- 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
- 02 Mar
Use Customer Journey Mapping to Transform Frustration Into Conversion
For most businesses, it is difficult to see your product from your customers perspective. We all tend to be too obsessed with all the bells-and-whistles of the backend. And we tend to neglect to consider customer experience. As a result, we end up ignoring how the customer views us and our products.
If Only There Were a Magic Mirror . . .
Customer Journey Mapping is fundamentally designed to address that very issue. It is a tool that can give companies the ability to get a customer’s eye view of the user experience. Therefore, building a Customer Journey Map is important. It can help you to know how your business works. And it can help to spot potential weaknesses and allocating resources more effectively. Plus, it will even help to constantly improve and streamline your customer service.
But, building a Customer Journey Map doesn’t need to be a complex process. And it can be simple, and to see just how easy it can really be, read the full article on JeffBullas’s Blog.
- 18 Feb
The Ultimate Guide to Relationship Marketing
There is power in relationship marketing. By now, that should be a given. But, it all starts by offering customers unparalleled levels of service. And, rewarding long-term customers.
Its all about demonstrating a true desire to cultivate a deeper relationship with your audience. And done right, it can mean spending less acquiring new customers. Then, its existing customers that are doing the heavy-lifting for you.
But What is Relationship Marketing?
Relationship marketing is a different type of marketing. It’s one that focuses on cultivating a relationship with customers that is deeper and more meaningful. It is designed to ensure long-term satisfaction and brand loyalty. And, it’s focus is on delighting your customers for the long-haul.
So, let’s take a look at some relationship marketing examples. And then explore how you can implement a strong relationship marketing strategy in the full article at HubSpot.com
- 13 Feb
The Ultimate Guide to Crowdsourcing
by Clifford Chi
Crowdsourcing. You’ve probably heard the phrase but wondered what it is. Or you may have read about some uses but didnt quite think that it was a business tactic you could use.
So, What is Crowdsourcing?
When businesses crowdsource, they ask the public for ideas, information, and opinions to help them craft better products and services. By crowdsourcing, companies can tap into a huge group of people’s expertise and skill sets.
And, How Does it Work?
As an example, companies can also crowdsource on social media. They can use this to gauge people’s opinion on their new product releases or updates. So to help you fully grasp the concept of crowdsourcing, here are some concrete examples of the practice in action at HubSpot.com
- 08 Feb
How Neuromarketing Could Revolutionize Marketing
by Clifford Chi
With the rise of digital media, the entire marketing landscape has shifted. One advantage over ‘traditional marketing’ is the ability to measure a campaign’s performance. But even with all of these metrics, we still can’t measure what is arguably the most crucial indicator of a campaign’s performance. And that is emotional resonance. But what if we could actually measure emotional resonance?
This is Where Neuromarketing Comes In
Neuromarketing is a blend of neuroscience and marketing designed to help brands gauge the emotional resonance of their current and future marketing campaigns. And even though we live in an age of data overload, where you can measure almost anything, we still are still not able to accurately gauge the most important element of your marketing campaign — its ability to make your audience feel something.
Fortunately, the neuromarketing space is rapidly evolving, and its technology is becoming more affordable and practical for marketers. And, hopefully leading to its mainstream use tomorrow. To learn how this can impact your marketing, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 26 Jan
The Purchase Influencer Hierarchy: Friends & Family &, Online Influencers &, Celebrities
Influencer marketing content can certainly hold sway over consumers, in particular youth. But that doesn’t appear to have nearly the same power as a recommendation from a trusted friend or family member.
Now, This is Information Influence Marketers Need
In fact, a recent study from SurveyMonkey arrived at some interesting indications. They found that US consumers are more than 5 times as likely to have made a big purchase due to a recommendation from a trusted friend or family member than as a result of seeing an online influencer own or endorse the product/service .
It is interesting to note, though, that online influencers appear to have more, shall we say, influence, than traditional celebrities. To see more of the data, observations and to download the original report, read the full article at Marketing Charts
- 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.
- 19 Jan
7 Digital Marketing Trends To Watch Out For In 2019
At this point, the digital marketing landscape has been disrupted so much that what was effective just a few years ago is now old hat. One example is that posting content to social media. It used to be that was all you needed to grow a following.
