December, 2015

7 not-quite-predictions for marketing technology in 2016

chiefmartech

Most people suck at accurately predicting the future. I’m one of them. I took my shot at the prediction hall-of-fame last year , predicting that Microsoft would spend more than $1 billion on acqusition(s) in the marketing technology space in 2015. I thought it was a reasonably solid bet. And when they tried to buy Salesforce for $55 billion in the spring, I was feeling pretty cocky for about a week — that would have been an A+ prediction — until that deal fell apart.

What Were The Most Effective B2B Marketing Tactics of 2015?

KoMarketing Associates

Even though many B2B marketers are already looking ahead to 2016, it’s may be worth recognizing the accomplishments of the past year. Because a component of your B2B marketing strategy certainly needs to focus on leveraging the experience gained executing tactics and campaigns that worked well. In an effort to shed light on how marketers tackled challenges and made strides in 2015, we spoke to a group of industry leaders across the B2B marketing space.

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The 10 Capabilities CMOs Look for When it Comes to Creating a Modern Marketing Organization

Oracle

A few weeks ago in London during Modern Marketing Experience Europe, we released some new research. Created in partnership with The CMO Club and penned by John Ellett, CEO, nFusion, the paper entitled The CMO Solution Guide For Building A Modern Marketing Organization looked to shed light on the proverbial trials and tribulations CMOs and marketing leaders the world over go through when it comes to building a modern marketing organization.

What Exactly Is Quality Content?

Marketing Insider Group

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” ― Henry Ford Ahh, quality. It’s elusive golden word tossed around at least 20 times a day. If you’re the type of human being who refuses to roll with a mediocre definition of “quality,” you probably came here to define and learn what makes “quality […]. The post What Exactly Is Quality Content? appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing

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.

No Digital Marketing for Manufacturers = Marketing in the Past

Industrial Marketing Today

Most manufacturers including precision CNC machine shops and fabricators have difficulty understanding the true value of digital marketing for manufacturers. Some that have implemented it, struggle to produce tangible results, meaning a boost in sales that they can attribute to marketing.

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The One Marketing Automation Guide You’ll Ever Need?

The Point

Research company TrustRadius just published their new edition of the “Buyer’s Guide to Marketing Automation Software,” and it’s a doozy. Let’s face it, most martech “guides” are written by, well, marketers, and are either sponsored by or authored by the technology vendors themselves, so the content needs to be read with a critical eye.

50+ Statistics Designed to Influence B2B Marketing Budgets in the New Year

KoMarketing Associates

It is that time in the year again. As we wind down 2015, marketing budgets and planning for the new year begin to take focus. Hopefully, the performance metrics associated with your organization’s marketing programs have yielded success and validation for tactics proposed at the beginning of the year. But even if last year was a dramatic success, performance metrics from the past should only create part of the picture when planning for the future.

The Importance of Marketing Automation in Your Modern Marketing Future

Oracle

We asked global experts to provide their thoughts on the future of modern marketing and several of them highlighted marketing automation as the key to success in the future. Let's look specifically at some of those predictions. Top Performing Businesses Use Marketing Automation Yoav Schwartz , CEO and Co-Founder of Uberflip , says that 84% of top performing businesses are using or will use marketing automation in 2016.

How To Write The Perfect Blog Post

Marketing Insider Group

Do you often look at other people’s blogs and go, “Wow! I wish I could write a blog like that”? Now you don’t have to wonder anymore. I’ve researched and pulled together a blog post template that will not only help you write faster and more effectively, but will help you rank higher in search […]. The post How To Write The Perfect Blog Post appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing

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 Mobile Content Can Make Your Whole Strategy Go

RockContent

Your data visualization might be intricate, elaborate, clever and well-designed, but if it’s not mobile-compatible you could lose half of your audience. With mobile audiences hitting 50% mark for many publishers, it means designers can’t neglect smartphones, tablets and other portable gear. “Know your audience’s preferences,” when crafting visual content says our CEO Matt Cooper in an article for the Content Marketing Institute.

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Dominate Your Market by Flipping Your Content Strategy

Sales Engine

Whether you are the owner of a business or the head of marketing, let’s face it—you want to dominate your marketplace. You want to be number one, and you won’t settle for a 20% growth rate putting you at a distant number 10. So how are you going to achieve the growth rates you’re really looking for? If you’re a smaller company living hand-to-mouth, it’s probably appropriate to choose a couple of tactics that work for you already and figure out how to optimize them for even better results.

3 predictions for online marketing in 2016

Biznology

Happy holidays, readers! If you’re here visiting from a global fortune 500 company you may already know some of these predictions because, until now, only enterprises could hitherto afford to innovate and integrate the sort of services and application development required to go from the standard WordPress + Google Analytics + Google AdWords + MailChimp + Facebook set up that most SMBs are rocking for their web presence and online marketing. 1) Adaptive Websites.

5 Places B2B Marketers Can Find Blogging Inspiration

KoMarketing Associates

One of the struggles B2B marketers come to me with is the fact that they just don’t know how to come up with content for their blog, website, or other online platform (like social media). They want to make it interesting, without being cheesy or too pushy in the sales process. Even if B2B marketers feel like they are alone on this, the fact is that all industries occasionally have trouble figuring out blogging ideas or topics. Here are five ways to generate ideas.

