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Lead Gen Tactics from 4 MarketingSherpa Case Studies

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Our sister publication, MarketingSherpa, publishes three weekly newsletter case studies, and in the B2B beat in particular, those weekly articles routinely feature a story covering marketers tackling lead generation for the complex sale. For this B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, I want to offer four of those case studies published over the last couple of years addressing that very topic. If you only have a few minutes, this post provides highlights from each case study.

How the Internet of Things is Creating a Proliferation of Consumer Touchpoints

Oracle

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of Jessica Groopman ( @jessgroopman ), a Senior Researcher at Altimeter Group where she conducts research on disruptive technologies. Jessica specializes in digital strategy, Internet of Things, social data integration, content marketing, and customer experience, with a focus on how data is shifting business models and behaviors. Marketing is about to get a whole lot more complicated.

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Do Content Marketers Need To Have Writing Skills?

Marketing Insider Group

In my recent post on the top skills for content marketing strategists, I listed 7 skills you should look for when hiring a content marketing strategist. The post was inspired by both my own challenge of filling the role inside a large enterprise brand. It was also based on the large number of times I have been asked this question, especially recently, by mostly large brands.

20+ Metrics for Measuring B2B SEO Performance

KoMarketing Associates

Last spring, I had the opportunity to instruct a course for MarketingProfs University’s Search Marketing School 2014. My contribution, “ 10 Measurement Tips for SEO Content ” (now live on MarketingProfs University) focuses on key reports and analysis designed to connect SEO-related content marketing efforts with business performance.

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.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is the perfect meme

Biznology

I am amazed how many naysayers — haters — the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has had, especially amongst the PR, marketing, social media, advertising and nonprofit world. The challenge has less to do with raising money — which it has done in space to the tune of $79.7

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The ABC’s of Great Blogging: Be Original and Offer Insight

Writing on the Web

Be Original and Offer Insight" width="325" height="228" title="The ABC’s of Great Blogging: Be Original and Offer Insight" /> When it comes to content marketing and great blogging, insight and originality rules. According to the authors of Content Rules : “Produce great stuff, and your customers will come to you. Produce really great stuff, and your customers will share and disseminate your message for you. More than ever before, content is king! Content rules!” ~ Ann Handley and C.C.

6Sense Finds B2B Prospects Using Web Site Activities

Customer Experience Matrix

I mentioned 6Sense briefly in a recent post about vendors who help companies find prospects on the Web. Since then, I’ve had a more detailed briefing, which clarified that their scope extends well beyond prospect lists to predictive models applied across all stages of the purchase cycle. We also clarified that users can extract company-level profiles including attributes (industry, revenue, etc.)

10 lessons on Walmart’s social media strategy

Biznology

Walmart is the world’s largest public corporation, biggest private employer and largest retailer. It is still a family-owned business. Walmart also has a big social media presence. Walmart has: 34,000,0000+ Facebook Likes (that’s just their national Facebook page). 210,000+ Twitter Followers on @Walmarthub (one of 7 Twitter handles). 33,000+ Followers on Pinterest. 20 bloggers called “Walmart Moms.”. What does Walmart know that the rest of us can learn?

CMOs are Spending More on Marketing Analytics, Social and Content

Crimson Marketing

As a CMO or marketing executive, it’s important you know what’s happening in your industry and what moves your peers are making. Here are the top trends you need to know: Roughly 8 in 10 US CMOs anticipate their companies will increase usage of predictive marketing analytics and big data tools within the year, “with more than one-quarter expecting their use to increase by at least 25%.” ” 39.1%

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!

5 Problems with B2B Marketing…and How to Fix Them

KoMarketing Associates

B2B marketing isn’t a perfect industry (what industry is?), but the main arguments against B2B marketing, like unoriginality, competition, and boring products, are also the areas where a company can stand out most online. The following are some of the biggest problems with B2B marketing and how you can make your campaigns stand out. It’s Not Original.

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Infer Customer Referral Program

Ignite Tech

At Infer, we’re always looking for innovative ways to spread the word and share our customer’s amazing success stories. So, if you know someone who could benefit from predictive lead scoring, tell them about Infer and explain why it’s a home run initiative. We’ve added some of our best customers through referrals, so in order to show our appreciation to customers who refer Infer, we’ve rolled out a fun program.

5 easy copywriting rules for your content strategy

Biznology

Quality content includes many ingredients. It’s crucial to make sure that they are all included in every content piece you generate, and in your content strategy. Copywriting is, after all, the art of persuasion, and you need to demonstrate this in every content piece you create. Superlative copy is essential if your ambition is to maintain anything like a standard of quality in your content. Check out this simple list of copywriting rules for maximizing the effectiveness of your content.

