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Infographic: B2B content marketing trends

Sherrilynne Starkie

Despite continued economic uncertainty, nearly half of B2B marketers plan to increase their marketing spend this year. Why Visual Content and Marketing Go Hand in Hand [Infographic]. Content Marketing Tips: 10 Tips and Tricks for Creating Content. Featured Headline Marketing Content marketing infographic Information graphics Source: Ambassador.

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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 ). While search, social media, ecommerce and content marketing have dramatically altered the roles of buyers and sellers, a number of traditional channels (that is, pre-dating millennials) remain highly effective. Image Credit: B2B Marketing Insider. Not quite.

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Social Media is Key to B2B Content Marketing [Report]

Pamorama

91% of B2B marketers now use social media as a content marketing tool. B2B marketers are distributing their content on social networks more than ever before. The core of this content strategy is the belief that buyers will be driven to do business with you if you provide valuable information to them on an ongoing basis.

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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. In less than a generation, information has gone from being scarce to overabundant. Today’s  b2b buyers are typically  70% of the way through their purchase process  before they contact a vendor’s sales team.

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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. Multimedia content, including video.

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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). In their haste to produce marketing messages that demonstrate the value of their products and services, many companies default to the text-heavy, jargon-loaded, spec-focused content they relied on in the analog days. Image via Microsoft Stories.

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2013 B2B Marketing Priorities [Study]

Puzzle Marketer

Towards the end of 2012, Software Advice , CMO.com , and Eloqua teamed up to ask marketing professionals their priorities in 2013.The study titled B2B Demand Generation Benchmark Surve y, gives marketers a complete view of the current status of the marketing sphere as well as a look at what’s to come. Special thank you to Holly Aker for helping me compile the content in this post.

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Four Ways to Optimize Content for B2B Search

Spin Sucks

Not long after that article, CNET published a story about how Google plans to penalize “over-optimized” sites to make it fair for sites that produce high quality content which may not be optimized for search. The focus of B2B content is to educate potential buyers and inspire them to action. B2B organizations invest in content production primarily for lead generation.

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Using YouTube for B2B

SocialFish

The site’s content ranges from official music videos to homemade cat clips, with so much in between. And despite YouTube’s reputation for being a generator of hilarious posts, it possesses serious marketing potential that is often overlooked for B2B companies. This information can direct you to certain topics and video styles that will generate more traffic. Think again.

5 Ways B2B Can Learn from B2C Marketers

Buzz Marketing for Technology

But the reality is that B2B buyers are very similar to B2C consumers— whether it’s buying a new car or new enterprise software, consumers want to be educated and informed. And they certainly don’t want to be bored to death with encyclopedic catalogue-type information. Any area that helps inform a decision and convert a visitor (i.e., There is no exception for B2B.

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Get Creative with B2B Marketing in 2015

SocialFish

B2B is especially susceptible to very high standards and unusual challenges. B2B marketing has to be smarter, sleeker and faster than B2C. Most of the people you’re speaking with are considering other options, have an idea of the numbers and are more interested in content and price than anything. However, when done effectively and with taste, it can be quite useful for B2B.

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18 of the Best Content Marketing Strategy Guides of 2013

Webbiquity SMM

Content marketing is a hot topic, primarily in the B2B world but increasingly in consumer marketing as well. And as noted here yesterday , 93% of B2B marketers are now using content marketing, with more than half calling it their biggest priority this year. Content Marketing Strategy Guides. Why you need repetition in your content strategy by iMedia Connection.

Does Your Content Have Superpowers?

PWB Marketing Blog

A few years ago, while serving on a social media panel during a presentation to a local entrepreneurial group, I casually remarked that, “Content is everything; social media is just plumbing.” In the years since then, I’ve seen this proven over and over both with clients and with brands I follow. In order to succeed, your content marketing needs superpowers. Powerful Stickiness.

Why B2B Marketing Must Embrace Ninja Customers

Convince & Convert

Now we talk to a real person as a last resort , after we’ve kicked the informational tires so thoroughly that we absolutely must reach out to get our final questions answered, pre-purchase. B2B customers are ninjas now, stealthily investigating the company and its wares, right under your nose. There’s asymmetric information. Image from BigStock.com. To learn more.

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How to Grow Your B2B Facebook Community

Waxing UnLyrical

This struggle is even more difficult for business-to-business (B2B) marketers, who feel so lost trying effectively target business professionals on Facebook that they only put in half the effort or abandon the platform completely. But like any other marketing strategy, growing your B2B Facebook community simply requires an investment of time and genuine engagement. Go Viral.

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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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8 Free Content Marketing eBooks

Pamorama

Become a better content marketer with these free resources. Content marketing  — the creation and sharing of content to promote a product or service — should be a primary focus of your marketing activities. The more useful your content is, the more likely your readers will be to share it with others via social media and amplify your brand’s reach.

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Get Content First Format Content Later

Convince & Convert

Get all JayToday episodes at [link] (watch video to see amazing quilt at my Mom’s house) When you’re doing content marketing, you need to worry about capturing the content first, and the format for that content second. A lot of times in organizations, especially big B2B companies they’ve determined that they need to create more content than ever.

25 Questions I Ask About B2B Content Marketing

Convince & Convert

At Convince & Convert we’ve been doing a lot of content marketing strategy work for B2B companies lately, and while every client circumstance is different (which is what makes consulting an interesting endeavor), I’ve definitely found some common themes and typical areas for improvement. 25 Questions I Ask About B2B Content Marketing. views. items. likes.

