Image: B2B Lead Generation Why Make It So Hard

So, remember the last time you bought something from Amazon? (Other massive online retailers are available). Without thinking you probably did the following; checked out the product features, technical specifications and read numerous customer reviews – after all these can be entertaining in their own right (Check out the BIC ‘for her’ ballpoint pen reviews… Read on >

We all love an epic horror movie. It’s guaranteed to play to our greatest fears and phobias, whether that’s the fear of death, the mysterious dark corners or the creepy crawlies that lie in wait. Anticipation and anxiety rage, dependent on your levels of bravery – but we all know it will happen. And when… Read on >

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Inspired Thinking: Leads to Revenue

November 14, 2016

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The marketing landscape has changed. Technology has given marketers new ways of working and more visibility of their effectiveness than ever before. And that’s a very good thing. However, over the last few years, as people have got excited about technology, such as marketing automation, I’ve seen a particular view emerge. Some marketers now see creative as almost a ‘hygiene factor’. They’re more focused on an agency’s ability… Read on >

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Revenue might seem like a logical way to measure the success of B2B marketing activity. But, for many tech businesses, it seems like a pipe dream. The leads-to-revenue story is one of evolution. In the past, B2B marketers struggled to translate leads into pounds and pence. That was sometimes down to poor technology. Often, it was down to the relationship between sales and marketing…. Read on >

ABM | The New B2B Marketing Must-Have

October 24, 2016

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Account-based marketing (ABM) is creating a lot of buzz right now. And for very good reason. It is delivering bigger deals within target accounts and proving to be a veritable lead-to-revenue marketing success story. To find out more about it, I spoke to Bev Burgess, Senior Vice President & Global ABM Council Leader at ITSMA, the pioneers of ABM. DG: Why is ABM so hot right now? It… Read on >

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I have some bad news for people with overflowing inboxes, we’re receiving 7% more emails this year than last. Not only does that mean that we all need to be better at organising our inboxes, it also means your marketing emails are going to have more competition for the recipient’s attention. While you are fighting… Read on >

It sounds trite, but it’s true. So many organisations are sold on the conceptual ideals behind marketing automation and think it will be marketing’s panacea. The reality is, marketing automation systems are just that – automation systems. They can replace a great deal of manual effort, but only if you’re currently engaging in the type… Read on >

Partner marketing: 5 key challenges

March 24, 2016

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I’ve just spent the last three weeks in the presence of 40 marketing peeps from IT channel partner organisations. I’ve been talking to them about their challenges, the need for change in their marketing activities and their business models. During the conversations, we’ve covered a breadth of topics and I thought it might be useful… Read on >

It’s that time of year when the marketing bods in the know scramble to assemble their top list of predictions for the incoming year. We’re delighted to now look back and say that our predictions from last year which included “exploding marketing technology” and the “rationalisation of content, from quantity to quality” were absolutely on… Read on >

Marketing for tech, tech for marketing

November 17, 2015

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Marketing has not just embraced technology; it has become dependent on it in the pursuit of the new Holy Grail of the marketing mix; what Marketo call ‘Engagement Marketing’. As people spend more time on tablets, mobiles and laptops, marketing has had to adopt technology and digital in a big way. It’s done this to… Read on >