- 06 Mar
An Introduction to Persuasive Advertising vs. Informative Advertising
by Clifford Chi
As marketers, we know that if we want to persuade an audience, we need to evoke an emotional response from them. But how do you actually do that? Well, for one, we can use persuasive techniques that emphasise value. Or we can inform and educate them.
But What is a Persuasive Ad? And How Do They Differ From Informative Ads?
Well, recently Clifford Chi, over at HubSpot, took a look at this dicotomy of advertising approaches. He examined six persuasive advertising techniques that you can use right now. Plus, he then looked at three informative advertisement examples. And each of those is surprisingly as compelling as the persuasive advertising examples.
So to learn all about Persuasive Advertising vs. Informative Advertsing, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 05 Mar
B2B Email: Customers Crave Curated and Customized Content
Today, B2B marketers who rely upon email marketing are facing some huge challenges. Long gone are the days of batch and blast. Now, challenged by expectations in the market, we need to personalize email content, making it relevant to the recipient. And that means going way beyond just dropping someone’s name in the subject line and calling it customization. It means giving them what they want.
It All Comes Down to Creating Relevant Content
Relevant content that people crave is crucial to your email campaign success. But, many brands still have a hard time generating content at scale to fuel their B2B email marketing initiatives. And if you don’t have the content, or it isn’t something people want, then your campaigns simply don’t yield the results you need.
In this article, Beth Negus Viveiros, Managing Editor at ChiefMarketer Networks, gives some interesting insights into B2B email marketing. She looks at how curated and customized content can impact email success. So, to learn how you can make it work for you , read the full article at Chief Marketer.
- 02 Mar
Use Customer Journey Mapping to Transform Frustration Into Conversion
For most businesses, it is difficult to see your product from your customers perspective. We all tend to be too obsessed with all the bells-and-whistles of the backend. And we tend to neglect to consider customer experience. As a result, we end up ignoring how the customer views us and our products.
If Only There Were a Magic Mirror . . .
Customer Journey Mapping is fundamentally designed to address that very issue. It is a tool that can give companies the ability to get a customer’s eye view of the user experience. Therefore, building a Customer Journey Map is important. It can help you to know how your business works. And it can help to spot potential weaknesses and allocating resources more effectively. Plus, it will even help to constantly improve and streamline your customer service.
But, building a Customer Journey Map doesn’t need to be a complex process. And it can be simple, and to see just how easy it can really be, read the full article on JeffBullas’s Blog.
- 01 Mar
The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Facebook Ecommerce
You have products to sell. And with that goal in mind, where do you go? Which channel offers the best access to your target audience? And does so at the most cost-effective way? After all, you want to expand your products reach and visibility and to acquire new and even repeat customers?
Go to Facebook, of Course!
Yep, your read that right. Go to Facebook, but don’t just take my word for it. According to Facebook reports, by the end of 2018, 2.32 billion users were on the platform. If you had any doubts about your audience being there, set them aside. Your potential customers are most certainly there, regardless of your industry, business size, budget, or goals. Sure, Facebook has had its fair share of bad publicity, rising costs, and targeting changes in the last year; however, the tech giant continues to reign supreme as the least expensive online advertising channel and its robust targeting options are incomparable to others.
So, if you’re looking to get started with Facebook Ads for ecommerce to propel your marketing efforts and drive sales, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 28 Feb
How Advertisers Use Different Video Platforms Across The Funnel
from Marketing Charts
Video, as a marketing tool, is here to stay. And that is mainly because it works and works well. As it becomes more prevalent, it is increasingly important to understand where in the sales funnel it’s most impactful.
Video Growth is Big. Bigger. Biggest Yet!
According to a study a study from Advertiser Perceptions, roughly half of advertisers are increasing their video budgets. And while this is big and getting bigger, most are begining to place greater emphasis on where the largest audiences are. The study showed that fewer advertisers are using digital/mobile video for upper funnel opportunities. But, this platform dominates both the middle and lower stages of the funnel capturing consumers during their decision-making and conversion stages.
This makes sense as these devices are ones on which it’s easy to convert. To see more of the data, to access the original report and view additional insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 27 Feb
How to Get More Email Subscribers from your Social pages
by Sian Jaylo
Let’s start with a couple of assumptions. The first, email is not dead. And then secondly, email is a very important marketing tool for your business.
