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Embracing Trust: How Marketers Can Prepare for GDPR 2.0

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If your marketing organization is 100 percent GDPR compliant (and if you are, you’re in the minority ) you may feel that your data compliance issues are behind you. Think again. The GDPR deadline may already be a waning memory, but global data privacy regulations are just getting started.

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Report: One-Third of Marketers Say Lead Nurturing Has No Impact

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The analysts at Demand Gen Report just published their “ 2018 Lead Nurturing & Acceleration Survey Report ” and one conclusion is no surprise: many B2B companies are still really bad at lead nurturing. It’s not just that 44% of respondents said that their lead nurturing “needs improvement.”

Why Marketing Automation Customers are Migrating Downstream

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Over at the Modern Marketing Blog , Steve Earl offers his theory as to why enterprise marketers choose to switch to a different marketing platform. He says (in summary): “It’s because their needs outgrow system capabilities.”.

Infographic: SiriusDecisions on How to Evaluate Demand Creation Agencies

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Just as B2B marketing has evolved rapidly in the last decade, so too have the marketing agencies who service those B2B companies.

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Lead Generation Companies: How to Pick a Right One

Have you ever had a bad experience using a lead generation company? If the answer is yes, you are certainly not alone; fortunately, MarketJoy has put together 4 simple questions that you can use to judge your next potential lead gen partner.

I Need Hot Leads, and I Need Them Now

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When you work primarily with high-tech clients , you learn to cope with a great deal of short-term thinking. Tech companies have short-term horizons for a number of reasons: * Many are private and depend on short term results to prove viability and therefore ensure their ongoing funding.

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8 Key Takeaways from New Survey on B2B Content Preferences

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The team at Demand Gen Report just released their 2018 Content Preferences Survey Report (free download, registration required), yielding fresh insights – and a few surprises – on the types of content today’s B2B buyers prefer, and why.

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10 Great Ideas for Your Next Subject Line Test

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Subject line testing is that one email best practice that all B2B marketers know is a good idea, and yet very few of us do it consistently.

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Career Advice for a Young Marketer

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A few weeks ago I gave an informational interview to a local university student looking for advice on the best way to jump start his marketing career.

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Should I Design My Demand Gen Landing Pages for SEO?

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Recently, a client raised objections to our agency hosting their campaign landing pages on a marketing automation platform, since doing so would require that the pages reside on a subdomain (info.companyname.com) vs. on the client’s core domain (companyname.com). The client’s reasoning was that by residing on their main site, the landing pages would help support that website’s SEO domain authority and thus improve search rankings.

How to Best Leverage B2B Intent Data

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In a world where demand generation , and marketing in general, is more data-driven than ever, one of the hottest topics in B2B circles is intent data. The lure of intent data is learning which companies are going to buy from you and when. But is that real?

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7 Cold Calling Tactics You Aren't Using but Should Be

Cold calling isn‘t dead; neither is it on its deathbed. In fact, it’s one of the most effective ways to increase sales and drive revenue. Learn 7 preperation strategies to lessen your stress, and to become a better closer!

How to Market an Analyst Report

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Technology marketers love analyst reports. Sure, they’re expensive to license, but they’re instant fodder for all sorts of content marketing, they bring credibility and name recognition to a campaign, and – bonus – they say nice things about your product.

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The Dismal State of B2B Email Creative

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I review B2B email campaigns regularly in this space, and though I’m not one to be sparing in my opinions, I do try to be conscious of the type and size of company responsible for the campaign, with the thought, I suppose, that some marketers just may not know better.

Tips for a Successful Competitive Campaign

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It’s a perennial fixture in any marketer’s calendar that, every so often, the boss will decide that it’s time to drop the proverbial gloves and go after the competition.

ABM is a Strategy, Not a Campaign.

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In the headlong rush to Account-Based Marketing , many B2B companies are, quite naturally, looking to implement ABM in a manner that allows them to dip their toes in the proverbial water.

Deloitte CMO Survey: Analytics Holding Marketers Back?

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Results from Deloitte’s 2017 CMO Survey are out, providing insights into key trends, plans, and opinions from more than 2,800 top marketers. You can download an executive summary of the survey results here.

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How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

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

Shifts in B2B Buyer Behavior Support New Priorities for Demand Gen Content

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Demand Gen Report has published the results of this year’s “B2B Buyer’s Survey,” and the trends identified merit close attention for those marketers involved in B2B demand generation and content development.

7 Creative Demand Gen Tactics to Drive Trade Show Booth Traffic

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Even in this digital age, trade shows are still a core part of many B2B marketers’ 2017 demand generation plans. Generating maximum return from that investment, however, requires careful planning, and close attention to both pre-show and post-show communications strategy.

22 Potential Touchpoints for Your Next ABM Sales Play

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When designing sales plays as part of your Account-Based Marketing (ABM) strategy, it pays to start with a few key questions: 1. What is the primary objective? For example: secure an appointment, gain an introduction …).

