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B2B marketers take on new demands with mix of anxiety, excitement


B2b marketers today are working in a world marked by rapid changes in technology, increasingly empowered customers and heightened accountability in an always-on media environment. All of this makes it both an exhilarating and anxious time to be a marketer, and CMOs are facing the changes with new strategies, systems and talent-development practices.

“There is so much change going on right now, which makes it scary but also incredibly exciting,” said Kathy Button Bell, VP-CMO at Emerson Electric Co. and chairman of the Business Marketing Association for the 2013-14 term. At the BMA’s annual conference in Chicago in June, Button Bell presented joint research from the BMA and Forrester Inc. that found that 97% of b2b marketers are doing things they have never done before as part of marketing, and 34% of senior marketers feel “overwhelmed” by change. (The study was based on an online survey in April of 117 senior b2b marketers.)

“The transparency we are living with, which started with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act [federal legislation passed in 2002 that governs public company financial reporting] and has now become a communications issue through social media and other technologies, means companies have to be much more sophisticated in how they do things,” Button Bell said.

“Within my own company, there is a new appreciation for marketing and a desperate need for people to be more highly developed marketers. There is a heavy amount of communications that marketing people have to take on—not just with customers but with the media, investors, employees and future employees.”

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2013 Tech Marketing Budget Trends: 3rd Platform Companies and Products Lead the Growth

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Yesterday, IDC’s CMO Advisory Service had our annual Tech Marketing Benchmark Webinar. This study goes out to close to 100 senior lever marketing executives and represents the largest B2B Tech companies in the world (this year the average company revenue was $9.1B.) The webinar was packed with great information and was a great success. However the overlying question each year is where will marketing budgets sit at the end of the year and what direction are they moving. The results are some good news mixed with trends that point to hard work that marketers need to do around their budgets.
Good News: More Organizations are Increasing their Marketing Spend Than Decreasing
As seen in the graph below, across the entire tech industry a net of 15% of companies are increasing marketing spend versus those decreasing. While it may not always feel like it, there are marketing budget increases out there to be had!
 Screen Shot 2013 11 15 at 11.21.43 AM 2013 Tech Marketing Budget Trends: 3rd Platform Companies and Products Lead the Growth

Challenge for Marketers in 2014: Finding the Right Areas that Should Receive More Marketing Budget

Lead Gen Said Top Objective – and Challenge – for B2B Digital Marketing Programs

Marketing Charts

Lead generation ranks as the top objective for B2B companies’ digital marketing programs, according to a study released today by Webmarketing123. Presented with a list of 6 objectives, a leading 41% of B2B respondents chose lead generation as their top goal, while 27% pointed to sales and revenue generation and 17% to brand and product awareness. Not surprisingly, generating enough leads counted as the leading digital marketing challenge, for 21% of respondents, closely followed by producing enough quality content (20%) and converting leads to customers (19%).

The study notes that compared to last year, more B2B marketers cited revenue generation as a top objective, while fewer identified lead generation. That suggests that their digital marketing objectives are starting to more closely resemble those of their B2C counterparts.

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Web Marketing Association has recognized IDG BlackBerry campaign with an award

IDG Global Solutions won a BtoB Standard of Excellence award for their Enterprise Mobile Hub Blackberry campaign. This WebAward “recognizes the standard of excellence for which all Web sites should strive. Winners at this level demonstrate that their site is above average and will receive a personalized WebAward certificate for their efforts.”

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Visit the award winning site: http://www.enterprisemobilehub.com

Screen Shot 2013 10 04 at 12.04.13 PM Web Marketing Association has recognized IDG BlackBerry campaign with an award

How To Measure ROI on your infographics

B2B Marketing

You need to decide how you are going to measure success, i.e. which metrics you will consider in order to judge the outcome of your campaign. Content marketing in all its forms is notoriously difficult to measure in terms of ROI; often coming down to a question of semantics. Examining and assessing ROI will differ dramatically from person to person, depending on the goals of the content development and the business culture you are working in.

In fact, your definition of ROI in the context of infographics will dramatically alter how you approach the measurement of business performance.

