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33 Thought-Provoking B2B Social Media and Marketing Stats

Webbiquity SMM

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 ).

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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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The Basics of B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy

Webbiquity SMM

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. Engaging: Being “social” is about conversations. Prospective employees.

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Why B2B Marketers Need to Educate Buyers With Content

Convince & Convert

Marketers are busy planning, creating, optimizing, and analyzing, and for many of us, creating content is just one of many things on our to-do lists. We’ve all seen the stats that reveal B2B marketers are spending more time, budget, energy, happy hours, hackathons, and puppy time on content. Most of those people are not ready to have a sales conversation. Send them more.

5 Ways B2B Can Learn from B2C Marketers

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Buying Cycle Conversion Conversion Optimization Customer Customer Experience Personalization Strategy. Business and consumer brands have traditionally approached marketing from two totally different vantage points. Just because you aren’t a retailer doesn’t mean your site has to follow a typical design pattern that most B2B sites are known to follow.

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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. This is the first in a series of posts about how to use content to market online and via social media. LinkedIn is the top social network when it comes to B2B content marketing.

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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. Visual Marketing Magic.

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The B2B Lead Generation Ecosystem and WPO [Infographic]

Webbiquity SMM

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. Develop new ways to improve and scale your current campaign.

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Best Practices in B2B Retargeting

SocialFish

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.

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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.

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The 3 Components Of B2B Marketing That Matter Most

Firebelly

There are three critical components of B2B marketing—messaging, traffic and conversion. These are ultimately the only three that really matter and yet the B2B marketing landscape is like a field of broken dreams. There isn’t a realm within marketing that does not need this important work. Conversion matters. Social Media Marketing

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More Traffic? Or More Conversions? No Contest.

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Behavioral Targeting Commerce Conversion Conversion Optimization Customer Experience eCommerce Interactive Marketing Personalization Testing. A bit of a trick question: If you had $100 to spend, would you be better off devoting that money to doubling the traffic to your site? Or doubling your conversion rate? Many marketers get this wrong. No contest.

7 Ways to Lighten Up Your Marketing and Generate Conversation

Convince & Convert

As content marketing explodes, so too, does the volume of noise. To date, there haven’t been many great examples of humor in B2B. Marketo did this successfully with its Big Activity Coloring Book , “30 pages of pure, unadulterated marketing activity fun!” By creating a fun, casual atmosphere for a real conversation, Tim and company allow the CIOs to shine.

The State of Digital Marketing 2015

Buzz Marketing for Technology

With mid-year coming up and summertime upon us, many marketers are taking stock of the first half of the year and re-checking their Digital Marketing plans to finish out 2015 strong. Nearly 60% of peoples’ time is now devoted to digital marketing activities , showing the importance of skills development in this area.

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The 4 C’s of B2B Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

We’ve all heard about the four P’s of marketing. The four P’s were created mainly to describe the ideal “marketing mix&#. The term “marketing mix&# became popularized after Neil H. Borden published his 1964 article, Concept of the Marketing Mix. Communication – communicating with them in an ongoing conversation. Product. Price.

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Creating Engagement in B2B Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

You can call it Inbound Marketing (like the folks at HubSpot do) or you could call it Content Marketing (like the folks at Junta42 do) but whatever you call it this is the basis for all your online activity.  Years ago on this blog I remember saying “measuring engagement is hard since there is no one button you can push as a marketer to measure it&#. A recent Cone Inc.’s

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Why Social Media Matters for B2B Vendors

Webbiquity SMM

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.

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101 Vital Social Media and Digital Marketing Statistics for (the Rest of) 2013

Webbiquity SMM

As marketing becomes more data-driven, it’s vital to use data to keep up with trends, competitor strategies, and developments in your market. To that end, 94.7% of all marketers love blog posts about marketing statistics. For example, 93% of marketers use social media for business. But how do marketers and consumers view social media differently?

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. Just What Do Marketers Do, Anyway?

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4 Fresh Trends in B2B Social Campaigns

Convince & Convert

Consumer brands spent the early years of the social boom using campaigns to collect likes, create conversation, and distribute coupons. 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. That’s changing rapidly. Let us know!

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

Aggregage

Many content marketers seem to miss out on a key aspect of success – the title of your white paper, eBook, guide, webinar, etc. At Aggregage, we see lots of content marketing pieces across a wide variety of industries. In this post, I’m pointing real-life examples of content marketing pieces. Understand B2B Lead Generation Before You Regret. However, I’m a techie (Ph.D.

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The Best Way to Write About Your Brand to Boost Conversions

Convince & Convert

However, to substantially boost conversions, content developers must understand the benefits of what they are selling in a very detailed way—in fact, talking about benefits vaguely, or in a way that doesn’t connect with the audience, could be worse than not talking about benefits at all. Perhaps all of these variables explain why marketing is such an inexact science. Get personal.

Generating B2B Leads on Facebook

Koka Sexton

I am always amused when people talk about the value of Facebook in B2B and that it can’t generate leads. think it just comes down to marketing professionals not knowing how to leverage the network in a way that can yield results. What’s been working for us is using the InsideView fan page as a way to deliver content and find new conversations. cost per lead.

