February, 2015

5 Ways B2B Organizations Can Incorporate Video Marketing

KoMarketing Associates

The integration of video content has been a confusing topic for many in the B2B space. However, if you break down the different ways video can work within your specific marketing strategy, it becomes significantly less daunting. And it’s imperative to consider how video can be leveraged for B2B online marketing. This is especially important because based on a study last year, many B2B marketers (63%) are planning on spending more on video over the next year.

Content Marketing Tips for Lead Nurturing

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet I was asked by a reader to provide some examples of what lead nurturing touches may look like. Lead nurturing is something that’s fairly easy to understand, but for many, it’s become a frustrating thing consistently execute for two reasons: Lack of content. No plan for consistency. I’ve found that many marketers get stuck on not having enough good and effective lead nurturing content. My advice is to start accumulating and building your lead nurturing library now.

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The month in #mrx

Savanta

Every four weeks we here at @circle_research find the most popular Tweets about market research (#mrx in Twitter talk) and take a look at what’s hot. What do surveys and Bollywood have in common? This month saw an unusual collision of two worlds.

Celebrate the 2015 Markie Award Finalists!

Oracle

It’s that time again! Finalists for the Markie Awards have been announced! Winners will be revealed at the Markie Awards ceremony at during Modern Marketing Experience , April 1, 2015 in Las Vegas. The Markies honor strategic, collaborative, and tactical marketing and sales innovation. Check out the 2015 Markie Award Finalists: Best Audience Creation?: Cetera Financial Group | Dell Inc. Sage | Thomson Reuters – Tax & Accounting. Best Cross-Channel Marketing Program?:

75% of World Trade Flows Through Indirect Channels - Are You 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.

29 Amazing Content Marketing Quotes To Inspire You

Marketing Insider Group

In our Strategy work, we help brands build and hone their content strategies, taking into consideration their marketing goals, brand positioning, and the competitive landscape. In our research and conversations, we’ve come across insights from top marketers, business leaders, and content experts that have educated, motivated, and inspired us. Here are some of our favorites content marketing quotes. We hope you you find some inspiration in these. Have other quotes you love?

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6 Great B2B Business, Marketing, and Strategy Books

KoMarketing Associates

It’s been proven that high income earners read more books than other demographics. According to Tom Corley’s Rich Habits , 88% of the wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons, versus 2% of the poor. That being said, we can assume that reading more for business and educational reasons can correlate with earning a higher income and having a more successful business.

A/B Testing: How adding a second CTA increased clickthrough 291%

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet How do you serve “ready to buy” customers and “just looking” prospects on the same page? You don’t want to alienate one group while speaking to the other. However, you still need to offer both sets of customers the next step they need no matter their level of interest.

The Best Marketing Podcasts for Marketers Who Want To Be CEO

The Forward Observer

Do you want to keep up with the smartest thinking in the quickly-changing field of marketing? Listening to these marketing podcasts will help. In a recent Forbes article " Are Today''s Marketers Tomorrow''s CEOs? ," Kimberly A. Whitler explains, "As the role of the CMO is becoming more important to the organization, you will start seeing more CMOs make the leap to CEO.". However, nearly every CMO these days has had to learn the new rules of modern marketing on the the job.

5 Trends Driving The Marketing Cloud Revolution

Oracle

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of John Bara, the President and CMO of Mintigo, an enterprise predictive marketing platform and proud Oracle Marketing AppCloud partner. John specializes in fast growth marketing with 25 years as an executive in Silicon Valley, including CMO and SVP of Marketing roles at companies such as XenSource, Interwoven, and Genesys Telecommunications Labs. You can follow John on Twitter at @John_Bara.

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The Complete Guide to SaaS Revenue Modeling

In today’s climate, it’s more important than ever for SaaS companies to build rock-solid financial models on which they can operate and make key business decisions. The teams at SaaSOptics and Burkland have teamed up to create a comprehensive guide to the most difficult aspect of financial modeling: revenue forecasting.

The Rise Of Emoji Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

For years, brands have been chasing the coveted millennial market for their size, influence, growing incomes and their insatiable appetite for digital media. But now, the eldest millennials are approaching 40 and we see marketers shifting their attention to “generation z.” ” Loosely defined as those born after the turn of the century, this cohort grew up in our social, mobile and digitally-connected world.

4 Reasons to Publish on a LinkedIn Blog

Writing on the Web

Do you know about LinkedIn blogs? And are you blogging yet on LinkedIn ? I’m not yet, but I will be right after I write this blog post! Since early 2014, LinkedIn opened its publishing platform to its 300+ million users. Here is your chance to show your expertise in your professional life and without character restrictions! The importance of using a LinkedIn blog is that it will add dimension and help in building a well-documented profile.

What B2B Marketers Need To Know About Social Media Advertising in 2015

KoMarketing Associates

Over the past few years, advertising on social media has grown in sophistication. What started as a few advertisements on the side of the screen has evolved into a full and mostly seamless blend of the overall social media experience. Looking further into the future, the lines between advertising and organic content will become even more blurred, as social networks look to grow their value.

Lead Generation: How an insurance company reduced acquisition costs in purchased leads

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Generating leads organically can ease the qualifying process, throwing “bad” leads out that are simply not worth pursuing. Growing a list organically also allows marketers to know more about a prospect right from the get-go, passing more qualified leads on to Sales. However, when you start supplementing organic leads with purchased leads from a third party, how can you be sure you are getting the most bang for your buck?

