- 01 Dec
B2B Content: To Gate or Not to Gate, That is the Question
Everyone wants to build their lead databases and prove the value of their marketing automation programs. Gated content is one way to do that. But B2B marketers need to resist the urge to gate everything.
You Want Leads and That Means Contact Information
However, trying to grab someone’s information too quickly is a move that will fail. At that point in their process, the perceived value of what you’re offering in return doesn’t seem greater than the perceived pain of sharing their email address. Early in the purchase consideration process, prospects aren’t yet looking for a product. They have a challenge to solve. They need ideas, information, data and they’re looking for a solution.
So, where’s that balance point? To Gate or Not to Gate, That is the Question. And to find answers, read the full article at Chief Marketer.
- 30 Nov
The Secret to How Small Businesses Can Impact Their Brand with Social Media
by Sian Jaylo
Unsurprisingly, most small businesses are on social media these days. But having a social media account isn’t enough to attract and engage your audience anymore. A business needs to be both creative and consistent if they want to get the attention of buyers and build relationships with customers. One way to do this is through a strong social media marketing campaign.
But, as a small business, you probably don’t have the ready resources to simply dedicate to social media. And that’s why it’s vital for a small business owner to be smart about social media.
So, what can a small business do to make their social media marketing campaign stronger? To learn the secret to how small businesses can impact their brand with Social Media, read the full article at DrumUp
- 29 Nov
How to Use YouTube Videos to Improve Your Google Ranking
by Elliot Chan
Blogging is not what it was 10 years ago. Just getting a blog post to rank in Google has become increasingly difficult. And if you are blogging and merely hoping that your posts will rank, you are likely going to be disappointed.
Change is in the Wind. And Online
The game is changing. But creating videos can afford you an opportunity to rise above all the boring, anonymous, no-personality content “noise” out there.
So, to learn how you can start optimizing your YouTube videos for Google ranking, read the full article on MarketingProfs.com
- 28 Nov
How Marketers Can Generate Their Own First-Party Intent Data
For B2B sales, wouldn’t it be valuable to understand when your prospects intended to make a purchase? This is the essence of the use of “intent data”. It is an actionably data set that enables B2B marketing and sales to understand what new leads and current prospects want.
Your Customer- Intent Crystal Ball
The value of this data is that it indicates what to serve as the most optimal content, message, or product across channels. And it gives an indication of where they are in their own buyer journey. And how ready they may be to buy.
Now, most of that type of data is readily available from third-party providers. And it is available for purchase. This third-party customer-intent data is helpful, but the best way to ensure you have the most accurate, useful intent data is to collect website-visitor data yourself. Here’s how to do that at MarketingProfs.com
- 27 Nov
How to Beat the 8-Second Attention Span Plague
by Al Gomez
Holding your audience’s attention in the digital world has grown increasingly difficult. And if you’re having a hard time keeping your audience engaged in your site, you’re not alone. Users leave web pages in a span of 10 to 20 seconds.
That Means Clearly Communicate Your Value Proposition in Under 10 Seconds
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this out. That amount of time is not nearly adequate to convince them to use your services. And, as a content marketer, how will you hold your audience’s attention long enough for you to convince them? And if you don’t hook them in, in that time-frame, you’ve lost the lead.
Here are 7 tips you need to optimize your content for the eight-second attention-span problem everybody’s having at Jeff Bullas’ Blog.
- 26 Nov
8 Essential Tips for Real Estate Video Marketing
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a buyer, seller. Or, just a plain old real estate marketer. You know the importance of maintaining a strong, reputable, and attractive presence for your target audience. And, in such a competitive industry that hits so close to home, it is critical to market your business effectively and find ways to one-up your competitors.
So, here’s the real news. Real estate listings that utilize video marketing receive 403% more inquiries than those without video!
And, if you have not hopped on the video bandwagon, then it is time to buck up and take the leap. Video has increased in popularity among marketers and their customers. And for good reason. To learn how to make it work for you, here are 8 Essential Tips for Real Estate Video Marketing at WordStream.com
- 24 Nov
Explainer Videos: The Best Way to Tempt Prospects
How would you like to have the opportunity to spend two minutes with all potential customers? Just showing them exactly why they should choose your brand instead of your competitors? Imagine how powerful your own passion for your product could be for interested consumers.
This is the power of an explainer video
Demonstrating this kind of contagious enthusiasm is often what ultimately wins your audience over. It is simply turning viewers into customers. And it works. Social performance management platform Work.com added an explainer video to its homepage. And their conversions increased by 20%. What’s more, according to Wyzowl’s Survey: The State of Video Marketing 2016, of the 45% of businesses that have explainer videos on their homepage, 86% say they are effective.
