December, 2019

Marketing Automation Trends and Strategies for Your Firm

Hinge Marketing

There’s a good amount of complexity to work through in understanding marketing automation (MA) for professional services firms— with countless products featuring a constantly-evolving array of capabilities and features. Small wonder that many firms are uncertain whether to embrace this technology, let alone know how to get the most results from it.

Why CMOs Need to Make “Being Nicer” Their #1 New Year’s Resolution

Marketing Insider Group

Being a CMO is an increasingly challenging job. In today’s world, marketing has evolved beyond simply advertising and branding to infiltrate all aspects of how a business is run. The role of the CMO has also had to change to keep up with the broadening definition of marketing. Today’s CMOs are marketers, of course. But they’re also responsible for driving business culture change and innovation.

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How Does Treating LinkedIn Like It Was Twitter Impact Results for B2B? [Research]

Webbiquity SMM

The top two social networks for B2B marketers, LinkedIn and Twitter, are different in several important ways. And marketers generally use them differently. LinkedIn is more formal, more professional, more selective, and more about thought leadership and insights. Twitter is less formal, more wide-open, more newsy, and generally noisier. Consequently, B2B marketers generally post more frequently on Twitter and share more third-party content. But what if they changed that pattern?

4 Steps for Creating Engaging and Effective Lead Nurturing Campaigns

Act-On

Read this blog to learn how to create engaging and effective lead nurturing campaigns that guide prospects and customers along exciting customer journeys. Customer Journey Email Marketing Lead Management

75% of World Trade Flows Through Indirect Channels - Are You Enabling the Right People?

Speaker: Jay McBain, Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems

We are in the middle of a major transformation of how companies go to market – in fact, 76% of global CEOs feel that their current business models will be unrecognizable in the next 3 years. Join Jay McBain from Forrester as he unpacks these future trends.

How Do You Know It’s Time to Bring in a Marketing Expert | What’s Your Edge?

Measure Up Marketing

Do you know when it’s time to bring in an outside Marketing expert? Maybe this story helps illustrate the point. Not very long ago, Mark, my husband, started limping. When I asked him what was wrong, he said his knees were bothering him. For immediate relief, he applied some BenGay and took some Advil. The next day he said he felt better. A few days later, I found him sitting in his chair with a heating pad on his knees. “It It looks like your knees are still bothering you,” I pointed out.

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CDP and DMP: What Is the Difference?

Oracle

Customer Data Platforms (CDP) and Data Management Platforms (DMP) are two commonly used B2B marketing tools. They sound similar and are in some ways are the same. For example, both capture and organize data , use existing data, generate analysis and reports, create a single customer view, and work toward the aim of influencing the customer to buy. Yet, there are distinct differences between the platforms that you need to understand to optimize your B2B marketing results from both.

How to Create Engaging Videos Using Buyer Personas and States of Being

Cintell

Video marketing is officially the top content format B2B marketers used in 2019. And it’s no surprise. People are watching more video across various platforms. While video has become a quintessential component of today’s content marketing strategy , it’s like any other medium. To produce your most engaging content, you must develop an intimate understanding of your audience. And this is why buyer personas are so important. They take the guesswork out of marketing.

5 Best Practices When Creating a LinkedIn Company Page

KoMarketing Associates

LinkedIn currently has about 660 million users on their site, according to their about page. It remains the most popular “professional networking” site that students, employers, and professionals use to share information, build work relationships, and find jobs. Just like the other popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, a company’s LinkedIn page is likely to show up in search results for their branded terms.

5 Steps to Sales and Marketing Alignment for ABM Success

Lattice

Whether “sales isn’t converting enough leads” or marketing is “sending sales junk leads,” chances are that the reality of your sales and marketing misalignment falls somewhere in the middle. Wherever the truth may lie, the data doesn’t lie — alignment between the two teams means more revenue for your company. Read this story to learn the 5 key steps to sales and marketing alignment

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The Complete Guide to SaaS Revenue Modeling

In today’s climate, it’s more important than ever for SaaS companies to build rock-solid financial models on which they can operate and make key business decisions. The teams at SaaSOptics and Burkland have teamed up to create a comprehensive guide to the most difficult aspect of financial modeling: revenue forecasting.

Every B2B SEO Strategy Needs…

PureB2B

Businesses, along with practically any and all types of transactions, are carried out in the digital world. Navigating through the e-marketplace can be a challenging process but with the right tools and strategies, enterprises can find themselves ahead of the competition. Most marketers would have probably heard of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – it’s the process of optimizing the quality and quantity of your website traffic from the search engine results page.

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How to Use Content to Nurture Leads and Build Rapport

BOP Design

I’ve tried various automation and software tools to figure out which businesses have visited the Bop Design website, what they viewed, and time on each page. Understanding these user behavior metrics and crafting content as a result is a great way to position our company as a thought leader. That’s great as far as Google’s Algorithm and SEO but how does content fit into closing deals?

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Lead Generation vs. Demand Generation: Top 6 Strategies Which Work!

Only B2B

We discussed the differences between lead generation and demand generation on the basis of content marketing strategy earlier. This is an extension of the post wherein we focus on different lead generation and demand generation strategies. Did you know that only 22% think their organizations approach to content marketing is very or extremely successful? I am not surprised. With marketers who use demand and lead generation interchangeably, this is an expected result.

