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

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.

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.

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Should Customer Data Platforms Be "Marketer-Controlled"?

Customer Experience Matrix

Thomas Wieberneit argues in a thoughtful blog post that companies need one platform for consolidated customer data, but that Customer Data Platform isn’t it because the CDP is “marketer-controlled” by definition, and thus doesn’t support other departments. This hits a nerve.

[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.

30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

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[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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How to Create the Three Parts for Any Sales Funnel

Webbiquity

Guest post by Katrina Manning. What is a Sales Funnel? Sales funnels are everywhere. Created properly, they help guide buyers naturally through their decision phases from awareness to interest to desire to action.

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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16 Creative Email Design Trends to Watch in 2017 [Infographic]

Hubspot

Change is the only constant. And email marketing is no exception to that. Over the years, email marketing has seen a number of significant innovations and advancements -- giving designers the chance to explore more customized, innovative content for email subscribers.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

How to strategically target your content and lead generation campaigns to disrupt the status quo and facilitate the sale.

50+ Video Marketing Stats that Prove You’re Doing it Right

Vidyard

Video may be all the rage, but for data-driven businesses, it’s hard to justify spending resources on a new content type without… well… data, right? And if this was five or ten years ago, you wouldn’t find much to support online video. But it’s 2017, and the times, they are a’ changing!

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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.

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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5 Email Reactivation Campaigns That Win Subscribers Back

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Mike Madden “She loves me… she loves me not… she loves me! SHE REALLY LOVES MEEEEEEEEEE!!!”. We’ve all been there. As children, we left it up to flower petals to determine if our crush liked us back. Simpler times, am I right?

Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

See how a marketing team demonstrated 10X ROI and increased sales by 35% with marketing automation.

How to Write a Business Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide (With Examples)

Hubspot

Not all business ideas are good ones. Take my friend Eric, for example, who had the idea of a cell phone that doubles as a taser. Probably not the best product to have on the market. A lot of people have business ideas -- it's whether these ideas are any good that really matters.

Why CMOs Should Embrace Ad Blocking

Modern Marketing

According to eMarketer "the percentage of people using ad blockers is growing at a significant rate, though blocking established much of its presence earlier in the decade." " They expect three in 10 Internet users will be using blockers by the end of 2018.

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The Top 5 Worst Brand Video Marketing Fails from the Past Year

Vidyard

Big brands have the data and the resources to keep their finger on the pulse of social, political, and cultural topics. These resources create pressure to broadcast the right messaging in their video marketing campaigns.

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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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2017 CMO Survey

The 2017 CMO Survey can provide you with the latest insights into marketplace dynamics, spending, and trends.

The 7 Elements of Graphic Design, and How to Apply Them

Hubspot

Have you even looked at a seemingly simple design and thought: I could totally do that. But later, when you sit down to actually give it a whirl, you don't know why your attempt doesn't measure up to the professional version. What gives?

Marketing’s Like Love: How Rejection Leads to Success

Modern Marketing

Imagine you’re having a night on the town with someone special. Both of you have just met, but your vibes click and you think you like each other. At the end of the evening, you promise to meet again and put your numbers in each other’s phone.

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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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Weekend Reading: “Predictable Prospecting” by Marylou Tyler

Marketing Insider Group

For the 114th episode of The Marketing Book Podcast, I interviewed Marylou Tyler, co-author of “Predictable Prospecting: How to Radically Increase Your B2B Sales Pipeline.” ” Marylou Tyler is also the co-author of the best selling book “Predictable Revenue,” written with Aaron Ross.

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

7 Things You Can Learn from Influencers at Marketing Nation Summit

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Ellen Gomes If you’re like me, you follow a set of marketing influencers on Twitter, LinkedIn, and SnapChat, and almost religiously read their blogs for new ideas, fresh perspectives, and interesting content.

Let’s Celebrate the 2017 Markie Awards Finalists!

Modern Marketing

The announcement of the Markie Award Finalists for 2017 marks the 11th Anniversary of this prestigious award that highlights the success of the best Modern Marketers in the industry. We continued to receive a high number of entries across Oracle Marketing Cloud.

5 Key Takeaways from World B2B Marketing Chief Congress 2017

KoMarketing Associates

At the beginning of this year, I had the honor of attending the 14th World B2B Marketing Chief Congress 2017 in Shanghai, China. It was my first time at this conference and it was a memorable learning experience to be around 400 B2B marketers representing more than 50 industries in China. The conference offered seven valuable keynotes and 80 great sessions on general B2B marketing, content & social media marketing, branding, sales & distribution, and more.

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 AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

Live Video in 5 Steps: From Creation to Measurement

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Cameron Jahn Live video has tremendous power to bring people together. From product unveilings to interviews, people naturally gather around this “watercooler” type of content to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and events.

Why Facebook Should Be Worried About Other Social Networks

Contently

Early social networks had life spans like house flies. Friendster enjoyed a brief run of glory before passing the torch to Myspace, which looked set to succeed for years but soon faded away. Then Facebook came along. It grabbed the throne in the mid-2000s and didn’t let go.

Influence in Marketing: our top 30

Exo B2B

For more than ten years, I’ve been working closely (and sometimes from afar), with many of the main Web marketing players in Quebec, but also from elsewhere. I’ve worked alongside or hobnobbed with hundreds of them over the conferences I’ve organized or attended here, in Europe or the USA.

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.

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.