And when you consider that, according to MarketingSherpa, 75% of social media users claim that email is still the best way for companies to communicate with them, the value of email becomes even more obvious. Furthermore, studies from WordStream show that consumers who purchase products through email spend 138% more than those that don’t. And email subscribers are 3x more likely to share a business’s content on social media when compared to leads from other platforms, says QuickSprout.
So, why not leverage your business’s social media reach to realize the amazing potential of email marketing? That’s not to say it’s a simple task. Instead, using your social media to build email subscriptions requires a well thought out strategy and great execution. To learn more, read the full article at DrumUp.
- 26 Feb
The Optimal Sales Cadence: Frequency and Duration Benchmarks
by Ayaz Nanji
How many times should salespeople contact prospects? And, how long should outreach last? Or, what is the optimal spacing between contact attempts? And, how quickly should sales reps respond to prospects?
Great Questions, So What Are The Answers?
To find the answers to these questions, InsideSales.com conducted a study. They examined data from more than 1,456 sales cadences. As part of the study, they examined full-range sales cycles. Additionally, all were start-to-finish direct attempts by salespeople in various verticals. And, with each being designed to engage sales prospects. And what they came up with are some interesting answers to those questions.
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- 25 Feb
Three Essential Ingredients to Create the Perfect Lead Magnet Program
Want to create a lip-smacking lead magnet that prospects will come from far and wide to sample? You’ll need the right mix to do it, including these 3 essential ingredients. Read the full article at MarketingProfs
- 22 Feb
The Real Secret Behind Growing Brand Trust With Customers
Customer trust is the cornerstone of any successful business. Yet, many businesses simply assume that customers will trust them from the start. And very few put much effort into building confidence and trust in the market.
Customers Tend to be Skeptical About Businesses They Don’t Know
And according to the Edelman Trust Barometer, consumer trust in business has remained stagnant over the past few years. What is stunning is that almost half of buyers report they are generally distrustful towards branded messaging.
Building trust with your audience is even more essential for businesses today. But convincing a new customer to trust your brand enough to share their hard-earned money and sensitive financial information can be tricky. So, to see some of the best strategies and approaches to build meaningful trust with your customers that will lead to higher sales and greater loyalty, read the full article on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 21 Feb
What is the Value of B2B Thought-Leadership Content?
by Ayaz Nanji
Have you ever wondered what is the impact of thought leadership content? And what do your customers think about your content? Now those may seem a silly question to ask but that didn’t stop Edelman and LinkedIn. They asked those very questions in a recent study [SlideShare available].
The report was based on data from a survey of 1,201 businesspeople in the United States who work for firms in a wide rage of industries. And they found that a 89% of B2B buyers say that thought leadership content from vendors has impact for them. In fact, they indicated that it increased their awareness of sellers. Additionally, 45% even indicated that it was that thought leadership content that led them to invite them to bid on a project.
The value of thought leadership content didn’t stop there however. They also found that 58% indicated that it directly led them to award business to an organization. And the buyers said that increased the value they placed on the vendor and that it enabled the vendor organization to command a premium price.
Still not convinced that thought leadership content works? Then see even more of the numbers, view the original report at MarketingProfs.com
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- 20 Feb
Cognitive Marketing: 5 Psychological Tools to Boost Your Marketing ROI
As marketers, we should understand the decision-making process of our customers. As the economy grows and the choice of products increases exponentially, it’s more important now than ever to know why the customer chose a brand. Was it random? Was it pricing, location, the color of packaging? Or all of those things?
Classical economic theories explain human behavior in a rational, mathematical way. In that theory, it claims that customers choose the product that brings them the most utility. They tend to pick the one that is best for them and the cheapest one among its competitors. As marketers, we know that’s at least not always the case. Otherwise, advertising wouldn’t be as effective as it is. But psychologists know more. They know this is absolutely wrong. They know people are irrational, unreasonable and impulsive. And, most of all, they are horrible at maths, unlike what economists assume.
To learn some cognitive biases people rely on when making a decision, and a peek at which marketing ideas you can apply after discovering these biases, read the full article at Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 19 Feb
In-Person Events Ranked #1 Among B2B Demand Generation Tactics
Events are proving to be effective in both the early and late stages of B2B demand generation. In fact, according to a Demand Gen Report [original report online], in-person events lead the pack among demand gen tactics for B2B marketers.
