- 21 May
How to Launch a Successful Online Community: A Step-by-Step Guide
It’s no secret that the way people buy has fundamentally changed over the years. These days, people are conducting their own research, reading product reviews, and seeking out recommendations before making a decision. And online communities are beginning to play an increasingly important role in this process.
This is Not Just A B2C Game Anymore
As of 2018, according to the B2B Buyers Survey Report, B2B buyers are increasing their use of buyers’ forums. In fact, the survey found that 45% of business buyers spent more time and resources researching purchases than they did the previous year. There are some great examples of B2B communities like G2Crowd or GetApp that can be used to educate prospective customers and help them make better buying decisions.
But how can you start? What platform is best? To walk you through the process of setting up an online community in more detail, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 20 May
B2B Buyers Want More Data and Research in Vendor Content
from Marketing Charts
If you are selling to other companies and you work to develop a thought leadership position, then content is a core tool. And that content is a critical building block for your success. But, what you think is valuable content may not be what your buyers think is valuable content. Wouldn’t it would be great to be able to know exactly what content buyers value in their purchase journey?
Well, Now You Can
Thanks to a recent study [access page] by Demand Gen Report and ON24 we can now better understand what our B2B buyers value in content as they make their purchase decisions. One thing the report does bring out is that an extremely high percentage of B2B buyers say they currently have less time to devote to reading and research durring their purchase journey.
So how can vendors make content more valuable when time is limited? To find out, gain additional insights and to learn a few actionable points using data from the study, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 18 May
The Ultimate Guide to Community Management
In today’s digital, hyper-connected society, it’s been found that people are increasingly feeling disconnected from others. With so many people who communicate online, behind screens, this connected world is actually a rather lonely place at times. And this goes for personal relationships as well as business relationships.
“One is the Loneliest Number . . . “
So, what is it that has people feeling a disconnect to others and the companies they do business with? It all comes down to a lack of a sense of community. The “human connection” that we all instinctively need is missing. And that’s why so many brands today are beginning to invest in the creation of communities. They are doing this for their customers, employees, and fans, all as part of a process called community management.
What is the purpose of community management?
Community management has become increasingly popular and recognized by all types of businesses — however, it’s still largely undefined. So, what makes it so special? Why should your business adopt it? To answer those questions, read the full article at HubSpot.com to learn the main reasons why community management is critical to your success as a brand today.
- 16 May
5 Signs Your Website Design Is Costing You B2B Leads
For over a decade, businesses have been attempting to achieve the promise of the internet. Admittedly we have all been chasing the promise for a more cost-effective, efficient marketing of our products and services that it can bring.
There is No Second Chance at a First Impression
But, even the best-conceived internet marketing campaigns can fail. And for all the reasons that my happen, it may come down to one simple fact. It may be your website’s design that is costing you the leads it should otherwise be generating.
There are many reasons that a website can turn away business-to-business visitors. But there are five of the most common reasons why website designs fail to bring home leads. And to learn what those are and how they can be fixed, read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 14 May
How to Use the Art of Storytelling in Your Blogging Strategy
by Chima Mmeje
Blogging has proven to be a great medium for a business to communicate, gain interest and to even generate leads. But it has become a crowded space. Now, we live in a world where over 4 million blog posts are published every day. And that constitutes a lot of noise you will need to break through to get your story into your market.
Bloggers, Bloggers Everywhere . . .
So, how do you stand out in a sea of bloggers? At this point in time, there are literally thousands, all of whom have probably covered all the key topics from a thousand different angles. Do you follow the trend? Or do you strike off and create a technique of your own?
To learn more, read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 13 May
The No. 1 Rule and Four Essential Parts of High-Converting B2B Emails
There is a common human behavioral tendency called decisions paralysis. Simply stated, this is manifested when buyers are confronted with too many choices, the result, in most customers, is to not buy.
To Decide, Or To Not Decide. That is The Question . . .
Decision paralysis also applies to your email marketing as well. If you give your subscribers too many options, they won’t know what you want them to do or where they should click. The best advice, in that case instead, is to focus on the Rule of One. This rule essentially states that every promotion must contain four essential elements for success.
To learn more, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 11 May
How to Create UTM Codes to Track Your URLs
by Ginny Mineo
A crucial aspect of being a great marketer is being able to measure your success. No matter which metrics you use, you want to prove to your boss (and the company) that you’re worth your salt.
You deserve your budget. And maybe you need more of it. And you deserve to dedicate time to the marketing activities that work. But, measuring the impact of your work can be tricky without the right tools. And that’s where UTM codes come in. Building UTM codes that track your campaigns’ success is the best way to prove your success. Or even where campaign adjustments need to be made.
But, What are UTM codes?
