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The New Year starts now in B2B marketing

Posted by Gemma Roalf on 19-Nov-2020 12:04:15

Ok this is not strictly true, and it may seem a little over-dramatic, but the principle is right. We’d all love to forget this year and get started with 2021 as soon as possible, but there is still plenty of opportunities before December 31st. Let’s put Covid, lockdown, and social restrictions to the back of our mind for a moment or two and consider this… there’s about 5 weeks until Christmas and the decisions you make now can determine not just your end-of-year results but the kind of pipeline your sales people have for 2021.

Topics: B2B marketing, b2b marketing budget, 2021 planning

How B2B marketers can do more with a smaller team

Posted by Kenneth Connolly on 12-Nov-2020 16:49:56

It goes without saying that this year wasn’t what any of us were expecting. Without being too doom and gloom, it’s been difficult on people and businesses alike. Sadly, for our industry, among those hit hard by the economic downturn were marketers. So what does this mean for the future of your organisation? We all know that marketing is the engine room of a company and is responsible for generating future revenue. So now what? Well, yes it’s been a challenging year, but it’s not the end of the story. At Really B2B, we are pragmatic experts who adapt and overcome issues, so here are a couple of ways you can ensure your remaining marketing people are maximising their efforts… and your bottom line.

Topics: B2B Marketing Team, B2B Marketing Strategy, 2021 planning

B2B account-based marketing: Choosing the right accounts

Posted by Kenneth Connolly on 30-Oct-2020 14:47:05

80% of marketers say ABM improves customer lifetime values, while 86% say it improves win rates.[1]

 

Topics: B2B Marketing Strategy, Account Based Marketing, B2B Account Based Marketing, B2B Marketing Planning, Key Account Selection

Prove the value of your B2B marketing to the board

Posted by Harriet Terrill on 27-Oct-2020 13:47:14

It can be difficult enough to secure marketing budget – even when things are good. Given the year we’ve had and the imminent tightening of purse strings, things could get even harder for marketers. Thankfully though, there’s a glimmer of hope. 

Topics: B2B Marketing ROI, B2B Marketing Agency, B2B Marketing Resources, Marketing Budget, B2B Marketing C-Suite

Martech, 3 challenges no one tells you about (and how to overcome them)

Posted by Daisy Truman on 02-Oct-2020 12:34:13

In January 2020, B2B Marketing's Trend Tracker found Marketing Automation was the top focus for client-side marketers, and second highest for agency side marketers. 10 months and a global pandemic later, the solutions that MA provides continues to support teams through times of stretched resource, budget cuts and uncertainty of the future of their market.

Topics: Marketing ROI, B2B Marketing Automation, B2B Marketing Strategy, Marketing Automation, martech

Is your head at norming or performing stage?

Posted by Rachel Holmes on 11-Sep-2020 13:54:05

As the Daft Punk track once said, where is your head at?

Topics: B2B Marketing Strength, B2B Marketing Skills, Growing a B2B business, B2B Marketing Strategy, B2B Agency

Thrive, Survive, Dive

Posted by Treina Smyth on 14-Jul-2020 09:39:21

These three words are appearing everywhere at the moment. Whilst some B2B sectors, such as food retail, have been fortunate in not being adversely affected over the past months. Others have either had to change tack or sadly not survived.

Topics: #LeadGeneration, #b2bmarketing, #demandgeneration, #results, #h2

Is your funnel people centric?

Posted by Rachel Holmes on 17-Jun-2020 10:46:41

I recently wrote an article about how we all have the power to change an average customer experience into an epic one. I’ve been thinking more on this, specifically how our much-loved marketing funnel plays a key role.

Topics: B2B Sales Funnel, B2B Sales-Qualified Leads, b2b customer experience, #b2bmarketing, b2b communication, customer centric, mql

Martech and running are the same

Posted by Ash Chandler on 09-Jun-2020 16:29:54

Anyone who knows me, knows I love running. I am that annoying person who can’t go five minutes without mentioning it. When I meet new people, I usually tell them about two things. I work for a marketing agency and I am a runner.

