B2B sales


The Top 6 Most Common Account-Based Marketing Challenges and Obstacles

The road to success in account-based marketing (ABM) can be fraught with challenges and obstacles that each agency has to overcome. While some of these issues may be specific to the agency and its method of operating, some recurring problems …

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Using Content in the Sales Process

Tips For Using Content in the Sales Process Successfully We feel that content is just as important in the sales process as it is in marketing. Content in the sales process is an excellent way to nurture prospects down the …

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The seven most effective account-based marketing activities

As your marketing efforts become more complex, they can also become more time-consuming. One of the reasons some organizations remain loyal to an ineffective sales approach is because making the leap to an inbound marketing, account-based marketing, and agile marketing …

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Enterprise IT spending statistics for 2018

The Many Unpredictable Factors That Influence Enterprise IT Spending in 2018 Predicting growth and the related costs in certain parts of an enterprise can be as simple as plugging numbers into a formula. If you’re adding more desks to your …

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Why Do Marketing Plans Fail?

What Can Cause Marketing Plans to Fail? Sometimes even a well-executed marketing plan fails. When this happens, teams should dissect what went wrong to prevent failure from happening again (or at least the same type of failure). Marketers who simply …

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What to Do With Purchased Lead Lists in Your Inbound Marketing Strategy

In order to scale marketing and sales efforts quickly, companies often purchase or “scrape” lists of leads or work with “appointment setting” firms who do such activities. But even if these lists include high-priority companies and covetable job titles, they …

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Webinar Marketing: Tips for Increasing Attendance and Generating Leads

Webinars can be a great tactic for generating qualified leads and demonstrating thought-leadership in a subject area, which helps to nurture sales opportunities. Over 60% of marketers use webinars as part of their content marketing programs (Content Marketing Institute). The …

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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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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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Using Lead Data to Improve Your B2B Close Rate

Platforms that automate marketing and collect contact data are helpful to marketers, naturally. But did you know marketing automation has immense value for sales teams, too? By using the marketing data collected on your leads, you can craft a sales …

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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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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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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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How to Optimize a Blog: The Blog Optimization Checklist

Blog optimization is key to maintaining consistent traffic and engaging readers. Instead of simply posting and moving on, businesses should take time to optimize each post to ensure user satisfaction. It’s not just new posts that need optimization; older blog …

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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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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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Top Strategies to Manage Marketing Data Overload And Increase Success Rates

Marketing executives can no longer complain that that data derived from marketing technology lacks actionable insight. Instead, with the majority of CMOs embracing new and fast-evolving marketing tech, the outsized concern is feeling overwhelmed due to the amount of data …

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SEO for Technology Companies – Best Practices and Practical Tips

Search engine optimization is important for every B2B company. However, SEO for technology companies is especially crucial, because in the tech market, you’re competing against many companies who also have a strong online presence. Your leads are tech-savvy, and in …

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How to Generate Leads for Software Development Projects

To generate leads for software development projects, you must go all-in on a lead generation and conversion strategy. Your ideal customers are searching for solutions online, so you need to be ready with a digital strategy that compels them. It is …

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Essential Advice for Your Manufacturing Marketing Strategy

For industrial companies trying to break into a digital market, there are plenty of opportunities for your manufacturing marketing strategy: lead generation, customer conversion, and brand awareness. However: According to the CMI, only 1% of manufacturing marketing teams rate their marketing …

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