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Disappointed with your content marketing? Discover the challenges keeping B2B marketers from achieving differentiation and how to fix them.

Tomorrow People

How does differentiation apply to content marketing and what’s stopping you getting attention in a crowded B2B landscape? Well, quite a lot… Read on and find out what’s holding most marketers back and what they can do about it. b2b promotional campaigns

Influencer Marketing: How to Identify Your Target Influencers

Onalytica B2B

Last week, we covered how you can outline your influencer marketing strategy. This week we take you through how you can identify your influencers, as per our Definitive Practical Guide to Influencer Relationship Management.

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Top 8 Mistakes People Make with Marketing Automation

Marketing Insider Group

There is no definitive ‘right’ way to achieve success through marketing automation, but there certainly are quite a few wrong ways. I’ve compiled a few of the top marketing automation mistakes people make. Make sure you aren’t making any of them! Being inorganic One of the primary dangers of marketing automation is also one […]. The post Top 8 Mistakes People Make with Marketing Automation appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

Content Strategy Explained (Think of It as a Plane)

ScribbleLive

Content Strategy has a lot in common with air travel when you think about its various components. In my latest blogpost on the idea of a “ minimum viable content strategy “, I use the analogy of a plane to explain content governance. I regularly use this analogy when onboarding new clients onto our content marketing platform, and was again reminded of this upon reading an excellent post by the Content Marketing Institute on implementing a content platform.

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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Content Marketing Storytelling: Not Everything Has To Have A Marketing Lesson! Just Share Your Stories!

ScribbleLive

In August, the solar eclipse was visible from parts of the United States – including partially from where I live in Iowa. There were clouds, but it was still a pretty decent view.

GET SH*T DONE: Building Buyer Personas in 3 Steps

Act-On

Get a head start on your marketing education with Act-On GET SH*T DONE eBooks, including how to build buyer personas in 3 steps. List Management Marketing Strategy buyer persona Buyer Personas marketing personas personas

Interview with Ann Handley

Onalytica B2B

Ann Handley – Chief Content Officer at MarketingProfs. Key Topics: Digital Marketing, Strategy, Content, Social, Demand Gen. Location: Boston, USA. Bio: As the world’s first Chief Content Officer, Ann Handley speaks and writes about how you can rethink the way your business markets.

How to Generate Leads Using Facebook (Without Ads)

Marketing Insider Group

In order to be of substantial use to businesses, Facebook has been making it easier for marketers and business owners to generate leads. With more than 50 million business pages, Facebook understands it is important to provide value for business users as well as for the over 1.4 billion consumer pages. It is up to us […]. The post How to Generate Leads Using Facebook (Without Ads) appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing

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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.

B2B Social Media: How to Use Social to Improve Your PR Strategy

B2B PR Sense

B2B social media has been essential to the development of modern public relations. Learn how social media for B2B has taken off, and how to use it effectively in your PR strategy. Stop thinking about your social media strategy as separate from your public relations strategy.

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5 Steps CMOs Can Take To Prepare For The Next Disruption

Modern Marketing

The immediacy of online interaction has made marketing both easier and more challenging than ever before. On one hand, companies can respond to market shifts in real time. On the other, new innovations can quickly make once-vital services unnecessary.

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Engagement Insights Easily Delivers Marketing Metrics You Care About

Act-On

Act-On Engagement Insights offers easy-to-use templates to better understand your marketing metrics. Reports & Analytics b2b marketing metrics data analysis data insights data reporting insights marketing analytics marketing insights marketing metrics metrics reporting

How to Attract B2B Buyers with Killer Content

Marketing Insider Group

Content marketing is booming. According to the 2017 B2B Content Marketing Trends, 39% of companies are increasing investment in content marketing. And yet most companies are not creating effective content. Want proof? Two of the leaders in B2B funnel benchmarking, SiriusDecisions and Forrester, will tell you that inquiry-to-closed-won conversion ratios are often below two percent […]. The post How to Attract B2B Buyers with Killer Content appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

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.

Paid Media: How to Best Amplify Your Content

B2B PR Sense

Paid media may be one of the most misunderstood types of media in the PESO model. While earned, shared, and owned content have become an integral and respected part of today's content strategy, paid content still has a bit of the aura of a shyster.

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5 Ways the Chatbot Has Surpassed The Enterprise Computer From Star Trek

Modern Marketing

If you grew up watching Star Trek, you know about the Enterprise's computer. With the simplest voice command: “Computer”, anyone on the ship could ask a question and get an immediate reply. The answer didn’t come in the form of a computer printout or on a screen.