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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. What really matters on Facebook is not the number of fans, but getting fans to have a conversation with you. What do the best B2B Facebook pages have in common? The best pages create a community, encourage fans to interact with one another, and participate in conversations in a meaningful way. B2B Internet Marketing B2B Social Media Facebook Industrial MediaIf not, don’t be discouraged. Be human.

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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. Social media for marketing and business in general is not about telling people what they need or what they should think.

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How to Create Customer Personas for Your B2B Marketing

Convince & Convert

Ardath Albee, author, persona creator, and digital story strategist, was running a tech start-up in 2000, during the first-ever iteration of marketing automation. Ardath joins us on the Business of Story to share the amazing wisdom she has gleaned from her 30+ years of marketing insight. Why your personas are critical to the complex B2B sell. Marketing Interactions.

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10+ Ways To Use B2B Social Media In Your Business

PWB Marketing Blog

Social media should be an integral component of everything your B2B organization does including marketing, customer service, sales, and product development. It’s surprising how many B2B companies still overlook this key task. Eleven Different Ways to Integrate B2B Social Media. B2B companies that blog get 67% more leads per month than companies that do not blog.

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How to Uncover a B2B Brand Voice That Isn’t Boring

Convince & Convert

The B2B world can feel quite stiff sometimes. And And while we all technically know that it doesn’t have to be that way, we find ourselves defaulting to that stiffness within our marketing, over and over again. They’re just as tired of the B2B business-sounding stiffness as you are. 1. Take a look at this B2B landing page for printing. Image via BigStockPhoto.com.

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B2B Marketing Infographic: How Are B2B Marketers Optimizing Their Funnel?

PWB Marketing Blog

From the top B2B marketing metrics to the most effective demand generation tactics, MarketingSherpa put together a great infographic they shared at the B2B Summit 2011. MarketingSherpa’s B2B infographic was based on data from their 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Study to be released later this year. We’re not surprised.

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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. Focus more of your marketing efforts there. 4.     Include Calls-to-Action.

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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. Landing page conversion rates.

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Four Ways to Optimize Content for B2B Search

Spin Sucks

Because Google is still the top search engine  used, B2B marketers need to, now, more than ever, create quality, engaging content and include meta data to have it display in search engine results. 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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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. It’s critical that at this step, the sales and marketing teams are working together. Marketing can compile content that answers prospects’ questions and send it out, while sales team members act as the face of your company.

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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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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. Marketing automation can ease this burden by keeping your brand in the minds of your consumers while they are between purchases. Divide and Conquer. Neil is a great example of this two-part social plan at work.

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. If you’re planning to implement a new content marketing initiative or refine your current program, it can be challenging to gather ideas to meet your goals.

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20 Statistics That Will Drive 2014 Marketing Strategies [Infographic]

Pamorama

Next year’s trends highlight the importance of social media marketing. As 2013 draws to a close, marketers are looking ahead to next year when social media marketing will begin to take center stage. No longer a luxury, it will become a must-have in 2014 marketing strategies. 78% of CMOs think that custom content is the future of marketing. What to expect.

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 ). They can participate in industry conversations, such as Twitter chats or recommend creative solutions to wow customers on social media. Daniel Kushner is the Co-Founder of Oktopost, a marketing expert and social media guru.

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103 Compelling Social Media and Marketing Statistics for 2013 (and 2014)

Webbiquity SMM

As the use of social media in marketing has become ubiquitous, marketers have turned their attention to making the use of business social media more sophisticated and strategic. They are refining tactics, integrating social with other marketing channels, taking a hard look at new networks, and continuing to refine their measurements of success. Marketing Pilgrim ).

Don’t Blame Facebook: 10 Reasons Low Conversion Rates Are YOUR Fault

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Advertising Applications Branding Content Marketing Customer Experience Facebook Inbound Marketing Listening Personalization Social Media. It’s important for marketers to give fans new ways to connect and advance their relationship with the brand or product being promoted. You’re not alone. Overly long, humdrum copy will fail to capture fans’ attention.

Is The White Paper Dead for B2B Marketing?

Buzz Marketing for Technology

In a recent conversation I was having with the Bloom Group they believe “the practice of publishing white papers must come to a close because of the utter proliferation of white papers, and the poor content contained within so many of them.” Related posts: Using Content to Build Trust in B2B Marketing In the recent Edelman Trust Barometer report they detail out. Tweet This!

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Why it’s easier for B2B to measure content marketing

Convince & Convert

This is the seventh in a series of videos culled from an interview about content marketing I did with Terry Foster of Cision Canada. Terry: Do you think communicators are missing opportunities if they don’t have conversion activities or call to actions plans in their campaigns? Content Marketing content marketing content metrics content strategy marketing sideways

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Content Development for B2B Companies

Spin Sucks

Tom DelMonte , senior director of services marketing at SAP, asks, In the B2B space where purchases are done by committee and are in the millions of dollars/euros, what types of ‘content’ do you find works best when trying to engage socially? This is a really good conversation to have. But content for B2B companies can no longer be ignored. It’s OK.

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