- 23 Apr
Why Your Content Needs to Focus on Expertise and Relevant Experience
Expertise and relevant experience now matter more than price and reputation when it comes to B2B marketing. That’s not to say that your B2B prospects are making decisions with a “hang the expense!” attitude. Nor will they ignore any evidence they find of you being difficult to work with or in any way suspect.
They’re Simply Going to Focus on Expertise and Experience First
The latter two still matter, of course, but according to a recent study by Hinge Marketing, the old twin pillars of professional services buyers’ decision-making — price and reputation — have been replaced by expertise and relevant experience.
So how do you state your case in a world where buyers are ever more eager to eliminate you before they’re even willing to have a conversation with you? To find out, read the full article at TargetMarketingMag.com
- 22 Apr
Three Actionable SEO Techniques to Improve Your Website Right Now
by Matt Bassos
We have been told over and over by digital marketers that you need to be serious about SEO. Now, businesses that rely on organic search visibility for sales and conversions know the importance of SEO.
And ranking for keywords is becoming harder and more time-consuming. The complexity is increasing with each iteration of Google, Bing and Yahoo as they mold their algorithms to create a better search experience for their users.
But you can still take steps to improve your organic-search visibility. It all comes down to building the authority of your business and brand across the Web. In this article by Matt Bassos, he gives us three actions to take to ensure better SEO results, particularly if yours is a relatively new business.
So, to learn what they are and how to use them, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 20 Apr
6 Fundamental Video Marketing Tips for Every Type of Skill Level
by Clifford Chi
Nowadays, most marketers obsess over how they can amplify their content’s reach as much as possible. More views means more leads and customers, right? While this convention can be true, it’ll only pan out if you optimize your videos for humans before you optimize them for algorithms.
If a Video Drops in a Forest . . .
Resonance is the most important determinant of whether your audience will take action. And your video’s creative is the most important determinant of whether your video will resonate with your audience. So even if your video reaches a million people, if it doesn’t resonate with them, it won’t persuade anyone. It won’t help them to take your preferred action, let alone remember your brand.
With this insight in mind, let’s go over six fundamental video marketing tips that’ll help you craft videos that resonate with as many people as it reaches at HubSpot.com
- 18 Apr
2018 Metrics Show Some Email Deliverability Improvement
from Marketing Charts
According to an analysis released last year by Return Path, some 15% of US marketing emails fail to reach the inbox, Now that may seem to be bad news. But, in fact, this figure is an improvement from 2017’s rate of 23%.
Not Time to Relax Quite Yet
But that doesn’t mean that marketers can’t afford to rest on their laurels. After all, there are still some verticals that are still experiencing poorer performance. So, to address this, Return Path has once again benchmarked its data [download page].
This recent study provides a host of updated yardsticks across several metrics that can act as indicators for sender reputation. And to see some highlights across these indicators, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 17 Apr
For Better ROI on B2B Webinars Don’t Overlook Low-Hanging Fruit
Some consider webinars to be a great tool for any stage of the buyer’s journey. When done properly they can be your best tool at a couple of points in the funnel. But, if you’re trying to use webinars to blast cold leads with boastful information about your product or company, you’re probably not going to get the level of attention and engagement you’re after.
Webinar Success Principle One: Teach. Don’t Preach
B2B webinars don’t have to be a lengthy sales presentation in disguise. And they don’t have to be boring or single-use content. To achieve a better return on investment, there’s plenty of low-hanging fruit to consider when you’re planning and putting together your webinar.
To learn how, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 16 Apr
8 Email List Building Tactics for Small Businesses Marketing Success
by Rukham Khan
The current competitive landscape dictates that to survive, you must keep growing. And, with that in mind, businesses of all types and sizes employ all sorts of strategies and tactics to sustain and even accelerate their growth.
Email: Still the Go-To Business Building Tool
Even after all these years, one of the most successful and proven methods for growing small businesses has been through email. But that means you need to do list building. We all know that having a quality email list offers lots of advantages. An good and receptive email list gives you direct access to the people who actually want to hear from your business.
But, that’s where the hard part comes in. Contrary to what you may think, building email lists for small businesses can be an inexpensive but effective strategy to grow your business. So, to help you get started, here are eight ways that you can build email lists to grow your small business at WordStream.com
- 15 Apr
New Webinar Benchmarks Study Gives Clues for Success
from Marketing Charts
As countless studies have demonstrated, webinars are a highly valued content format. This is especially true with B2B buyers and at various points in their ‘buyer’s journey’.
Once again, this year, ON24 has released its webinar benchmarks report [download page]. The report is based on an analysis of more than 22,000 webinars conducted on its platform in 2018.