In most instances ROI is being defined as the gain from an investment minus the total cost. But when you’re unable to clearly measure business gains through a purely fiscal lens, this calculation becomes infinitely more difficult.

Approach to measurement
In order to judge the ROI of an infographic effectively, you need to decide how you are going to measure success, i.e. which metrics you will consider in order to judge the outcome of your campaign.

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Nearly Half of B2Bs Expect a Marketing Budget Bump in 2014


Business-to-business (B2B) marketers are already looking ahead to 2014, and the outlook for the year seems positive. The Sagefrog Marketing Group surveyed US B2B marketing and management professionals from a cross-section of industries in the summer of 2013 and found that 45% of respondents expected to see an increase in budgets in the next year, while 52% thought their outlays would remain the same.

The top four most popular marketing channels for B2Bs were all digital, according to the survey. Websites were the most uniformly employed technique, used by 85% of those polled. Email marketing was second at 72%, followed by social media (67%) and search engine optimization (56%). Just under half of respondents relied on trade shows, while four in 10 used direct marketing.

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7 Examples of Innovative B2B Content Marketing

Social Media B2B

At Content Marketing World, my good friend Ann Handley, coauthor of Content Rules and Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs, presented a number of innovative examples of content marketing. The following are some of the B2B examples she shared in her presentation. Any metrics or results came from Ann’s presentation or published information. These examples are meant to inspire B2B marketers to think bigger than just basic written or video content. And bigger doesn’t mean spending more money.


Content marketing means you consistently create and share information that is

•           Packed with utility

•           Seeded with inspiration

•           Honestly empathetic

to attract customers to you.


Here are 7 examples of innovative B2B content marketing…


BtoB study finds lead-generation practices catching on


Marketers are well along in their adoption of lead-generation practices, according to a new study by BtoB. Seventy-one percent of respondents said they are at least moderate participants in some form of lead generation, while 47% are “very” or “fully” involved.

However, the study, “2013 Lead Generation: Optimum Techniques for Managing Lead Generation Campaigns,” also found that not all lead-gen practices are working as smoothly as they could be. Fifty-five percent of b2b marketers responding said the effectiveness of their lead-gen efforts was just average. And the means by which marketers gauge success remains relatively unsophisticated—76% of marketers said their prime definition of a lead is a prospect request to be contacted.

This indication of serious interest was much more appreciated as a hot lead than a request for a white paper (43%), attendance at a webinar (35%) or visits to a company’s website (30%), according to BtoB’s study, which was based on an online poll conducted in June and July of 282 b2b marketing professionals. Overall, marketers placed the least value on being followed or “liked” on social media.

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Why Google+ Communities are the Best Place for B2B Relationships

Social Media B2B

Google+ is not just a social network for B2B companies. It is part of a larger vision for the internet. Just a few years ago the internet was the online space where users would seek out information or purchase products. Social networking caused a shift to users connecting with other users. It has now become a hybrid of these two systems, one where users are still seeking out these products and information, but also conversing with one another about them (aka word-of-mouth). This is not just consumers talking about jeans and chewing gum, but B2B users talking about business purchases.

So, where is the best place to bring this trend to life? Where is the best place to get all of this wrapped up into one piece that is satisfying and engaging? Google+ Communities offers a clean, well-formatted destination where business relationships can blossom and stay consistent.

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21 Unbelievable B2B Content Marketing Statistics

Social Media B2B


B2B companies continue to be interested in content marketing as a means to connect with their prospects and customers, as a first step to generate leads with content and social media. While last year’s B2B Benchmark study has not yet been updated, here’s a recent grassroots study from the 50,000 member strong B2B Technology Marketing community on LinkedIn. Here are some key statistics from the study. If you are interested in the breakdown of the 815 respondents, or any other details of the study, I have embedded the slideshare presentation below.

Do these statistics seem to reflect the content marketing activities at your B2B company or clients? All these sorts of studies seem to be a little high compared to what I see in the wild. Active LinkedIn members would be more likely to work for company who understand the value of content marketing.

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