The Content Factor

Breathe Life into your B2B Marketing Using Humor

The Content Factor

Many B2C companies know how to leverage the power of humor in their marketing campaigns. B2B marketing, on the other hand, can be clever and compelling, but is rarely funny. B2B marketers tend to steer away from the kind of edgy humor eagerly anticipated in Super Bowl advertisements.

Sales and Marketing: Let Worlds Collide

The Content Factor

Marketing people think of their company’s prospects as a either a homogenous group or grouping of groups (segments), and they communicate with these groups through vehicles that are designed to reach masses of people. At a recent Focus Roundtable on Sales and Marketing alignment (or the lack thereof), we acknowledged the frequently discussed differences between the people who work in sales jobs and the people who work in marketing jobs.

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When you don’t have time for an elevator pitch.

The Content Factor

As the article points out: “Storytelling is at the heart of content marketing No matter the company or the communication goals, every brand has a story. A recent story entitled Five Lessons on Compelling Content from Australian Football from the Content Marketing Institute caught my attention. With an intriguing title like that I couldn’t resist. One of the lessons discussed was about the power of storytelling to attract and retain loyal fans.

You Can Get a Year’s Worth of Engaging B2B Content in Just One Day!

The Content Factor

I’ve wondered about this, as there are plenty of great agencies and talented writers who would love to help these companies overcome that particular challenge.

Customer Success and Marketing Alignment: The Key to Unlocking Customer Advocacy

Most B2B companies say the customer experience is a priority, but their teams are not prepared or coordinated enough to make this a reality

The "new" AOL is trying to become a pay-to-play content company

The Content Factor

Last week the Wall Street Journal broke a story about AOL and CEO Tim Armstrong's new strategy to create a content company that is more attuned to what people are searching for and what advertisers want to promote. The plan is to create a network of freelancers that will write copy based on popular searches. Much of the freelancers' compensation will be based on how many times the content is

Case Study Winners: It’s About the Client

The Content Factor

Our new white paper, “Secrets of Case Study Winners,” outlines quite a few specific strategies for B2B companies to create successful case study programs. The idea for this white paper was borne from my observation that case studies are remarkably difficult for most B2Bs to generate, yet they are usually the most valuable marketing content a B2B can provide for its sales force. read more. B2B Case Studies Business to Business (B2B) Content Marketing

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Craft Content to the Buying Cycle: Stage 4, the Invested Buyer

The Content Factor

Have you ever been solicited by a company that you already do business with? Don’t these companies know that I am already part of their value chain? It happens to me all the time. So, why are they spamming and cold calling me? I feel like I am being taken for granted, and I look for an excuse to “escape” through the bottom of their sales funnel. Don’t let this happen to your customers by neglecting their content. read more.

How To Craft Content to 4 Stages of the B2B Buying Cycle

The Content Factor

I talk with B2B companies who are on board with content marketing as a concept, but don't know where to start. What makes content "good" for their particular buyers? And how can their content be more compelling than their competitor's? They can brainstorm titles for white papers all day, but not be confident that one content theme will be any more effective than another. read more.

Getting out of the B2B Marketing Manager's Muddle

The Content Factor

I had, at my fingertips, some powerful tools to share my company's message with the world. A year ago, I was a B2B marketing manager in a muddle. But I had nothing new to say. read more.

Great Web Content is Authoritative

The Content Factor

Read the full white paper, or view all the blog posts in the series.Hallmark of Great Web Content #7: Great Web content is authoritative.Great Web content puts your company’s best foot forward. It is original and demonstrates your company’s expertise, not lifted from outsiders or distilled from brochures. Here's #7 of a 10-part series on the "The 10 Hallmarks of Great Web Content."

Enough is Enough. Or Is it?

The Content Factor

BtoB Magazine's recent article "When Enough is Enough" describes how Cisco Systems straddles the fine line between spamming its existing customers, and keeping Cisco top-of-mind.The article quotes John Coe, president of the Sales & Marketing Institute, on the role of content:In fact, Coe said, if your messages bring value to your customers—beyond your company's latest product offerings—there.

Great Web Content Raises the Hairs a Bit

The Content Factor

It raises the hairs a bit.Whether you’re selling financial services to consumers or databases to businesses, remember: Companies don’t buy things; people do. Here's #6 of a 10-part series on the "The 10 Hallmarks of Great Web Content." Read the full white paper, or view all the blog posts in the series.Hallmark of Great Web Content #6: Great Web content is emotional.

Score One For Old School Marketing

The Content Factor

Jonathan Weber's interesting story about how that coolest of social media companies--Apple--relies on old media marketing techniques is well worth reading. According to Weber, Apple doesn't tweet, use facebook or do any of those other cool things. They do buy a lot of television, magazine pages and billboards, however

B-to-B Marketers Will Press the "Reset" Button on Thought Leadership in 2010

The Content Factor

This week, BtoB Magazine published these two stories, and it is up to me to connect the dots.Public companies shedding b-to-b mediaIncompatibility with volatile ad cycles has big publishers selling off propertiesThe global downturn has underscored advertising's cyclicality, with ad pages plunging an average 30% this year. Custom content is up, and trade publications are down.

How to Build a Productive Company Culture

Hubspot

Every company has a culture, much like every individual has a personality. And like a personality , a company’s culture can develop organically over time. Fostering a Productive Company Culture. A club, for instance, or a company or a country.

Industrial Email Marketing for Manufacturers, Distributors and Engineering Companies

Industrial Marketing Today

80 percent of marketers agree […] The post Industrial Email Marketing for Manufacturers, Distributors and Engineering Companies by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today.

