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Quality Content

Quality digital content has the potential to help B2B marketers cost-effectively reach annual company goals. The key to pulling this off requires a commitment to providing content that puts your audience’s needs first. And it must happen at every point in the selling cycle. A recent survey by Clutch Research finds that 88 percent of B2B audiences read business content online at least once weekly to stay informed, research companies and make purchasing decisions. The report identifies four stages in the sales funnel and the content consumers consider during each phase in the sales conversion. Taking a look at their findings can help companies understand how to interact with B2B audiences and take advantage of opportunities to engage potential customers ...

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Facebook Lead Ads

Small business owners face the challenge of being found in a highly competitive market crowded with many similar products and services. Consumers’ easy access to an enormous amount of information makes it even more difficult for companies to reach and convert leads into lasting customers. Facebook offers a way to initially attract potential customers through advertising and then interact with them through ongoing, personal engagement tactics inherent to the platform. Many small and medium-sized businesses, especially those in the service sector, may consider LinkedIn to be the only social network able to deliver B2B leads. However, marketers are finding that Facebook also has the potential to generate results through solid tools and targeted markets for lead acquisition. The reason is in ...

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Steps to Creating a Marketing Plan

Importance of marketing plan is ignored by many entrepreneurs today and it is one of the main reasons why many startups don't show a decent growth they need at the beginning of their venture. A marketing plan is a business document which outlines the company's advertising and marketing strategies for the coming year. It focuses on business activities during a specific period of time, which are vital for attaining various goals and objectives. The marking plan document needs to be a 100 percent accurate without any spelling or grammatical errors. You tend to find most of these mistakes when the document in converted into a PDF file, so always keep a PDF editor for Mac handy to make changes. In order to ...

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Marketing to Millenial B2B Buyers

The millennials are growing up, and as they do so, they move to more prominent, decision making roles. Take company B2B buying committees, for example. 82% now include at least one millennial employee. Considering the majority of buying teams now have some millennials to impress, it’s important to consider what they’re looking for when making purchasing decisions. So what roles do millennials play on their buying teams? 13% Decision-Maker 27% Influencer 17% Project Manager 38% Researcher This information shows that most millennials are not yet making the final decisions, but the fact that so many are researchers and influencers shows that they have an effect on the final decision. Without impressing them, you’ll likely never be seen by the decision-makers, so ...

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Marketing IT Services

Information Technology (IT) is growing exponentially. Although there is plenty of demand, there are also plenty of firms willing to supply such services. That’s where marketing comes in. It’s not enough to simply offer your services; you need to effectively implement marketing to achieve sales. But how? We’ve compiled both 5 IT firm challenges and 5 tips for marketing IT services. 5 IT Firm Challenges Identifying the challenges of the IT industry can help us determine what their marketing needs are. What are IT firms struggling most with? It boils down to 5 major challenges: 8% have difficulty attracting new business. 6% have difficulty finding and retaining good employees. 8% struggle to remain innovative. 7% face a difficult economy or an ...

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Active Viewers on LinkedIn

Some social platforms, like Twitter, are relatively easy to grow a following. Like some posts, follow similar users; then watch your network grow. LinkedIn, however, is one of the more difficult platforms to gain engagement and viewers on, but it’s not impossible. Social Report provided some advice on gaining active viewers, as listed below. Utilize Oversized Pictures The right picture can draw in readers and vastly more numbers than even the most catchy of titles. Maximize the impact of your images by going beyond the standard thumbnails to include content rich material that informs your readers of the content of your article without giving it all away. The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is true. This ...

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Content Marketing Content Brand

In the great grocery store that is the internet, your content could be the greatest thing since sliced bread. It could be a well-written, topical, informative, and even slightly entertaining blog post, eBook, or infographic that is sure to turn a reader into a lead. Unfortunately, if you've ever bought bread at a grocery store, you know that you face a two-part challenge: Getting to the bread aisle/remembering to buy bread and choosing the right bread. The same goes for your content. Some people will think it's generic white bread content that you've written, and it's your job to convince them it's not. In part one of this two-part blog, we explored the many distractions that exist for your ...

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digital marketing

Adobe conducted a survey on digital marketers in 2016 to find out their priorities and challenges. The survey had some interesting finds. Digital marketing is becoming more advanced and widely adopted than ever. How do you stack up against your competition? Find out in the stats below. Digital Maturity Adobe had marketers rank their digital maturity in one of four categories: Advanced, Focused, Emergent, and Nonexistent. Their definitions are as follows: Advanced: Data mostly integrated, best practices generally followed, automation common, strong technical skills. Focused: Data and processes somewhat integrated, automation common, solid and expanding technical skills. Emergent: Basic data integration, some automation, growing technical capacity. Nonexistent: Limited data in silos, no automation, low technical capacity. Only 19% ranked themselves as advanced; ...

