September, 2014

How Unqualified Leads Bog Down Sales Pipelines for Industrial Companies

Industrial Marketing Today

I have yet to come across a manufacturer, a distributor or an engineering firm that didn’t ask for more leads. No surprise there! The more I probe, the clearer it becomes what they really want are more requests for quotes or proposals. This is understandable since the sales pipeline needs to be full and active at [.] The post How Unqualified Leads Bog Down Sales Pipelines for Industrial Companies by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today. This is only a content summary.

6 Ideas to Create More Relevant Lead Nurturing Emails

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet I’m writing this post while attending the ExactTarget Connections 2014 event. I’ve learned a lot from listening to the sessions and speakers here. As I listened to attendees and speakers, I frequently heard the same keywords, such as: Personalization. Segmentation. Customer focus. Connection. Authenticity. But something I wanted to hear more about was relevance. People aren’t trying to open and click your emails. They’re looking for reasons to delete them.

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Does Big Data mean market research is dead?

Savanta

When Big Data finally becomes a reality, does that mean market research will become surplus to requirements? Will surveys, focus groups and interviews become relics of a bygone age? Some would say so. They argue that we already have the answers to most questions at our fingertips. They’re sitting in our servers and on the web. All we need to do is mine the data to reveal the insight.

20 Amazing Examples Of Brand Content Marketing Hubs

Marketing Insider Group

As a content marketer , I am always looking for brands creating content I wish I created , the best video content , and general business and marketing inspiration. But I’m also continuously asked for sites I think are doing an amazing job of executing a branded content experience. I think it often helps brands who might need that little push into content marketing, to see what others are doing. I have a running list of about 10 sites that I typically use as examples.

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.

4 Marketing Minds You Ought to Hear From at Modern Marketing Experience Europe

Oracle

London calling! We’re gearing up for a very special event, Modern Marketing Experience Europe , 14-16 October 2014. The event agenda is packed full of modern marketing best practices, proven tactics, and real examples from peer organizations learning, growing, and thriving!

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Sorry, But “How Many Touches Does it Take to Make a Sale?” is No Longer a Valid Question

The Point

On a recent conference call with a prospective client, the Vice President of Sales chimed in with a question: “How many touches do you think it takes before someone becomes a lead?”. In the most diplomatic tone I could muster, I responded by stating that I didn’t think there was any correct answer to his question, and moreover, the question itself assumes a sales model that is not only long extinct, but runs completely counter to today’s modern B2B buyer behavior.

Stop Cold Calling and Start Lead Nurturing

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Earlier this week, I had a call with a CEO of a small technology company who was wondering how to optimize his lead generation. He called me after two salespeople quit, and he said, “I’m about to give up on cold calling and start doing inbound marketing. I think cold calling is dead … what do you think I should do?” ” I thought to myself, ‘It’s no wonder his sales team quit.’

Report: The Ambitious SME

Savanta

SME businesses are a passion of mine. I founded one (Circle!) and as a B2B specialist I regularly explore the opinions and behaviours of SMEs. But before I go on, let’s be careful with that label of ‘SME’. Even if we exclude sole traders, there are still more than one million SMEs in the UK alone. Inevitably with a group of that size, there’s a lot of diversity – different attitudes, behaviours, needs and opinions.

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The 3 Factors That Drive Content Marketing Success

Marketing Insider Group

People ask me all the time how I find time to write and share. I have already shared some of my top tips in the above links and this older one. But one of my biggest secrets is that I don’t spend nearly as much time writing as you might think. I am opportunistic with re-purposing the content I already create. When I give a presentation, I almost always upload it to my Slideshare or YouTube pages.

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!

4 Inspiring Content Marketing Takeaways From Author Andrew Davis

Oracle

Content marketers are challenged by many aspects- from conceptualization to production- but one of the core responsibilities becoming more critical is to rethink the funnel, or the way that people search for information.

The 5 "Must Haves" To Ignite A Lead Generation Blog

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer Do you want to turn your blog into a red-hot lead generation sales machine? These five things will help you set the blogging world on fire. More companies are beginning to understand that blogging can be the key to getting found online, converting visitors to leads, nurturing those leads to sales and delighting customers. However, just having a blog is not enough. That is like an unlit fuse.

6 B2B Marketing Lessons From #Inbound14 and #FutureM

KoMarketing Associates

The collaboration of Inbound 2014 and FutureM brought together over 10,000 marketers and “tech geeks” from around the world. As you can imagine, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center was oozing creativity and eagerness to exchange knowledge. This three-day extravaganza explored every topic from marketing strategies to leadership to data and analytics.

