Sat.Mar 11, 2017 - Fri.Mar 17, 2017

10 Tips for Selling in Influencer Marketing to Senior Management

Onalytica B2B

Back in January we published a post on the ‘ 5 Most Common Reasons why Influencer Marketing Fails ‘, identifying “lack of understanding from senior management” as a prevalent reason.

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The Crack in Influencer Marketing You Need to Know About

Marketing Insider Group

In a world where Instagram posters are cultural icons and more kids are watching YouTube videos than cable TV, the influencers – the individuals who have won over legions of fans through their blogs or social media channels – have become a powerful bunch. They speak, post, and tweet.

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CrossEngage Orchestrates Customer Journeys Using Events

Customer Experience Matrix

It feels like forever since I first wrote about Journey Orchestration Engines (JOEs) , although it is just one year. Orchestration was already a hot term when I started, so I take neither credit nor blame for its continued popularity.

Reboot Buyer Insights To Drive B2B Growth

Tony Zambito

Illustration by Gregory Cresnar. B2B companies are faced with the most transformative era in business history.

The Sales Enablement Handbook

In the sphere of sales, it helps to get your definitions down. You might have thought sales operations and sales enablement are the same thing - but there are important differences. Both have the objective of improving sales performance, and although there is some overlap, they do this in different ways.

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5 Simple Ways to Use Storytelling in Your Marketing

Act-On

It’s been called the most valuable business skill of the next decade. A scientifically-proven way to enthrall audiences and get them to do what you want. But if you mention storytelling to some business owners or marketing managers, you’ll often get a blank look in return. Maybe even a frown. Why the resistance? There are a couple of possible reasons: “It’s expensive.”.

Six SEO Tips for UX Designers

Webbiquity

Guest post by Alex Berg. Understanding the aspects of design, technology, and content that affect search engine optimization (SEO) is an essential skill for any web team, but they are particularly important when undertaking a major website redesign effort. Image credit: Bambi Corro III.

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10 Stats About Video that Marketers Need To Know

Marketing Insider Group

The time of video has come yet again. Impressive, original video content has become key in boosting forward thinking brands, and will most certainly stay so for in the times to come. The research by eMarketer has shown a rise in time American adults spend watching video content online.

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Is MarTech Is Too Important To Leave To The Marketers?

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m still pondering the relationship between marketing and IT : what it is, will be, and should be. A few new ingredients have kept the pot boiling: - a chat with Abhi Yadav, founder of Zylotech , a MIT-bred, artificial intelligence-driven Customer Data Platform and message selection engine.

How to Prepare Contact & Account for an Account-Based Marketing Strategy

Among B2B communities, 2017 brought upon several new concepts, trends and technologies… But perhaps none captured more attention than the re-emergence of account-based marketing as a viable growth strategy.

What Is Customer Marketing?

Act-On

B2B marketers are focusing more and more on making sure their customers are successful after they’ve signed the contract and started using your product or service. This renewed attention helps in a couple of ways. First, successful customers are happy customers and their more likely to renew with you. The second reason is that successful, happy customers are also great advocates for your brand.

The 17 Best Photo Editing Tools

Webbiquity

Images add color, visual appeal, and life to online content. Blog posts and articles with images get 94% more views than those without, according to Jeff Bullas. Pictures make your news release more likely to be read and your business more likely to be contacted.

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If Your Content Isn’t Customer-Focused It’s Not Making an Impact

Marketing Insider Group

Dear marketing professional, meet your new (very demanding) boss. Your customer. Today, top marketers are using content marketing not to persuade, but to engage with the consumer, meeting buyers where they stand, providing what they want.

Corporate IT Will Regain Control Over Marketing Technology (And That's Okay)

Customer Experience Matrix

One of my favorite factoids comes from a Computerworld survey in which IT managers placed marketing technologies at 20th of 28 items on their priority list. This either shows that martech managers are less important than they think or explains why martech managers are needed in the first place.

GDPR & Demand Generation: What Your Team Needs To Know

Speaker: David Crane, Head of Content & Thought Leadership, Integrate

The coming month will test the boundaries of change management for marketing organizations (and their colleagues in sales, finance, IT and legal) as they ready their teams for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will go into effect May 2018. Much of what we’ve seen in B2B marketing publications, martech vendor blogs and from word-of-mouth borders on fear-mongering. Not to say this isn’t understandable – a lot of rather quick changes must be made to ensure GDPR compliance, and they can feel overwhelming. However, some of the wisest B2B marketing experts continue to reiterate one very important point: GDPR, while causing significant stress now, will lead to more efficient and effective marketing and sales down the road.

[VIDEO] The Role of Story in Account-Based Marketing

DiscoverOrg

We all should know by now the power of storytelling in business. After all, stories guide and enrich our personal lives every day in many ways: the learning we pass along to our children, the laughs we have with friends, the binge watching, or the novels we get lost in during a lazy weekend. Story is woven into the fabric of our lives, and we’re richer because of it. Given that point, why should the same principles not apply when we’re all at work? Of course they do, and then some.

How to Create Your Own Killer Personal Brand in B2B

B2B PR Sense

Anyone without a personal brand in B2B is like a book without a jacket -- it's easy to be forgotten or ignored. You are unique with a special set of skills and expertise -- but how will people know that if you fade into the background of your industry?

