Respect the Funnel: Why B2B Marketers Can’t Shortcut the Buyer Journey

Howard J. Sewell

Why B2B campaigns that attempt to short cut the buyer journey are destined to disappoint

How To Successfully Use Video Content Across Your Sales Funnel


Video content is arguably the most engaging form of content, so you've likely incorporated it into your content mix. But thinking more strategically, which types of videos might be best suited for the different stages of your buyer's journey (and your sales funnel)?


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The Complete Guide to Integrated Digital Marketing


The last thing you want to do is confuse your audience with some sort of one-off tactic that doesn't seem to fit when they decide to dig deeper. Marketing works best when it’s delivered across multiple channels with a consistent, integrated front.

5 Tips to Increase Sales with Bottom-of-the-Funnel (BoFU) Content


We've talked a lot recently about the importance of creating content for each stage of the buyer's journey. Now it's time to turn our attention to one of the hardest stages: bottom-of-the-funnel. What types of content work best?

Why Marketers Must Shift Conversations from Replacing Customers to Retaining Customers

Speaker: Ardath Albee, B2B Marketing Strategist and CEO, Marketing Interactions

Join Ardath Albee, CEO of Marketing Interactions, as she takes you through lessons learned going through this change at many different companies. She’ll show how the focus has moved from funnel to lifecycle, and the new battleground that is lifetime value and retention. It's 2019.

12 Essential Benchmarks for Understanding The B2B Buyers’ Journey

KoMarketing Associates

The B2B buyer’s journey is evolving rapidly. The end of third-party cookies by companies like Apple and Google can make it more difficult to visualize which sales or marketing strategies work — at least for now. One of the most effective ways to do that?

Your Content Calendar and Sales Funnel: Do They Align?


Are you considering your sales funnel when planning your content calendar? Alignment of these two can pay big dividends, but they can be challenging to coordinate. Let’s dive into the challenge and learn some tips to plan for every funnel stage.

How to Create Conversion-Focused, Middle-of-the-Funnel (MoFU) Content


Every content marketing team should be working towards creating a balanced content funnel, with the right amount of content available for every stage. But middle-of-the-funnel content (a.k.a.

What is Mid-Funnel Content Marketing & Mapping it in the Buyers Journey


It’s an experience for your customer, who goes through different stages during the buying journey. From the time they first hear about your offering or realize they need a solution, to the purchase and after-sales relationship, they are moving through your sales funnel. At every stage of the buyer’s journey, it’s important to understand what information they need when and to find ways to provide it. What Mid-Funnel Content Is.

Successful Full Funnel Marketing Strategies for Startups

Lake One

Successful full-funnel marketing strategies drive awareness, educate your audience and convert them to leads simultaneously using a variety of channels. Read more below to discover top full-funnel marketing strategies. Full Funnel Marketing Strategies: What Does It Entail?

100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.

2020 Content Marketing Trends – Content for the Buyer Journey

Marketing Insider Group

Understanding the needs of your customers is a vital element in the definition of the content marketing. Those insights lead to one of the biggest trends in Content Marketing: we need to develop content for the every stage of the buyer journey.

Enhancing Your B2B Buyers’ Journey 


While online B2B buying habits have changed dramatically in the past decade, today's B2B buyer journey looks a lot different than it did just a couple of years ago. Understanding the Different Types of B2B Buyers . Key B2B Buyer Journey Statistics to Learn From .

How to Build the Perfect Conversion Funnel with Content Mapped To The Buyer Journey

Marketing Insider Group

After navigating your complex conversion funnel filled with quality content, they purchase right there on the first visit. With 87% of all shoppers beginning with an online search, it takes more effort for brands to stand out with the right content that engages and converts.

7 Examples and Templates to Inspire Your Creative Briefs


If you're not using creative briefs, you may be missing out on efficiencies and performance boosts for your content team. Check out our latest article for examples and templates to get you started.

Maximize Your ABM

Speaker: Jeff Marcoux, VP Product Strategy & Marketing at TTEC

The process of buying new tools along with the massive organizational shift required for ABM can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned marketers. You will even be able to take advantage of the data you have coming in to utilize ABM across your entire cycle.

