- 07 Feb
B2B Video Content: Top Goals, Formats, Channels, and Challenges
by Ayaz Nanji
There are a lot of people and companies using video in their marketing now. For some it is because their competition is using it. Not wanting to be outdone, they use video in their marketing. However, the majority do so simply becasue it works.
But What is Working? What Are the Goals for Video Marketing?
According to recent research from Vidyard, in partnership with Heinz Marketing they asked these very questions. It seems that B2B marketers and salespeople are using video content primarily to build brand awareness. But, they are leveraging it more than ever to drive lead generation and to educate customers.
But, exactly what types of videos work best? What format? And what are the best channels to get your video noticed and seen? For the answers, and to learn the top goals, formats, channels and challenges of B2B video content, read the full article at MarketingProfs Blog.
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- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 26 Nov
The New 4Ps of Marketing and What They Mean to You
Back in college or at some point in your career, you learned about the 4Ps of marketing. As the old mantra goes, they are place, price, product, and promotion. Though nearly 60 years old, the 4Ps still hold weight today.
However, the marketing landscape has been undergoing drastic changes. And today, marketers must shift to an even more permission-based data strategy to fuel their personalized marketing strategies. That suggests a new set of the 4Ps of marketing.
Now Privacy, Permission, Personalization, and Performance (ROI) are the way forward for marketers looking to earn consumer trust and loyalty. To learn what these are and how to apply them in your business, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com.
- 07 Nov
Email Marketing Trends Report: Deliverability Remains A Challenge
from Marketing Charts
A new report [download page] from DemandMetric and Return Path, has some surprising state-of-email insights. It seems that an increased number of marketers say their email marketing effectiveness is holding steady. However, fewer are seeing any increase in its effectiveness.
It might be easy to assume that this performance plateau is due to the fact that email is a long-established channel. However, there are some key differences between sectors. Additionally there are some emerging challenges that are worth noting from the report.
Deliverability Become A Greater Issue; Getting Attention Still Tough
One key take-away is that email marketers still struggle at the inbox. They still need to get their emails into the inbox before they can achieve any other goal. And getting emails seen is a basic but pressing challenge considering that consumers say that few brand emails are even interesting enough to open.
For more of the data, insights and to download a copy of the original report, read the full article at MarketingChats.com »
- 05 Nov
7 Ways B2Bs Can Use Social Media to Boost Conversion Rates and Lead Gen
by Tessa Burg
Almost all companies recognize the importance of social media. But recognition isn’t the same as understanding. And there is a huge amount of confusion around its value as a B2B marketing opportunity. A lot of those companies tend to view social’s utility through a narrow and skeptical lens.
Most B2B companies don’t believe any B2C marketing strategies will work for them. And this attitude extends to the notion that B2C social strategies won’t work. Instead, they mistakenly use social platforms as real-time broadcast channels. So, they only post announcements or company updates.
That Strategy Misses One Vital Ingredient: Participation
Social media allows B2B companies an opportunity to show their expertise while participating in and adding value to a community. Done correctly, social can drive B2B lead generation and even conversions. To learn how you can begin to leverage social media, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 30 Oct
7 Things You Can Do Right Now to Boost Your Website Conversion Rate
When you think about it, there are a number of good reasons for creating, updating, and maintaining your business website. On the top of that list should be one important goal. Above all else, it should be able to acquire qualified leads and customers. Otherwise, if your business website fails to generate qualified leads and customers, it certainly is not working on behalf of your success.
Just Becase You Build it, Doesn’t Mean They Will Come . . .
And, not only do you need to build a great website, but you also need to constantly optimize the design, the content and the usability of your website in order to convert more of your visitors. And when you consider that the average website conversion rate is 2.35%, every website could do with a boost to improve results.
So, how can this be improved, you may ask. In this article from Jeff Bullas’ blog, Lilach Bullock shares with us 7 things you can start doing immediately to boost your website conversion rates. To learn how your business can capture more leads and customers through your website, read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 22 Oct
Avoiding Funnel Failure: 3 Tips for Lead Generation & Conversion
Lead generation is an expensive task for any B2B marketer. And understanding the nuances of each lead and how to replicate some level of success is as much art as it is science. Additionally, the pressure to both create and convert isn’t slowing down any time soon.
