November, 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Digital Marketing Tools that Won’t Cost a Cent

Marketing Insider Group

From professionally produced marketing videos to influencer campaigns and automation software, staying within your digital marketing budget while still driving growth is easier said than done. While some pieces of your marketing strategy aren’t exactly cost flexible, there are plenty of helpful free resources that digital marketers and small business owners can use to craft, launch, and […].

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6 Things Good Lead Generation Vendors Do Right (That You May Be Doing Wrong)

ViewPoint

There’s plenty of mediocrity in lead generation—both in-house and outsourced. However, there are a lot of things good insourced operations and lead generation companies do well. While lead generation (or teleprospecting) is not rocket science, there are a lot of moving parts in a well-run lead generation machine. Failure to execute and coordinate all of the moving parts leads to poor results.

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10 tech trends that'll shake up your content marketing strategy in 2018

Tomorrow People

From virtual reality, mobile-only, and the march of artificial intelligence (AI), get ready for the new revolution in tech-inspired (and defined!) content marketing. The advance of content marketing continues apace.

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Free Tools for Startups to Boost Social Media Presence

Webbiquity

Guest post by Nick Rojas. While it’s almost unheard of for businesses to completely ignore social media these days, startups have to be especially mindful of its advantages and uses.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2018

Act-On

Planning your marketing for 2018? Add something from each one of these eight B2B marketing trends if you want to keep up with (or ace) your competitors.

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How To Align Your Marketing Budget With Your Reporting Dashboard

bizible

Marketing budgets and dashboards are typically managed and operated separately. Budget exercises happen annually and dashboards are put together or updated as needed, such as before a board meeting. Marketers typically keep separate the management of marketing budget and the management of dashboards.

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Cadence—Multi-touch, Multi-media, Multi-cycle Marketing Multiplies Results

ViewPoint

For one client, it takes 9.82 touches to engage with a prospect. The result of these touches is what we call a disposition: PointClear's term for completing contact with a decision maker or company (some programs lend themselves to dispositioning by contact and some by company). This approach yields a 5% lead rate. Our leads are equivalent to what SiriusDecisions calls a Level 4 or 5 lead—well-qualified leads. We invest about 10,000 touches to generate 50 leads.

SEO for Business: How to Strengthen Your PR with Links

B2B PR Sense

When people first started to use SEO for business , it was viewed as a completely separate tactic from public relations. As time goes on, however, we’ve seen a relationship form between the two. Now businesses are seeing the benefit of using PR in SEO to get better results. How so?

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Five Secrets of Engaging Video Content

Webbiquity

Guest post by David Gutierrez. As online marketing becomes more about storytelling, video content has a crucial role to play. Video can add drama, comedy, poignancy and other aspects to a message that is challenging to convey in other content formats.

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Real-Time Personalized Messaging Is the Future of Marketing

Act-On

Adaptive Marketing Demand & Lead Generation Digital Marketing Personalization digital marketing lead generation Lead Nurturing & Scoring marketing automation

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!

The power of a ‘real-time’ content marketing strategy

Tomorrow People

B2B brands need to own the moment and harness real-time content marketing to be different. The future is here and it’s is real-time. Find out how to harness its power. Real-time is the next frontier in the advancing journey of a content marketing strategy. It’s a logical step when you consider our fast-moving, mobile-first world, and the instantaneous nature of news, entertainment and communication. And it’s not just B2C brands who are embracing real-time content marketing either.

Weekend Reading: “The Business of Expertise” by David C. Baker

Marketing Insider Group

For the 148th episode of The Marketing Book Podcast, I interviewed David C. Baker, author of The Business of Expertise: How Entrepreneurial Experts Convert Insight to Impact + Wealth. At the heart of this brilliantly-written manifesto is the concept that expertise flows from focus, which flows from positioning. And the more deep and narrow your […]. The post Weekend Reading: “The Business of Expertise” by David C. Baker appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

How do Engineers Use Content in Their Buying Decision?

Industrial Marketing Today

Of course, you know that engineers use content in making work-related decisions, i.e. buying decisions. Datasheets, case studies and how-to videos have always been popular with this target audience. However, have you ever asked yourself the question, “how do engineers use content?” The answer to that question is fundamental in developing an effective industrial content marketing […] The post How do Engineers Use Content in Their Buying Decision?

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Two-Thirds of B2B Marketers Say Lead Gen is High Priority for 2018

KoMarketing Associates

While email and social media marketing still yield big ROI for B2B marketers, increasing leads and lead gen tactics remain focal points, according to new research. The “2018 B2B Marketing Mix Report” from the SageFrog Marketing Group discovered that the majority of B2B marketers (67 percent) have made generating leads for their sales teams a “high priority” for the coming year. Converting leads into customers (47 percent) is also a “high priority” for 2018.

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.

