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ABM is a Strategy, Not a Campaign.

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In the headlong rush to Account-Based Marketing , many B2B companies are, quite naturally, looking to implement ABM in a manner that allows them to dip their toes in the proverbial water.

Stop Asking Your Marketing Agency for Client References

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As one of the principals at a B2B marketing agency , I get asked for them frequently (though not always) by prospective new clients and, quite aside from the hassle of selecting (who have we not asked recently?), So ask your agency: how do they market their own services?

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Shifts in B2B Buyer Behavior Support New Priorities for Demand Gen Content

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Demand Gen Report has published the results of this year’s “B2B Buyer’s Survey,” and the trends identified merit close attention for those marketers involved in B2B demand generation and content development.

Do ABM Marketers Underestimate the Value of Messaging?

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I talked to Steve recently about the rise of Account-Based Marketing (ABM) , ABM content, and how and where branding and messaging play a role in ABM success. (HS) This creates more disparate data silos, stress on IT departments, and robs more time from already over-worked marketing staff.

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22 Potential Touchpoints for Your Next ABM Sales Play

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When designing sales plays as part of your Account-Based Marketing (ABM) strategy, it pays to start with a few key questions: 1. What is the primary objective? For example: secure an appointment, gain an introduction …).

Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

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This isn’t the first time that we’ve come across a company that insists on letting SDRs “have a crack” at leads before, in effect, turning them over to marketing in the form of a nurture program. B2B Marketing Campaign Strategy inside sales Lead Management Lead Nurturing Sales 2.0

5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox

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Direct Mail – the rise of Account-Based Marketing (ABM) has renewed interest in direct mail as a high-impact vehicle for delivering your message to targeted accounts or senior executives.

8 Questions to Help You Decide if Your Content is Good Enough

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But it’s important to define, recognize, and plan for content that appeals to the right prospects depending on the type of campaign or your marketing objectives. Content length (like shelf-life) is a perennial topic amongst demand generation marketers.

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An Email is Not a Campaign: the Case for Integrated Marketing

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The reality of life as a professional marketer is that there is rarely, ever, enough time, budget, resources or bandwidth to plan, design, build, launch and manage every campaign as we would if we could.

Report: 19 Experts on the State of Marketing Automation

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Demand Generation Report just published their 2018 Outlook Guide: The State of Marketing Automation. DGR) What were the biggest changes/challenges for B2B marketers in 2017? (HS) DGR) What do you see as the biggest trends in marketing automation in 2018? (HS)

Email 101: Tell Me Something I Don’t Already Know

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To be successful in driving engagement from business buyers, it’s not enough that marketing content simply be relevant to the individual reader. For a particularly egregious example, see the email below from Azalead , a software platform for Account-Based Marketing (ABM).

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Infographic: Top 10 Types of Demand Generation Content

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For a more detailed comparison of different lead generation offers, download a free copy of our white paper on: “ How to Choose Your Carrot: Effective Lead Generation Offers for High-Technology Marketers.”.

Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity

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Are most B2B companies getting maximum value from their investment in marketing automation? A recent industry survey by Spear Marketing Group suggests: no. The post Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity appeared first on The Point.

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Driving B2B Engagement with Personalized Content

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As a sneak preview, here are some of the key takeaways from our discussion: Marketing content is devalued. B2B Marketing Campaign Strategy Content Development Content marketing Webinars ABM b2b marketing agency content development Content Personalization Personalized Content Uberflip Vidyard

Infographic: 29 Tips to Improve B2B Email Campaign Performance

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7 Steps to a Successful Account-Based Marketing (ABM) Strategy

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Account-Based Marketing (ABM) is certainly the hot topic in B2B circles these days, but like other trends, ABM can encompass a whole range of activity – from something as simple as an email drip campaign to a more comprehensive, sustained, integrated program that incorporates multiple channels.

ABM & the Marketing Hype Cycle

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The none-too-subtle implication, of course, was that Account-Based Marketing (ABM) isn’t new, and that B2B marketers have been developing, and executing, Account-Based Marketing strategies and programs for some time, if only in different forms and under a different name (e.g.

