Sat.May 19, 2018 - Fri.May 25, 2018

7 Quick Wins for Sales and Marketing Alignment

DiscoverOrg Sales

We hear a lot about sales and marketing alignment: How important it is for B2B, and how so few of us are doing it right. SALES: Marketing leads are crap. MARKETING: Sales is lazy. You guys take forever to follow-up on our leads – and you wonder why they don’t convert? Rolls eyes.] SALES: They weren’t a good fit anyway. Why would we waste our time on leads that are never going to convert? MARKETING: Maybe if you actually followed up the same day.

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How to Dislodge A Market Leader

Lead Liaison

Few companies are fortunate enough to create an entirely new high-tech market, and even less so dominate that market. Many join at the right time once costs have dropped and the market is sufficiently inflated. So why do so many companies lose their way to becoming a market leader?

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Beyond the Blog Post: 6 Content Formats Your Audience Wants

Contently

Writers don’t have to worry—the written word is here to stay, no matter how many experts predict a vast pivot to video. But that doesn’t mean you can rely solely on blog posts. The modern consumer does prefer enhancements. According to a 2017 study from Arkadium , which helps brands create interactive content, 78 percent of respondents prefer text to incorporate multimedia components. The number rises to 87 percent among millennials.)

7 Ways B2Bers Can Rock Lead Gen Via Social Media

Act-On

You knew that social media is a very affordable lead generation tool, but did you know that it’s rated third in effectiveness after email and your website? Demand & Lead Generation Social Media Marketing demand gen demand generation lead lead gen lead generation leads social marketing social media social media marketing

11 Email Deliverability Strategies to Reach the Inbox

With nearly 1 in 5 emails from U.S. senders failing to reach the inbox, deliverability challenges still plague senders and prevent email campaign success. Check out this deliverability guide for actionable strategies and real-world examples of companies applying smart inboxing tactics.

The Dismal State of B2B Email Creative

The Point

I review B2B email campaigns regularly in this space, and though I’m not one to be sparing in my opinions, I do try to be conscious of the type and size of company responsible for the campaign, with the thought, I suppose, that some marketers just may not know better. That said, poorly written and poorly designed B2B emails are not difficult to find these days.

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4 Ways Chatbots Can Increase Engagement and Improve the Customer Experience

Oracle

Most likely you have already interacted with an online chatbot or automated phone system for getting product information or resolving a support issue. The majority of these systems use artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to understand your questions and predict what you are looking for to provide you with accurate and useful information in a user-friendly way.

How to Conduct a Win/Loss Analysis in B2B Sales

Zoominfo

A win/loss analysis is the process of studying past business deals in order to generate valuable insights about your company’s selling practices. The insights garnered from this type of analysis can be instrumental in growing your business and increasing revenue. In fact, companies that conduct win/loss analyses consistently outperform those that don’t in the following areas ( source ): Customer retention rate: 60% vs. 48%. Reps attaining quota: 51% vs. 47%. Lead conversion rate: 23% vs. 17%.

Industrial Content Marketing for Engineers to Make a Buy Decision

Industrial Marketing Today

Manufacturers want their industrial content marketing for engineers to generate Sales Qualified Leads (SQLs) and not just Marketing Qualified Leads (MQLs) from content downloads. There is a big challenge faced by manufacturers of components targeting Design Engineers.

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How to Get Your Employees to Care About Social Media and Employee Advocacy

Marketing Insider Group

A common challenge organizations face when rolling out an employee advocacy program is engagement. Having worked with hundreds of organizations on the rollout of their social advocacy programs, it’s clear that in order to get your employees engaged, they need to understand why doing so will be of benefit to them. WIIFM? Under any scenario […]. The post How to Get Your Employees to Care About Social Media and Employee Advocacy appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Social Media

Developing Your Training Content So That It Actually Moves the Needle

Speaker: Bryan Naas, VP of Sales Productivity at Braze

Getting reps & marketers to engage in your content is half the battle of providing value that can ultimately impact the bottom line. How do we break through the noise? In this session, Bryan Naas will detail what it takes to build training and content resources that reps will actually take the time to engage with so you can help them reach their goals.

When Did Data Become So Valuable?

Oracle

By Neil Sholay, VP of Digital – EMEA, Oracle. With GDPR compliance now mandatory, European businesses are razor-focused on their data protection measures, and with good reason. The regulation brings some long-overdue structure to today’s data economy, and the public is clearly eager for greater transparency into how their information is being used. How did we get here? When did data make the leap from static figures in a spreadsheet to one of our most valuable sources of capital?

Your online reputation abhors a vacuum in Google search

Biznology

Cygnus X-1. Before you embark on a costly campaign to repair your first two pages of Google search results after you, your company, your brand, or your product have been slandered or besmirched online, understand that it’s a life sentence. While your initial contract with me or another ORM shop will be expensive and lock you into a year, it doesn’t stop there.

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4 Unique AdWords Audiences and How to Effectively Market to Them

KoMarketing Associates

At the start of online advertising, there was a “one-size-fits-all” approach to generating clicks. A user could type in a keyword, or browse the internet and see an ad that may or may not be of interest. At the time, platforms such as AdWords didn’t offer much for ad personalization. Well, things have changed. Since then, thanks to the sheer amount of data now available, the world of online advertising has become more about the individual than the big group.

