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Top 4 Trends Influencing the 2017 B2B Content Marketing Budget

Posted by Tejasvi Desai on Sep 23, 2016 2:34PM

Move Over 2016, New B2B Content Marketing Trends for 2017 Are Here!

As the significance of content marketing continues to grow in the B2B industry, marketers have loosened their purse strings to make more room for it in their budget for the new fiscal year. A report released by PulsePoint and Digiday found that by 2017, content marketing and native ad budgets will grow 59 percent and 46 percent respectively; potentially outpacing search and social budgets.

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Topics: B2B Marketing, Content Marketing, B2B Inbound Marketing

Is Your Content Marketing Strategy Really Working For You?

Posted by Tejasvi Desai on Mar 10, 2016 12:40PM

Measuring What Matters for Inbound Marketing Metrics

In today’s data driven world, metrics rule the outcome of any marketing strategy, but focus too narrowly on numbers and you might just end up losing perspective.

Metrics don’t always mean success, which is why you need to measure what matters. If you are looking to reap a sound ROI on your content marketing strategy, it is imperative that the associated results are closely aligned with your goals.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing, Content Marketing Strategy

Why Inbound Marketing Is the Best Sales Enablement Tool

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Jan 22, 2016 4:23PM

Are You a Sales Enabler or Are You the Sales Disabler?

Being an enabler—in most circumstance—has gotten a bad rap. As an inbound marketing consultant, it’s right where I want to be. It is, in fact, my purpose for being (at least professionally), my Holy Grail. Yup, through the evergreen and helpfully informative content I’ve helped you create on your website, “I’ll” sit there all night helping you to get the hits you yearn for. And that’s just a small piece of the inbound marketing action I can provide for you (because I can also be a faithful and indefatigable brand ambassador for you). Strung out metaphors aside, this is serious stuff, and your business depends on me doing mine.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing, Sales Enablement Tools, Sales Enablement, Inbound Marketing Consultant, Sales Enablement Strategy

Common Challenges in B2B Inbound Marketing

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Dec 11, 2015 6:32PM

Get Better Training and Buy-In for B2B Inbound Marketing

B2B Inbound marketing, while extremely effective, comes with challenges. Year after year, companies seem to struggle with the same efforts. While proving the ROI of marketing activities is still the top challenge, finding an executive sponsor and team training are rapidly rising to the top of the list. Companies need both executive buy-in and appropriate training of sales and marketing teams to achieve the inbound marketing success they strive for. While all other challenges mentioned in this survey have declined from the previous year, these two have increased. HubSpot’s “State of Inbound 2015” report examines these developing trends.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, B2B marketing strategy, Content Marketing, B2B Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing Plan, Inbound Marketing ROI, Content Marketing Workshops

A Content Marketing Plan Provides Your Best Sales Enablement Tools

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Oct 13, 2015 4:1PM

The Direct Link between Content Marketing and Sales

Joe, Shirley, Ruth, and James are hardworking sales people. And they hit their numbers every time. But you need the numbers to increase and your company wants to shift into new markets, so you’re facing a double whammy of a transition. They all have very different personalities and approaches to work, and their own preferences for how and when they communicate to prospects and customers. You spend way too much time creating sales enablement strategies that support each of their styles of working. You need a plan that will encompass all their work habits and keep you from having to micromanage their different approaches for engaging with clients. On top of that, corporate is after you to align branding and messaging more consistently. You need a content marketing plan. 

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Topics: Content Marketing, Content Marketing Strategy, Content Marketing Plan, Sales Enablement

Why You Need a Sales-Centric Content Marketing Strategy NOW!

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Oct 9, 2015 3:15PM

A Content Marketing Plan Is all about Sales

You’re comfortable doing business the way you’ve been doing it for years. We get that. But there’s an inherent problem with that. Your customers and prospects aren’t; their buying habits have changed—dramatically. Technology has been driving this content marketing train for a while now, and the painful reality is that if you don’t jump onboard, your potential customers will be leaving the station without you. Stale metaphors aside, you really need to get on track with how business is being done and create a content marketing plan. Okay, bad puns behind us now, let’s get to the meat of it.

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Topics: Content Marketing, Content Marketing Strategy, Content Marketing Plan

Does Content Marketing Really Help the Sales Team?

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Oct 1, 2015 5:29PM

How a Content Marketing Plan Can Save the Sales & Marketing Marriage

We all feel the pressure to be as efficient at our jobs as possible. Metrics dictate our decisions, follow us around, and predict our relative success … or failure. No one feels this more profoundly than salespeople. After all, if you distill it down, our jobs depend on their success. If nothing’s being sold, nobody’s getting paid. Having said that, the sales team isn’t in it alone. Marketing is an integral arm of sales. Traditionally, they have begrudgingly co-existed in many organizations—kind of like a bad arranged marriage. Both know they have an obligation to be there, yet they’ve discovered they don’t always speak the same language. There’s a disconnect that threatens to derail the best intentions of—what should be—a fruitful union. Content marketing is proven to attract prospects, and sales should be happy to embrace this methodology, because it will deliver the kind of leads they have been demanding for a long time.

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Topics: Content Marketing, Content Marketing Strategy, Content Marketing Plan

Why Do Industrial Manufacturers Need a Content Marketing Plan?  

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Sep 25, 2015 4:34PM

What Is Content Marketing? Oh, You’re Already Doing it—Now Plan on Making Money from it!

You know that rabbit hole you go down each time you read an article online and then click on one link, only to click on another, which has you reading an article about the pros and cons of this and that, eventually taking you to a product page? From there, you start clicking down the customer reviews—some of which may even redirect you to another product entirely? Which takes you down that rabbit hole all over again?

That zig and zag through the content marketing minefield is just how business is done these days—both for B2C and B2B endeavors, whether you realize it or not. But wait! The good news is that it’s mining gold … and it can for your industrial manufacturing business when you get on the other side of it. 

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Topics: Content Marketing, Content Marketing Plan

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