- 14 Sep
Banish The Boring: Use B2B Video to Entertain, Educate & Engage
by Aljaz Fajmut
When we think of some of the B2B videos we have seen, we probably think to ourselves – BORING. Well, B2B videos don’t have to be boring anymore. No longer is it necessary for our customers to suffer thought a monologue of charts, facts and figures.
For B2B video marketing success today, those videos need to follow the Rule of the 3-E’s. They now need to entertain, educate and engage.
That Means It’s Time to Get Creative
We can no longer escape the fact that video is not a trend. It’s not a fad. In fact, it’s everywhere. And it has proven, time and again, to be a great way of connecting with clients, building leads and clinching sales. But, how relevant is it to the B2B sphere? Well, 73% of B2B marketers have already said that video positively affects their marketing ROI.
Today, there’s no reason why your next B2B video marketing campaign can’t hit a home run. And according to Aljaz Fajmut,as long as you use video to be entertaining, educational and informative, there is no reason to be boring. And to learn 7 of the best B2B video marketing techniques so that your own ROI grows and grows this year he shars, read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 13 Sep
Qualities of a Powerful Word-of-Mouth Marketing Strategy
You probably noticed it happen. It seems to have been an overnight sensation. One day, a product jumps into your consciousness and BOOM. They are huge! And it seems to have been instant success with absolutely no marketing effort. Right?
Watch Your Mouth There Young Fella . . .
Well, the cold, hard reality is far different than that. Any company that seems to have achieved remarkable growth may appear to done it with no marketing effort. And that is probably because their fame and fortune was won through word-of-mouth marketing. The fact is that the companies that benefit from word-of-mouth marketing appear to catapult from nothingness into fame and fortune.
And, this marketing strategy is appealing because it is relatively inexpensive. But successful word-of-mouth marketing takes work and serious marketing savvy. It means leveraging many components of inbound marketing like product marketing, content creation, and social media marketing.
And if you’re trying to achieve success a word-of-mouth approach, and you need inspiration, then read the full article at HubSpot.com to learn what it takes for word-of-mouth marketing success.
- 12 Sep
5 Inbound Lead Generation Strategies & How to Make Them Work!
Outbound marketing is a good way to get leads quickly. And it;s a fairly simple process. Just reach out, grab someone’s attention and BAM, a lead.
Well, it may not be quite that simple. And that’s for the reason that to do that, you need to be seen by a lot of eyes first. That gets very expensive. Add to that the fact that those eyeballs my not be aware that they want or need your product. And they may have never heard of you before and as is the nature of the market now, suspicious of your claims.
But what if, instead of pushing your offer onto people when they haven’t asked for it, you could use valuable content to draw them in, when they want to come to you? You can: It’s called inbound marketing.
Inbound marketing: What you need to know
Successful inbound marketing relies heavily upon quality content. That can be in the form of articles, emails, videos, podcasts, infograpchics, or e-books. However, the content landscape is getting more and more competitive. Why? Well mainly to its own success, it has driven a virtually unlimited amount of quality content out there. So much so that it is quickly becoming an unsustainable strategy. And that has meant that we have entered the age of the so-called content shock.
At least, that’s the opinion of Mark Schaefer, who argued way back in 2014 that content marketing is not a sustainable strategy and that we are actually in the age of what he called content shock. Now, to see what his conclusions are and to learn how this will impact the future or your program, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 11 Sep
10 How-To Videos That Really Work And Why They Do
On the internet today, video is everywhere. And for marketing, it is at every stage of the buyer funnel.
Hearing is One Thing. Seeing is A Whole Different Level
As an example, have you ever learned how to do something with the help of an internet search? The answer is most likely a resounding “yes.” In fact, videos are an especially compelling way to learn how to do something online. That’s because, well, the video shows you exactly how to do it. I’m not alone here, either — most customers would prefer to watch a marketing video rather than seeing an ad.
So if you’re among the 45% of marketers who are adding video content to your strategy this year, there could be a lot of value in making videos specifically for those in your audience who are trying to learn how to do something, too. And in this post, you will see exactly how popular these searches are on YouTube and other platforms, and what you can learn from eight how-to videos about how to make great teaching videos of your own, all at HubSpot.com
- 10 Sep
Understanding Modern Marketing: Marketing’s Evolution and Digital’s Impact
by Elliott King
We know that “digital” has changed much of our business world. But, exactly how has digital changed the marketing and sales funnel? Are the 4Ps still important for successful marketing? Are they even relevant in today’s digital world? Or, has the emergence of customer-centricity supplanted them? And what’s the new relationship between Marketing and Sales?