7 Reasons Why ABM Fails and How to Avoid Them

Engagio

With more and more companies implementing ABM and heralding their successes—everything from increased revenue and more significant deals to increased customer retention rates—it’s only natural to want to join the party. After all, according to ITSMA, 87% of B2B marketers report higher ROI using ABM strategies. That said, implementing ABM is not without its challenges.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

What The Google BERT Update Means For SEO

ATAK Interactive

Google BERT marks another major update to the company’s search algorithm in 2019. . The Most Important Update in Five Years . At the end of October 2019, Google announced a Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers update, lovingly referred to as BERT. Google also took the unusual step of announcing that the release was the most significant update to its search algorithm in five years. They also stated that they expected BERT to impact at least 10% of ALL search queries.?

The Complete Guide to Data Enrichment

Oktopost

When a mission-critical deal is on the line, B2B sales can be more like negotiating a strategic partnership (or romantic relationship) than merely persuading someone to buy a product. Today, when both the stakes and the competition couldn’t be higher, a knowledgeable and personalized approach is the key to moving leads down the funnel.

Ask a Content Strategist: When Should I Use Gated Content?

Contently

The default in B2B marketing seems to be to make every “big rock” piece gated content, hidden behind a form. But how do you actually decide when content should be gated and when it shouldn’t? James, San Francisco. After a hiatus, Ask a Content Strategist is back by semi-popular demand. I’m like Season 8 of Scrubs ! You’re not overly excited, but you’re pretty okay with it. James from San Francisco definitely is.

How to Stand Out and Succeed at Content Marketing

Spiralytics

Content Marketing being a huge deal this year is a given. We all know how important content marketing is to rank better, to be more visible in search and social media, to build up authority as a thought leader, to educate and inform both existing and potential customers. Content Marketing

The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

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

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

5 Content Resolutions to Consider for 2020

Acrolinx

As 2019 winds down, it’s natural to spend some time thinking about the year that was and the new year that’s upon us. It’s an opportunity for self-reflection, … Continue reading "5 Content Resolutions to Consider for 2020". The post 5 Content Resolutions to Consider for 2020 appeared first on Acrolinx. Blog Content Analytics Content Marketing Tone of Voice

The Key to Survival in a Post-Cookie World

Liveintent

Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar, you ask? Safari and Firefox. Allow me to explain. Safari and Firefox block third-party cookies on their browsers. These cookies carry consumer data between different sources, such as brands, publishers, and various technology platforms like demand-side platforms (DSPs), supply-side platforms (SSPs), and data management platforms (DMPs). This data helps marketers and publishers target, value and understand online audiences.

What is the Most Trusted Social Media Platform in B2B?

Marketing Insider Group

Marketers spend a good portion of their careers trying to get ahead of the curve when it comes to identifying and adopting the latest marketing trends. In fact, it’s probably one of the reasons why you’re here. But being the trending topic yourself—whether B2B brand or thought leader—is a challenging feat.

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12 Easy Tweaks to Ask for Reviews via Email

SendX

Collecting customers’ reviews is a game-changer for any business looking to boost their revenue and beat the competition. Customers’ feedback may influence your decision-making process and shape the future of your products or services. What’s more, it’s also crucial for understanding your target audience better and measuring satisfaction among your existing clients.

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SaaSOptics SaaS Metrics Template

Download this template that includes calculations, formulas, definitions and a customizable dashboard. The template includes subscription momentum metrics (ARR, customer count, avg. ARR), churn and retention metrics, and customer lifetime value metrics.

15 Personal Branding Experts You Need to Check Out

B2B PR Sense

Today you can't have a robust business without a solid personal brand. But it's not always easy to know where to start. That's why I wanted to share with you a list of 15 personal branding experts whose content can help you to develop and polish your own brand. Personal branding is an important part of your business's PR and marketing strategy. It is more than a simple "look at me" tactic. Modern audiences want to know the person behind the brand. What are you like? What do you stand for?

Optimize for Search and for Trust

Oracle

On the Fly is our ongoing video series with small bites (two mins or less) of marketing advice and training from marketing experts, delivered while they are on the road, at the airport, or traveling somewhere. We are thrilled to have Lee Odden , CEO of Top Rank Marketing , as our expert On the Fly for this episode.

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6 B2B Demand Gen Predictions for 2020

The Point

The rate of change in B2B marketing and marketing technology continues to accelerate, and 2020 promises to be no different. I asked the best subject matter experts I know, my colleagues at Spear Marketing Group , what trends they think will highlight the next 12 months in B2B demand generation. Here’s what they had to say: “I fully expect to see continued buzz around AI, but I think the real heavy lifting next year is going to be around tech stack management.

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Report: Marketing Budgets are Slim, But CMOs Remain Optimistic

KoMarketing Associates

Marketers often need a healthy budget to achieve their top objectives, but new research suggests that 2020 may come with less resources than in previous years. Gartner recently published “The Annual CMO Spend Survey 2019-2020” report, and statistics showed that marketing budgets accounted for an average of 10.5% of all company budgets in 2019. This is a drop from 11.2% recorded in 2018, and close to the lowest point on record (10.2%), which was seen in 2014.

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How to Drive Revenue Through Retention Marketing & Sales Enablement

Speaker: Ruth Stevens, President of eMarketing Strategy

In a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to focus on retaining and expanding current customers. So, how can sales and marketing support the retention effort? Join Ruth Stevens as she dives into this fast-paced session and reviews the 7 key strategies for current customer marketing, to enable sales and expand customer value.