33 Thought-Provoking B2B Social Media and Marketing Stats
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
As noted in the 2016 B2B Marketing Trends report , B2B marketing strategies and practices are in the midst of significant change, driven by new technologies and evolving buyer expectations for more “consumer-like” experiences. B2B marketing budgets are shifting to digital and social. B2B messaging gets personal. Direct Marketing ).
Social Media is Key to B2B Content Marketing [Report]
JUNE 1, 2013
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.
20 Brilliant B2B Marketing and Digital Business Stats and Facts
AUGUST 25, 2015
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.
14 Brilliant B2B Marketing Strategy Guides
JUNE 17, 2014
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?
Infographic: B2B content marketing trends
AUGUST 10, 2013
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
B2B Marketing is Becoming More Like B2C Marketing – Or is it?
NOVEMBER 19, 2013
B2B marketing has traditionally been viewed (correctly) as much different from the promotion of consumer products. Image Credit: Lydia’s Marketing Blog. Much of the study focused on online commerce, where changes in b2b offerings indeed make sense. So, are B2B marketers really adopting B2C practices? Multimedia content, including video.
B2B Marketers Are Humans, Too
Convince & Convert
APRIL 2, 2015
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. Visual Marketing Magic.
The Basics of B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy
MARCH 29, 2016
Although more than three-quarters of B2B technology marketers use social media to market their products, less than half say they can tie social channels to revenue generation for their businesses. But it may also be a problem with basic B2B social media marketing strategy. Businesses and brands can use LinkedIn to share that type of content on their company pages.
2013 B2B Marketing Priorities [Study]
AUGUST 1, 2013
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. Email Marketing Generates the Highest Quality Leads.
5 Ways Boring B2B Brands Can Kill It With Content
Convince & Convert
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
B2B brands have the challenge of engaging fans despite boring content. These illuminating examples prove that B2B can have fun with content marketing. Social Media Strategy 3M b2b marketing GE how to make b2b sexy humanize your brand ISS Social Media Marketing storytelling visual storytelling
Why B2B Marketers are Flocking to Native Advertising in 2015
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
The stats from the Content Marketing Institute’s B2B Content Marketing: 2015 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends on B2B marketers plans for content marketing spending in 2015 vs. 2014 were not that surprising. Content marketing spending by B2B marketers is increasing in 2015. Why is that? Curation
B2B Marketing Trends 2016-2020: Social Media Breakfast Wrap
MAY 24, 2016
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).
The Complete Guide to Google+ for B2B Marketing [Infographic]
AUGUST 12, 2014
This is particularly so in marketing. In fact, Google+ can be friendly and a resource with amazing results when a respective marketer learns how to utilize it in the right manner. Google+ is all about visibility , exponentially so when it comes to B2B campaigning. Learning about Circles, Communities, Influencers and Authorship is the first key to G+ B2B domination.
Five Steps for a B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy
AUGUST 13, 2014
An effective B2B social media marketing strategy is very different than the ones employed by business-to-consumer companies. Here are five steps that every B2B company trying to implement a social media marketing strategy should take. 1. Some B2B companies have a wide focus and target lots of different business segments with their wares. Put One Person in Charge.
8 Free Content Marketing eBooks
OCTOBER 12, 2013
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.
The B2B Lead Generation Ecosystem and WPO [Infographic]
APRIL 18, 2016
The “Internet Marketing Lead Generation Ecosystem” infographic below was created by the Chicago SEO agency , Straight North. Its purpose is to serve as a blueprint to demonstrate how multiple online marketing channels can be joined to create one online lead generation campaign. Brad Shorr , director of content strategy at Straight North, contributed to this post.
Six Surprising B2B Content Marketing Ideas
PWB Marketing Blog
OCTOBER 5, 2011
One of the biggest challenges B2B marketers have is coming up with new content. So how do you find new content that engages audiences? Try these six surprising B2B content marketing ideas. Photo Sharing – Let customers share how they’re using your B2B product with photos. Supplement the photo sharing with discussion threads and other content.
What are the Best Social Networks for B2B Marketing? (Research)
AUGUST 27, 2013
There’s no question that B2B marketers have embraced social media. According to recent research , more than 80% of b2b marketers now use the “big 3″ social networks—LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook—to distribute content. The figures here are based on a small, but presumably representative sample of 10 B2B technology websites.
Understanding B2B Online Reviews
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
Obtaining online reviews as a B2B industry or organization is not quite as easy or common as it is for your typical B2C business. It is important for B2B organizations to acquire online reviews because B2B customers do more research before settling on a decision. One of the methods potential B2B customers use for researching a purchase or service is through online reviews.
Get Creative with B2B Marketing in 2015
JANUARY 5, 2015
One of the best things about marketing is the constant challenge that comes with it. B2B is especially susceptible to very high standards and unusual challenges. B2B marketing has to be smarter, sleeker and faster than B2C. Hitting them with smart, unexpected marketing strategies is a good way to grab their attention. Guerrilla Marketing. Social Media.