What Was Once Old is
New Again. . . Still Old
However today, customer interactions come at a premium. And if you aren’t wowing your customers or starting a real conversation with them, you’re falling behind the curve.
While some businesses are on the cusp of the latest marketing trends, many others are still playing catch-up to what was hot a few years ago. So, if you still feel like your head is spinning from 2018, this year promises to be even more disruptive. And it isn’t just new technologies that are changing the game.
Here are 7 of the most important digital marketing trends to watch out for in 2019 on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 07 Jan
The Bandwagon Effect: 5 Ways to Use the Power of the Crowd to Supercharge Your Conversions
We‘ve all heard it before. It is a well-worn phrase.
But, what exactly is the Bandwagon Effect?
It refers to people’s propensity to do something based upon a “follower principle.” They do it because a lot of other people are doing it. And, this is regardless of whether what is being done aligns with their original beliefs.
The bandwagon effect has been shown to be extremely powerful. Its effect has been observed in politics, public policy, and marketing. And countless studies have shown that the bandwagon effect influences people’s willingness to not only use an item but to also pay more fore it.
So, how do you leverage the bandwagon effect to boost your conversions? Here are some ideas at HubSpot.com
- 20 Dec
Scarcity Marketing: How to Make More by Making Less
by Chris O’Keef
As marketers, every day we aspire to put our products and services in front of as many eyes as possible. But if what if we go in the other direction? What if you hide your product from the world? If you make it hard to get? If you don’t make enough? What if you create friction? What if we introduced scarcity into our mix?
What is scarcity marketing?
Scarcity marketing is the idea of limiting the supply of a product. It is something that works, simply because it takes advantage of the human desire to have what you can’t get. So, it creates demand through mystique and enticement.
So, now that we’re clear on what scarcity marketing is, let’s dive into some examples of businesses in a few different industries using this principle successfully. Read the full article at WordStream.com
- 12 Dec
Four Steps to Ensure Your Email Campaigns Work
by Nora Snoddy
A common fallacy regarding email programs is that once you set them up, you’re done. The idea is that they are, and should be, self-sustaining. But, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Your email marketing demands regular maintenance. It needs consistent attention. And it needs a persistent desire to create a more meaningful connection between brand and customer. Those are prerequisites to a successful and profitable email program.
But How Can You Get There?
Make sure your email campaigns actually work as you’d like them to. Take these four steps outlined at MarketingProfs.com
- 11 Dec
5 Steps to Grow Your Small Business with Cold Email
by Sujan Patel
Cold email shouldn’t be confused with spam emails. Spam emails are sent to countless addresses at once, without researching the relevancy of the recipient or confirming that the email address itself even exists.
In contrast, a cold email is generally sent to a qualified prospect. And that means that at least some research has been done on whether the recipient is a fit. And that email address has been confirmed.
But does cold email work? And is it worth it? In short: Yes.
89% of marketers say that email is their primary channel for lead generation, and for good reason. Cold email is an awesome tool for all businesses because it’s affordable, scalable, and effective. These benefits are even more apparent for small businesses. So, here’s how small businesses can start leveraging cold email to grow their business in five simple steps at WordStream.com
- 06 Dec
How to Heat Up Marketing Impact With Data-Driven Personas
A customer persona is a figurative sketch of an audience segment. Marketers rely on those personas to define customers and their needs. Then they can meet those needs and wants. And, when you’re smarter about your audience’s needs and behaviors, you can meet those needs more effectively. Thats where a customer persona can help.
But The Bad News Is . . .
However, the problem is that too many marketers are still relying on traditional personas even though consumer behavior has evolved far beyond such tidy categories. And as a result, the relationship between brands and consumers has become stunted.
That’s where a data-driven approach to personas can make all the difference. And to learn how to go beyond the limits of traditional marketing personas, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 05 Dec
How to Create a Buyer Persona That Works
No matter what you do for a living, you have customers. And odds are you want more of them. But every customer is not equally valuable to your business. And every potential customer out there does not want to buy what you sell or buy it from you.
