Sat.Jan 03, 2015 - Fri.Jan 09, 2015

10 Innovative Marketing Events Happening in 2015

Oracle

Marketing events offer unique opportunities to learn, grow, experience, and meet like-minded peers, sometimes in amazing cities with lots to offer tourists! As the industry continues to evolve strategically and technologically, it’s critical for marketers to educate themselves on the tools and topics necessary for adaptation. Here is a compilation of events to inspire you in 2015. Get your bags and expense reporting ready!

40 Must-Read Blogs For Entrepreneurs

Marketing Insider Group

By NewsCred Contributor, Dawn Papandrea. If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, chances are you enjoy reading about successful business owners who were once starting out like you. Through their stories, you can find inspiration and score some start-up advice. Better yet, if you really want to think like an entrepreneur, you should tap into the sources that inspire, motivate, educate, and inform them on a daily basis, and make them part of your required reading as well.

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Lead nurturing via email series and content marketing

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Lead nurturing involves a number of activities and channels such as “under the hood” tracking and scoring of prospects behavior and engagement with your campaigns as well as follow-up telephone at times whenever that tactic fits into an overall lead nurturing program. However, the key channel for lead nurturing is email — particularly using email to send a series of relevant content pieces or offers to prospects as they move through the buying funnel.

Need Content Ideas? Customer Questions FTW!

KoMarketing Associates

One of the biggest challenges for any writer is finding new topic ideas that speak to your audience. Let’s face it, when you’ve been writing for a while, specifically on a blog or website, you start to run out of topics. It happens to the best of us. They key is realizing that there are actually some really easy ways to come up with new ideas that your audience will want to read. Namely, answering their questions.

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.

Courting Your Customer: Relationship Advice for Marketers

Oracle

Automation has made it easier for marketers to distribute content, but the content itself needs more attention. It’s important to plan and create content that truly resonates with and delivers value and utility to a target audience.

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4 Tricks To Master The Magic Of Modern Lead Generation

The Forward Observer

Do you want to generate more leads from buyers shopping only on price –OR– from prospects looking for your help? If it''s the latter, here''s how. It’s no secret that the nature of lead generation and sales is changing. For a long time, salespeople could generate a lot of their own leads and then guide prospects through the buyer’s journey before closing the sale.

There Is No One Size Fits All B2B SEO Program

KoMarketing Associates

It’s (fortunately) not a surprise that as the fourth quarter drew to an end, our team was (and still is) engaged in several discussions with prospects about SEO projects kicking off in the New Year. A few weeks ago, I prepared for three, back-to-back-to-back, preliminary sales discovery meetings. As I reassessed those discussions, I thought about how different each program could be.

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5 Ways Marketing Can Help Sales Succeed

Oracle

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of Brenda Stoltz, the CEO and founder of Ariad Partners , where she provides creative, practical, sales-driven integrated inbound marketing and strategic planning services to software, technology, manufacturing, professional services firms, and other industries. Follow Brenda on Twitter @BSStoltz. There’s often a surprising amount of disconnect between Sales and Marketing teams.

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Content Marketing for Manufacturers Isn’t Just Publishing More Content

Industrial Marketing Today

Content marketing for manufacturers has become a staple of industrial marketing with 61 percent using it as a marketing tactic and 54 percent planning to increase their spending on content creation (Source: IHS GlobalSpec Research Report). However, the same study also found that only nine percent can demonstrate how content marketing contributes to sales (ROI) [.]

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!

Ashley Stirrup, Talend CMO: Data Integration is the New Technology Marketing Game Changer [Podcast]

Crimson Marketing

Technology marketing has entered a new phase. Accessing and leveraging large sets of customer data for marketing, already required of enterprises that wish to remain competitive, is fast becoming the minimum ante to stay in the game. Sellers need to take marketing analytics to the next level by integrating the data of their key partners and suppliers, while simultaneously working to better understand and serve customers.

Steal This Technique for Your Next Sales Email

The Point

One of the basic rules of good, direct marketing copywriting is that a call to action should always be specific. In other words, it’s always better to present the reader with a very precise, preferably tangible reason to respond. So, for example: “Click to download our free white paper”. is infinitely preferable to: “Click to learn more”. and “Call me for a free 10-minute consultation”. is more effective than: “Call me to discuss how we can help.”.

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2015 is the Year of Message Boards and Forums

Biznology

In the beginning, the Internet was populated by an infinite number of ad hoc communities. From ANSI BBS dial up communities in the 80s to the Internet Newsgroups of the 90s to the forums of the 2000s, there have always been private and personal virtual online communities have have served members honestly, openly, through trust, and protected by the power of anonymity or through members-only protection.