Why this LinkedIn Ad Works: 2 Key Tips for Success

The Point

For many B2B Marketers, advertising on LinkedIn is becoming a demand generation staple. At our agency , we’re seeing great results across a broad swath of clients from LinkedIn Sponsored Updates in particular, at a cost per lead similar to, or sometimes better than, traditional search marketing.

10 Customer Retention Influencers You Should Be Taking Notes On

Marketing Insider Group

Here’s your virtual pat on the back for focusing on customer retention. You’re in the minority, my marketing friend. Most brands are still focusing more on acquisitions despite the fact that it costs 7 times more to acquire a new customer than it does to keep an old one. Have you yet determined, what are the most […]. The post 10 Customer Retention Influencers You Should Be Taking Notes On appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing

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.

Flip yourself into leadership with exponential growth publishing

Biznology

Lesson for leaders. How can “digital changes everything” work for you? If you want exponential growth and leadership, here is a huge opportunity from our networked world that rapidly adopts new technology: t oday’s tech-driven world causes widespread declines.

Use a Content Audit as the Key to Crafting Your Content Marketing Strategy

Modern Marketing

Conducting a content audit is on the list of best practices for nearly every content marketer. Yet 37 percent of content marketers never complete a content audit. A content audit helps you develop and navigate a content strategy.

Shared Media: How to Use the Power of Social to Your Advantage

B2B PR Sense

Shared media is a vital part of the PESO model, which also includes paid, earned, and owned media. Sometimes, however, the lines get blurred between shared media and its earned and owned media counterparts.

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3 Strategies to Help First-Time Bloggers Become Thought Leaders

Marketing Insider Group

Starting an official blog is one of the most exciting milestones for a budding professional. It is an excellent opportunity to become a force in the industry and gain valuable exposure. If you have expertise in a certain area, blogging can do wonders to propel you into the mainstream. In fact, HubSpot’s State of Inbound […]. The post 3 Strategies to Help First-Time Bloggers Become Thought Leaders appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing

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.

Why customer advocacy should be at the heart of your marketing

B2B Lead Generation

Are you connecting with and empowering your customer advocates? If not, you should. Here’s why. Customer advocacy marketing programs help you increase revenue by improving customer acquisition and retention (and they’re your bes source of leads). Because you’re helping to encourage and motivate happy customers to speak about you positively to others. And delighted customers are your most powerful hidden sales force.

Seven Ways Cohort Analysis Can Optimize Company Performance and Results

Webbiquity

Guest post by Dan Schoenbaum. Businesses are constantly in search of useful tactics that improve their brand’s performance and bottom line. Cohort analysis, often overlooked, is proven to yield insightful information and actionable advice to improve conversion rates, engagement and revenue. Kissmetrics says examining overall results lumps together information from new and old users masking valuable details needed for strategic decision making.

Digital herds

Biznology

In his thought-provoking podcast Revisionist History , renowned author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell investigates what he calls “the overlooked and the misunderstood.”

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Content Creation: Modular vs. Structured & Traditional

Marketing Insider Group

As content marketing practices mature, organizations look for new ways to gain advantages and improve content performance. One of the most elusive tactics is to optimize content for audience and situation relevance. Numerous studies have shown business outcomes improve significantly when content delivers highly targeted, useful and relevant insights to audiences. Yet marketers currently struggle […].

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.

3 Problems That’ll Keep Me Up at Night After Content Marketing World

Contently

A common mantra at Content Marketing World, the aggressively orange extravaganza held in Cleveland every September, is that marketers need to think more like journalists. But for the past year, I’ve been a journalist trying to think more like a marketer.

Three Secrets to Creating More Sharable Content

Webbiquity

Guest post by Andy Beohar. Some business owners and bloggers are under the assumption that if they consistently post content, they will automatically start to boost traffic (“If you build it, they will come”). Though consistency is important, the truth is that your content has to have an audience to be effective. One of the best ways to build this audience is by getting users to share your content regularly.

Publish first, then edit and revise, for Google search success

Biznology

Never let the perfect get in the way of the good. Blog and post, blog and post. Write all your site content quick and dirty then publish it immediately.

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Transforming One-Time Customers Into Returning Buyers

Marketing Insider Group

A major revenue source that many businesses miss out on is getting single-purchase customers to return for more orders. It’s much cheaper to retain a customer than it is to get a new one, yet many e-commerce businesses don’t tap into this. Converting a current customer into one that returns time and time again requires […]. The post Transforming One-Time Customers Into Returning Buyers appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Marketing Strategy

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.