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CCPA: What B2B Marketers Need to Know

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Another new year approaches and, with it, another major data privacy regulation takes effect. This time, it’s the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which becomes law on January 1, 2020. Don’t be fooled into thinking that only California companies need pay attention.

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8 Common LinkedIn Advertising Mistakes

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In a remarkably short time, LinkedIn has grown to become a major player in B2B advertising (at about 20% of total industry spend, according to industry watchers ), quickly rivaling search advertising on Google.

8 Questions to Ask Before Investing in Marketing Attribution

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[Thanks to Anne Angele, Spear’s esteemed Director of Marketing Technology, for this month’s guest post.]. Marketing attribution is a hot topic these days in B2B circles.

Do You Want Intent Data with That?

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If you could layer third-party intent data into every lead gen program you run, would you do it? In other words, would you only ever want marketing leads from prospects pre-determined to be actively researching your category, solution, use case, etc.? My argument: no, you wouldn’t. .

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How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

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

5 Most Common Fails in B2B Search Campaigns

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Thanks to Spear Digital Media Director Tim DiSabatino for authoring this week’s post. Because costs per click in B2B search campaigns can often be extremely high when companies compete the for same keywords, Search Engine Marketing (SEM) for B2B advertisers offers its own very unique challenges.

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4 Solutions to Consider When Marketing Leads Don’t Convert

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If your organization is generating plenty of leads but those initial inquiries aren’t converting to sales qualified leads, meetings, or pipeline, a myriad of things could be at fault: 1) sales follow-up may be sub-standard in either cadence, frequency, or message. 2) lead nurturing.

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Email Bots: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How to Stop Them

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Congratulations: your last email campaign generated a really high click-through rate. Or did it?

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Why is No-One Talking About B2B Creative?

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7 Key Principles of B2B Email Creative

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What, Why, How. There are three things your email recipient should see almost immediately, and those are: WHAT the offer is, WHY it’s of value, and HOW to get it. Don’t make the reader hunt or scroll to learn what exactly you want him or her to do, and why. Sell the Offer, Not the Product.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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

In Defense of Demand Generation in the Age of ABM

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Much has been made of the argument that Account-Based Marketing (ABM) gained traction so quickly in B2B marketing primarily because traditional, funnel-based demand generation has stopped working.

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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5 Tips for More Effective Email Preview Text

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Email preview text is that line of copy that appears below the subject line in the recipient’s inbox.

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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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7 Marketing and Sales Strategies to Grow Your Revenue Fast

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Many companies have the core marketing and sales elements to take their revenue to the next level, but are still missing out on some key opportunities. Join Christopher Ryan, CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners and writer of the recent book "The Expert’s B2B Revenue Growth Playbook," to discover seven steps that you can immediately take to grow your company’s revenue quickly and consistently!

5 Basic Things Every B2B Marketer Needs to Do to Prepare for GDPR

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Following on the heels of CAN-SPAM (US) and CASL (Canada), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the latest in a series of government regulations that promises to have a major impact on the way B2B marketers conduct business.

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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Report: B2B Buyers Engaging Earlier with Sales

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For the last decade or more, it’s been an accepted principle – almost a key tenet – of B2B demand generation that business buyers don’t want to talk to a sales rep until the last possible moment. It’s why, for example, we marketers have assumed control for more and more of the lead funnel.

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Integrating Social Leads into the Demand Generation Funnel

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Social media may be a hot topic in B2B marketing circles, but most of that buzz focuses on the role of social media advertising.

A Crash Course in B2B Email Creative

Speaker: Howard Sewell, President, Spear Marketing Group

Too often, email campaigns are seen as something that "just anyone" on your team can put together. But in today's attention economy, strong creative can be the defining factor that gets your email to stand out in the inbox. Join Howard Sewell of Spear Marketing Group, a leading B2B agency, as he uses real-world examples to highlight tips, techniques and key principles that can make or break your campaigns.

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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Tips for Increasing SDR Engagement Rates

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Some years ago, our firm conducted a lead management audit for a technology client who was struggling to convert raw, inbound inquiries into sales qualified leads. During the audit, it became quickly apparent that one of the major issues was at the very front end of the lead qualification process.

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Should I Prioritize ABM Tactics Ahead of Demand Generation?

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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.”.

5 Imperatives of a Rockstar ABM Program

Speaker: Danny Nail, Sr. Director, Head of Global Account Based Marketing, SAP

Want to get started with ABM, but not sure where to begin? It's all about understanding: understanding your customers, understanding on an organizational level what your definitions, approaches, and ideal outcomes are, and having the understanding - and support - of your stakeholders. Join Danny Nail, Head of Global Account Based Marketing at SAP and SAP Marketer of the Year, as he explains five concrete steps your organization can take to achieve ABM excellence.

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.”

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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Is it Time to Add Chatbots to Your Demand Generation Engine?

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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.

Customer-Centric Websites: Successful Strategies to Engage B2B Buyers

Speaker: Kellie de Leon, Vice President of Marketing & Strategy, The Mx Group

Chances are, you’re under the gun to convert more leads from your website. To increase conversion, your site needs high-quality content, user-friendly navigation paths, and calls to action that appeal to your target customers. But how do you go about this? And wouldn’t it be great to see some real-world examples from B2B companies that are doing it successfully? Kellie de Leon, VP of marketing and strategy at B2B agency The Mx Group, works with marketers every day to help them create and execute customer-centric strategies and content that increase web engagement and conversion. In this webinar, she'll discuss how to make your website more customer-centric.

Trends in B2B Email: ABM, Deliverability & Integrated Campaigns

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Recently I was interviewed by the folks at Demand Gen Report as part of an article on current trends in email marketing , an article that you can read online here.

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.

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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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.

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

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 …).