March, 2017

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.

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?

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5 Painful Truths Damaging Your Content Marketing Strategy

Marketing Insider Group

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.

Adapting an ABM Approach for Account-Based EVERYTHING

DiscoverOrg

This post is an original piece from guest author, Brandon Redlinger, and first published on DiscoverOrg’s blog on 3/27/2017. Brandon is the Director of Growth at Engagio, the Account-Based Everything platform that orchestrates human connections.

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Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

See how a marketing team demonstrated 10X ROI and increased sales by 35% with marketing automation.

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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.

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.

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

Marketing Insider Group

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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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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2017 CMO Survey

The 2017 CMO Survey can provide you with the latest insights into marketplace dynamics, spending, and trends.

[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.

Which Department Owns Influencer Marketing?

Onalytica B2B

Influencer marketing will play a significant role in brands’ 2017 marketing and communication strategies, with 84% of marketers saying they will launch at least one influencer campaign within the next 12 months.

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

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.

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

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

Marketing Insider Group

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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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.

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

B2B Marketing Experience: The Case For and Against Gated Content

bizible

Gated content—ebooks, reports, and other downloads hidden behind a form—has long been a part of the B2B playbook. If you’re going to take the time and effort to put together a great PDF download, you should be getting something of value (contact information) in return, right? Right?

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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.

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.

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

Marketing Insider Group

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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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.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

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

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.

Getting Towards a Mature Data Infrastructure

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Data is the watchword in organizations large and small. In fact, how an organization frames data is the single most important determination of future success or failure. As some put it, Data is the new “oil,” the commodity of most value in the modern age.

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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.

How Brian Used Video in Customer Success to Communicate Change

Vidyard

Every CSM knows that change can be a big sticking point for customers, especially a change like a new customer success manager.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

Why Email Marketing Is Making a Comeback in 2017

Marketing Insider Group

Social media marketing may seem more in style, but email marketing remains the best bet for good ROI, and in 2017 it might just be making a comeback. As marketers, there’s a lot of pressure to master the latest trends.

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[VIDEO] Selling to Marketing: How to Grab the Attention (and Wallet) of a CMO

DiscoverOrg

When DiscoverOrg first launched its sales intelligence platform 9 years ago, the company sold the best data in the world to sales teams that understood the value of org charts and direct dials to better find and connect with their IT prospects.

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5 Simple Ways to Use Storytelling in Your Marketing

Act-On

It’s been called the most valuable business skill of the next decade. A scientifically-proven way to enthrall audiences and get them to do what you want. But if you mention storytelling to some business owners or marketing managers, you’ll often get a blank look in return. Maybe even a frown. Why the resistance? There are a couple of possible reasons: “It’s expensive.”.

Is MarTech Is Too Important To Leave To The Marketers?

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m still pondering the relationship between marketing and IT : what it is, will be, and should be. A few new ingredients have kept the pot boiling: - a chat with Abhi Yadav, founder of Zylotech , a MIT-bred, artificial intelligence-driven Customer Data Platform and message selection engine.

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.