December, 2016

4 Ways to Humanize Marketing to Fit Your Buyer’s Journey

B2B Lead Generation

We need to stop treating our customers like objects and treat them like people. So how do you humanize marketing to fit your buyer’s journey? It starts with us being human first by recognizing their humanity. I don’t know about you, but I’ve become weary of all the “personalized” emails that I’m receiving lately. It’s not that they’re all bad (but plenty of them are); it’s because, at the core, there’s something deeper going on.

3 Ways to Connect Video Advertising to the Customer Journey

Oracle

There’s more opportunity than ever to create engaging journeys that provide value to your customers. And while video advertising is the fastest-growing component of your strategy, as well as the best way to establish emotional connection and build brand favorability, it’s not used to its full potential. This is mostly due to the fact that video is primarily used for reach and because video advertisements have historically been disconnected from other marketing channels.

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How to Pick the Right B2B PR Agency For You

B2B PR Sense

Choosing a B2B PR agency can be a daunting task. How do you know if it’s a good fit for your company? You want a long-term relationship with this agency. Plus, it’s can be a major investment of your time and money. You need to make sure that it works before you sign that dotted line. How is that even possible? Not to worry. We've got you covered with key pointers to ensure you pick the right agency. 10 Things to Do Before Hiring a B2B PR Agency. Define What You Want From Your PR Agency.

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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. Marketing automation tools also allow us to better serve our customers by sending meaningful, targeted content that really […]. The post 51 Essential Email Marketing Tips to Help Marketing Automation appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing

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Your New Schematic for Next-Level Sales Coaching & Enablement

Speaker: Matthew Hawk, President of B2bTrainers

The term “sales enablement” applies to a dizzying array of best practices and technologies. In addition, there is tremendous competitive pressure not to fall behind. No matter where you are in your current sales enablement strategy, one thing is key: success ultimately rides on the habits of your sales managers & marketers. In this webinar, Matthew Hawk will lay out an in-depth schematic for your next-level sales coaching, demonstrate the key activities that comprise success, and walk you through several examples of sales coaching cadences that apply to all salesforce sizes.

How to Improve Your Content Marketing with Digital Branding

RockContent

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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B2B Content Marketing: Will Video Kill eBooks?

B2B Lead Generation

“With the rise of content marketing, a lot of businesses get stuck in the eBook rut,” saysLinda West ( @ misslindawest ), Director of Digital Marketing at Act-On Software , a rapidly growing company that makes a marketing automation Software as a Service (SaaS). Linda and her team are taking a different path. “We’re We’re ending our dependency on eBooks.” And no wonder. “We We went from zero to 20% to 30% of our opportunities in Salesforce.com resulting from video in the first six months.”.

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Why CMOs Need To Put Their Customers First

Oracle

I am a huge believer that we humans tend to overcomplicate things. And we marketers take it to a whole new level. So when I saw the headline announcing the results of a MarketingSherpa survey my immediate thought was two-fold. First, the results should be obvious and secondly this is yet another reminder to marketer the world over to not overthink or overcomplicate things.

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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The Future of Social Media

Marketing Insider Group

Social networks are becoming more and more popular. In 2016, about 70% of Internet users are social network users and these figures are expected to grow. A few years ago, we were happy to get likes from friends and relatives; today, we share tips and skills, promote services and buy goods, etc. Many well-known […]. The post The Future of Social Media appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Social Media

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

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. B2B PR is no exception. Many predict that big data will become as integral to PR as social media -- practically necessary for success. The strategic advantage you gain from big data has huge potential for B2B PR.

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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. Of course, B2B marketers have differing expectations of an SEO audit as well.

TOPO Report: Successful ABM Marketers Focusing On Down-Funnel Metrics

bizible

Marketing and sales analyst firm, TOPO, recently published a report on the state of account-based marketing. The report found a number of insights and recommendations for both marketers who are just getting their feet wet with ABM and those who have a few years of ABM under their belt. The chief finding of the report is that ABM works. As you can see in the chart below, ABM outperforms traditional marketing methods (e.g.,

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Marketing Automation Won’t Solve All Your Marketing Problems

Oracle

Marketers want their jobs to be easy. We don’t expect them to be easy, because other marketers tell us that marketing is hard, but we can hope just the same. And as the calendar is approaching late December, there is even some thought that we can ask for marketing guidance and simplicity as our collective holiday gift. But, alas, that is not to be.

