November, 2018

How Content Drives the Customer Journey

Marketing Insider Group

In today’s always-on world, content drives the customer journey. Unfortunately, given the importance of content for SEO, we often overlook the role content plays in not only creating awareness but driving customers from awareness to conversion.

The Seven Best Ways to Increase Social Media Engagement for Your Business

Webbiquity

Guest post by Elmira Assiyeva. Social media has transformed the way people interact with each other and how businesses market their offerings.

Persona to person: new research shows the payback of customer personas — but too few marketers are joining the dots

Tomorrow People

Content may be intended for millions, but it’s read by an individual. With statistics from recent research, this infographic shows how personas are keeping it real for content marketers. What creates the more vivid picture in your mind? Metropolitan Male 5-40, blue collar CD2”?

12 Powerful PR Trends That Will Shape Your Strategy for 2019

B2B PR Sense

PR trends are like the oil that keeps your car lubricated. A regular check of current, fresh trends will help to keep your public relations strategy running smoothly and limit the chances of its breaking down on the side of the virtual road.

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Lead Generation Companies: How to Pick a Right One

Have you ever had a bad experience using a lead generation company? If the answer is yes, you are certainly not alone; fortunately, MarketJoy has put together 4 simple questions that you can use to judge your next potential lead gen partner.

Why Are There So Many Types of Customer Data Platforms? It's Complicated.

Customer Experience Matrix

I spend much of my time these days trying to explain Customer Data Platforms to people who suspect a CDP could help them but lack clear understanding of exactly what a CDP can do. At the end of our encounter they’re often frustrated: a simple definition of CDP still eludes them.

Unique Challenges of Manufacturing Content Marketing in 2019

Industrial Marketing Today

I just finished reading the Manufacturing Content Marketing 2019—Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends report published by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and sponsored by IEEE GlobalSpec.

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Report Suggests Marketers May Not Want to Fully Commit to AI Just Yet

KoMarketing Associates

Marketers have turned to artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance the customer experience, but is it hurting or helping their overall efforts? To gauge the impact of AI on the customer experience, Invoca and Adobe published the “ Emotions Win: What Customers Expect in the Age of AI ” report.

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How Big Data Can Be Used in Sales & Marketing

Reachforce

One of the most advantageous aspects of digital marketing is the ability to form data-driven insights that inform your marketing strategy.

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Marketing Technology Buy The Book

Webbiquity

With more than 90% of B2B marketers now embracing content marketing success depends not on producing more content but better content. And marketing technology can help, from ideation and research through production, promotion, and analytics.

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Oracle CX Unity Looks Like a Real Customer Data Platform

Customer Experience Matrix

I finally caught up with Oracle for a briefing on the CX Unity product they announced in October. Although it was clear at the time that CX Unity offered some version of unified customer data, it was hard to understand exactly what was being delivered. The picture is now much clearer.

7 Cold Calling Tactics You Aren't Using but Should Be

Cold calling isn‘t dead; neither is it on its deathbed. In fact, it’s one of the most effective ways to increase sales and drive revenue. Learn 7 preperation strategies to lessen your stress, and to become a better closer!

Is the Buzz Around ABM Justified? A Look at Our State of Pipeline Marketing Data

bizible

As Head of ABM at Marketo, I’m always eager to learn how others are doing account-based marketing (ABM) and the success they are having.

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Best Digital Marketing Tools for Small Businesses

Marketing Insider Group

One of the most exciting aspects of the world of digital marketing is how it levels the playing field for smaller businesses and solopreneurs.

Report: Only 17% of Marketers Measure the ROI of All their Marketing Activities

KoMarketing Associates

Although marketers have a slew of different ways to reach out to their target audiences, new research suggests that they are failing to measure the ROI of their initiatives.

Is it Fraudulent to Spend Money on Lead Gen Without an ROI?

ViewPoint

Thinking back on my career, I realized early on that marketing spending of any sort, whether for people or programs, must be rooted in my ability (and our marketing department’s ability) to justify the expense. Nothing else made sense to me then or now.

How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

Three Things Twitter’s Marketing Team Needs to Do

Webbiquity

Though it’s still one of the top three social networks for B2B marketers, Twitter is struggling. The platform needs to make changes to attract new users, and re-activate dormant accounts, in order to maintain its long-term viability.

Purpose-Driven Marketing Comes to Town

Customer Experience Matrix

“If you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made” runs the old joke.

How to Advance Your Usage and Understanding of Marketing Attribution

bizible

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of presenting at Marketing Loves Sales in Portland, hosted by Obility. It was truly one of the best B2B marketing conferences in the Pacific Northwest. This is the write-up for my presentation for those who couldn’t make it.

What Does 2019 Hold for Digital Marketing? 9 Agency Owners Bare Their Hearts

Marketing Insider Group

As 2018 draws to an end and the holiday shopping season picks up steam, marketers find themselves standing at crossroads yet again.

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Best Practices for Selling to Government Agencies

The US government spends over $235 billion on goods and services each year. Because of this, selling your product or service to a government agency can be a great way to increase profits. A government buyer also offers consistency, at least for the duration of your contract. However, there are key differences between selling to a customer or business and selling to the government. MarketJoy VP of Customer Success, Curtis Bendt, has used his vast experience in sales industry to craft a list of best practices for selling to government agencies to give you a more specific idea of what the process involves. MarketJoy also provides you with several tips on how to increase your chances of success.

Survey: MarTech Now Accounts for 29% of Total Marketing Expenses

KoMarketing Associates

As marketers look ahead to the coming months, new research suggests that they are investing more money in MarTech than any other tactic. Gartner recently conducted “The CMO Spend Survey 2018-2019” and discovered that MarTech now accounts for 29 percent of total marketing expenses.

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How Your Sales & Marketing Teams Should Work Together to Maximize Growth

Reachforce

What do sales and marketing have in common? They're both working diligently to bring in new business for the company. That might be just about the only characteristic these two teams share.

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Four Major Obstacles Every Digital Marketing Agency Faces Today

Webbiquity

Guest post by Raul Harman. Statistics show that digital marketing is one of the fastest growing industries. However, its rapid evolution has created numerous challenges for smaller digital marketing agencies.

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How to Create an Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) to Target the Right Customers

DiscoverOrg

The Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) is used to identify, source, and prioritize your best prospects – but how do you create an accurate ICP in the first place? First, let’s level-set on why you should go through this exercise in the first place. Two words: finite resources.

Paradigm of Strategic Value-Based Discounting for the B2B Industry

Competition has increased to new levels of intensity and organizations have begun to look for new ways to acquire customers. Discounted pricing is a strategic tool, which when used correctly can drive a variety of business goals, from marketing through to sales strategy

Integrating Social Leads into the Demand Generation Funnel

The Point

Social media may be a hot topic in B2B marketing circles, but most of that buzz focuses on the role of social media advertising.

Content Marketing Guidelines: Why and How To Create Them?

Marketing Insider Group

Brands with strong content marketing have a consistent voice, tone, and personality. The quality and style of your brand’s content can become as strong of a marker of your brand as your logo for dedicated readers.

Report: Marketers are Failing to Determine the ROI of Sponsorship Efforts

KoMarketing Associates

Marketers continue to invest in sponsorships to achieve their some of their top objectives, but research shows they are not adequately measuring and assessing the ROI of their efforts.

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How Long Should Your Lead Generation Form Be?

Reachforce

We've talked about how important it is to create your lead generation forms the right way before. Not many marketers realize that there's actually a wrong way to do email lead generation forms and that you need to optimize them in order to maximize conversions. lead generation

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

Correlation… or causation? How great content marketing goes hand-in-hand with business success

Tomorrow People

Businesses with great content marketing enjoy more market awareness. This infographic explores what drives what, backed by data from the Content Marketing Institute’s B2B Report. As any statistician knows, there’s a big difference between correlation and causation.

Online Reputation Management: How to Make Your Brand Stand Out

B2B PR Sense

We've become a review-driven society. We like to know that it's a sure thing before we lay down our hard-earned money for it. We comb through reviews to ensure we're making the right decision. And that means that, as a business, online reputation management should be a top priority.

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3 Types of Vendor Reports When You Need Marketing Automation

Act-On

Marketing automation reports can be a great source of info when looking for the right vendor. Consider these 3 types of vendor reports when researching. Marketing Automation Reports & Analytics analyst report crowd sourced report marketing automation reports research

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5 Questions Answered on Small Business Marketing Strategy

Marketing Insider Group

Figuring out a marketing strategy when you’re the owner of a small business can seen daunting. Before you start worrying about marketing, though, it’s important to learn the most you can about your business and set goals that can help you succeed first.

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.