5 Tips for Building a High-Performance Marketing Plan


As a modern marketer, you have a lot on your to-do list: build the brand, get leads into the funnel, and help keep those customers when it’s time to renew. And don’t limit yourself to focusing only on your target persona. Today, marketing is a techie discipline,” West said.

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5-Step B2B Marketing Plan for Covid-19


Five new realities redefine marketing starting now: The most obvious first: Events disappear in 2020 and then return slowly; forcing marketers to find new ways to generate leads. DiscoverOrg, D&B, and the rest of the data market just became almost useless to marketers.

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Should your B2B Marketing Plan Include Company Personas?


Part 1 of 2: The Confluence of Buyer Personas and Company Personas (look for part 2 coming soon with our partners at HG Data). The idea of creating buyer personas has long been used by marketers to create a human profile of our buyers.

Create a 1-Page Marketing Plan

B2B Marketing Traction

I like working from a one-page marketing plan for my clients and for my own business, whether or not we have a multi-page written plan as well. One Page Marketing Plan. I list the marketing tasks to be done in a left side column. Tweet.

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B2B Buyer Personas: How to Create Them for Every Budget

Unbound B2B

A B2B buyer persona is a construct that represents your perfect customer, developed by observations from market analysis and data collected from your existing client base. Where to Start When Creating Strong Buyer Personas. Utilizing Buyer Personas to Optimize Marketing Efforts.

6 Steps to a Content Marketing Plan that Can Drive Conversions

Marketing Action

All over the world, marketers agree – content marketing is hot! From my location in the Asia-Pacific market, I see companies increasingly exploring how they can adopt content marketing strategies into their marketing. Ready to learn more about content marketing?

How To Create a Realistic ABM Content Marketing Plan


Account-based marketing is all the rage within the B2B sector. Its promise of superior targeting and customization has won a growing number of early adopters, and it has been consuming an increasing percentage of marketing budget. But B2B marketing always requires quality content to succeed, and the ABM model magnifies this because your ABM account base is generally narrower than your overall market. ABM content marketing requires quality content more than ever.

Free eBook: Building the Marketing Plan: A Blueprint for Start-ups


Ilya has spent the past decade running marketing for software vendors including SolidWorks, Interactive Supercomputing (acquired by Microsoft) and Cilk Arts (acquired by Intel). Download his free eBook: Building a Marketing Plan: A Blueprint for Start-ups. I talk to a lot of start-ups about their marketing and sales operations. So I’ve put together an e-Book that would hopefully help construct a start-up’s marketing plan.

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How to Get Started with Inbound Marketing


You’re no doubt familiar with the concept of inbound marketing, but did you know that it’s (arguably) more effective and economical than traditional marketing methods? But how do you get started with inbound marketing? What Is Inbound Marketing? Can you add buyer personas?

Crticial B2B Marketing Actions for the New Normal

B2B Marketing Traction

I recently did a presentation to a group of managers called Marketing: The New Normal , in which I discussed what marketing action must be taken in the “new normal.” Do the research and analysis required to know yourself, your customers, and your markets and opportunities.

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Crticial B2B Marketing Actions for the New Normal

B2B Marketing Traction

I recently did a presentation to a group of managers called Marketing: The New Normal , in which I discussed what marketing action must be taken in the “new normal.” Do the research and analysis required to know yourself, your customers, and your markets and opportunities.

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The State of Demand Generation

The Effective Marketer

According to Tony Jaros, marketers will typically spend 60% of their budget on demand generation programs. Enable (help reps increase productivity, both for sales and marketing-sourced demand). Inbound marketer. Stage 3: Vendor Selection. The Complete B2B Persona.

Marketing Content That Sells

The Effective Marketer

The Effective Marketer Effectiveness is a discipline and it can be learned Home About the Effective Marketer Books Speaking Marketing Content That Sells When talking with lead nurturing and marketing automation vendors they all make it seem very easy.

The B2B Decision Making Unit (DMU); The Real Faces of Persuasion

Inbox Insight

We kicked off our new B2B Marketing Mini Series on Segmentation with an article exploring 5 common pitfalls many Account based marketing (ABM) strategies fall down ( read full article here ). To reach this larger, more diverse group, marketing campaigns have to work harder than ever.

Inbound Marketing or Outbound? Which is the Winner?


The marketing industry has been buzzing about the rise of inbound marketing and the decline of outbound marketing over the last several years. But are marketing teams really migrating away from outbound marketing?

Rediscovering Your Content Marketing Purpose


Let’s huddle in here, fellow B2B marketers, and have a moment of honesty. Sometimes in the midst of sales requests, jam-packed campaign calendars, client requests, determining content marketing ROI, data analysis and creative brainstorms, we forget why we do what we do. We rarely ask questions about the purpose behind our comprehensive marketing plans to frame up why we do it all. Here are the top three reasons for our content marketing efforts: Wooing.

4 Strategies for Reestablishing Your Website’s Lead-Gen Magnetism


That’s the challenge for today’s businesses and the marketers tasked with making them gloriously conspicuous by establishing brand presence, generating demand, and enticing leads to come hither. Yes, I’m talking about personas. So create personas.

Don’t Put B2B Marketing Tactics before Strategic Analysis

B2B Marketing Traction

Too many business people jump right into tactics when it comes to marketing. But this is why a lot of marketing – and a lot of businesses – fail. Test the market by doing research, including interviews, surveys and maybe even focus groups.