Event Marketing Best for Top-of-Funnel Engagement
More than three-quarters of survey participants named in-person events as their most successful top of the funnel engagement tactic. And marketers are increasingly seeing the value in events. So, now are investing in technology to aid in this tactic. Previous research has shown that most event marketers believe technology was contributing to increased leads at events.
Interested in learning more? The Read The Full Article at MarketingCharts.com to see more of the data, gain additional insights and to link to the original study.
- 18 Feb
The Ultimate Guide to Relationship Marketing
There is power in relationship marketing. By now, that should be a given. But, it all starts by offering customers unparalleled levels of service. And, rewarding long-term customers.
Its all about demonstrating a true desire to cultivate a deeper relationship with your audience. And done right, it can mean spending less acquiring new customers. Then, its existing customers that are doing the heavy-lifting for you.
But What is Relationship Marketing?
Relationship marketing is a different type of marketing. It’s one that focuses on cultivating a relationship with customers that is deeper and more meaningful. It is designed to ensure long-term satisfaction and brand loyalty. And, it’s focus is on delighting your customers for the long-haul.
So, let’s take a look at some relationship marketing examples. And then explore how you can implement a strong relationship marketing strategy in the full article at HubSpot.com
- 16 Feb
How People Want to Engage with Brands on Social Media
Social media often gets a bad rap. Most notably, this comes for its contribution to the spread of false information and the misuse of user data. But despite this, even with all the negativity surrounding it, Sprout Social reports [download page] that the majority of consumers they interviewed still believe that social media has the ability to connect people.
Social Media is Really All About the Conversation
And, it’s not just people connecting with each other that makes social media powerful. Social is also seen as a top channel for brands to connect with consumers. Consumers like when brands listen to them. And part of listening means interacting and exhibiting behaviors that facilitate and encourage connections.
To see all of the data and added insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 15 Feb
The Worst SEO Mistake You Can Make: Ignoring Content Distribution
Content marketing has been proven time and time again. But merely producing content doesn’t guarantee business or even marketing success. After all, there’s already too much content being produced.
How Can You Break Through This Content Overload?
Considering all the content is being produced, what can be done? Well, according to Moz, Kissmetrics, and Neil Patel, the answer is content distribution. This refers to the process of promoting content across paid or free channels. According to them, this help to increase your content reach. It can boost engagement, improve your SEO and grow organic traffic.
But where to start? And how to implement it for your content marketing? To find out, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 14 Feb
How Important Are Online Reviews for Local Businesses?
by Ayaz Nanji
Being in business has become an increasingly complex proposition. Whether you’re a small local shop or a regional manufacturer, because of the internet, your business life has changed. One of the newer and more complex ‘moving parts’ of this complexity are online reviews.
And that’s because consumers, especially younger ones, are becoming increasingly reliant on online reviews. According to recent research from BrightLocal, more and more consumers rely upon those reviews to assess local businesses. In fact, some 86% of respondents say they read the online reviews of local businesse
To see all more insights and to download a copy of the original report, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 13 Feb
The Ultimate Guide to Crowdsourcing
by Clifford Chi
Crowdsourcing. You’ve probably heard the phrase but wondered what it is. Or you may have read about some uses but didnt quite think that it was a business tactic you could use.
So, What is Crowdsourcing?
When businesses crowdsource, they ask the public for ideas, information, and opinions to help them craft better products and services. By crowdsourcing, companies can tap into a huge group of people’s expertise and skill sets.
And, How Does it Work?
As an example, companies can also crowdsource on social media. They can use this to gauge people’s opinion on their new product releases or updates. So to help you fully grasp the concept of crowdsourcing, here are some concrete examples of the practice in action at HubSpot.com
- 12 Feb
5 Infographics to Teach You How to Easily Make Infographics in PowerPoint
by Erik Devaney
Don’t belive the headlines over the past several years proclaiming “infographics are dead.” Actually, infographics are alive and well. In fact, as of 2018, the use of infographics among B2B marketers has increased. And, this was the most of any in the last four years, now at 65%.
According to John Medina, adding an image to written content can increase the retention of that information by 55%. Wow! But how can those who don’t necessarily have a design background, or the budget to hire a designer create professional-looking infographics?
Here’s a Little Secret: Use the Software You Probably Already Have
That’s right, PowerPoint can be your best friend when it comes to visual content creation. And to help you get started, the active minds over at HubSpot have some great advice plus templates you can download and use for free. So, read the full article and get your free templates at HubSpot.com