How Lead Generation Controls the Cost of Information


With an age of information comes the race to capitalize it and at the same time, share the benefits of doing so. Yet unfortunately, that’s not usually the picture people have about it these days. Instead, everything from the most harmless lead generation campaigns up to your average government survey is viewed as suspect. “Privacy is dead” cry so many advocates.

Yet because out of fear of offending any such advocates (whether they’re in the telemarketing lists or among blog subscribers), many companies undermine their lead generation efforts.

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Social Media and Sales Leads – Are they Both Subjective?


It’s easy to think that sales leads are subjective. More specifically, plenty of organizations have marketers and salespeople constantly go back and forth on defining leads that actually produce sales.

What about social media, though? It’s not news that critics love to decry the medium for actually destroying social skills. But from that debate, you can only ask: What defines as social?

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B2B Marketing Tips – When Stupid Works


Like many social media trends, the Ice Bucket Challenge has received its customary scorn from the crowd that scorns them best. The whole thing seems to reek with the cheesy, millennial stupidity that seems to belie a lack of creativity than an abundance of it.

At least, that’s what you’ll hear from people who typically sling eggs at anything to do with social media. Yet in spite of their argumentation, enlightenment, and sympathetic disillusionment, one thing hasn’t changed.

This stupid stunt still worked.

So is this a sign that your B2B marketing campaign could use a bit of stupid or is it just stooping to its undesirable level?

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D-Day – How B2B Marketers Celebrate 70 Years of its Classic Wartime Strategies


June 6 marks the day Allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy on what is popularly known today as D-Day: the operation that turned the tides of the Second World War and ended the great conflict. As preparations are being made to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the landings, B2B marketers can do their part by learning the tactics which brought about D-Day’s success.

Back then, the main objective of the Allied powers was not the capture of all the landing points but rather to land in a small area, establish a beachhead, and expand from that point. For marketers, it’s basic entry strategy. You don’t just go for the entire market. You start at a particular niche, your beachhead, and start expanding your company’s own army of sales, employees, and assorted marketers.

Infantry and Mechanized Landings – Gaining Trust

In most cases, it’s easier to get a minor commitment first instead of starting with a major commitment because you can just simply work your way from the former to the latter. How do you do this in marketing? You simply establish rapport and use lead nurturing to establish trust over time. You don’t pitch your entire solution but gradually engage with them long enough to fill them in on it.

Naval Artillery Support – Demand Generation

To support the element of surprise on the German defense line, thousands of Allied naval ships helped the incoming infantry with artillery bombardments along the shores and further inland to eliminate or suppress enemy artillery and personnel.

In a way, those destroyers are akin to demand generation activities. You don’t want the competition sealing you out by consuming their territorial share of prospect attention.

Examples of this approach can include websites full of regular blog posts or sending newsletters in exchange for contact information. This will keep prospect attention on your business and support additional engagement efforts.

The Secured Beachhead – Sustainability

Despite victory at the beachhead, the Allies failed to achieve other objectives on the actual date of the landings. Hesitant decisions from supporting air and artillery support compromised the elements of surprise and helped the Nazi strongholds prepare for a better defense line.

But still, it was thanks to maintaining that little shore that the infantry managed to spread control. B2B marketers should maintain their own line if they hope to expand into deeper market territory. That includes having sustainability and reduced overhead.

Airborne Landings and Support – Inside Influence

It was the largest naval invasion in history so air support was also a critical factor against the German occupied defense line. Airborne troops paradropped behind enemy lines so that their offense ensured the attacks were now from all sides. In a sense, this is simply a quicker version of planting spies prior to wartime.

Marketers apply both forms when they gain influence from within the industry. Think of ways to drop in on critical industry influencer and win them over from inside the market. This also works with individual prospect companies. Find an insider who can vouch for your company from inside their organization and open their doors to you.

Finally, know that this land-and-expand strategy works best when you’re too preoccupied with always generating new customers. As always, B2B marketers and sales reps should follow the 80/20 rule. If it was good enough for the D-Day veterans, it should be good enough for you!


Defining the Content in Content Marketing


Whether you know it or not, your business is already using content marketing as part of the overall marketing strategy. It’s arguably the most critical piece of any inbound marketing strategy.

But how exactly do you define it? Is it blogging? Is it PR? Will this even include the content of your telemarketing scripts or email templates?

Let’s start with a general definition. Content marketing is really about providing valuable information or creative content to current and potential customers for the purpose of:

  • Building trust
  • Brand awareness
  • Positive sentiment

A successful content marketing campaign presents you as one trusted expert in your field. In turn, this makes it easier to maintain a long-term business relationship by holding your focus on it instead of just winning your daily sales quota.

Strategies in this type of marketing analyze the different ways content is found across the buyer’s journey, the customer lifecycle, and other different customer experiences and touchpoints. It also looks for means of integrating it with other (bigger) marketing strategies.

But despite the many ones you’re likely to find, they have the three objectives in common. That way, no no matter how many different forms that marketing content takes, you can keep it consistent.

  • Knowing your Buyer’s Preferences – Buyer personas have an impact on content marketing just as any other. In fact, content marketing only makes them more dynamic. You will always want to know what kind of buyer would buy what kind of product. This leads to understanding the different kinds of people who prefer different kinds of content (and in different kinds of channels).
  • Using Goals to Define ‘Better Content’ – Are you trying to build traffic? Improve conversion? Many people don’t know just how much of their marketing is using the content you create. That’s why you should try aligning their goals along with yours.
  • Adapt to Industry Changes – When an industry changes, so do the buyers it caters too. Look at how B2B marketing itself has changed because of the new trends in content marketing. Thanks to birth of search engines and social media, they have again redefined content’s role. It’s the same when you learn of other changes in your industry and need to inform the target market about these changes.

You may not even need to immerse yourself completely to understand content’s vital role. You just need to recognize what that role is. Don’t worry about giving a bigger slice of your budget for an exclusive content marketing campaign. Content itself can just ties with your other marketing goals without too much of a demand on your investment.


B2B Marketing Tips – Staying True to Your Face


Think of your old marketing like a literal silo that stored grain for the population but eventually became insufficient because you were getting more sources of grain. That’s why you ended up building more silos to accommodate.

On the other hand, will these silos eventually replace the oldest one? It’s like one day, you’re suddenly presented with the option of tearing it down. However, everyone’s actually grown attached to this old monument. It represented your original marketing identity.

How do you maintain your old identity without necessarily ignoring the need to maintaining the silos representing your new sources of leads?

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How B2B Marketing Can Celebrate Customer Anniversaries


Anniversaries symbolize the birth of something important and had lasted the ups and downs of its life. Even for a business, that’s something you have to acknowledge (if not celebrate). This applies to not just your own company’s anniversary but the anniversary of your own B2B clients!

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Content Marketing Tips – The Character of a Thought Leader


One of the must-dos of inbound marketing is being a thought leader. Put in a simpler way, you have to be the guy who everyone goes to even before the Google.

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Using Outbound to Amp Up Social Lead Generation


Old and costly they may be, plenty of creative professionals still list outbound marketing as part of their strategies (despite the increasing doubt on their effectiveness).

Marketers have always been speculating if this age of digital and social media has whether or not spelled the end of outbound marketing. But despite these rumors, there are those who still say such speculation is largely overrated and that businesses shouldn’t be so quick to retire their outbound marketing resources.

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Spring Cleaning Your B2B Marketing Strategies


With spring comes spring cleaning. And it’s not just the home and office that needs cleaning out, the same applies to your current B2B marketing strategies.

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