketers.

2016 Marketing Quota Starts Today

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Today the Sales team begins Q4 and the pressure is high as reps try to make club and hit accelerators while organizations try to hit revenue goals. For many companies, the pressure to hit Q4 numbers is so high they aren't even thinking about 2016 quotas yet. But what about the B2B marketer?

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How Many Leads Does Your Sales Team Need?

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MARKETING AUTOMATION AND LEAD MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS have allowed for a near-scientific breakdown of the sales funnel. Leads in each stage of the buying process meet very specific criteria and behave in certain predictable ways.

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What's Your Story?

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Christopher Kogler, Narrative IQ. When we’re providing information in a business environment such as spreadsheets, a series of bullet points in a presentation or a list of facts, the two parts of our brain that are activated are for language processing, but that’s about it.

Togetherness: Achieving Sales and Marketing Alignment

Speaker: Jeff Davis, Founder, jd2 Consulting Group

Jeff Davis is here to help you think differently about how Sales and Marketing should interact. With increased scrutiny for marketing to prove ROI on their activities and it becoming increasingly hard for B2B salespeople to even get in front of customers, the old way of doing business is no longer an option. This webinar will use evidence-based research and empirical knowledge to propose real-world strategies that work.