January, 2016

What Can a B2B Marketer Learn From a 150-Year-Old Museum?

Sales Engine

Sometime in 2011, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City decided that it could not rely on its 150-year history acquire new audiences—they needed to launch a massive digital initiative.

8 Key Google Changes B2B Marketers Need To Know In The New Year

KoMarketing Associates

In early December, Google dropped the “followers on Google+” social annotation for AdWords advertisers, as uncovered in an article from The SEM Post.

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5 Smart Metrics To Measure B2B Content Marketing Success

bizible

According to a recent survey by CMI and MarketingProfs, only 21% of content marketers are able to successfully measure their content marketing in terms of ROI. Seeing that stat was a big wake up call. In what other profession would that be ok?

Influencer Marketing: 10 Strategies for Getting It Right

Marketing Insider Group

Consumers trust recommendations from people they know above all else. This usually means friends, family, and colleagues. However the growth of platforms like YouTube and Instagram has led to a massive wave of new influencers in all manner of niche industries, many of whom boast huge followings.

Why B2B Contact and Account Data Management Is Critical to Your ROI

64% of successful data-driven marketers say improving data quality is the most challenging obstacle to achieving success. Given data’s direct impact on marketing campaigns, reporting, and sales follow up, maintaining an accurate and consistent database is a top priority for B2B organizations. This latest eBook aims to help marketing leaders understand the impact of data management on their company’s ROI.

47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

Social media use isn’t quite universal—but it’s getting close. 70% of the U.S. population now has at least one social networking profile; more than half use two or more social networks. The number of worldwide social media users is projected to grow from 2.1 billion last year to 2.5

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Using Marketing Data to Diagnose a Sales Problem

Sales Engine

During uncertain economic conditions, business leaders are often forced to shift budgets amongst growth centers in the business. But how do you know where to invest? Specifically, are dollars best spent on sales or marketing? One of our recent clients faced a similar question.

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30 B2B Social Media Tips for 2016

KoMarketing Associates

As social media has grown, so has the opportunity for businesses to reach customers and potential customers. In fact, according to the Salesforce 2015 State of Marketing Report , 66% of businesses now have a dedicated social media team. Great news, right!? Sort of.

5 Predictions for Influencer Marketing in 2016

Onalytica B2B

Influencer marketing now makes up a significant part of marketing budgets and according to a report by Tomson , 59% of marketers have plans to increase their influencer marketing budget in 2016.

10 Time-Saving Content Marketing Tools to Add to Your Arsenal

Marketing Insider Group

There are few better ways of building brand buzz than content marketing. In short: done well, it works. But that’s easier said than done. Great content takes time and is hard work. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of tools that can help you create better content and get better results, faster.

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2020 Database Strategies and Contact Acquisition Survey Report

As buyer expectations continue to heighten, marketing and sales teams are feeling pressured to deliver authentic messaging to buyers at every point of their customer journey. This report aims to highlight the current state of B2B database and contact acquisition strategies, and organizations’ goals to leverage data to fuel their go-to-market strategies in 2020 and beyond.

5 Simple Steps To Turn Readers Into Buyers – Content Marketing That Sells

Webbiquity

Guest post by Tom Hunt. So you have set up a blog and social media profiles…. You are pumping out multiple articles per week and sharing them furiously…. And yes you see some small traffic spikes (though they quickly drop off when you stop posting right?).

Why You Need to Create Buyer Personas (and How to Do It)

ScribbleLive

It may be hard to find the time to create and maintain buyer personas, but some powerful new research from Cintell proves it’s more than worth your while.

If Your Leads Stink, Time to Update Your Buyer Personas

Sales Engine

You’ve seen the Internet decimate industries such as record labels, newspapers, and cable TV—and in case you haven’t noticed, it’s crushing the B2B sales rep’s ability to get in front of qualified prospects. (If If you still have your head in the sand about this, it’s time to face reality.)

Why Taking the “Mean Girls” Approach at Blog Writing Fails

KoMarketing Associates

Oh Mean Girls , the great American classic that stole our hearts nearly 12 years ago and solidified Lindsay Lohan’s stardom. I remember first watching it as a high school freshman and hoping that I never crossed paths with girls like that or was forced to join the Mathletes.