But, Exactly How Do Webinars Perform?
Even though we accept that webinars, as a B2B content tool, work, there are still lingering questions that we all have. Like, what days of the week are most effective? Or, how about the length of the session? And what should we expect as a registration-to-attendance rate?
To learn the answers, and see some of the highlights of this study, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 13 Apr
Five Website Conversion Principles That Will Increase Your Lead Volume
One of the most critical elements of your landing pages and conversion paths is your form. Yep, you read that right. Your lead gen form acts as the main gateway between a user and you. And it can either keep the visitor a stranger to your company or help turn that visitor into a lead for your company.
A Bad Form Kills the Experience Your Landing Page Provides
And, as a result of a form that seems a chore to complete, it can kill conversions. After all, we know that buyers are becoming increasingly fussy.
Without a delightful and error-free experience with your brand or website, it’s likely you’re losing out on conversions, leads, and clients. In this article, Marcus Taylor gives us five conversion rate optimization (CRO) principles that will increase lead volume and help you surpass your lead-generation targets. So read the full article at MarketingProfs to learn them all.
- 12 Apr
Should B2B Marketers Gate Their Content? Or Not
from Marketing Charts
As the argument goes, . . . “to gate content only serves as a barrier to prospects.” And the response . . . “yes, but the content needs to work for me and I want to gain contact information.”
To Gate or Not to Gate. . . . That is the Question
It seems that some 44% of B2B companies gate content. But why is that the case? While it’s a safe assumption that it’s about acquiring more leads, there are also other benefits. This, according to a recent report [download page] from Walker Sands.
While it’s true that close to two-thirds of the B2B marketers surveyed for the report who gate content cited earning qualified leads as their reason for doing so, more than half said they used gated content to add prospects into an automated marketing program.
To see more of the data and insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 11 Apr
7 Ways to Upgrade Your Social Media Marketing Strategy Now
With more than three billion people now using social media every single day, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to your brand’s social media activities and status.
But this can be tricky when social media keeps changing. There have been a host of updates to social media platforms throughout 2018 and into 2019. There are also a ton of new trends that affect how users engage on these platforms. Each of these changes has been a catalyst for businesses to adjust their social media marketing strategies and tactics.
In order to stay competitive, you need to adjust your strategy, as well. In this article, Senior Outreach Specialist Tabby Farrar and Social Media Executive Mollie Hyde give us seven killer social media tactics that your social media strategy needs right now.
- 10 Apr
Four B2B Marketing Trends to Watch This Year
One of the promises of digital technology was to put an end to the dilema John Wanamaker faced almost a centry ago. He once mused that he knew that half of his marketing spend is wasted. But, he just didn’t know which half. So for B2B marketers, it’s not too much of a surprise that less than 4% of those surveyed for a report by Wpromote [download page] plan to reduce their digital budgets next year.
But What Are The Factors in Play?
There are some significantt trends that surfaced from Wpromote’s study. Most of which connect with other themes as featured previously on MarketingCharts and show a clear picture of the four B2B marketing trends that merit watching.
To these trends and some probing insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 09 Apr
How User Intent Affects Your SEO Performance: Intent-Based Keyword Research
by Inna Yatsyna
Early in the ‘era of search’ keyword research was quite a simple thing. All that was needed was to collect a wide range of all the words somehow connected with your content. And then, it would rank high. At the time, search engines’ algorithms were mechanical and robotic. So, looking for the pages relevant to queries, they relied on the number of similar keywords.
Times, They are a Ch, Ch, Ch, Changing . . .
Some of the newer technologies of machine learning now allow search engines to provide users with high-quality and relevant results based on their intent, not just on the words they use. That’s why building your SEO strategy around high-volume keywords doesn’t work anymore. Today there are loads of factors which matter for your website ranking and for traffic it drives. And user intent is one that matters significantly.
Well, what actually is user intent? And how can you use it? In this article, Inna Yatsyna takes a look at what user intent is, and how it should affect your keyword research. So to better understand it, and equip you to be able to develop your SEO and improve your content strategy, read the full article at Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 08 Apr
What Is Twitter and How Does It Work?
Now you may be thinking that it is a bit late in the game to be asking “what is Twitter and how does it work?” After all, Twitter, as a social networking site was launched way back in 2006. Today, it is undoubtedly one of the most popular social media platforms available. It boast 100 million daily active users and 500 million tweets sent daily.
But,Really, What is Twitter?
Twitter is a lot of things to a lot of people. It can be used to receive news, follow high-profile celebrities, or stay in-touch with old high school friends. And, it can be used for personal, business, religious and especially for political purposes. In fact, it can be used for a lot of good and even bad things.
