- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 23 Mar
What Are The Most Effective Email Re-Engagement Campaigns?
from Marketing Charts
Inspite of all the proclomations to the contrary, email remains the go-to marketing channel for many organizations. And that is with good reason. Study after study show that a vast majority of consumers prefer email for brand communications. And current projections indicating that by 2021, there will be more than 4.1 billion email users worldwide.
So, clearly, organizations must prioritize email to maintain its effectiveness. But simply becuase we have documented proof that email has worked well, doesnt mean it continues. As example, we know that engagement remains the key to getting email into subscriber inboxes. However, now we need to know exactly what it is that drives this critical factor in email success.
And that is exactly what this latest Return Path report [download page] looks into. Even with a high rate of effectiveness, marketers still must deal with inactive email subscribers. But more than half of respondents said they do not actively try to re-engage inactive subscribers. And of those who do create targeted campaigns for re-engagement, they reveealed that the path to re-engagement worked best with free resource offers.
To see more of the data, additional insights and to download the original report, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 20 Mar
10 Proven Content Promotion Strategies To Get More Traffic To Your Website
We’ve all heard it before, content is king. And most successful brands are already validating that statment. That is evidenced by the flow of unique and powerful content marketing campaigns. And really, there’s no wonder why they do it.
So Why Do They Do That? Becuase It Works
Research tells us that content marketing costs 62% less than traditional advertising channels. Additionally, it provides three-times as many results in terms of traffic and leads. And, as another study from Curata points out, 74% of companies say that content marketing is enhancing the quality and increasing the quantity of leads.
So, regardless of your business type and industry, you can leverage content to improve your brand’s awareness. develop a solid brand reputation, and eventually increase your leads and sales. All with content. And in this post from Jeff Bulla’s blog, Tiffany Harper sharies 10 proven content promotion strategies to improve your business’ exposure and performance. Read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 15 Mar
New Report: Impact of Original B2B Content – Builds Brand Trust
A newly released report from Vennli, which surveyed 100 senior-level B2B marketers on the role content strategy plays in building brand trust. And they found that, while third-party data from respected research firms have name recognition, it didn’t do much more. In fact, they found that it doesn’t do as much to create trust as first-party, original research.
This is likely because so many companies have access to the same material. And so it doesn’t carry the same weight as original research. In fact, original research, quotes from customers and comments from industry experts are top performers. They found that those are the top three elements in content that help build B2B brand trust.
It seems that a whopping fifty-seven percent of respondents named branded content as the best tool to build B2B brand trust. But there’s more to the report and to see some additional data and insights, read the full article at Chief Marketer.
- 14 Mar
New Data: B2B Leaders Say Content Spurs Buying Processes
from Marketing Charts
Content remains one of the most effective ways of initiating the buyer’s journey. Indeed, almost half of the more than 200 B2B marketing leaders who took part in a survey by PathFactory and Heinz Marketing said that their company’s buying process was initiated by someone on their team coming across a prospective company’s content they found interesting.
Content is The Spark That Lights the Fire . . .
In terms of acting as a catalyst to the buyers’ journey ran a close second. Discovering interesting content was second only to someone vocalizing a pain point or challenge that needs to be addressed. It’s often the function of content to address these pain points. However, close to half of the survey’s respondents said that one of the biggest issues they have with the content they receive is that it isn’t relevant to their pain points or challenges.
It’s true that content marketers experience challenges when it comes to procuring and utilizing their marketing data in order to tell the right stories. So what other challenges do marketing leaders experience with content? To find out read the full article at Marketing Charts.
- 11 Mar
Five Surefire Ways to Boost Your B2B Marketing Content’s Readership
Today there is an increasing importance and use of content marketing as a staple of B2B marketing. Plus, it is also fast becoming one of the top tools used by buyers in their purchase journey. But is the content you use really working? Probably not since only 20% of B2B marketers describe their approach to content marketing as “very successful,” according to a survey by MarketingProfs and Content Marketing Institute.
So, Why Is It Just Not Working Well?
That’s because, as the survey noted, over 83% of those on the receiving end of online marketing messages reported being overwhelmed by both the amount and the length of communications. So, what is the answer? How can you boost your B2B content readership?