7 Common Marketing Mistakes and strategies to avoid them

This white paper addresses the 7 most common challenges marketers hit when marketing products, solutions, or services and offers proven advice on how to avoid these missteps and improve the success of your marketing efforts

Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

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I sent an email to a marketing technology firm, one with whom I was vaguely familiar, about a client campaign for which I thought their technology might be useful. By my own reckoning, I’m an MQL (Marketing Qualified Lead).

Why this LinkedIn Ad Works: 2 Key Tips for Success

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For many B2B Marketers, advertising on LinkedIn is becoming a demand generation staple.

[Infographic] 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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3 Problems You Need to Solve Before You Buy New Marketing Technology

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We marketers may be many things, but few of us can be described as patient. And so when martech companies come along promising instant answers to all our marketing challenges, we’re all ears. But no company that I know of paved their way to marketing success solely by buying software.

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Flip My Funnel - Guide To B2B Account Based Marketing

As modern B2B marketers, we have been lucky enough to witness some of the most dramatic shifts in marketing strategies and technologies

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

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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.

Which Content, Tactics & Technologies Are Driving Demand Generation ROI?

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A recent survey by content automation company TechValidate and B2B agency Spear Marketing Group provides useful insight into the content, tactics, and technologies proving most valuable for today’s B2B marketers.

10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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Email all new blog content to your marketing database.

Infographic: 8 Ways to Get B2B Demand Gen Back on Track

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Can technology solve every problem of the modern B2B marketer? Maybe not, if you believe a recent survey sponsored by TechValidate and Spear Marketing Group.

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The Marketing Landscape: Where Data and Content Merge

Understand the importance of good data and good content and how they work together to help your marketing efforts

A Simple 2-Step Technique for Improving Lead Follow Up

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In an era when “demand generation” and “content marketing” are virtually synonymous, most B2B sales leads are the result of a prospect downloading or requesting content. raw inquiries convert to either MQLs (Marketing Qualified Leads) or better.

Deloitte CMO Survey: Analytics Holding Marketers Back?

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Results from Deloitte’s 2017 CMO Survey are out, providing insights into key trends, plans, and opinions from more than 2,800 top marketers. No surprises here, as digital marketing continues to grow at a healthy pace. The post Deloitte CMO Survey: Analytics Holding Marketers Back?

4 Key Takeaways from the 2015 SiriusDecisions Summit

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More than 2,300 marketers, including this writer, gathered in Nashville this past week for SiriusDecisions’annual confab on all things marketing. For the last five years or so, inbound marketing and demand generation have been virtually synonymous.

10 Tips for a Successful Trade Show Follow-up Campaign

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Usually, marketing best practice dictates that an email focus on one offer and one call to action. Don’t just dump show leads into your marketing database or sign them up for your monthly newsletter indiscriminately.

Empathy: Your Lead Generation Superpower

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO & Founder of markempa

Today’s sales and marketing environment is a paradox. There has never been more marketing channels to reach potential customers. That's why we need to go beyond rational-logic based marketing to understand how our customers feel.

B2B Copywriting: 5 Common Terms & Phrases to Avoid

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Submit” is a marketing term best resigned to campaign plans and performance reports (as in: “the campaign generated 53 form submits”.)

Does Creative Still Matter in B2B Marketing?

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At Marketo’s Marketing Nation Summit last month in San Francisco, there was much talk about the shifting function of marketing towards a more strategic, data-driven role within the modern corporation. You see similar sentiments echoed throughout the marketing press.

Top 10 Marketing Automation Mistakes

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It’s well documented that, of the companies who invest in marketing automation, many fail to achieve maximum return from that investment, or even utilize marketing automation technology to its full capacity. The post Top 10 Marketing Automation Mistakes appeared first on The Point.

An Accident of Timing: The Case for Always On Marketing

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But then inbound marketing happened. And the pundits said: no, no, the buyer is in control, he or she will decide when to respond, and B2B marketing is about being in the right place at the right time. Cue the advent of search marketing and Google AdWords.).

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Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid