Sat.Dec 06, 2014 - Fri.Dec 12, 2014

The 19 Best Content Marketing Blogs From 2014

Marketing Insider Group

Yep that’s right! It’s roundup time. Time to list our favorite stuff from 2014 so we can reflect on what we learned, what we found interesting, and what we shared.

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How to Fight the Infobesity Monster with Quality, Shareable Content

KoMarketing Associates

With 2014 practically in the rear-view mirror, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the more shocking content statistics from this past year. Consider the following: 93% of B2B marketers use content marketing ( Content Marketing Institute ).

Lead Nurturing in 6 Simple Steps

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet What’s the quickest, cheapest way to implement lead nurturing? I get that question frequently when I talk to marketers about lead nurturing. Lead nurturing is pretty easy to understand, but hard to execute when you have little time or budget.

Your competitors are doing SEO

Biznology

Building an enterprise website is a lot like building a cathedral: you need to start renovating before you’ve completed construction. Cathedrals historically have taken a hundred years to construct, enough time for even the best stone mason’s work to demand some repair.

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How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

What Is The Cost Of A Lead?

Marketing Insider Group

The folks at Madison Logic just released an updated infographic that breaks down the cost of a lead across various industries. I published their research from last year as well because I think this information is really helpful for brands to benchmark themselves in their demand generation efforts.

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Manny Kostas, Symantec CMO: How to Build a More Holistic Marketing System [Podcast]

Crimson Marketing

As Marketing has gained responsibility for what was traditionally the realm of Sales, corporate marketing solutions have become increasingly attentive to mid-funnel nurturing activities that occur close to the conversion point and can affect quarterly business results.

How to Use Reddit to Boost Your Marketing through the Roof

Webbiquity

Guest post by Scott Masson. Reddit is the 30 th busiest website in the world, attracting a whopping 56 billion pageviews and helping to popularise millions of pieces of content each year.

Four Keys Areas Where the CMO Must Lead

ANNUITAS

I have been to many conferences and read many marketing articles about having marketing get a seat at the table.

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5 Simple PPC Landing Page Changes that May Improve Your Quality Score

The Point

As most PPC advertisers already know, Google’s Quality Score measures what Google perceives to be the quality of your keyword ads.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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

Financial benchmarks for B2B marketing agencies

Savanta

You may have read my recent post about B2B Marketing’s 2014 Agency League Table (if not, take a peek here ). By now you may even have read the full report. In this post I’d like to share a few gems which you won’t find in either. I’ve been wading around in the raw data which underpins the League Table and in doing so have unearthed some benchmarks which agency leaders will find especially useful. Let’s look at the top line first. The average agency turnover is £4.08 million (up 13% from 2013).

The Characteristics of a Marketing Automation Expert [Infographic]

Modern Marketing

Editor's Note: Today's post comes courtesy of Amanda Nelson , Director of Marketing at RingLead, where she leads the content marketing strategy and execution.

Your Baby’s Ugly and Other Difficult Things Marketing Consultants Have to Tell Clients

B2B Marketing Traction

A good marketing consultant delivers solutions, implementation and results. But sometimes we have to deliver some not-so-pleasant news to clients. Here are a few of the top “bad news” messages marketers have to deliver and how to present them as painlessly as possible.

Predictive Marketing Analytics Drive Advertising Results

Crimson Marketing

Predictive marketing technology is the latest, exciting new tool to help marketers maximize their marketing spend on advertising campaigns. .

7 Marketing and Sales Strategies to Grow Your Revenue Fast

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Many companies have the core marketing and sales elements to take their revenue to the next level, but are still missing out on some key opportunities. Join Christopher Ryan, CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners and writer of the recent book "The Expert’s B2B Revenue Growth Playbook," to discover seven steps that you can immediately take to grow your company’s revenue quickly and consistently!

Tips to Get Your Business Newsletter Read

Writing on the Web

Does anyone read your business e-newsletter? How do you get your clients and prospects to open that email? In a previous post, I asked if you were sending a holiday newsletter for your business. Here are a few timeless tips to help you get your newsletter read.

