How to Manage Expectations Around Marketing Vanity Metrics

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B2B marketers beware: Marketing vanity metrics are easy on the eyes but only skim the surface when it comes to actual value. Although vanity metrics make you feel good about your marketing efforts, these surface-level metrics only reveal part of the story.

But, fear not dear marketer! If you turn your attention to the metrics that matter, you can improve your marketing strategy and communicate the important insights to leadership.

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Get the Most Out of Your Marketing Automation Platform

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All sales and marketing tools make big promises—more leads, more engagement, higher click-through rate, better sales—but none more so than marketing automation.

For those who aren’t familiar, marketing automation tools are exactly what they sound like—tools that automate certain marketing practices. These tools not only perform day-to-day marketing functions like email, social media, and website updates but they also provide valuable insights into the types of campaigns and content that resonate with their audience.

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6 Questions to Ask When Creating Your Email Marketing Budget

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In 2017, email marketing turned half a century old. Yet, B2B marketing professionals continue to rank the channel high on their list of preferred marketing tactics.

The reason for this is simple. Email marketing is an inexpensive way to promote products, increase sales, and retain customers. In fact, email marketing has a median ROI of 122%– more than 4 times higher than other marketing channels, including social media, direct mail, and paid search (source).

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The Beginner’s Guide to Marketing for Financial Advisors

Due to the legal issues with compliance, many financial advisors choose to avoid the headache and stay away from digital marketing. This is a wasted opportunity. There are ample marketing solutions that can help you increase your online presence while staying FINRA compliant.

So, whether you’re just starting out or trying to grow your business, there are a host of marketing tactics financial professionals can employ to increase their market share.

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7 Steps to Improve Email Deliverability

Take a look at your inbox – how many unread or deleted messages do you have? And how many of them are from companies trying to catch your attention?

This is the reality of email marketing today. As such, it’s crucial to understand best practices that can help you improve email deliverability and compete in an environment where much is outside your control. Continue reading “7 Steps to Improve Email Deliverability”

4 Problems with Marketing Automation [Infographic]

marketing automation infographicMarketing automation has seen incredible growth in the last decade. In fact, 55% of B2B companies report using marketing automation as part of their marketing strategy (source).

Though marketing automation platforms have become more popular, modern marketers are still not sure how to fully leverage their capabilities to see optimal results. In fact, a recent study reported only 14% of marketers describe their use of marketing automation as “good” or better (source).

Fear not, today we show you how to solve four of the top B2B marketing automation problems.
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7 Habits the Most Productive Marketers Swear By

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Why do some marketers seem to generate significantly better results than others? It may seem like successful marketers are simply more skilled and motivated— but often, this is not the case. In reality, routines and habits are what separates best-in-class marketers from the rest of the pack.

The most productive marketers rely on good habits and systems instead of falling back on motivation, willpower, and ineffective productivity hacks. As best-selling author James Clear wrote in his book, Atomic Habits, “You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

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5 Must-Know Best Practices for Employee Development

employee developmentWhen it comes to maintaining a company’s success, it’s not only essential to hire great employees—but it’s also essential to help your current employees grow and develop over time. And, in today’s hyper-competitive business landscape, the need for an ongoing commitment to employee development is even more pressing.

But, maintaining high performance isn’t the only reason to invest in employee development—it will also keep employees satisfied and fulfilled with their careers. In fact, 86% of employees consider opportunities for professional and career development important to overall job satisfaction (source). It should come as no surprise that a lack of growth opportunities is one of the leading causes of employee turnover (source). Continue reading “5 Must-Know Best Practices for Employee Development”

A Guide to Recruiting Financial Advisors

recruiting financial advisorsDid you know that the average financial advisor in the United States is older than 50 years old? Or that only 5 percent of advisors are younger than 30 (source)?

In fact, research group Cerulli Associates has found that the number of financial advisors in the U.S. has fallen every year since 2010 (source). Advising firms have been plagued by a decreasing workforce, which will only get worse, as Cerulli claims that approximately 100,000 more advisors will retire over the next decade. Continue reading “A Guide to Recruiting Financial Advisors”