- 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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- 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
- 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
- 02 Feb
The Importance of Using Social Media in B2B Advertising
Most marketers are aware of the value of social networks in B2C campaigns. However, they often overlook social media as a useful part in B2B advertising. But, dispelling the myth that social media cannot be a utility for B2B advertisers starts with understanding the role social plays.
Facebook, Instagram Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn Too?
Each social media platform has a place and purpose in B2B brand building. After all, business decision-makers have social lives and social accounts, too. We can assume that users may not immediately be in a business mindset when using Facebook or Instagram. But, with tailored content that serves as an introduction can unobtrusively spark interest.
Now, to learn how to do that, read the full article at TargetMarketingMag.com
- 25 Jan
Do You Subscribe to the Subscription Service Trend?
Today you can subscribe to pretty much anything. You can subscribe to razors, or dog toys and clothes. And you can even subscribe to cosmetics, or ingredients for a complete dinner or fine wines.
On the B-to-B side, there’s Leadership-in-a-Box, Mentor-in-a-Box and many more. But dont think that it’s all consumable products. Now Porsche even has its own subscription offering.
This whole move is a fascinating cultural shift and it’s worth thinking more about, in terms of how we go to market with our products and services. But, what are the elements that make a subscription model work? To learn what they are, read the full article at the McLellan Marketing Group Blog.
- 23 Jan
Emotions Matter: Why Your B2B Marketing Must Connect Before It Can Convert
Do Emotions really matter in a B2B purchase decision? Or is it always simply a matter of logic and not emotions?
“Just the facts ma’am. Nothing but the facts . . .”
For B2B marketing, the trick is in making an emotional connection without making your case emotionally. We can’t “chew the scenery,” so to speak. We simply don’t have an audience that is as passionate about our services as consumers are about trucks or chocolate or puppies and kittens in need of forever homes … But we do need to make sure we’re connecting with our audience on a level other than “just the facts, ma’am.”
Even with the necessity of a more restrained approach, we do need to create opportunities for our prospects to feel their decision rather than just think it. How do we do this? To find out read the full article at TargetMarketingMag.com
- 21 Jan
Is Gating B2B Content Still Important in 2019?
Even today, the debate rages on. But, despite the debates, in many organizations, gated B2B content is still critical to a successful digital marketing strategy.
For marketing to work in today’s digital environment, we need to bear in mind that today’s audience is far smarter. And they’re on to us as marketers. They know that when there is a form in front of content, their information is going into a database. So, this means we have to be better at what we provide as gated content.
Remember that gated content is a value exchange between you and the visitor. This value is the opt-in and their email is the currency. And this initial content offer is also a promise. It’s a promise of the level of value they can expect to receive from you as members of your database. . .
To learn more, read the full article on Chief Marketer.
- 14 Jan
How to Make an Effective Testimonial Video: A Step-by-Step Guide
By now, we are all aware that videos in marketing are highly effective. But, you may not know that there are a number of different types of marketing videos you can use. And each type has a specific focus, intent and funnel application.
One Highly Effective Application for Video is for Testimonials
Testimonial videos are a type of marketing videos that are perfect for the decision stage of the buyer’s journey. It is at this very point when prospects are aware of and want to solve a problem. And now they are looking for information to help them make up their minds. Help them begin to choose you.
An effective testimonial video can be the final push that sends them through your sales funnel. We know through research that fully 82% of people conduct research online prior to making a purchase decision. So shouldn’t you learn how to make an effective testimonial video? You can at MarketingProfs.com
- 11 Jan
Email Benchmarks: Almost Half of New Subscribers Churn Within A Year
from Marketing Charts
According to a recent study on subscriber engagement from Return Path [download page], on average, 44% of new subscribers will churn within 12 months. And this means that close to half churn within the first year of being on a list,.
The study did show the importance of engaging customers as soon as possible. If contact is made in the first month, just over a third of subscribers to program email lists are lost. And that makes Welcome campaigns even more critical to email program success.
To see more of the data and insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 28 Dec
Six Lead Generation Tactics to Use in Your Social Media Channels
by Anna Clarke
We all seem to fully accept that social media is now a constant part of our lives. We use it to keep up with friends, relatives and social trends.
Business Are Getting More and More Social Too
But as a business, social media is slowly being seen as an effective tool as well. Not simply to keep up with the social picture of your community. Rather as a tool to gain business. In fact, social media can be an excellent channel for engaging with potential customers. Used intentionally, it can also facilitate lead generation.
According to a recent HubSpot study, companies can get as much as 4.5 times more leads through the use of social media simply by increasing the frequency of posts. However, apart from posting more often, your content still must be engaging and relevant. And, there are a number of other ‘best practices’ that you need to keep in mind in order to find business success on social media.
To see what they are and how you can use them to generate more leads, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 10 Dec
How Marketers Are Using Video In 2018
from Marketing Charts
Video continues to be viewed enthusiastically by marketers. Now 83% are reporting that video content is becoming increasingly important to them. This according to the latest “State of Video Marketing” report [download available] from Demand Metric and Vidyard.
Both B2B and B2C Marketing Are Seeing The Benefits of Video
But, what is behind this migration to video? For one, the majority of marketers believe that video converts better than other forms of content. Previous stats from Vidyard show that video completion rates are also on the rise. Plus, these upbeat figures are likely partly a result of B2B buyers watching more video as well. We know that consumers tend to find video more engaging than other forms of content. And it’s very possible that B2B consumers are alike in that regard.
- 04 Dec
New Report: Content Strategies for Better SEO
Content marketing is no longer the shiny new object. Those who have caught on are no longer asking “should we do this”. Rather, they are asking “how do we really dig in and get results?”
It seems that content marketing has matured. And the one most convincing pieces of evidence of this maturation comes from a report [download available] just released by the Content Marketing Institute. In cooperation with MarketingProfs, they surveyed a broad range of B2B content marketers across the United States.
In the 2018 results, and the insights they provide, offer some key characteristics of the more successful marketers. To see what they are read on and consider how your organization stacks up against your peers.
- 03 Dec
A Surprising Cold Email Practice That Works
Increasingly, clients are opening emails based on curiosity about what’s inside the email — not anticipation of value they’ll receive. Likewise, prospects are replying to cold messages based on curiosity, not value received in the message. Nor, for that matter, in anticipation of the value in a meeting.
Great. But How Does This Work?
Instead of asking for a meeting, help prospects ask you for a discussion by piquing their interest in one. Not by offering value. But, rather, by being vague. Simply pique their interest in a discussion.
This helps your message stand out from the pack. It’s unusual in how it breaks the typical cold email best practice (pushing value) pattern. And to see how to put it to work for you, read the full article at TargetMarketing.com
- 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.