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Business volunteering – people or profits?

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We hope that you find the study useful, and please do feel free to spread the word on Twitter. Last year we started a volunteering programme here at Circle. We’d always supported various charities through donations or fundraising, but felt that perhaps our time might be just as valuable.

How B2B brands approach Twitter

The B2B Research Blog

Analysing the number of Twitter followers reported in this study reveals five types of corporate account based on success: Most (43 per cent) are Dabblers (<250 followers). Analysing the Twitter activity of the top two hundred B2B Super Brands reveals some useful quality related benchmarks for us mere mortals. Gain a Klout score above 44 and you’re out-performing half of these Twitter accounts. Just over one half of these B2B Super Brands have multiple Twitter accounts.

B2B social media: Highlights from new benchmarking research

The B2B Research Blog

Well, in the main it means the use of social networks, two of which dominate – Twitter (used by 85% engaged in social media) and LinkedIn (77%). Take Twitter as an example. Follow me on Twitter: @andydalg. B2B social media; is it a case of the Emperor’s New Clothes?

The month in #mrx

The B2B Research Blog

Every four weeks we here at @circle_research find the most popular Tweets about market research (#mrx in Twitter talk) and take a look at what’s hot.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

and Twitter followers. B2B Marketing.

The seven R’s of thought leadership

The B2B Research Blog

Social media channels, especially blogs and Twitter, have opened up new opportunities to connect but require a constant stream of quality content. Follow me on Twitter: @andydalg. Thought leadership. Everyone’s claiming it but, by very definition, only a handful ever delivers. So how do you ensure that your content marketing strategy positions you as one of the few? . Follow the seven R’s – Resonant, Rare, Road Mapped, Robust, Rounded, Rooted and Re-used.

Top B2B marketing challenges – an update

The B2B Research Blog

Follow me on Twitter: @andydalg. I recently posted an analysis of a question to the B2B Marketing LinkedIn group. Can you use ONE WORD to describe the biggest challenge facing B2B marketing today?”. At the time 162 people had replied. Just two weeks on that’s risen to 246.

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B2B social media – a two horse race?

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In 2013 Twitter had the lead by a nose. Back then 85% of B2B marketers using social media to promote their business, used Twitter to do so. Social media is time consuming. The average B2B marketing department spends 17% of their time on it.

Eight ways B2B market research differs from B2C

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Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. Warning. Market research can be bad for your health. It can actively hurt business performance by drawing misleading conclusions. Conclusions which fail to consider the full picture, which focus on the obvious rather than delving deep or which are simply based on faulty information. The result is bad decisions. Research can also passively hurt business performance by not driving action. The conclusions are sound, but sit on a shelf gathering dust.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

and Twitter followers. B2B Marketing.

How do we align sales and marketing?

The B2B Research Blog

Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. Ever looked at our cousins in FMCG marketing with a little jealousy? Eyed their big budgets with envy? Coveted their influence in a world where marketing is central to organisational success? Maybe not, but you’ve probably glanced across your own office and felt similar feelings towards sales. At least you will have done if you’re anything like the 100 B2B marketing leaders Circle recently surveyed as part of the B2B Marketing Leaders Forum.

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Eight ways B2B market research differs from B2C

The B2B Research Blog

Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. Warning. Market research can be bad for your health. It can actively hurt business performance by drawing misleading conclusions. Conclusions which fail to consider the full picture, which focus on the obvious rather than delving deep or which are simply based on faulty information. The result is bad decisions. Research can also passively hurt business performance by not driving action. The conclusions are sound, but sit on a shelf gathering dust.

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47% of B2B marketers endorse using sex to sell

The B2B Research Blog

Follow me on Twitter: @andydalg. Ever since I was invited to join The Network of Aspiring Women (Birmingham Group), I’ve felt more in touch with my feminine side ( see post here ). Perhaps that’s why my interest was piqued by a recent discussion on the B-to-B Marketing LinkedIn Group. Kate Bishop, Marketing Co-ordinator at Custom Fluidpower, has a dilemma. To use, or not to use, promotional girls at a trade show stand? Her boss is insistent but she has concerns. I share them.