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The Most Important B2B Marketing Metrics for CEOs

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet CEOs expect their marketing leaders to provide metrics and be accountable in meeting their numbers, just like their expectations for sales leaders. Oftentimes, CEOs’ marketing leaders only have various activity KPIs and some squishy metrics, such as brand recognition. At the same time, most CEOs agree that they aren’t receiving enough activity from Marketing into the sales funnel. Thus, their marketers are constantly reminded that more leads are needed, as fast as possible.

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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.

Nicolas Franchet, Head of Retail and E-commerce at Facebook: How to Combine Digital and Traditional Retail Marketing Channels [Podcast]

Crimson Marketing

Last year in the USA, the public spent more time on digital platforms than they spent watching television, making for the first of such a significant channel shift since the 1950s. Much of the growth in digital is attributable to time that has been “created” by the convenience of smart phones. Whereas “one-size-fits-all” promotional tactics often drive traditional retail traffic, brands can now use digital marketing channels to segment and influence their target audiences.

Why I Bet My Career On Content Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

Last week I was honored to kick off the NewsCred Content Marketing Summit. So I decided to change up my standard Content Marketing Imperative talk. And explain a little more about why I bet my career on content marketing. I believe content marketing is no longer a question, but an imperative for every brand – large and small, across every industry, in B2B and for consumer brands as well. The reason is because all of us are now firmly in control of our content experiences.

3 Ways to Use Data For More Strategic Customer Centric Marketing

Oracle

In a “customer-centric” marketing environment, data becomes the glue and the foundation for ensuring that all marketing activity is effective. Being effective requires efficiency in your outbound communications, better performance within each individual interaction, and the ability to scale across all channels, devices and media.

Why A B2B Website Without A Blog Is Like A Car Without An Engine

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer If you want to overhaul your B2B website into a business development machine, the most important part to include is a blog. Here''s why. Every week new B2B websites are launched. Some are for new startups, but most of the websites are for existing companies who are redesigning their websites.

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.

SMX East 2014 Preview: Competitive Research for SEO

KoMarketing Associates

In a few weeks, I’ll be heading down to NYC for SMX East where I’ll be speaking on the panel “ Competitive Research for SEO.” The details of the panel are as follows: Date/Time : Tuesday September 30 th , 10:45am. Summary : Your competitors have top rankings in search results for some of your prime keywords. So how did they do it?

5 Ways to Deal with Change for Successful Marketing

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet As marketers, we deal with a lot of change. The B2B marketing world is exploding with touch points, channels and marketing technology, just to name a few blasts of change. We need to navigate toward creating more content, generating more leads and achieving more results. Even our customer buying process has changed. Our customers are moving deeper into their buying process before they need to directly engage with us or our sales team.

David Ginsburg, CMO of Pluribus Networks: How to use Marketing Technology to Market Technology [Podcast]

Crimson Marketing

Creating an effective marketing system for technology products requires a combination of the strategic and the tactical, the creative and the data-driven. With the limited headcount and budgets of many marketing organizations, this is easier said than done. David Ginsburg took on such a challenge when he became CMO of performance oriented network virtualization company Pluribus Networks.

Digital Marketing – What Are The Top Goals And Challenges?

Marketing Insider Group

Last week I attended the ExactTarget Connections conference with nearly 10,000 other digital marketers. And all of us were looking to find out the best way to reach and convert new customers. Just ahead of the conference, MarketingCharts.com previewed this research from ExactTarget , conducted by Forrester and uncovered that “meeting the expectations of the always-connected customer” was the biggest challenge.

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.

7 Copywriting Formulas to Support Online Sales

Oracle

Editor's Note: Today's post comes courtesy of Helen Nesterenko , the founder of Writtent.com , the go-to place to find freelance writers and create great content. She loves everything about blogging, writing and content marketing. Follow Helen on Twitter @HNesterenko. For sales copy to grab a reader and compel them to buy, it must first get their attention, then gain their interest, and finally appeal to their emotions, all while simultaneously offering facts and stats.

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5 Steps To Give Your B2B Blog Content More Lives Than A Cat

The Forward Observer

Are you worried about not producing enough new blog content? Updating and republishing popular posts can give your B2B blog new life. b2b marketing content marketing blogging

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Case Study: Segmentation, New Creative Boosts Lead Conversion Rates by 75%

The Point

Sungard® Availability Services™ ( Sungard AS ) in Wayne, Pennsylvania is a global leader in disaster recovery, business continuity, and managed IT services. Sungard AS runs a highly successful demand generation program, an integrated mix of both online and offline campaigns, to generate a consistent flow of leads to the company’s sales force.

Google is a lying liar that lies

Biznology

I’m going to get a lot of blowback for this. The following list of Google lying liar lies all have exceptions to the rules. And, Google does make examples of bad actors.

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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.