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4 Key Marketing Technology Takeaways From A Forrester Wave

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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.

Forrester: Advocate Marketing Is Critical To B2B Success

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That’s what Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst Laura Ramos has found in a new report, Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Customer Relationships That Last A Lifetime. .

Forrester Research Names Oracle Marketing Cloud a Leader

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As digital marketers grapple with the 3800+ vendors that serve the marketing technology landscape, many are demanding a focus on integration to help them deliver more consistent customer experiences.

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

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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. A lead-to-revenue management (L2RM) platform is a Forrester term.

High-Performing B2B Marketers Will Make These 4 Shifts in 2016, Predicts Forrester

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And Forrester is taking notice, predicting massive shifts in marketing in the coming year. Buyers prefer to do research themselves rather than rely on vendors’ sales reps. Forrester Predictions for 2016: B2B Marketing's New Mission. B2B buying has changed.

Oracle’s Maxymiser Named a Leader in Forrester Wave for Online Testing

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Today, it’s my pleasure to share that Oracle’s Maxymiser was cited by Forrester Research as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Online Testing Platforms, Q3 2015. Click here to download a copy of the Forrester report at Maxymiser.com.

Oracle’s Maxymiser Named a Leader in Forrester Wave for Online Testing

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Today, it’s my pleasure to share that Oracle’s Maxymiser was cited by Forrester Research as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Online Testing Platforms, Q3 2015. Click here to download a copy of the Forrester report at Maxymiser.com.

Forrester Weighs in on the Top Video Platforms for Marketing and Sales

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Even Forrester Research Analyst, Nick Barber, said so in his latest report, Online Video Platforms for Sales and Marketing : If you think “doing video” means having a YouTube channel, then you need to up your game. Vendor Landscape: Online Video Platforms for Sales And Marketing.

B2B Marketing & Sales Insights from Lori Wizdo of Forrester Research

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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. They don’t like to be “sold to,” but they do like to talk to vendors because they see vendors as authorities in technology categories.

3 Key Metrics that Will Have a Profound Impact - a Report from Forrester’s Sales Enablement Forum

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T his week, leading sales enablement professionals met to share issues, best practices and success stories at the Forrester Sales Enablement Forum. The Bottom-Line Your customers continue to be impacted by what Forrester termed the “Do More With Less Economy”.

Ranking B2B Marketing Automation Vendors: How I Built My Scores (part 1)

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Summary: The first of three posts describing my new scoring system for B2B marketing automation vendors. I’ve finally had time to work up the vendor scores based on the 150+ RFP questions I distributed back in September. Vendor strength will be scored on a separate dimension.

Forrester Confirms Continuing B2B Sales and Marketing Alignment Gap

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Forrester’s latest research “ B2B Sales and Marketing Alignment Starts with the Customer ” confirms the dysfunctional and damaging gap that still exists between sales and marketing in the vast majority of B2B organisations. According to Forrester’s survey, the top 3 excuses for failing to achieve alignment were given as: “Marketing thinks long-term, sales thinks short-term”. Everyone talks about it. But the fact is: Very few sales and marketing team get along well.

Strategies For Interactive Marketing In A Recession by Josh Bernoff - Forrester Research

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

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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.

Engaging Earlier and Higher with Financial Peer Comparisons

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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.

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

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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. Forrester also interviewed eight vendor companies, including. 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.

Three 2015 Marketing Predictions I Hope Are Terribly Wrong

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Only 13% of vendors that were reviewed passed the “B2B Customer Engagement Test” – Forrester. Prediction 2: The Gap Between Vendors and Customers Will Continue To Grow. As mentioned in the previous prediction, according to Forrester, less than 15% of B2B organizations are connecting with their customers with effective content. The buyer is in full control and desires dialogue and discussion with their vendors.

Help! I Need a Marketing Automation Vendor with Social Media Savvy

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According to The Annuitas Group, a demand generation consulting firm, there are more than 100 vendors , and their features vary significantly. This means that picking the right automation vendor is a lot harder than choosing a flavor of ice cream at Baskin-Robbins.

Hit Your Channel Sales Goals with ROI Selling

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For example: Engaging earlier is a requirement, with 74% of deals going to the provider setting the buying agenda (according to Forrester), but most partners are notorious at engaging late in the sales cycle, and merely responding to solution requests and RFPs.

CMOs fail to go beyond brand awareness on LinkedIn

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Forrester reports that 99% of leads don’t convert, and LinkedIn says 87% of leads don’t convert. What about those B2B buyers who are looking for vendors that can turn their vision into a clear path to value?

