Write Email Subject Lines that Your Prospects Will Click (Even if They’re Beyond Busy)

 

You’re busy. And even if you love your work, your days are filled with the mundane. (Even if you’re a Hollywood celebrity — how else do you explain their penchant to invent drama?)

Your prospects are also busy and also surrounded with the mundane. They’re sitting at their desks each morning, going through dozens of emails, just like every other morning. Their …Read More

Use Case Studies to Shorten Sales Cycles and Convince Wary Prospects

 

Committing to an enterprise-level purchase is a stressful decision for most B2B buyers. There are real consequences to the business if a vendor performs badly, such as angry customers, lost revenue, or fines associated with failing to follow regulations. An individual’s promotion (or job) could be on the line if things don’t go as planned. Which is one reason big decisions tend to …Read More

Don’t Be Blinded by Big Data

 

It’s the Age of Big Data. Everything is tracked. Everything is measured. Everything is analyzed.

A 2016 study of 316 executives from large global companies, conducted by Forbes Insights and sponsored by Teradata in partnership with McKinsey, found that 90% of organizations report medium to high levels of investment in big data analytics, and about a third call their investments …Read More

Want to Win at B2B Content Marketing in 2017? Focus on These Fundamentals.

 

Marketing has gotten pretty complicated. There are so many strategies, infinite numbers of tools available, and myriad metrics to track. It can be overwhelming.

Marketers are getting so focused on the new and the changing that they’re losing sight of the fundamental. But the reality is that the fundamentals are still fundamental and they haven’t changed. And if you stay focused …Read More

Content Distribution Strategy is Overrated—Here’s Why (Plus, 3 Ways to Get Better Content Marketing Results)

 

With an overwhelming number of new websites and social media platforms cropping up every day, and with the influence of those sites and platforms constantly changing, marketers are increasingly focused on distribution and promotion strategy: where to share their content and how to get the word out. This is especially true for the notoriously-hard-to-reach B2B market.

In a recent study by Altimeter, …Read More

How to Re-tool Content That Isn’t Converting the Right Leads

 

Scissors are pretty nifty objects. They’ve been around since the time of ancient Egypt and have remained an essential tool in nearly every office and home. They’re really good at cutting things.

But when you want to hang framed artwork in your office or home, those nifty scissors leave something to be desired. You need a tool that’s designed to …Read More

4 Ways Marketing Managers Can Benefit From Working With Pro Freelance Writers

 

Imagine having enough time in the day to actually get your important-but-not-urgent projects finished. Or being able to level up your content marketing. Or increasing the conversions on your landing pages so you’re able to deliver more high-quality leads to sales.

I don’t know of anyone leading an in-house marketing team who wouldn’t want those things. But most in-house teams are kept …Read More

What’s the Job of Marketing? (Hint: it’s not just to get “likes” and “shares”)

 

Marketing and Sales are two teams that are supposed to work together toward a common goal: increased revenue. Too often, these two teams are at odds, because the job of Marketing isn’t clearly spelled out. Is Marketing’s job to get more brand recognition? To get more shares on LinkedIn? To get more traffic coming to the website? Sales never thinks …Read More

The Two Types of Marketers and How to Know Which You Should Hire for Your B2B Company

 

Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room: 80% of CEOs don’t trust marketers. We have about the same reputation as used car salesmen. And for good reason — too many marketers are creative but lack business savvy, particularly when it comes to the reality of the sales funnel and measuring ROI.

The idea of hiring a VP of Marketing or an …Read More