Author Archives: Krysta Williams

B2B Marketing Automation: A Q&A

b2b marketing automationZoomInfo first discussed the use of marketing automation six years ago. Since then, a lot has changed in the B2B marketing world. Marketing automation has grown immensely. In fact, 55% of B2B companies report using marketing automation as part of their marketing strategy (source).

While the use of marketing automation has become more prevalent since 2011, marketers still struggle to fully leverage the capabilities of their marketing automation software. In fact, a recent study reported only 14% of marketers describe their use of marketing automation as “good” or better (source).

In an effort to provide an updated look at marketing automation, we’re answering the same questions we covered in our original post from 2011. Read More

36 B2B Data Statistics: The Effect of Dirty Data on ROI

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There is no greater asset to your organization than your B2B database. However, when your database becomes cluttered with outdated, incomplete or inaccurate contact information, it can prove to be a costly obstacle along your route to success. From marketing, lead generation and customer relationships, to sales and even revenue, dirty data can have an insurmountable impact on all areas of your business.

As frustrating as it may be, data decay is a natural outcome of the ever changing B2B landscape; professionals are constantly changing positions, titles, locations and places of work, rendering data useless. Even if you don’t see the direct impact of dirty data to your bottom line, there is no question that your sales and marketing teams would perform even better if your contact data was regularly cleansed and optimized.

Still not convinced? Let’s see if some cold, hard facts can change your mind. Here are 36 statistics about dirty data that highlight the importance of database maintenance:

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6 Steps to B2B Blogging Success

In 2010, we first discussed the importance of B2B blogging. We wrote, “along with social media platforms, blogs are a fundamental way for B2B companies to communicate with their customers about their products and services.” While this still holds true, a lot has changed in the B2B blogosphere.

If done successfully, B2B blogging can be enormously effective at driving organic traffic to your website, engaging potential buyers, and generating high-quality leads for your sales team. In fact, B2B marketers that blog get 67% more leads than those that do not (source).

Today, we’re re-visiting the topic and providing you with the six steps to B2B blogging success. Read More

The B2B Marketer’s Guide to Lead Nurturing

lead nurturingIn an ideal world, all incoming leads would be ready to buy—unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In fact, 73% of all B2B leads are not ready to purchase the first time they interact with your brand. Yet, up to 80% of those prospects will be ready to buy from you – or a competitor – within 24 months (source). The trick to bridging this gap is to prevent these leads from going cold. Enter, lead nurturing.

Lead nurturing is the process of developing meaningful relationships with potential customers throughout every stage of the buyer’s journey. Instead of forcing a sales pitch on someone who may not be ready, nurturing identifies the needs of the prospect and provides them with the answers they are searching for.

Lead nurturing has become a profitable marketing practice and is considered an integral part of many B2B marketing strategies. One recent study found companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads, at a 33% lower cost; while another study stated that nurtured leads make 47% larger purchases (source). Read More

The B2B Marketer’s Guide to Measuring Social Media ROI

social media roiCompared to its humble beginnings, social media marketing has become a staple in the B2B community with more than $5.4 billion spent on social marketing efforts in the United States alone in 2016 (source). However, 14% of B2B companies still refuse to participate in social media initiatives. When asked why, many cited the difficulties associated with measuring the ROI of their social media efforts (source).

Unlike other marketing strategies, calculating ROI on social initiatives can be difficult for a number of factors. However, it’s not impossible. Keep reading for our top tips and best practices: Read More

The B2B Marketer’s Guide to Social Listening

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By now, brands understand that a strong social media presence is made up of more than just a steady stream of content. It requires a comprehensive strategy.

Enter, social listening. For those who may be unfamiliar, social listening is exactly what it sounds like: a process of listening to online conversations between customers or potential buyers in an effort to gain valuable brand and industry insights.

Here are three quick ways you can implement social listening today: Read More