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14 Brilliant B2B Marketing Strategy Guides

Webbiquity SMM

Much has been written about how the internet in general, and the explosion of content marketing in particular, has changed the nature of b2b marketing. Today’s  b2b buyers are typically  70% of the way through their purchase process  before they contact a vendor’s sales team. How should b2b marketers adjust their strategies to keep up with this evolution?

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20 Brilliant B2B Marketing and Digital Business Stats and Facts

Webbiquity SMM

B2B marketers today certainly live in “interesting times” (in the sense of the not-actually-Chinese curse ). Image Credit: B2B Marketing Insider. Here are four key takeaways from this research for B2B marketers: •  Sales people won’t disappear, but their role is changing, and many are struggling to adapt. 12 B2B Marketing Facts and Statistics. 1.

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5 Ways B2B Can Learn from B2C Marketers

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Buying Cycle Conversion Conversion Optimization Customer Customer Experience Personalization Strategy. And it’s obvious why: buying cycles are longer, buyer mentalities are different, and products typically require more investigation before a purchase. If you think about a typical B2B tech company, it likely has a product or service to offer, or even a blend of both.

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B2B Marketers Are Humans, Too

Convince & Convert

So why make a B2B ad that looks like B2C content? The answer is simple: B2B clients are consumers, too  (highlight to tweet). B2B marketers, however, are just as hungry for engaging messaging as their B2C counterparts and deserving of content that’s driven by utility and  enjoyment. Increasingly, B2B brands are taking this maxim to heart. The Value of Video.

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B2B Marketing is Becoming More Like B2C Marketing – Or is it?

Webbiquity SMM

B2B marketing has traditionally been viewed (correctly) as much different from the promotion of consumer products. Driven by shifting customer expectations and demands, “B2B vendors clearly feel that they need to evolve to more closely resemble their B2C counterparts,” according to recent research reported on by MarketingCharts. B2B buyers are people too.

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Why Social Media Matters for B2B Vendors

Webbiquity SMM

B2B marketing executives, however, tend to be a bit more skeptical. Though adoption is increasing, many b2b marketers still question the true effectiveness of social media for reaching business buyers. B2B products and services don’t generally make the same kind of emotional connection with buyers that consumer brands do, and tactics that work for b2c marketers (e.g.

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B2B Marketing Trends 2016-2020: Social Media Breakfast Wrap

Webbiquity SMM

What trends will drive B2B marketing over the next three to four years? Where should savvy B2B marketers invest their resources to optimize results over the next few years? The initial product of that research was the eBook, B2B Marketing Trends for 2016: 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In , previously summarized here. Paul ( #SMBMSP90 on Twitter).

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8 New B2B Video Content Marketing Trends

Convince & Convert

This is the sentiment that started the Vidyard Ignite conference – the first-of-its-kind event specifically designed to address the issues that B2B marketers face when it comes to creating video. B2B companies like to give the idea of “humor” in their marketing the brush-off. People buy products and services because they want to solve a problem. It’s About the Experience.

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7 Simple Secrets to B2B Lead Generation Titles that Convert like Crazy

Aggregage

That said, there’s no reason that B2B lead generation materials can’t push the title so that readers are intrigued and want to click. #2 Power Words. And you can find many examples of B2B lead generation pieces that take advantage of them: Get 5 Strategies to Simplify Your HR and Benefits Administration—and Love Your Work Again! Understand B2B Lead Generation Before You Regret.

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4 Fresh Trends in B2B Social Campaigns

Convince & Convert

Meanwhile, B2B marketers sat on the sidelines waiting for social campaign technology to deliver against their more sophisticated needs. In the B2B space, having people follow you is not enough. For B2B marketers, the promise of social is user data, and first generation social campaign technologies just weren’t delivering. In most B2B environments, one touch is not enough.

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B2B buyers and professional social networks in the purchase decision

Social Email Marketing

In case you believed we can forget about social media in marketing and business, here’s a wake-up call: according to the latest Social Buying Study from IDC, 75% (!) of B2B buyers “studied social media” to SUPPORT purchase decisions. Content marketing Research Social media marketing IDC LinkedIn Social Buying Study social networks

Six Surprising B2B Content Marketing Ideas

PWB Marketing Blog

One of the biggest challenges B2B marketers have is coming up with new content. Try these six surprising B2B content marketing ideas. Archer Technologies is an example of a B2B company that built their own community for customers to interact, share best practices, and provide feedback to help product development. So how do you find new content that engages audiences?

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Five Ways to Build Trust with B2B Customers

Spin Sucks

Not long ago, B2B companies thought customers wanted to buy from great companies. The purchase process may be more complex and the sales cycle may be longer, but what it comes down to is this: People buy from people. B2B companies have a great opportunity to openly share content that was once tightly held and carefully rationed only to top business prospects.

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An Agency that Embraces the PESO Model

Spin Sucks

Agencies Communication B2B CMO Google's Panda Marketing Directors online media buying agency Panda algorithm PESO model PR PR firm PR managers PR programs SEO expertize social media experts ThreepipeWe could talk about the PESO model until we're blue in the face, but it's totally different to execute it. Here is Jim Hawker from Threepipe in the U.K.