All Good Questions. But What About Some Good Answers?
There is ample evidence that the customer has taken control of their buying process. Their entire methodology for how they research their purchase has fundamentally changed. And, this shift is continuing to change at a rapid pace.
This all means that it has become increasingly important that sellers and brands understand how to respond. In this article Elliott King explores the rise of “digital” in marketing, its origins and its impacts on traditional sales and marketing strategy. So to learn more, read the full article at MarketingProfs
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- 09 Sep
How to Create an Email Newsletter People Actually Read
by Ginny Mineo
Even though e-newsletters are one of the most common types of emails to send, they are actually some of the hardest to do right. And to get them right, you need to be aware of a number of potential problems and pitfalls.
First Things First . . .
First, and most importantly, you need to ask yourself one simple question. “Do we really need a newsletter?” Now, while that may seem to be a rather odd question to come up with, it is one of the most important issues to review at the outset of you considerations. But, surprisingly, it is one of the questions very few seem to ask themselves.
So, do you want to ace your new email newsletter project, or rejuvenate an old one? Or, if you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some awesome email newsletter examples you can check out at HubSpot’s Blog
- 07 Sep
New Research Reveals How to Accelerate the Buyer’s Journey with Content
- Sep 07, 2019
- Dan Hoff
- B2B Marketing, Content Marketing, Conversion Strategies, Digital Media Trends
by Josh Baez
It’s no secret today’s buyers are overwhelmed. And today, the average consumer experiences tremendous marketing fatigue. They are literally being bombarded from every angle with marketing messages. And, that experience isn’t always a positive one.
Are We Hindering or Helping?
70% of buying decisions are made before ever talking to a salesperson. And these days, for buyers, experience and information matters more than ever. So, now there is an even greater reliance upon content for marketing outcomes.
As marketers, Are We Enabling Those Decisions or Hindering Them?
But, what can be done? New research just released give us some great tips. The report gives us some intereting insights into how we can best use our content to accelerate our buyer’s journey. And not to hinder it. So to learn what they found, read the full article at Heinz Marketing’s Blog
- 06 Sep
Good Storytelling Starts With Your Value Proposition
As a consultant, I often see companies forgetting to tell the story about the value their products hold for the customer. In most cases, that is because companies are so close to their products. As a result, they assume the benefits are apparent to everyone.
This is Where Good Storytelling Comes In
And this is a good example of what good storytelling represents. With the markets changing at such a rapid pace, it can all be overwhelming. Understanding the shifting demands of buyers, and the market are hard.
But, one thing is constant. A good story always works and a good story always starts with the value your products brings to your customers. And that means that all of your content needs to demonstrate as well as explain your products values to the customer. But not as a focal point of your product, rather from a customer-view perspective.
To understand this all more clearly and learn how this can be applied to your business, read the full article on Heinz Marketing’s Blog.
- 05 Sep
The Complicated Relationship Between Social Media and SEO
by Kipp Bodnar
Inbound marketing is in the middle of an interesting evolution. While search has traditionally been a major source of traffic and leads for businesses leveraging online marketing, that is changing. Now, with the growth of social networks, social media marketing is becoming even more important.
But, Which is More Important?
The answer? Both can be key to your strategy. They both can, and should, work together. But the key to understanding how and why they need to work together is to think about the problem both search and social solve. They both offer information discovery. And, leveraging both strategies will give you more chances for audiences to discover your brand.
As a marketer, how can you integrate your efforts across both platforms? To find out and to learn how to apply this to your unique business environment, read the full article at the HubSpot Blog
- 31 Aug
The State of the Marketing Industry in 2019: 7 Trends to Watch Out For
by Clifford Chi
If you work in marketing, you know of content marketing. And if you work with content marketing, you probably know that it is a booming growth and ever-evolving ecosystem. And you know that it constantly forces us to be on the lookout for the next big thing.
The Never Ending Cycle
One day we’re creating pillar pages and topic clusters to please the Google gods. And then the next, we’re overhauling our entire social strategy because another Facebook algorithm update will flatten our organic reach even more than before.
That said, trends come and go every year. But we believe that there are seven core trends that seem to be here to stay. Read the full article to learn about the marketing trends that could move from hype to reality in 2019 at HubSpot.com
- 29 Aug
3 Ways to Combine Social Media and PPC For More Conversions
- Aug 29, 2019
- Dan Hoff
- Lead Generation, PPC Strategies, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing
by David Zheng
Social media is home to billions of users worldwide. In fact, there are 2.62 billion, to be exact. And, on the other side of the dial, PPC has a proven track record. producing $2 for every dollar spent.
