Forrester thinks Content Marketing Isn’t Working – They’re Half Right

The Point

Over at Forrester Research, Vice President Laura Ramos recently talked to Advertising Age (“ Marketers Still Struggling to Get Results from Content Marketing “) about what she perceives as a general lack of return from the investment so many companies are making in content marketing.

4 Key Marketing Technology Takeaways From A Forrester Wave

Modern Marketing

report entitled “The Forrester Wave™: Lead-To-Revenue Management Platform Vendors, Q1 2014.”. Here are our 4 takeaways from the Forrester report around driving change and progress in technology adoption, as well as some added tips: 1.

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Forrester Sounds the Digital Marketing Alarm

Vidyard

The years change but the marketing plans pretty much stay the same, according to recent research from Forrester. In-person events, digital marketing, and content marketing once again captured the top three spots in our 2015 survey, consuming over 40% of working dollars.”

Death of a Salesman? Forrester says Yes.

The ROI Guy

At the Forrester’s Sales Enablement Forum last week, a study by Andy Hoar, Principal Analyst at Forrester was revealed showcasing this 22% expected decline over the next five years. A Forrester survey of 250 B2B Buyers reveals that it’s not just B2C purchases that have moved online.

Act-On’s a Leader in the Forrester Wave™ and What That Means to You

Act-On

So, with that said, we were pretty excited to see Act-On Software named a Leader among lead-to-revenue management (L2RM) platform vendors in the Forrester Research, Inc., report: The Forrester Wave™: Lead-to-Revenue Management Platform Vendors, Q4 2016. “… What Act-On might miss in depth, it reaches in breadth,” writes author Lori Wizdo, Principal Analyst for Forrester Research in the report. The Forrester Wave™ research process is rigorous, objective, and transparent.

B2B Marketing & Sales Insights from Lori Wizdo of Forrester Research

ViewPoint

I had the great the opportunity to interview Lori Wizdo , B2B marketing analyst at Forrester Research. Forrester does a great deal of buyer journey research on sources of influence in a lot of other dimensions: First, buyers do like to talk to vendors early in the process. When we survey marketeers, we ask what percent of their pipeline was the result of a marketing program.

Survey: Marketers Want More Video. What Else Is New?

Contently

In fact, Forrester Research found that videos were 50 times more likely to receive an organic first page ranking than traditional text pages. A recent Contently survey showed that, in the next five years, senior marketers plan to invest in video more than any other type of content.

How to simultaneously attract new prospects and retain loyal customers

Biznology

Avoid giving them a formal survey because it will give them too much time to think about how to word feedback—try to catch them in the moment. Acts of Service: Reading and sharing their content, participating in their survey or helping them make their company better.

Social media ROI sucks! (Or, you can prove anything if you send out a survey)

ViewPoint

Social distribution of content and messages isn’t considered all that effective in providing business value to companies, according to a recent analysis by Forrester Research. By Christopher Hosford, editor-in-chief, HosfordGroup LLC.

Survey of Surveys: Budgets and Process are Main Barriers to Marketing Technology Success

Customer Experience Matrix

I recently gave a Web presentation comprised almost entirely of slides from different surveys. Still, preparing the slides gave me a chance to scan the surveys in my archives, which was entertaining in its own little way. Of course, each survey uses different terms.

82% of CMOs Have Goals that Align with Revenue Targets — A Discussion on Marketing Performance Management with a Forrester Analyst [Video]

bizible

Allison Snow is a Senior Analyst on Forrester’s B2B marketing team with a focus on marketing performance management. Forrester survey results reflect that the single biggest challenge faced by B2B marketers as they set budgets is "attributing program spend to revenue results."

Forrester study: How marketing analytics increases business performance

Opentopic

Google recently asked Forrester Consulting to survey 150 marketing, analytics and IT executives about the measurement challenges they face. The post Forrester study: How marketing analytics increases business performance appeared first on Opentopic. The results showed that: Only 26 percent believed that their marketing analytics tools are well-integrated and work seamlessly together.