Five Ways to Build Trust with B2B Customers

Spin Sucks

Not long ago, B2B companies thought customers wanted to buy from great companies. B2B companies have a great opportunity to openly share content that was once tightly held and carefully rationed only to top business prospects. That information—and more—is now accessible with a few clicks. If your customers want information, they will find it.

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Best B2B Marketing and Sales Strategy Guides and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity SMM

Social media, content aggregation and curation , user-generated content and other developments have dramatically changed the B2B buying cycle over the past few years. How can B2B organizations, marketers and sales professionals adjust to, and thrive in, this new environment? B2B Marketing Trends,  Tips and Strategies. Addressing Changes in the B2B Buying Cycle.

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3 Ways Mobile Insights Are Informing Online and Offline Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

It’s a goldmine of information for the direction of marketers’ mobile strategies and determining where mobile fits in as both a sales channel and marketing medium. So how can mobile consumer data improve sales and marketing efforts? 1.     Using data for real-time content targeting. Posted in Customer Experience Mobile. That’s right, real time.

30 Remarkable Content Marketing Facts and Statistics for 2013 (and 2014)

Webbiquity SMM

Content marketing has become ubiquitous, with 93% of B2B marketers now using it. And it continues to expand: 82% of marketers plan to increase their budgets for content marketing in 2014. In addition, nearly half of marketers say they are unable to measure the value of their content marketing efforts. Which content marketing tactics are most popular? eMarketer ).

How to Use LinkedIn Ads to Find B2B Leads

agora pulse

Finding B2B leads can’t get much easier than using LinkedIn Ads. LinkedIn B2B leads can be found using LinkedIn’s targeted self-service ad center. This type of ad helps you get your content in front of your target audience. Choose Your Sponsored Content. Now, you’ll need to select what content you’d like to sponsor from your company page.

Watching the Content Marketing Trend Fade to Black

Geoff Livingston

Content isn’t going anywhere, but the content marketing trend may be disappearing much quicker than we think. This trend movement more to do with marketers failing to deliver results with general content than the role branded content has on the Internet. The B2B marketing crowd is moving beyond the content marketing trend and adapting account based marketing.

22 Effective SEO Tips to Optimize Your B2B Website

PWB Marketing Blog

Do you ever wonder why your B2B website isn’t getting more traffic? Google calls their search results “Universal Search” and blends listings from all types of content it gathers from crawling the World Wide Web. The fundamentals for optimizing a B2B site are essentially the same as a B2C site, though there are differences. Now that’s quick! Blogs have both. It’s true.

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Customer-Focused Content Marketing Strategy

Spin Sucks

By now it should be clear to most that content marketing strategy is embroiled in a saturation problem. This has been evolving over time, and was really brought to the forefront for many marketers in Mark Schaefer’s post on  Content Shock. Content Marketing Strategy: The Devil is in the Details. The quality of content at many sites is faltering. By Sue Duris.

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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The Two Core Elements of B2B Social Media Marketing Success

Webbiquity SMM

There have been numerous models proposed for social media and content marketing (including the Four C’s of Social Media Marketing model previously published here), but when all of the complexity is stripped away, social media marketing success comes down to two core elements: content and amplification. Content is like singing a song. Content can be produced in a wide variety of formats: • White papers. But regardless of the format, the first key to getting your content amplified by others is to produce high-quality, share-worthy content. Case studies.

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New Features Added to B2B Marketing Zone and Social Media Informer

Webbiquity SMM

Several great new features were recently added to the B2B Marketing Zone and Social Media Informer by co-founder Tony Karrer. Both of these sites bring together content from leading experts and companies like Brian Carroll , Paul Dunay , Ambal Balakrishnan , Harry Hoover , Gini Dietrich –really too many to list. You can change the Edition at any time. 

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. While SEO is important, what’s more important is that your customers understand your content.

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How to Turn B2B Prospects into Customers

Convince & Convert

You’ve successfully converted your B2B leads into prospects. Though he writes about software startups, his advice applies to any B2B business. Provide Exclusive Content. Content works to your advantage in a number of ways. The content here is different than the content in the lead stage. Does your B2B business successfully convert prospects into customers?

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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. Business buyers obtain information from multiple online and offline sources when making significant purchase decisions. That information may be third-party links, but may also be hosted on the company’s website or blog.

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Conversation Agent: Curating Information as Content Strategy

www.conversationagent.com

» Curating Information as Content Strategy Content, which is anything that informs, educates, or entertain online, is your business digital body language. The Internet changed how people find and read content. Why content is important On the Web, people trade attention for good, useful content. How about making it your content strategy?

Why You Should Encourage Social Advocacy among B2B Employees

SocialFish

But if we look a lot closer, there’s one particular group that’s perfectly primed and informed to spread the message about your business – your employees. 80% of B2B buyers are spectators, reading blogs, watching videos and witnessing discussions without actually participating (Source – Top Rank ). Filled with negativity or offensive language or content.

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The Future of Content Marketing is Now

Spin Sucks

By Gini Dietrich Content marketing exhaustion. Content marketing overload. Content marketing is king. In the information age, we all have so much content coming at us at every second of the day that we are becoming immune to it. Because there is so much out there, a backlash around content marketing is building. What is the vision of your content?