Automating your marketing through the B2B customer journey: an interview with Rich Herbst

Biznology

The other day, I had the chance to meet with Rich Herbst, founder and managing partner of Ascend Marketing, which is based in Dallas and Austin. Rich agreed to discuss what he and his team have been doing in B2B, and share what they’ve learned in recent years, as business buying behavior evolves. His team has developed a breakthrough approach to delivering a custom communications stream to business buyers based on their particular journeys.

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Webinar: A Multimodal approach to Lead Nurturing for Complex Sales

B2B Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog About Free Resources Get FREE Updates Instantly Get A FREE Chapter from my book. FREE E-Book 8 Critical success factors for lead generation Just tell us where to send your FREE updates Subscribe in a reader Podcast Feed Subscribe via iTunes Recognition Thanks for Reading! Call for speakers: MarketingSherpa’s B2B Marketing Summit 5 dials to tune in your lead generation process Recent Comments Copyright This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

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6 Reasons To Check Out Bizo’s B2B Funnelmentals Tour

Oracle

He joined Bizo in 2012 after more than a decade as an editor at Crain Communications’ BtoB magazine. Bizo’s B2B Funnelmentals Tour is a unique series of digital marketing industry events. 19), and Chicago (May 7), the Funnelmentals Tour is aimed squarely at helping B2B marketers master full-funnel marketing with a combination of display, social advertising, marketing automation, and other digital tactics. Here are 6 reasons to join us at the Funnelmentals Tour*: 1.

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4 Dimensions of Effective B2B Marketing Plans

Oracle

by contributor | Tweet this Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of Liz Pate , the marketing communications manager at Bulldog Solutions , a marketing technology company that provides software and agency services to BtoB enterprises. Imagine a scenario where marketers could maximize the ROI of every dollar spent — where planning cycles were accelerated and time to marketing pipeline was weeks, not quarters long. Budget pressures oblige you to explore new avenues.

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Top 50 B2B Marketing Influencers On Twitter

Marketing Insider Group

Who are the top B2B Marketing influencers on twitter? To answer this question, I looked at a variety of factors including twitter followers, profiles that included “B2B marketing,” the focus of their tweets including the hashtag # B2BMarketing , as well as a variety of social scoring tools using the keyword. Earlier this month, I released the 20 B2B Marketing Blogs you need to read. Top B2B Marketing Influencers – Companies.

8 Great LinkedIn Groups for B2B Marketers

KoMarketing Associates

It is no secret that LinkedIn is a valuable social media platform for B2B marketers. According to a recent report released by Regalix, 91 percent of respondents said that LinkedIn was the most effective channel in terms of helping them reach their target audience. And according to the “LinkedIn Ads Benchmark Report Q3 2015” published by Marketing Mojo, 79 percent of B2B marketers said that LinkedIn was “effective” at generating leads. BtoB Marketing.

The Disconnect Between B2B Content Marketing and Customer Engagement

Industrial Marketing Today

The majority of Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) consider customer engagement as their top priority according to a recent study done by Forbes Insights and George P. Fifty-six percent of the participants were primarily B2B marketers and the remaining 44% were B2C. Marketers are getting in their own way when it comes to drafting their engagement strategies. As a result, most BtoB marketers tend to credit sales-ready leads to the last marketing touchpoint.

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Social Media Marketing Important Part of B2B Marketing Landscape

KoMarketing Associates

Fully developed business-to-business (B2B) social media marketing programs are becoming common practice; recent survey results show nearly half of all B2B marketers (47%) are currently “very involved” or “fully integrated” with social marketing. This is according to BtoB’s “ Social Media: From Marginal to Mainstream ” report.

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Perspective on the B2B Demand Generation Benchmark Survey Report

KoMarketing Associates

Last October, KoMarketing Associates announced the launch of research consultancy Software Advice’s B2B Demand Generation Benchmark Survey. While it is clear that business-to-business marketers will throw more weight behind social channels, the B2B Demand Generation Benchmark Survey illustrated the range in tactics and channels B2B marketers use for lead generation initiatives. This chart ranks each channel from most to least popular.

