- 03 Mar
New Research: Using B2B Video to Drive Results
by Lisa Heay
Video in the B2B landscape has exploded. It is becoming a staple in today’s modern marketing toolkit. Yet, as more companies invest in video, the gaps between execution and performance are widening.
So Many Questions. Now for Some Answers . . .
While sales and marketing professionals may understand the value of video, what are they doing to actually act on it? And, for those who are investing more time, money, and resources in online video than ever before, are they generating the return on investment (ROI) required to sustain it?
How are today’s most successful companies using video to drive results? To answer these questions, Heinz Marketing teamed up with Vidyard to conduct a research study. And if you’d like to learn more, and download the full research report, see the full article at Heinz Marketing.
- 27 Feb
How to Build Interactive Content to Achieve Your Digital Marketing Goals
by Chris Lewis
Because the online content landscape is so crowded, audiences value originality that interest and engages them. One way savvy content marketers are responding is to create compelling interactive content.
But, What Is Interactive Content?
For a piece of digital content to succeed, it needs to engage. That may sound trite, but engagement is a big challenge for content marketers today. And it’s nearly always the deciding factor between a hit campaign and a miss that “fell just short.”
Now, interactive content comes in many forms. But all interactive content shares one main trait. It’s built to have an audience actively engage with it in a way that isn’t solely reading written content. I is nearly always customizable. It allows user input. And, it is functional only when a user engages with it. But, where and how to start? To help you get started, the right way, here are 4 types of interactive content you can build at MarketingProfs.com
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- 20 Feb
A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Make a Video
In 2019, video marketing is being used more than ever. A whopping 87% of businesses say they use it as part of their overall inbound strategy. But even with its success, creating a video may seem daunting. And especially so if your company has never done it before.
Why Are We So Afraid of Doing Video?
Most of us get paralyzed by the “no time, too hard” fallacy. But creating a video doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. If done right, videos can be made quickly and easily. And all while supercharging your engagement and click-through rates.
Ready to dive into your first video? If you, then read the full article at the HubSpot blog to learn the 5 Quick Tips for Producing Video.
- 13 Feb
Should You Gate Your Best Blog Content?
Gated blog content is a tried-and-true way to collect email addresses for your marketing campaigns. But gating all of your best content isn’t necessarily always the best move, either. You should decide on a case-by-case basis if a given piece of content should be gated.
There’s More Than One Way to Slice it
There are multiple factors that determine whether a piece of gated blog content will meet the goals you have for it. Or if it will just sit there, totally untouched.
Gating your content can lead your marketing strategy to either skyrocket or nosedive. And it almost entirely depends on choosing the right content to gate. And what information you require as the key to that gate. Here’s your guide to deciding whether or not you should gate your best blog content at Jeff Bullas’ Blog.
- 04 Feb
Five Steps to Building Trust With Thought Leadership
According to current data, about 50% of B2B marketers believe thought leadership builds trust in their organization. However, among actual buyers, that number is much higher. That is around a whopping 83%.
Thought Leadership = Trusted Resource
And that represents a huge disconnect. This disconnect is preventing B2B marketers from using thought-leadership content to it’s fullest value – in their quest to become a trusted resource for their customers. And marketers and business leaders alike need to understand that establishing a thought-leadership program drives value and builds trust. And not doing so risks falling behind or damaging their brand’s credibility in the industry.
Are you in the same boat? Here are five easy-to-follow steps for kicking off (or elevating) your brand’s thought-leadership program at MarketingProfs.com
- 27 Jan
3 Ways to Make B2B Content Marketing More Engaging
by Leah Wynalek
When it comes content, even with complex topics, your content is most effective when it’s simple to understand. Whether a website, a blog post, white papers, your content must deliver a clear, valuable message. And it must do so in an engaging way for potential buyers to pay attention.
“Momma Always Said, Simple is as Simple Does”
Recently at Content Marketing World 2019, a number of B2B marketers led sessions about how to craft more compelling brand stories and thought leadership content. And all of the speakers at that event stressed the need to simplify your message. Storytelling need not be complex. The simpler, the better was their mantra.
The Bottom line: Buyers are people. They don’t want to be bored, and they shouldn’t have to analyze your content to grasp its business value. To learn 3 ways to accomplish this, read the full article on the Publishing Executive blog
- 23 Jan
Five Content Marketing Myths Debunked
Not long ago, content marketing was real simple. It was all about launching a website, posting on blogs, and circulating emails to new and existing customers.