12 Noteworthy Examples of B2B Companies on Instagram

KoMarketing Associates

So, what does this mean for B2B companies? This is the key element I am referring to: Instagram allows companies to tell their story without any interruption. Why It’s Noteworthy: Hootsuite’s Instagram exposes their followers to the company culture and core values.

Email Marketing for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies

Industrial Marketing Today

He considered marketing emails to be nothing more than […] The post Email Marketing for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today.

Five steps to establish a content-creating company culture

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I’ve worked with a number of large and small companies to help them develop a culture of content creation and there seems to be a few common themes that enable success. Here are some steps that launch a company toward a vibrant culture of content creation: 1.

How to change your company culture for marketing success

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I used to work for a big metals and mining company called Alcoa. It might make more sense if you knew that the company was the subject of the most famous lawsuit against a corporate monopoly in U.S. Obviously something that dramatic would have a powerful impact on the company culture.

Three companies using IT for dramatic transformation

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I used to work for a big global company. ” We discussed the fact that in many companies, the IT Department is still a “cost center” and not strategically integrated into marketing and sales functions. I used to work for a big global company.

One Company | One City | One Lattice

Lattice

Let’s start from the beginning – I had five months to find an awesome city with an amazing venue to pull off this awesome event that our company had never experienced before. Every great company kick-off needs to have an inspirational theme.

6 Branding Mistakes Undermining Your Company's Image

Hubspot

At the time, the growing ready-to-eat meals market seemed like a great space for an already-successful company like Colgate to expand their presence. Colgate had spent years branding themselves as a toothpaste company, and the new product just wasn't consistent with their existing brand image.

Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?

The Point

Analyst David Raab reports that for companies under $5 Million in revenue, marketing automation penetration is a miserly 5 percent. Even at mid-size companies ($20 Million – $500 Million), the figure is only 10 percent.

Social media employee advocacy is the heartbeat of your company

Biznology

Employee advocacy is the heartbeat of your company. Does a company even have a heartbeat? For too many companies, their goal is to keep employees happy enough to keep that money flowing in. But that’s not your company.

Five Videos Every Company Needs

Act-On

What comes to mind when you think about companies using video? Many companies also use video to sell. But video can do even more for your company. Here are five videos every company needs in 2016. For many people, the Dollar Shave Club video is high on the list.

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Study shows social media usage surging at large companies

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The University of Massachusetts released its annual survey of social media usage at Fortune 500 companies and the trend continued to heat up, although these mega-companies continue to lag INC 500 companies, non-profits and universities in their application of social media to marketing efforts.

Digital Transformation Works — So Why Are Companies Struggling to Transform?

B2B Marketing Insider

To be successful, your company needs to be customer-centric, have the right team, and develop a digital framework. The post Digital Transformation Works — So Why Are Companies Struggling to Transform?

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Why are America’s fastest-growing companies killing their blogs?

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Are America’s fastest-growing companies shifting away from blogging as a primary social media platform? ”Maybe” could be a conclusion based on new research examining the INC 500 from The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts.

5 Reasons companies are bringing their marketing in house

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Here’s a significant trend described in a very fine digital marketing research report from SoDA — in the past year there has been a dramatic spike in the number of companies who no longer work with outside marketing agencies — 27 percent, up from 13 percent in the previous year.

Are Companies Ignoring Their Best Source For Buyer Insights?

Tony Zambito

Through natural laws of inertia, companies can become insular because of data. An over-reliance on data and even in recent developments related to machine learning and artificial intelligence can cause companies to miss the all-important social context. Illustration by Aneeque Ahmed.

The 10 best big company blogs in the world

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There seems to be a lot of noise about the “death of the company blog.” A few years ago, I did a comprehensive study of the best company blogs in America and I thought it was time to re-consider this channel. What is the state of the art in company blogging?

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10 Ways CMOs Can Help Grow Their Companies

Modern Marketing

And, while some growth has happened for your company, you might be feeling like you’ve hit a plateau and could use some new marketing strategies that will stimulate further business.

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12 ways to achieve emotional marketing for your B2B company

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” In Mark Schaefer’s book, Social Media Explained , he asks companies to ask a critical question: What does our company do that NO ONE ELSE does? By Brooke Ballard, {gow} Contributing Columnist. Relationship marketing. Psychographics. Humanizing your brand.

How to Solve the Marketing Skills Gap In Your Company

Digital B2B Marketing

A few weeks ago I was talking to Maureen Blandford about marketers, marketing technology, and the need for all of us to move faster. Our conversation turned to skill sets and the current digital and technology skills gap in marketing today.

Video Tech Company Leverages SEM to Drive Enterprise Leads

The Point

Started in 2008 as the world’s first open source video player, JW Player pioneered video on the Web and today has customers in 193 countries, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual bloggers.

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5 Tips To Promote Your Company Blog

B2B Marketing Insider

The post 5 Tips To Promote Your Company Blog appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. The competition is fierce out there. There are 58.6 million new blog posts each month on WordPress alone. Everybody, in other words, has clued into this content marketing thing.

How to establish your company’s Social Media Lead Team

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I have written a lot about the critical importance of company culture to social media marketing success. For many companies this is a dramatic and difficult change. In some companies this might include Legal, HR, PR, IT, Marketing, and Sales.

Effective Marketing Strategies for B2B Companies

KEO Marketing

As a business to business (B2B) company, lead generation is an essential part of your marketing and sales strategy. The goal is to gain their trust and prove that your company is worthy of their business. Alerting customers to the latest company news.