Customer-Focused Content Marketing Strategy
APRIL 7, 2015
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.
20 Tremendous Digital Marketing Stats and Facts
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
Digital marketing budgets continue to rise, often at the expense of offline advertising spend. But digital marketers must continue to evolve practices as they strive to make their content an asset, rather than an annoyance, to prospective buyers. Spending on digital marketing is projected to increase by 12% to 15% on average. General Digital Marketing Stats. 1.
5 Ways B2B Can Learn from B2C Marketers
Buzz Marketing for Technology
NOVEMBER 21, 2012
Business and consumer brands have traditionally approached marketing from two totally different vantage points. 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. Light-boxing” a video player applies the same technique, while keeping the focus on the sole content.
12 Tweetable Statistics Prove B2B Social Media ROCKS
PWB Marketing Blog
SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Know B2B social media fact from fiction. Fiction: Social media offers limited value to B2B marketers. Fact: 86% of B2B companies are using social media. B2B companies are absolutely using social media to generate leads , connect with customers, and reach business goals. Dispel the myth that social media isn’t for B2B and tweet the truth.
A Strong Foundation For B2B Marketing
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
Here's a line that often gets me into trouble. I do not believe that there is a huge difference anymore, when it comes to marketing. B2B and B2C used to be very different and complex beasts. While the complexity has not changed, both B2B and B2C really do have an entirely new way to think, communicate and connect with prospective clients (thank you, digital!). Because there are so many of them, it's no longer B2B or B2C, but rather how each business builds their own, unique, defendable, marketing empires. So, how are B2B marketers doing these days?
New Research: B2B Video Marketing on the Rise
Convince & Convert
JULY 23, 2014
Consumer brands have long understood the importance of using video content as a marketing tool to deliver key messages to their audiences and to build brand affinity. Video marketing has been growing among B2B organizations as well. Although four out of five B2B marketing professionals reported.
70% of B2B Marketers Want More Quality Leads
Convince & Convert
OCTOBER 29, 2015
The battle between quality and quantity seems to occur over and over in our lives, especially for B2B marketers. Whether we are talking about content, customers, or leads, there it is. Since we are marketers, let’s focus on leads. What B2B Marketers Value in a Lead Gen Strategy. B2B marketing is all about generating leads. highlight to tweet).
Four Ways to Optimize Content for B2B Search
MARCH 26, 2012
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.
7 Steps to Successful Content Marketing [Infographic]
NOVEMBER 30, 2013
Content marketing is a way of communicating with your customers and prospects without pitching your products or services. . Also known as inbound marketing , content marketing is non-interruptive. This form of marketing may create recognition, but it’s rejected by consumers about 90% of the time. . Create a content marketing calendar. 4.
Content Marketing Strategy? Think Like A Reporter
APRIL 12, 2016
Although 93% of B2B companies are doing content marketing, less than half view themselves as successful with it. However, companies with a documented content marketing strategy are three times as likely to say their efforts are “very” or “extremely” effective as those without one. So—creating a content marketing strategy is vital.
Best Practices in B2B Retargeting
AUGUST 28, 2014
It’s clear that retargeting as a marketing practice is here to stay. What about business to business marketers? Since it has been historically viewed as a business to consumer practice, other marketers have been slow to adopt retargeting. In fact, a study ReTargeter performed in 2011 found that B2B retargeting out performs B2C retargeting by 147% on average. Back It Up.
Using YouTube for B2B
MAY 1, 2014
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. Research the Market. SEO tactics are on every marketer’s radar. Content Strategy Implementation
25 Questions I Ask About B2B Content Marketing
Convince & Convert
DECEMBER 15, 2014
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.
The Future of Content Marketing is Now
MARCH 3, 2015
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. No, it’s prince.
Best B2B Marketing and Sales Strategy Guides and Insights of 2011
JANUARY 3, 2012
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. B2B Sales Trends and Strategies.
18 of the Best Content Marketing Strategy Guides of 2013
DECEMBER 11, 2013
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. by GO Marketing.
Why Social Media Matters for B2B Vendors
MARCH 28, 2011
Social media marketing has clearly been embraced by consumer brands. 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. Still, social media is rapidly becoming an essential component of the b2b marketing mix.
30 Remarkable Content Marketing Facts and Statistics for 2013 (and 2014)
DECEMBER 10, 2013
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. Image Credit: Robert Rose.
12 (of the) Best Content Marketing Infographics of 2013
DECEMBER 16, 2013
Content marketing is more than just text of course, and infographics have become one of the most popular non-text formats. How do infographics fit with other content marketing tactics? What are some of the best tools and resources to help marketers create compelling infographics? Infographics About Content Marketing. by Whole Brain Marketing Blog.
The Two Core Elements of B2B Social Media Marketing Success
FEBRUARY 21, 2012
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.