B2B Marketer

 

Through best practices, case studies, interviews, and expert advice, B2B Marketer provides the strategic and tactical edge marketers need to attract, nurture, and convert today's always-on buyers.

  • B2B Marketers Look to Unlock Gated Content

    B2B Marketer   September 23, 2022  

    While some B2B firms continue to put their content behind a firewall because that's how they like generating leads, a rising number of companies think that providing free content is a better way of courting prospects and turning them into customers.

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  • Marketers Navigate Uncertain Economic Terrain

    B2B Marketer   September 14, 2022  

    B2B marketers continue to monitor what remains an unpredictable economic environment, as the possibility of a recession looms.

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  • Rise in Marketing Budgets Tempered by Economic Headwinds

    B2B Marketer   August 24, 2022  

    Marketing budgets increased nicely in 2022, growing to nearly 10 percent of total company revenue, according to Gartner. But the upswing is muted by a downward economy. In an interview with B2B Marketer, Ewan McIntyre, chief of research and VP analyst at Gartner, said marketers are already feeling the negative impact of severe inflation and must continue finding cost efficiencies and moving toward a digital-first strategy.

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  • Connecting the Digital Dots with First-Party Data

    B2B Marketer   August 10, 2022  

    Customer data platforms (CDPs) are fast becoming an effective tool for B2B companies to locate, engage, and retain new customers. But adoption rates remain low, and fully leveraging CDPs remains hampered by the inability among B2B marketers to break down their company's business silos and connect the digital dots.

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  • B2B Companies Are Having a Tough Time Quitting Cookies

    B2B Marketer   July 27, 2022  

    Marketers have had years to prepare for the demise of third-party cookies, coming in 2023. But B2B brands continue to lag in their efforts to adapt, with just 21 percent planning to build out their first-party data strategies this year. As cookies fade, marketers need to recalibrate their technology stack and develop a process for sharing data across multiple departments.

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  • The Metaverse Is No Game for B2B Marketers

    B2B Marketer   July 20, 2022  

    Most B2B brands are taking a wait-and-see approach toward the metaverse, as they first get a firmer hold on other, less complicated digital channels. At the same time, B2B marketers must weigh this caution against the fact that younger people now transitioning into decision-making roles have been conditioned to a digital-first world in which virtual- and augmented-reality experiences are a natural part of their day.

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  • Brands Have to Take a Gut Check Before They Take a Stand

    B2B Marketer   June 22, 2022  

    From Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to the fight for racial equality in the U.S., there’s no shortage of issues on which brands might take a stand. But simply speaking out isn’t what customers and prospects are looking for, particularly among millennials. People will see right through companies that insist they are concerned with social issues but do not follow through with any concrete action.

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  • The Art of the Zoom

    B2B Marketer   June 8, 2022  

    While in-person sales meetings slowly come back and offices start to reopen, digital communications — including video calls — remain the go-to strategy for brands that want to strengthen existing relationships and build new ones.

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  • The Growing Innovation Gap Is Costing B2B Brands

    B2B Marketer   May 18, 2022  

    There is a serious gap between perception and reality when it comes to B2B marketing innovation, a recent study finds, with many marketers believing they are more competent marketing innovators than the evidence shows.

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  • B2B Brands Deploy 'Always-on' Marketing Strategy to Keep Up with Buyers

    B2B Marketer   May 4, 2022  

    There are several reasons B2B buyers seek out new vendors, ranging from a problem with an existing solution to relocating the business. But the reality is that buyers could be on the hunt for new vendors at just about any time. That's why marketers need an "always-on" approach to providing relevant content, according to a recent study, making sure they get on the short list of potential suppliers.

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  • Will Social Become the Dominant Media for B2B Brands?

    B2B Marketer   April 20, 2022  

    Social media has pulled ahead of email marketing as the top marketing tactic for B2B companies, says a recent study. As social platforms command a growing number of ad dollars, the challenge for marketers will be to tailor their messages so they play into the strengths of each channel, whether text for Twitter, visuals for Instagram, or original video content on YouTube.

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  • How to Start an ABM Program That Works

    B2B Marketer   April 6, 2022  

    A rising number of B2B marketers are starting to adopt account-based marketing (ABM) strategies. But developing ABM programs can't be done quickly, and it requires a concerted effort to align sales and marketing departments.

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  • Are B2B Brands Ready for a Privacy-First World?

    B2B Marketer   March 23, 2022  

    The pending "cookiepocalypse" combined with new privacy regulations may be a blessing in disguise, as they force B2B marketers to prioritize the cultivation of first-party data. However, a new study suggests that a majority of marketers are not taking the necessary steps to adapt their data approaches and operations accordingly.

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  • Waiting for B2B Alignment

    B2B Marketer   March 9, 2022  

    Sales and marketing alignment remains one of the toughest challenges among many B2B companies. However, while they may have different views of what defines success, sales and marketing executives are acting much more in tandem when it comes to serving their customers, says a new study. Buyers are also playing a key role in pushing marketers to integrate with their sales counterparts.

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  • New Recipe for the B2B Marketing Table?

    B2B Marketer   February 23, 2022  

    A recent study reveals that priorities among B2B buyers have shifted dramatically amid the pandemic. No longer satisfied with companies that simply save them time or boost their productivity, decision-makers are now looking for companies that can help them stay on top of the marketplace and deliver their products and services quickly.

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  • Many B2B Brands See Themselves As Ethical — Do Their Customers?

    B2B Marketer   February 9, 2022  

    B2B marketers see themselves as more ethical and honest than average, according to a recent Forrester survey. However, separate studies show that people have a different take, causing a trust gap within vertical sectors. To start to close the gap, B2B organizations need to conduct a comprehensive assessment of their brand and figure out where the weak spots lie.

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  • Eye Land in the Stream

    B2B Marketer   January 26, 2022  

    Over-the-top (OTT) media services, which entail streaming TV, are not exclusive to sexy consumer-facing brands. A growing menu of programming catering to the business crowd — and more and more decision-makers working from home due the pandemic — makes it increasingly harder for B2B marketers to ignore the opportunities presented by OTT.

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  • Setting a New Stage for B2B Buyers

    B2B Marketer   January 12, 2022  

    Improving the customer experience (CX) is a major priority for B2B marketers, according to a recent Forrester study, as companies look for new and creative ways to deliver their content across the purchasing landscape. Having comprehensive measurement programs may be half the battle.

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  • A New Year Brings in Sharper Collaboration for B2B Players

    B2B Marketer   December 15, 2021  

    B2B brands continue to struggle getting the most out of their marketing technology stack. The problem ranges from a lack of training among sales and marketing teams to the integration of all of their disparate software programs. But that's starting to change, as companies put more strategies in place based on collaboration.

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  • Digital B2B Content Needs an Overhaul

    B2B Marketer   December 1, 2021  

    Bombarded by marketing content for nearly the past two years, B2B buyers are feeling burned out and are dramatically reducing their content intake. But that doesn’t mean brand managers can let up when it comes to developing their messaging efforts. To the contrary, CMOs and marketers have to stir their creative juices to develop the kinds of campaigns that have a touch of fun and, perhaps more important, treat their customers like humans.

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