In reality, its quite simple. If you want your B2B marketing content to gain readers, the first thing you must do is think like a journalist. And to learn how to do this for your content marketing program, read the full article at MarketingProfs
- 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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- 15 Feb
The Worst SEO Mistake You Can Make: Ignoring Content Distribution
Content marketing has been proven time and time again. But merely producing content doesn’t guarantee business or even marketing success. After all, there’s already too much content being produced.
How Can You Break Through This Content Overload?
Considering all the content is being produced, what can be done? Well, according to Moz, Kissmetrics, and Neil Patel, the answer is content distribution. This refers to the process of promoting content across paid or free channels. According to them, this help to increase your content reach. It can boost engagement, improve your SEO and grow organic traffic.
But where to start? And how to implement it for your content marketing? To find out, 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
- 06 Feb
The Psychology Behind Viral Marketing Videos
by Clifford Chi
In 2007, brothers Chip and Death Heath rose to prominance. They did that when their book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die climbed to the top of both The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
Their book was able to achieve this level of success because it taught their model for making ideas “sticky”. Or, in other words, how to make ideas digestible, memorable, and compelling, something we all want to do in our marketing. But, their ideas also explain a lot about the psychology behind what makes a marketing video go viral.
The Heath Brothers noticed that a “sticky” idea usually follows six principles. And by applying these principles to our marketing videos, they will become that ‘golden ticket’ to the viral video hall of fame. And to see some examples of how this works and some tips on how you can use them, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 04 Feb
Unleash the Power of Video Marketing for Your Business
by Mike Osborne
We all know that Creating online content is one of the best ways of reaching customers and improving visibility. And that’s because it simply works.
And you probably already have a social media presence on Facebook or Twitter, and possibly a blog as well. But if you really want to reach your target audience effectively and create an impression of your brand that lasts, you need to be using videos.
Video marketing has proven itself to be one of the most powerful methods of brand promotion there is. And here’s a look at why and how you can use it to your advantage at MarketingProfs.com
- 30 Jan
The State of Digital: Post Length and Publishing Frequency Trends
by Ayaz Nanji
Early in the evolution of online writing, the standard was to keep articles as brief as possible. Typically, the range that was considered a “best practice” was between 500 to 1, 000 words. But, the proportion of bloggers who typically write posts under 500 words has steadily declined since 2014. And this has happened at the same time as posts longer than 1,000 words has steadily increased.
The see the trend data, to download the original report and see more insights, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
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- 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.
- 16 Jan
Give Your Marketing Videos Maximum Reach With This Distribution Checklist
So you made an incredible video. Then you sent it out to your internal teams and encouraged sharing. Then you uploaded it to YouTube and waited for the marketing fame to roll in. But, unfortunately, each time you obsessively checked throughout the day, your view count wasn’t as impressive as you’d hoped.
Get Your Video The Attention It Deserves
First off, don’t stress, we’ve all done it. But after you’ve spent time, energy, and money to make really amazing video marketing, it’s all about actively making sure your videos get in front of your target audience.
Now, it’s time to make sure everyone sees your masterpiece. And to help you do that, here’s a checklist of key places to share your video marketing content every time you have something new. So read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 15 Jan
Direct Response Copywriting: How to Craft Copy That Converts
The No. 1 goal of the direct response copywriter is to write copy that converts. But direct response copywriting isn’t easy. The fundamental job of your copy and content is to drive conversions and sales. And that requires a savvy sense for your audience, a firm grasp on your value prop, and an arsenal of powerful writing tricks and techniques.
A recent infographic from Koeppel Direct shares some of those direct response copywriting secrets. And you can learn how to craft a killer direct response effort in no time, or at least how your favorite copywriters use their magic fingers to massage your leads into great customers.
- 09 Jan
How to Make Your Content Work Harder: Seven Fatty Phrases to Avoid in Your Writing
If you aspire to lean and confident writing in your marketing content, you’ll avoid populating your prose with superfluous words. Simply put, the most effective writing and communication uses every word communicate, not decorate.
For Leaner, Harder-Working Content, Write Less
As content marketers, we all tend to fall short of such lofty aims. “Make every word tell” is as good a principle for content marketers to follow. Because if we consistently make every word tell, our copy can’t help but have less flab and gab and more muscle and hustle. And that means more views, more reads, more shares, and, most important, more sales.
Here’s some great suggestions on how to write less but say more at MarketingProfs.com
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