December, 2017

The Top B2B Marketing Trends for 2018 – A Meta-Analysis

Webbiquity

Yet another post about 2018 B2B marketing trends? Yes, but wait—this one is different. Promise. Most “top trends” posts either tell what the blogger thinks (good), or curate the opinions of multiple experts (better).

The 7 Deadly Sins of Branding

Navigate the Channel

Guest Contributor: Matt Hillman , Creative Director. You have a great product, great service, great people, great materials—and your brand still sucks. Competitors in the building products marketplace keep racking up sales while you struggle to get by.

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2017 Retrospective: Things I Didn't Predict

Customer Experience Matrix

It’s the time of year when people make predictions. It’s not my favorite exercise: the best prediction is always that things will continue as they are, but what’s really interesting is change – and significant change is inherently unpredictable. See Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan and Philip Tetlocks' Superforecasting on those topics.) So I think instead I’ll take a look at surprising changes that already happened.

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What Are Experts Prioritizing in 2018 B2B Marketing Budgets?

KoMarketing Associates

As we wrap up 2017, it’s time to think about top priorities for the new year. Instead of planning for 2018 when you’re already starting it in January, the most prepared B2B marketers already have priorities identified and plans for execution come January 1. We reached out to B2B marketers across different industries and asked them the following question: What are B2B marketers prioritizing in their 2018 budget?

How a CMS Enables B2B Marketing Success

A CMS lies at the heart of a B2B marketing framework

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Is the On Demand Economy Reducing Your Sales?

Navigate the Channel

The on-demand economy is growing exponentially, and the effects of this growth will be felt in every industry. If your business is not ready to change with the times, then you may suffer a loss in sales because of the new ways which business will be done.

Surprising Results in Customer Data Platform Survey

Customer Experience Matrix

The Customer Data Platform Institute (CDPI) recently surveyed its members about their customer-facing systems and CDP deployment plans. Click here to download the full report.)

4 email marketing mistakes you might be making

Biznology

Successful email marketing tips and tricks are everywhere, yet even with the plentiful resources and the availability of marketing software, mistakes can still be made. The little–but sometimes big–mistakes are often avoidable. Take a look at these 4 mistakes businesses commonly make when building and executing email marketing campaigns. Mishandling unsubscribe. Your customers should have the ability to easily unsubscribe with no more than 2 clicks.

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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2017

Kaon

It is always interesting at the end of the year to look back to see what advancements we made, what topics trended, what new technology impacted our lives and our jobs, and what changed from the beginning of the year to the end and from last year to this year.

2018 B2B Marketing Mix Report

B2B marketers like you contributed their insights to Sagefrog’s annual B2B Marketing Mix Report, a valuable asset in planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead.

How Content Marketing is Evolving Heading into 2018

Modern Marketing

The content marketing landscape is constantly changing and evolving, and while more brands than ever are increasing their budgets, many fail to see the hoped-for results.

4 industries where video is surging

Vidyard

Nobody sees more variety on the sales floor than a solutions consultant (SC). They’re the person to whom all new and exciting edge-cases flock—where salespeople bring the the deals that are unusual, fascinating, and sometimes, prophetic.

AI and Digital Transformation Are Top Priorities for Marketers in 2018

KoMarketing Associates

Looking ahead to 2018, marketers have already carved out their top priorities heading into the new year, according to a new survey. WARC recently surveyed more than 600 marketers from around the world to gauge their top priorities heading into 2018. The results showed that more than 50 percent of marketers are making artificial intelligence (AI) a priority in the yew year. In addition, about 24 percent of respondents claim that voice interfaces are a priority for 2018.

Deloitte CMO Survey: Analytics Holding Marketers Back?

The Point

Results from Deloitte’s 2017 CMO Survey are out, providing insights into key trends, plans, and opinions from more than 2,800 top marketers. You can download an executive summary of the survey results here.

The Marketing Landscape: Where Data and Content Merge

Understand the importance of good data and good content and how they work together to help your marketing efforts.

Artificial intelligence: man with machine

Biznology

In my last Biznology post, Man versus machine , I discussed how advances in AI are feeding a growing fear that machines may soon be doing our jobs better than us, and making us all obsolete. This discussion is as old as technology itself, and one can argue that the fundamental objective of technology is exactly that: do something better than what is possible today, be it human-driven or machine-driven.

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Content Marketing Predictions for 2018

Navigate the Channel

Content marketing is here to stay. According to a report by Smart Insights , content marketing was rated the most valuable technique for increasing incremental sales throughout 2017—and it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Here are some key content marketing trends to focus on for 2018: 1.

Top 10 Email Marketing Strategies from 2017 (And 1 for The Future)

Marketing Insider Group

Email marketing continues to be one of the most effective channels to use to reach out to and stay connected with your customers. While many brands have seen their open rates decline over the past few years, those who have been able to keep up with how email has been changing have reaped the benefits […]. The post Top 10 Email Marketing Strategies from 2017 (And 1 for The Future) appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing

Experiencing Customers To Deliver Customer Experience

Type A Communications

December 12, 2017 by Carlos Hidalgo In a newly published study, nearly two-thirds of buyers told Merkle that they are challenged by vendors and sales reps that are more interested in. read more.

