News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Brian Anderson / Demand Gen Report / August 20, 2014
B2B buyers rarely make a buying decision on the first touch. Marketers have incorporated lead nurturing initiatives into their marketing mix as a way to keep the brand top-of-mind among prospective buyers. However, they continue to struggle with keeping prospects engaged during prolonged buying cycles.
More than half (58%) of B2B buyers spent more time researching purchase decisions than they did a year prior, according to Demand Gen Report’s 2014 B2B Buyer Behavior Survey. As buying cycles grow longer and longer, marketers need to have a deep understanding of their prospectiveRead More
Pawan Deshpande / Content Marketing Institute / August 24, 2014
These days, content marketing teams are expected to create content in all shapes and sizes. Following the advice of content marketing sages, we’re posting tweets every few hours, blogging every day, podcasting every week, publishing an eBook every month… and the list goes on. Trying to keep up with the seemingly insatiable demand, content teams often feel overwhelmed and stretched too thin. Even worse, all this frenetic activity often lacks an underlying strategy or focus.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Back in 2010, I proposed the Content Marketing Pyramid — a strategy thatRead More
Mimi Miles / Marketing Profs / Aug 13, 2014
Not surprisingly, a recent study by InsideSales.com points to a lack of leads as the top challenge for today’s business-to-business (B2B) marketers. The need for qualified leads almost always trumps other important efforts such as brand awareness, field enablement, and partner development.
At the same time, B2B prospect pools are smaller and tougher to penetrate than those targeted in business-to-consumer (B2C) campaigns. Hefty deal sizes and lengthy sales cycles inherent in B2B relationships cause marketers and sales managers to struggle in uncovering enough leads to fillRead More
Alex Kantrowitz / Ad Age / August 13, 2014
You’d be forgiven for thinking “marketing automation” is an odd if not contradictory term. Until recently, those two words were rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same breath. The goal of marketing is to increase awareness for products and services, a mission often carried out via labor-intensive creative work. Meanwhile, automation is defined as making things happen with as little human intervention as possible.
But the shift to online media opened the door for automation to trickle into the world of
In the digital realm, marketers can see not only what messagingRead More
Demand Gen Report / August 2014
It is quite common for sales and marketing departments to debate who gets credit for a sale, the quality of leads, and other metrics. But it is vital that B2B organizations to enhance the relationship between these two teams to boost productivity — and ultimately results.
Download the e-book today and learn why marketing and sales aligned businesses:
- Close 38% more proposals;
- Lose 36% fewer customers to competitors; and
- Grow 5.4 points faster than less-aligned counterparts.