The State of B2B Lead Nurturing [New Benchmark Research]

Oracle

He joined Bizo in 2012 after more than a decade as an editor at Crain Communications’ BtoB magazine. Bizo recently released a survey that found lead nurturing is a critical tool for marketers, but at the same time, there is plenty of room for optimization, particularly when it comes to email. Some of the key findings of the survey, “The State of B2B Lead Nurturing,” are included in the infographic below.

The Role of B2B Marketing is Shifting from Lead Generation to.

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website The Role of B2B Marketing is Shifting from Lead Generation to Revenue Generation by Achinta Mitra on May 7, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Industrial Marketing & Web 2.0 , Industrial Marketing Strategies For as long as I can remember, B2B marketers have considered lead generation as their primary focus. Stay tuned as the role of B2B marketer continues to evolve.

B2B Aware: This Week in B2B Marketing-Socialize, Mobilize & Familiarize

MLT Creative

Top tactics for a crisis-proof B2B lead generation strategy. One in four marketers has a formal lead generation process in place, and less than 2 in 5 can trace a lead to its source, notes Jen Doyle in a report. "If If marketers aren’t able to show how revenue can be attributed to lead generation activities, how can they grow their budgets and attain the resources they crave for better lead generation?" B2B Lead Generation Blog. Marketo/Modern B2B blogs.

B2B Prospecting Data Just Keeps Getting Better

Pointclear

The most reliable and scalable approach to finding new B2B customers is outbound communications, whether by mail, phone or email, to potential prospects, using rented or purchased lists. B2B marketers typically select targets from prospecting lists based on such traditional variables as industry, company size and job role, or title. We also asked the participating vendors to tell us what other fields they make available, and this is where things got interesting.

B2B Aware: This Week in B2B Marketing-Leadership, Mastership & Relationships

MLT Creative

WEEK OF JANUARY 16-20, 2011 This week in B2B marketing the B2B blogosphere is buzzing about mirroring leadership, mastering new innovation, and building relationships via new means. We appreciate the content contributors who keep the B2B marketing community informed with your reports, thoughts and observations. Do you know where your B2B twitter message is? Weekends tend to be a good time to get the word out. BtoB Magazine.

What the Twitter IPO Means for Marketers

Oracle

Congratulations to the entire Twitter team; past, present and early-stage investors! But Twitter is also one of Eloqua’s most effective communication channels as part of our social business strategy and media transformation. Which brings us to the topic of Engagement. Unless you’ve been on an extended holiday without connectivity, chances are you have heard about our Journey to Modern Marketing campaign.

Why is Google Scared and What it means for B2B Marketing!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

At a recent dinner with a buddy of mine from Microsoft (who helped launch Bing) – I learned a lot more about the search market and a very important trend that can effect the future of B2B Marketing. When you think about the search behavior of the average person online – we are mostly conditioned to search in very routine ways like pulling up a Google search page, using the toolbar in your browser etc. And we tend not to stray from that behavior now.

A Bait Shop Lesson in B2B CRM: “Crickets Self-Serve”

MLT Creative

One day, when my friend Jeff stopped at this old icehouse that also ran one of our favorite bait and tackle shops, he noticed the sign had been changed to "The Happy Store." The familiar, friendly face behind the counter was gone, he said, and the new one didn't give him the warm welcome he was used to. But Jeff wasn't about to leave empty handed, so over to the cricket box he went. We do this ourselves to keep an open ear for those "Ah-ha!"

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New Infographic: B2B Lead Generation & Content Marketing Trends

NuSpark

The infographic summarizes key data from a variety of research reports covering B2B and technology lead generation, media strategy, and content marketing trends, from initial solution research to lead nurturing. My goal was to seek out the best of the best, repurpose each research chart into a custom chart using the tool located at www.icharts.net , and present the trends in an orderly fashion. SiriusDecisions, 2011 B2B Buyers Journey, Report Summary.