The key to content marketing success: a well-crafted strategy

Biznology

Most of the prospective clients we talk to are already engaged in some form of content marketing. That’s the good news. The bad news: most recognize that their efforts aren’t reaping the return they should be. The missing ingredient for most? A strategy and plan for implementing it.

The 411 On Facebook Q&As For Marketers

Modern Marketing

Editor's Note: Today's post comes courtesy of Andrew McCauley AKA the "Social Media Bloke, the Co-Founder of the Digital Media Agency AutoPilot Your Business, and Publisher of Online FootPrint Magazine. He teaches online marketing to business owners around the world.

Is Email Marketing Making a Comeback?

Crimson Marketing

Email marketing was once the staple of online marketing solutions, and it’s easy to see why. A study from ExactTarget found that when it comes to receiving permission-based marketing communications, 77% of consumers prefer email.

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A Crash Course in B2B Email Creative

Speaker: Howard Sewell, President, Spear Marketing Group

Too often, email campaigns are seen as something that "just anyone" on your team can put together. But in today's attention economy, strong creative can be the defining factor that gets your email to stand out in the inbox. Join Howard Sewell of Spear Marketing Group, a leading B2B agency, as he uses real-world examples to highlight tips, techniques and key principles that can make or break your campaigns.

What Will It Take for Marketing Enablement?

ANNUITAS

As the year draws to a close, I am looking back at content that has helped to make me a better marketer in 2014. I love a good list (how to anything or five ways to better… get me every time), relevant eBooks, webinars, videos and helpful blog posts keep me current and always learning new things. However, these are often things I seek out on my own. We know there is a marketing skills gap, so why isn’t there more of an organized, internal focus to provide marketers with better skills?

Using contests to boost sales enablement

Biznology

When you want above and beyond results from your sales team, you need to offer above and beyond compensation. One way to do that is by having contests. Contests are a great way to engage your sales team and provide the extra push for extra performance.

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Re-Thinking the “Best B2B Advertisement of the 20th Century”

Marketing Craftmanship

In 1958, Gilbert Morris – an account executive at the Fuller Smith & Ross ad agency – created the, “I don’t know who you are,” business-to-business advertisement for McGraw-Hill Publishing Co.

Five Keys to Successful B2B Marketing in 2015

The Forward Observer

Would you like to know what''s ahead for B2B marketing? A look back at 2014 may provide some clues to what marketers can expect in 2015.

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4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

5 Data-Fueled Selling Ideas That Work

Modern Marketing

Your marketing database is a veritable treasure trove of actionable insights – if you are willing to work strategically with your data. Mining for gold takes some elbow grease, but the returns can be massive. Here we look at five reasons why your business should be investing time and effort in mining your marketing database. Upsell opportunities - Deep analysis of your data allows you to identify new opportunities using the information you already have.

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Measuring mobile

Biznology

Nowadays, everybody is talking about the “art of storytelling.” ” Sites like this of Burberry’s not only try to tell a personalized story to the visitor but also to make the time he spends with them better and fancier.

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The # 1 Reason B2B Marketing Fails (Hint: It’s Not Tactical)

B2B Marketing Traction

Content marketing. Digital marketing. Inbound marketing. Outbound marketing. None of these will work if you don’t figure out the number one most important thing.

The 9 Biggest Misconceptions About Video Production

Fathom

Today, everyone has a smartphone. The video quality on these devices is stunning, and it grows every day. The ability to quickly shoot, edit, and post a video is all possible on most modern smartphones.

5 Imperatives of a Rockstar ABM Program

Speaker: Danny Nail, Sr. Director, Head of Global Account Based Marketing, SAP

Want to get started with ABM, but not sure where to begin? It's all about understanding: understanding your customers, understanding on an organizational level what your definitions, approaches, and ideal outcomes are, and having the understanding - and support - of your stakeholders. Join Danny Nail, Head of Global Account Based Marketing at SAP and SAP Marketer of the Year, as he explains five concrete steps your organization can take to achieve ABM excellence.