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.
Ben Heyman / Social Media Today / March 12, 2014
Social media is free, sure. But it is not a channel to shout your messages and get people to buy your products. The ‘spray and pray’ method does not work here. Social media is social by nature. It is about developing relationships and rapport with customers and potential customers. By doing this the sale will come eventually. And that sale will also come with brand loyalty and support for life.
One of the many reasons companies join Facebook and Twitter is to be discoverable. When a potential customer searches for you online, can they find you? Step number one. But once they find you, what willRead More
Brian Andersen / Demand Gen Report / March 4, 2014
The B2B marketing space is quickly evolving, and B2B buyers are finding live video an appealing alternative to e-books and white papers. According to the 2013 B2B Content Preferences Survey conducted by Demand Gen Report, 50% of the B2B marketers surveyed stated that these used video in the past year to research B2B purchasing decisions.
In a recent webinar, titled Streaming Your Way To Marketing Success, representatives from Ustream and Demand Gen Report discussed the ever-growing value of live broadcast video in campaign strategies and marketing plans.
“There is justRead More
Lauren Blecher / Social Media Examiner / February 6, 2014
Are you looking for new ways to generate leads with social media? Could your online lead generation program use an upgrade?
If so, you’re not alone. Only 40% of marketers feel their current online marketing mix meets sales pipeline needs.
What’s the Real Lead Generation Problem?
B2B marketers often peg social media as a brand awareness vehicle, not a lead generation tool. But if you haven’t given social lead generation a shot, your business is missing out on a lucrative marketing channel.
If lack of ROI is your biggest challenge with social media, there are likely two issues:
1. Your teamRead More
Jim Stengel / Forbes.com / January 7, 2014
Five years ago I left the biggest job in marketing – Global Marketing Officer for Procter & Gamble – to start my own small company. My mission was, and still is, to help people and companies grow by activating a higher ideal in all they do. I worked with a large digital agency, Possible Worldwide, to create my first company website, and it worked well to represent my ideas and philosophy. It was not designed to actively create interest or leads; my business was just starting up, and I did not want to create demand and interest I could not respond to.
My business and team have grownRead More
Kim Ann Zimmermann / Demand Generation / January 15, 2014
The practice of ad retargeting — displaying targeted messages to visitors who have left your site when they view other sites — has been a page in B2C marketers’ playbooks for quite a while. Today, however, B2B marketers are embracing retargeting even more warmly, and for good reason: It is a cost-effective way to keep your brand in front of B2B decision makers during what is typically a long buying cycle.
The average click-through rate online for display ads is .07%, while the average click-through rate (CTR) for retargeted ads is about 0.7%, according to research from Criteo, a companyRead More