Well, That is no Longer the Case
Today, it’s a critical, multifaceted discipline. Today, most organizations now see content marketing as one of the most invaluable tools in their belts for driving brand awareness and sales leads. Which is why content marketing budgets continue to rise. In fact, nearly 85% of technology marketers surveyed recently by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs say they’ve used content marketing effectively in the previous year.
Myths Busted . . .
Yet it’s highly likely that those campaigns were less successful than they could have been. And by looking deeply into these campaings, we would most likely turn up weaknesses. And most are borne from some broadly held content marketing myths. Here are the five most common content marketing myths to overcome at MarketingProfs.com
- 20 Jan
More B2B Marketers Say Successful Content Generates Sales
rom Marketing Charts
Almost two-thirds of B2B marketers believe that content marketing is an effective tactic for the top of the funnel. And yet it also is proving to be useful for activities further down the funnel. Indeed, it’s the bottom-of-the-funnel goals that are growing the most for B2B marketers in North America this year. This, according to a recent report from the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs.com.
Bottom of Funnel is Benefiting from Content as Well
The survey of more than 650 B2B marketers in North America reveals that more respondents achieved top-of-the-funnel goals such as creating brand awareness and generating demand or leads. However, the biggest improvement was with goals residing towards the bottom of the funnel.
To see more of the data, for additional insights into the report and to download a copy of the original report, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 10 Jan
The Email Tactics Used by Senders With High Open Rates
by Ayaz Nanji
Even after all these years, email remains the top performing marketing tool. For small, medium and even enterprise level organizations, email still out-performs all other marketing tools.
But Email is Not a Static State
Rather, email is a dynamic, organic creature that moves, molds, evolves and changes. Since it involves a heavy dependence upon the human factor of the recipient, it is subject to the tides of change.
And the best way to keep up with those changes is to see what tactics work, what fails and the trends between those two points. Then, you can compare your performance against peer benchmarks.
And Who Better to Ask Than Those Who are Finding the Greatest Success
It seems that email senders with higher-than-average open rates are especially likely to rely on three primary techniques. They tend to use delivery optimization, A/B-testing, and reactivation campaigns. That, according to recent research from Validity and Demand Metric.
What did they find? First, most respondents report that their bulk email campaigns have an average open rate of 15% or lower. And the largest share of emailers reported an average open rate of between 11% and 15%. And to see more of the data and for an opportunity to download your copy of the original report, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com.
- 07 Jan
How to Create the Right Amount of the Right Type of Content
There is such a thing as too much content. And if you’re creating content for the sake of it (without a clear business need, strategy or to simply create something new), you’ve taken a wrong turn.
The Content Paradox: Not Enough or Too Much?
In today’s fast-paced, digital-first world, there is a glut of content available. And it’s a fine line between not having enough content and having too much content. On the one hand, you need enough content to satisfy various use cases. As an example, consider Forrester’s finding that a person on average consumes 11.4 pieces of content before buying.
On the other hand, having too much content creates challenges. When you have too much content, it becomes difficult to manage and volume can degrade the value of that content with both customers and your sales team. So where is the line between not enough and too much content? And how do you find the “just right” amount of content? Start with these six steps at MarketingProfs.com
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- 06 Jan
50 Bright Ideas for Promoting Content to Drive Leads
by AJ Beltis
We know that content marketing is huge. And there is no doubt about that. Content is being created and published every second of every day. Plus, in 2019, more than four million blog posts were published. On a daily basis!
WOW! That’s a Lot of Noise Out There . . .
This brings up an imperative question. And, it’s a question that all great content marketers need ask themselves. How do I get more people to see, engage with and react to my content?
How Can I Make The Most of My Content?
To help, the good people at HubSpot have put together a great guide. They have outlined the best content promotion ideas across various mediums. From podcasting to blogging, to everything in between. You can use these best practices to get a strong ROI from your content. So, to learn them all, read the full article at the HubSpot blog.
- 06 Dec
Seven Tips for Building a Video Marketing Campaign
Video is getting hotter by the day. It can even be said that it is becoming the most popular of mediums for content marketing, and marketing in general.
But Why Is That?
For one reason, video is the one content medium that is effective at every stage of the buyer journey. That makes it one of the most power full forms of content you can have. And it has been a driver for the increasing use of video in both B2C and B2B marketing campaigns.