4 Ways to Optimize the Middle of the Funnel | Lead Management


The middle of the demand generation funnel receives way less attention than it deserves. At the top of the funnel, marketing increases traffic and fills the database with new leads through paid ads, social media, search, referral programs, and a variety of other channels.

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How To Create Lead Nurturing Campaigns With Content Marketing in 4 Simple Steps


Consumers need to be nurtured over time to nudge them along their journey. A regular content marketing effort that includes a steady drip of email marketing has shown to be the best tactic for lead nurturing.

Deepening B2B customer relationships with “the funnel beyond the funnel”


I’ve long observed that B2B marketers focus too much on lead generation, and not enough on current customer expansion and retention, which is, after all, where the bulk of profits lie. When asked, the typical B2B marketer will say that 80-85% of their effort goes to customer acquisition. You’ve been developing a fresh idea for B2B marketers that you call “the funnel beyond the. funnel.” Others include it as part of the demand gen.

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The 5 Musts of B2B Marketing Funnels

B2B Digital Marketer

Five things every B2B marketing funnel needs to have. By analyzing your B2B sales funnel , you will not only be able to generate more sales, but it also enables you to improve your sales processes, which will enable you to understand your customers better.

Cold Calling Tips and Tricks

In recent years, cold calling has become synonymous with rejection and failure. But the numbers aren't that clear; while less than 2% of today’s cold calls actually result in meetings, 78% of decision-makers have taken an appointment or attended an event as a result of a cold call. What’s the verdict?

How to Align Your SEO Strategy & Buyer Journey

SmartBug Media

All customers take a journey when making a purchase. Today, this journey often involves the use of search engines. But the Buyer’s Journey is one of the most important aspects of SEO because search engines like Google ultimately want to help buyers find what they're looking for.

What the Buyer's Journey Looks Like in 2022 [+3 Data-Driven Ways You Can Keep Up]


Understanding the nature of the buyer's journey is central to conducting sound marketing and sales efforts. What the Buyer's Journey Looks Like for Consumers in 2022. 57% of our respondents said they use social media to discover new products.

How to Close the Gap in B2B Growth with Mid-Funnel Marketing

Lake One

This is probably because the company lacks a mid-funnel marketing strategy. Each stage of the buyer’s journey needs customized content that easily guides buyers along their way to make a purchase. . What is The Content Marketing Funnel? .

How to Build Your First Content Marketing Funnel (with Examples)


Since consumers will engage with content at multiple stages of their buying journey, it's crucial to make sure you have all your bases (er.stages) covered. So what is a content marketing funnel and what types of content are ideal for each stage?

Your Recipe for Inbound Success

Speaker: Jen Spencer, VP Sales and Marketing, SmartBug Media

Recent studies have shown what a lot of B2B marketers already know - it’s hard to build a successful inbound marketing program. Join Jen Spencer, VP of Smartbug Media, as she discusses how to grow an inbound strategy and framework in your organization to attract leads and establish your brand.

6 Ways to Increase Web Traffic with Top-of-the-Funnel (TOFU) Content


No matter how long your company has been in the content marketing game, you can always use new ideas that optimize and amplify your efforts. Here are some of our favorite top-of-the-funnel (TOFU) content tactics to consider. Content Marketing Content Strategy Tips & How-Tos buyer stages buyers journey content marketing tofu top-of-the-funnel

How to build an email marketing funnel? [With 8 examples of emails in a Sales Funnel]


Here is what you do: You make people aware of your product, state the problems it can solve, tell them what they will miss if they don’t buy your product & see the dollars do ‘ka-ching’ in your account. The visual representation of this process is an email marketing funnel.

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4 Secrets to Building a Content Marketing Funnel That Converts


Building a content marketing funnel can be a complex undertaking, especially one that consistently turns browsers into buyers. But we've learned a few things about how to do this and today, we'd like to share a few of our secrets with you.