Thanksgiving 2017: Time for a Gratitude Adjustment

Webbiquity

Millions of us check the news each morning. We start our days with a quick update on the top stories, whether on our phones, laptops, TV, or radio. Focusing on current headlines (rather than on what really matters ), it’s easy to feel there isn’t a lot to be thankful for right now.

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6 Ways Marketers Fall Short When Targeting B2B buyers

Act-On

With so much on the line, marketers still underestimate 6 things when targeting B2B buyers. This article outlines what those are and how to correct. B2B Marketing Demand & Lead Generation Lead Generation Lead Management Lead Nurturing Lead Scoring

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Online Display Advertising; An Overview & Benefits

NuSpark

Don’t underestimate the value of online display advertising. When promoting your business, there are three important factors to consider: visual interest to grab attention, enough frequency to maximize exposure, and relevancy to optimize response.

Weekend Reading: “The Perfect Close” by James Muir

Marketing Insider Group

For the 149th episode of The Marketing Book Podcast, I interviewed James Muir, author of The Perfect Close: The Secret To Closing Sales. If you think the world of marketing has changed a lot, sales professionals will argue that their world has changed even more. In this era of the super-informed buyer that can avoid […]. The post Weekend Reading: “The Perfect Close” by James Muir appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Sales Alignment

How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

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

Empathy, Web & People: Improving The B2B Customer Experience

B2B Lead Generation

Some businesses make it hard to work with them. It seems at times that many B2B organizations have made it so complex and uncomfortable to work with that customers are forced to find an alternative even if their current provider offers a better product or solution. As connected consumers, we want ease, we want a good experience, we have an expectation of those with whom we spend our money. We have seen this with 1-click ordering, same day delivery, and improved e-commerce experiences.

Report: High-Tech Marketers Turn to ABM to Meet Rising Customer Demands

KoMarketing Associates

New research suggests that marketers in the high-tech industry are facing more obstacles when it comes to meeting customer expectations. Adobe and Ovum recently published the “Digital Marketing in the High-Tech Industry” white paper, taking a closer look at how high-tech industry marketers are adhering to customer demands. Their research showed that 24 percent of high-tech businesses are unable to keep pace with changing customer expectations.

Five Situations Where Marketers Should NOT Use Automation

Webbiquity

Guest post by Godwin Adoga. Automation has been a big win for small and large businesses alike. Any one of us can think of many things we’d rather do instead of laboring over repetitive tasks that a computer could easily take care of.

How Silicon Valley can lose the ’embarrassing’ frat boy image and get its act together

Act-On

Silicon Valley is known for great innovation. It's also known, recently, for its sexism. Here are four tips to change the culture of abuse and exclusion. Corporate

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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 Adopt a Customer-Centric Strategy for Your Content

Content Marketing Institute

Does your company look at content through customers’ eyes? Here’s one way to tell: Look at your marketing content. For starters, riffle through some titles. Do the words typically convey customers’ concerns? Or do they mostly call attention to the things you sell?

How Experimentation Keeps Brands Competitive – Even Against Players Like Google

ScribbleLive

The launch of Google’s job search functionality , which followed its foray into travel , might leave businesses in other verticals worried their industries are next – and how they could ever compete with the search giant.

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Pipeline Marketing Helps CMOs Thrive in a Post Lead-Generation World

Modern Marketing

Is your sales team suffering from “rejection fatigue”?

Report: Manufacturing Marketers Find Success with Content Marketing

KoMarketing Associates

Content marketing is growing in popularity as a tactic to achieving strategic objectives, but how are certain industries integrating it? To learn more about the manufacturing sector in particular, the Content Marketing Institute teamed up with Marketing Profs and IEEE GlobalSpec to conduct the “Manufacturing Content Marketing: 2018 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends – North America” report. The vast majority of respondents (86 percent) stated that their companies utilize content marketing.

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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.

The Incredible Size of Worldwide Real-Time Mobile Usage [Live Infographic]

Webbiquity

Guest post by Karthik Reddy. Since the introduction of smartphones and tablets, mobile device usage has grown tremendously.

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5 Reasons to Re-share Your Content on Social Media

Act-On

Want better ROI from your content marketing? Here's a super simple way how: Just re-share your content on social media ― up to a year after publication. Content Marketing Social Media Marketing content marketing social marketing social media social media marketing

The 5 Types Of Direct Mail Campaigns In B2B Marketing

bizible

B2B direct mail seems to be the hottest marketing channel this year. Direct mail has been effective at Bizible and I suspect it will continue to be effective for a long time coming.

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Guide to Killer Content Curation

ScribbleLive

Within a second, Google receives over 40,000 search queries. That equates to 3.5 billion searches per day! So how do we manage this ongoing avalanche of new content? In this sea of endless data, content curation has become essential for brands looking to build a relationship with their audience and help buyers and customers find relevant information. What is content curation?

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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