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?

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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#HowIBuy - An In-depth look at the buying process from 12 different perspectives

Learn from B2B buyers on #HowIBuy. Featuring C-Suite and Executive leaders from MongoDB, Uberflip, InsightSquared, and more. Get the eBook free!

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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 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.

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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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.

30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

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.”.

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.

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.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

How to strategically target your content and lead generation campaigns to disrupt the status quo and facilitate the sale.

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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Leveraging Video to Get More Sales Meetings [Podcast]

Vidyard

The more we talk to sales people, the more we realize that cold calling just isn’t cutting it anymore. And when you’re targeting large, enterprise companies, you need every edge you can get just to get your prospects’ attention — let alone land a meeting.

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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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

Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

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

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?

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.

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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50+ Video Marketing Stats that Prove You’re Doing it Right

Vidyard

Video may be all the rage, but for data-driven businesses, it’s hard to justify spending resources on a new content type without… well… data, right? And if this was five or ten years ago, you wouldn’t find much to support online video. But it’s 2017, and the times, they are a’ changing!

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Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

[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.

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 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.

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

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.

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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5 Ways to Make Good Pre-roll Ads (that people might actually watch)

Vidyard

Between the title and the first line, I’ve shown why you want to read this article, and it only took 5 seconds. If you have no interest in what you’ve seen so far, it’s likely you’re ready to leave.

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Are You Measuring Event Marketing The Right Way?

bizible

For many B2B marketing departments, event marketing takes up a significant portion of the budget. According to the State of Pipeline Marketing Report 2016, 72.2% of B2B marketers invest in conferences and/or tradeshows, the sixth most commonly used channel.

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.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

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