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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
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.
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Ayaz Nanji / Marketing Profs / July 28, 2014
Most B2B marketing and sales professionals (60%) say price is the top reason Sales doesn’t close qualified leads, according to a recent report from Demand Metric and Showpad.
Beyond price, other frequently cited reasons for failing to close sales include failure of the sales team to perform (35% of survey respondents), lack of a compelling product or service (31%), difficult business terms or conditions (21%), and failure of the marketing team to perform (18%).Read More
Ann Gynn / Content Marketing Institute / August 1, 2014
Personalization is the process of targeting content to individuals based on one or more of the following: who they are; where they are; when, why, and how they access content; and what device they use to access it, according to Scott P. Abel of The Content Wrangler.
Nearly all B2B organizations (95 percent) make some attempt to segment their content based on their audience, according to CMI’s 2014 B2B Content Marketing research report. The top five ways cited include industry trends, profiles of individual decision-makers, company characteristics, stage in buying cycle, and personalizedRead More
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge / July 16, 2014
Despite widespread increases in content-marketing budgets, b-to-b marketers are still struggling to translate their content-marketing efforts into actual businesses results, according to a new study conducted by Forrester in conjunction with the Business Marketing Association and and the Online Marketing Institute.
Just over half — 51% — of marketers told Forrester their content marketing efforts are only somewhat effective; 27% rated the strategy as “neutral”; 6% said it was somewhat ineffective at delivering value; 1% said it was not effective at all.Read More