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

As frustrating as contact and account data management can be, this is still your database – a massive asset to your organization, even if it is rife with holes and inaccurate information. Entrusting a vendor to help maintain its accuracy and completeness is no ordinary engagement. Download ZoomInfo’s latest data-driven eBook aimed to help marketing leaders understand the best practices around choosing a B2B contact data provider.

We Tried Launching A Full B2B Marketing Campaign From Start To Finish In 1 Day – Here’s What Happened

Influitive

What would you do if you only had 24 hours to create a complex B2B marketing campaign that involved your entire team?

How To Create A Content Marketing Editorial Calendar

Marketing Insider Group

Surprisingly (or not), many content marketers aren’t the best planners. We scramble last minute to fulfill our publishing commitments or worse yet, lag behind and go radio silent on our readers.

4 Sales Enablement Tactics B2B Marketers Need to Master

bizible

Sales enablement is not a new term, but it’s often used as an umbrella for a wealth of actions related to the sales team. Although any amount of enablement is helpful, having a set process for how marketing can enable sales is where the key to success lies.

Creating Awesome Buyer Personas

ScribbleLive

It may be hard to find the time to create and maintain buyer personas, but some powerful new research from Cintell suggests it’s more than worth your while.

Cold Calling Tips and Tricks

In recent years, cold calling has become synonymous with rejection and failure. But the numbers aren't that clear; while less than 2% of today’s cold calls actually result in meetings, 78% of decision-makers have taken an appointment or attended an event as a result of a cold call. What’s the verdict?

Features, Functions, and Benefits Are for Closers

Sales Engine

If you thought that coffee was for closers, I can tell you with absolute certainty that it’s for content marketers too. But features, functions, and benefits are only for closers. At the top of the funnel, when you’re trying to generate interest, no one cares about you or how you do what you do.

2 Lessons Marketers Can Learn From Star Wars

KoMarketing Associates

It’s the start of a shiny new year, a time when most people commit themselves to certain priorities at work and in their personal lives. Even as we look ahead to the things we pledge to do better and more of in 2016, there’s value in glancing back over 2015.

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6 Big Content Marketing Challenges of 2016

Writing on the Web

Content marketing is challenging, but it’s also the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. What more satisfying way to market professional services than by writing from the heart?

The Best (And Most Beautiful) B2B Instagram Accounts

Marketing Insider Group

B2B Instagram accounts tend to have a bad reputation. They usually feature a lot of employee group shots, maybe some at industry conferences, or even office images if they’re lucky enough. The post The Best (And Most Beautiful) B2B Instagram Accounts appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

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How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

When used effectively, a CRM can be the life blood of your sales team – keeping everyone organized, efficient, and at peak productivity. However, as a company, sales stack, and database grow, it becomes difficult to uphold structure and governance to keep a CRM up-to-date. The result? Less organization, more confusion, and fewer deals closed. Leveraging leading industry research from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can gain back valuable time.

Marketing and Sales: Done Well (2015) Do Better (2016) - Part 3 of 3

ViewPoint

This is the third in a series of three blogs about what experts feel companies did well in 2015 and what they would do better in 2016. The panelists include: Ardath Albee – Marketing Interactions. Miles Austin – Fill the Funnel, Inc. Jeffrey Hayzlett – The C-Suite Network.

How B2B Marketers Sabotage the Power of Case Studies to Generate Demand

NuSpark

“ People are often bored or put off by facts, but they never tire of hearing stories ” — Jay Conrad Levinson, Author “Guerilla Marketing” series of books. Case studies are bursting with promise for use in B2B lead generation and sales.

Do Lead Conversion Rates Go Down On Fridays?

bizible

For marketers in companies that have sales teams, it makes sense that weekends aren’t a great time to be driving a ton of leads. They’re just not well suited for the marketing/sales process. Here’s why: Marketers create great content that people access by filling out a form.

How Email Marketers are Adjusting to Growing Mobile CTO Rates [Interview]

KoMarketing Associates

In December 2015, the “Year of the Smartphone” report from Yesmail revealed that the gap between desktop and mobile email open rates is continuing to close.

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The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.