Three customer insights for your marketing plan

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Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. Spring. As birds migrate north to secure nesting ground, gaggles of marketers flock to secure budget for their marketing plans. The most fruitful of these plans are built on customer insights. But insights into what exactly? Here are three things that would top my list. What really matters? We all know that successful marketing propositions perfectly align with customer needs and wants. But here assumption and guess-work abound.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

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Financial benchmarks for B2B Marketing agencies

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Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. Every year B2B Marketing Magazine, in partnership with Circle Research , ranks the UK’s top 50 B2B marketing communications agencies based on their revenues. The League and lots of other juicy information is published in a Benchmarking Report. We’re giving away copies to the first 50 new subscribers to this blog. Get your copy here - subscribe. Highlights.

Three customer insights for your marketing plan

The B2B Research Blog

Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. Spring. As birds migrate north to secure nesting ground, gaggles of marketers flock to secure budget for their marketing plans. The most fruitful of these plans are built on customer insights. But insights into what exactly? Here are three things that would top my list. What really matters? We all know that successful marketing propositions perfectly align with customer needs and wants. But here assumption and guess-work abound.

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B2B Marcomms Agency League – highlights

The B2B Research Blog

Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. Aren’t we B2B marketers are blessed? We’ve the intellectual stimulation that comes from getting to grips with complex markets and decision making processes. We’ve the juicy challenge of bringing to life what can often, at face value, be rather dry products and engaging with buyers on an emotional as well as functional basis. And we also have a thriving community of agencies.

B2B Marcomms Agency League – highlights

The B2B Research Blog

Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. Aren’t we B2B marketers are blessed? We’ve the intellectual stimulation that comes from getting to grips with complex markets and decision making processes. The average satisfaction score given by clients to their agency is 8.3 out of 10. We’ve the juicy challenge of bringing to life what can often, at face value, be rather dry products and engaging with buyers on an emotional as well as functional basis.

From insight to action

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Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. Sometimes the biggest challenge with customer insight is not doing the research, but doing something with it. You start with determination to put the customer at the centre of decisions. You carefully design a robust survey. You intelligently analyse the findings to get to the heart of the issue. Then…. Well, nothing. The research becomes an academic exercise rather than a catalyst spurring action.

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Better B2B segmentation: Four steps and a case study

The B2B Research Blog

Follow me on Twitter: @andydalg. Last week I was invited to join The Network of Aspiring Woman, Birmingham Group. I was tempted. After all, “ it’s where networking feels like a party ”. However, I declined for two reasons. I live in London. I’m a man. Clearly the Network’s execution fell short, but their strategy seems smart. Rather than trying to be all things to all people, they’ve segmented the market and targeted a niche group. Contrast this with another experience.

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The three secrets of employee motivation

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Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. People matter. A marketer’s our raison d’etre is to understand people and influence their behaviour. And for the majority of agencies supporting marketers, people are essentially what they’re selling – their time, their expertise and the experience they create for clients. So if you’re building a marketing team or running an agency, motivating and retaining the best people is critical. But what’s the secret?

The three secrets of employee motivation

The B2B Research Blog

Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. People matter. A marketer’s our raison d’etre is to understand people and influence their behaviour. And for the majority of agencies supporting marketers, people are essentially what they’re selling – their time, their expertise and the experience they create for clients. . So if you’re building a marketing team or running an agency, motivating and retaining the best people is critical. But what’s the secret?

Financial benchmarks for B2B Marketing agencies

The B2B Research Blog

Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. Every year B2B Marketing Magazine, in partnership with Circle Research , ranks the UK’s top 50 B2B marketing communications agencies based on their revenues. As the vast majority of specialist B2B agencies participate in the League and their financial data is verified, this is a strong measure of the sector’s health. If B2B agencies are doing well, it suggests their clients are too.

Tips for international B2B market research

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Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. B2B organisations have always had a natural inclination to expand internationally. With a finite customer base at home and products which can be ‘translated’ with relative ease it makes good sense. And as globalisation continues at a pace, the importance of foreign shores is ever-increasing. This international dimension has important implications for how market research is conducted and interpreted.

