July, 2015

5 Ways to Modernize Your B2B Branding and Marketing Online

KoMarketing Associates

Oftentimes, B2B organizations get the stigma of being out-of-date and slow to respond to what’s popular in technology and today’s market. If your organization is suffering from a case of the “olds” and you want to take your branding and marketing into the 21st century, here’s some areas where a breath of fresh air can make a huge difference in customer perception and interest. Fresh Colors and a New Logo.

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8 Tips to Jump Start Your Account-based Marketing

Oracle

Account-based Marketing (ABM) has descended on the marketing industry like that hot new restaurant that opens in town – everyone wants to check it out and see if it lives up to all the hype. Some people are okay reading the reviews and making a decision. Others need to have that first-hand experience. Ask yourself a few things before you decide about ABM. Are your marketing messages too varied to use with all prospects?

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Cloud: Top 100 Influencers & Brands

Onalytica B2B

We are creating more and more content than ever before on our computers, notebooks, tablets and smart phones. 90% of the world’s content was generated in the last two years alone! From documents, music, television series, movie downloads; to emails and photographs, such a variety of data now exists that we want to access from any of our devices at any given time.

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The Best Example You Will Find On The Value Of Storytelling

Marketing Insider Group

I hear it all the time: “you can talk all you want about thought leadership and content marketing , but we’re here to sell stuff.” ” Have you ever heard that line? Well I know there is more value to effective storytelling over hard selling and cold calling. I’ve proved it out in a variety of roles and in many different scenarios. I’ve seen it in companies I’ve worked for and in companies I work with.

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.

How Content Operations Can Create Marketing and Selling Breakthroughs

Avitage

Marketing and selling content operations isn’t sexy. But it could be one of the most important focus areas for marketing leaders. See Is Content Operations Your Next Focus Area? Almost every week I see fresh survey results that continue to reflect the long-standing challenges that B2B marketers face (Content Marketing Institute). More importantly, I speak with people in companies and hear the same issues.

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10 Team Training Ideas to Keep Your SEO Team Rockin

KoMarketing Associates

Every two weeks here at KoMarketing we hold team trainings. We gather the SEO, content, PPC & social media teams into the conference room and spend 45-60 minutes discussing a topic related to the online marketing industry. The trainings help give individuals a glimpse into the other departments and keep all of us up to date on what’s happening in the industry. It’s also a nice way to get new people up to speed and let veterans share their knowledge.

Oracle Selected as Strong Leader Among Digital Marketing Platforms

Oracle

Recently, Ovum, a leading market research firm, released their latest report: Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Digital Marketing Platform, 2015-16. This report evaluates what Ovum considers to be the leading digital marketing platforms serving the global enterprise marketplace and is based on reviews of more than 200 features functions across six key platform attribute areas, including: cross-channel communications, analytics and personalization, and data management.

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B2B Marketing: Top 100 Twitter Influencers

Onalytica B2B

70% of B2B marketers are creating more content than they did one year ago. This data comes from the 2015 B2B Content Marketing Trends report from the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs. So B2B marketers are furiously creating more content. Well, they’re probably looking at the results of their B2C colleagues in content marketing. Smart move you think, but nowadays everybody is creating more content and volume is certainly not the answer.

Content Is The Key To Social Selling Success

Marketing Insider Group

Content marketing is the key to open the door to your social selling success. And, to walk through that door, you need slide content through the customer’s ‘mail slot’ to make a connection, build a relationship and help close the deal. Yes, helping to frame the business opportunity and presenting features and benefits are essential. However, we do all of that with content. Successful sellers are writers and publishers! Don’t See The Connection Between Content Marketing and Social Selling?

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!

Email Critique: When a Good Offer Just Isn’t Enough

The Point

Here’s a list of the things I love most about the email below from Allocadia , a Vancouver, BC-based developer of Marketing Performance Management (MPM) software: 1. The offer image. Yeah, that’s about it. Seriously though, that is one gorgeous white paper. It’s visually stunning, professional, colorful, even the title is intriguing (“How Marketing Performance Management is Changing the Role of the CMO”). It looks real and tangible and worth downloading.

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How Do Audiences Assess Your Marketing Content?

Avitage

What if you could assess your marketing content the same way your audiences do? How would that improve content quality, audience relevance, performance? Of course. Makes sense. But what exactly does this mean — in practice? I invite you to collaborate in this real-time case example. I have a video for you to view, assess, and provide feedback for recommended improvements. We’ll source reader inputs over a couple of weeks and post the best suggestions.

How to Utilize B2B Online Marketing to Promote New Solutions

KoMarketing Associates

Oftentimes, B2B marketers need to focus on promoting what they already have to gain new customers and strengthen a loyal following. However, when the B2B organization is is rolling out new products or services, some of the most successful aspects of B2B marketing should be leveraged to aid in exposure and acquire new customers. Below are some of the channels and mechanisms B2B online marketers can promote a new product or service to target audiences. App Notifications.

