March, 2017

The 17 Best Social Media Management Tools

Webbiquity

Monitoring and managing even a moderately active business social media presence can be time-consuming. The number of people using social media continues to grow, usage is increasing, and more networks require attention.

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New Buyer Insights Needed To Unlock Growth In An Era Of B2B Digital Transformation

Tony Zambito

Illustration entitled Insight by Yu Luck. The digitization of the global business economy has been taking place at an unprecedented rate. Consider this. Approximately forty years ago, 83% of the market value of the S&P 500 were tied to tangible assets – physical products.

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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 reason?

5 Painful Truths Damaging Your Content Marketing Strategy

B2B Marketing Insider

Facing the truth isn’t easy. But you have to do when it comes to your content marketing strategy. If not, you risk slowing down your website traffic, losing the interest of your leads, and possibly earning less sales for your business. It’s time to own your reality and do something about it.

25 Content Marketing Questions Answered

Featuring LinkedIn's Jason Miller & Curata's Pawan Deshpande

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Reboot Buyer Insights To Drive B2B Growth

Tony Zambito

Illustration by Gregory Cresnar. B2B companies are faced with the most transformative era in business history.

How to Create the Three Parts for Any Sales Funnel

Webbiquity

Guest post by Katrina Manning. What is a Sales Funnel? Sales funnels are everywhere. Created properly, they help guide buyers naturally through their decision phases from awareness to interest to desire to action.

Do CMOs Really Spend More on MarTech Than CIOs? A New Study Says No.

Customer Experience Matrix

Like many people in the marketing technology industry, I was tickled in 2011 when Gartner predicted that CMOs would soon have bigger tech budgets than CIOs , and even more tickled when Gartner said in 2016 that it had happened.

30 Seconds to Killer Storytelling Anytime, Anywhere

Type A Communications

March 2, 2017 by Carla Johnson I’ve written about how high-quality storytelling can take companies out of the commodity conundrum and actually help raise prices. That’s great!” readers tell me. read more.

The Content Marketing Pyramid

The Ultimate Framework To Develop & Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy

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.

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Understanding Generational Social Media Preferences

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Brooke B. Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist. I’m starting to wonder if marketers are too caught up with millennials to really think about generational nuances on social media. Because there’s more to marketing than millennials. Like me, Generation X.

Content Marketing Trends to Watch Out for in 2017 [Infographic]

B2B Marketing Insider

Content marketing is quickly becoming a game changer in the field of marketing. Since the rise of digital, social and mobile, various businesses and brands have now attempted to get closer and be more human with their customers.

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[VIDEO] The Role of Story in Account-Based Marketing

DiscoverOrg

We all should know by now the power of storytelling in business. After all, stories guide and enrich our personal lives every day in many ways: the learning we pass along to our children, the laughs we have with friends, the binge watching, or the novels we get lost in during a lazy weekend. Story is woven into the fabric of our lives, and we’re richer because of it. Given that point, why should the same principles not apply when we’re all at work? Of course they do, and then some.

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

Should Customer Data Platforms Be "Marketer-Controlled"?

Customer Experience Matrix

Thomas Wieberneit argues in a thoughtful blog post that companies need one platform for consolidated customer data, but that Customer Data Platform isn’t it because the CDP is “marketer-controlled” by definition, and thus doesn’t support other departments. This hits a nerve.

4 Ways You Can Humanize Marketing and Build Relationships

Type A Communications

March 21, 2017 by Brian Carroll We need to stop treating our customers like objects with our marketing and treat them like people. Be human first by recognizing their humanity. So how. read more. Creativity Marketing Brian Carroll Customer Experience Empathy marketing sales

Why Every CEO Should Have a Social Media Presence

Onalytica B2B

We live in a technology obsessed society where your average millennial’s reality blurs into one with their virtual online world; posting anything and everything from their latest fashion purchases, to their selfies and social life goings on.

How to ruin your content by overthinking things

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark Schaefer. It’s honesty time. I was a content screw-up in my early years because I made everything too complicated. When I started teaching, my college classes were FAR too packed with information. I made my students dizzy because of the information overload.