Content Personalization Instead of Promotion

Marketing Insider Group

With the rise of the Internet, consumers today have access to gazillions of information pieces. Push away push marketing More choices of products and services, brings in the Paradox of Choice. Organizations invest in an array of products but are unable to differentiate themselves.

The implications for PR if Twitter goes away

Biznology

The reports of Twitter’s death have been greatly exaggerated — but what if they’re not? Personally, I feel like PR people might be happy when Twitter finally gives up its ghost or falls into disuse.

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Top 20 B2B Marketing Charts of 2017

Discover critical data and insights with MarketingCharts' most popular B2B marketing charts of 2017. This deck covers both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective across topics such as lead generation, vendor relationships, and content marketing.

Forecast: Self-Assembling Application Bundles Will Manage Customer Experience

Customer Experience Matrix

I recently described a Deloitte paper on technology trends, focusing on their descriptions of IT management methods. The paper also covered broader trends including: Unstructured data, which they saw as a potentially bottomless source of insight.

Is Content Marketing Killing Your Customer Conference?

Act-On

I consistently hear from clients and colleagues how hard it now is to drive attendance to annual customer and user conferences. Many vendors do everything under the sun to entice customers to sign up, yet these events still suffer from below-goal attendance and a hit to the bottom line. Why is this? Many of us remember when customer conferences were all the rage in the early-to-mid 2000s.

In Search of the Perfect Writing Process [Podcast]

Marketing Insider Group

What is your writing process? Like cats on catnip, us content marketers just can’t resist when someone answers that question. We positively obsess over each others’ writing processes, and the more known the marketer, the more we swoon and purr.

10 Tips to Help Marketers Make Political Emails Great (Again)

Modern Marketing

It doesn’t take a Political Science degree to see that there isn’t a lot that the American electorate can agree upon nowadays.

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2018 B2B Marketing Mix Report

B2B marketers like you contributed their insights to Sagefrog’s annual B2B Marketing Mix Report, a valuable asset in planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead.

[VIDEO] Selling to Marketing: How to Grab the Attention (and Wallet) of a CMO

DiscoverOrg

When DiscoverOrg first launched its sales intelligence platform 9 years ago, the company sold the best data in the world to sales teams that understood the value of org charts and direct dials to better find and connect with their IT prospects.

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5 B2C Tactics That Are Sure to Boost Your B2B Marketing Strategy

B2B PR Sense

In what seems like a blink of an eye, B2C and B2B marketing have become strange bedfellows. The chasm between the two discliplines has shrunk and we need to get onboard. Let's get started. What Has Changed in B2B? Once upon a time you never would have seen B2B companies use a fun video about a product or industry. Yet, this has become the norm for many B2B companies -- with great success! Other traditionally B2C tools and methods have been implemented within B2B in recent years to good effect.

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Using Scrum for Marketing: An In-Depth Introduction

Marketing Insider Group

Whenever people are involved in a complex, creative effort, whether they’re trying to send a rocket to space, build a better light switch, or capture a criminal, traditional management methods simply break apart.

Building Demonstrable Marketing Results

Hive9

Developing a marketing system that emphasizes measuring and demonstrating the results of your marketing efforts requires time, commitment, and proper technology. All of that is difficult, but sometimes the hardest part is embracing the change in mindset it requires. Hive9 Marketing Insights B2B

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Empathy: Your Lead Generation Superpower

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO & Founder of markempa

Today’s sales and marketing environment is a paradox. There has never been more marketing channels to reach potential customers. But, connecting and building trust with buyers has never been harder. That's why we need to go beyond rational-logic based marketing to understand how our customers feel. Empathy is not just a “soft” skill, it's an incredibly powerful tool to understand customer motivation and increase lead conversion.

Tips for pulling off a successful business event

Biznology

Business events can be a really big deal for companies that rely on them to generate new customers and increase word-of-mouth endorsements. If this is your type of business, then you know all to well how important a successful business event is.

Marketing Car Sharing & Mobility 2.0 | Ep. 15 Rethink Podcast

Act-On

In this episode of the Rethink Podcast, we hit the streets of Portland on a ride along in a BMW X1 with ReachNow’s CEO Steve Banfield to discuss his car-sharing service, and how he markets mobility 2.0. In the podcast, we discuss ReachNow’s offering, its target audience, their differentiation tactics, market adoption, promotion channels, preparing for when things go wrong, working with regulatory agencies, and having a rich German uncle.

How To Create More Long Term Brand Promoters

Marketing Insider Group

Even with all of the advances and changes in the world of marketing, word-of-mouth is still the most effective tactic. People trust the recommendations of their friends and family when it comes to products.

Marketing’s Artificial Intelligence Revolution Is Here

Contently

Chief marketing officers have one of the hardest jobs in the corporate world. According to research by the consulting firm Russell Reynolds, it’s only getting harder. Last year, CMO turnover reached its highest point since Russell Reynolds began tracking the data in 2012.

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Developing a Conversational Approach

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, CEO & Founder of VisumCx

B2B buyers are self-guiding their purchase journey, consuming more content along their purchase path and involving more stakeholders in the final decision. Therefore, it is necessary for B2B marketing teams to align to this purchase path and to the buying committees. This is not accomplished by creating more content or sending more communication, the key to success is establishing a conversation with your buyers that engages them in a meaningful dialogue and ultimately converts them to a customer.