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17 Lead Generation- Demand Generation 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

NuSpark

Happy New Year! I know it’s that time of the year that every blogger tries to put out a holiday-themed blog; well this is mine. As we head into mid-decade, the state of online advertising and communication continues to be constantly evolving. As a demand generation firm, we are consistently reading about new technology, strategy, and tactics that contribute to a client’s lead generation efforts. The multitude of tools, platforms, and techniques can be overwhelming at times.

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.

Five 2015 B2B Demand Generation and Content Marketing Resolutions

ANNUITAS

As we start 2015, the one thing that B2B marketers can be assured of is that our market and the approach our buyers take to purchase will continue to change and become all the more sophisticated. Marketers will again be challenged to keep pace with these advancements and will need to do more in order to connect with their buyers and show demonstrable ROI as a result of their Demand Generation and Content Marketing Strategies.

Business in 2015: How the CMO and CIO Will Determine the Future

Crimson Marketing

The two executive roles that matter most for 2015 are the CIO and the CMO. How they define their relationship and joint business strategy will determine their company’s future. . It’s no longer enough for the CMO to focus only on marketing and promotion. The CMO of 2015 must own the customer experience and represent the customer in corporate marketing strategy. .

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The Internet of Everything is Here

Biznology

At the beginning of a new year it is customary to size up the past year and look forward to what awaits. In the technology space, a lot of the hype in 2014 was around cloud computing, Apple’s new offerings, and the Internet of Things. To those unfamiliar with the term, the Internet of Things is simply the name given when smart devices are built into ordinary objects, such as clothing, so that the embedded devices can provide data back and forth from the cloud.

Continuum and Process vs. Event, Project or Campaign Thinking

Avitage

The consensus is clear. It’s past time to shift your thinking about your approach to marketing activities as an event, project or campaign, to continuum and process thinking. In my mail yesterday I received my hot-off-the-press copy of Ardath Albee’s new book, Digital Relevance: Developing Marketing Content and Strategies that Drive Results. While I haven’t yet read it, this morning LinkedIn delivered an interview-based article that introduces a key theme of the book.

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 Have a Successful Marketing Automation Implementation

ANNUITAS

Now that you’ve selected your marketing automation platform (MAP), it is time to implement. Marketing automation is not a one size fits all approach and each implementation must be done to align with the current business systems and processes currently in place. Your marketing automation journey can be broken down into these four areas: Evaluation and selection, Demand Generation Strategy , Optimization, and Implementation of the system. What is your Demand Generation Strategy?

The Top 10 Benefits of Using Social Media Marketing for Business

Hinge Marketing

Many professional services firms – even those that have embraced many facets of online marketing – are still wary of social media. These firms might have limited or nonexistent presences on major social media platforms, or they haven’t taken steps to integrate social media into their larger marketing strategies. Does this sound like your firm? If so, you’re not alone.

From “digital first” to “digital everyone”

Biznology

Consumers, citizens, and users now expect brands and business to offer their products, services and their information as “digital first” available. Everybody is talking about how brands should become even more digital, how processes have to be digital, and of course, how a digital way to perform has to be established.

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Evaluating a Healthcare Marketing Agency in 4 Questions

Fathom

Choosing the right marketing agency can be a difficult decision for any healthcare company. Given numerous challenges (seasonality, innovations) and sea changes (healthcare reform, changing patterns of patient behavior), working with someone that understands your industry as much as you do is imperative. Do you intimately understand my organization’s challenges?

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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.

When Is the Right Time to Pass a Lead to Sales?

Salesfusion

The post When Is the Right Time to Pass a Lead to Sales? appeared first on Salesfusion. Marketing Blog B2B Marketing

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87 New (Really) Marketing Automation Stats

Marketing Action

This is a January 2015 update to the original April 2014 post. It’s been expanded from 70 stats to 87. We have not changed the URL to keep the integrity of inbound links. They’re getting old. Many of the marketing automation stats we regularly use – to make strategic decisions, craft presentations, prepare for sales calls – are getting a bit long in the tooth. Case in point: “Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at 33% less cost.”.

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5 trade show marketing mistakes

Biznology

The U.S. trade show industry is BIG. In 2012, there were 10,900 trade shows that drew 27 million attendees. While the overall industry has grown 2-3% in 2014, not all shows have seen this increase. Many are not growing and/or seeing a decrease in their margin/profit. Part of the challenge today for trade show marketers is to cost effectively attract attendees. Traditional marketing approaches such as direct mail and email are becoming less effective due to both clutter and poor targeting.

7 Reasons Your Healthcare Website Content is Just Plain Awful

Fathom

It’s easy to tell if your healthcare website content is failing. A quick look at your traffic numbers, bounce rates, time on page and conversion data in Google Analytics can give you an idea. The sooner you admit that your website content needs improvement, the sooner you can start an overhaul to make it better. So let’s say you’re fully aware that something is wrong with your healthcare website content. There has to be a reason, right?

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.