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6 B2B Marketing Lessons From #Inbound14 and #FutureM

KoMarketing Associates

The collaboration of Inbound 2014 and FutureM brought together over 10,000 marketers and “tech geeks” from around the world. As you can imagine, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center was oozing creativity and eagerness to exchange knowledge.

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Marketing Automation 2014 Industry Overview: What the Surveys Tell Us

Customer Experience Matrix

The Interwebs have delivered an unusually rich trove of data about the marketing automation industry in the past few weeks.

B2B market research – 10 unique features

Savanta

Is B2B market research really that different from B2C? Well in a nutshell, yes. In this blog post Circle’s Andrew Dalglish explores the 10 key differences that make B2B research unique.

Is Content Operations Your Next Focus Area?

Avitage

A Crash Course in B2B Email Creative

Speaker: Howard Sewell, President, Spear Marketing Group

Too often, email campaigns are seen as something that "just anyone" on your team can put together. But in today's attention economy, strong creative can be the defining factor that gets your email to stand out in the inbox. Join Howard Sewell of Spear Marketing Group, a leading B2B agency, as he uses real-world examples to highlight tips, techniques and key principles that can make or break your campaigns.

How Industrial Content Marketing Builds Stronger Relationships Based on Trust

Industrial Marketing Today

Strong relationships have always been the cornerstone in complex industrial sales. That hasn’t changed and won’t change in the foreseeable future. How we start and build new business relationships have changed in today’s digital age. Ask any successful salesperson and s/he will tell you that trust is the key to building strong and sustainable relationships. [.]

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The Top 200 Content Marketing Brands And Influencers

Marketing Insider Group

One of the biggest questions buyers ask in their online journey from awareness, to consideration, to selection is “who is influential?” ” on the topic.

Infographic: 29 Tips to Improve B2B Email Campaign Performance

The Point

An email campaign that fails to perform up to expectations could be failing on any number of fronts. The list could be bad (in which case, no attempted “fix” of the email itself will make that much of a difference.) The offer could be uninspiring, or buried deep in the email, or both.

7 Skills New Marketers Need to Succeed

Buzz Marketing for Technology

The industry is constantly changing and it can be a challenge to keep up. How can you tell the difference between the skills that are necessary and those that are just hype? Checkout Formstack ’s new infographic on the “7 Skills Marketers Need to Succeed.”

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A Lack of Content Marketing Strategy Impedes Demand Generation

ANNUITAS

Once again 2014 will be a year that Content Marketing is front and center for a majority of B2B marketing departments. While the buzz about content marketing continues, it still seems to be quite a challenge for most marketers.

5 Imperatives of a Rockstar ABM Program

Speaker: Danny Nail, Sr. Director, Head of Global Account Based Marketing, SAP

Want to get started with ABM, but not sure where to begin? It's all about understanding: understanding your customers, understanding on an organizational level what your definitions, approaches, and ideal outcomes are, and having the understanding - and support - of your stakeholders. Join Danny Nail, Head of Global Account Based Marketing at SAP and SAP Marketer of the Year, as he explains five concrete steps your organization can take to achieve ABM excellence.

The 3 Social Media Networks That Are Best for B2B Marketing

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer. As a B2B marketer, are you overwhelmed by all the available social media networks? Don’t be. Focus on these three to get the most bang for your buck.

6 Ways to Optimize Video Content like a B2B SEO Pro

KoMarketing Associates

When thinking about the term “SEO,” the big 3 search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing) immediately come to mind. Truthfully, I almost always optimize content according to Google best practices , however it’s important to realize that YouTube is actually the world’s second most popular search engine.

SalesPredict Offers Highly Automated, Highly Flexible Predictive Modeling

Customer Experience Matrix

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that “predictive everywhere” is one of major trends in data-driven marketing. I meant both that predictive models guide decisions at every stage in many marketing programs, and that models are used throughout the organization by marketing, sales, and service.

Are B2B agencies adapting quickly enough?

Savanta

Of the 70 agencies that feature in this year’s B2B Marketing Agency League, 10 show no or negative turnover growth. In past years this could be explained away by a recessionary environment. However, the UK economy is once again growing and this is feeding through to B2B marketing budgets.

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Customer-Centric Websites: Successful Strategies to Engage B2B Buyers

Speaker: Kellie de Leon, Vice President of Marketing & Strategy, The Mx Group

Chances are, you’re under the gun to convert more leads from your website. To increase conversion, your site needs high-quality content, user-friendly navigation paths, and calls to action that appeal to your target customers. But how do you go about this? And wouldn’t it be great to see some real-world examples from B2B companies that are doing it successfully? Kellie de Leon, VP of marketing and strategy at B2B agency The Mx Group, works with marketers every day to help them create and execute customer-centric strategies and content that increase web engagement and conversion. In this webinar, she'll discuss how to make your website more customer-centric.

Kevin Akeroyd, GM of Oracle Marketing Cloud: 2 Über Trends in Corporate Marketing Every CMO Must Know [Podcast]

Crimson Marketing

We all understand by now the importance of data to the corporate marketing organization. What has not been as clear is the best way for CMOs to manage and leverage this data.

