Virtual Events & Webinars: What Are The Key Differences?

By on September 14th, 2020
virtual events and webinars

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and in-person events were canceled, virtual events and webinars came to the rescue. While online events were held before the pandemic, the current situation has made them more popular. This trend will continue even beyond the pandemic because the benefits of hosting events online have now become more obvious than ever. When contemplating hosting an online event, the question might come up as to whether…

Create Exhibitor & Sponsor Value In Virtual or Hybrid Events

By on August 17th, 2020
Virtual event marketing

The value of your event revolves around creating an organic environment (virtual or hybrid) where exhibitors and sponsors can meet prospective clients, and attendees can find insights, discover opportunities, build relationships, and acquire solutions for their businesses. To make this happen, you have to create immersive learning experiences, fun activities, and networking opportunities for online attendees. In doing this, you’ll also create avenues for your exhibitors and sponsors to pass…

5 CTA Tweaks to Remove Friction from Your Lead Conversion Process

By on August 12th, 2020

Lead generation and nurturing often take center stage for digital marketers. They are commonly the top goal for most businesses, with the majority of their budget being funneled in this direction. But when the numbers at the bottom of the funnel refuse to budge it can be incredibly frustrating. As a result of excessive focus on lead generation or lead nurturing, marketers might be ignoring an important factor that is…

5 Trends for the Future of Marketing in 2020 and Beyond

By on August 5th, 2020

To make a solid plan for the short term, it’s important to keep an eye on where you’re heading in the long term. Nobody can say with 100% certainty what the future of marketing will look like, but industry professionals can offer useful insights and predictions into some of the possibilities that might be available in the coming years. Of course, there’s no guarantee that these predictions will come true.…

5 Reasons Automation is the New Reality in Digital Marketing

By on August 5th, 2020
content marketing budgets

When you hear the term “automation,” you typically associate it with the latest technology, AI, and computer data science. However, automation is actually not that new. Humans have always been searching for ways to make our daily lives easier by getting machines to take over various tasks. In fact, the earliest examples of automation can be traced back over 2,000 years when the Chinese developed trip hammers powered by flowing…

4 Ways Marketing Automation Takes the Uncertainty Out of A/B Testing

By on August 3rd, 2020

The mark of a successful business is its commitment to constant improvement. Change is inevitable, especially in today’s fast-paced environment. If your brand is out of step with the latest technology or design trends, it’s at risk of being passed over by consumers. But of course, change is never easy, especially when it comes with a big price tag and runs the risk of lost sales if things go wrong.…

Why Sales-Marketing Alignment Is Necessary for ABM to Be Effective

By on August 3rd, 2020
account-based marketing

Account-based marketing (ABM) offers a lot of benefits to most B2B organizations. An expert round-up on Forbes Agency Council revealed that the majority of B2B business leaders saw incredible results from an ABM program, including improved lead generation, opportunities for personalization, lowered costs, and better relationships with clients. All of these things can clearly lead to a more profitable company and a better customer experience, which is why many companies…

Why Employee Engagement is the New Content Marketing Strategy

By on July 31st, 2020

When developing a content marketing strategy for your business, you probably put a lot of thought into your goals, audience, content channels, and the types of content you will produce. But many businesses overlook one of the most effective strategies: engaging their employees and turning them into employee advocates. Quick Takeaways: Employees can be the source of high-quality content that is also the most effective in connecting with your audience.…

30 (or So) Terms Every Sales and Marketing Professional Should Know

By on July 30th, 2020

The marketing field is always evolving and to succeed, every marketing professional needs to keep up with the latest in industry trends, including its ever-expanding glossary. Marketers are naturally good at talking the talk; it’s kind of in our job description. Fortunately, these terms are pretty straightforward, you just need a little context to get the gist of things. Get these 30 words down and never get caught flat-footed in…

Insights from Content Consumption Patterns of Software Developer Segment

By on July 30th, 2020

How is a B2B Marketer supposed to gain a better understanding of their prospects beyond the actions taken on their own site? Google Analytics won’t do the trick. And in a landscape of more than 8000 Martech companies, there really is no tool available to B2B marketers to understand and inform on this matter aside from what we call Audience Explorer. What is Audience Explorer? Based on the content users…

