December, 2016

The Content Marketing Debate: More (Better) Is Definitely More

Marketing Insider Group

I have always believed that content marketing means companies leaving behind their tired old promotional ads, brochures, and requests for a demo. That’s why marketers are acting like real publishers focused on helping their audience become educated, informed, even entertained.

3 Tips for Using Social Media for B2B Marketing

Webbiquity

Guest post by Larry Alton. Social media can be a great business tool to use for marketing, sales, PR, customer service, and HR.

Can Customer Data Platforms Have Decision Functions? Discuss.

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve had at four conversations in the past twenty four hours with vendors who build a unified customer database and use it to guide customer treatments.

Why B2B Brands Should do Influencer Marketing

Onalytica B2B

Influencer marketing as a term is being used copiously, particularly within the PR industry amongst B2C firms. However, many B2B brands are potentially missing a trick by not exploring or exploiting the influencer territory.

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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.

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The 20 Best SEO Rank Tracker Tools

Webbiquity

Management guru Peter Drucker famously said “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” ” Search engine optimization offers a broad array of measurable elements. But two of the most basic are website visits from organic search and target keyword rank.

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How to Harness the Power of Social Media

Writing on the Web

When it comes to content marketing , social media has become an essential part of most smart professionals’ marketing plans. They know that without a social presence, your online brand can appear outdated and unapproachable.

[VIDEO] The Cost of Bad Data

DiscoverOrg

Welcome to the first of our DiscoverOrg Whiteboard Wednesday series! Today, let’s talk money. Right – that’s what motivates sales guys? You know what motivates me almost As much as making money? Finding out I’m wasting money!

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How to Prevent a Live Q&A from Turning into a #BrandFail

ScribbleLive

Hyatt recently introduced World of Hyatt, the hotel operator’s new loyalty program, and the brand did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) to showcase its features and answer questions from members. The brand made its SVP of Loyalty available for the live Q&A. And they were trolled.

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.

6 Things to Consider When Creating Your 2017 Marketing Plan

Act-On

If you’re like me, you woke up yesterday unable (or unwilling) to believe that it was already December. While the holidays are are in full swing, it’s time to start making some concrete plans for your 2017 marketing team. It may seem late in the game, but it’s definitely not too late to create a solid marketing plan for the new year. Here are some guidelines to help you check all the boxes on your marketing plan and knock 2017 out of the park. Evaluate last year’s successes and failures .

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Weekend Reading: “Marketing 4.0” by Philip Kotler

Marketing Insider Group

For the 100th episode of The Marketing Book Podcast I was thrilled to interview Dr. Philip Kotler, the man widely regarded at “The Father of Modern Marketing.”

Welcome to Influencer Discovery!

Onalytica B2B

Effective influencer marketing starts with identifying relevant influencers for your brand.

How storytelling can shape the corporate brand and culture

Biznology

Technology has transformed our world into a data-obsessive circus where information is unbelievably accessible, connectivity is constant, and unpredictable events always surprise and engulf us. Call this extreme clutter and volatility.

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.

39 Amazing Internet Stats and Facts for 2016-17 [Infographic]

Webbiquity

Guest post by Toby Dean. The Internet literally has no boundaries. Its influence reaches into the far corners of the world, gives birth to momentous thoughts and ideas, shapes democracies, creates opportunities where none previously existed, and transforms millions of lives every day.

5 Types of SEO Audits for B2B Organizations

KoMarketing Associates

The term “ SEO Audit ” can be quite nebulous. I’ve seen all types of SEO audits from colleagues and competitors, offering a range of assessments and areas of focus. While some of these SEO audits could certainly be scrutinized, many have been quite thorough and impactful.

Rethink Podcast Episode #8 – Top Search Marketing Trends for 2017

Act-On

In this episode of the Rethink Podcast, we interview Mike Arnesen, the CEO of Upbuild, a Portland-based digital agency. Mike is a recognized expert in technical search marketing, and we asked him to share his thoughts about search marketing for 2017. In the interview, we discuss AMP, responsive design, voice search, and link building.