50 Facts about online consumer behavior not to ignore

Biznology

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Forrester Research, Inc. Benchmark Report: How Top Marketers Do Lead Generation, Part 1

Marketing Action

That’s according to a December, 2013 Forrester report by VP and Principal Analyst Peter O’Neill, Gauging Your Progress and Success , a benchmark-style assessment of what top-performing marketers do. The post Forrester Research, Inc.

16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats

Webbiquity

But, seemingly in support of Kundera’s quote above, Forrester Research says marketers are the ““sole source of sustainable competitive advantage.”. 86% of B2B companies surveyed are currently blogging, along with 77% of B2C companies. The CMO Survey ).

New Report Confirms Immaturity of Most Marketing Automation Deployments

The Point

In the report, “ Automation: Redefining Marketing’s Game Plan ,” Forrester details the results of their surveying 155 US-based senior marketing professionals on their use of, results from, and attitudes towards marketing automation.

Forrester report says content from agnostic industry experts best way to reach B2B buyers

Opentopic

Opentopic blog >> b2bmarketing.net A new Forrester Research report reveals the best way to reach B2B buyers is with content written by unbiased third-party industry experts. The report, “Use Third-Party Content To Attract And Persuade Elusive B2B Buyers,” surveyed in January 210 IT and business decision-makers at companies with 500 or more employees. Forrester also interviewed eight vendor companies, including.

Three 2015 Marketing Predictions I Hope Are Terribly Wrong

ANNUITAS

Only 13% of vendors that were reviewed passed the “B2B Customer Engagement Test” – Forrester. As mentioned in the previous prediction, according to Forrester, less than 15% of B2B organizations are connecting with their customers with effective content. Blog Content marketing strategy Demand Generation Strategy Forrester Laura Ramos marketing predictions

Engaging Earlier and Higher with Financial Peer Comparisons

The ROI Guy

According to Forrester, the early bird still catches the worm, with a significant 74% of all deals going to the provider who helps "establish the buying vision", while only 26% goes to the vendor who "responds to a request" and wins the bake-off.

A Call for Marketing Enablement

ANNUITAS

ANNUITAS recently published a B2B Enterprise Demand Generation Survey. This is an issue that must be addressed given that according to Forrester, 96% of CMOs have stated that their departments are being asked to do things it has never been asked to do before.

B2B Content Marketing Execution: We’re Not as Mature as We Think

Type A Communications

Today, the Business Marketing Association (BMA), Forrester and the Online Marketing Institute released the results of a survey about the maturity of content marketing practices in business-to-business (B2B) organizations. (In July 16, 2014.

Survey: Marketers are Dedicating More of Their Budgets Toward Digital

KoMarketing Associates

In the “Global Digital Outlook Study” from SoDA and Forrester, nearly half of surveyed marketers (43 percent) said that they intend to increase their budgets for digital marketing in 2017/18. About half of survey respondents also said that they currently spend 50 percent or more of their marketing budget on digital initiatives. As marketers look ahead to 2018, more of them are finding that they may dedicate a large portion of their budgets to digital.

From High Touch to Low Cost – A Disturbing Trend in B2B Selling?

The ROI Guy

Last year, new research from Forrester boldly predicted the Death of the B2B Sales Rep, making some stark forecasts: Much of B2B buying will not need sales reps anymore, and will move to lower cost self-service or inside sales reps.

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Content marketing’s $40 billion miss

Biznology

Forrester Research has a new report that should serve as a wake-up call to B2B marketers, but probably won’t. But maybe not surprising, given the consistently poor grades buyers have awarded marketers in surveys about content marketing.

Hit Your Channel Sales Goals with ROI Selling

The ROI Guy

A survey reveals that the majority of B2B firms are now generating 60% of their revenue through indirect channels (The 2112 Group). Rightly or wrongly, a growing number of companies perceive direct sales as ever more expensive.

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Sales Enablement’s Dirty Big Secret

The ROI Guy

Attending the Forrester Sales Enablement Forum, one research metric was presented that just blew me away. According to Forrester, the average company spends more than $135,000 in sales support costs per year for EACH salesperson.

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6 Things to Keep in Mind When Replatforming

Buzz Marketing for Technology

According to Forrester Research, 39% of surveyed companies see a drop in conversion rates after replatforming, while 44% note slower load times once a new platform goes live. Posted in Business Intelligence Testing.