The B2B End Around

Waxing UnLyrical

Whether it’s marketing or public relations, I often have people tell me: “It’s different for me. I’m in B2B, not B2C. But there’s another way, which can work for many B2B’s and it’s what I call the “B2B end-around.” You spend a lot of time calling on the business, trying to get them to buy your product. The B2B End Around. Guest post by Ken Mueller. Horsefeathers!

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Seven Habits of Highly Effective B2B Websites

PWB Marketing Blog

Are you thinking about building new B2B website or maybe making a small tune-up? Redesigning a B2B website can seem like a daunting task. We’ve built B2B websites since 1998. Covey, the following are seven habits of highly effective B2B websites. 1.     Design for Humans. The top B2B marketers have a call-to-action on every landing page.

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10 Social Lessons for B2B Companies

Simply Measured

The social media landscape is ever-changing, and so is the way people are making buying decisions. Here are ten social lessons for forward-thinking B2B companies. 1. understand that being in the B2B space makes it difficult to show real images, so when the opportunity does arise, take full advantage of it. 10 Tips for Increasing Brand Engagement on Instagram Download.

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What Does B2B Social Media Success Look Like?

Webbiquity SMM

It’s not that B2B companies aren’t finding success in social media marketing, but more (in my experience at least) that they are less willing to publicly reveal their strategies for competitive reasons. Recently, that’s begun to change a bit as blogs like TopRank and Marketo have highlighted b2b social media success stories. Objectives. Leads and new business.

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How B2B Social Network Enhance Your Business Brand

Social Media Marketing

So, if you are the one who has a great desire to do so, then B2B social network is a great place to start, especially for those who are new to the world of internet marketing. Even if you are an experienced internet marketer, then also for selling your product, the B2B social network will definitely help you to achieve a great visibility for internet with B2B networking sites. One of the biggest advantages that you could have with a B2B social network for business is that it will give you a customer base that eventually grows in a very little time and effort on your part.

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5 best growth marketing strategies for B2B

Socialmedia.biz

Target audience: Businesses, brands, B2B marketers, agencies, SEO specialists, entrepreneurs. B 2B marketing continues on its torrid pace: The sector grew by 17 percent last year and continues to attract new businesses and customers. B2B includes not just blogs but videos, whitepapers, infographics, research reports and gamification. B2B Social marketingPost by Michael Gorman.

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How to Translate B2B Best Practices Into B2C Marketing Strategy

Convince & Convert

Ask marketers to compare B2B and B2C, and many will tell you they’re opposite sides of the same marketing coin. Generally speaking, B2C teams don’t use CRM or sync up with their marketing automation systems as much as a B2B team will. One obvious reason is that the B2C lead life cycle is rarely as persistent and long as the B2B cycle. Image via Big Stock Photo. Qualify Leads.

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Need More B2B Sales Leads? Ignore This Research

Webbiquity SMM

While the findings are interesting and no doubt reflect the experience of many b2b marketers, it’s crucial not to misinterpret the results. study from Siriius Decisions found that b2b buyers are typically 70% of the way through their purchase process before they contact a vendor’s sales team. Company websites: these are of course at the core of digital marketing.

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Social Media and B2B – How To Gain Awesome Leads

SocialFish

———– One of the biggest problems for B2B businesses is gaining more leads. This is especially a problem when you are advertising online, there are a number of things that B2B companies need to worry about that normal companies can ignore. For instance one of the biggest struggles that B2B companies have is just getting in communication with a decision maker.

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10 Facebook Tips Every B2B Marketer Should Know

PWB Marketing Blog

Are you one of the 41% of B2B companies acquiring customers through Facebook? Try these 10 quick tips to improve your B2B Facebook Page. Know your buyer personas and their buying process, then develop content (white papers, ebooks, webinars, etc.) around each stage of the buying cycle. What do the best B2B Facebook pages have in common? B2B Internet Marketing B2B Social Media Facebook Industrial MediaIf not, don’t be discouraged. All you might be missing is just a simple fix. Post on Facebook three to five times a week. Don’t feel overwhelmed!

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The Two Core Elements of B2B Social Media Marketing Success

Webbiquity SMM

Of course, in the B2B realm, your content should be targeted at addressing a specific question or concern of a specific type of buyer at a specific stage of the buying cycle (e.g. Remarkable: ask yourself—if I were on a buying team that was evaluating my product or service, is this a piece of content that I would feel inspired to pass along to other members of the team? Content is like singing a song. Amplification (done well) is like singing that song into a microphone. On American Idol. Late in the season. Case studies. Video. Podcasts. Presentations. Blog posts.

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Why You Should Encourage Social Advocacy among B2B Employees

SocialFish

80% of B2B buyers are spectators, reading blogs, watching videos and witnessing discussions without actually participating (Source – Top Rank ). The first step is to get the buy-in from a small, but influential team within the company. Guest post by Daniel Kushner, CEO of Oktopost.com. ” – Neal Schaffer, Maximize Social Media. Source: Holtz ). Source: shankman.com).

