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.

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.

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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The 11 Best Social Media Campaign Builders and Ad Monitoring Tools

Webbiquity

Social media has become a core element of marketing across businesses of all types and sizes: maintaining active, optimized profiles; sharing industry-related updates; amplifying their own content; and engaging with prospects, influencers, advocates, and customers.

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The Sales Enablement Handbook

In the sphere of sales, it helps to get your definitions down. You might have thought sales operations and sales enablement are the same thing - but there are important differences. Both have the objective of improving sales performance, and although there is some overlap, they do this in different ways.

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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.

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.

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.

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Even real news is fake news because of decontextualization

Biznology

“It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear,” Frank Luntz sagely wrote. Online, it’s not what you write, it’s what people read.

How to Prepare Contact & Account for an Account-Based Marketing Strategy

Among B2B communities, 2017 brought upon several new concepts, trends and technologies… But perhaps none captured more attention than the re-emergence of account-based marketing as a viable growth strategy.

How to Become the Ultimate Master of Your B2B Public Relations

B2B PR Sense

Have you recently taken on your company’s B2B public relations, and find yourself a little overwhelmed? Or are you an old-timer to B2B PR, but wish you could be more effective. It’s only natural. After all, B2B PR is an intricate specialty with many moving parts that can’t be learned in a weekend.

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.

10 Tips for Selling in Influencer Marketing to Senior Management

Onalytica B2B

Back in January we published a post on the ‘ 5 Most Common Reasons why Influencer Marketing Fails ‘, identifying “lack of understanding from senior management” as a prevalent reason.

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2017 Budget Friendly Tools and Tips to Organize Your Content

Marketing Insider Group

It’s no secret that there are hundreds of tools, platforms, and outside resources that can help you improve your content marketing efforts.

GDPR & Demand Generation: What Your Team Needs To Know

Speaker: David Crane, Head of Content & Thought Leadership, Integrate

The coming month will test the boundaries of change management for marketing organizations (and their colleagues in sales, finance, IT and legal) as they ready their teams for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will go into effect May 2018. Much of what we’ve seen in B2B marketing publications, martech vendor blogs and from word-of-mouth borders on fear-mongering. Not to say this isn’t understandable – a lot of rather quick changes must be made to ensure GDPR compliance, and they can feel overwhelming. However, some of the wisest B2B marketing experts continue to reiterate one very important point: GDPR, while causing significant stress now, will lead to more efficient and effective marketing and sales down the road.

How to Form a Digital Marketing Strategy

Webbiquity

Guest post by Aaron McCann. In 2017, it’s essential for all businesses to have a solid digital marketing strategy to reach out and engage with customers.

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

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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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.

Top 20 B2B Marketing Charts of 2017

Discover critical data and insights with MarketingCharts' most popular B2B marketing charts of 2017. This deck covers both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective across topics such as lead generation, vendor relationships, and content marketing.

Influencer Marketing: Truth or Myth?

Onalytica B2B

Influencer marketing is a relatively new concept; with new concepts comes scepticism and criticism- fuel for misinformed opinions and sweeping statements. For every person that gets influencer marketing, there’s likely to be another that doesn’t.

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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The 15 Best Content Distribution and Amplification Tools

Webbiquity

Creating awesome content won’t do your business any good if no one sees it. So how much time should you spend on content promotion versus content production?

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.

2018 B2B Marketing Mix Report

B2B marketers like you contributed their insights to Sagefrog’s annual B2B Marketing Mix Report, a valuable asset in planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead.

Technology is Not a Substitute for Good Industrial Content

Industrial Marketing Today

Some of the people I talk to about industrial content marketing seem to be hung up on adding more technology to solve their lead generation problems. The thinking behind it is that technology will cover up the many holes in their strategy, content and help speed up the process.

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.

Link Building and SEO Strategies to Resurrect in 2017, Part 1

Act-On

Websites that earn valuable organic traffic from search engines are often aware of the powers of search engine optimization (SEO). If you only implement a few webpage best practices, stay aware of industry trends, and focus on good content, your rankings and traffic are likely to remain steady.

The Crack in Influencer Marketing You Need to Know About

Marketing Insider Group

In a world where Instagram posters are cultural icons and more kids are watching YouTube videos than cable TV, the influencers – the individuals who have won over legions of fans through their blogs or social media channels – have become a powerful bunch. They speak, post, and tweet.

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Empathy: Your Lead Generation Superpower

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO & Founder of markempa

Today’s sales and marketing environment is a paradox. There has never been more marketing channels to reach potential customers. But, connecting and building trust with buyers has never been harder. That's why we need to go beyond rational-logic based marketing to understand how our customers feel. Empathy is not just a “soft” skill, it's an incredibly powerful tool to understand customer motivation and increase lead conversion.

The 23 Best Free Google Chrome Extensions for Digital Marketers

Webbiquity

To enhance and automate marketing functions, businesses need to invest in online tools, integration, and training. No question. That said, however, it’s amazing how much can be done without spending any money—or even leaving whatever web page is currently open in your browser.

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What Is Thought Leadership and How to Attain It

B2B PR Sense

People will often call us for our PR services because they have the goal of becoming thought leaders.Thought leadership is one of those terms that is liberally sprinkled about but often lacks a clear definition.

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The 3 Biggest Things to Remember When it Comes to Influencer Marketing in 2017

Onalytica B2B

This is a joint piece I co-wrote with Felix Morgan , Senior Strategist & Innovation lead at our Partner, Livity, following our youth influencer event #UseYourInfluence on March 8th 2017. .

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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.

Developing a Conversational Approach

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, CEO & Founder of VisumCx

B2B buyers are self-guiding their purchase journey, consuming more content along their purchase path and involving more stakeholders in the final decision. Therefore, it is necessary for B2B marketing teams to align to this purchase path and to the buying committees. This is not accomplished by creating more content or sending more communication, the key to success is establishing a conversation with your buyers that engages them in a meaningful dialogue and ultimately converts them to a customer.