Bottom-of-the-Funnel Content Breakdown


For that, you need an effective sales team — and plenty of high-quality targeted bottom-of-the-funnel content. We’ve talked about top-of-the-funnel content and middle-of-the-funnel content.

How to Use Video Throughout the Buyer's Journey

Speaker: Zach Basner, Director of Video Training and Strategy, IMPACT

Forrester Research Group reports that on average 70% of a buyer’s purchasing decision is made before engaging with a sales team. That’s staggering; and it means that we must educate and provide the best answers for our prospects at every stage of their journey. So the question is: will you choose to be an educator in your industry?

5 Reasons Why Quiz Funnel Marketing Sucks

B2B Digital Marketer

Learn how you can plug scorecards into your marketing funnel. Marketing is filled with a sheer amount of noise. There is no shortage of information. It seems like you have to be a master of psychology to stand out and make a difference.

The Types of Videos to Use at Each Stage of the Marketing Funnel

Single Grain

If you’re serious about investing your marketing dollars into strategies that get results, building a sales funnel with tailored video messaging should be a strong part of your business growth plan. Sales Funnel Review. What’s the purpose of the sales funnel ?

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Understanding Click Funnels vs. Sales Funnels


Creating an effective sales strategy requires you to know your customer journey inside and out. Using models like sales funnels and click funnels can help you build the path you want your customers to take on their way from prospect to buyer. Click Funnels.

What Is Bottom-of-Funnel Marketing? Validating the Purchase


What is bottom-of-funnel (BoFu) marketing? Bottom-of-funnel marketing is a strategy that aligns with the latest “decision” stage of the buyer’s journey. Funnels have become ubiquitous in a marketer’s day-to-day life.

Why Start With Marketing & Sales Alignment

Speaker: Molly Rigatti, Marketing Strategist at SmartBug Media

Before you plan your next sales kickoff or bottom of the funnel marketing campaign or any effort where sales and marketing are both on the hook for performance, you need to check in on your teams. Sales and marketing both oversee a very important part of the pipeline and revenue process for your organization. But that doesn’t mean they should function in silos. When building up your sales enablement program, think about the three “P”s—practicality, productivity, and profit—when defining responsibilities and facilitating communication between your teams.

Include video content in your buyers’ journey


With the majority of research being done online, the use of business online video production is increasing every day because video helps decision makers get the information they need very quickly. In addition to your buyers’ love for video, it is easy to understand why business video content marketing has been gaining momentum – the impact that video gives to every day sales and marketing results. Two of the stats revealed.

The Bow Tie Funnel

Heinz Marketing

By Payal Parikh , Director of Client Engagement and Head of Growth at Heinz Marketing. Most of us marketers are focused on a traditional revenue funnel – cone-shaped with awareness at the top and purchase at the bottom. What is a Bow Tie Funnel?

Middle-of-the-Funnel Content Breakdown


Like middle children and middle seats on an airplane, it’s easy to gloss over middle-of-the-funnel marketing. Top-of-the-funnel content is all about bringing in leads, and the bottom is about closing the deal. Content Marketing

B2B Buzzwords: Sales Funnel, Buyer's Journey, and Inbound Methodology

MLT Creative

This blog is for those of us that can't tell the difference between "Sales Funnel" "Buyer's Journey" and "Inbound Methodology." Considering a lot of the blogs I've read over the past couple of months, there are other people in the same boat. If for no one else, it's for myself. For a while I had no idea what the difference was between these three words.

Creating B2B Engagement, Not Just B2B Content

Speaker: Kate Jacobsen, Marketing Programs Manager, BrightTALK

Marketers are generating more and more content to educate and nurture prospects through the sales pipeline. But for many, it’s becoming harder than ever to identify and implement effective methods to connect with the ideal buyer. The solution isn't creating more content—it’s getting the most out of what you have on hand. Join us as we break down underutilized tactics marketers can use to improve engagement at all stages of the funnel. From executing an on-demand promo plan to leaning into real-time personalization, you'll walk away with tips and tricks you can implement immediately to broaden your content’s exposure.