B2B Marketing Tips: Perk Up Your Summer With These Activities

B2B Marketing Tips: Perk Up Your Summer With These Activities

Spring is almost done and this promises the approach of summer time. Well, as seasons alter, so do the marketing efforts that goes with them. You have new financial plans for the second-half, new strategies plans to attempt. Then again, those business still new to these alterations might still be thinking (like that child we were on that first day of summer “What now? What do you want to do?”). The unfortunate thing about summer is that once it’s done, it’s almost always like you haven’t done enough. So this is what you can do to avoid that from happening:

  • Reading. Bookworms shouldn’t just be the ones with a summer reading list. There’s a ton of things you can pick up as far as B2B marketing goes. You can curate more valuable summer content if you search for industry-relevant books and other resources. Summer-particular strategies could be in the current trend so begin searching for new blogs to take after and learn from!
  • Make sales presentations. Presentations are not new to you and that’s precisely why you shouldn’t utilize the same materials repeatedly. Consider it like a summer project. What materials would you be able to make that will help you additionally enlighten customers?
  • Social networking tools. It takes a lot of time managing your social network presence . What better time to re-assess your plan of action for the rest of the year? If summer implies slow sales and marketing drought, in any event, your assets are allowed to look into more approaches to decrease the work it takes to prevail on social media.
  • Customer surveys. Being so occupied in different times of the year, you might neglect to review your customers’ satisfaction. It’s something else to research aside from improving your social media game. Make sure to follow up on new information or knowledge you’ve obtained.
  • Networking events. This season concurs with going out and about! That incorporates going out for conventions and other networking events! Check your timetable for any possible events being facilitated and look for opportunities once you arrive!

Alteration in seasons implies a change in B2B marketing methodologies. Winter isn’t the only one you need to brace for!

B2B Social Media Marketing: Reminders When Joining Niche-Specific Online Communities

 

B2B Social Media Marketing: Reminders When Joining Niche-Specific Online Communities

Social media is dominated by a few names overwhelmingly that numerous marketers likely ignore smaller sites that serve a particular niche or sector. In any case, B2B marketing practitioners who vigorously partake in niche-specific online communities are finding that these lesser-known channels are superb sites to discover leads. Beside generating new leads, B2B marketers are receiving the rewards of a quality feedback and level of information sharing in these communities.

This post presents you a couple of pointers to guide you to be exceptionally efficient  in utilizing niche-specific online communities as a feature of your B2B marketing toolbox. In any case, let’s take a look on some of the of the benefits you’re inclined to  get from joining in these online platforms.

While cynics of niche-specific online communities want to work inside the limits of the major social networking sites, promoters of these smaller platforms are taking advantage of more focused audiences. Aside from increasing their B2B leads database, the latter group of markets additionally utilizes niche-specific communities as a low-cost source of information, brand acknowledgment media, client service expansion, and market research facilities.

To help you experience the full advantage of niche-specific online communities, be reminded and employ these things in your own campaigns:

  • Study the community first.
    After finding a community to engage in, you have to thoroughly study and observe that particular network before joining. Check if the community is active and is handled accordingly. Get to know the members and subgroups. Find out what they’re already talking about and search for questions or discussions that you can start from.
  • Be a true expert.
    When joining a community, the last thing you want is to be branded as a spammer. That’s why you should show your expertise by addressing issues that your target prospects are tackling and which you can also intelligently talk about. Always think about what value you can bring to the table first before you think about building your B2B leads database or promoting your brand.
  • Focus on fans, not followers.5
    While the number of followers gives you some kind of yardstick for the amount of fresh leads you can produce or the potential size of your branding audience in that community, those people who truly interact and respond matter even more. For example, the number of followers who are very active in commenting or responding to your blog posts is more important than how many blog followers you have.
  • Show your personality.
    Aside from your expertise, the people in the niche-specific community you’re in will likely look for the unique character that is projected in your content. You should find your voice and stick to it. This builds identity which in turn establishes trust.
  • Invest quality time.
    You should go beyond the idea that online communities are merely sites for B2B leads to hang out in. Joining in communities take time and effort. Building B2B leads database, brand recognition, and market research/study may take a while to accomplish through online communities. That’s why you have to deal with the time element in selecting to use sector-specific online communities in your campaign.