How To Measure Account-Based Marketing In 7 Easy Steps


In many ways, account-based marketing (ABM) has more in common with art than science. Success in ABM requires a great deal of personalized outreach, and because ABM is centered around human relationships, it can be challenging to measure the returns on account-based marketing campaigns.

The 3 Stages of a Typical Buying Process (i.e. The Buyer’s Journey)

SmartBug Media

It is the journey or buying process that consumers go through to become aware of, evaluate, and purchase a new product or service, and it consists of three stages that make up the inbound marketing framework : awareness, consideration, and decision. Originally written on June 10, 2016.

How to Use Buying Group Intent to Prioritize Your ABM Contacts

Unbound B2B

Unfortunately, all that success was muted by the Cupertino based brand’s misguided forays in mass marketing. Data Has Changed Marketing. He famously said that half of his advertising budget went down the drain, the greatest disadvantage of untargeted marketing.

Closing the Sale: Marketing to Software Users vs. Decision Makers for Your Tech Company

SmartBug Media

Let’s talk about your buyer personas. As a SaaS (software as a service) company, you may have two, perhaps four, buyer personas, most likely broken into two main categories—end users and decision makers. It’s up to you as the marketing expert to make sure that you treat them differently during the Buyer’s Journey, up until the point of closing the sale. And how exactly should you be marketing to each? You may also find our guide on personas a good read.).

19 B2B Marketing Strategies That Are Still Important for 2019

Marketing Insider Group

Influenced by Sun Tzu and coined by Sagefrog CEO and Co-founder Mark Schmukler, this quote implies that there’s a clear difference between marketing strategy and marketing tactics. The Most Effective B2B Marketing Strategies. Have a Formal Marketing Plan.

Growth In the Age of Pandemic: Lead Generation Partners Can Play a Pivotal Role

Unbound B2B

Three months ago, at the start of the new decade, marketers worldwide were readying themselves for a year of live events. Marketing plans have been disrupted. Marketers Need to Adapt Fast! Outbound SDR runs inbound marketing bringing more leads to your sales funnel.

Hive9 Marketing Performance Management Includes Customer Journey Optimization

Customer Experience Matrix

But it's much more data-driven than starting with an marketer-created design. - By “journey as the framework for message selection” I mean that marketing messages or campaigns are triggered when customers reach a particular journey step. The planning module was the original product.

The 11 Best Content Marketing, SMO, and Marketing Performance Management Tools


Web analytics tools are often all small to midsized firms will need to track their digital marketing performance—particularly when combined with marketing analytics dashboards that pull in data from social media accounts and other sources. Marketing Performance Management.

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How to Find and Connect with Your B2B Customer in 2019


Hopefully, you plan to shake things up a bit. In fact, research indicates that successful marketers are 242 percent more likely to report conducting audience research quarterly, whereas 56 percent of elite marketers conduct research once or more per month.

Marketing Automation Monday is Here!

The Effective Marketer

The Effective Marketer Effectiveness is a discipline and it can be learned Home About the Effective Marketer Books Speaking Marketing Automation Monday is Here! Ideally, you want to match your content with the buyer persona and the nurturing/sales stage.

B2B Marketing: Guide to Success in the Digital Era

KoMarketing Associates

Marketing has changed significantly in the past years. Business to Business (B2B) companies have not escaped from the shift in marketing trends. From reaching your target audience to achieving your marketing goals there is a lot to consider in the rapidly evolving B2B marketing segment.

How To Generate ROI (Return On Interesting) With Content Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

Lately I have been having some very passionate discussions about the best place to start in Content Marketing. Do you start with products, personas or topics? This brings us to the question of whether to start with personas or topics? What is Audience Marketing?

Getting Started Guide for Marketing Automation

The Effective Marketer

With all the (deserved) hype surrounding marketing automation, is no wonder that many companies, startups especially, are adding the technology as a key component to their marketing activities. Problem is, sometimes the rush to get the software installed and running ends up trampling the creation of processes, content planning, and other key ingredients that are necessary for a successful marketing automation implementation. Getting Started with Marketing Automation.

9 Ways Channel Data Analytics Can Help Boost ROI

Computer Market Research

For vendors who sell products through their own sales department or networks of distributors and resellers, channel data analytics define and consolidate nearly all information guiding business decision making. Align sales and marketing tactics.

Managing Content Marketing

Ambal's Amusings

Robert Rose and Joe Pulizzi have partenered to bring us the one and only Managing Content Marketing: The Real-World Guide for Creating Passionate Subscribers to Your Brand. Robert Rose is an expert in content marketing strategy, digital media, and the social Web.

The Perfect Match: How to Best Evaluate Third-Party Event Sponsorships


Author: Stacey Thornberry Marketing has historically been seen as a cost center with marketers constantly working to prove ROI and fighting to be perceived as a profit generator. A marketing tactic that’s traditionally seen as one of the most pricy investments?

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The One Thing Your Account-Based Marketing Strategy Is Missing


Today’s empowered customers expect the interactions they have with your sales and marketing teams to be highly personalized and relevant—which can make striking up valuable conversations with prospects challenging. If you want to learn what advocate marketing is, read this primer.)

Marketing a Product vs. Marketing a Service – What You Need to Know


If you’ve been in marketing for any period of time, you already know that not every sale is the same and not everything can be marketed the same way. As services have come online, marketers have to understand that building an enduring relationship with customers more critical than ever.

The 28 Best Influencer Marketing Tools


Interest in influencer marketing is skyrocketing. Recent stats reported by Onalytica explain why marketers are rushing to incorporate influencer research and outreach: 84% of marketing professionals now use influencer marketing as a tactic. Pricing: contact the vendor.

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