Marketing these days is full of jargon, which can be confusing for senior executives and others who aren’t fully immersed in it on a daily basis. Understanding the differences between demand generation, lead generation and inbound marketing is paramount for business leaders to make logical decisions about where best to apply marketing dollars. We’ve put together this primer to help you identify primary characteristics and key tactics of these disciplines, so you confidently develop a strategy that includes all three.
B2B buyers are more than halfway through the buying cycle by the time they contact a salesperson. Thus, sales and marketing professionals have ceded most of their control over the early buying stages. Luckily, to borrow a phrase from Bob Dylan, “The times they are a-changin’.” That transformation is courtesy of Big Data, which has spurred the creation of solutions that track B2B buyer intent. They can help you to offer “intent-based” content — the right information at the right time to the right people.
Online users leave digital clues about their intentions wherever they go on the internet. When they visit your website or click on links in emails, that information is 1st party data that belongs to you. If they visit other sites or participate in discussions on social media platforms, it’s 3rd party data. It’s crucial to consider both when you’re trying to determine a user’s intention. Here’s an approach to lead generation with intent data.
Display advertising is big business. Programmatic platforms are growing. Why? TV viewing is changing, and media habits are evolving, especially with younger audiences. Marrying power creative with targeted media channels is advertising 101, and display advertising is an important channel to build awareness and contribute to conversion; it’s just not easy to connect the dots, but research has proven the lift display brings to sales and lead generation. Don’t avoid it; embrace it.
The dreaded blank screen stares back at you. Your to-do list is growing. You’re bleary-eyed. All you want to do is to kick up your feet at the end of a long day and enjoy your favorite beverage.
It’s up to you, however, to turn the stubborn empty page into a tasty blog post your audience devours. And that leaves you struggling to shoe-horn the creation of a blog post into your not-a-minute-to-spare days.
So how do you go lickety-split from that blank screen to words that tempt and satisfy?
You have to change how you write. To do so, follow this prescription.
If you have ever faced the problem of low email open rates (haven’t we all?), you likely want to understand the elements of an email marketing subject line that compel someone to open an email. So I’ve rounded up some gems of wisdom from the email marketing experts — all based on research — that you can come back to again and again when writing those pesky subject lines that are oh-so important in spurring recipients to open your emails.
Optimizing Google AdWords campaigns to reach your ROI goals is an ongoing process, as your Google AdWords consultant should be looking at a variety of variables. One of the most important optimizations is bidding strategy, of which there are many to pick from depending on your business goals. Most common is to grow your conversion rates, and reduce your cost-per-conversion. Understanding all the bid strategies offered by AdWords as well as the adjustment options is integral, and we consistently keep an eye on where we can refine and tweak.
Sales Navigator allows users to discover “hidden” decision makers at large accounts, and engage with them based on their activity. As a fellow member of LinkedIn, you are able to see where their interests lie, what they’ve done in the past, and who their contacts are. This enables you to build data on them, and if you’re using a robust predictive analytics program you’ll be able to identify precisely what the best marketing approach would be. See how it contributes to lead generation.
We hear a lot these days about the importance of delivering the right message to the right audience at the right time. This might have been challenging in days gone by, but with the development of programmatic media it’s now little more than a breeze. This is an advanced way of targeting your ideal audience with digital advertising placements based on data and analysis, and marketers are rapidly adopting the new display advertising technology as a means to generate leads while freeing up their time. Is it right for your firm?
To grow your business today, you must build your online influence by creating insightful content that helps your target audience.
But let’s suppose you’re already churning out blogs, e-books, videos and more. Why are you not getting the results you had anticipated? The problem is likely that your target audience is not finding you. One answer to help increase your online influence is guest blogging. Find out how to launch a remarkably successful guest blogging program that grows your audience and boosts your SEO.