3 Content Marketing ROI Areas Every Marketer Should Watch

By on July 29th, 2020

In an omnichannel world, drawing the line from specific content initiatives to dollars earned can be tricky. To know whether your content initiatives are working as intended, measure the effectiveness of your campaigns, and prove the value of your work to your leadership team, you’ll need to tackle the challenge of measuring your ROI. Quick Takeaways: Content to which you can't directly assign a dollar value isn't wasted. Decide how…

How to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Lead Generation

By on July 29th, 2020
demand generation

When it comes to lead generation, most marketers prefer to be doers, meaning that they enjoy coming up with ideas and then executing them. Measuring and reporting on their effectiveness is no one’s favorite part of the job as it requires a lot of research, takes up tons of time, and is honestly, quite boring. The reason that many marketers dread the reporting process of their lead generation strategies is…

CMO Salary Data Suggests Declining CMO Influence?

By on July 28th, 2020

What does a CMO's (chief marketing officer) salary have to do with their influence? It's an interesting question. Logically, we think the higher the salary, the greater the influence on a company. While marketing remains a critical aspect of business growth, CMOs are losing ground in the realm of influence. But that doesn't mean marketing doesn't matter. It's evolving, and so must the role of the CMO. Quick Takeaways: There…

LinkedIn Responsiveness Drops 44% – Why Businesses Are Losing the Social Selling Game

By on July 28th, 2020

LinkedIn’s State of Sales Report shows that 44% of sales and marketing teams are seeing a significant drop in responsiveness to social and email messaging. Many blame it on C-19. But buyers want to engage with experts and they want support for their current and future challenges. So, why are sales and marketing teams challenged to build strong social relationships so they can overcome sales plateaus, sales drops, and sales…

How Marketing Attribution Can Drive Your Marketing Strategy

By on July 27th, 2020
marketing attribution helps digital marketing

These days, there is a huge number of activities that go into the average multichannel marketing strategy and budget. To ensure that you’re spending your time and resources wisely, you must understand what’s working and what isn’t. This is what marketing attribution can help you to figure out. As you can see, I have been writing about this topic for a long time. It's relatively complex. And few marketers have…

4 Surprisingly Effective B2B Lead Nurturing Tactics

By on July 27th, 2020
B2B lead nurturing

Nurturing leads has never been simple for B2B companies – in fact, it often tops the charts when marketing and sales teams are asked about their greatest challenges. The digital landscape has only made this task more complicated and difficult, as there are now more opportunities than ever to either interact positively with a customer or drop the ball and lose the sale. Since this is such a hot topic,…

Executive Insights: A Conversation with the “Father of Business Intelligence” Howard Dresner

By on July 27th, 2020

It has been a great pleasure over the years to meet and work with some amazing pioneers in the world of high technology.  They all have several things thing in common – vision, passion, and ability to drive innovation and make their brilliant ideas become reality. One such person is Howard Dresner, the Chief Research Office and founder of Dresner Advisory Services. I first met Howard over 30 years ago…

What Is A Blog Writing Service? (And Why Your Business Needs One)

By on July 24th, 2020

Whether you own a small business or manage marketing for a large corporation, you probably spend a great portion of your budget on pricey marketing activities, including your website and related IT. But if you’re leaving your website as a static entity, like a television set always tuned to the same channel, you’re making a grave mistake. By adding a blog and, better yet, hiring a blog writing service, you’ll…

How to Encourage Uncomfortable Discussions Using Marketing

By on July 23rd, 2020

As consumers, we tend to do two things that make marketers’ jobs harder. First, we actively avoid getting bombarded by messaging. As Ryan Holmes, co-founder of Hootsuite, mentioned in a LinkedIn piece, a whopping 86 million of us actively block the roughly 5,000 ads we see daily. As if that weren’t bad enough, we also have an annoying tendency to shy away from talking about topics that make us feel…

11 Digital Marketing Trends You Need to Know for 2020

By on July 23rd, 2020
digital marketing trends

As we’re rapidly approaching the end of the year, it’s a great time to look ahead at where we’re going and the marketing trends we’re likely to see more of in 2020. I’ve already touched on how we can expect marketing to evolve on a strategic level, and in this article, I’ll be looking in more detail at some of the specific trends to look out for. Technology continues to advance…