B2B and Virtual Reality: 4 industries to be disrupted first

Oculus Rift’s CEO announced recently  that its virtual reality headsets are months, not years, away. Will there immediately be applications for B2B? When we talk VR, the geekily inclined of a certain generation immediately thinks holodeck, and VR for recreation and entertainment. But B2B applications may come first. The ability to layer data or make […]

B2BNN President Jennifer Evans

B2BNN President Jen Evans talks gender inequality in tech on TVO’s The Agenda

This week, Jennifer Evans, the president of B2B News Network, was part of a panel discussion on a TV Ontario news show discussing the gender divide in the tech industry in Canada. On The Agenda with Steve Paikin, Evans offered her insight on how tech companies are ignoring female talent and the challenges she has faced in […]

What every advertiser needs to know about the threat of URL masking

Move over, bots. URL masking is climbing the ranks of common fraud in the digital advertising industry. URL masking is used to trick advertisers into running their ads on sites with illicit or stolen content. Though these sites typically generate a lot of traffic, thereby boosting chargeable impressions to the advertiser, they often don’t generate […]

Advertising giant Publicis to buy Sapient for $3.7 billion

In a move some critics call a major overpayment, French advertising powerhouse Publicis announced Monday it will acquire marketing and consulting company Sapient for $3.7 billion US. The all-cash transaction equals $25 per share. In a press release [PDF], Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, said: “Sapient is a ‘crown jewel,’ a one of […]

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Weekly primer: Apple Pay vs CurrentC, a $100MM fund for 3D printing, ‘Motonovo’

From startups to windups, the B2B space has never been more active. Here are the top 5 stories you need to know about going into the week: 1. Motorola is Lenovo. Motonovo? It’s already displaced Xiaomi as the 3rd largest mobile manufacturer (after 24 hours). From Motorola Mobility’s President, Rick Osterloh: Congrats to @Xiaomi for […]

A B2B content marketing editorial calendar program for anyone

Rule #1: don’t put them to sleep. Content marketing is effective, but it’s not easy to plan. If it isn’t aligned to corporate priorities, it won’t get the right results. Without a focus on relevancy and customer needs, it might cause drowsiness. A recent study showed that nearly 50 percent percent of the 88 percent […]

Social buisness

It’s 2014, is ‘social business’ dead or alive?

Management consultant Peter Drucker said: “There are only two things in a business that make money – innovation and marketing, everything else is cost.” Is business actually starting to believe this and what are the implications for marketing vendors? Social business is far from dead. Business is experimenting with customer engagement in areas like content, […]

Lessons from a Shark: how to measure organic B2B content marketing

Page views? Time on page? Video views? Are these real content marketing performance indicators? No. Why not? If you know how much time was spent on a page, and that more time was spent on one page of content than another page, is that actionable information? Does it give you any insight into content ROI? […]

Same prospect, two trajectories: how brand vs conversion behaviour differs

Measuring from awareness to action online is not simple. It’s an ecosystem, it’s a path, it’s a narrative. Whatever the new buying process is, it’s clear that a funnel is no longer what we’re working with … or is it? Data shows there are two customer trajectories for all but the most rote or impulse […]

How we launched B2BNN on Twitter: Day One to two weeks

Launching a new B2B presence on social networks with zero budget and no existing web presence on a Friday night? Requires tons of patience and you won’t really see results for months, right?   Not necessarily. On September 19 2014 we launched the @b2bnewsnetwork Twitter account. We kicked off (somewhat unintentionally) at the worst time […]

Picture of community at Burning Man

Path to real content marketing relevancy? Your audience.

You wouldn’t serve wagyu to vegans or request formal attire at your Burning Man meditation meetup. So why do marketers deliver untargeted content? Yes, bad content is everywhere, and any way to create more relevant, useful marketing content works for us. But a way to do that AND cut your content marketing production costs dramatically […]