Similarly as with any other B2B marketing channel, taking an interest in niche-specific online communities will oblige you to convey value and exhibit skill before you can hope to acquire new leads. Value and skill are the motivations you offer your co-members in engaging in with you.

For B2B Start-ups: Efficient Integration of  Social Media and Email Marketing

 

For B2B Start-ups: Efficient Integration of  Social Media and Email Marketing

There had been arguments on email marketing versus social media marketing and it was an entirely waste of time because their strength can be combined into one seamless marketing plan. Social media and email marketing lists function admirably together. Truth be told, they supplement each other.

Integrating email and social media marketing includes taking a look at three noteworthy procedures: content re-purposing, email to social media integration, and social media to email link. Each of these has their own arrangement of strategies that helps combine email and social media into a single workable procedure. Here are some of the approaches to accomplish this.

Re-purposing Content. Whenever you’re attempting to link an email marketing campaign with social media marketing, it aids to have an article or blog content that can be re-adapted and redeployed to suit any of these channels. Say for example you’re attempting to construct marketing lists, it’s likely useful to advise your Twitter supporters to read the full article, in addition to updates, by subscribing to your newsletter service.

Email to Social Media. Permitting subscribers to share or connect your newsletter content to social sites is an excellent approach to develop your marketing lists. By giving them the capacity to redistribute your material to their personal or professional networks, you’re taking a gander at an exponential increment in brand awareness with very little assets submitted.

Social Media to Email. By utilizing your fan base in social networks, you’re taking advantage of a gigantic pool of new prospects waiting to be reached. Including opt-in forms on your Facebook page is among the best methods for searching for new subscribers. Diverting your YouTube channel supporters or Twitter followers to your email sign up page is likewise a great practice to extend your marketing lists.

These are some of the methods you can exploit with the specific end goal of bringing email and social media marketing together profitably. This mix, alongside the assistance of a good marketing lists supplier, can take your venture to newer and greater heights.

Sending HTML Newsletters  to Executives? Here Are 3 Things You Should Be Reminded Of

Sending HTML Newsletters  to Executives? Here Are 3 Things You Should Be Reminded Of

Experiencing difficulty with your HTML newsletter project? Getting baffling outcomes from your executive list? Ideas not taking off? In case you responded “yes” to any of these questions, then you’re not the only one. Making and sending newsletters to executives can be demanding for most. The succeeding reminders will help you get to your HTML newsletter, all the more, get your message across your readers.

First, maintain a harmony between picture and content. HTML newsletter permits you to incorporate detailed designs and illustrations into your messages. In any case, this doesn’t give you the indulgence to exaggerate. It’s a great practice to incorporate a few pictures in the newsletter, yet these need to stay inside the context. Graphics can boost the visual interest of your newsletter. Be that as it may, their usage ought to be constrained. You risk losing the pith of your newsletter if you depend on design excessively. Some email platforms may not show your pictures appropriately, or worse not display them at all. So restrain from including essential messages or information as pictures.

Second, have a plain-content form of your HTML newsletter. Again, with some email platforms not supporting all of the HTML features in your newsletter, it may be reasonable to send a text-only version newsletter. In spite the fact that you may think this takes away the visual quality from your newsletter, it has the upside of ensuring delivery. Utilizing a text-only version additionally makes your newsletter more receptive to inboxes, giving it a lesser chance of being sorted as junk mail by recipients in your executive list. There are email marketing platforms that is configured to automatically decide whether to send an HTML or a plain-text version of your newsletter to a particular contact according to the platform he or she uses. You may need to discuss your contact database provider for more on this feature.

