Seven Essential Tips on Applying Thought Leadership in Your B2B Email Marketing Campaign

Emailing the C-suite to promote your company, brand, or products/services can be a serious cause of headache for many B2B email marketing practitioners. But, when done right, the rewards can certainly be worth more than your while. So, how do you email the recipients in your C-level executive business contact database the “right” way?

The answer is through thought leadership. Thought leadership is the state of being recognized by your audience as a source of useful information about a particular field. This is primarily achieved through educating your prospects, customers, community, connections, etc. Thought leadership builds credibility which, in turn, builds trust and loyalty.

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Seven Things Your Email Campaign Metrics Are Saying That You Might Be Ignoring

Your B2B email marketing campaign talks to you through a special language called analytics which use numbers instead of letters to form words called metrics. Through combinations of these metrics and other data, your campaign lets you know about any aspect in your project —topics/content reception, effectiveness of timing, B2B email contact database accuracy, etc. This post looks at seven of these messages/warnings that you might be ignoring.

There are lots of email marketing metrics used today. You’ve got open rates, click-through rates, bounce rates, spam percentage, abuse reports, etc. to look at which can be quite overwhelming at times. To filter out the noise and make some sense out of them, you have to take them into context and not in isolation. Oftentimes, you need to compare these values to some benchmark or index as well as other measurements in your marketing campaign like ROI, conversion rates, and social metrics to arrive at valid and accurate conclusions which may include the following:

1. Adjust sending frequency. Sometimes, your metrics may be telling you that you’re sending too frequently or extremely rarely, depending on their values. If you suspect this to be the case, try changing your sending frequency on a small sample from your B2B contact database and see how the changes affect open rates, unsubscribe rates, and abuse reports.

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Five Tips Every B2B Marketer Should Follow When Joining Niche-Specific Online Communities

Mainstream social media is dominated by a few names so overwhelmingly that many marketers tend to overlook smaller sites that serve a particular niche or sector. However, B2B marketing practitioners who actively participate in industry-specific online communities are discovering that these lesser-known channels are excellent websites to find leads in. Aside from generating fresh leads, B2B marketers are reaping the benefits that come with the quality of feedback and level of information sharing in these communities.

This post gives you a few pointers to help you become highly effective in using niche-specific online communities as part of your B2B marketing toolkit. But first, let’s have a look at some of the advantages you’ll likely get from participating in these online platforms.

While skeptics of industry-specific online communities prefer to operate within the boundaries the major social networking sites, advocates of these smaller platforms are tapping into more targeted audiences. Apart from growing their B2B leads database, the latter group of markets also uses sector-specific communities as a low-cost source of information, brand recognition media, customer service extension, and market research facilities.

To help you experience the full benefit of industry-specific online communities, apply these five tips in your own campaign:

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Five B2B Content Marketing Tips for the Savvy Start-up

Being a tiny neophyte in today’s business environment can be extremely daunting. You’d have to worry about doing your own thing without getting eaten by the industry behemoths that have almost every advantage at their side. Marketing is one of the areas where established businesses have an edge, with deep pockets to reach into for branding, advertising, and sales. With such overwhelming odds, is there anything at all left for the small start-up in B2B marketing? Fortunately, there is.

B2B content marketing is the great equalizer that levels the B2B marketing playing field for big and small participants alike. As one of the foundations of inbound marketing, it’s both very effective and relatively cheap. Recent data show that 57% of companies engaged in blogging generate leads there and as much as 62% of marketers in social media claim to acquire customers via that channel while spending around 45% to 52% less than average marketing expenditures.

B2B content marketing is now being adopted by more and more businesses, regardless of size. In fact, as much as 9 out of 10 businesses listed B2B content marketing as a top priority in order to build a more prominent online presence as well as to generate leads for their B2B database. Among the popular content marketing tactics are blogging, article posting, and social media.

So where does this leave you? It means you should start forming your own B2B content marketing strategy right now. To start with, these tips should help you out:

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Five Little Tips for Big Results in Using Pinterest to Target IT Managers

Pinterest is fast becoming the next big social media phenomenon. Within a matter of a few months, site traffic has increased five-fold while its user base has grown around 150% since the start of 2012, giving new opportunities in social media marketing. Companies are now using Pinterest to boost marketing activities such as growing their B2C or B2B database.

But unlike B2C brands which have the luxury of being able to pin eye-catching images of their products, B2B marketers such as those from IT companies looking to expand their lists of IT managers may find it quite challenging to represent their products or services in attractive pictures. But with a bit of creative thinking, B2B marketing specialists can effectively use Pinterest as part of their social media marketing strategy. Here are five tips to help you achieve this:

1. Use visually-appealing images.
IT-related products and services can be very difficult to capture in a nice image, but there are tons of other visually-appealing alternatives that indirectly refer to your company or brand. You can pin pictures showing your company culture or a bunch of happy customers. You can also use visualizations from blogs, articles, or pages that focus on building your B2B database. You can also use book covers, slides, and software screenshots.

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Software Marketing Survival Guide: Tip #6 – How to Build a Software Community

From a B2B marketing standpoint, the value of a well-established software community is priceless. It’s a dynamic venue for generating feedback, bringing users and prospects together, growing software/IT leads database, and promoting your brand. If you’re wondering how you can build one for your own product, take a look at the following guidelines.

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Software Marketing Survival Guide: Tip #5 – What to Blog About

As much as 80% of blogs created end up being abandoned within two months of their existence. Despite the major role that active blogging plays in communicating with our target prospects, growing our B2B database, and promoting our brand, this percentage shows how little many people think of blogging as a marketing device.

As a marketer, you should avoid making the mistakes that many others do, failing to regularly update company blogs. If you ever find yourself running out of ideas on what to post, keep in mind that the IT/software industry is a dynamic source of blogging ideas, and here are a few of them:

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Software Marketing Survival Guide: Tip #2 – Reaching Prospects Worldwide with Your Site

Your web pages are only a tiny speck in an ocean of at least 8.3 billion pages in the World Wide Web, all competing for the time and interest of about 2.3 billion Internet users across the globe. With websites at quite a premium, it’s no surprise why SEO is such an important tool in getting noticed. But SEO can do only so much. Once visitors are actually at your site, it takes more than keywords to keep them from leaving.

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