February, 2017

How The Content Illusion Is Leading Marketing Astray In The Era Of Digital Transformation

Tony Zambito

Illustration by Hea Poh Lin. In the past five years, the often-unquestioned hymnal has been that to succeed in today’s digital world, businesses must produce content. Produce high-quality content, yes. But, produce massive amounts of it to get in front of customers.

The Great Big List of 23 Types of B2B Marketing Campaigns, by Funnel Stage

bizible

Need ideas on how to generate high quality demand and turn prospects into customers? You’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of 23 types of B2B marketing campaigns, as well as descriptions of when they are typically appropriate to use. The list is broken down by stage of the funnel.

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An Email is Not a Campaign: the Case for Integrated Marketing

The Point

The reality of life as a professional marketer is that there is rarely, ever, enough time, budget, resources or bandwidth to plan, design, build, launch and manage every campaign as we would if we could. I get that. We all make compromises.

The 29 Best Social Media Monitoring Tools

Webbiquity

Social media monitoring is vital for virtually every B2B or B2C brand. 58% of consumers follow brands on social media.

5 Key Aspects of Accurate Marketing Automation System Software Pricing

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25 B2B Engagement Tactics For All Marketing Funnel Stages

bizible

With the myriad of available B2B marketing engagement opportunities, which strategies should marketers use, and at what point in the buying journey? At which of the marketing funnel stages are prospects prepared for various types of outreach?

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The Demise of the White Paper is Greatly Exaggerated

The Point

If you can say anything about marketers, it’s that we love obituaries. Yes, we love to declare things dead. Inbound Marketing? The MQL? Lead Funnels?

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The 21 Best Content Curation Tools

Webbiquity

Although content marking is now a nearly universal practice—with 93% of B2B marketers using content marketing— half of all marketers still rank “producing enough content” as one of their top five challenges. Fortunately, content marketers don’t have to do it all themselves.

The Psychology of Colors in Content Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

Design plays an important part in content marketing. An interesting looking site is more likely to retain the attention of visitors than something boring or simply average.

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.

Why content is your enemy and experiences are your friend

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Isadora Becker as Marge Simpson. By Mark Schaefer. I recently had an interesting conversation with my friend Jeremy Floyd , the CEO of FinWorx , and he made a provocative comment. “When we create material for our customers, we never call it content,” he said.

Do You Suffer From Brand Detachment Disorder?

Type A Communications

February 7, 2017 by Carla Johnson Super Bowl ads are the mother lode of creativity. They’re the most watched show on television every year and the buzz of marketers for. read more. Creativity Marketing Storytelling

Matrix of 31 Marketing Funnel Metrics [Infographic]

bizible

Marketing funnel metrics are always at the forefront of a B2B marketer’s mind. We’re constantly looking at conversion rates, cost data, social shares, open rates, and click-throughs -- just to name a few.

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Expert Interview Series: Nicolas Terpolilli of OpenDataSoft on the Value of Opening Your Data

Reachforce

Nicolas Terpolilli is the Chief Data Officer of OpenDataSoft, where he’s responsible for the data network development. We recently asked Nicolas for his insight on using data for marketing. Here’s what he shared: Can you tell us about the mission behind OpenDataSoft?

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

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

Five Strategies for Improving Customer Experience

Webbiquity

Guest post by Brooke Cade. As a marketing professional, you understand customers are your firm’s most valuable assets. They are the key to your brand’s ultimate success and survival.

How to Master Social Media Marketing in 2017

B2B Marketing Insider

Social media is a constantly evolving medium. From which sites are trending within your industry to the latest Facebook features and Instagram influencers – let alone the development of completely new social media platforms every time you turn on your laptop.

Customer Experience is the Most Critical Part of Marketing Right Now

Modern Marketing

89% of marketers expect customer experience to be their primary differentiator, according to Gartner. That is quite a high number. That means you need to pay extra close attention to the words of our global Modern Marketing experts when they talk about customer experience.

