November, 2016

How Prospecting is Like Online Dating: 5 Mistakes Online Daters Can Teach Salespeople

DiscoverOrg

Love it or hate it, the fact is that research shows a massive 15% of American adults have tried their hand at online dating. But that doesn’t mean everyone in that group is doing it well. Some of the mistakes they make are cringe-worthy if not downright horror stories.

10 Social Media Tools That Will Wow Your Followers and Make Them Click

Marketing Insider Group

Are you looking for some tools that can take your social media engagement and conversions to the next level? Look no further. Here are our top 10 recommendations for social media tools that will wow your followers and get them to click on your opt-ins.

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Industrial Email Marketing for Targeting Engineers in Long and Complex Sales Cycles

Industrial Marketing Today

Industrial email marketing doesn’t get as much respect as it deserves. I’ve read articles where people have claimed that email marketing is dead thanks to social media. That is simply not true when it comes to industrial marketing.

115 Facts You Never Knew About Social Media [Infographic]

Webbiquity

Guest post by Josh Wardini. It’s something that you use almost every day, but how much do you really know about social media? We’re going in-depth, behind the scenes, on a mission to bring you facts.

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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5 Steps To Getting Started With Content Marketing For Your Small Business Or Startup

Marketing Insider Group

Brand awareness is essential for the success of small businesses and startups. But with so many other brands competing for your target audience’s attention, what can you do to stand out in your market?

Resources for Marketing Agencies: How to Keep Current in Times of Constant Change

Act-On

What’s your wake-up routine? Once upon a time (a long time ago), I would get up, retrieve the newspaper from the front porch (if, by some chance, it had landed there instead of on the roof or in the bushes) and flip through it while drinking my morning coffee.

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6 Steps to Creating a Successful Instagram Marketing Strategy

Webbiquity

Guest post by Jill Phillips. Instagram has rapidly grown into one of the largest social platforms, boasting more than 500 million daily users. More than fifty percent of Instagram users are followers of different brands on the network.

8 Tips for B2B Christmas Marketing

Onalytica B2B

I know what you’re probably thinking: “Christmas? It’s not even December yet!”- but what use would these tips be if I were to share them on Christmas eve?

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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.

7 Startup PR Strategies That Will Bring You to the Top

B2B PR Sense

Startup PR can be a rough sea to navigate in the beginning. Once you get that press interview, you’re on your way. Yet, many startups flounder a little when it comes to press interviews. Let’s face it -- journalist interviews present a new challenge to any startup.

The journey to high-performing B2B content [Infographic]

Tomorrow People

Content lies at the heart of inbound B2B marketing, but how can you take an idea to a high-performing reality? Content Strategy B2B Marketing

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Why “White Hat SEO” is Just Another Name for “Beautiful Content Marketing”

Marketing Insider Group

Having been in the Internet marketing profession for eight years now (seven of which have been specific to SEO and search marketing,) I’ve worked for several companies that employed both “black hat SEO” and “white hat SEO” programs.

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Successful Sales and Marketing Alignment, Part 4: When to Pass a Lead to Sales

Act-On

This post is part of a series to help B2B organizations understand and implement sales and marketing alignment. Part one was about getting started. Part two showed how to identify the target buyer and their journey. Part three outlined the steps to designing a successful lead process.

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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.

7 Common Myths About Big Data

Webbiquity

Guest post by Michael Ryan. There is much feverish online discussion about “big data,” particularly in relation to whether smaller firms that aren’t already accustomed to the use of advanced analytics should embrace it for their operations.

Blast Off of the Sales Tech Stack: An Interview with Holger Schulze

DiscoverOrg

Holger Schulze is an experienced B2B tech marketer and advisor for SaaS, marketing / sales automation and cybersecurity vendors.

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10 Reasons Why We do Influencer Marketing

Onalytica B2B

Influencer Marketing- something you’ve probably heard a lot about recently.

3 Tips for Better Aligning B2B Content Marketing & SEO in 2017

KoMarketing Associates

As every search marketer knows, content is critical in driving SEO efforts. Whether you’re looking to improve traffic, drive conversions, or acquire links, you need quality content in place to help get you there. As noted by Neil Patel , content marketing and SEO are like peanut butter and jelly.

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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.

10 Tips to Align Your Sales and Marketing Teams

Marketing Insider Group

Sales and marketing alignment is key to driving success regardless of your industry. It’s also an issue that many companies find to be a struggle. The disconnect stems from these teams’ seemingly disparate goals.

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How to Create Calls-to-Action that Convert

B2B PR Sense

To click or not to click? Ultimately, that IS the question B2B content marketers need to answer through their Call-to-Action designs. But sometimes, this is much easier said than done. Sure, you can whip up a CTA in a few seconds with a little text and a brightly colored button shape.

Three Reasons to be Thankful for the U.S. Election*

Webbiquity

*No matter who you voted for. Regardless of whom you supported in the U.S. presidential election, there are reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving week.

Putting the Human Back in Sales Conversations

DiscoverOrg

This is second installment detailing DiscoverOrg’s TiLT Sales Development Challenge and it’s 10 core learning modules. Read the first one here. Are you leaving money on the table by not empowering your sales development teams with the ability to connect with prospects?

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.

3 Insights to Help Build Your Unified Customer Database

Customer Experience Matrix

The Customer Data Platform Institute (which is run by Raab Associates) on Monday published results of a survey we conducted in cooperation with MarTech Advisor.

Three Reasons Why Building an Online Community Is Essential for B2B Marketing Success

Tomorrow People

Online communities are highly effective places for engaging with your target audience. Find out how to harness their power and achieve marketing success.

The Right Way To Produce Content for the Holidays

Marketing Insider Group

It’s here. The holiday season. Everybody’s minds turn to gift giving and preparing for family and friend to visit. It can be hard to plan content for this time of year because people’s buying habits change so much.

How to Market to Millennials

Onalytica B2B

Over the years, brands have shifted their approach from traditional generalised advertising to direct marketing- a practice which completely makes sense when you’re aiming to appeal to an array of audiences varying in: age, culture and beliefs.

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 Problem Pursuing Perfection, Especially in Marketing

ANNUITAS

Perfect is the enemy of Good. The quest for excellence shouldn’t be confused with pursuing perfection, yet it’s a trap many marketers fall into. Many enterprise marketers get caught up in producing the “perfect” campaign or the “perfect” web site.

30+ Statistics Designed To Guide B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy in the New Year

KoMarketing Associates

It’s that time in the year again. As we head toward the end of 2016, marketing budgets and planning for the new year will begin to take focus. While we realize that successful B2B marketing programs leverage a combination of investments, social media needs to remain in a part of that mix.

13 Customer Loyalty Best Practices for B2B Companies

Act-On

Marketers are often laser-focused on one thing: Get new customers. It ends up being such a focus that any other part of the customer lifecycle gets second-shrift. This can cause a bit of tension, as most of us know keeping customers is nearly as important as getting them in the first place. And then there’s the quotes and statistics about the benefits of customer loyalty , aka customer retention.

5 Steps to Creating a Compelling Marketing Strategy

Tomorrow People

Highly significant within an organisation, a great CMO ultimately helps to drive the business forward. But how do the most successful CMOs deliver a compelling inbound content marketing strategy?

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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.