Make No Mistake: How Worst-Practices Derail Successful ABM Efforts

This Quick Study Slide Show from Node identifies the common mistakes of ABM executions and offers practical advice to help teams avoid them.

Our Favorite Articles & Blog Posts of 2017

KoMarketing Associates

Keeping on top of changes and trends in our industry is one of the most important tasks we can do for our clients and professional selves. Luckily for us, we work in an industry where there is lots of great content and smart people creating it. Much like our Secret Santa gift exchange, this list of our favorite articles and blog posts from past year has become an annual end-of-year tradition.

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Discover Buyer Intent and Boost Your Content Marketing ROI

NuSpark

“If you’re not putting out relevant content in relevant places, you don’t exist.” — Gary Vaynerchuk. Are you facing the content conundrum? Unfortunately, it’s something that’s all too familiar to B2B marketers. Your potential buyers are sorting through an avalanche of content.

Where is B2B marketing headed? 7 predictions for 2018

Biznology

End-of-the-year predictions are a dangerous business. I will take the risk and just hope that at the end of 2018, no one looks back to call me on it! B2B sales and marketing are evolving quickly as buying behavior changes and new technologies take hold, so there’s a lot to talk about. But I will limit my predictions to just seven and hope they provide food for thought to my fellow followers of the B2B marketing scene. More growth in marketing technology—and more consolidation.

Reality Check: Marketing Technology ROI

Modern Marketing

If you have never heard that Marketing became a technology-driven world, chances are you missed the memo. So, let's assume you are aware of all of this and you also know that ROI is the key factor why marketers are looking to implement marketing technology.

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Developing a Conversational Approach

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, CEO & Founder of VisumCx

B2B buyers are self-guiding their purchase journey, consuming more content along their purchase path and involving more stakeholders in the final decision. Therefore, it is necessary for B2B marketing teams to align to this purchase path and to the buying committees. This is not accomplished by creating more content or sending more communication, the key to success is establishing a conversation with your buyers that engages them in a meaningful dialogue and ultimately converts them to a customer.

How AI Will Make Marketing More Personalized in 2018

Marketing Insider Group

What’s tomorrow’s secret to better personalization? To more human content and more authentic brand-consumer relationships? Artificial intelligence. AI is making the customer experience more personalized than what most marketers would have ever thought to be possible. Companies are already using artificial intelligence to make their websites, emails, social media posts, video and other content better tailored […].

9 Killer Social Selling Tips Straight from the Experts

ScribbleLive

Customer expectations continue to evolve. Empowered with information and technology, your buyers are far more informed than ever before. They are looking experts and for trusted advisors who can help them achieve their goals.

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Reports that Prove Advocate Marketing ROI

Influitive b2b

As an advocate marketer, you’re probably used to having the value of your program questioned. Isn’t it more of a nice-to-have than a need-to-have?” What exactly is the ROI of engaging customer advocates?” “Why Why should we devote our budget to this over other marketing programs?” These doubts are exactly why it is so vital for.

The Best Number of Experts to Include in an Expert Roundup Post [Infographic]

Webbiquity

A few weeks ago,, a post titled What’s the Ideal Number of Experts for Expert Roundup Posts? 27 Experts Weigh In was published here. It apparently answered a popular question, as that post has been shared hundreds of times since.

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7 Common Marketing Mistakes and strategies to avoid them

This white paper addresses the 7 most common challenges marketers hit when marketing products, solutions, or services and offers proven advice on how to avoid these missteps and improve the success of your marketing efforts.

8 things you can do to significantly improve your SEO

Biznology

What do you think of when you hear the term SEO? Many people think of keywords and focus a large part of their time trying to perfect the keywords they choose. If you’ve been focusing on keyword optimization and the results you want aren’t there, you should turn to some other things to significantly improve your SEO.

5 Best Practices to Get the Most out of Your Holiday Email Efforts

Modern Marketing

With a 4400 percent ROI , email is one of the most valuable marketing tools for brands. In fact, most brand marketers will tell you their sales will drop if they stop sending emails, and they need to watch their subscriber churn rates very closely.

5 Tech Companies that Mastered the Art of Content Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

[Editor’s Note: A version of this article appeared previously at Technical.ly Philly.] The best way to sell in 2017 is to stop selling. Stop pushing your product or service on people. They’ll buy when they’re good and ready, and when they believe that you have their best interests at heart. In other words, they don’t […]. The post 5 Tech Companies that Mastered the Art of Content Marketing appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing

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4 Ways Video Helps Maintain Control and Accelerate the Sales Cycle

Vidyard

We’ve been talking a lot about using video during the inbound/outbound sales process.

Seven Things Marketers Need to Know About Lead Generation

Speaker: Douglas Burdett, Host of The Marketing Book Podcast, Founder/Principal of ARTILLERY

If you are a marketer who needs to generate more high-quality leads that will turn into sales opportunities and revenue, register now for this special event that will show you how to get started and moving in a profitable direction.