Lastly, always incorporate the option to unsubscribe. Ensuring that your recipients have the alternative to suspend their subscription to your newsletter is a big plus factor for your campaign. This shows how much thought you give to your subscribers and permits you to keep up goodwill among your contacts. Likewise, contingent upon the location, you might be lawfully obliged to give an unsubscribe option to specific contacts in a list. Providing your recipients this option can assist you in determining uninterested prospects.

Indeed. Email has made marketing more convenient and effective yet we need to concede that it has brought new difficulties as well. Regardless, by taking a couple of simple strides, we can get around these obstacles and extend your message to where it is due.

B2B Marketing Stats and Trends in 2016 to Guide You this 2017 (SEO)

 

B2B Marketing Stats and Trends in 2016 to Guide You this 2017  (SEO)

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) statistics 2016 served hot for you to spice your SEO strategy 2017 up! (Wow! That rhymed!)

  • Google receives over 57,000 searches per second on any given day. (Internet Live Stats)
  • Google now handles at least 2 trillion searches per year. (Search Engine Land)
  • The average Google first page result contains 1,890 words. (Backlinko)
  • 50% of search queries contain four or more words. (WordStream)
  • Businesses that have a strong keyword in the business name rank 1.5 spots higher than if there is no keyword in the name. (Local SEO Guide)
  • 20% of search queries on Google’s mobile app and on Android devices are voice searches. (Search Engine Land)
  • Google accounts for over 76% of all global desktop search traffic, followed by Bing at 8%, Baidu at 7.5% and Yahoo at 7%. (NetMarketShare)
  • Google accounts for over 94% of all mobile/tablet search traffic globally, followed by Yahoo at 3% and Bing at 1%. (NetMarketShare)
  • 66% of B2B marketers use search engine marketing to promote and distribute content. (Content Marketing Trends)
  • According to Andrey Lipattsev, Search Quality Senior Strategist at Google, high quality content and link building are the two most important signals used by Google to rank your website for search. (Search Engine Watch)
  • 66% of marketers say improving SEO and growing their organic presence is their top inbound marketing priority. (HubSpot)
  • 62% of B2B marketers and 51% of B2C marketers have optimized their blogs for mobile in order to improve SEO. (Social Media Examiner)
  • 81% of surveyed marketers have integrated social media marketing with traditional marketing to increase discoverability of their website. (Social Media Examiner)
  • Marketers see SEO as becoming more effective, with 82% reporting effectiveness is on the rise and 42% of this group stating effectiveness is increasing significantly. (MarketDive)
  • SEO leads have a 14.6% close rate, while outbound leads have a 1.7% close rate. (Project Management)

B2B Marketing Stats and Trends in 2016 to Guide You this 2017 (Content Marketing)

B2B Marketing Stats and Trends in 2016 to Guide You this 2017 (Content Marketing)

          Haven’t considered content marketing yet? You’re completely missing out on its benefits! Have one but struggling with it? You need to put in more hard work! Here are some key stats and trends for content marketing that’ll have you acknowledging its powerful potential for lead generation.

