October, 2017

How to save your content marketing strategy from self-destruction

Tomorrow People

Brands are jumping on content marketing as a cash cow — but the yield will be poor unless you can stand out from the herd. Don’t kill your content marketing with mediocrity. Here’s how to differentiate and kill the competition. Guess what?

Chairs are Dead—and Other B2B Marketing Hogwash

ViewPoint

In 2015, I wrote this blog for Sales & Marketing Magazine: Dead is Dead (in Sales & Marketing). It seemed like, suddenly, a lot of things were dying: cold calling was dead; telephone prospecting was dead; outbound marketing was dead … many said that even marketing was dead. Maybe I was just sensitive. I mean, I grew up at a time when Paul McCartney was supposedly dead (he, thankfully, lives on). Poetry was dead. The theater was dead.

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Marketing More Agile

Marketing Insider Group

It’s very easy to get caught up in the specific processes involved in making marketing Agile. Creating a backlog, conducting retrospectives, and striving for cross-functional teams are all worthy goals, and each of these should be on your Agile marketing roadmap. But the truth is, there are things you can begin doing today that will […]. The post 7 Simple Ways to Make Your Marketing More Agile appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Marketing Strategy

Switch the user interface to accelerate growth and leadership

Biznology

Lesson for leaders. Advertising looks like an unstoppable force as it drives Google ’s and Facebook ’s dominance, earning them one-fifth of global ad revenues. But advertising has become increasingly disliked as it has been turned into a weaponized platform that tracks and targets every person.

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Lead Generation Companies: How to Pick a Right One

Have you ever had a bad experience using a lead generation company? If the answer is yes, you are certainly not alone; fortunately, MarketJoy has put together 4 simple questions that you can use to judge your next potential lead gen partner.

4 Marketing Attribution Trends For 2018

bizible

If you haven’t listened yet, Analytics Today is a marketing podcast focused on technology, big data, and digital marketing. It's hosted by Jeremy Roberts , Senior Director of Marketing at Claimatic, and Sameer Khan , Director of Marketing Operations & Analytics at Alert Logic.

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Public Relations Trends: How to Explode Your PR with Visuals

B2B PR Sense

Visual content is one of the public relations trends that has exploded recently. Put simply, if your content doesn’t include a visual component, you’re losing a huge chunk of your potential audience! People are more visual than ever in their communications -- think emojis, GIFs, and video calling.

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What’s the Ideal Number of Experts for Expert Roundup Posts? 27 Experts Weigh In

Webbiquity

Expert roundup blog posts have become a staple of influencer marketing and content marketing programs. Any why not? They’re relatively easy to write, influencers (often) are happy to contribute, and readers gobble them up. They often perform well in terms of both SEO and social media sharing.

8 Creative Examples of the Use of Color Psychology in Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

Color psychology is one of the more fascinating sides of marketing. Reds to motivate. Blues to build trust. Oranges for confidence. The visual light spectrum has the power to play our emotional responses like a violin. The use of color for brand building is far from a perfect science. After all, every group, let alone every individual, […]. The post 8 Creative Examples of the Use of Color Psychology in Marketing appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing

Digital marketing requires millennial marketers

Biznology

I have been talking to more and more clients lately who are up in arms about these entitled millennials that are so hard to work with. Yeah, the complainers are baby boomers like me, or maybe Gen Xers. How did you know?)

How to Do ABM at Scale with Account-Based Demand

bizible

As B2B marketers, we look for frameworks and models to help improve how we run marketing. Unfortunately, frameworks often fall short of our needs. Frameworks usually come in two flavors, they are either based purely on inbound strategies, or they are based purely on outbound strategies.

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7 Cold Calling Tactics You Aren't Using but Should Be

Cold calling isn‘t dead; neither is it on its deathbed. In fact, it’s one of the most effective ways to increase sales and drive revenue. Learn 7 preperation strategies to lessen your stress, and to become a better closer!

10 Powerful Ways PR Can Boost Thought Leadership Strategy

B2B PR Sense

A thought leadership strategy is a blueprint for industry success. Not only does it boost your credibility, but it also puts your brand on the map. But thought leadership doesn’t happen overnight. It takes careful planning to position yourself as an industry star.

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It’s time to introduce search engine optimisation topics into your content marketing strategy

Tomorrow People

Why your content marketing strategy should focus on search engine optimisation (SEO) topics — not just keywords — to differentiate your B2B marketing. A great shift is taking place in the world of search engine optimisation (SEO) results.

Why the Best Marketing Is Adaptive Marketing

Act-On

Adaptive marketing is what happens when you bring in all the biggest trends of marketing right now: personalization, big data, customer-first, real-time.

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Five Ways to Keep Your Marketing Plan on Track

Webbiquity

Guest post by Dean Kaplan. As a business owner, I really enjoy working with my marketing team. I find their creativity and flexibility to be inspiring and they work hard to develop great strategic plans with detailed timelines.

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How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

Insights Into the World of Content Marketing

B2B Lead Generation

Last week, Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs released their annual B2B Content Marketing Study that dives into the practices and habits of B2B content marketers in North America. Content marketing is a key component of any customer experience strategy and while the overwhelming majority of B2B organizations are producing content, the study shows that successful execution may still be elusive. In looking at this year’s study there are some thoughts and musings I have listed below.