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!

The 4 Things You Need to Generate More Leads On Your Website

The Forward Observer

If you are still relying on your sales team to generate all of your leads, you’re doing it the hard way. Time to put your website to work. Thanks to the Internet, the way people buy has changed. Buyers want to do their own research without having to deal with a salesperson, when possible. In the recent past, when a prospect wanted to research a purchase, he or she had to contact a salesperson early in the process to get information.

Tips To Build Engagements: Relationship Advice for Marketers

Oracle

The comparison between dating and marketing offers a timeless likeness – no matter what kind of shape your relationship is in, you always can benefit from nurturing the connection (and so can your partner or customer!). Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so cue in the comparative content!

Personas Are Great (Except When They Suck)

Marketing Insider Group

I recently presented at a Content Marketing conference on the topic of content marketing personalization. I argued that personalized content was the key to defining the core job of marketing: to build relationships at scale. And I made sure to differentiate personalized content from personas. So, one of my points in the presentation: Personas are great. Except when they suck! . Before you start ranting or raving, let’s start with some basics: What is a persona? I actually like personas.

2 Sure-Fire Ways to Inspire Your Blog Writing

Writing on the Web

A few years ago I polled readers and asked what their biggest blogging challenge is. Turns out, it’s not lack of time, it’s lack of inspiration. Does your blog writing lack inspiration? Is it hard to get really fired up when starting to write a post? I get that. When I was just starting out as a blogger (was that really over 15 years ago?!) I could just feel that screen staring right back at me. What can a blogger blog about to other bloggers?

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.

6 More Search Marketing Tactics for Manufacturing and Industrial Marketers

KoMarketing Associates

A while back we detailed several tactics B2B manufacturers and distributors should consider when seeking to improve their visibility in search engines and social communities. It is encouraging to note that all but one of those tactics remains relevant more than half a decade later, albeit with a few modifications to specific steps or updated resources. Those tactics in summary: YouTube Integration. Trade Show Appointments. Generate Leads for Exports.

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How Much is Your Address Book Worth?

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet How much is your address book worth? I know that seems like a silly question because very few people even have a little black book that contains all of their contacts’ phone numbers and addresses. I can remember when my father had a sturdy metal rolodex sitting on his office desk that contained all of his priceless contact numbers. I would sit at his desk and spin the cards around like I was a contestant on “The Price is Right.”

Marketing to Engineers is a Big Challenge

Industrial Marketing Today

Many industrial companies find it challenging to market to engineers. The biggest complaint that I hear is that engineers just don’t respond to marketing like others do. These companies are at a loss and need to figure out a better way to market since their target audience is primarily engineers from various disciplines. You’ve probably [.] The post Marketing to Engineers is a Big Challenge by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today. This is only a content summary.

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5 Trends Driving The Marketing Cloud Revolution

Oracle

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of John Bara, the President and CMO of Mintigo, an enterprise predictive marketing platform and proud Oracle Marketing AppCloud partner. John specializes in fast growth marketing with 25 years as an executive in Silicon Valley, including CMO and SVP of Marketing roles at companies such as XenSource, Interwoven, and Genesys Telecommunications Labs. You can follow John on Twitter at @John_Bara.

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SaaSOptics SaaS Metrics Template

Download this template that includes calculations, formulas, definitions and a customizable dashboard. The template includes subscription momentum metrics (ARR, customer count, avg. ARR), churn and retention metrics, and customer lifetime value metrics.

Content Marketing Personalization: Build Relationships At Scale

Marketing Insider Group

I know you’re wondering “what the heck is content marketing personalization?” ” I promise I will get to that. But first, I want to tell you a brief story I am pretty certain you can relate to. I went to the doctor a few weeks back. He asked what line of work I was in. I told him I was in marketing. He said, “that’s like sales, right?” ” I told him “no.” ” That’s not what I do.

3 Steps To Email Marketing That Nurtures Leads And Closes Sales

The Forward Observer

Are you worried prospects will think your email marketing is spammy? They won''t if your focus is on them, what they need and when they need it. Email marketing has gotten a bad rap. Like other innovative technologies that marketers have gotten hold of over the years, it’s become the object of much derision. Gary Vaynerchuk famously talks about how “marketers ruin everything.” In this excerpt from an Inbound Conference keynote , he singles out email. Warning: graphic language.).

5 Super Simple Ways to Show Your Readers You Understand Them

KoMarketing Associates

Recently, I spent a week stuck in the Midwest due to travel complications getting back to Boston ( remember summer?? Yeah, I don’t either ). During my extended stay at my mom’s, my daughter ran in circles around the house (cabin fever, M&M’s, and new maracas from grandma make for a powerful combo) while I tried to work in the other room.

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Will New Marketing Automation Tools Let Sales Climb Back Up The Funnel?

Customer Experience Matrix

Trends are signposts of the future: they point to where we’re headed. But the signposts are unreliable because trends are often interrupted – the classic example being the “ Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894 ”, when experts predicted that major cities would soon be buried beneath horse droppings. I’m beginning to suspect the much-cited trend of marketing playing a larger role deeper into the sales funnel has reached a similar peak.

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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.