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As a generation who were born or brought up during the age of internet technology, digital natives are able to adapt and respond to the latest digital trends with seemingly little trouble. What about the rest of us though? What about those of us who go to great lengths to understand and implement the latest tech, only to find that 3 more tools have arrived in the marketplace during that time? As people who seem to be endlessly chasing a ‘comfort zone’ of the latest technology knowledge, these digitally displaced marketers could really do with a break.Read More
Believe it or not, 91% of B2B buyers are influenced by word-of-mouth referrals when making their buying decision[i]. This means that even with their great power and authority, there are few things which these decision-makers rely on more than input from their colleagues. So, what does this mean for you? Well, ultimately it means - overlook these influencers at your peril.Read More
‘Martech’ is a term that’s been around for a while, but what seems to have slipped quietly under the radar is the fact that the number of actual marketing technologies is growing at an exponential rate. This means that there’s twice as many software options and programs as there were last year, and there will be twice as many by this time next year. Now, on an individual basis, each of these solutions will no doubt have their benefits. But, to a marketing director who is tasked with overseeing data, targets, and the results of the marketing department, this tech explosion can create a dizzying environment – not to mention a big headache.
Before we dive into this topic and its potential uses within the B2B marketing space, lets first be clear on the definitions. Augmented reality is the ability to superimpose digital objects and imagery into the real world using a camera (smartphone or tablet) as the conduit. Virtual reality on the other hand, is the creation of an entirely digital world which people can access via immersive technology such as headsets. All make sense? These are technologies which you’ve no doubt seen previously in different forms and variations. But, as the technology develops and becomes more mainstream, these digital realities are starting to make waves in the world of marketing.Read More
When you know who your most profitable and high-profile clients are, why wouldn’t you want to attract more organisations just like them? Well, that’s exactly what account based marketing (ABM) enables businesses to achieve. By targeting a hand-picked group of ‘dream’ prospects, companies can focus their energy and resources on creating highly targeted messaging and activity.Read More
Every business will have at least an idea of which companies they’d love to work with – and this is the foundation of a ‘dream’ prospect list. However, there’s more to it than this, which is why it’s so important to carry out a comprehensive review process and use criteria to determine if a prospect company really is a ‘dream’.Read More
74% of marketers say targeted personalisation increases customer engagement[i]
Do you remember the novelty of receiving that first marketing email which included your name in the subject line or body copy? It was great right? The impact that this tactic had on engagement rates made B2C and B2B marketers alike think they’d uncovered the secret to success. However, as with all things marketing, audiences quickly got wise to it and became jaded and unimpressed. So what now? Does that mean personalisation is dead? Certainly not. In fact, thanks to today’s ever-advancing technologies and data capturing capabilities, this technique can be more valuable than ever before.Read More
In the competitive B2B industry, companies like yours undoubtedly want to work with the very best. For this reason, when it comes to choosing an important partner like a B2B marketing agency, a request for proposal (RFP) is a tried and tested process.Read More
Everyone involved in B2B marketing will be quick to tell you that 2016 was a busy year. With new activities, technology, and methodologies coming to the forefront, it was another great year for the industry. But now that 2017 is upon us, what’s in store? What can you and your team expect to see playing an increasingly larger role in your activity over the coming 12 months? Well, let’s see. We’ve reviewed the biggest talking points and developments from 2016 and made a few predictions for which of these will continue into 2017.Read More
It’s no secret that B2B marketing is likely to see a variety of changes during 2017, including new techniques, technology, and methodology. These developments are also likely to include changes to B2B content marketing, as it looks to become less static and more interactive. With the inclusion of quizzes, polls, calculators, and a variety of other tools, the ebooks and tipsheets that we know today are likely to become less of a go-to manoeuvre. However, even with the newer forms of content, there will still be aspects which marketers will need to consider, especially if they hope to succeed…Read More
With the new year approaching fast, you’re no doubt currently looking at your budgets, goals and objectives for 2017. But is it enough to simply have a rough idea of what you want to achieve over the next 12 months? Of course not. The most successful organisations are experts at setting goals, continually monitoring their status, and learning from their past experiences. And with the help of the following suggestions, you will be too. So, start by looking at your performance in 2016 so far. What worked and what didn’t? What challenges arose, and how did you overcome them? As the old saying goes, ‘those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it’.Read More
"CX is the sum totality of how customers engage with your company and brand, not just in a snapshot in time, but throughout the entire arc of being a customer." Harvard Business Review.Read More
Taking its name from an ancient ritualistic feast called ‘All Hallows Evening’, Halloween is the one night of the year when the spirits of the dead can return to earth. So, as the streets fill with devilish ghouls, wicked witches, hideous monsters… and a lot of kids dressed as Harry Potter, ask yourself what you can do to breathe life back into your dead B2B marketing leads.Read More