UTM codes are snippets of text added to the end of a URL to help you track website traffic when users click a link to that URL. Marketers can customize this text to match the webpage this URL is linked on, allowing them to attribute the success of that campaign to specific pieces of content. And to learn how to build your UTM codes, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 10 May
5 Strategies to Improve PPC Lead Quality
Generating leads with PPC campaigns can be challenging. But, generating high-quality leads is even harder.
Lead generation is Not an Easy or Simple Matter
Lead generation, by it’s nature, leaves the door open for anyone to convert on the initial lead conversion stage, regardless of their actual ability to buy the end product. As a result, the quality of those leads can vary widely. And because of this, we need to develop strategies to target higher quality leads and deter unqualified users from filling out our forms.
Yep, you read that right. To shift your lead generaion into high gear, you may need to turn people away from your business. And, you will need to purposefully try to prevent people from filling out your form. Here are 5 strategies to try that we think will help you improve the quality of leads from your PPC campaigns at WordStream.com
- 09 May
The Beginner’s Guide to Facebook Messenger Ads
by Clifford Chi
Just in cases you were wondering, Facebook Messenger has a huge audience. But, what can that mean to you and your business? Well, it can mean a big opportunity.
Don’t Believe Me?
At last count, there were two billion messages on Facebook Messenger sent each month. And those were only between people and businesses. And, of those, 53% of people inidcated willingness to buy from a company they can directly message Facebook Messenger. So if you needed evidence, there it is.
But, if you need a rundown of what Facebook Messenger ads exactly are, the different types of Facebook Messenger ads you can leverage, and some of the best Facebook Messenger ads that can inspire your own, read the full article at HubSpot.com to learn all about them and to get The Beginner’s Guide to Facebook Messenger Ads.
- 08 May
The Basics of Branding in 2019: What You Need to Know
There is good news. Thanks to new technology, customers are receiving thousands of advertisements from different brands each day. But there is bad news too. And, thanks to that same technology, customers are receiving thousands of advertisements from different brands each day.
Shocking! It’s Shocking, I Tell You
With this fast and continuous communication, many brands find it hard to keep their name at the top of the mind of the customer. And most struggle to even get noticed. As and example, studies show that most customers today would not even notice if approximately 70 percent of brands ceased to exist tomorrow.
After all that advacne in technology, this year, branding will be taking a turn to the human side. While technology will stay an essential part of the interaction with customers, companies will have to create a brand that is compassionate, based on values and builds an active community. But how? And what are the trends? Well, here are five trends that will define your branding strategy and what you need to know about the Basics of Branding today, on Jeff Bullas’ Blog.
- 06 May
How to Integrate Purpose Into Your B2B Content Strategy
by Heather O
The notion that content is king has never been more valid than it is today. And that idea, that started early on as the exclusive domain of B2B companies, has even spread to the B2C mareting domain.
This doesnt mean that you do the same types of content and structure it for the same reasons as you would for a B2B market. For B2C companies to reach their buyers and provide superior customer experiences every time, they need to deliver content that’s streamlined, simple, personal and purposeful.
What the Heck is Purposeful Content?
That means that they need to understand what’s important to their buyers. Why? Because a growing number of those buyers cite shared-purpose as a reason to buy from a company. And, as a result, companies need to be clear on their corporate purpose if they are going have a strong, evolving content strategy.
But, that purpose needs to be authentic and relatable. It also needs to inspire. Social purpose can be a powerful tool for your business. But how do you find that purpose? And, how can you wield that power? To find out, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 03 May
6 Super Effective Ways to Up Your Video Email Marketing Game
We all know how effective and captivating video is in marketing. According to HubSpot, 87% of businesses use video as a marketing tool in some capacity. If you are one of those marketers who has played it safe with video keeping your content limited to website landing pages and social platforms, it’s time to marry these two beautiful marketing tools.
What is video email marketing?
Video email marketing does not necessarily mean that your email receivers will be playing videos without leaving their inboxes. In fact, marketers often use video email marketing in the capacity of linking a video thumbnail image within an email to a landing page where the video lives.
While adding a video component to your email marketing workflows might seem like extra work, this post will show you that marrying video and email is worth the added effort. Before you know it, your email metrics will be going off-the-charts! So, to learn how, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 02 May
How to Create and Use Screen Recording Videos in Your Content Marketing
by Mitt Ray
If you want to take your content marketing to the next level, video is the way to go. It’s estimated that by 2022, 82% of all global traffic will be from video.
Getting Past the Fear-Factor
An easy way to venture into video content marketing is through screen recording videos. And that is because anybody can create them. Plus, you don’t even need to record yourself. All you need to do is record your screen and your voice.