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digital marketing maturity

In our last blog, we discussed what digital marketers were doing in 2016, according to Adobe. Based on the Adobe’s survey feedback, they created the “Four Essential Elements for Digital Maturity.” The four elements were: Data-Driven Marketing Customer Experience Mobile Cross-Channel Marketing Each element is crucial for advanced digital maturity. An expansion of each element and its best practices follows. Data-Driven Marketing: The Many Layers of Customer Behavior Data-driven marketing is the foundation for everything. It helps you to better understand who your customer is, what they do, and why they do it. Through better analytics, your company can dodge the risks of guessing and create more effective marketing programs. And marketers recognize these advantages. 63% of digital marketers in North America are ...

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linkedin tutorial

It’s no secret that LinkedIn encourages its users to use their paid membership over the free profiles. And with its most recent update, searching the network of first and second degree connections just got harder for a standard account. If you don’t intend to invest in a paid membership, here are some tips for searching your network for free. Searching the Network of a First Degree Connection Certain search abilities have been removed. You can now only see mutual connections with one of your first degree connections and their other first degree connections. Using the mobile app for this will be faster than the desktop because you now need to look page by page. Advanced Search/Second Degree Search Advanced search, typically found next ...

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marketing trends

Last year we predicted the Modern Marketing Trends of 2016. But times have changed; here are some marketing trends of 2017. Chatbots and AI will become mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence aren’t exactly new, but their widespread adoption is. Chatbots will use AI to both learn from the users it speaks with and from sources around the web. We’re already seeing the start of chatbot and AI growth – with virtual assistants in both Apple and Google phones, on home devices like Amazon Echo, and branded chatbots on messaging apps. There are countless examples, and with both smart home technology and messaging app adoption on the rise, this trend is showing no sign of slowing down. Consider taking advantage of this trend ...

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software marketing

Software marketing is a special beast to conquer. With so many companies attempting to gain some market share, it is not easy to grab a footing. Moreover, customers are becoming exhausted by many marketing tactics. Following are 3 major challenges of software marketing. Intense Competition With over 6000 competitors in over 300 categories of software alone, competition is enormous. Some of the most competitive categories include Project Management (489 competitors), CRM (399), and Human Resources (363). With such a large crowd, it can be difficult to stand out. Paid Marketing Over-Saturation Your competitors are using all kinds of paid marketing and sales tactics. This is also giving the largest brands the advantage, because they have more capital to spend on marketing. The company ...

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2016 Marketing Trends

As a year in marketing comes to an end, we wanted to take a look forward at the hottest marketing trends. Here are the top modern marketing trends to look out for in 2016: Increase in Social Advertising Marketers spent $10.45 billion on social advertising on social advertising this year, up from $7.32 billion in 2014. In 2016, this figure is expected to increase to $13.43 billion (eMarketer). With an increased focus on monetizing social platforms, it is no surprise that organic reach continues to decline. As the organic reach of social media efforts continues to decline, investing in social advertising will become a necessity in 2016. Ad Blocking With more than 250 million consumers already using ad blockers, 2016 will require marketers to ...

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Content Marketing Branding

At Modern Marketing Partners, we know that the blog holds significance to appeasing prospective buyers. We also know that it’s still only part of the solution. We were right all along. Testimonials, whitepapers, product and service page, and the about us section are all keys to conversion—and a new study proves that. The 2015 B2B Usability Report, a survey of B2B buyers and their preferences once reaching a website, recently found that strict reliance on blogging and social media is detrimental to a vendor—unless content marketing efforts lead to something. Key Takeaways There is a lot of good information in the report, which breaks down the information into three stages of the purchase decision: Discovery, Evaluation, and Impact on the Buyer Process. ...

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Amazon Business B2B Online Marketplace

Amazon Business, a new online marketplace focused specifically on business-to-business (B2B) ecommerce, was recently launched. This new marketplace will serve as a connection between businesses and suppliers. Amazon Business Benefits In a statement released by the company, they outlined the following benefits of using Amazon Business: Tailored Business Experience: Unique search, browse and shopping experience that is tailored specifically to business purchasing. Business Accounts: Create a single or multi-user business account, invite additional users to join the account, and define groups of users to easily share payment methods and shipping addresses. Free Two-Day Shipping: Fast, free shipping on orders of $49 or more on tens of millions of eligible items, plus access to even faster shipping options. Multi-Seller Marketplace: View multiple offers on a single product ...

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Content Marketing For B2B

Content marketing is a hot topic! In fact, 86% of B2B Marketers are using content marketing (CMI) . So what is it? We define content marketing as the creation and distribution of educational and/or compelling content in multiple formats to attract and/or retain customers. Below we  will take you through the content marketing process. Planning; deciding what type of content marketing works best for your company and a content schedule. Implementation; including tips on how to write blogs, case studies, and white papers, and how to distribute your content. And finally, measurement; metrics to use to determine if your content marketing is effective. Content Marketing Planning The quality of a content plan can support both the effectiveness and efficiency of your content marketing initiative. Begin your planning by determining the mission of your ...