The Cardinal Rule of Industrial Content Marketing: Know Thy Buyers

Industrial Marketing Today

It may seem obvious to say that you must build your industrial content marketing strategy around your buyers but it doesn’t happen with regularity with most manufacturers, distributors and engineering companies. At least, that’s been my experience with industrial clients. I often hear my clients tell me they know their customers very well. They can [.] The post The Cardinal Rule of Industrial Content Marketing: Know Thy Buyers by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today.

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104 Fascinating Social Media and Marketing Statistics for 2014 (and 2015)

Webbiquity

Looking at marketing surveys and studies from the past year, a few trends are clear, among them that buyers are firmly (and increasingly) in control of the purchase cycle. They prefer searching to being found, and will often be close to their final decision point before talking to a salesperson.

21 Questions To Help You Define Your Content Marketing Strategy

Marketing Insider Group

This year, I have been talking a lot about how marketing has a marketing problem , how banner ads must die and how content marketing is an imperative for every single brand in today’s digital landscape.

Building Your Demand Gen Team for ABM

Speaker: Jessica Cross, Manager of Demand Generation, Rollworks

The benefits of using account-based marketing in your Demand Generation team are considerable: by getting as many engaged, qualified accounts as possible, your conversion rate will be higher and you'll find that Marketing and Sales are (gasp!) more aligned. Sounds great, doesn't it? But how do you even find the resources to make it happen? Join Jessica Cross, Manager of Demand Generation at Rollworks, as she explains how to build your Demand Generation team to best carry out ABM - even if your team is small. In fact, her own team only has 3 people!

10 Tips for a Successful Trade Show Follow-up Campaign

The Point

Research has long suggested that the majority of leads generated by trade shows never receive follow-up by company representatives. A 2010 study concluded that fewer than 70 percent of exhibitors have any formalized plan or process in place for how leads are followed up after the show.

Where does Google+ fit into your B2B Marketing plans? [infographic]

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Have you made Google Plus a part of your marketing strategy yet? If not, you could be missing out on a great opportunity to grow your audience.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Content Fracking – how to tap into rich new seams of content

BaseOne

Ever wondered what content treasures might be lurking deep underground within your organisation? Content marketers are realising that they need to dig deeper in order to unearth the best content – but how do you do it

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How Much Should You Be Spending On B2B Marketing?

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer When developing a B2B marketing budget, the smart money is on revenue goals and related lead generation rather than past budgets or competitors. One of the most emotional topics in the world of B2B marketing is budgets.

How to Grab Attention with Audience Intelligence

Speaker: Michael Brito, EVP, Zeno Group

As a B2B marketer, you already know - attention spans are short, and the competition to win attention is fierce. So how do you break through the noise to deliver the right message, at the right time, using the right channel - and reach the right audience? Michael Brito, EVP at Zeno Group has an effective and repeatable answer: use audience intelligence! By understanding not just the readers of your content, but also the "vocal minority" and the influencers at play, you can develop a strategy to sustainably create attention-getting - and more effective - marketing campaigns.

3 Online Marketing Elements The B2B Organization Should Not Overlook

KoMarketing Associates

When many people think of the B2B organization, they imagine large factories or manufacturing companies, turning out large orders to other big companies.

Matching Marketing Technology to Business Strategy: A Starting Framework

Customer Experience Matrix

As you may know, I’m working with Scott Brinker of Chief Martech blog fame and Third Door Media on the MarTech marketing technology conference set for August 19-20 in Boston.*

Finding the brand positioning sweet spot

Savanta

Managing a B2B brand isn’t easy. In a recent survey of 100 senior B2B marketers conducted for the B2B Leaders Forum by Circle Research , they named three major challenges: Resources: Brand building is a lower priority than activity which directly builds revenue in the short-term.

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Marie Hattar, CMO of Check Point: Connect, Combine and Simplify—3 Visions for Better Corporate Marketing [Podcast]

Crimson Marketing

The increased transparency and access that recent years’ developments in online connectedness has brought, with it has also come increased vulnerability for corporations doing business online.

Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica white paper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

Planning Your Industrial Marketing Strategy for 2015

Industrial Marketing Today

I hope you have already started planning your industrial marketing strategy for 2015. You may be wondering why you need to spend the time and effort in creating an industrial marketing strategy when you already know the problem – not enough quality leads generated from your current website. It would be easy to dive right into [.] The post Planning Your Industrial Marketing Strategy for 2015 by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today. This is only a content summary.

21 Fantastic Facebook Marketing Guides

Webbiquity

Many (most?) marketers have a love-hate relationship with Facebook.

20 Amazing Examples Of Brand Content Marketing Hubs

Marketing Insider Group

As a content marketer , I am always looking for brands creating content I wish I created , the best video content , and general business and marketing inspiration. But I’m also continuously asked for sites I think are doing an amazing job of executing a branded content experience.