39 More (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011

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Forrester: 5 Stages Of Social Media Growth by MediaPost Online Media Daily. The notion of using social media for business has gone from cutting edge to commonplace in an amazingly short time.

Five 2015 B2B Demand Generation and Content Marketing Resolutions

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This means that every interaction from the buyer is met with a response from the vendor, digitally or a via live interaction. This program-based approach can only be accomplished when vendors understand the buying patterns of their buyer(s) and can then align content accordingly giving buyers continuity through every stage of their buying process. When a buyer first engages with your brand, they are not necessarily looking to find the latest enhancements to a vendor’s product.

Content marketing’s $40 billion miss

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Forrester Research has a new report that should serve as a wake-up call to B2B marketers, but probably won’t. It found a nearly total disconnect between the issues that matter to buyers and the messages vendors put in the marketplace.

Value Summit Keynote - The Importance of Getting Value Selling Right

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How buyers have changed and trends are driving more involvement from vendors to better communicate and quantify unique value.

A Failure to Communicate Value

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If you allow your competitors to drive the value conversation they will frame the value to their advantage, as Forrester indicates 3 in 4 deals going to the vendor establishing the buying agenda and value framework (as opposed to 1 in 4 to the vendor winning the “bake-off”).

On-Demand Webinar - From an ROI Business Case to a Value-centric Case for Change

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The Traditional ROI Business Case is often too inside-out (vendor-centric), focused too much on the solution and what it can do. Alinean business case CSO Insights Forrester Frugalnomics IDC Pisello ROI Calculator ROI Selling Sales Enablement SiriusDecisions ValueStory VSR Council VSR Summit

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Sales Enablement’s Dirty Big Secret

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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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Research Proves the Early Bird Catch the Worm?

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At the same time as Sales reps are being invited later, Forrester reports that engaging earlier provides more advantage than ever. Alinean early engagement Forrester Insights Pisello Provocative Selling ROI SiriusDecisions the challenger sale Value Marketing Value Selling

Are your Sales Reps Prepared? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Each year Forrester asks this question of Executive Buyers worldwide, and the results reflect the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of current sales rep capabilities: > The Good – A majority of buyers ( 62% ) indicate that your vendor sales reps are knowledgeable about your company and products.

Forrester: Linking Content To Sales Conversations

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In his post “Linking Content To Sales Conversations” Peter O’Neill of Forrester discusses the importance of how content should be utilized by sales teams — and the tools companies need to consider. Sales Conversations & Your Content Strategy.

Marketing & Sales Leaders: How To Leverage Data To Gain An Unfair Advantage

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That’s why we’re hosting a webinar on March 30th guided by Guest Speaker, Forrester VP and Principal Analyst, Laura Ramos and featuring Radius’ very own John Hurley , Director of Demand Gen & Content. B2B Marketing Data network effects Forrester webinar Leverage Data Marketing and Sales

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The new ABCs of Selling: Always Be Challenging!

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53 Engage me or lose me Forever Did you know that 94 % of customers have discontinued communication with a vendor because they received irrelevant promotions & messages?

Sales and Marketing Alignment in 2013? Not so Fast!

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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.

So You Think Your Sales Team Can Dance? Buyers Say “Think Again.”

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Forced to “do more with less”, these buyers need more consultative advice and help from vendors. This is clearly evidenced in a study by Forrester, presented at their annual Sales Enablement Forum, where buyers easily categorized salespeople, with some unflattering feedback.

Your Unique Value: Solution Focused versus Challenge Centric?

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A whopping 76 % of the deals don’t go to the company that wins the competitive bake-off, where features make a difference, rather the win goes to the solution provider who engages early to help the buyer establish the buying agenda (Forrester). Unfortunately, most marketing collateral and sales conversations start not with the buyer and their challenges, instead leading with how great the solution provider is and a vendor centric view of the proposed solution and differentiating features.

Where is ROI Best Applied in the Sales Process?

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This was presented at the latest Forrester Sales Enablement Forum, and is a marked increase from the 65/35% split of just two years ago.

Forrester and IDC think Sales Enablement is a Big Deal. and We Agree!

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A new role has emerged at many leading B2B companies, Sales Enablement, and recent research from Forrester and IDC proves this new sales enablement practice as the key linchpin required to help a B2B company bridge the gap between their business strategies and how they execute in the field. According to Forrester, companies are spending worldwide, on average, 19% of their SG&A costs, some $135,262 per quota-carrying salesperson, in sales support-related activities.

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