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.

If Your Content Isn’t Customer-Focused It’s Not Making an Impact

B2B Marketing Insider

Dear marketing professional, meet your new (very demanding) boss. Your customer. Today, top marketers are using content marketing not to persuade, but to engage with the consumer, meeting buyers where they stand, providing what they want.

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9 Ways B2B Analytics Can Optimize Marketing Strategies

bizible

Attempting B2B marketing optimizations without accurate analytics is like flying blind. But which B2B analytics platforms are best equipped for certain types of measurement?

How to budget for promotional marketing activity

Tomorrow People

Understanding how to allocate your marketing budget is vital in ensuring you get value for money - and a return on investment - from your promotional activity. b2b promotional campaigns

5 Useful Lead Nurturing Tactics to Get More Opportunities

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Lead nurturing is one of those things that’s easy to talk about but hard to do. In this article, I’ll share how to apply lead nurturing to help advance leads through three stages of your lead generation funnel to get more qualified opportunities. Here’s the thing: Our customer’s don’t see our funnels. They only have the aggregate experience of what they see, hear, and feel from us. Yet, it’s helpful to notice that all customer buying cycles fit into three distinct funnel stages. Let me explain.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation.

How Sujan Patel Writes Six Top-Ranking Blogs Every Week

Influitive b2b

As a content marketer, everything you do revolves around producing the best content as quickly as possible. However, in a world where competition for views is high, how can you strike a balance between quality and quantity? Sujan Patel, author, blogger, public speaker and co-founder of multiple startups including Mailshake and Narrow, has an answer.

Why 30 may be the most important number of your career

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark Schaefer. I come from a world that celebrates impatience. Most of my career was spent in a large public company where there was only one standard of progress — beat the expectations of Wall Street, every quarter, every year, without excuse, without end. Life was run in the short-term.

12 Ways to Boost Your Website’s Lead Generation Performance

Act-On

If you’re in digital marketing, there’s probably one metric you’re more focused on than anything else: leads. Your goal might be to get more leads, or maybe better leads, or leads that convert faster, or leads that give a higher value. But any way you cut it, it’s still all about lead generation. The question is, how do you get those leads? There’s no shortage of lead generation tactics.

Likability Matters: 4 Ways to Make People Like Your Brand

B2B Marketing Insider

You know ‘that guy’? The one that everyone likes? He’s always fun to be around but never pushy. He’s calm, cool and collected when everyone else is stressed, sort of like he knows a secret about life that the rest of us will never figure out. And he always seems to have the answer – […].

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5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

Why That Bargain Contact List You Bought is a Sales Dead End

DiscoverOrg

If a salesman wanted to sell you a bridge in Brooklyn, you’d recognize the racket almost immediately. Today, it’s a punchline, but once upon a time, people took the offer seriously: Two people a week for 30 years bought a worthless deed to the Brooklyn Bridge thinking the document would change their fortunes with the toll fares they could charge. Turns out all they had bought was an expensive piece of parchment.

Wondering How Customer Data Platforms Relate to Other Marketing Systems? Here's a Picture

Customer Experience Matrix

I was asked the other day about the distinction between Customer Data Platforms and Journey Orchestration Engines. My immediate answer was “Some CDPs are JOEs and some JOEs are CDPs. A CDP is a JOE if has journey orchestration. A JOE is a CDP if its data is accessible to other systems.

7 Ways To Use Account-Based Marketing Throughout the Year

Modern Marketing

Far from a passing trend, account-based marketing is gaining traction as an approach to marketing that goes well beyond just seasonal targets like the holiday retail system and reaches out to create an impact throughout the year.

4 Non-Marketing Skills You Need to Become a Better Marketer

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Kerry Gorgone, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Marketing isn’t a department. It needs to be a way of life throughout your organization. Human Resources needs to market the company to prospective applicants.

Flip My Funnel - Guide To B2B Account Based Marketing

As modern B2B marketers, we have been lucky enough to witness some of the most dramatic shifts in marketing strategies and technologies.