51 Essential Email Marketing Tips to Help Marketing Automation

Marketing Insider Group

Marketing automation tools save marketers a lot of time – but there are so many more benefits beyond that. These tools also let us gather insights about how our subscribers are consuming and interacting with our messages.

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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.

How to Improve Your Content Marketing with Digital Branding

ScribbleLive

Content marketing has become one of the most prominent techniques used by brands to attract, educate, and convert an audience. While content marketing is a powerful and proven technique alone, you can combine content marketing and digital branding to achieve greater results. How are Content Marketing and Digital Branding Complementary? Your digital brand is composed of your digital identity, visibility, and credibility as defined by the Digital Branding Institute.

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When AI and Analytics Drive Business Disruption vs. Hype

Ignite Tech

This article was originally published on MarTech Today by Sean Zinsmeister , Senior Director of Product Marketing at Infer.

BlueVenn Bundles Omnichannel Journey Management, Personalization, and Single Customer View

Customer Experience Matrix

BlueVenn has only been active in the U.S. market only since March 2016, although many U.S. marketers will recall its previous incarnation as SmartFocus.*

What Is Content Marketing Development?

KoMarketing Associates

It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean enduring your extended family for a full two weeks or being attacked by a squirrel leaping from your Christmas tree or letting your cousin Eddie crash in his RV in your driveway. I mean gearing up for the year ahead.

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.

Direct Mail Is Not Dead: Top 4 Ways to Integrate Digital and Direct Mail

Act-On

When thinking of direct mail, you might imagine big, colorful postcards from the local car dealership or the latest advertisements from a mortgage company, all of which end up in the same place: the trash. Knowing this, why would you, as a marketer, want to reach out to customers through direct mail? After all, most your customers are using digital channels. Wouldn’t that be the best place to reach them?

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4 Trends which Will Change Social Media Marketing on Twitter in 2017

Marketing Insider Group

What should marketers and business owners do to stay ahead of their competitors? I guess anything to keep their customer loyal and satisfied. I guess it is what drives changes, innovations, and new features that emerge on Twitter and other social media platforms.

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How to Improve B2B Blogging In the Era of Big Data

B2B PR Sense

How can big data boost your B2B blogging efforts? It has long been an influential force in many industries. For example, it has helped airlines to more accurately predict ETAs. It has been used in the healthcare industry to predict illness and and determine the best course of treatment.

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The 24 Best Visual Content Creation Tools

Webbiquity

More than 90% of B2B marketers already use content marketing in some form, and spending on content marketing is projected to double by 2019. But content won’t simply be produced in greater volumes, it will also become increasingly visual.

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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.

Recapturing Lost Leads: Going After Form Abandoners

The Point

What to do if a prospect comes to your landing page, starts to fill out the form, but doesn’t complete the task? Form abandonment and cart abandonment campaigns are standard practice for B2C and ecommerce marketers, less so for those of us B2B types who deal in leads vs. transactions.

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3 Core Elements to Stay On Top of When Launching a Website

ANNUITAS

If you’ve ever launched a website, you know that Murphy’s Law does in fact exist: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. From small grammar mistakes to plugins that make the site inaccessible, you must be prepared to troubleshoot both the expected and unexpected.

63 Digital Advertising Terms Every Marketer Should Know

Act-On

If you’ve explored digital advertising, you’re probably aware that getting started with it can be fairly overwhelming. To begin with, it’s full of specialized terms that may be new to you, which is why we created this digital advertising glossary. What follows are (relatively) jargon-free explanations of the most common digital advertising terms.

9 Companies That Make Content Marketing Execution Simple

Marketing Insider Group

Execution is arguably the most difficult part of content marketing. Don’t get me wrong; a solid content strategy is critical. It’s the foundation of your efforts, and studies like this have proved that documenting it makes teams more effective at content marketing.

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.