• The median time people spend on content marketing articles is 37 seconds. (Newscred)
• 51% of B2B buyers rely more on content to research and make B2B purchasing decisions than they did a year ago. (DemandGen Report)
• Type of content used in the past 12 months to make B2B purchasing decisions: White Papers (82%); Webinars (78%); Case Studies (73%); eBooks (67%); Blog Posts (66%); Infographics (66%); Third-party/Analyst reports (62%); Video/Motion graphics (47%); Interactive presentations (36%). (DemandGen Report)
• 95% of B2B buyers are willing to consider vendor-related content as trustworthy. (DemandGen Report)
• 47% of B2B buyers consume 3-5 pieces of content prior to engaging with a salesperson. (DemandGen Report)
• 96% of B2B buyers want content with more input from industry thought leaders. (DemandGen Report)
• 88% of B2B marketers in North America use content marketing. (CMI))
• Most B2B marketers use at least 13 content marketing tactics. (CMI)
• 30% of B2B marketers say their organizations are effective at content marketing. (CMI)
• 44% of B2B marketers says they have clear understanding of what an effective or successful content marketing program looks like (CMI)
• 73% of major organizations hire someone to manage their content marketing strategy (CMI)
• B2B marketers allocate 28% of their total marketing budget, on average, to content marketing. (CMI)
• 51% of B2B marketers indicate they will increase their content marketing spending in the next 12 months. (CMI)
• 29% of leading marketers systematically reuse and repurpose content. (Curata)
• By 2017 51% of companies will have an executive in their organization who is directly responsible for an overall content marketing strategy. (e.g., Chief Content Officer, VP or director of content) (Curata)
• Content marketing leaders experience 7.8X more site traffic than non-leaders. (Kapost)
• Content marketing costs 62% less than outbound marketing & generates 3x as many leads says (Demand metric)
• 74.2% of companies indicate that content marketing is increasing their marketing teams’ lead quality and quantity. (Curata)
• The greatest impact today’s business bloggers have on their organization are: thought leadership, SEO, and brand visibility and buzz. (Curata)
• 55% of business bloggers are getting 5% or more of their corporate web site’s traffic from their blog. (Curata)

What Makes People Go “Bye bye!” When Visiting Your Website (Part 5)

What Makes People Go “Bye bye!” When Visiting Your Website (Part 5)

Truly, Madly, Deeply, Outdated and Boring Content

Content is King and it’s arguably the life of every website. So having a boring and outdated content figuratively means killing your website’s vitality. People are interested in new content. So if they visit your website and immediately get that “Cobwebs and Dungeons” vibe from seeing your last posted articles or blogs which are achingly dated 2 or 3 years ago, they (that goes for me too) certainly wouldn’t hang around. Another thing is, some business websites put too much emphasis on lacing their content (like in their blogs) with keywords for SEO that it gets monotonous over time and ends up holding no value to end-users. You can always breathe some fresh air in your content by writing articles or blogs that aren’t necessarily about the services or products you offer. You can include content like tips and tricks, statistics and researches in your target industries and then add a twist to it by turning it into infographics, explainer videos, etc.

Making Them a Psychic. Go Figure!

Apparently, NOT all your website visitors knows what you do and what you can do for them (and would spend time finding it out). A clear value proposition should be displayed upfront your website. Keep it simple and straightforward and they’ll likely search around for more details. It would also be preferable to put more emphasis on product/services benefits than its features. People (especially prospects who are scouting services to hire or products to buy) cares about what’s in it for them.

As a business in this digital world, your website is your reputation online. So keeping it on point is a must. If you couldn’t be bothered by these factors, then what does that say in terms of your product or services? Of your business in general?

What Makes People Go “Bye bye!” When Visiting Your Website (Part 4)

What Makes People Go “Bye bye!” When Visiting Your Website (Part 4)

Impertinent Auto Plays

You were inside a serene coffee shop, browsing blissfully in your laptop. You happened to scroll over a content with a catchy title and clicked it on impulse. It led you to a website. Next thing you know, there was a blaring sound and everybody was looking at you. Some weird music auto-played from a cheesy ad found on the website. And as if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, you had to spat some coffee you’re sipping (because well, who wouldn’t have that mini heart attack when you’re suddenly confronted with a mumbo jumbo of an audio). The moral lesson is, configure your site to not auto-play any video or audio. It should be the visitor’s call whether they want to do so or not. It simply is rude. You have to consider that they might not be in a place or situation where it is comfortable to play anything and that any noise is disruptive or inappropriate.

Giving Grammar Nazis a Heart Attack

Don’t you just find typos and grammatical errors cringeworthy? I mean, it’s the basic of all basic. A flawless grammar should be a default in all websites. If you’re a business website that aims for a “wow factor” in your content in order to engage and convert visitors, you must have a professional opinion to look over at it. Typos and grammatical errors can do damage more than you know because it can send the wrong message to both the general and your target audience, reducing your credibility.

It’s 2017, Why U No Mobile Optimized Bruh?

