2016

Inbound Marketing or Outbound? Which is the Winner?

Act-On

The marketing industry has been buzzing about the rise of inbound marketing and the decline of outbound marketing over the last several years. With the rise of internet-empowered buyers, inbound marketing has helped vendors take control of the initial pieces of the buyer’s journey.

How Empathy Will Grow Your Sales and Marketing Pipeline

B2B Lead Generation

Writers note – This as a primer for my session at Dreamforce 2016 next week. We have more marketing channels and more content than ever before, but it’s become harder to actually connect with customers.

Sales 341

3 Tips for Better Aligning B2B Content Marketing & SEO in 2017

KoMarketing Associates

As every search marketer knows, content is critical in driving SEO efforts. Whether you’re looking to improve traffic, drive conversions, or acquire links, you need quality content in place to help get you there. As noted by Neil Patel , content marketing and SEO are like peanut butter and jelly.

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8 TED Talks All Salespeople Should Watch

DiscoverOrg

At DiscoverOrg, we’re a bunch of self-proclaimed gluttons for learning. That’s why a while back, we presented our top five books and blogs for inside sales folks. While we love a good page-turner, we know that salespeople are busy.

Lead Generation Companies: How to Pick a Right One

Have you ever had a bad experience using a lead generation company? If the answer is yes, you are certainly not alone; fortunately, MarketJoy has put together 4 simple questions that you can use to judge your next potential lead gen partner.

5 Important B2B Content Strategy Lessons That Will Shape How You Use Social Media

B2B PR Sense

Every company needs a solid B2B content strategy, including for social media. Why do we say that? Think of the millions of posts that are written and published every day around the world.

The 9 Circles of B2B Marketing Hell

bizible

B2B marketing and sales is a drawn out process that takes months, or longer, to convert leads to customers. That extended timeframe means tons of touchpoints, multiple leads from single accounts, lots of nurturing, and too many opportunities to fall into marketing hell.

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Account Based Marketing and its Growing Interest Among B2B CMOs

Modern Marketing

10 Social Media Tools That Will Wow Your Followers and Make Them Click

Marketing Insider Group

Are you looking for some tools that can take your social media engagement and conversions to the next level? Look no further. Here are our top 10 recommendations for social media tools that will wow your followers and get them to click on your opt-ins.

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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.

12 Lessons I’ve Learned from Writing 1,000 Blog Posts

Webbiquity

In Taekwondo, students are taught they must perform each kick at least 1,000 times before they can safely say they have learned the kick perfectly. I’m not sure I craft “perfect” blog posts even after writing 1,000 of them—but I’ve certainly learned a few things.

7 Cold Calling Tactics You Aren't Using but Should Be

Cold calling isn‘t dead; neither is it on its deathbed. In fact, it’s one of the most effective ways to increase sales and drive revenue. Learn 7 preperation strategies to lessen your stress, and to become a better closer!

Expert Interview Series: Andrea Bridges-Smith of PostUp On Data-Driven Email Marketing

Reachforce

Andrea Bridges-Smith is the Product Marketing Manager at PostUp where she oversees the company’s marketing programs. PostUp specializes in email marketing solutions. With so many different marketing techniques available, why are you so passionate about email marketing?

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4 Ways to Humanize Marketing to Fit Your Buyer’s Journey

B2B Lead Generation

We need to stop treating our customers like objects and treat them like people. So how do you humanize marketing to fit your buyer’s journey? It starts with us being human first by recognizing their humanity.

Intent 338

30+ Statistics Designed To Guide B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy in the New Year

KoMarketing Associates

It’s that time in the year again. As we head toward the end of 2016, marketing budgets and planning for the new year will begin to take focus. While we realize that successful B2B marketing programs leverage a combination of investments, social media needs to remain in a part of that mix.

Account-Based Everything: Is it Time for a New Territory Analyst Manager Role?

DiscoverOrg

As a newly hired sales rep, I began the way I did at every new company, spending the first several weeks typing furiously into a growing Excel spreadsheet. It wasn’t until after my own special brand of analysis, that I would begin full-on selling.

How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

7 Startup PR Strategies That Will Bring You to the Top

B2B PR Sense

Startup PR can be a rough sea to navigate in the beginning. Once you get that press interview, you’re on your way. Yet, many startups flounder a little when it comes to press interviews. Let’s face it -- journalist interviews present a new challenge to any startup.

