2016

Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?

Tony Zambito

by Juan Pablo Bravo. Sometimes more is truly less. When it comes to the state of B2B content marketing and engagement, this proverb is on the mark.

Rating the Crowd-Sourced Marketing Software Review Sites

Customer Experience Matrix

What began as a whimsical “ landscape of landscapes ” led me to realize crowd-sourced review sites are the most common type of vendor directory, accounting for 15 of the 23 sources listed in my original graphic.

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Trending Sources

Account Based Marketing and its Growing Interest Among B2B CMOs

Modern Marketing

5 Things Spotify Can Teach You about Content Curation

ScribbleLive

With a business model that allows customers to start and stop service at their leisure, Spotify is doing an amazing job of keeping them around. It has similar pricing and a nearly identical music catalog to the other streaming music services, so how does Spotify set itself apart?

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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No I Do Not Want To See Your Demo

ANNUITAS

A few weeks ago I had the privilege and opportunity to deliver the closing keynote for the B2B Summit in London.

5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox

The Point

Email may still be the workhorse in how B2B companies build relationships, maintain awareness, qualify leads and nudge prospects along the sales cycle, but these days, it pays to think about “lead nurturing” as more just an email campaign. That’s not because email is going away any time soon.

5 Ways to Create Super-Addictive Loyalty Programs

Marketing Insider Group

You want customers to love your brand. Well, loyalty doesn’t happen overnight. It starts with building a quality relationship with your consumers. To reach “cult loyalty” status, like Apple’s fanatics, customers must identify with your brand on a deeper level.

Video Promotion: Secrets from Marketers Who’ve Done it Right [Infographic]

Vidyard

Marketers are doing it all wrong. Somewhere in the heat of the content marketing revolution, we got the idea that the more content you produce, the more successful you’ll be.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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

How Understanding The Goals And Intent Of Buyers Can Transform Marketing

Tony Zambito

Transformation by Yu Luck. People and professionals in organizations can have different intentions while working towards the accomplishment of organizational, as well as, individual goals.

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Landscape of Machine Intelligence Systems for Marketing

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ll be speaking next month at the MarTech conference on How Machine Intelligence Will Really Change Marketing. This required assembling a list of marketing systems using machine intelligence, which pretty much inevitably led to the logoscape below.

Storytelling Gone Wild: The Key to Creating Viral Content

Buzz Marketing for Technology

This week I moderated another Social Media Today webinar as part of their Best Thinker webinar series, this time on the topic of Storytelling Gone Wild: The Key to Creating Viral Content.

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The 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Making a Product Video (Learned the Hard Way)

ScribbleLive

Some people like to learn by making mistakes. And by “some people” I mean me, and by “like” I mean it just happens. I guess that’s the price you pay when you’re not afraid to try new things.

Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

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

15 Elements Most Successful Blogs Have in Common

Act-On

What’s on your blog? You’ve got a few posts of course. Maybe a sign-up box. But are there blog elements you’re missing? More importantly, are you leaving out anything that could be getting you more results? There are a few basic components almost all successful blogs share.

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Are you using the wrong lead-gen model?

Sales Engine

It’s time to face some hard truths about B2B sales. People don't answer their phones the way they used to—some 85 percent of phone calls go to voice mail never to be returned. People can filter through their email and decide who they're going to listen to.

Sustainability: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

Onalytica B2B

There may be few other categories where the information shared and community built could be of more significance than around the topic of sustainability. The “stakeholders” for business include those in supply chains, investors, customers and employees (to name a few).

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Observations on the State of Content Marketing

ANNUITAS

I spent this morning reviewing the B2B Enterprise Content Marketing report published by Content Marketing Institute.

2017 CMO Survey

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

[Infographic] 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

The Point

The social media landscape is littered with business blogs that, on the surface, do everything right. They may feature relevant content, of real value, published with good frequency.

5 Amazing Ways to Spark B2B Marketing Creativity

Marketing Insider Group

B2B marketing is the stepchild of the creativity family. Some people consider the B2B industry boring. Every now and then, you will hear executives complaining about how they can’t be creative in their marketing strategies. And how their team struggles to gain customer attention.

25 of the Very Best Content Marketing Resources in 2016 … So Far

Vidyard

Content marketers are always open to consuming more content. Well … good content. Am I right? As a content marketer myself, I’m always on the hunt for good content as a way to improve and learn more.

4 Myths Preventing True B2B Customer Understanding

Tony Zambito

by Alex Auda Samora. There is a big problem when it comes to B2B customer research. And, most B2B executives may be unable to see or recognize the problem. The scarier notion is some may not even know it exists. What is this big problem?

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

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

Study: Half of Marketing Jobs Will Be Replaced by Machine Intelligence

Customer Experience Matrix

How B2B Marketers are Handling the Digital Content Overload [Accenture Interview]

KoMarketing Associates

When Accenture published its “Content: The H2O of Marketing” report in February 2016, its statistics showed that the majority of marketers have more digital content at their fingertips than they did two years ago.

How 3 Top Brands Are Using Long-form Storytelling in their Content Marketing Strategies

ScribbleLive

In the last few years, many marketers have favored short, snackable pieces of content over the longer in-depth counterpart. It was assumed that long-form content (1,200+ words) had no place in a world of tiny phone screens and 140 character limits.

5 Ways Outbound and Inbound Marketing Complement Each Other

Act-On

What kind of marketer are you? That sounds like the beginning of a diverting quiz, but it speaks to a perception among marketers that just may have run its course. If you’re like many marketers right now, you’d answer that question either with “inbound” or “outbound” as your answer.

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

Wickedly Effective Storytelling: Exercise of the 5 Whys

Type A Communications

February 16, 2016 There’s one critical element that makes a great story a great story. Relevance. In working with hundreds of companies and even more marketers on how to become. read more. Brand Storytelling Content Marketing Content Strategy 5 Whys content marketing content mission content strateg

Open Source: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

Onalytica B2B

Open source is the practice of granting universal access to a product’s design or blueprint, and allowing its redistribution, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.

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BANT Criteria in a Buyer-Centric World? No More

ANNUITAS

Everyone in sales and marketing knows what BANT stands for – Budget, Authority, Need and Timeframe. This concept was first introduced by IBM in the early 2000s and was the gold-standard for qualifying sales and marketing “leads.”

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Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

The Point

For a long time, “ lead nurturing ” was thought of as something you did with the leads that sales didn’t want. The theory was: leads come in, the sales team gets the hot ones, and the rest go to lead nurturing. Today, of course, a comprehensive lead nurturing strategy is much more than that.

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.