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Key B2B Demand Generation Strategies for 2015

The Point

Recently I sat down with Amanda Nelson, Director of Marketing at RingLead , a leading provider of cloud-based data solutions that make it easy to analyze, remove, merge and prevent duplicates in Salesforce. In our business, demand generation and content marketing are nearly synonymous.

What is Social Demand Generation?

Modern Marketing

Marketers have long been used to drawing up plans. But as social media has gone from the beta test to a part of everyday life , sticking to a detailed marketing plan has become virtually impossible. It serves as an on-ramp to social media for demand marketers.

Is B2B Lead Generation Really This Difficult?

The Point

Results are in from a recent survey on B2B Lead Generation by the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn ( free report download here ), and the numbers tell a disheartening story. Marketing automation has yet to solve the reporting issue.

Branding is Not Demand Generation. Stop Pretending That It Is.

The Point

Demand generation is hot. It’s the marketing movement of the moment. It’s why demand generation managers are suddenly as common as, well, marcom directors. It’s why systems consultants are reinventing themselves as “demand generation agencies.”

Demand more from today’s B2B marketer

Sales Engine

When it comes to B2B marketing—whether it be social media, email marketing, blogs, white papers or attending trade shows—it has to be about lead generation. So from a marketing perspective, educating them on who you are and what you do is not enough to drive sales.

The B2B Lead Generation Ecosystem and WPO [Infographic]

Webbiquity

The “Internet Marketing Lead Generation Ecosystem” infographic below was created by the Chicago SEO agency , Straight North. Its purpose is to serve as a blueprint to demonstrate how multiple online marketing channels can be joined to create one online lead generation campaign.

Demand Generation 101: 7 Tactics For Generating High Quality Leads

Act-On

Demand generation, aka “demand gen,” isn’t just about leads. Demand gen is about creating high quality leads that engage with your brand – and eventually turn into revenue. That’s where demand gen comes in. What a demand gen program looks like.

5 Reasons Your Sales Reps Aren’t Getting Enough Qualified Leads

The Point

Earlier this year, I talked to a CMO at a B2B tech company whose sales counterpart was lobbying strongly for the company to adopt Account-Based Marketing (ABM) as part of their demand generation strategy. The lead funnel is obsolete. Maybe demand generation isn’t broken.

6 Best Tactics for B2B Lead Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

You need to generate leads, right? If you are a B2B marketer, particularly one focused on making a complex sale in a large enterprise, the answer is almost certainly a resounding yes. The B2B lead generation landscape has changed tremendously in the last decade.

Connecting the Dots Between Social Media & Demand Generation

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Today’s blog post comes courtesy of Carmen Hill, of Babcock & Jenkins, an Eloqua partner and B2B marketing integrated agency focused on demand generation and pipeline acceleration. Content is the fuel that keeps the demand gen engine running.

Corporate Websites for Demand Generation: B2B Discussion Highlights

Digital B2B Marketing

The latest #B2Bchat discussion focused on the relationship (or lack thereof) between corporate websites and demand generation. Can corporate websites support demand generation and lead capture? Are you a B2B marketer or interested in B2B marketing?

4 Things B2B Marketers Need to Know About Using Social Media for Online Lead Generation

Reachforce

In the grand scheme of marketing, social media is an infant. Social media has proven pretty powerful in the B2C marketer’s toolbox — providing marketers with a means for engaging with the public like never before.

How Sage Does Social Demand Generation

Modern Marketing

But many demand generation marketers don’t know what to make of it. Sage , a global provider of business management software and services however, has made social a key part of its demand activity.

Give Your Next Demand Gen Campaign A Reality Check

The Point

The copy is winding its way through the marketing group and is now on its fourth revision. Sometimes we get so used to our own “marketing-speak” that we think everyone talks that way. We’ve all been there.

17 Demand Generation Stats Every CMO Needs to See

Hubspot

Determining the success of your marketing programs and analyzing key performance indicators (KPIs) can be challenging if you don’t have access to industry data. The results are included in our new ebook, The Demand Generation Benchmarks Report. Marketing Data Daily

Lead Generation via Influencers and Experts in 4 Steps

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Proactively building relationships with influencers and industry experts and is a powerful way to generate leads and positive word of mouth (WOM). Most of us know this as influencer marketing , aka influence development.

Email 101: Tell Me Something I Don’t Already Know

The Point

To be successful in driving engagement from business buyers, it’s not enough that marketing content simply be relevant to the individual reader. For a particularly egregious example, see the email below from Azalead , a software platform for Account-Based Marketing (ABM).

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The Down and Dirty on Dirty Data: How Data Cleansing Can Improve Your Online Lead Generation

Reachforce

Marketing data is one of the most valuable assets a company holds. Leads and customer information help you target groups most likely to purchase your products.

What Percentage of Marketing Leads Should Be Accepted by Sales?

