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I’m sitting around with a bunch of friends on a recent off-road trip. Nearly all have professional gigs and work in some type of corporation. The conversation kicks up about our jobs, how we got started and so on. To get the full picture, we have engineers, sales, finance and operations pros all represented, all with big opinions. I proceed to talk about my marketing role.
“The customer is in charge.” “Everything revolves around your customer.” These are not just clichés. They are principles that are core to competing and thriving in business today, especially for CMOs who are taking increasing responsibility for all things customer. The good news is that CMOs have never been in a better position to deliver value to the business, to their cus ...
Over dinner a few weeks back in Austin, a few of my B2B marketing peers pointed out how much influence my days as a publisher have had on the way I approach B2B marketing. I hadn’t given it too much thought before then. However, after hearing the observations of my fellow marketers, I reflected on some of the “go-to” strategies and tactics in my current B2B marketing playbook.
Over the past several years, B2B CMOs have been earning a seat at the executive table by demonstrating their ability to contribute to revenue and company growth, largely via demand marketing. B2B marketing teams are using data, technology and content to discover, engage, nurture, create and delight customers. What once was a unique and competitive differentiation is now mainstream.
I just returned from a holiday exploring Peru and the “lost city” of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu. If you are a student of history, like to explore or just enjoy good food, I highly recommend you put Peru and Machu Picchu on your list. I was intrigued by the many tales of this ancient city, the marvels of Inca innovation and their way-before-their-time thinking to build a p ...
One of my favorite stops when I come to our company’s headquarters is a restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona, called “Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers.” In my world, this is a winning combination. (Don’t judge!) In the marketing world, “B2B & ABM” are quickly showing up as the magical combo on every menu in town.
In-person events have become a critical source of leads for B2B marketing and sales organizations. In fact, face-to-face events account for 18 percent of B2B marketing’s annual spend, according to 2016 Forrester Research. This is a shockingly higher investment than their seemingly more “modern” cousins — digital advertising and marketing technology.
You traditionally don’t think of speed and marketing as being tightly linked. Today, speed is becoming a hot topic in marketing planning sessions. Much of this is driven by the shift to delivering positive customer experiences in the digital, hyper-connected world we live and work in. To understand the speed-marketing connection, let’s start with time to market.
Predictive marketing holds tremendous promise, especially in identifying the optimal accounts and prospects to engage. According to the Aberdeen Group, B2B marketers are leaning into predictive in a big way; more than 50 percent of B2B enterprise organizations are now using, piloting or plan to implement predictive analytics in the coming year. Big growth numbers — fast.
For B2B demand marketers, media has until recently been synonymous with impressions, maybe clicks and hopefully, leads. Historically, marketing pros have turned to media companies to generate awareness and create demand. The focus over the last several years, however, has shifted to: “Impressions are a bonus; I expect leads.
I’ve always been a believer and practitioner of targeted selling strategies, urging sales to focus on their “top 20” accounts versus going after every opportunity. So as account-based marketing (ABM) evolves as a way for marketing to take the same kind of focused, strategic approach, this sales mindset is more important than ever.
We all know the phrase, “too much of a good thing.” And in reality, too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing. This can definitely be the case when it comes to marketing technology. Though we may start out with the best of intentions — to automate processes, become more efficient, improve measurement and better target and personalize interactions with both customers ...
With pressure to improve efficiencies and hit KPIs, it’s been a no-brainer for marketers to adopt technology and embrace automation. The investment is paying off, as 80 percent of marketing automation users are generating more leads, and more importantly, 77 percent are seeing an increased number of conversions.
All marketers by now understand that customer experience should be a business’s main priority. This isn’t anything new. And this sentiment is largely the reason we continue to hear time and time again that the marketing and sales funnels are dead. I understand the argument: Customers aren’t cookie-cutter replicas of one another, and they certainly don’t all experience the sa ...
Demand marketers have been working hard to be the driving force behind marketing’s shift to revenue and customer acquisition. They have been applying new tools and techniques to turbocharge their inbound efforts and trying to infuse predictability into the big investment they are pouring into outbound paid acquisition.
In the midst of football season, it’s budgeting time for marketers. For most, marketing automation has been bought and implemented already. According to Gleanster, 84 percent of top-performing companies reported using or planning to start using marketing automation between 2012 and 2015. With the quarterback in place, organizations need strong wide receivers and running back ...
Marketing data is flowing all over the place these days. Research from Teradata this year shows that 78 percent of marketers now use data systematically, versus 36 percent in 2013. The proliferation of data from a continuously expanding number of sources is creating headaches and opportunities — depending on your perspective.
Inbound marketing is the cool kid on the block. The number of marketers who state they’re practicing inbound jumped 25 percent between 2013 and 2014. It makes sense: If the content is engaging and relevant, the right customers will come — and they’ll be the right customers because they’re consuming content on their own accord.
As marketers, we are expected to be creative — the brains behind the next big campaign to help differentiate our brand, products and services. And that is still very much part of the role today; but, given the urgency for CMOs to use people, processes and technology to provide clear ROI and an awesome customer experience, it’s time for a quick pause.
Previously, marketing operations was the “island of misfit toys,” as described by Sirius Decisions’ Craig Moore at the Marketing Operations Executive Summit last year. But with roots in strategic planning and budgeting, this department is increasingly focused on customer acquisition — and it’s becoming the marketing nerve center to drive marketing and customer technology systems and processes.