February, 2017

The Top SEO Trends To Watch in 2017 [Infographic]

Marketing Insider Group

This is a guest post from Jomer B. Gregorio from CJG Digital Marketing The SEO landscape has shifted and developed continuously within the course of 2016.

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5 Ways to Drive the Success of Influencer Relations

Onalytica B2B

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.

[VIDEO] How to Get 30% Response Rates with Prospecting Emails

DiscoverOrg

Whether you’re in sales or marketing , you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about your email messaging.

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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10 Tips for Increasing Your Influence

Onalytica B2B

Most content on our own site and across the industry has a strong focus on influencer marketing from the brands’ perspective: why B2B brands should do influencer marketing or how B2B brands can implement a successful influencer campaign – to name a couple.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

How to Master Social Media Marketing in 2017

Marketing Insider Group

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.

How to Run a Successful B2B Marketing Brainstorm [SlideShare]

Tomorrow People

B2B marketing brainstorms can boom or bust based on the quality of your preparation and how well you engage participants. b2b marketing brainstorms b2b promotional campaigns

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The 24 Best Email Marketing Tools

Webbiquity

While email is the most mature (that sounds better than “old,” right?) form of digital marketing, there’s no shortage of marketing technology innovation in this area.

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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.

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.

How Marketing Automation Technology Makes Businesses Smarter

Act-On

Editors Note: This post originally appeared in The Business Debate. . Stereotype: a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, affective attitude or uncritical judgment. Webster’s Dictionary.

Is Your Content Fresh Enough to Attract Google?

Marketing Insider Group

So, you publish a new blog post or how-to video twice a week – does that mean your site is fresh as a summer rose? Not to the search engines. There’s more to website freshness than posting new content.

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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.

2016’s Most Prospected Companies By State

DiscoverOrg

No matter our company or our role, I think I can safely say we ALL receive numerous prospecting emails and calls every day. Some of the messages we receive are well-crafted, on the mark, and personalized to our issues, and others….well, well, they just aren’t.

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.

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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How To Ideate New Content When You Feel Like You’ve Exhausted All Topics

ScribbleLive

Sometimes the hardest part of a content marketer’s job is coming up with new and fresh content ideas. It can feel like you’ve written all there is to write about a given topic or industry. When you’ve fallen into that dark place, try these four creativity kick-starters. Monkey See, Monkey Do… But Better.

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.

5 Smart Ways to Automate Your Marketing

Act-On

Need to do more with less? It’s a common challenge for marketers today. We’ve got limited budgets, limited time, limited staff – and yet our quarterly targets keep rising. For many of us, this means it’s time to apply some elbow grease. It’s time to hunker down, call home that we’ll miss dinner, and work through until the job is done. But you don’t necessarily have to work harder. In fact, I bet most of you are already pretty much at your limits.

The Infographic that Will Revolutionize Your Approach to Content Creation

Marketing Insider Group

Here’s an important question. When you come up with your content marketing strategy, do you consider the psychological impact of what content you choose? Taken even further, to what extent does psychology influence how you craft that content?

Manufacturing Content Marketing Trends and Challenges

Industrial Marketing Today

For the past four years, I have downloaded and read research reports on Manufacturing Content Marketing in North America published by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI).

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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.

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.

Organic vs paid social media: 12 myths vs realities

Biznology

Competitors want you out, influencers want you in

Onalytica B2B

“We don’t have any competitors.”. I’ve heard this often. My response is: if you don’t have competitors then your business idea is either so bad no one will touch it (possible), or so great it’s been done before (probable) – which is a proxy for saying yes, you do have competitors.

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.

Is Influencer Marketing 2017’s Most Trendy Trend?

Marketing Insider Group

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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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.