So, here’s a helpful step-by-step guide on how to create and use screen recording videos in your content marketing. Read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 01 May
Report: Top Digital Channels Buyers Use for Discovering New Brands
from Marketing Charts
If you have a product that is new to market, then early brand discovery is your biggest challenge. Exactly how, and where in the great digital universe, can you can recognition? Where can you get noticed and begin to gain market traction?
Well, the answer seems to be – On Social Media
According to Kantar Media, five of the top nine digital channels shoppers use to discover new brands are social media platforms. And of those, Facebook is used more than even product or brand websites for this purpose.
While social media is a key place for discovering a brand, once shoppers are further down the purchase journey, that changes. At that point social media is not as important to shoppers’ decision-making. And, it is at that point in their journey path that search is cited as chief purchase driver. And, this was borne out separately in a survey by SUMO Heavy. That report revealed that fewer than 1 in 5 (18%) adults say they have made a purchase directly through social media.
For more on these reports and additional insights into this, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 30 Apr
Social Networking Platforms’ User Demographics Update 2019
from Marketing Charts
Who uses which social media platform? Now, that may seem a bit of a over simplified question. And yet, the asnwer to this question is very important. It is especially important if your marketing and sales depends upon hitting a specific demographic target on social media.
When in Doubt, Ask the Question
And that is why the Pew Research Center recently looked into that very question. Each year, they issue their update on the usage trends for social media. And what they found in this years study [view full report] is that adults in the US are still using YouTube more than any other social media.
But there was far more data and isights to this report. And what that they found, especially for those of us seeking to hit our market targets more precisely on social media, it is valuable information. To see more insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 29 Apr
Advanced Facebook Retargeting: How to Up Your Ads Game
We know that customers seldom go to a website and purchase after their first visit. It’s even more rare for a customer to convert after clicking on just one ad. This is especially true if they’re unfamiliar with your brand or your price point is relatively high. In most cases, there’s a long journey to get customers to convert and Facebook is uniquely positioned to handle the buyer’s journey along each step in a way that other channels can’t.
A Better Audience, Not a Larger Audience is Best
Facebook’s retargeting campaigns do tend to be more expensive than targeting a cold audience. But these campaigns can help you actually reach a more responsive audience. Facebook does offer a variety of retargeting options and immersive ad units that aren’t available on other platforms. But it also boasts both a higher audience inventory and lower conversion costs. So, ultimately, retargeting on Facebook can be far more valuable to your business.
To explore advanced Facebook retargeting, Michael Stelzner recently interviewed Susan Wenograd. Susan is a Facebook ads expert, a regular columnist at Search Engine Journal, and an account director for AimClear, an integrated digital agency. To see the full interview, read the article at SocialMedia Examiner.
- 27 Apr
How to Create Response-Boosting Cold Emails
by Will Cannon
Forget what you have heard. Cold email is still an effective way of generating appointments and making new connections. B2B companies, in particular, can still send personalized, cold emails at scale.
No Mo’ Same-O, Same-O
But the same old “tried and true” will no longer work. Now buyers expect more. They respond differently. And by using segment-specific email copy, you’re going to have a much easier time getting your prospect’s attention and enticing them to open your email.
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- 26 Apr
Global Buying Behavior in 2019 You Need to Know
by Mimi An
The average person spends 135 minutes on social media every day. It’s where we get our news, our entertainment. And at this point, sadly, it’s a sizable chunk of our human interaction. But where exactly are those 135 minutes spent? On Facebook? Twitter? YouTube? And who is spending their time there?
To find out, in early 2019, HubSpot Research partnered with SurveyMonkey to conduct new research on social media preferences and buying preferences. They used SurveyMonkey Audience to ask over 2,700 around the globe questions on how they buy.
Turns Out, Not All Buyers Are The Same
The resulting report highlights the fascinating differences discovered in buying preferences worldwide. And if you’re a marketer or creator deciding where to focus your content efforts, the first step to success is finding the platforms with the most receptive audiences. So, keep reading to learn some of the buying trends we observed through our research at HubSpot.com
- 25 Apr
How to Share Deals & Drive Sales with Facebook Offer Ads
Looking for ways to boost your sales, online and offline? Of course, you are! And if you haven’t tested Facebook offer ads yet, let’s get you started, right here, right now.
So, Let’s Make a Deal
Facebook offer ads present a deal to entice prospects to make a purchase. These customizable, mobile-only ads are excellent for both brick-and-mortar locations and ecommerce brands. And that’s because they provide options to claim offers in-store and online.
But diving into this new, unfamiliar space may be a bit scary. So, in this article, Akvile DeFazio gives us everything we need to get started. You’ll learn how to create these ads, how to set up your campaign, and how to optimize for success. Let’s get started! Read the full article at WordStream.com