Branding. If you’ve worked in business for any period of time, you likely hear this term thrown around a few times a day. But branding is a fluid, subjective concept that we don’t always take the time to quantify—a must in today’s competitive business landscape.
Today, we explain the importance of a data-driven branding strategy and why contact data hygiene is the key to branding success. Let’s get into it. Continue reading “Contact Data Hygiene and the Future of Branding”
Growth hacking—though, not a new concept, has swept the business world in recent months. The term refers to the use of experimentation and creativity as a means to ignite a company’s growth. Growth hackers skip the big-budget production of conventional marketing in favor of low-cost alternatives that grow and engage their user base.
Traditionally, growth hacking has been associated with small budget, tech start-ups. However, in the last few years, the strategy has become an integral component of many B2B business models. Continue reading “The Marketer’s Guide to B2B Growth Hacking”
There’s no way around it, bad data impacts every aspect of a business—from lead generation to marketing, to customer relationships, to cold calling, to revenue. After all, if you can’t reach your prospects or customers, your message, offer, and product no longer matter.
Consider these statistics (source): Continue reading “What is B2B Data: The Data Maintenance Glossary”
Have you ever spent months planning a lead generation campaign, only to be disappointed by its results? We’ve all been there. In fact, generating high-quality leads is the biggest challenge for B2B marketers (source).
Even the best B2B lead generation programs fall flat sometimes—regardless of planning, strategy, and effort. If you’re struggling to generate leads, it’s time to take it back to the basics and reset your lead generation strategy for success. Continue reading “4 Ways to Reset Your B2B Lead Generation Program”
In an ideal world, sales reps would spend all day sending emails, taking calls, and ultimately, doing what they do best—selling. But, sadly, this isn’t often the case. There’s a lot more to sales than meets the eye. Other selling tasks include prospecting, administrative work, data entry, market research, etc.
The best sales reps have developed an arsenal of productivity hacks to balance the administrative work with the actual sales process. Today we share our own set of productivity tips, in the form of sales productivity statistics. Continue reading “51 Career-Changing Sales Productivity Statistics”
Text messaging apps, or chat apps, are a hotbed for marketing activity right now. Now, we know what you’re thinking. Messaging apps are commonly thought of as a quick and easy way to exchange private messages, images, and gifs. Yet, text messaging apps are evolving into so much more. In fact, reports show they boast 20% more monthly active users than social networking sites (source).
As a result, the popularity of messaging apps provides a unique opportunity for marketers—think about it, these apps have an expansive user base of customers willing to interact with businesses and spend money on products. Continue reading “Choose the Right Text Messaging App [Infographic]”
From 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”
Welcome 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 “April 2018 B2B Blog Post Round-Up”
Most 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”
Discord 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”