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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.

76 Percent of B2B Marketers Plan to Produce More Content Than They Did Last Year

Oracle

No matter what area of modern marketing you look at when reviewing the year that was 2015 , you will find growth, relevance and efficiency. Content marketing is no different. More Content Several of the global experts we talked to focused on the same statistic from the Content Marketing Institute. 70% of B2B marketers plan on producing more content over the next 12 months. And since these interviews were done in the late summer, this statistic was looking at content marketing heading in to 2015.

Star Wars and Disney Reveal: The Force of Content Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

If Flash Gordon Didn’t Reject George Lucas, We’d Never Have Star Wars It was 1973 and George Lucas was still riding the wave of success from his first commercially successful movie American Graffiti. He then began thinking about the type of movie he wanted to make next. As he thought about this, he remembered the Flash Gordon movies that […]. The post Star Wars and Disney Reveal: The Force of Content Marketing appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing

Essential Steps for Productive Creative Kickoffs

RockContent

Along with creative briefs and actionable feedback , kickoffs are one of the most critical parts of the creative process. The goal of the kickoff is to make sure everyone is aligned about a project’s direction, timelines, and deliverables. In a perfect world, the kickoff is the meeting where work on the project really begins.

How to Blog for Your Business Using Personality

Writing on the Web

Do you know how to blog for your business using personality yet remaining professional? No, seriously – there’s an ongoing trend to be personal with blogs. I see it everywhere – blogs, email, newsletters. If you’re writing for business, you want to connect with your readers by using personal stories. But how much is too much?

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.

Team, Tools and Transformation—How to Build a Demand Gen Program that Works (ft. Mark Roberts, ShoreTel CMO)

Crimson Marketing

Having a poorly understood or designed digital demand generation program does not produce results. Getting it right, according to Mark Roberts, CMO of communication solutions provider ShoreTel, requires looking at your go to market strategy “from a holistic perspective, rather than focusing on one aspect.” On this episode of Moneyball for Marketing, Mark discusses in depth the “foundation, migration and acceleration” of his company’s demand generation program.

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5 Things I Learned About Digital Marketing in 2015

KoMarketing Associates

Fun Fact: Each month when it’s time to write a new blog post, I head over here to the KoMarketing blog and take a look at my previous posts to 1) ensure I haven’t already written something similar and 2) see if there’s an opportunity to refresh an older post. Yes, friends, that’s called repurposing and it’s magical! So, this month, as my publishing date approached, I did what I usually do and lo and behold, last year I wrote this post about all the things I learned about SEO in 2014.

2015: The Modern Marketing Year in Review

Oracle

It's the time of year where we start looking to the future and planning for what comes next in this ever changing world of modern marketing. But before we do that, it is time to look back and take stock of the past year. You can take your pick of the latest marketing buzzwords or trends when trying to sum up the past year of modern marketing, so we reached out to marketing experts from around the world to get their take on 2015. But we added an extra requirement.

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What Is Marketing? [A Rant]

Marketing Insider Group

There I was, minding my own business, resting after completion of a really awesome client workshop on content marketing strategy. And someone asked about my opinion on the difference between marketing and branding. I was directed to read this article, Where Marketing Ends, Branding Begins by the normally salient and on-point Neil Patel. The article defines […]. The post What Is Marketing? [A A Rant] appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Marketing Strategy

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.

Official Launch of PipelineMarketing.com: A Community Site Dedicated to Revenue-Focused B2B Marketing

bizible

Marketing is a powerful role within B2B businesses. It is the point man when it comes to demand gen, lead quality and sales enablement, and the marketing team feels the heat when the company doesn't meet its monthly revenue goals. It’s an art and a science that B2B marketers have been collectively honing, and we’re ready to take that focus a step further. According to the 2015 State of Pipeline Marketing Report , 52.9%

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Marketing to Millennial business buyers

Biznology

The Millennial generation has been out in the workforce for a while now, and this cohort is now entering the stage of their careers where they are part of the business buying process. They may not all be decision-makers quite yet, but they are certainly important influencers. So we B2B marketers must consider how to appeal to them effectively. Much has been written about Millennial preferences as consumers, but how about them as business buyers? Let’s take a look.

Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Facebook News Feed

RockContent

Unlike Twitter and Instagram, which post updates in a timely and intuitive fashion, Facebook organizes your news feed to prioritize the content it thinks you’re most likely to be interested in, based on… Well, no one is exactly sure. From a marketer’s standpoint, this lack of predictability and transparency has caused quite a bit of consternation, including some businesses bailing on Facebook marketing altogether.

How We Overcame 2015’s Top Content Marketing Challenges

KoMarketing Associates

It’s hard to believe 2015 is coming to a close. It has been a successful year within our organization and I’ve witnessed our content marketing team grow in both size and ability over the last twelve months. However, like any team, our success didn’t come without hard work and overcoming a number of challenges along the way.

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.