People Don’t Read Your White Papers. Who Cares?

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New marketing technologies like Uberflip make it increasingly easy to track content consumption beyond just clicks and downloads.

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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.

Can You Shortcut ABM and Still Make it Work?

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In marketing circles, there’s little argument these days that a well-planned, well-executed Account-Based Marketing (ABM) strategy can pay real dividends.

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Why Lead Nurturing Success Means Not Asking for the Sale

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I was left a voicemail earlier this week by a sales rep that I talked to (briefly) about 6 months ago. His message today was, in summary: “Are you ready to engage with us yet?”. Now, not only was I not ready, I barely remember what his company does.

4 Simple Reasons for Why this Webinar Invitation Works

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Webinars are a dime a dozen. As a marketer, how do you make your Webinar invitations stand out from the crowd, a challenge made bigger when you’re presenting on a topic (say, GDPR) that is so commonplace as to be completely generic?

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The Myth of “What’s Working” in B2B Marketing

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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

Infographic: Top 10 Types of Demand Generation Content

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Choosing the right content offer for a demand generation campaign isn’t simply about aligning that content with a particular buying persona. Some content types are best-suited for early stage offers, while others will only appeal to those buyers in the very latter stages of the buying cycle.

Does Demand Generation Really Generate Demand?

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An insightful comment from CMO Joe Chernov on Twitter: “In B2B, demand generation is typically a misnomer. Marketers capture demand vs. generate it.”. What does that mean exactly?

Should You Use the Same Landing Page for Email and Online Ads?

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A client asks: “Can I use the landing page from an email campaign for online ads, say: search or LinkedIn, if it’s promoting the same asset?”. My response: In short: no. There’s an appeal to the economies of using one landing page across multiple channels, but the requirements are very different.

8 Questions to Help You Decide if Your Content is Good Enough

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The best demand generation campaigns start with content that your prospects want. Even the best data, and sparkling creative, can’t save you or your campaign if your content and offer isn’t up to scratch. Here are 8 simple questions to help you decide whether that content is good enough.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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

Forrester: B2B Companies Score Low in Marketing Best Practices

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Earlier this year, Forrester Research conducted a detailed survey of more than 150 B2B marketing decision-makers with the intent of benchmarking the maturity of B2B marketing best practices, focused on revenue marketing and marketing automation. At face value, the results, due to be published in a report this June, paint a somewhat dim picture of the state of B2B marketing.

3 Problems You Need to Solve Before You Buy New Marketing Technology

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We marketers may be many things, but few of us can be described as patient. We want results, and we want them now. And so when martech companies come along promising instant answers to all our marketing challenges, we’re all ears. We all want the quick fix, right? Wish it were that easy.

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Recapturing Lost Leads: Going After Form Abandoners

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What to do if a prospect comes to your landing page, starts to fill out the form, but doesn’t complete the task? Form abandonment and cart abandonment campaigns are standard practice for B2C and ecommerce marketers, less so for those of us B2B types who deal in leads vs. transactions.

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The Demise of the White Paper is Greatly Exaggerated

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If you can say anything about marketers, it’s that we love obituaries. Yes, we love to declare things dead. Inbound Marketing? The MQL? Lead Funnels?

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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.

An Email is Not a Campaign: the Case for Integrated Marketing

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The reality of life as a professional marketer is that there is rarely, ever, enough time, budget, resources or bandwidth to plan, design, build, launch and manage every campaign as we would if we could. I get that. We all make compromises.

High Bar Offers: Why Your Campaign May Be Asking Too Much

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In the demand generation business, we often talk about “low bar” and “high bar” offers. The bar in either case is the level of time, effort, and commitment required of the prospect or person registering for said offer.

Do ABM Marketers Underestimate the Value of Messaging?

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Steve Patti is a former B2B CMO, agency CEO, and CxO advisor with 30 years of international experience helping brands grow revenues. Earlier this year, he launched The B2B Content Agency to provide clients with buyer research, message strategy and insight-lead sales narratives.

This Year, Tackle These 3 Demand Generation Priorities First

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After more than two decades in the agency business, I’ve seen dozens of clients and hundreds of campaigns succeed and fail.

Intent Data: No Tricks, all Treats

Speaker: Michael Ballard, Senior Manager of Digital Marketing, Lenovo

The modern era of MarTech is great, isn't it? Using social media, machine learning, lead scoring, and so much more, we can learn so much about our prospects. and then proceed to annoy the heck out of them with endless emails, ads, and other marketing messages. Wait a second - that wasn't part of the plan. Since when did a 1.5% conversion rate start looking "good"? Why aren't we tailoring our messages? Michael Ballard, Senior Manager of Global Digital Marketing at Lenovo, shows how marketers can reach the right contact, using the right channel, at the right time. Michael will take us through how Lenovo piloted three different intent programs to integrate intent data into their marketing strategy allowing them to trigger relevant and timely campaigns that any sized organization could emulate.