3 Tools That Will Truly Boost Your Sales and Marketing Team’s Performance

Marketing Insider Group

Companies spend nearly $40 billion on CRM software, and up to 60 percent of those systems fail to meet companies’ expectations. That’s a lot of money to spend for a dismal return. It’s not that salespeople and marketers don’t need help organizing their day or capitalizing on leads. On the contrary, salespeople spend just a […]. The post 3 Tools That Will Truly Boost Your Sales and Marketing Team’s Performance appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Marketing Strategy

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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!

Experience, Not Conversion, is the Key to the Switching Economy

Oracle

In a world increasingly defined by instant-gratification, the demand for positive and direct shopping experiences has risen exponentially. Today’s always-on customers are drawn to the most convenient products and services available. As a result, we are witnessing higher customer switching rates, with consumers focusing more on convenience than on branding, reputation, or even on price.

10 tips for your career in marketing

Biznology

Before I begin my post, I’d also like to invite you to the next Biznology webinar on July 10th, where Mike Moran is going to interview me about trends in B2B marketing. Having been happily self-employed for half my marketing career, I hesitate to give career advice. But when asked, I have plenty of opinions to share on how to grow and thrive as a marketing professional. These are tips that I wish someone had shared with me years ago.

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74% of Marketers Agree Cohesive Omnichannel Experience is Important

KoMarketing Associates

As customers turn to a wide array of sources to find marketing content, new research suggests it’s becoming more important for marketers to provide an omnichannel experience – but how many marketers have integrated this factor into their strategies? Target Marketing recently conducted the “Omnichannel Marketing: The Key to Unlocking a Powerful Customer Experience” report to gauge how marketers are taking this need into consideration.

Brands Are Still Being Fooled By Influencers With Fake Followers

Contently

If you’re a major brand, it’s understandably tempting to hire an influencer with hundreds of thousands of followers to promote your product. But if a majority of those followers are bots, then that investment is nothing but a waste of money. The issue of fake followers isn’t new. Ever since social media clout became a barometer of influence, users have benefited from bots.

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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.

Solve digital transformation challenges using Oracle Cloud

Oracle

Digital transformation is an omnipresent topic today, providing a lot of challenges as well as chances. Due to that, customers are asking about how to deal with those challenges and how to leverage from the provided chances. Frequently asked questions in this area are: How can we modernize existing applications? What are the key elements for a future-proven strategy IT system architecture? How can the flexibility as well as the agility of the IT system landscape be ensured?

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Brand marketing: 4 ways businesses should be using press releases — but many aren’t

Biznology

Ah yes, press releases: a staple of the business collateral landscape that has not just survived the transition from the print to the digital world, but has thrived. Indeed, thanks to the “evergreen” nature of web content, press releases are the brand marketing gift that keeps on giving. However, despite their proven value — and staggeringly high ROI compared to most other forms of conventional brand building — many businesses aren’t happily aboard the press-release bus.

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Half of B2B Marketers are Failing to Maximize Data Potential

KoMarketing Associates

Although B2B marketers have an abundance of data at their fingertips, new research shows that they are not turning to this information to make informed decisions. Dun and Bradstreet recently commissioned a study by Forrester titled “The B2B Data Activation Priority,” which discovered that only 50 percent of marketing and sales decisions are made using data.

Weekend Reading: “Winning at Social Customer Care” by Dan Gingiss

Marketing Insider Group

For the 176th episode of The Marketing Book Podcast, I interviewed Dan Gingiss, author of Winning at Social Customer Care: How Top Brands Create Engaging Experiences on Social Media. Social media has changed customer service forever by shifting power from brands to consumers, requiring a different way of thinking about the customer experience. The book […]. The post Weekend Reading: “Winning at Social Customer Care” by Dan Gingiss appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

5 Key Elements for Building a Successful Data-Driven Product

When selecting data providers, companies must ensure they’re tapping into comprehensive, high-quality streams of fresh information which can be easily integrated into their products in a privacy-compliant manner.

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Oracle

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Communicating beyond the feature presentation

Biznology

A live feature presentation is a key component of Agile methods. But if you work in a large organization, or have stakeholders who can’t always be fully engaged, you need more. You need to include capturing each sprint as part of your minimal project documentation. At any given time, I have several partly fleshed-out columns for this space – but this month I’m deferring them because I want instead to riff on a piece I just read by James Mathewson.

Interview with ?Carme Artigas

Onalytica B2B

Carme Artigas – Co-founder and CEO, Synergic Partners , a Telefonica Company. Key Topics: Data Science, Analytics, Big Data, Telecommunications, Innovation. Location: Madrid, Spain. Bio: Carme Artigas is the co-Founder and CEO at Synergic Partners, a company that specializes in Big Data that was acquired by Telefónica in 2015. Carme Artigas has more than 20 years of experience in first line management.

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Google’s Featured Snippets: What Are They, How Do You Get Them & What Do They Mean for Your Brand?

Marketing Insider Group

Search engines are the main channel for discovering information and services in the modern day. Google receives more than 3.5 billion searches in a given a day1 with the estimated number of daily searches only expected to increase as time goes on. As anyone who has ever used a search engine may have noticed, some […]. The post Google’s Featured Snippets: What Are They, How Do You Get Them & What Do They Mean for Your Brand? appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Search 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.