Why Content Marketing Projects Need Project Managers

ScribbleLive

There used to be a time when I didn’t fully understand what Project Managers actually did within content projects! Your job is to tell others to stay on track, right? I’m a Project Manager in the dad part of my life, I guess.

B2B Thought Leadership: How to Promote Your Brand with Social Media

B2B PR Sense

B2B thought leadership is the pinnacle of success for any business leader. As a thought leader, you become the leading authority within your industry, with a commanding presence that others look to for upcoming trends and advice. In fact, thought leadership is one of best ways to.

Content marketing en MaaS: 8 reasons why your content marketing agency is your new competitive advantage

Tomorrow People

How to build meaningful competitive advantage with your content marketing agency to differentiate your offering and stand out from the crowd. Remember 2010?

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Best Practices for Selling to Government Agencies

The US government spends over $235 billion on goods and services each year. Because of this, selling your product or service to a government agency can be a great way to increase profits. A government buyer also offers consistency, at least for the duration of your contract. However, there are key differences between selling to a customer or business and selling to the government. MarketJoy VP of Customer Success, Curtis Bendt, has used his vast experience in sales industry to craft a list of best practices for selling to government agencies to give you a more specific idea of what the process involves. MarketJoy also provides you with several tips on how to increase your chances of success.

B2B Marketing Tactics & Goals: How to Focus on Fundamentals

Marketri

We hear it every weekend during football season: “The losing team did not execute the fundamentals.” But oddly, we don’t hear it all the time in marketing. Strategic Marketing Plans B2B Strategy Strategic Marketing Consulting B2B Marketing Best Practices

10 Strategic Marketing Lessons from Apple [Infographic]

Webbiquity

Guest post by Ashley Phillips. You’ve just kick-started your new company with the perfect product or service. To make sure your target demographic is drawn to your offering rather than your direct competitors’, you need a stand-out marketing campaign.

Six powerful B2B marketing tactics you may be missing

Biznology

There are so many great new techniques in B2B marketing today, it’s hard to keep up.

The 2017 State of Pipeline Marketing Report [Infographic]

bizible

How are B2B Marketers driving revenue? That’s the ultimate question we answered in the 3rd annual State of Pipeline Marketing Report , through a variety of questions surrounding Marketing in 2017.

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Paradigm of Strategic Value-Based Discounting for the B2B Industry

Competition has increased to new levels of intensity and organizations have begun to look for new ways to acquire customers. Discounted pricing is a strategic tool, which when used correctly can drive a variety of business goals, from marketing through to sales strategy

How to Build a Successful B2B Influencer Marketing Strategy

B2B PR Sense

Virtually every sport has its own playbook -- an amalgamation of the best plays and strategies. In much the same way, marketing has its own set of strategies. And B2B influencer marketing is at the top of our list. Why do we say that? Because audiences have changed.

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Turn your lackluster B2B content marketing strategy into a standout customer experience

Tomorrow People

Wanna make sweet CX with your content marketing strategy? Well, marketers, get a load of this. Got 5 minutes? Want to explore differentiation and give your content marketing strategy a kick up the ass? Then you’re in the right place. But firstly, I’ve got to get something off my chest…. The growth of the internet, smartphones and tablets, along with brands (both B2B and B2C) joining the content marketing strategy bandwagon means that the world is awash with content. Some good, some bad.

How to Create a Killer Marketing Plan and Spare Yourself a Scare

Act-On

Creating a marketing plan doesn’t have to be scary. Learn the basic and not-so-basic elements to include in a successful plan. B2B Marketing Email Marketing Marketing Strategy B2B marketing marketing automation marketing plan

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Three Marketing Automation Strategies You Need to Implement Today

Webbiquity

Guest post by Kimberly Maceda. Automation is the future of marketing. The market is still in its growth phase, and highly fragmented among more than 200 software providers. With its high potential and the impressive results it can deliver, it’s no surprise that more businesses are implementing these platforms to beef up their performance. For now, a study revealed that 49% of companies are currently using marketing automation tools , with 55% of B2B companies adopting this technology.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

How Can Brands Deliver Robust Customer Experiences?

Modern Marketing

According to a study by Walker , customer experience will be the key differentiator for consumers by the year 2020. Currently, price and product are the key drivers for the decision-making process.

[Interview] How B2B CMOs Manage and Develop Marketing Plans 

bizible

We recently published our first issue of Fast CMO magazine and in doing so learned a great deal about how today’s B2B CMOs approach marketing planning. Fast CMO magazine is a compilation of interview stories featuring marketing executives from B2B companies.

Attribution Will Be Critical for AI-Based Marketing Success

Customer Experience Matrix

I gave my presentation on Self-Driving Marketing Campaigns at the MarTech conference last week. Most of the content followed the arguments I made here a couple of weeks ago, about the challenges of coordinating multiple specialist AI systems.

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It’s not what Dove meant, it’s what people see

Biznology

Dove ad screen capture via @NaytheMua. Dove has historically actively pursued women’s diversity in race, color, size, shape. This is a controversy of context in a world that is not only allowed but empowered to excerpt, crop, edit, and define meaning.

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.