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Sanjay Sarathy, Sumo Logic CMO: Three Emerging Trends in Marketing Intelligence [Podcast]

Crimson Marketing

Marketing has expanded its emphasis from a former position of responsibility purely for building the ‘top half of the funnel’ to an enhanced role that includes optimization of the lifetime buyer experience. CMOs today are responsible for understanding who buyers are, what they need and then providing a community-oriented service that consistently delivers value to them throughout the lifetime of the relationship. .

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.

HubSpot Files for IPO: Solid Financials for a Young Company

Customer Experience Matrix

HubSpot filed its much-anticipated S-1 for a public stock offering yesterday. Since the company has been admirably transparent all along about its finances, there were no big surprises: they lose considerable money, as expected, but their expenses seem about in line.

Maximizing Event Effectiveness 3 Ways

ANNUITAS

Fall is on its way and that means industry events season is about to start. This September kicks off with some of my favorite events including Content Marketing World , Inbound14 , MarketingProfs B2B Forum , and then of course, Dreamforce and the list goes on. It’s a pretty exciting time for marketers as we both attend and exhibit at these leading industry events. Attending events is usually pretty great, engaging sessions, networking and often one… or even a few eventful nights out.

Location-Based Targeting – what does it really mean for marketers?

Biznology

If you’ve been paying attention to the mobile marketing industry lately, you’ve probably heard or read about the rising importance of location-based technology.

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Predictive First: How A New Era Of Apps Will Change The Game

Ignite Tech

Originally posted to TechCrunch by Infer CEO, Vik Singh. Over the past several decades, enterprise technology has consistently followed a trail that’s been blazed by top consumer tech brands. This has certainly been true of delivery models – first there were software CDs, then the cloud, and now all kinds of mobile apps. In tandem with this shift, the way we build applications has changed and we’re increasingly learning the benefits of taking a mobile-first approach to software development.

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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 Chop Up Your Webinar Content

Oracle

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of Liz O'Neill , a writer and content marketing manager at Kapost, a software that helps marketers develop, manage and analyze their content. Prior to Kapost, she advised big brands like AT&T on their social media strategy at Location3 Media, a digital marketing agency. And before that, she spearheaded marketing campaigns for ONE, an anti-poverty advocacy organization co-founded by Bono.

Social Media is Not a Strategy!

ANNUITAS

Our friends at Software Advice, a company that reviews and compares social CRM tools , recently conducted a report on the use of social media in their Social Media Content Optimization Survey , which shows that while many organizations are using social media, overall it is still being used tactically, and in isolation. According to the study, 84% stated they post on at least three social media networks with 70% saying they posted at least once per day.

No Time for Blogging? Think Again!

Fathom

Even as a content writer, I’ve always been a little on the fence about blogging. My hesitation with it is the same hesitation many of my clients have: Do I have the time and resources to continue to feed a blog? Guess what? You do! But it’s going to take some thought and planning before you even head down that path. Why Blog Now? Start by asking yourself “why should I blog now?” Some reasons you might consider: It’ll help other marketing efforts.

10 Expert Tips On How To Achieve Content Marketing ROI

Marketing Insider Group

There is a ton of excitement and anticipation surrounding this year’s Content Marketing World taking place in Cleveland in just 2 weeks. In case you didn’t know, the keynote speaker at this year’s event is Kevin Spacey, who will certainly blow us away with a ton of expletives on storytelling success.

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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.

Can Social Media ROI Be Measured?

Salesfusion

The post Can Social Media ROI Be Measured? appeared first on Salesfusion. Social Media

B2B Marketers still struggle with lead nurturing

Biznology

I thought it was widely understood by now that staying in touch with a prospect who has shown some interest in your product or service can triple, even quadruple, lead-to-sales conversion rates. But a new study from Bizo and Oracle Marketing Cloud suggests that business marketers are still struggling to get the most value from lead nurturing programs.

Content vs. SEO: Which is More Important?

Fathom

When Bill Gates coined the term “content is king” back in 1996, few people thought that quote would turn into an industry cliché, yet almost 18 years later, we’re debating whether content truly is king more than we ever did in 1996. Many SEO’s these days frequently ask, or are frequently asked the question of whether they should focus on building content, or focus on SEO.

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Google Announces HTTPS Rankings Boost. Should You Make The Move?

EMagine B2B Blog

By Alicia Hale | VP of Digital Marketing Services. On Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Google announced that it would begin rewarding sites with an HTTPS designation with a small rankings boost. If you’re interested in the SEO benefits that your site could gain from going HTTPS, and are curious as to whether or not this change could be the right move for your B2B business, read on. What is HTTPS?

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.