10 Key Social Insights About CMOs - and the Huge Opportunity Many are Missing

Oracle

As I've written about in the past, most recently just last week - the role of a CMO is changing from one of chief marketing officer to one of chief engagement officer. And of course in today's world, the best and most direct way to engage with someone is via the use of social media, which according to Carter Hostelley, CEO of LeadTail is the #1 thing CMOs have in common.

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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.

PR 2015: Top 100 Influencers & Brands

Onalytica B2B

Public relations is not what it used to be. The way technology evolved has forced this discipline to change like it has never changed before. We live in a connected, mobile first world which moves faster than ever. Things truly changed when social media appeared in the early 2000’s (remember Friendster?). In 2003, LinkedIn launched with a more serious approach to social networking for professionals. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Tumblr, the list is truly endless in 2015.

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WTF Does John Cleese Know About Content Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

In last year’s lead up to the Content Marketing World keynote with Kevin Spacey, I asked and answered “ WTF does Kevin Spacey know about content marketing ?” ” It turns out, he knew quite a bit. And he delivered a great speech to the crowd last year. We continued to feature Kevin and his storytelling lessons from award-winning show House of Cards.

A Simple 2-Step Technique for Improving Lead Follow Up

The Point

In an era when “demand generation” and “content marketing” are virtually synonymous, most B2B sales leads are the result of a prospect downloading or requesting content. However, whereas promoting marketing assets like white papers, ebooks, analyst reports, and the like is an effective way to feed the sales funnel, the fact is that only a small percentage of “white paper leads” will either convert to sales-ready prospects in the short term, or even result in sales engagement.

My online influencer research and engagement process

Biznology

Gerris Corp , the latest iteration of my career, is a hybrid of personal billable hours and a collaboration with partners, professionals, and a global, decentralized staff. At least, right now, it’s a one man band. Today, I’ll share the how I go about researching, collecting, discovering, and populating my online influencer lists.

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.

How to Develop an Authoritative Voice in Any Content Niche

KoMarketing Associates

Once upon a time I found myself sitting in a college dorm room writing poetry (about cats, mostly) and analytical essays on Shakespeare and Chaucer and Dickens and Austen. La de da! Fast forward in time (no, I’m not going to tell you how old I am!) and here I am still writing, but on different subject matter entirely: manufacturing, digital marketing, technology, healthcare, etc.

The 3 Biggest Problems With Lead Nurturing

Oracle

Marketing automation and lead nurturing seem to go hand-in-hand. In fact, according to the 2014 B2B Enterprise Demand Generation Study conducted by ANNUITAS, 75% of respondents stated they are using lead nurturing. Yet despite the widespread use of lead nurturing as part of a demand generation strategy, only 2.8% of respondents stated they are having success with their demand generation programs. Where is the disconnect?

B2B Sales Leads: How To Avoid The “19 Year-Old Dude Move”

The Forward Observer

Are all your B2B sales leads ready to buy from you right now? Really? If not, here's how to romance your prospects toward a sale with content. If I could wave a magic wand for a B2B salesperson and grant a wish , many would ask to spend their days closing inbound sales qualified leads. All day, every day. But the problem is most prospects are not ready to buy.

10 Customer Experiences You Need To Deliver Today

Marketing Insider Group

The customer experience is your next competitive battleground. Are you prepared to win it? You can claim victory by way of this competitive differentiation war by offering the lowest prices or providing a superior, surprising and spectacular customer experience! You may win the price battle, but that is only a short-term solution. However, you will always win the customer experience war. Providing a spectacular experience is more sustainable!

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.

How to Make Social Proof Work for You

Writing on the Web

When writing on the web about your services or products, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of testimonials and client reviews. Social proof is such a strong persuasion trigger you shouldn’t limit these comments to just a page, but have them scattered throughout your web and blog pages. Know what works best for your content marketing strategies, especially when creating a website or blog, introducing yourself, a new product, or special promotion.

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GetResponse makes it easiest to start an email newsletter compared to Aweber and MailChimp

Biznology

If you can’t use a tool you won’t use a tool. Gmail is so much easier to use than even Hotmail, AOL mail, Yahoo Mail, and especially Eudora, Thunderbird, and Microsoft Outlook. Playing around on Facebook is much easier and nicer than slogging into Google+ and while YouTube might be easy to consume, becoming a YouTuber still isn’t as easy as it could be.

Small Conversion Actions Are Better Than No Conversion Actions

KoMarketing Associates

While researching keywords for a client, I came across an excellent resource (from one of their competitors) that performed well in organic search for a particular keyword opportunity. Based on competitive SEO research from SEMRush, I’m pretty certain the site receives a fair amount of organic traffic for its position. However one critical issue arose in page evaluation: there was nothing left to do when I was finished reviewing the content marketing asset in question.

How to Match Great Content to Your Sales Funnel

Oracle

In the B2B marketing world, the buying cycle is long. Unlike in B2C marketing, your future customer doesn't simply walk up to your vending machine, make a purchase, and become a closed sale. There's a long cycle that has a lot of money and resources at stake, so you need to nurture your prospects all the way through the process. It's about driving them through to the sale by creating great content at each stage of their journey. Navigating the Sales Funnel. Top of the Funnel.

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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.