How to Breathe New Life Into Old Content

Act-On

How many pieces of content has your company published? I’m talking about every format – blog posts, social media posts, white papers, case studies, eBooks, interviews, podcasts, videos, infographics – the works. Is it 1,000 pieces of content? 3,000? It’s probably a pretty hefty pile of work.

Dear CEO: The Era of Accountability Starts in 2017

ViewPoint

(Photo Courtesy of Kenny Madden). This cartoon was sent to me in response to a blog I wrote a couple of weeks ago. I just love the simplicity of it; not to mention that it absolutely captures what is wrong with marketing in many if not most companies today.

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Industrial Email Marketing for Targeting Engineers in Long and Complex Sales Cycles

Industrial Marketing Today

Industrial email marketing doesn’t get as much respect as it deserves. I’ve read articles where people have claimed that email marketing is dead thanks to social media. That is simply not true when it comes to industrial marketing.

Best Practices for Selling to Government Agencies

The US government spends over $235 billion on goods and services each year. Because of this, selling your product or service to a government agency can be a great way to increase profits. A government buyer also offers consistency, at least for the duration of your contract. However, there are key differences between selling to a customer or business and selling to the government. MarketJoy VP of Customer Success, Curtis Bendt, has used his vast experience in sales industry to craft a list of best practices for selling to government agencies to give you a more specific idea of what the process involves. MarketJoy also provides you with several tips on how to increase your chances of success.

The 60 Best Marketing Speakers To Rock Your Event

Marketing Insider Group

When it comes to developing our skills as marketers, content providers and world-class communicators, it helps to learn from the best marketing speakers the world has to offer. Speaking at Marketing Events and Business Conferences is one of the great honors and passions of my career!

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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.

Three Influencer Marketing Secrets to Drive Traffic

Webbiquity

Guest post by Tim Brown. I recently had the opportunity to speak to a couple classes of high school students, and used my time to dig into what and how they interact on the web and social media.

Content On Steroids - Maximize the Value of Your B2B Content (Without Actually Writing More Content)

bizible

With around 27 million pieces of content being published online each day, there is no doubt that pushing your content to your target audience has become an uphill task. One has to devise creative ways of making their content stand out so it can give them positive ROI.

Paradigm of Strategic Value-Based Discounting for the B2B Industry

Competition has increased to new levels of intensity and organizations have begun to look for new ways to acquire customers. Discounted pricing is a strategic tool, which when used correctly can drive a variety of business goals, from marketing through to sales strategy

Tips on how to use LinkedIn for Better Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation

Have you ever wondered about how can you use LinkedIn for better lead generation and business. development? In this post, I interview Susan Tatum, Partner at The Conversion Company. I met Susan through following her writing on her blog and her work in the LinkedIn community.

What Wikipedia Doesn’t Tell You About SEO Techniques

KoMarketing Associates

Have you ever found yourself sucked into a Wikipedia rabbit hole, going from one topic to another? If you haven’t, I suggest the buttered cat paradox. With its plethora of useful (and useless) information, Wikipedia has become a prime source to learn about new topics.

12 Memorable Memes for Salespeople

DiscoverOrg

Sales is hard. Not hard in the standard sense — sales requires emotional fortitude to survive the daily barrage of objections and quotas. We have a soft spot for sales reps at DiscoverOrg because we sell too.

How to Create a Successful B2B Content Strategy

B2B PR Sense

Content is king -- yet a king can’t rule or expand his reign without a dedicated strategy. The same is true with your B2B content creation. You can crunch out content on a daily basis -- but without a strategy, it will fall short of your goals.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

Neuromarketing: Using Neuroscience to Supercharge Results

Act-On

Advertising legends such as David Ogilvy, Claud C. Hopkins and Leo Burnett understood the power of neuromarketing. Back then, they just didn’t call it that. They vigorously tested strategies for appealing to their target audience , driving more sales and generating greater results.

5 Big Data Marketing Trends That Are Slated to Dominate 2017

Reachforce

Like the shiny new car and the latest game console and even the trendiest boots, big data is starting to feel comfortable. Instead of that “new car smell”, it’s got a little wear on it.

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Effective Industrial Content Marketing Requires Working Closely with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

Industrial Marketing Today

If you are responsible for industrial content marketing at your company, you know it is a challenge and can be a daunting task to engage with engineers and technical buyers.

5 Steps To Getting Started With Content Marketing For Your Small Business Or Startup

Marketing Insider Group

Brand awareness is essential for the success of small businesses and startups. But with so many other brands competing for your target audience’s attention, what can you do to stand out in your market?

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.