You are now thinking, “where is he going with this?”

Being a good runner and a successful martech professional requires the same qualities. Now, I am not saying I am Mo Farah, but I am a pretty good runner. And, I do like to think I am pretty good at my job after 14 years working hard at my career. So how did I get here?

Topics: b2b marketing technology, #b2bmarketing, martech, marketing technology, b2b martech

B2B CX - We have the power to change

Posted by Rachel Holmes on 03-Jun-2020 10:04:30

In such challenging times we’re all looking at how best to invest our time, effort and budget to make a positive difference. Of course, there are many ways to do this, but to me one of the best places to start as a B2B marketer is customer experience. I’d say the B2B experience is so much more personal than in B2C. Often a B2C purchase is quick, forgettable and far less emotive whereas in B2B the experience can last a lot longer and let’s face it we all want to be seen to have made the right decision in front of our colleagues and peers.

Topics: B2B marketing, b2b customer experience, B2B Customer retention, B2B CX, CX

Martech isn’t the solution, marketing is!

Posted by Ash Chandler on 26-May-2020 17:58:52

This is a bold statement from a head of marketing automation – especially one who works at an award-winning marketing agency. Not only that, but an agency that won 3 B2B Marketing Awards for martech this year. But it is true.

Marketing technology is great. It provides solutions to so many problems. It saves time. It saves money. And it is great to master as a specialism. I love martech.

But, and it is a big but… the IT team cannot do your marketing for you. Martech cannot work on its own. It is part of the whole marketing picture. Marketers craft brands. They must communicate the value offered by that brand to their potential customer. That is a marketer’s passion and driving force behind everything we do.

Topics: b2b marketing technology, #b2bmarketing, martech, marketing technology, b2b martech

Get Stacked 2020 - Key Learnings

Posted by Jade Parkinson on 30-Apr-2020 11:35:34

It’s hard to believe that the time has rolled around again for the annual B2B Marketing Get Stacked event, but as with most things in the current climate – with a change in approach! Set up as a virtual event, this would typically strike the fear of death by PowerPoint into the hearts of most marketers, but I’m pleased to report that B2B Marketing executed this in a way that was not only smooth running and engaging, but every bit as insightful as previous years.

Topics: B2B Marketing Automation, B2B Lead Qualification, B2B Lead Scoring, Marketing Automation, martech, marketing technology, b2b martech, b2b communication

Really Masterclasses - Where to start with content

Posted by Jade Parkinson on 25-Mar-2020 09:19:41

Not every prospect is ready to convert at the same time, and it can take a bit of a nudge to push some prospects down the sales funnel. As a lead generation agency, we use content to achieve this goal, and considering it generates 3X the ROI of traditional marketing programmes, the juice is definitely worth the squeeze.[i] 

So, whether you are completely new to content marketing, or your current strategy is not having the desired effect, this is the read for you.

Topics: marketing content, marketing leads, b2b communication, engagement

Keeping your marketing on track amid the chaos

Posted by Jade Parkinson on 19-Mar-2020 12:21:38

In this time of uncertainty, you have likely seen a shift in marketing focuses while businesses find their feet with this new remote way of working.

As a B2B demand generation agency, we know first- hand that the one thing you must not cancel or slow down is your lead generation and marketing efforts. Here we discuss some ways to keep things ticking over amid the current chaos.

Topics: marketing content, marketing leads, b2b communication, remote working

The power of personality profiling

Posted by Harriet Terrill on 11-Mar-2020 10:47:20

72% of business buyers expect communications from businesses that are personalised to suit their needs.

To connect with your prospects, you need to tailor your communications to their unique needs – as a B2B marketing professional, you likely understand this. But, are you capitalising on every opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of your audience? Segmenting by job role and pain points is a great start, as is enhancing your approach with ‘first name’ and ‘business name’ personalisation. However, at Really B2B, we wanted to take prospect profiling to the next level…

Topics: B2B Lead Generation, B2B sales lead generation, B2B Marketing Personalisation, disc profiling, personality profiling, b2b communication