But, there are nine simple, but critically important elements, are needed to effectively (and perpetually) deliver your brand’s messaging to your target audience. And to learn them all, read the full article on ChiefMarketer.com
- 19 Nov
What’s Your Post-Tradeshow Plan? Six Tips for a Successful Follow-Up Campaign
by Kelsey Stage
Few marketers would argue against the benefits of exhibiting at a tradeshow. In fact, businesses of any size can easily gain exposure to lots of high-quality leads in a single space. But many marketers focus too much on lead capture. And they forget a critical component to their tradeshow strategy: the follow-up plan.
Following up with leads while they’re still interested in your company is the key to getting the best return on investment from tradeshows. With the right follow-up campaign, you can ensure that the time, money, and effort you’ve invested into a tradeshow don’t go to waste.
Here are six tips that will help you nurture new leads into valuable customers at MarketingProfs
- 16 Nov
9 Easy Ways to Convert Webinar Leads into Sales
A jam-packed webinar is a beautiful thing. But you know what’s better than filling your funnel with webinar leads? Converting those leads into customers.
Plus, Webinar Leads are Some of Your Best Leads
A recent GoToWebinar study on content engagement revealed that people are willing to spend more time with a webinar than any other type of content. These are some of your most engaged leads, so make sure you have a plan to convert them.
However, the key to turning webinar leads into sales is giving your prospects a clear path forward. Too often, we focus on creating great webinar content and hosting an engaging webinar, which are both important, but we don’t spend enough time on the next step.
So, to learn the 9 Easy Ways to Convert Webinar Leads into Sales, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 15 Nov
85% of Millennials Say They’ve Made A Purchase After Viewing A Marketing Video
from Marketing Charts
For years, Baby Boomers were the market force to be reckoned with. This generation shaped the way we market to our audiences. We developed countless techniques and tactics around their preferences and their buying habits. But, now that is all changing. And we need to change with that market shift.
Old Markets Never Die. They Just Fade Away
One key element of this shift is the growing popularity of video marketing. New statistics from a Brightcove study provide some insights into why that’s the case. Plus, when you add to this, the growing influence of Millennial buyers for both B2C and B2B markets, you have a what can be called a marketing sea-change challenge.
And with the rise of this Millennial market influence, social media has become an increasingly important vehicle for this video content. As example, the Brightcove study found that 53% of adults overall – including two-thirds (66%) of Millennials – claim to engage with a brand after watching a video on social media. And they didn’t just view and move on. Most commonly, these respondents followed up by visiting the brand’s website or conducting further research.
To see more of the data, a chance to download the original report and to see more insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 14 Nov
The Top Factors That Slow B2B Purchases
by Ayaz Nanji
Do you sell into a B2B industry? It may seem at times that the final purchase decision simply takes too long. Now, we know that our time-line is not necessarily the customers time-line. But still, it is frustrating. You know they want to buy from you but it seems to stretch out further and further.
So, “Why Is That?” You Ask . . .
It seems that the people at Showpad had the same question. And what better way to find out than to ask actual B2B buyers to find out. So they polled 656 B2B buyers based in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany who made a purchase in the previous 12 months. Their report does have value in that it was based on data from a survey conducted in June 2018.
What they found out may not be a surprise, but it is certainly revealing. To see what it was that they said, and gain insights into how to solve it, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
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- 13 Nov
Which Google Ads Network Is Right for Me? A Pocket Guide
Search. Display. Shopping. YouTube. Each Google Ads network represents unique value. You know your niche, the makeup of your business, and what you want out of your campaigns. But you’re working with a finite budget, and you want to maximize the return on every ad dollar you spend. So, the million-dollar question remains. Which network should your ads live? Or better yet, how do you allocate funds across these networks to maximize ROI? Is PPC just a giant game of Bingo?
Short answer: kind of. But it doesn’t have to be frustrating.
Especially if you’re on a budget—which, on some level, everyone is—choosing the right Google Ads network for you can feel a little like buying a car. You want to leave the lot with a vehicle that, over time, offers the most valuable return. Leave with the wrong vehicle—or, in the case of the advertiser, spend your budget in a network that doesn’t allow you to meet or exceed your campaign objectives—and you’re stuck with an asset you’ll want to lose as soon as possible. In either case, it can feel like there’s little room for error.
So, to give you a big of guidance, WordStream came up with a complete pocket guide to choosing the Google Ads network that works best for you. And to get a quick look at how they shake out, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 10 Nov
Six Tips to Ensure Your B2B Content Marketing Efforts Are Not Wasted
by Anja Skrba
Content marketing can be the backbone of a successful business. And, crafting useful, informative content that appeals to your target audience is precisely what can help you sell your offerings.
Even Those Who Get it, Don’t Get it Right All the Time
But, surprisingly, not every business focuses its efforts on content marketing. This, according to the latest content marketing research from MarketingProfs and Content Marketing Institute (CMI). And, even those that do don’t seem to have a defined strategy for their content marketing efforts.