ViewPoint

The biggest disconnect between marketing and sales is the hand-off of marketing qualified leads (MQL’s) to sales and the acceptance of those leads (SAL’s) by sales. My solution to this is having a lead definition agreed upon by marketing and sales, and the establishment of a judicial branch to evaluate leads that are not accepted and passed back to marketing or dead in the funnel. B2B Marketing B2B Sales Sales Leads

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4 Key Takeaways from the 2015 SiriusDecisions Summit

The Point

More than 2,300 marketers, including this writer, gathered in Nashville this past week for SiriusDecisions’annual confab on all things marketing. For the last five years or so, inbound marketing and demand generation have been virtually synonymous.

Lead Generation: 2 tips to transform your content marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Content marketing can be an effective tactic for lead generation as customers look to your brand as an authority in the marketplace delivering relevant information that is useful to their needs. B2B Content Marketing: Find the bigger story [More from the blogs].

Inbound Marketing Leads Costs Less

B2B Marketing Insider

Recently I had a conversation with a fellow marketer who challenged the notion that inbound leads costs less. They pointed to the high cost per lead of some paid search (PPC) campaigns as evidence. It’s about lining up marketing efforts more closely to the buying process.

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3 Steps Towards Utilizing Big Data for Better Lead Generation

Reachforce

Big Data Marketing Demand Generation data driven marketing Database Marketing lead data lead re-engagement Lead Segmentation targeted marketing

What Comes After Lead Generation?

Digital B2B Marketing

Two weeks ago, I wrote Five Reasons Lead Generation is on its Last Legs , exploring the reasons why today’s common lead generation tactics are beginning to fail. However, the requirement that marketing deliver leads will not change. Inbound Marketing.

Sirius Decisions Thinks Websites Will Generate 71% of All B2B Sales Leads by 2015. I Disagree.

The Point

The point being made by the article’s author, Jill Stanek, was that Marketo’s acquisition enables that company to extend dynamic, personalized marketing conversations from their current domain (email campaigns) all the way to the Website.

Content2Conversion – Predictive Marketing and Demand Generation

6sense

We’re excited for 3 days of sharing insights and learning how the best in the business use analytics and marketing technology to create powerful content that drives demand and delivers on revenue. Cari Baldwin, Founding Partner of BlueBird Strategies and Amanda Kahlow, founder and CEO of 6sense will take a group of marketers through an in depth training of launching your predictive intelligence efforts to: Drive content and messaging strategy.

Lead Generation: 81% of marketers use email marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet We surveyed 1,915 marketers for the 2012 MarketingSherpa Lead Generation Benchmark Report , and asked them about their most widely used lead gen practices. Which of the following lead generation tactics does your organization currently use?

Why This Holiday Email Campaign Misses the Mark

The Point

It’s that time of year again, and B2B marketers everywhere are dusting off the usual holiday clichés in an attempt to weave good cheer into their demand generation campaigns. One of my favorite lead generation mantras is this (repeat after me): Sell the Offer, Not the Product.

The new Demand Waterfall from SiriusDecisions; An Introduction

NuSpark

This week SiriusDecisions presented their new demand waterfall model. Where before it took a narrow approach to the funnel, the new approach showcases how inbound marketing, marketing automation and telemarketing intertwine with regard to demand generation.

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The new Demand Waterfall from SiriusDecisions; An Introduction

NuSpark

This week SiriusDecisions presented their new demand waterfall model. Where before it took a narrow approach to the funnel, the new approach showcases how inbound marketing, marketing automation and telemarketing intertwine with regard to demand generation.

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A Follow-Up Strategy for Content Syndication Leads

The Point

It’s important to recognize that content syndication leads are not like most sales leads. If you hand off content syndication leads to your sales force without setting these expectations, your program may be doomed to fail.

25 Demand Gen Resources, Stats, and Visuals Worth Bookmarking

Hubspot

Reading this headline, you might be thinking, “What is demand gen, and what does it have to do with what I’ve spent the last few years doing with my marketing strategy?” The marketing world is jam-packed with jargon, and yes, demand gen is yet another term to know.

The Simple, 3-Step Process to Generating Leads and Revenue through Social Media Channels

Marketing Action

And second, how do you convert these visitors who do end up on your site into email leads and customers? Below, I’ve laid out a straightforward process that will generate tangible results from your social media marketing campaigns. Leads are Better.

Three Ways to Increase Bottom-of-Funnel Leads Using Data-Driven Marketing

Act-On

While data-driven marketing might be a new(ish) term, the principles behind the adoption of the strategy are not. Data-driven marketing takes functions of marketing that have previously not been quantifiable and provides a factual base for which marketing decisions can be made.

9 Marketing Words That Have Lost Their Meaning

Digital B2B Marketing

The following 9 terms are so overused or misused in B2B marketing that they have lost nearly all meaning. Thought Leadership Almost any type of content has been labeled thought leadership marketing in recent years. Unfortunately much of it reflects zero thought and leads no where.

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Winning B2B Email Campaign Keeps it Simple

The Point

In B2B email marketing , does short copy always win over long? You won’t see or find many shorter B2B emails than the one below from BounceX , a New York-based developer of “behavioral automation tools for digital marketers.”

If You Write B2B Copy, You Need This Blog Post

The Point

Only AcmePro …” In marketing copy, there’s a fine line between assumptive and presumptuous, and this example crosses that line in leaps and bounds. Adapted from “The High Tech Direct Marketing Handbook”.