Doug Shirra: Big data, marketing and simplicity (part of the SAP CMO series)

You can tell the first time you talk to Doug Shirra that one of his strengths as an executive is an ability to get something done efficiently in the nicest way possible. And he advocates that management style. Despite an increasingly B2B chaotic marketing technology environment, in the many trends and forecasts for marketers in […]

Why your business needs to create a ‘culture of content’

by Kay Mathews The demand for content is growing exponentially. To meet that demand, creating and refining content must go beyond the marketing department, according to a new report. When the value of content is infused across the organization, a Culture of Content can be the driving force behind an engine of content. A CoC leads […]

Why your business should focus on content strategy in 2015

Google’s Panda algorithm has changed the game for digital marketers. Where once “SEO” was the buzzword of the day, “content strategy” now reigns supreme. With the recent release of Panda 4.1, content is — or should be — the prime focus of every small and mid-sized business’s marketing efforts in 2015. If you are among […]

IBM, Apple partner launch new B2B apps

A slew of made-for-business apps for iPhones and iPads have been launched thanks to a collaborative effort between Apple and IBM, the outcome of a partnership forged earlier in the year between the two tech rivals. In a press statement, Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, said: “Our collaboration combines IBM’s industry expertise […]

Inside the challenges of B2B crowdfunding campaigns

We have all heard of the wild success stories that B2C companies have had with crowdfunding campaigns (Pebble, anyone?) but what about B2B companies? The Net isn’t overflowing with stories about B2B start ups finding tremendous success through crowdfunding, so is it even possible? The unfortunate truth is that B2B companies face a number of […]

Everything you need to know about WhatsApp (but were too confused to ask)

by Kay Mathews You might have used it with friends to organize a weekend getaway. Or you dabbled with it when your boss wanted to communicate with the team during a conference. WhatsApp isn’t just a fad; the mobile messaging startup is here to stay, but how does its functionality apply to B2B businesses? WhatsApp, […]

Infographic: The science of building buyer personas

If you’re selling a product or service, you need to know your buyers. Maybe you don’t know them personally, but at the very least you need to recognize their personality, their passions, their challenges. Below is a handy infographic breaking down the science of buyer personas, courtesy content marketing firm Single Grain. The infographic’s concluding […]

The definitive StumbleUpon primer – B2B marketing edition

Your company might already be active on the big three social networks of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, but don’t overlook StumbleUpon. It’s reminiscent of the Digg-Myspace era, but it hasn’t faded away; in fact, this link-sharing network can prove incredibly valuable to B2B marketers. In case you aren’t familiar with StumbleUpon, it was founded in […]

Profile of a Canadian business leader: Aleya Chattopadhyay (SAP CMO series)

Aleya Chattopadhyay may now be taking time off and “thinking what I want to do next,” as she puts it, but she has some sharp insights to offer on the future of marketing and social. The ex-CMO of ScribbleLive has an impressive resume. She was the VP of Marketing for large-format and mall stores at […]

Programmatic advertising comes to wearables

by Kay Mathews Programmatic ad buying promises “hyper-targeting abilities” and FitAd brought this burgeoning tech for marketers to wearables by inking a deal with Amtrak’s Acela Express. The train-travel company is being called by Adweek “the first known programmatic wearables ad buyer.”  Travelers in Acela’s Eastern Seaboard route who are golfers on courses in that […]

Using behavioural economics to drive customer engagement

For many companies, sometimes it takes a fresh perspective to figure things out, and at BE Works that’s just what they do. The Toronto-based consulting firm analyzes consumer behaviour and determine ways of influencing people to achieve the desired behavior. Welcome to the new world of behavioural economics. We spoke with BE Works CEO Kelly […]

Don’t put all your eggs in the Facebook/Twitter basket, marketers

Businesses publicizing their products on Twitter and Facebook might actually be better off without investing all their time solely into these social networks, according to a study by market research firm Forrester. Entitled “Social Relationship Strategies That Work” the research reveals how little return on investment these networks actually offer. In a finding that might surprise many […]