But its popularity can be intimidating. And if you don’t know how to use Twitter by now, should you even bother trying to join the masses who’ve acquired years of experience on the site? Fortunately, Twitter is incredibly easy to use. And in this article at HubSpot.com, explores what Twitter is, who uses it, and how you can get started on the site, today.
- 06 Apr
How to Measure Event Marketing Performance and ROI
by David Becker
Event marketing has consistently grown in popularity over the past few years. Why is that? Well, it’s becuase they work well for attendees, sponsors and vendors. But, for most companies, they are often one of the biggest marketing expenses they have.
Why do so Few of us Actually Measure the Real Impact of Event Initiatives?
As is the case with accurately measuring any marketing program, it all begins with assigning the right metrics to your goals. But, before looking at the metrics and tools needed to measure success, you must have a clear vision on the outcome you want to achieve from your events.
In this article, David Becker from Marketo shares an ROI attribution model that will help you to more accurately measure the results from your events. So, to learn how it all works, read the full article on the Marketo Marketing Blog.
- 05 Apr
Which Types of B2B Influencer Content Do Buyers Find Valuable?
from Marketing Charts
We know from previous research that B2B leaders say content spurs their buying processes. In fact, almost all respondents to a new survey [access page] by Demand Gen Report and ON24, say they are now placing an even higher emphasis on the trustworthiness of the source of information for the content.
“TRUST” is Easy to Spell But Hard to Achieve
For those of us in the B2B content business, this means, using trusted influencers in a content campaign can prove fruitful. But what formats work best when running influencer campaigns? To see more of the data and to find out what works best, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 04 Apr
Google Shopping Ads Benchmarks for YOUR Industry
by Mark Irvine
We now know that, today, one out of three paid clicks on the SERP go to the shopping ads. And ecommerce advertisers know that they can’t miss the prime digital shelf that shopping campaigns
It is particularly difficult when you’re launching your first shopping campaign. It can be daunting to know whether you’re doing a good job. And many advertisers may be surprised to discover that their Shopping campaigns perform differently. Some may have different click-through rates, costs, and conversion rates from their search campaigns.
So how should you expect Shopping ads to perform in your industry? To see what he came up with and to get the benchmarks for your specific industry, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 03 Apr
The Beginner’s Guide to Facebook Ads for Entrepreneurs
There are a lot of benefits associated with being an entrepreneur. There’s thee freedom. The ability to work for yourself. The ability to scale something with your unique stamp on it. And, of course, the potential to reap a hefty percentage of the profit.
If There Were No Risk, The Rewards Would Mean Far Less
Less talked about are the growing pains inherent in striking out on your own to create something uniquely yours. Among those pains is de-coding the complex world of Facebook ads. And yet, those are often at the top of the list for entrepreneurs. Creating, maintaining, and growing a startup is one thing. But having the Facebook ads chops is something else entirely.
So, if you’re among that select group of pioneers, we’re going to show you how to do just that. This is your beginner’s guide to Facebook ads for entrepreneurs at WordStream.com
- 02 Apr
Most B2B Buyers Admit to Postponing Purchases. How Should Vendors Respond?
It seems that content marketing still has a lot of power in the market. In fact, according to Aberdeen report [download page], content ,in one form or another, kick-starts buyer journeys for about half of B2B buyers. But, still, they found that a substantial number of purchasing decisions don’t go anywhere. A whopping 53% of B2B buyers saying they postpone decisions on at least half of their purchases.
What is to Blame for These Stalled Decisions?
Many buyers appear to point the finger at the vendors, reporting that they cancelled or postponed a purchase because they saw no differentiation between solutions. And more than half claiming that no vendor met their needs. And, it also seems that buyers are not overwhelmingly confident that their needs have been clarified when they are involved in making a purchase.
The report suggests a number of remedies that vendors should consider to address this buying confusion. And to learn what they are and to download the original report, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 01 Apr
Digital Adoption 101: How To Reach Digital Marketing Nirvana With Your Business
by Zac Johnson
As the saying goes, today, the only constant is change. And, in the business world this can be a life-and-death matter. What can you expect to happen if your business doesn’t adapt to the changes within its own industry? Well, it’s probably destined to fail.
Is This Simply Deja Vu All Over Again?
This adaptation-fail is something we continue to see time and time again with offline businesses. Especially for those that never fully make the move to online. And for both B2B and B2C businesses, it’s important to make sure you aren’t just changing with industry trends and technology. You also need to make sure these advancements are actually working for you as well.
One clear observation that businesses of all types should be focusing their efforts on, is how this ‘brave new world’ of digital can be leveraged for their success. There is actually a term for all of this. It is called ‘digital adoption‘. To find out you can make all this work for your business, read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.