Mike Miller works closely with business-to-business (B2B) marketers across a variety of industry verticals—ranging from oil/energy and manufacturing/industrial to business services—that are using Google’s digital platforms in order to advertise. He spoke with eMarketer’s Tobi Elkin for the B2B Perspective Series about trends he’s seeing in the B2B marketing space.
eMarketer: What digital platforms and advertising services are Google’s B2B customers using?
Mike Miller: We still see a very strong orientation around search. We see some customers using display advertising and some moving into social, although they’re still trying to figure some of that out. We’ve also seen some customers starting to make use of video platforms. For us, that’s YouTube. Mobile is also a theme, although that cuts across each of those platforms.
We did some research last year with Compete, and we saw a sea change in terms of internet usage within the B2B space. Typically, you see incremental change from one year to the next, but in our research we saw a jump from 71% usage in 2011 to 88% in 2012 in terms of researching business purchases in the B2B space. That is a huge jump in one year. We also asked B2B marketers how they’ve used search to research business purchases and saw a 23% change year over year—it went from 67% of B2B marketers who relied on search for their business purchases to 90%.
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FRAMINGHAM, MASS.—IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program— honoring and documenting visionary applications of information technology moving businesses forward and benefiting society—announces the 2013 21st Century Achievement Award winners recognized during last night’s award ceremony. One Laureate from each of the eleven categories was singled out for special recognition by the Program Judges as the best in their category. In all, 267 Laureates from more than 25 countries were honored.
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Computerworld Honors Program, Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist from Google addressed the audience, congratulating the 2013 Laureate class for harnessing technology’s immense potential to benefit mankind. “The men and women being celebrated this evening went beyond ideas and beyond technology,” Cerf said. “They executed on extraordinary projects.” The evening continued with the recognition of the 21st Century Achievement Award winners. The recipients were:
For a brief video retrospective of Computerworld Honors, click here