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11 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2011

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Around this time last year I wrote about the 10 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2010 and while I would say 7 out of 10 have already materialized and the others are on their way. So that begs the question – what’s on the horizon specifically for B2B Marketers next year? Here are 11 concrete ways I think the environment in which B2B Marketers operate will evolve in 2011. Enjoy!

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Secret to a Killer B2B Social Media Program

PWB Marketing Blog

The secret to a killer B2B social media program is to have a content marketing strategy that defines your company’s buyer personas and their buying process. Content should be built around the different stages of the buying cycle. Valuable B2B content can include white papers, industry research, etc. B2B Social Media Content Marketing Demand Generation Facebook Media

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B2B: Involve Your Sales People in Social Media Marketing and CRM Now

Conversionation

In many B2B companies, especially those with a longer sales cycle (or buying cycle if you will), there is at least one division where employees meet customers and prospects without sitting behind their computers and campaign or CRM dashboards all the time: sales. B2B Customer service Sales Social CRM Social media marketing lead management OgilvyOne sales social media marketing

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How to Create Customer Personas for Your B2B Marketing

Convince & Convert

In 2007, she started her own business creating a career out of her passion: helping B2B companies tell better stories around their complex sales, build great personas, and develop content marketing strategies that actually turn prospects into buyers and convince customers to stay. Why your personas are critical to the complex B2B sell. It’s All About the Customer. Who cares?

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Facebook Advertising Tricks for B2B Marketers

Buzz Marketing for Technology

After 9 years of Search Engine Marketing – I think it is safe to say any keyword you are going to buy is maxed out when it comes to the Google AdWords auction process. This is why today on Facebook seems so familiar to me – while the buying process is less about keywords and more about precise targeting – the costs seem awfully familiar. Go big and go broad with the Job Titles.

Why Your B2B Social Media is Failing (And What to Do About It)

PWB Marketing Blog

Are your B2B social media efforts failing? We know the biggest reasons B2B social media efforts fail and what to do about it. What to do about it:  Develop a social media strategy that aligns with buyer personas and their buying process. Content should be built around the  different stages of the buying cycle. Do Social Media B2B the Right Way. Don’t give up.

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A Quick Guide to Creating a Great B2B Website in 2015

SocialFish

But as the target markets of B2C and B2B are considered to be worlds apart, designers often place them at odds with one another. While B2B websites need to be detail oriented, informative and professional, they still cater to businesses that rely on consumers. Business customers tend to approach purchase decisions with a level head and are generally immune to making impulse buys.

How to Combine Social Media and B2B Marketing Automation

Convince & Convert

When you are a B2B company with a product that has an extended buying cycle, it can be difficult to know how and when to engage with your clients through social media. Divide and Conquer. Marketing automation can ease this burden by keeping your brand in the minds of your consumers while they are between purchases. Neil is a great example of this two-part social plan at work.

21 Things to Know When Pricing a B2B Website

PWB Marketing Blog

Pricing a website – whether B2B or B2C – really comes down to outlining a clear scope of work for the project. Pricing a B2B website is different than B2C because business audiences’ needs and buying behaviors are different. For example, your B2B site may likely feature a white paper library versus an online retailstore. Many factors influence the price of a website.

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Why it’s easier for B2B to measure content marketing

Convince & Convert

You know when somebody buys. This is the seventh in a series of videos culled from an interview about content marketing I did with Terry Foster of Cision Canada. Cision (the USA version) is also a sponsor of Convince & Convert and our Social Pros podcast. here’s a post I wrote about their nifty content amplification tool ). They might. They might not.

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Nine B2B Marketing Lessons from College Visits

Webbiquity SMM

One advantage that university marketers have over their most of their b2b counterparts in optimizing their programs is scale; colleges can learn from and fine-tune their messages and marketing processes based on thousands of interactions each year. Only the largest b2b enterprises approach that level of sales activity. Provide prospects with a “guided tour.”

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The social media strategy series: Getting Buy In « The Cube

Gemma Went

Skip to content The Cube Home About us Speaking/Training Contact us Pitch us Subscribe The social media strategy series: Getting Buy In 28/07/2010 tags: social media business case , social media buy in , social media strategy by Gemma Went Photo by by renaissancechambara Welcome back to the second in my social media strategy series. This, my friends, is the tricky part. Twitter?

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Why a B2B Brand Is Experimenting With Snapchat

Convince & Convert

With a blog that receives 30,000 unique visits each month and an initial snap that got 20,000 views overnight, she is working proof of the success potential within B2B social. “I go door-to-door, and I provide a business case as a form of cookies for people to buy, in the form of a pixel tool.” Connecting the Dots. In This Episode. Quotes From This Episode. Resources.

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Media Fragmentation: 3 Strategies For How Business Marketers Can Keep Up

The Realtime Report

For example, research shows that B2B decision makers today use an average of 10 different sources when making purchase decisions about complex, enterprise-wide technology solutions. This media fragmentation has also affected business buying behavior. Easier access to more information brings new decision-making functions into focus and adds layers to the buying process.