The problem? How can you leverage both?
Sure, you can run campaigns on Facebook or promoted posts on Instagram. Meanwhile, you can launch targeted search campaigns on Google. But, what if you could combine both, creating a seamless experience for users from start to finish?
- 28 Aug
How Have B2B Buyers Purchase Processes Changed?
from Marketing Charts
Once again, there are indications of a shifting trends in the processes used for B2B purchases. Earlier research from Demand Gen Report and ON24 found that the majority of B2B buyers believe that content can be improved by adding more research and data.
News You Can Actually Use . . .
This years study, Demand Gen’s 2019 B2B Buyers Survey Report [download page], did uncover a number of new trends. It seems that the vast majority of senior-level B2B executives report that business needs and priorities have changed this year. They report that these have shifted their purchase timelines. Most indicated that these changes resulted in them either accelerating or postponing purchase decisions.
Additionally, B2B buyers are showing more diligence and caution in their purchases, spending more time researching their purchases. And this is significant information for those on the marketing and sales side as it means there is a need to provide the relevant, authoritative content that aids buyers in making their purchasing decision. For more of the data and insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 27 Aug
The 5 Essential Strategies for Marketing to Generation Z
For the past few years, we have all been focused on what makes millennials tick and how to market to them. But now, that is so old news. While we still need to market to millenials for years to come, it’s time to start focusing on Generation Z.
Who are Generation Z?
Before we can even begin to think about creating a digital marketing strategy, we first need to define Generation Z. Also referred to as the iGeneration, Generation Z covers anyone who was born between 1995 to the mid 2000s. And what makes this demographic so important is that it makes up 32% of the global population.
They are extremely digitally savvy, they grew up with mobiles and iPads. And they don’t remember a time before the internet. And that is totally unlike millennials. Plus, the characteristics of this demographic make them a totally different audience to market to successfully. So, if your target market is Generation Z, then try these five strategies to increase brand awareness, leads, and sales. Read the full article at WordStream.com
- 26 Aug
Conversion Rate Benchmarks Report: How Do YOUR Conversion Rate Compare?
by Connor Bond
Here’s a bit of wisdom for you. Impressions and clicks don’t keep the lights on. If that were the case, everyone would be running a successful small business.
You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure
Whether you’re in lead gen, or managing your business’s online accounts, it means keeping tracking of a bunch of different metrics. You may already try to keep track of your progress. You may even go so far as to use search impression share to judge how well you’re performing. But, measuring your click-through and conversion rates are about the only way to really determine how compelling your ad copy, content or offer really is.
And one way to measure your success is to compare with industry standards and peer performance. It is the one measuer that allows you to benchmark how your conversion rates compare. And each year, WordStream creates a guide with the goal to provide the essential conversion rate benchmarks you need. And this year is no exception. To see the report and to measure how your results compare, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 22 Aug
How to Create Effective Sales Enablement Content
In far too many businesses there is far too little connection between marketing and sales team members. And that’s a shame. Because everyone in those companies suffers as a consequence of this lacking.
Marketing and Sales Have Plenty to Offer One Another
Marketers drive interest in the product or service through the content they produce and publish. Salespeople nurture the would-be clients through the educational content and sales materials they share. But if the content coming from marketing is disjointed, prospective clients can quickly lose trust. And then, unfortunately, marketing content is often shelved after one use.
That can make it a costly investment. But, what if that content could have a second life, or third, fourth, and more. Well, its ROI would soar. So, to learn How to Create Effective Sales Enablement Content, boost sales and increase the value and return on your content, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 21 Aug
B2B Social Media Strategies That Work For Any Industry
For so long, social media was considered the sole domain for B2C marketers. Well, that may no longer be the case. And that’s because there are now a number of brands that have seem to have broken the social media code.
Caught in the Middle Again . . .
What they have found is that for a B2B company to be successful on social media, their content needs to find the middle ground. I needs to fit between being engaging and not disrupting their audiences’ experience on the platform. And ultimately, it needs to be what their audience wants to see to truly reap the benefits of social media.
So, what is it that B2B companies have done to transform the landscape of what it means to be a brand on social media? To find out, consider these 10 B2B Social Media Strategies for Any Industry on HubSpot.com that might lead your own social accounts to success.