- 29 Jan
Using Thought Leadership to Get Your Business Voice Heard Online
by KL Daly
The old adage that ‘Content is King’ still rings true. But many B2C and B2B marketers and buyers are disappointed with the quality of thought leadership articles being published online today. Indeed, only 30 percent of B2B marketers are satisfied with how their organizations are pushing content marketing. And this is a figure which can easily be improved with the right know-how.
If it’s Broke . . . Fix it
Customers read, watch and listen to things that pique their interest. So, in order to make your content really stand out you need to understand and stimulate your audience. It helps if you can find a compelling way to discuss well known topics. Or you can take an unexpected spin on something in the news. This way writers can take thought leadership from bland to captivating in just a few simple steps.
Now, if you want to begin to build your position as a thought leader, here are six key steps to keep content fresh and engaging at ChiefMarketer.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
- 24 Jan
3 Points About Email Marketing Effectiveness Trends
from Marketing Charts
The Times, They are a Changing
But times – and audiences – change and to stay relevant, email marketing strategies need to mold, evolve and adjust to match the market and continue to work. And the strategies and goals are shifting.
And according to a recent study from Ascend2, [download page] when it comes to goals for email marketing strategies in 2020, there is a shift in priorities taking place. And to see what these shifting priorities are and what they mean, see the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 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
- 22 Jan
The 11 Landing Page Best Practices to Swear By
by Mary Lister
If you’re in marketing, you’re no stranger to landing pages. We’ve all clicked through an interesting ad looking for more information. And then only to abandon the landing page because it was too confusing or didn’t hold enough information. And if we’re paying attention, we usually take note of what not to do with our own landing pages.
Just Because You Build it, They Won’t Necessarily Stay . . .
But what about what we need to do to keep those visitors? You may think that it is simply a matter of using a plug-and-play solution like Marketo or HubSpot or Unbounce to make your landing pages. Or you’re having a specialist team or even in-house dev team build your landing pages. By now, you realize that it is hard work and can be extremely confusing.
But, there are answers. And to help you our, here are 11 landing page best practices for better pages and, of course, more conversions. Read the full article at WordStream.com
- 21 Jan
How to Win at Content Marketing to Generation Z
For what seems like “forever”, marketers have invested heavily in developing strategies and content to capture the attention of Millennials. We have studied and worked tirelessly to define the ideals, desires, and buying habits that this segment possess.
Now That We Have That Nailed . . . A New Challenge is on The Horizon
The new challenge? The rise of Generation Z as a force to be reckoned with in the market. Its members are part of the youngest generation on the planet, the oldest among them barely scraping past age 20. But they hold an estimated $143 billion in spending power. And it is the first generation that does not know a world without interconnected devices.
And these two points have significance for the future of our marketing. Brands have been attempting to reach Gen Z in a multitude of ways. But a connection is almost impossible without incredible content. It is not an easy task, I know, but here are some tips to make engagement more likely, 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
- 15 Jan
Five Ways to Boost Your Email Campaigns’ Inbox Placement in 2020
Even today, email marketing remains as one of the most dependable tactics in the marketer’s playbook. Flashy, new marketing channels come and go every year, many of them promising to yield impressive ROI. But few of them can actually compete with the tried-and-true approach of email.
Easy to Use. Tough to Master.
Email is relatively simple to use, and it delivers great ROI. But, even though it is easy to use, email is difficult to master if you don’t act on insights that can help deliver impact. And, often, the result of that neglect is beautiful emails, with tempting calls to action, but they get marked as spam and don’t make it to the recipient’s inbox.
As we enter a new year and a new chapter in digital marketing, it’s imperative that your email campaigns reach their intended destination. So here are five best-practices to boost and maintain email deliverability in 2020 at MarketingProfs.com
- 13 Jan
The 16 Best Marketing Strategies to Try in 2020
by Lisa Smith
Well, 2020 is here. And, so far, it doesn’t look a whole lot different than it did in December 2019. That’s why Lisa Smith, over at WordStream set out to ask dozens of digital marketers for their best marketing strategies of last year.
And Boy, Did They Deliver
They unloaded and gave us a huge list. But here is what we think are the 16 best marketing strategies you can take into 2020. So, to see what they are, read the full article at WordStream.com – The best marketing strategies to try in 2020
- 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.
- 18 Dec
2020 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends: New Research
by Ann Handley
Content marketing has become a consistent tool for B2B marketing for a long time now. But, until recently it is a tool that has been largely missing in the B2C space. For most marketers in that space, they knew it could work. But they simply struggled to understand how to make it work in their markets.
“. . . and nair the twains shall meet . . . “
Well, now, it seems that business-to-consumer [B2C] marketers are making steady progress with content marketing. And it is quickly becoming a key element of marketing strategy. This, according to a just-published annual content marketing study [download available] from MarketingProfs and Content Marketing Institute.
To see what key actions and approaches you can take to improve your own content marketing program, read the full article at MarketingProfs
- 16 Dec
Why Social Media is Integral to Your Content Marketing Strategy
Face it, if you’re in business, social media is important to your success. In today’s climate, your business can’t afford to be without social media. However, social media isn’t the only answer. It is one tool and shouldn’t be your only avenue of marketing.
You need to have a multi-pronged approach to reach your target market. And that means that you also need content marketing to be part of your overall strategy. But, since social media has such an overwhelming prevalence in today’s society, content marketing is completely ineffective without it.
Content + Social Media = Success
Combining your content with your social media means that you’ll be able to grab the market’s attention with your social media marketing. And then that will drive audience to take a deeper dive into your broader content. To see how this can work for you, read the full article at DrumUp
- 12 Dec
4 Ways to Target B2B Audiences on Social Media
by Ellie Buckle
For B2C brands, social media is a great place to engage with your existing audience. And, for most, its also a great place to target new potential customers to grow your business.
But, Can Social Media Work for B2B?
For some B2B businesses, on the other hand, social media audience targeting can be a challenge. It can be tricky to know how or where to find your audience on social media. Now, it may seem logical to start with customer personas. But, that’s just the beginning. How do you actually target your key customer segments? How do those personas change on social media platforms? How do you know you’re targeting the right potential customers?
Well, fear not. here is a list of four quick ways to target your B2B audiences on social media today. To learn them all, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 10 Dec
Online Video Consumption Continues to Rise Globally
from Marketing Charts
What is the reason that video marketing has gained so much momentum? Here is your answer. Online video consumption growth is expanding at a terrific pace. And it shows no sign of slowing down in the next few years.
Marketers are Simply Following Their Market Momentum
The recent global forecast estimates from Zenith Media is that the average person will watch 84 minutes of online video this year. This is up from an estimated average of 67 minutes spent per day in 2018. This rate of growth is not unusual. Zenith reported that between 2013 and 2018 online video viewing grew at an average rate of 32% per year.
The insights from this study clearly support some of the more recent findings
- The growth of mobile video advertising is expected to be more than 3 times larger than non-mobile video advertising in 4 years time.
- On the B2B front, shorter videos are best. B2B online videos less than one minute in length had a completion rate of 68% last year, compared to the 25% completion rate of videos which were more than 20 minutes long.
- More than half (56%) of US consumers prefer video ads which are relevant to the videos they are watching as opposed to ads that are relevant to their browsing behavior or their mindset.
To see more of the data, insights and to access the full report, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 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