Tips for international B2B market research

The B2B Research Blog

Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. B2B organisations have always had a natural inclination to expand internationally. With a finite customer base at home and products which can be ‘translated’ with relative ease it makes good sense. And as globalisation continues at a pace, the importance of foreign shores is ever-increasing. This international dimension has important implications for how market research is conducted and interpreted.

There’s horse meat in my survey

The B2B Research Blog

Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. What you see isn’t always what you get. Horse meat in our Findus Crispy Pancakes. Sub-prime mortgages hidden within bundles of triple-A rated loans. Dodgy surveys parading as fact. This deception – whether intentional or accidental – has far-reaching repercussions. In the case of faulty research it can lead to sub-optimal decisions and missed opportunities. And it’s an easy mistake to make.

There’s horse meat in my survey

The B2B Research Blog

Connect with Andrew on Twitter or Google+. What you see isn’t always what you get. Horse meat in our Findus Crispy Pancakes. Sub-prime mortgages hidden within bundles of triple-A rated loans. Dodgy surveys parading as fact. This deception – whether intentional or accidental – has far-reaching repercussions. In the case of faulty research it can lead to sub-optimal decisions and missed opportunities. And it’s an easy mistake to make.

Air Cargo News: Interview with Circle’s Andy Booth

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In the future, Booth reckons SMS or text messaging and social media options such as Twitter, will also play a greater role. I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by legendary aviation journalist Peter Conway for Air Cargo News. Here are my edited musings… Market research, brand development, and customer segmentation may be unfamiliar ideas to many sections of the air cargo business, but the director of London-based Circle Research is on a mission to change all that.

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The 32 Best Twitter Marketing Tools

Webbiquity

While Facebook is far and away the largest social network, when it comes to driving B2B website traffic and brand visibility, Twitter and LinkedIn are tops. Twitter’s key strength is in driving traffic to informative online content including news and blogs. (It’s

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The ROI of Twitter, Explained

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Twitter is a mystery to many. You see, to really understand your return on Twitter, you might have to put away your spreadsheet … and that freaks a lot of people out. I have a friend in The Netherlands who I discovered through Twitter — Kitty Kilian.

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Do I need two Twitter accounts?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Do I need to have two Twitter accounts?” What is the proper balance between personal and professional outreach on Twitter? By trying to force-fit old “broadcast” media thinking into this new platform they are sub-optimizing Twitter at best and hurting their brand at worst.

The Time for Twitter is NOW

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Are you using Twitter for your business? Maybe the time for Twitter is now if you consider some of the trends on this popular social media platform: Twitter has momentum. It appears that Twitter is preparing a “buy now” button. Christel Quek of Twitter.

The Twitter strategy shift and what it means to you and your business

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Twitter is at a crossroads … and it might be leading down a controversial new path. Let’s look at a recent revelation about a possible Twitter strategy shift and what it could mean to you and your business. I mentioned that Twitter strategy is at a crossroads.

B2B Marketing: Top 100 Twitter Influencers

Onalytica B2B

We match the proportional usage of nouns in your content against an aggregate of what an influencer has posted on Twitter over the past 12 months to return the most relevant influencers. Top 100 B2B Marketing Twitter Influencers. Twitter Handle.

The Future of Twitter

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Twitter is at a crossroads. A bastion for free speech, how will Twitter react when Wall Street pushes back on controversial content? Twitter is also in the middle of placing a bold bet on becoming the go-to “ second screen ” for television viewing.

10 reasons why Twitter is content marketing’s best friend

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Twitter is much more than “what I had for breakfast.” ” But seriously, Twitter is an essential component of any content marketing strategy, which might seem surprising since we are pretty limited with what we can accomplish in 140 characters, right?

The 10 Don’ts of Twitter for B2B Marketing

KoMarketing Associates

Twitter has transformed the way that B2B marketers communicate with their target audiences by providing another place to engage, address questions, and emphasize what they stand for. Why is it so important to avoid Twitter bad practices?

How to be Twitterific – 39 Expert Twitter Guides and Tips

Webbiquity

From humble beginnings, Twitter has grown to become an indispensable source for online news alerts as well as a vital marketing tool. The microblogging site now boasts more than 255 million monthly active users , and 53% of Twitter users recommend products in their tweets at some time.