B2B Marketing Creative - Not the job I wanted 50 years ago

MLT Creative

As far as I knew from television and movies, my vocational options were to be like my parents, or choose between being a cowboy or an Indian. I wanted to be an Indian. I wanted to be the real deal. In Gatlinburg, every kid got a cap gun, and the chance to shoot at Yankees from the train. As fun as that sounded to me at the time, I wanted an authentic Cherokee Nation experience. To keep me off the warpath, my parents took me there to be with my tribe.

Twitter Adds Brand Pages. The Brand Pages War Gets Bigger.

Oracle

Twitter brand pages hinge mainly on two elements: A branded header marketers can use to more prominently promote their logos and taglines; The ability to promote a particular tweet at the top of a brand’s timeline, which can contain an embedded video or photo. The open question is whether the long awaited brand pages will provide the firepower Twitter needs to compete with Facebook, LinkedIn and even Google+ for businesses’ attention.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Word of Mouth Marketing relies on reputation not branding

B2B Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog About Free Resources Get FREE Updates Instantly Get A FREE Chapter from my book. FREE E-Book 8 Critical success factors for lead generation Just tell us where to send your FREE updates Subscribe in a reader Podcast Feed Subscribe via iTunes Recognition Thanks for Reading! Call for speakers: MarketingSherpa’s B2B Marketing Summit 5 dials to tune in your lead generation process Recent Comments Copyright This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: New Lead Nurturing Webinar

B2B Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog About Free Resources Get FREE Updates Instantly Get A FREE Chapter from my book. FREE E-Book 8 Critical success factors for lead generation Just tell us where to send your FREE updates Subscribe in a reader Podcast Feed Subscribe via iTunes Recognition Thanks for Reading! Call for speakers: MarketingSherpa’s B2B Marketing Summit 5 dials to tune in your lead generation process Recent Comments Copyright This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Content ideas for lead nurturing and tactics to use

B2B Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog About Free Resources Get FREE Updates Instantly Get A FREE Chapter from my book. FREE E-Book 8 Critical success factors for lead generation Just tell us where to send your FREE updates Subscribe in a reader Podcast Feed Subscribe via iTunes Recognition Thanks for Reading! Call for speakers: MarketingSherpa’s B2B Marketing Summit 5 dials to tune in your lead generation process Recent Comments Copyright This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

High-Performance Email Marketing for Attracting and Engaging.

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website High-Performance Email Marketing for Attracting and Engaging Industrial Buyers by Achinta Mitra on October 2, 2010 in B2B E-Mail Marketing , B2B Lead Generation , Industrial Marketing Strategies In today’s “do more with less” industrial marketing environment, email marketing continues to be a productive marketing tool despite all the reports about its declining effectiveness.

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Direct mail for the complex sale that really works

B2B Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog About Free Resources Get FREE Updates Instantly Get A FREE Chapter from my book. FREE E-Book 8 Critical success factors for lead generation Just tell us where to send your FREE updates Subscribe in a reader Podcast Feed Subscribe via iTunes Recognition Thanks for Reading! Call for speakers: MarketingSherpa’s B2B Marketing Summit 5 dials to tune in your lead generation process Recent Comments Copyright This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Marketing That Reaches Decision Makers In Big Companies

B2B Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog About Free Resources Get FREE Updates Instantly Get A FREE Chapter from my book. FREE E-Book 8 Critical success factors for lead generation Just tell us where to send your FREE updates Subscribe in a reader Podcast Feed Subscribe via iTunes Recognition Thanks for Reading! Call for speakers: MarketingSherpa’s B2B Marketing Summit 5 dials to tune in your lead generation process Recent Comments Copyright This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

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7 Strategies for Using Content to Market Industrial Products

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website 7 Strategies for Using Content to Market Industrial Products by Achinta Mitra on May 14, 2010 in Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing & Web 2.0 , Industrial Marketing Blog I am a big fan of Content Marketing or as some people like to refer to it as Inbound Marketing. It is heartening to see that content is at the center of most discussions about the state of B2B marketing today.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Two new reports on marketing and lead generation

B2B Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog About Free Resources Get FREE Updates Instantly Get A FREE Chapter from my book. FREE E-Book 8 Critical success factors for lead generation Just tell us where to send your FREE updates Subscribe in a reader Podcast Feed Subscribe via iTunes Recognition Thanks for Reading! Call for speakers: MarketingSherpa’s B2B Marketing Summit 5 dials to tune in your lead generation process Recent Comments Copyright This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Twitter - Content - Social Media - B2B Marketing Best Of June

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

B2B Marketing Hot List. You can subscribe to receive the best from around the web on B2B Marketing by visiting the B2B Marketing Zone and subscribing to the Best Of. 7 Tips on how B2B marketers can leverage social media - B2B Lead Generation Blog , June 29, 2009. Socialize B2B Customer Advocacy - Marketing Interactions , June 25, 2009. The 9 Must-Have Qualities of a User-Focused B2B Website Design - WebMarketCentral , June 1, 2009.

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Lead generation for the complex sale (book update)

B2B Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog About Free Resources Get FREE Updates Instantly Get A FREE Chapter from my book. FREE E-Book 8 Critical success factors for lead generation Just tell us where to send your FREE updates Subscribe in a reader Podcast Feed Subscribe via iTunes Recognition Thanks for Reading! Call for speakers: MarketingSherpa’s B2B Marketing Summit 5 dials to tune in your lead generation process Recent Comments Copyright This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Alinean Adds Six New B2B Customers During the First Quarter 2011

The ROI Guy

May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alinean, the leading creator of value-based interactive sales and marketing tools for business to business (B2B) solution providers, today announced the addition of six new customers during the first quarter of 2011, expanding its list of top B2B vendors who are improving sales and marketing effectiveness to a new breed of B2B buyers.

The Twofold Benefit of Optimizing Marketing Content

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website The Twofold Benefit of Optimizing Marketing Content by Achinta Mitra on August 17, 2010 in Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing & Web 2.0 , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Online optimization is usually associated with natural or organic search engine optimization (SEO). I am referring to optimizing customer engagement in B2B marketing.

5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Revenue

Oracle

by Steven Woods | Tweet this There’s no doubt that social media has been a disruptive force on B2B marketing. Yet, many marketers struggle with how to use social media to go beyond awareness, to actually drive revenue. I’m here to tell you it’s not magic. In fact, by attaching social media marketing to the 5 Revenue Performance Indicators high-performing companies have adopted, you can drive actual results. Targeting Influencers to Drive Conversions.

Crunchy, salty, nutritious news & views on B2B marketing for technology companies | Velocity - the B2B marketing acceleration agency for technology companies

delicious b2bmarketing

I presented a webinar the other day where I stated that while white papers are still the staple of content marketing, they’re getting really stale as a communications vehicle for B2B. A few people were so incensed they contacted me to say I was talking nonsense. So click here to find out whether they changed my mind… Read more… Stan Woods | June 16th, 2009 | one comment The Content Marketing Workbook It’s here. Seemed to go really well.

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Marketing Automation is Not Marketing Strategy

Pointclear

Too often, these days, I am hearing B2B marketers mouth claims like, ”We got this new [fill in the brand] automation tool, so now we can reduce headcount.” Or, “Once this automation system is installed, it will take our marketing to the next level.” Déjà vu all over again, to echo Yogi Berra. Not only was it a nightmare to get up and running, the software served only to automate the processes—good or bad—that companies already had in place.

Fear not! Think like a savvy investor with lead generation

B2B Lead Generation

This morning I was talking to a marketing leader about his 2008 strategy and he brought up some concerns he had about the economy and its potential impact on him and others. In years past, marketing has been favorite target for cuts by CFOs and CEOs as they look to conserve cash and reinforce their balance sheets for tough times. We have to remember that regardless of the economy, sales people are still expected to perform.

Top 40 Posts and Hot Topics of Inbound Marketing and Social Media

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

Best of B2B Marketing. A fascinating “hardcore” B2B social media success - grow - Practical Marketing Solutions , June 20, 2010 With many companies now engaged in social media marketing strategies for nearly two years or more, success stories are starting to emerge, even in the difficult marketing world of industrial B2B. I discovered a great success story to share with you through a masters thesis being developed by Haakon Jenson of Norway. New to the Show?

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