You Need to Truly Deep Understand Your Best Prospects
The easiest way to develop that deep understanding of your best prospects is to think about the current customers you have. And, then identify what common traits they share. This is the start of building a persona. These are the people who you are most likely to delight over and over again.
The more detailed and realistic your persona is, the stronger tool it will become for you. Then you can let your personas guide your language, channels, and key messages. So, to learn how to How to create a buyer persona, read the full article on McLellan Marketing Group.
- 20 Oct
How to Create a Video Marketing Strategy
Before you add video to your marketing arsenal, you need a strategy that goes beyond simply creating and uploading videos. Your video strategy should address why you’re making them, for whom you’re making them, and how they will help you reach your goals.
Your Strategy is The Road, Not the Destination
Your strategy will evolve over time, so it’s not crucial to get it perfect at the onset. What you do need is enough of a framework to get started in the right direction. Then it will begin to have purpose and not just be another tactic.
Here are five steps to help ensure your video marketing strategy is purposeful at MarketingProfs.com
- 06 Oct
Publishers: Don’t Just Focus on Platform Traffic
from Marketing Charts
Earlier reports indicated that Google has taken the lead over Facebook as a referral traffic source to online articles. But, recent data from Parse.ly [see original data]indicates that publishers shouldn’t focus solely on search and social.
Surprisingly, the study indicated that search and social media combine for just under half of traffic to articles. And while that is impressive, it also means that owned and operated channels provide slightly more than half of traffic.
So, what was the single most prominent way that readers find articles, besides search? To learn what it was, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com.
- 04 Oct
The Secret to Account Based Marketking Success
You’ve probably seen the reports, case studies, and testimonials about the advantages of account-based marketing (ABM). But let’s be honest: Although some marketers are successful with ABM, many struggle to achieve its promised value.
Implementing a successful ABM program is a big, complex job. And it requires a whole new way of thinking and new set of processes. After all, ABM is about more than working with Sales, defining a list of target accounts, and creating campaigns. The essence of ABM is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the account persona and to engage based on that understanding.
But, how can you make that happen? That can happen only if you have an account PI on the job. And to see how to put all the pieces together for your ABM success, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 13 Sep
The Ultimate Guide to Viral Campaign Success
In spite of what we may want for our content, there is no guaranteed way to ensure your content goes viral. But there are certain steps you can take to give your marketing campaign the best chance at success.
We All Want Campaigns to go Viral, But . . .
Many marketers hope for a campaign to go viral — meaning it’s recognized, widely-accepted, and influential. And, for something to actually go viral, it needs to be shared over and over again. So, this means you and your company need to share the content first in as many places — and in as many ways — as possible.
But, still, there’s no guaranteed formula. Then, you need to make it easy for your audience to share it as well. And to see how this is done, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 30 Aug
20 Call-To-Action Phrases That Will Boost Conversion Rates Fast
by John Vuong
When it comes to conversion optimization, you can never underestimate the power of a great, targeted call to action phrase. And, we all are constantly on the outlook for that new “silver bullet” phrase. But, are we all missing something? There may be a lot of ways to improve your conversion rates through some simply tweaks to our CTAs.
Targeted call to action phrases work, and it has been proven. HubSpot recently found that there’s a significant increase in conversions with targeted call to action phrases. Or what they call Smart CTAs rather than the run-of-the-mill call to action phrases.
It is because of targeted call to action phrases that we can actively engage visitors to act on a desired action on a website. Sounds rather easy, doesn’t it? But we know it’s complicated, right? So, to see all 20 Call-To-Action Phrases That Will Boost Conversion Rates Fast, read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 27 Aug
The Ultimate Guide to Marketing Trends in 2018
by Allie Decker
Marketing moves at the speed of light. At least it feels that way when you’re brainstorming a new campaign or strategy. And then, all of a sudden, a new statistic or technology release changes everything.
Ch. . . ch. . . ch . . . Changes . . .
On a yearly, quarterly, and even monthly basis, new trends and techniques pop up. And invariably, it will transform the way we attract, connect with, and market to our audiences.
But simply keeping up with the changes isn’t quite enough. To succeed in this fast-paced marketing world, you have to stay ahead of the game. That’s why the people over at HubSpot created a great guide to help. So, get the full report at HubSpot.com