And with that popularity there are a multitude of ways you can start. And if you’re considering using video, there are seven tips to help you build a solid video marketing campaign at MarketingProfs.com
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- 05 Dec
8 B2B Video Marketing Myths Debunked with Cold Hard Facts
Video has exploded in the B2B landscape over the past few years. And, today, it has becoming a staple in today’s modern marketing and sales toolkit. However, there are some common misconceptions and video marketing myths. And those myths seem to be keeping some businesses from reaching their full video potential.
But, That Need Not be the Case
Video is here to stay. According to a study conducted by Heinz Marketing, 68% of organizations plan to increase their level of investment in video in the next six to eight months. Now, more marketing and sales professionals are realizing that video plays an important role throughout the entire buying journey. And this includes their sales cycle as well. And they are experiencing first-hand the true impact it can have on their business.
There’s still a lot to be said about video and its use in your marketing and sales mix. But to help you out, here are eight of the most common video marketing myths. To find out what they are, read the full article on the Heinz Marketing Blog.
- 02 Dec
10 Ways Social Media Fuels Inbound Marketing
by Sian Jaylo
Your social media efforts can help establish your online presence. And it can drive traffic to your brand. From creating increased exposure to converting leads consistently, it works. So, social media campaigns should be the backbone of your digital marketing strategy.
In spite of all of the recent bad press, social media is still important. According to Sprout Social, Facebook has over 2 billion active users. Instagram has 400 million daily active users. And Twitter boasts 326 million monthly active users who send 500 million tweets daily.
And That Represents a Lot of Potential Customers for Your Brand
But the benefits of social media and inbound marketing goes beyond the sheer volume and reach. Social media lets you deliver exactly what your audience wants. It provides them with engagement, education, and confidence.
To learn more of why social media is the perfect marketing tool for giving your audience what they want, read the full article at DrumUp
- 26 Nov
The New 4Ps of Marketing and What They Mean to You
Back in college or at some point in your career, you learned about the 4Ps of marketing. As the old mantra goes, they are place, price, product, and promotion. Though nearly 60 years old, the 4Ps still hold weight today.
However, the marketing landscape has been undergoing drastic changes. And today, marketers must shift to an even more permission-based data strategy to fuel their personalized marketing strategies. That suggests a new set of the 4Ps of marketing.
Now Privacy, Permission, Personalization, and Performance (ROI) are the way forward for marketers looking to earn consumer trust and loyalty. To learn what these are and how to apply them in your business, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com.
- 18 Nov
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.
- 04 Nov
2018 B2B Video Completion Rates and Success Benchmarks
from Marketing Charts
We know that in the B2C space, marketing videos have grown in popularity. But, this year B2B marketers have also named video as their top lead generation tactic.
But keeping B2B buyers engaged can sometimes be a struggle. Marketers are constantly challenged with the cold, hard reality of engagement. So, the question remains if they work and how they can work harder for our marketing. And, can video really help with that?
One measure of video marketing success is video completion rate. That means, people watching the complete video from start to finish. And a new video benchmarks from Vidyard [download page] offers insights into that very benchmark. And what they found for completion rates for business-related videos, and the results are encouraging.
But beyond just completion rates, the study offers other benchmarks for business-related videos on Vidyard’s platform in 2018. To see what those are and to learn just how effective B2B marketing videos can be, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 25 Oct
Why Meta Titles and Descriptions Are So Critically Important For SEO
If you’ve ever tried optimizing your website for search engines, you may have come across things such as Meta Titles and Meta Descriptions. These two are central to any SEO strategy. And they must to be considered and edited before publishing a piece of content or allowing a website to go live.
What is SEO and Why is it Important?
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. And it is critically important because of how search engines work.
When someone begins a search on an engine, they type what they are looking for into the search bar. This ‘request’ then uses the search platform’s algorithm to find the information. And in order to do this, the algorithm searches things such as matching words in the content, images that could potentially correlate with the query. But importantly, it looks for it’s top clues in the Meta Titles and Meta Descriptions.
But if you’ve never even touched the SEO side of your website, this article by Konstantin Rabin on Jeff Bullas’ Blog will certainly convince you that it’s an absolute must to have if you want your business to succeed.
Read the full article on Jeff Bullas’ Blog.
- 17 Oct
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