Which Came First, The Lead or the Conversion . . . ?
Today, balancing the demand for conversion and the importance of building meaningful customer relationships is an ongoing battle. However, the good news is that B2B organizations can implement a lead generation mindset. And they can create a framework that capitalizes on the opportunity to secure leads throughout each stage of the funnel.
To learn three practical tips for how marketers can drive leads, conversion rates, and bottom-line growth, read the full article on Chief Marketer.
- 16 Oct
Work Email Behavior: Time, Inbox, and Usefulness Trends
by Ayaz Nanji
Whether at work or at home, email has become the everpresent spectre of life. And it seems that we all have a persistent, almos compulsive, habbit of constantly checking for new email messges.
Times, They are a Changing . . .
However, that seems to be changing in today’s work world. It seems that workers are spending less time checking business as well as personal email. That is even though most still spend several hours each day sorting through their inboxes. This is according to recent research from CMO by Adobe.
Now this may simply seem to be an interesting factoid to see and forget. However, this fact is far more important that that, especially if email is the linchpin of your lead gen and marketing programs.
Survey respondents reported that they spend 209 minutes each day checking work email, on average. That is down from 256 minutes spent checking work email, in 2016. And this can have some serious implications in the world of email marketing.
To learn more about this trend, to see more of the data and to access the original report, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 15 Oct
Build a Cross-Channel Lead Generation Strategy in 4 Steps
by Brett McHale
Cross-channel marketing is an important element of your lead generation strategy. But figuring out the details isn’t always easy. It’s tricky to determine how to approach the relationship between each channel.
Questions. Questions. And More Questions.
And it doesn’t get any easier, especially if you’re considering all the relevant questions, such as, how much budget do I allocate to each channel? Or, how do I get the most out of each channel? and even, how can I better connect what we’re doing on Google to what we’re doing on Facebook?
Once you begin marketing on multiple platforms, it becomes apparent that certain strategies work for more than one channel. While others may only apply to one of them. So to help, Brett McHale brings us an easy to understand guide. With this guide, he walks us through four steps to create a strong cross-channel strategy so that you can get more out of each of your advertising channels.
- 08 Oct
The Top 5 Content Distribution Strategies to Extend Your Reach
Arguably, in almost every B2B segment content is essential. Google loves quality content. Your visitors love content. But it is a total waste of time and resources to simply write content for the sake of writing. So, not only do you have to produce quality content but you also need to adopt methods to distribute it.
Producing Content is One Side – Marketing it is Another
It is a lot of work to produce the type of high-quality content your visitors want and need. It takes a lot to create what gains their attention and engages them. But creating the content is only part of the equation for content marketing success.
And if you are currently creating and producing content and not getting what you need, it may be because you of one missing ingredient – a distribution strategy. In this article from Jeff Bullas’ Blog, Vartika Kashyap brings us a few tips about how to build a successful content distribution strategy.
- 01 Oct
Traditional Marketing vs. Digital Marketing: Why Not Both?
We all know that the rise in the importance of digital in our world has changed marketing. And that has resulted in an argument between traditional and digital marketing has evolved. But is it really an “either – or” decision?
First let’s take a look at what differentiates the two
Traditional marketing refers to any type of marketing that isn’t online. This means print, broadcast, direct mail, phone, and outdoor advertising like billboards. From newspapers to radio, this method of marketing helps reach targeted audiences. It is a form of “broadcast marketing” targeting a broad audience.
Inversely, digital marketing is … well … digital. Digital marketing is any marketing a company conducts online. This can be anything, such as paid social media ads, email marketing, and PPC advertising. And digital marketing has become wildly popular due to the cultural, technological, and societal shifts around us. And as the world becomes more digital, the way we market has evolved.
So, when trying to choose between traditional and digital marketing, why not look at both? The question shouldn’t be “To traditional market or to digital market?” Instead, try “How do we use both tactics to market effectively?” To learn how, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 18 Sep
How B2B Marketers Are Using Webinars and What’s Working Best
Marketers have found that webinars, as a form of event marketing, are one of the most successful top of the funnel demand generation tactics. And consequently, more than three-quarters of B2B marketers are using webinars as part of their marketing mix. This, according to new research [download page] from Demand Gen Report and GoToWebinar.
