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Direct mail – an award-winning B2B channel

Posted by Kenneth Connolly on 02-Dec-2019 17:33:21

We all live in a digital world. We join video conferences from our phones, receive text messages on smart watches, and read emails on tablets – it couldn’t be more convenient. However, if we put our ‘marketer’ hats on, this narrative changes slightly. What we’ve got now is an audience that’s bombarded with ads and communications on a daily basis, a variety of barriers (like spam filters), and a degree of apathy towards marketing that’s difficult to overcome. This all sounds bleak, but it doesn’t need to be. There’s a solution that not only achieves cut-through in a digital world, but has also been a mainstay for multiple decades – direct mail.

Topics: B2B marketing, B2B direct mail, Direct Mail, B2B Awards, B2B Creative Strategy

Personalisation and segmentation: The extra push for your emails

Posted by Josh Tyler on 26-Nov-2019 09:00:00

 

To achieve real results with inbound marketing, you need to send the right message to the right person. So, how do you figure out what and who that is?

Topics: marketing leads, B2B Segmentation, B2B Marketing Personalisation, b2b marketing emails, multi channel b2b marketing

8 tips to optimise your B2B database for 2020

Posted by Gemma Roalf on 18-Nov-2019 12:48:13

No matter how creative or high impact your B2B campaigns are, without good quality data, they just won’t deliver.

If you want to start Q1 strong, now’s the time to audit and refresh your B2B prospect database. This will ensure pinpoint accuracy, insights on key decision-makers and of course, volume - the perfect trio for maximising response. So, with this in mind, here’s our top tips to optimise your data for the coming year…

Topics: B2B Marketing Data Analysis, b2b marketing challenges, B2B Marketing Metrics, marketing leads, multi channel b2b marketing, b2b data audit, b2b marketing analytics, data optimisation

Boost your marketing campaign with these data modelling techniques

Posted by Jonny Drodge on 23-Oct-2019 11:10:00

With the ever-growing complexity of B2B marketing, marketers are increasingly expected to move away from vanity metrics towards real actionable measurements for ever more transparent and trackable campaigns. They also need to prove real ROI and use evidence and data to aid in campaign decision-making. But, with all the different analytical models out there, how can marketers effectively put on their statistician hats and ensure they are using data effectively in their campaigns?

Topics: B2B Data Analysis, b2b attribution modelling, b2b propensity modelling, b2b marketing analytics, b2b cohort analysis

Maximising ‘Marketing at the speed of light’

Posted by Jeff Dickenson on 30-Sep-2019 11:04:17

Last week I was invited to a presentation by B2B Marketing on ‘Marketing at the speed of light’. It gives great insight into the latest trends and challenges B2B marketers are facing in industry right now, and touches on the things we need to get to grips with to evolve.

Topics: B2B marketing, b2b creative, B2B Creative Strategy, b2b marketing trends, creative big idea

We’ve gone and done it again at the B2B Marketing Awards

Posted by Kenneth Connolly on 15-Aug-2019 19:15:06

Anyone marketing their product or service in the B2B space will know about the International B2B Marketing Awards. This annual event is the pinnacle of the industry and recognises the very best in business-to-business marketing. Drawing in hundreds of the industry’s brightest and most creative minds, the evening itself is always one to remember, but the journey starts with the shortlist.

Topics: B2B marketing, International B2B Marketing Awards, award winning, #b2bawards

Inject rocket fuel into your marketing strategy… with personas

Posted by Harriet Terrill on 24-Apr-2019 13:49:30

If you’re even a little bit unsure about persona documents, you’re not alone – nearly 80% of marketers indicated they were confused about what buyer personas were [i]. So, to help you make sure you’re getting the most out of your marketing strategy, we’ve created this tip sheet, which will give you all the info you need to create personas that drive real results.

Topics: B2B Personas, Buyer Personas, B2B Buyer Personas, B2B Marketing Personas

We’re B2B martech champions!

Posted by Gemma Roalf on 22-Mar-2019 17:25:55

After a fantastic day at B2B Marketing’s Get Stacked event, we’re ecstatic to announce we won “Best use of Marketing Automation” for our client TMF Group at the 2019 Martech Awards, which took place after the day of lectures. We were also ‘Highly Commended’ for the ‘Best use of Martech for Demand Generation’ award, following our work with Redstor. 

Topics: Marketing Automation, martech, marketing technology, b2b martech, Get Stacked

Five top tips (and more) to make your marketing automation awesome

Posted by Ash Chandler on 14-Mar-2019 13:53:01

Are you thinking about your first marketing automation setup? Have you just started the process of embedding marketing automation into your business? Alternatively, are you a seasoned, marketing automation marathoner who has experienced everything marketing automation has to offer?

Topics: B2B Marketing Automation, Marketing Automation, marketing technology, b2b martech

Empowerment at Really B2B

Posted by Tamsyn Osmond on 08-Mar-2019 17:25:18

Girl Boss. The new well-known trend that every woman aspires to be. Ambitious, driven, confident, gets work done with nothing standing in her way. Everyone respects her, nobody doubts her.

Topics: b2b marketing people, empowerment, #IWD2019, International Women's Day

Account-based marketing – be clear and research right

Posted by Kenneth Connolly on 22-Feb-2019 15:59:41

With B2B marketers continuing to increase their budget allocation to ABM, it’s clear that this activity is here to stay. More than just a flash in the pan, account-based marketing is grounded in logic, hyper-personalisation and proven results – hence its popularity. However, with 3 tiers of activity to choose from, and a steep learning curve, it’s not always a straightforward process. There are a few fundamentals which will always remain the same though, and this blog will provide tips and ideas on a couple of these.

Topics: Account Based Marketing, B2B marketing ABM, b2b marketing blogs, B2B research

Ready for a 9 - 5! My first 3 months...

Posted by Naomi Hatherley on 30-Jan-2019 16:52:51

 After 3 years in the big smoke I decided to make the decision to move back to my seaside town of Portsmouth. Not only had I had enough of the hustle and bustle of London, I knew I had more ambition than what my retail job could offer me. To quote Dolly Parton, I knew I was finally ready for a 9 to 5. 

Topics: B2B Marketing Team, B2B Marketing Training, b2b marketing career, b2b marketing account executive

Chatbots in B2B marketing – the next big thing?

Posted by Kenneth Connolly on 28-Jan-2019 16:06:37

On average, B2B companies take 10 hours to respond to a message[i], whereas 5 minutes or less is the optimum time to respond to a lead[ii]

Topics: b2b marketing blogs, martech, chatbots, marketing technology, b2b martech

Introducing XEIM

Posted by Gemma Roalf on 22-Jan-2019 08:53:08

Centaur Media Plc

Centaur’s marketing division rebrands as XEIM to offer broader range of services

Centaur, an international provider of market intelligence and specialist consultancy, today announces the launch of XEIM, the new name for the Group’s marketing businesses.

Topics: really b2b, #marketmakers, XEIM, Marketing Week, Centaur Media, Econsultancy, Oystercatchers, Creative Review, Design Week, Foresight News, Fashion Monitor, eXcellence In Marketing, Year Ahead, Influencer Intelligence, Festival of Marketing

Optimising your database for a strong 2019

Posted by Gemma Roalf on 08-Jan-2019 13:55:38

We all know that without good quality data, no matter how creative or high impact our B2B campaigns are, they just won’t deliver.

Topics: B2B Data Analysis, b2b data audit, b2b data append, 2019 targets