The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

10 Most Popular B2B Lead Blog Posts of 2016

B2B Lead Generation

The year 2016 is quickly coming to an end and the holiday season is a time for reflection and preparation. I’ve compiled a list of the 10 most popular and shared posts on the B2B Lead Blog, chosen by marketers, just like you, to help you get ready to have a great 2017. My methodology was compiling the aggregate social shares across Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. The Biggest Contributor to B2B Revenue.

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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.” A faculty member since 1962 of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Dr. Kotler is the author of over 55 marketing books (translated into more than […]. The post Weekend Reading: “Marketing 4.0” ” by Philip Kotler appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Marketing Strategy

7 Killer B2B PR Trends That Will Ring In New Opportunities for 2017

B2B PR Sense

B2B PR constantly changes and evolves from year to year -- so it’s no surprise that on the brink of 2017 we find ourselves faced with new B2B PR trends that will shape our content and strategies for the upcoming year. A lot happened in 2016 in and out of the B2B PR sector. From the ever-constant flow of new content, to social media changes and developments -- even considering the tense political race and resulting changes.

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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. However, social media marketing isn’t as simple as a lot of business owners anticipate. Posting a tweet or a Facebook update now and then isn’t going to cut it! Harnessing the power of social media can be achieved by using the following practices.

How to Redirect Your Indirect Channels by Enabling the Right People

Speaker: Jay McBain, Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems

We are in the middle of a major transformation of how companies go to market – in fact, 76% of global CEOs feel that their current business models will be unrecognizable in the next 3 years. Join Jay McBain from Forrester as he unpacks these future trends.

Why Your PPC Agency Needs to Focus on the Full Funnel

bizible

Pay per Click (PPC) advertising has been around for almost 20 years and PPC Agencies have been managing client’s accounts since before Google AdWords launched in October of 2000. Search Engine Marketing continues to evolve and it appears PPC Managers are becoming better and better at managing their accounts in order to get better returns on their client’s ad spend. But are they really? What Defines Success for a Traditional B2B PPC Agency?

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Using Mobile Experiences to Grow Your List

Oracle

Let’s just get this out of the way: email is a mobile channel. Across virtually every industry, the majority of email activity (opens & clicks) happens on the consumer’s mobile device. Yet, because marketing emails tend to be written on desktop devices, many email marketers tend to subconsciously tailor their thinking around the desktop user — despite the fact that desktop devices account for a minority of the total audience ( eMarketer ).

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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. After all, when most think of influencers, they think reality TV stars posting an Instagram picture showcasing the results of the latest teeth whitening kit – more of a PR move.

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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. Because if you are good enough to build an audience, then great things happen to your business. […].

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

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. As a content marketer, I look forward to this time of year.

Want a Dog? Use Content Marketing!

RockContent

If you’ve ever bought a dog or thought about buying a dog, you know just how tough it is to get buy-in from internal stakeholders. Parents, significant others and even landlords can be major obstacles in letting a canine friend move into your home. Situations like these, when high-consideration products (or pets) are being evaluated, is where content marketing shines. With the right content, you can easily get all stakeholders, and potential dog-walkers, on board.

Account-Based Marketers Achieve Higher ROI + More Stats [2016 State of Pipeline Marketing Data]

bizible

Account-based marketing (ABM) has been the topic of webinars, new martech, blogs, conferences and countless B2B conversations over the last year. For this reason, we included ABM in the research for the 2016 State of Pipeline Marketing Report. According to the responses of over 350 marketers who took the survey, 67% are doing some form of account-based marketing.

What the Holidays and Account Based Marketing Have in Common

Oracle

It’s that most wonderful time of year again -- with the holiday spirit in the air for businesses and consumers alike. As the founder of Due , a payments startup business, my team and I are pretty excited to celebrate our successes in 2016 and start focusing on the upcoming year. We look forward to the challenge and the rush of planning how we will enact an expanded account based marketing (ABM) strategy.

How to Drive Revenue Through Retention Marketing & Sales Enablement

Speaker: Ruth Stevens, President of eMarketing Strategy

In a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to focus on retaining and expanding current customers. So, how can sales and marketing support the retention effort? Join Ruth Stevens as she dives into this fast-paced session and reviews the 7 key strategies for current customer marketing, to enable sales and expand customer value.