White Papers are Not Dead. They’re on Life Support.

Marketing Craftmanship

Over time, however, the market education function was largely assumed by research firms such as Gartner and Forrester, whose opinions carry greater credibility than self-publishers of white papers. Have Marketers Killed This B2B Golden Goose?

Branding as a full funnel journey

Biznology

But content creation born of surveying, content engagement analytics, and plain old person to person interactions is informative. According to Forrester Research, “customer experience doesn’t drive behavior, customer loyalty does.”

Oops They Did it Again! Gartner Downgrades Overly Optimistic IT Spending Forecast

The ROI Guy

According to Forrester, prospects indicate that less than 10% of sales engagements are focused on customer value (down from a paltry 12%). Trillion in 2013 IDC 2014 Buyer Experience Study (Oct) Forrester Sales Enablement Conference 2014 SiriusDecisions SiriusIndex, results from 2011 – 2014.

The new ABCs of Selling: Always Be Challenging!

The ROI Guy

Unfortunately, buyers indicate that: 10% of sales reps are still pitching products right out of the gate, or pseudo-solution selling, asking a few questions before diving into a one-size-fits-all product pitch (Forrester).

Gartner Raises IT Spending Forecasts – Time to Party Like its 1999?

The ROI Guy

According to Forrester, prospects indicate that less than 12% of sales engagements are focused on customer value. Trillion in 2013 IDC 2014 Buyer Experience Study (Oct) Forrester Sales Enablement Conference 2014 SiriusDecisions SiriusIndex, results from 2011 – 2014.

Frugalnomics – Why the IT spending growth forecasts from Gartner are wrong again!

The ROI Guy

According to Forrester, prospects indicate that less than 12% of sales engagements are focused on customer value. Trillion in 2013 • IDC 2013 Buyer Experience Study (Oct) • Forrester Sales Enablement Conference 2013 • SiriusDecisions SiriusIndex, results from 2011 – 2013.

B2B Content Marketing Execution: We’re Not as Mature as We Think

Type A Communications

Today, the Business Marketing Association (BMA), Forrester and the Online Marketing Institute released the results of a survey about the maturity of content marketing practices in business-to-business (B2B) organizations. (In July 16, 2014.

Sales and Marketing Alignment in 2013? Not so Fast!

The ROI Guy

Executives continually point to the need for Sales and Marketing to align, with 90% of Senior Marketers indicating to Forrester that indeed alignment is a high or very high priority.

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Three Big Myths Debunked at SiriusDecisions Sales and Marketing Summit

The ROI Guy

Forrester concurred , reporting that digital experiences are replacing sales reps at a rapid pace, foretelling a 22% decline in the number of B2B sales reps over the next 5 years = a total of 1 million sales reps expected to lose their jobs.

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Death of the B2B Sales Rep? An Interview with the Sales Enablement Lab

The ROI Guy

Forrester reports that this shift to digital buying is real, and as a result, there will be a 22% decline in the number of B2B sales reps over the next 5 years. Andy Hoar, Principal Analyst at Forrester , reported these findings at their last Sales Enablement conference and Thierry, you and I were both there. Alinean CEB Forrester Frugalnomics Frugalnomics Survival Guide Jim Ninivaggi Pisello Sales Enablement Sales Enablement Lab SiriusDecisions Value Selling

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The Modern Day Social Seller: Buyers are More Empowered, But So Are You!

The ROI Guy

At the same time, Forrester reports that earlier engagement is more important than ever - with 76% of the deals going to the solution provider that is able to help the prospect identify the top priority issues to address and establish the buying agenda (versus only 24% going to the rep who can win the bake-off).

The DNA of a Top Performer—Are You Cut From the Same Cloth?

Marketing Action

We recently surveyed 101 of our customers in the small and medium-sized business category about their online marketing practices.

It's Official: Forrester Says B2B Buyers Hate Confusing Jargon

What Works - What Doesn't

Now, it’s official – or at least corroborated by a Forrester Research Inc. Only 15% of the exec surveyed by Forrester felt their meetings with salespeople are valuable and live up to their expectations, and only seven percent usually accept a follow-on meeting.