Not optimizing your site for a mobile version is so like living in the stone age. According to Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends, 73% of all the people on earth (and that’s 5.2 billion!) are mobile phone users. 40% of those, over 2 billion, own smartphones (and still increasing). So it didn’t and will not come as a surprise that a considerable stat of the web traffic is currently coming from mobile devices. Even Google updated its major mobile algorithm! Websites that aren’t optimized for mobile, are bound to lose organic search rankings and suffer from extremely high bounce rates. Your business website is likely to face this dead end if you won’t step it up.

 

What Makes People Go “Bye bye!” When Visiting Your Website (Part 3)

What Makes People Go “Bye bye!” When Visiting Your Website (Part 3)

Needle in a Haystack CTA

Did you know that one of the results of the research conducted by Small Business Trends last 2013 revealed that 80% of small B2B business websites lacked CTAs? At some point, it’s unavoidable to write inefficient CTAs (that’s why there’s A/B testing to the rescue) but not asking for the sale when you aim to convert using your website? That’s a whole new level of absurdity. So always keep in mind to let your visitors know what you want them to do and make the process hassle-free for them (It’s not ‘hide and seek’ and they certainly wouldn’t waste time figuring out what you want them to do).

We’re-going-too-fast Forms

People are wary about giving their personal information. Asking them a couple of it just as they have stumbled right into your website for the first time might turn them off. You can go for it later on. However, make sure to ask for the information you only need. Expedia, Inc., an American company that owns and operates several international global online travel brands, gained an extra $12 million revenue for removing a single data field in their website. Also, if you want to gate some good content to drive leads into your website’s sales funnel, do so. Just don’t go overboard by gating everything. Strict registration requirements, more often than not, make people turn their backs away from your website.

Ads Overload

If your website is laden with ads, you better do something about it immediately. It has been implied that “trust” is an important element for people when visiting and transacting in a website. Correspondingly, people have trust issues with online ads. This has been backed up by the “Trust in Advertising” research conducted by Nielsen Holdings PLC, a global information, data, and measurement company, in which they polled more than 29,000 consumers in 58 countries throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and North America. The said research revealed that consumers trust the traditional advertising (i.e. newspaper ads, magazine ads, billboards, radio ads and infomercials) than online advertising. Hence, don’t make it the first thing your visitors see when they visit your website. Minimize the number of ads and strategize where to put it.

What Makes People Go “Bye bye!” When Visiting Your Website (Part 2)

What Makes People Go “Bye bye!” When Visiting Your Website (Part 2)

Problematic Lay-out and Design

Not judging a book by its cover is not the case for people who visit websites. Dr. Elizabeth Silence, researcher and psychologist, conducted a study in whereby participants are asked to review websites. They’re also to rate whether they found such websites trustworthy or not. Findings show that 94% of the participants would leave a website if they are uneasy about the way it looks. Your website’s visual and structure hierarchy and setting may seem like a trivial thing to you but they can be substantial enough to mean the difference between people poking their nose in and out your website. Remember that your website is your face online and your certainly at fault if you let those outdated and sloppy lay-out and design speak for you.
Error 404: Trust Marks Not Found
People especially those who shop online are particular about the legitimacy of the websites they visit. Let’s say your business website is legitimate. But the question is, are you flaunting it? If yes, good for you! If not, then it should not come as a surprise that people are steering clear away from your website. Not putting trust marks such as logos of companies who have used and recommended your service, product/service reviews or third party validation is a red flag. Therefore, putting up those logos and testimonials are a must. In addition, make yourself reachable across social media platforms by displaying their icons.
Even Popeye the Sailor Man Can’t Navigate
Put on your visitor’s shoes and navigate your website. Whether you’re trying to get their email, make them purchase your service or product or encourage them to read and follow your content, are you smoothly leading them to that direction? If you’re not sure you are, time to do some dev works. The user’s journey is very important especially if your aiming to convert. Believe me, you’re never going anywhere near that goal if you’re making visitors pull their hairs out because of frustration on how to navigate your chaotic website (and that’s just assuming they would even bother).