content marketing


Tips for Transitioning from a Sales to a Marketing Career

As sales tactics shift from cold calls and “Always Be Closing” to newer methodologies such as “inbound” and consultative sales, salespeople might find themselves in the midst of an evolution in the marketplace. We see many salespeople wanting to make …

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How to Bring in Better Qualified Marketing Leads to Your B2B Funnel 

A sales funnel is unsuccessful without quality leads to fill it. And as many sales organizations know, in order to drive conversions into opportunities, deals, and new business, you must practice marketing strategies that bring in high-quality, relevant leads with …

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Is Twitter an Effective Social Channel for B2B?

Many B2B companies struggle to use social media in their marketing efforts, but this is a missed opportunity for too many. Twitter can be an effective platform for B2B organizations to connect with their target market. First, look at Twitter’s …

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Tips for Building a B2B Content Strategy for Social Media

Social media and messaging services account for roughly one in every three minutes users spend on the Internet (Global Web Index), which means businesses of all sizes need a sound social media strategy. A good social content strategy for social …

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Tips for Transitioning from Journalism to a Marketing Career

With the increasing popularity of inbound marketing and content marketing, journalists and writers have new options when it comes to career changes. In fact, Harvard Business Review discussed this phenomenon in their article, The Content Market Revolution, saying big brands are poaching …

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15+ B2B Marketing Statistics: What is Relevant for 2018

B2B marketing statistics and trends show the industry’s shift towards a more digital strategy. B2B marketers now heavily rely on content market tactics to bring in leads and grow the lead pool. Below are 15+ statistics that show how B2B …

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20+ Sales Statistics that Matter for 2018

Sales tactics have changed over the past few years. Companies that have shifted from intensively relying on cold prospecting to improving on inbound tactics and lead nurturing to be more competitive in the marketplace and win more clients. Understanding the …

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How to Nurture Content Leads

Many organizations invest heavily in lead acquisition but fail to nurture the leads they acquire. What happens often is a prospect will download the content (say an eBook, white paper, infographic, etc.) and then never take an interest in your …

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How to Get a Job in Marketing without a Degree

It may feel impossible, but getting a job in marketing without a degree is entirely possible. With the numerous marketing bootcamps, online certifications, books, articles, and MOOCs available, the field of marketing is changing, and a traditional degree may not …

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Where Should You Focus B2B Marketing Strategy? Builder vs Driver Activities

“If you build it, they will come.” While this motto worked well for baseball enthusiasts in an Iowan farm town, it doesn’t work so well for a results-driven B2B marketing strategy. Why? Because building marketing assets is only half the …

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Small Business Marketing Trends for 2018 – 10 Stats and Insights

Most small business owners and employees play many roles within the company. In some organizations, different members of the team jump in to help with marketing, and in other organizations, a single person must develop and execute the entire marketing …

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Inbound Marketing Statistics: 10 Stats That Demonstrate Impact

As we move towards a new year, businesses often take time to reflect on what strategies worked and what didn’t work. Organizations think about what tactics to implement in Q1 and what tactics to retire with 2017. If your company …

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The Best Content Types for the Bottom-of-the-Funnel

As buyers move down the sales funnel their discovery process changes. It’s often thought that midway through, and especially at the bottom-of-the-funnel, salespeople take over, leaving marketers to worry only about top-of-the-funnel contacts. While buyers may have more interaction with …

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Most Valuable Types of B2B Sales Content

Purposefully-written content, that aligns with buyer needs, can drive prospects down the sales funnel, increasing close rates. Often times, the content sales teams produce is ineffective, because it is too pushy and sales-driven. This presents an opportunity for marketing teams …

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How to Nurture Leads from the Awareness to Consideration Stage

Lead nurturing is essential for every company who seeks to expand the number of sales opportunities in their sales pipeline. Especially for B2B companies, who confront longer stages cycles with a group buying decision, it’s important to establish a robust …

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Tips for Transitioning from Outbound Marketing to Inbound Marketing

More and more companies are realizing the benefits of inbound marketing over outbound marketing and are therefore transitioning campaigns. Outbound marketing tactics include trade shows, direct mail, email blasts, cold prospecting, and other efforts that push the company message out …

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Inbound Marketing Tips for Building Donor Retention

Acquiring donors and driving new donations may be the top mission of non-profit organizations. But a close second should be donor retention. Over the last 10 years, donor and gift or dollar retention rates have been consistently weak — averaging below …

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Best Channels for Account-Based Marketing Campaigns

Ironpaper often works with clients to generate leads from a tightly targeted “wish list” of accounts — a strategy often called Account-Based Marketing, or ABM. The advantages of this approach are: Clearer utilization of marketing budget Better sales handoff process …

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Agile LinkedIn Best Practices for B2B

LinkedIn sponsored content is one of the best ways for B2B companies to generate targeted, qualified leads. An agile strategy — that is, one that involves testing, iteration, and scalability — is ideal to get the most return on your …

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B2B Sales Middle of the Funnel Content Checklist

B2B companies use terms such as “sales funnel,” “buyer’s journey,” or “buyer’s lifecycle” to discuss how a potential client goes from a prospect (or someone who knows nothing about the B2B company) to purchasing the product or service. No matter …

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Techniques for Writing B2B Case Studies

Business-to-Business (B2B) case studies are a way for companies to showcase the value their solutions provide to clients. The goal is to establish proof and build trust so the prospect feels comfortable progressing down the funnel. Since the solutions behind …

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5 Video Marketing Tools Recommended by Top HubSpot Users

Article by Kevin Kononenko of Databox Inbound experts use these video tools to make their marketing stand out above the competitors Once you’ve created a video or plan on conducting a webinar, you need to devise a plan for reaching your …

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How to Improve a Blog’s Conversion Rate

Building a cadence of publishing with a company blog is only half the battle. Writing and posting quality content is important, but getting people to see the content and then convert is even more critical to a blog’s success. This …

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How to Improve Lead Nurturing Results (The Basics)

Some 42% of marketers told DemandGen they’d been practicing lead nurturing for more than two years. Nevertheless, there’s a lot of room for improvement. Savvy marketers are always on the lookout for best practices. Here are some tips on how …

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What are Buyers Saying about B2B Company Content

B2B company content can be very hit or miss. Sometimes executives like to discuss topics simply not interesting to the reader. At other times, companies make big announcements via content channels that might not be appropriate for outside readers. So …

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5 B2B Content Marketing Stats that Tell What Buyers Really Think

Based on a Statista report, “Content marketing in the U.S.,” B2B and B2C marketers may not know exactly what their buyers are thinking. The company interviewed both marketers and consumers to put together this report dissecting content marketing trends in …

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How to Solve the Top 3 B2B Content Marketing Challenges

B2B marketers strive to reach a select target of business buyers using high-quality content disseminated effectively. Since B2B marketing wants to reach other businesses, some consider it a more difficult task than B2C marketing, which needs to get in front …

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