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Catalog Marketing and Design Tips

Despite rumors of its demise, catalog marketing can be successful when properly executed. Because of incumbent printing, production and postage costs, catalog marketing can be quite expensive and unprofitable if not implemented correctly. Besides high profile, big budget consumer catalogs like Crate and Barrel or Victoria’s Secret, what are effective techniques for business-to-business or niche market catalogs? To answer this question, we will share the top 10 Catalog marketing and design tips below: 1. Catalog Brand Identity Foundational to catalog marketing success is the strength of your brand. Established brands enjoy brand awareness while new brands must rely on effective brand naming, and compelling graphic identity. Strong brands typically use their brand names or trademarks for their catalog name. Unknown brands must use a compelling ...

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As a Business to Business (B2B) Marketer, your leads and achievements are your lifeblood.  But what does it take to become an indispensable marketing professional?  Learn how to not only keep your job, but provide the best turnaround to your company with these five skills you need for success in 2014 and beyond. Keep Your Job, Gain Recognition, and Get the Most from Your Marketing Program What does it take? Each day, marketers face new challenges and opportunities to get the most from marketing programs.  How can you reorient yourself and your programs for optimized growth? 1. Embracing Customer Relationship Management Software Companies are adopting CRM and salesforce automation (SFA) systems to make their sales teams more efficient, and to make their marketing ...

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Healthcare technology is changing rapidly, and requires very specialized marketing to maximize success. As a result, we have launched a healthcare technology marketing practice to serve clients in categories such as healthcare software, healthcare information technology, electronic and capital equipment, medical devices, and more. We have extensive experience managing national and global healthcare technology brands including Nobel Biocare, Concentra Preferred Systems, Panoramic Imaging, AfterMath Claim Science, Amcor Flexibles (pharma division), Eaglesoft (clinical software), Healthpoint Capital, and more. Recently, we implemented a comprehensive digital marketing program for Evolution1, the leading employee healthcare benefits software provider. The program includes blogging and content marketing, publicity, events, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and more. In 2013, MMP developed and launched the Healthcare Trends Institute, an ...

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Selecting a new marketing agency is one of the most important decisions a company will make. A new resource is now available to help brands and companies understand the best practices needed for successfully identifying and selecting a marketing agency partner. The Definitive Marketing Agency Selection Guide outlines 11 agency types, details a 4-step selection process, identifies key reasons for hiring and firing agencies, and provides several other valuable resources. Our friends from the Amalgamated Marketing Agency Network, an independent network of specialist agencies, have launched this must-read guide for any brand or company in search of a marketing agency of any type. The Definitive Marketing Agency Selection Guide As aforementioned, the Amalgamated Marketing Network is a network of highly specialized agencies ...

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There’s a new tool in your marketing tool box. A tool that can identify your website visitors, that until now, often remained anonymous. IP Lead Tracking is typically a subscription service that uses analytics code and databases to deliver timely and user-friendly reports. It is reported that although 90% of B2B sales begin with a web search, only 2-3% of website visitors complete a contact or registration form. While website analytics software report traffic or visitors, page views, bounce rate and other useful statistics, actual sales leads from registrations are a fraction (2-3%) of website visitors. What if you could identify all those anonymous website visitors?  A marketing no-brainer, right? Enter IP Tracking Software Think of a Caller ID for your website.  ...

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Lead Generation through Social Media.  As a marketer in the B2B world, you know that social media is the forefront of lead generation; but where do you begin? 2014 has been defined in many ways. From the year of the consumer as defined on Forbes to the year of the socially conscious brand; it is becoming more and more important to tell your brand’s story through social media.  However, without a strategy, how are you going to motivate individuals to follow and interact with your brand? This is why, after a detailed search of insights offered by thought leaders on this topic, we would like to share an 8 step process to generating B2B leads on Social Media.  Special thanks to ...

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Our IT Marketing infographic shares IT expenditures in the United States, expenditures by category, marketing spend, an IT marketing checklist, and more. For further details, download the new whitepaper, IT Marketing: 10 Modern Best Practices. In our last blog post, we shared a checklist of the top 10 marketing best practices for IT marketing with detailed descriptions including: analysis and research, planning, brand image, brand awareness, website improvement and SEO, event marketing, thought leadership content, blogging, social media, and direct marketing. For more details, read Information Technology (IT) Marketing Best Practices. Before the infographic, lets look at 4 reasons IT firms should reconsider marketing: 4 Reasons IT Firms Should Reconsider Marketing Sourcing or selection of IT related products or services has shifted. Studies show that ...

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In the not so distant past, marketing of software systems, hardware or IT services was secondary in importance to sales and business development. Today, changing market dynamics have forced IT product and service providers to reconsider and elevate marketing to mission critical status. In our new whitepaper, Information Technology (IT) Marketing: 10 Modern Best Practices, we identity four reasons that effective IT marketing is more important than ever,  along with details on the Top 10 IT Marketing Best practices (below), an IT marketing infographic, and finally, a case study example. So what types of marketing should IT firms undertake? What marketing is most effective? Here are our Top 10 Marketing Best Practices: 1. Analysis and planning 2. Build awareness 3. Leverage vendor support 4. Direct ...

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