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.

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.

#HowIBuy - An In-depth look at the buying process from 12 different perspectives

Learn from B2B buyers on #HowIBuy. Featuring C-Suite and Executive leaders from MongoDB, Uberflip, InsightSquared, and more. Get the eBook free!

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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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How to develop buyer personas for B2B marketing

Tomorrow People

Creating buyer personas is a powerful way to build the audience understanding every B2B marketing department needs for success, and an essential part of your campaign research. b2b promotional campaigns buyer personas

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.

30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

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

Marketing Insider Group

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.

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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[VIDEO] How to Structure a Successful Sales Team

DiscoverOrg

Does this problem sound familiar? We spend an enormous amount of time searching for and then hiring what we think to be “A” players. We then invest time (hopefully) training those reps before releasing them into the wild, only to ask them to do several different roles.

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9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

How to strategically target your content and lead generation campaigns to disrupt the status quo and facilitate the sale.

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

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.

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.

Lead Nurturing’s Biggest Challenges

Marketing Insider Group

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.

Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

See how a marketing team demonstrated 10X ROI and increased sales by 35% with marketing automation.

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.

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?

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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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.

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

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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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 Video Helps Sales and Marketing Alignment

Vidyard

It wasn’t very long ago that sales and marketing had virtually nothing in common. They used different tools, employed different tactics, and tracked different metrics. They even sat in different parts of the office at most companies. And that lack of alignment started to cause problems.

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[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.

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.

2017 State of B2B Digital Marketing

Type A Communications

February 16, 2017 by Carla Johnson B2B marketers are finally getting a handle on some big digital challenges. That’s the message from DemandWave’s recently released 2017 State of B2B Digital. read more. Marketing Sales 2017 B2B Carla Johnson DemandWave digital marketing Trends Type A Communications

10 Tension Deflection Tactics for Stressed-Out Marketers

Act-On

Got stress? Lots of it? Boy, are you not alone. Are you stressed enough to need a punching bag? So are 62% of marketers … or worse. What’s more, 12% of us are at the breaking point. A certain amount of stress is just part of life. Applied judiciously, it focuses us and improves our performance. But as we all know, there’s good stress and bad stress. We all get short bursts of stress we’re naturally wired for ‒ it helped us when we needed to run away from bears and lions. That’s useful stress.

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.

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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Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

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