3 Times to Avoid Scripted Social Media

scripted social mediaFrom the time social media became a viable marketing channel, B2B companies have been looking for ways to automate social processes.  Although social media tools have made this easier—with features like post scheduling, conversation monitoring, and hashtag tracking—some aspects of social selling can’t be pre-planned.

Today we’re covering a topic that B2B marketers have disputed for years—scripted social media. If you’re not familiar, scripted social media is the process of using pre-written, well-vetted messaging as part of your corporate social media strategy. Continue reading “3 Times to Avoid Scripted Social Media”

B2B Blog Post Round-Up: Choosing Influencers & More

april b2b blog post round upWelcome to our eighth installment in our series of B2B Blog Post Round-Ups. As part of an effort to promote content we contribute to outside publications, each month we compile a list of our five favorite articles that we’ve written for other thought leaders and industry experts.

Today’s edition features content about lead generation, data-driven recruitment, marketing influencer selection and more.  Check it out! Continue reading “B2B Blog Post Round-Up: Choosing Influencers & More”

The Beginner’s Guide to Lead Scoring

lead scoringMost marketers operate under one primary goal– to generate leads for their business. But, if you work in marketing, you know not all leads convert into paying customers. So that begs the question: How do you determine which leads are most likely to become buyers? And, how can you optimize campaigns to generate better leads?

Enter: lead scoring. Today we’re telling you everything there is to know about lead scoring – what it is, why it’s important, and how you can implement an effective lead scoring strategy as part of your overall marketing efforts.

Ready to learn more? Keep reading. Continue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to Lead Scoring”

The Business Leader’s Guide to Marketing and Sales Alignment

marketing and sales alignmentDiscord between marketing and sales departments is an age-old story. The marketing team gets annoyed at the sales team for failing to follow up on leads and in return, the sales team is annoyed with the marketing team for generating low-quality leads in the first place.

As it turns out—neither team is wrong. Research shows the average sales team ignores 50% of marketing leads (source). And, conversely, 61% of B2B marketers send all leads directly to sales, yet only 27% of those leads are qualified (source). So, what’s a business leader to do? Continue reading “The Business Leader’s Guide to Marketing and Sales Alignment”

4 Signs Your Customer and Contact Database Needs Help

customer and contact databaseThough you may not realize it, your sales and marketing database is one of your company’s most valuable assets. When compromised by dirty data, your entire business will feel the impact. In fact, more than 40% of business objectives fail due to inaccurate data (source).

Worried about data quality? Here are four sure signs your B2B database could use a little help. Continue reading “4 Signs Your Customer and Contact Database Needs Help”

6 Ways to Establish a Trustworthy Brand

trustworthy brandThe strongest brands have one thing in common– a loyal base of trusting customers. Trust is at the center of every business strategy– without it, you’ll struggle to, develop relationships, win business, and retain customers.

Jim Stengel, former global marketing officer of Procter & Gamble puts it best, “We’re seeing more of an emphasis on brands building emotional relationships with consumers because it’s powerful and it works. When you do it, you have a much stronger affinity, a much stronger business, much stronger growth, and much stronger results.” Continue reading “6 Ways to Establish a Trustworthy Brand”

78 Customer Engagement Statistics

customer engagement statisticsOn the most basic level, customer engagement can be defined as the ongoing relationship between a brand and its customers. And, even though customer engagement is only a piece of the marketing puzzle, it shouldn’t be ignored. Engaged customers spend more money, actively support branding initiatives, and often become your company’s best ambassadors.

No matter how big your company is, the industry you work in, or the products you sell, customer engagement is vital to the growth of your business. For this reason, we put together a list of important customer engagement statistics to guide your customer engagement strategy. Continue reading “78 Customer Engagement Statistics”

How to Develop a Corporate Social Media Policy

corporate social media policyIt’s 2018– by now, social media has infiltrated every aspect of our lives; whether we’re documenting our commute via Facebook live, sharing our latest culinary find with our Instagram followers or simply keeping up with the latest headlines on Twitter, there is hardly a time when we aren’t connected to a social platform – even at work.

With the adoption of social networking as a business practice, the line between personal and professional is becoming more and more blurred. So what’s acceptable employee social media use and what’s not? Consider the following (source): Continue reading “How to Develop a Corporate Social Media Policy”

B2B Blog Post Round-Up: Content, Prospect Expectations & More

b2b blog post round upWelcome to our seventh installment in our series of B2B blog post round-ups. If you’re not familiar with the ZoomInfo blog, these monthly round-ups feature blog posts, articles, and guides the ZoomInfo team has contributed to outside publications.

This month’s round-up features topics like content marketing, managing prospect expectations, lead generation, and more.

Let’s get into it! Continue reading “B2B Blog Post Round-Up: Content, Prospect Expectations & More”

4 Reasons Marketers Love Jay Baer

jay baerIf you’re an avid reader of the ZoomInfo blog, you’re already familiar with the name Jay Baer. If you’re not, allow us to introduce you. Jay is a well-known marketing influencer and industry expert who has 24 years of digital marketing and customer experience under his belt.

Jay’s resume is impressive—boasting consulting experience for more than 700 companies, including 34 of the FORTUNE 500. He’s created five multi-million dollar companies and is a 7th-generation entrepreneur. On top of his professional resume, Jay is an avid tequila collector and a certified barbecue judge. Continue reading “4 Reasons Marketers Love Jay Baer”