How to Get More Leads From Social Media

Act-On

What’s your impression of how hard it is to generate leads on social media? My impression used to be that social media lead generation is unusually hard—much harder than content marketing. But in a recent survey of marketers from Ascend2 , content marketing actually surpassed social media in terms of difficulty. Effectiveness vs. Difficulty for Lead Generation. There was another interesting thing in that report.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

Must-See Examples of Marketing Success That You Can Replicate.

How Empathy Will Grow Your Sales & Marketing Pipeline

Type A Communications

February 14, 2017 by Brian Carroll We have more marketing channels and more content than ever before, but it’s become harder to actually connect with customers. Here’s what I mean. read more. Customer Experience Marketing Sales Carla Johnson storytelling Type A Communications

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10 Epic Shifts that are Re-Writing the Rules of Marketing

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark Schaefer. I’m often asked: “What is the next big thing in marketing?” ” This seems like a simple question, but I’m not sure I know any more.

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Five Tips to Help You Write Outstanding Content For Your Blog

Webbiquity

Content is king, and blogs often make the best castles. Unfortunately, many people struggle to consistently write the type of high-quality content that attracts and holds readers, and stands out in search. These five tips can help you more dependably write outstanding content for your blog.

Is Influencer Marketing 2017’s Most Trendy Trend?

B2B Marketing Insider

What is the most powerful trend in marketing right now? That would be influencer marketing according to one recent survey which says influencer marketing is providing a 960% return on investment. How has this type of marketing proved to be so wildly successful, so quickly?

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Customer Success and Marketing Alignment: The Key to Unlocking Customer Advocacy

Most B2B companies say the customer experience is a priority, but their teams are not prepared or coordinated enough to make this a reality.

Why MarTech Fails: A Data Driven Answer

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve sensed a certain weariness in recent discussions of marketing technology, as marketers realize their business problems remain even after massive investments in new systems.

Why We Scrapped All But One B2B Event Sponsorship in 2017

bizible

Events are often a huge part of a B2B organization’s marketing strategy. They guarantee an audience filled with like-minded individuals who are all interested in the presentations and products surrounding the event industry.

5 Ways to Make Your Content Speak to a Business Audience

Reachforce

You want your content to make an impression. You want your business-to-business (B2B) customers talking. You focus on recent market events, emerging industry trends and the latest news.

5 Steps to Growing Your Marketing Performance

Modern Marketing

The path to better marketing performance is a lot like to taking a wild patch of land and transforming it into a manicured garden lawn. Like a garden, you can’t grow your marketing performance overnight but you can begin to make an impact this quarter taking one step at a time.

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7 B2B Marketing Strategies You Need to Know About

As B2B marketers, we know that our buyers' needs are ever-evolving, but it's not just our buyers that are changing.

Five Reasons Why Sales Strategy Doesn’t Work for Many Small Businesses

Webbiquity

Guest post by Anthony Bergs. Customers are the heart and soul of any business. To survive in the long run, companies need to have a sound customer acquisition and service strategy.

Lead Nurturing’s Biggest Challenges

B2B Marketing Insider

Lead nurturing is a vital part of B2B marketing because it‘s a key strategy in driving prospective customers towards a purchase decision. When done right, it can eventually turn prospects into loyal customers who can contribute to sustainable revenue for the long run.

16 Video Marketing Benchmarks You Need to Know [Infographic]

Vidyard

Whether you’ve been in the marketing world for the last 30 years or the last 30 days, you know that video is hot… …as in the #1 preferred content type of the average consumer, hot. And when something is so hot, you need to (a) use it (check!) and (b) maximize its performance.

How to Get More Results Out of Less Content

Act-On

My, we’ve all been busy. According to the Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Pros, marketers have been creating quite a lot of content over the past few years ‒ and it looks like most of us will create even more of it this year. This actually worries me a little. I wonder if putting so much of our resources into creating more and more content might actually be a mistake. More is not always better. Here’s why: We’re not making the most of the content that we’ve got.

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