So, if you are a B2B marketer who places a high value on content marketing, and you have a strategy to support your assets, you are already ahead of the game. But are you taking the right steps to ensure that none of your content marketing is being wasted? Here are some actionable tips that will help you make your content marketing efforts pay off and help you effectively achieve your goals at MarketingProfs.com
- 09 Nov
Filling the Funnel: Proven B2B Video Marketing Styles
by Sean Gordon
B2B video marketing has radically shifted the manner that we communicate with prospective buyers. And the overall video marketing landscape is constantly morphing in response to new strategies.
And that means that in today’s competitive video marketing landscape, a lot of catching up and jumping ahead has happened. Relying on the old methods of pushing a few product and company videos just isn’t going to cut it. Your prospective buyers are sophisticated and being courted constantly. And, in response B2B brands demand clear and clever content that is going to cater to their individual needs and concerns as a company.
Needless to say, it’s time to step up to the plate and start exploring some different takes on video marketing. So, to see a few B2B video types and where they can be used in your marketing funnel to get the best possible results for your customers, read the full article at TargetMarketingMag.com
- 08 Nov
An Effective Email Follow-up Tactic for Unresponsive Prospects
We love when successful meetings happen. But then prospects stop responding to emails and voicemails. It makes no sense. Because when good meetings end, prospects are enthusiastic. They show interest in meeting again to go deeper into your solution to their challenge. But suddenly, and without reason, crickets. Now what? Time for an effective email follow-up for unresponsive prospects.
What if you sent an email follow-up provoking them to define and explain their position to you? What if that same email message offered them a feeling of safety and control over the conversation?
This might sound too good to be true. But, there actually is an email follow-up tactic working very well lately. To learn what it is and how it works, read the full article at TargetMarketingMag.com
- 07 Nov
Why and How You Should Use Instagram’s IGTV to Improve Your Social Media Video Strategy
by Alice Oh
With its release of IGTV, Instagram is tapping deeper into the rise of video content. And brands and marketers have taken notice. The new platform is a great place for content creators who want to use longer-form videos. Major brands, including Netflix, Chipotle, and Nike, have taken advantage of it, publishing content for their IGTV channels.
Take the Path Less Traveled and Win
And now, IGTV represents an opportunity to dominate long-form vertical video content in a space that’s less flooded with content from competitors. Therefore, content will be more easily visible and accessible to their followers. Brands that take advantage of this in-depth viewing experience now can become an early pioneer and reap the benefits.
So, if you want to elevate your social media video efforts, here are a few ideas that can help your brand best harness the power of IGTV. So, here are 7 tips to help marketers use IGTV at MarketingProfs.com
- 06 Nov
B2B Email Newsletters: Format, Length, and Frequency Trends
by Ayaz Nanji
Thinking of developing a newsletter? Then you may need answers to some key questions.
Questions. Questions. So Many Questions.
First, what is the most popular B2B email newsletter format? How many messages do marketers send each month? Whom do newsletters come from? How long are they?
To find out, Find A Way Media examined 78 marketing email newsletters [download available] sent by B2B companies that operate in a range of different verticals. The researchers analyzed messages sent by the firms over a three-month period to determine format, length, sender, and frequency trends.
The researchers identified four common B2B newsletter formats and to see what they are and how they work, read the full article at MarketingProfs
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- 05 Nov
B2B Salespeople Say They Get the Best Results From Referrals
from Marketing Charts
We know that word-of-mouth is the most powerful purchase influencer for consumers. But, what is not so obvious is that it works in B2B too. A new study [download page] from ValueSelling Associates finds salespeople consider referrals as the most effective method for reaching prospects. And this is far ahead of any other method.
Prospect Engagement is the Key Here . . .
Studies show that getting targeted prospects to engage is and obstacle. In fact, it is the top B2B demand generation challenge. And, recently, Bizible also found that word-of-mouth/referrals were said to have the biggest impact on revenue. But, interestingly, these studies show an interesting twist. They indicate that prospects were even more likely to initially engage with a vendor if the salesperson offered target-specific information as well.
To see more of the data and insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 03 Nov
Facebook Ads Checklist: 5 Quick Questions to Ask Before You Hit “Go”
Congratulations, you got your ad spend approved! SEM is ready to go, display ads are starting to get served up, and your new native advertising partner has such a subtle touch that the users will never even know (yeah, right…). Now it’s time to finish up your Facebook ads and hit “go.”
Not So Fast, There . . .
Your Facebook ads shouldn’t just be passable to get started. They should be set and ready to start attracting clicks and generating leads right away. To make sure that your ads are good and ready, take a few minutes and go through our quick Facebook Ads Checklist before you start spending that money.
Here are the five questions you need to answer before you launch that new Facebook ads campaign at WordStream.com