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  • Marketers Need Better Vision Amid Foggy Economy

    B2B Marketer   January 11, 2023  

    Facing an ailing economy, marketers' major priority this year must be creating a "customer health" score, according to a recent Forrester report. But as some companies look to bolster relations with existing customers, others are continuing to pursue net-new leads. Will it backfire?

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  • Account-Based Marketing Is On the Rise

    B2B Marketer   December 28, 2022  

    Account-based marketing (ABM) is no longer the domain of giant tech companies with the resources to deploy bespoke programs targeting accounts that are likely to have the most profitable impact in the long run. According to a recent survey, most B2B organizations that have not yet adopted an ABM strategy plan to do so within the next 12 months.

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  • Changes to California's Privacy Law Will Affect B2B Brands

    B2B Marketer   December 14, 2022  

    Exemptions in the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) related to B2B marketing expire in January 2023. Despite having more than two years to ready themselves, many companies are ill-prepared for the change.

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  • Marketers Must Be More Agile

    B2B Marketer   November 23, 2022  

    Long-term planning may be turning into a bit of an oxymoron due to the furious pace of change among B2B customers and prospects. However, marketers still need vision when it comes to preparing for the future, as the B2B terrain is shaping up to look radically different just a few years from now, a recent study reveals.

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  • How Akamai Answered the 'Why' Regarding Its Brand Purpose

    B2B Marketer   November 9, 2022  

    Soon after Kim Salem-Jackson was promoted to EVP and CMO at Akamai in 2021, she realized the company was missing its "why," or how to articulate its brand purpose. After getting buy-in from the CEO, she proceeded to build a coalition across the company to answer the question and integrate the brand purpose throughout the organization.

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  • The B2B Buying Cycle Is Revving Up

    B2B Marketer   October 26, 2022  

    The B2B purchasing cycle accelerated in the last two and half years, a new study reveals. To keep pace, marketers need to ramp up their efforts to collaborate with customers and prospects on business and research projects and help ease their pain.

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  • B2B SMBs Can Excel in Content Marketing

    B2B Marketer   October 12, 2022  

    Content marketing has become de rigueur among SMB companies, but the outcomes leave a lot to be desired. Instead of taking a scattershot approach to generating original content, SMBs need to pick just one content initiative that's valuable enough to cut through the proverbial clutter.

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  • Back to the Future for B2B Marketers?

    B2B Marketer   October 5, 2022  

    The pandemic seems to have altered the script when it comes to the most effective ways to reach business decision-makers, as B2B brands embrace a hybrid marketing strategy combining analog and digital messaging.

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  • 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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