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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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

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.

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.

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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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 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.

Selling With Content: What’s Repeatable and What’s Not?

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Businesses love repeatable processes. Everyone is looking for the secret formulas that we can replicate and repeat to increase revenue.

What Does a Demand Generation Program Actually Look Like?

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As a marketing leader, have you been tasked with building a demand generation program designed to funnel leads to salespeople?

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.

Using Marketing Data to Diagnose a Sales Problem

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During uncertain economic conditions, business leaders are often forced to shift budgets amongst growth centers in the business. But how do you know where to invest? Specifically, are dollars best spent on sales or marketing? One of our recent clients faced a similar question.

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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.

How to think differently about B2B Content: Interview with Florence Quinn

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As a 25-year veteran owner of a public relations firm in New York and Miami, Florence Quinn has certainly seen some changes in the various ways that brands promote their stories. “In In the early days it was all about quantity of clips,” she says.

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.

Content Marketing is More than a Branding Exercise

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Once upon a time, branding was the main focus of marketing departments. As marketers, we spent our budgets on bold logos, memorable slogans, pricy sponsorships, advertising, and PR campaigns designed to get us in the Wall Street Journal.

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Selling With Content: What’s Repeatable and What’s Not?

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What does a perfect world B2B sales process look like? For me, that looks like marketing generating enough qualified leads so that most of my time is spent having productive sales conversations.

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.

6 Skills Today’s Lead Nurturers Must Have

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Your prospects are shopping online for solutions, with or without you. Whether or not your prospects know they have a problem your company can solve or not is irrelevant--they don't want to talk to sales people.

B2B Content Marketing Strategy Should Focus on Developing Lead Intelligence

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In the context of digital marketing and demand generation, lead intelligence is the sales rep’s ability to predict high probability pain points that a prospect may have before trying to establish contact so that they may have a more fruitful consultative conversation.

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.

7 Elements every Content Marketing Strategy Must Have

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Simply producing content isn’t going to get the job done anymore. But even though competition is expanding in 2016, many will still fail to drive bottom line results.

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.

Features, Functions, and Benefits Are for Closers

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If you thought that coffee was for closers, I can tell you with absolute certainty that it’s for content marketers too. But features, functions, and benefits are only for closers. At the top of the funnel, when you’re trying to generate interest, no one cares about you or how you do what you do.

If Your Leads Stink, Time to Update Your Buyer Personas

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You’ve seen the Internet decimate industries such as record labels, newspapers, and cable TV—and in case you haven’t noticed, it’s crushing the B2B sales rep’s ability to get in front of qualified prospects. (If If you still have your head in the sand about this, it’s time to face reality.)

Combining Content with Sales Strategy—Where Most Companies Get Stuck

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It’s not hard to develop a piece of content —say, a video or an infographic, an article or a white paper—on a topic that somebody might find interesting.

Overcoming the Two Biggest Resource Constraints of B2B Demand Generation

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What is Demand Generation? Demand generation is about creating a presence in the minds of your prospective buyers. It’s about establishing a connection with your brand as a solution for buyers who need to solve specific problems.

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.

Need Better Content? Become a Sales Groupie

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As the head of marketing and editor-in-chief of Fundera.com , Meredith Wood calls herself a “sales groupie.” “I’m I’m obsessed with the team at our company that operates as the first line of defense for our customers,” she says.

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Ditch the Pitch: How Content Marketing Creates the Conversation that Drives Conversion

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Ah, the sales funnel. As a marketer, you’re no doubt familiar with this ubiquitous image: contacts fall into the top and by some kind of magic become leads, then qualified leads, then sales-ready leads, and eventually, (you hope) closed sales.

Will content marketing ever eliminate the need for salespeople?

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It seems like every disruptive Internet trend leads to predictions of the death of an old trend. Print is dead. Cold calls are dead. SEO is dead.

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How can you produce content for me when you’re not an expert?

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A common issue in B2B companies with a complex product or service offering is whether or not they can outsource content production that will resonate with prospects.

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.