So, Webinars Are Still A Top Performer at Top-of-Funnel
The survey of B2B marketing practitioners reveals some significant trends. As example, they found that close to 4 in 10 of B2B marketers say that the quality of leads from webinars are higher than from other channels. And nearly half say that webinars provide better quality leads based on engagement.
The benefits do not stop with lead generation. Marketers also say that webinars provide them with the ability to obtain customer insights. And even more importantly, a large percentage of respondents also indicated that they’ve experienced a better conversion of leads to opportunities from webinars.
To see more of the data and insights, and to download the original study, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 13 Sep
Qualities of a Powerful Word-of-Mouth Marketing Strategy
You probably noticed it happen. It seems to have been an overnight sensation. One day, a product jumps into your consciousness and BOOM. They are huge! And it seems to have been instant success with absolutely no marketing effort. Right?
Watch Your Mouth There Young Fella . . .
Well, the cold, hard reality is far different than that. Any company that seems to have achieved remarkable growth may appear to done it with no marketing effort. And that is probably because their fame and fortune was won through word-of-mouth marketing. The fact is that the companies that benefit from word-of-mouth marketing appear to catapult from nothingness into fame and fortune.
And, this marketing strategy is appealing because it is relatively inexpensive. But successful word-of-mouth marketing takes work and serious marketing savvy. It means leveraging many components of inbound marketing like product marketing, content creation, and social media marketing.
And if you’re trying to achieve success a word-of-mouth approach, and you need inspiration, then read the full article at HubSpot.com to learn what it takes for word-of-mouth marketing success.
- 12 Sep
5 Inbound Lead Generation Strategies & How to Make Them Work!
Outbound marketing is a good way to get leads quickly. And it;s a fairly simple process. Just reach out, grab someone’s attention and BAM, a lead.
Well, it may not be quite that simple. And that’s for the reason that to do that, you need to be seen by a lot of eyes first. That gets very expensive. Add to that the fact that those eyeballs my not be aware that they want or need your product. And they may have never heard of you before and as is the nature of the market now, suspicious of your claims.
But what if, instead of pushing your offer onto people when they haven’t asked for it, you could use valuable content to draw them in, when they want to come to you? You can: It’s called inbound marketing.
Inbound marketing: What you need to know
Successful inbound marketing relies heavily upon quality content. That can be in the form of articles, emails, videos, podcasts, infograpchics, or e-books. However, the content landscape is getting more and more competitive. Why? Well mainly to its own success, it has driven a virtually unlimited amount of quality content out there. So much so that it is quickly becoming an unsustainable strategy. And that has meant that we have entered the age of the so-called content shock.
At least, that’s the opinion of Mark Schaefer, who argued way back in 2014 that content marketing is not a sustainable strategy and that we are actually in the age of what he called content shock. Now, to see what his conclusions are and to learn how this will impact the future or your program, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 05 Sep
The Complicated Relationship Between Social Media and SEO
by Kipp Bodnar
Inbound marketing is in the middle of an interesting evolution. While search has traditionally been a major source of traffic and leads for businesses leveraging online marketing, that is changing. Now, with the growth of social networks, social media marketing is becoming even more important.
But, Which is More Important?
The answer? Both can be key to your strategy. They both can, and should, work together. But the key to understanding how and why they need to work together is to think about the problem both search and social solve. They both offer information discovery. And, leveraging both strategies will give you more chances for audiences to discover your brand.
As a marketer, how can you integrate your efforts across both platforms? To find out and to learn how to apply this to your unique business environment, read the full article at the HubSpot Blog
- 29 Aug
3 Ways to Combine Social Media and PPC For More Conversions
- Aug 29, 2019
- Dan Hoff
- Lead Generation, PPC Strategies, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing
by David Zheng
Social media is home to billions of users worldwide. In fact, there are 2.62 billion, to be exact. And, on the other side of the dial, PPC has a proven track record. producing $2 for every dollar spent.
The problem? How can you leverage both?
Sure, you can run campaigns on Facebook or promoted posts on Instagram. Meanwhile, you can launch targeted search campaigns on Google. But, what if you could combine both, creating a seamless experience for users from start to finish?