Pressboard University

Pressboard develops branded content certification course to help marketers tell stories with ‘tweetable moments’

Pressboard is going to help teach more companies how to create the kind of branded content publishers want through a free online education program that will include the Wall Street Journal’s former global content director as a strategic advisor. Since its launch four years ago, Pressboard has worked with a slew of brands to act […]

Barracuda Networks

Barracuda Networks TV commercial takes a swing at winning over the C-Suite with their favorite sport

To some people, golf is just a fun pastime often played by senior execs during the summer heat. To Barracuda Networks, it’s the perfect metaphor for success in business. The Campbell, Calif.-based provider of security, networking and storage products is running a new TV commercial in which the hero could easily pass for the standard […]

Reseller Engine

#ResellerEngine Twitter chat recap: How marketing in the channel is changing

It’s hard enough to market your own products and services. When you’re marketing someone else’s, however, you need to be even more creative — and strategic — about how you use your market development funds (MDF). As part of our recently-launched ResellerEngine service, B2BNN will be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday July 11 at […]

BrightTalk Paul Heald webinars

BrightTalk CEO reflects on 10 years of watching webinars evolve beyond ‘a voice with slides’

Though his firm has spent a decade serving as a hub for hosting and maximizing the effectiveness of webinars, BrightTalk CEO Paul Heald increasingly finds himself referring to the content as simply “talks.” While some BrightTalk users continue to follow the “voice with slides” approach, for example, Heald has been noticing a lot more integration […]

EverString AI B2B marketing

EverString and Heinz research exposes the gaps between AI hype and B2B marketers’ reality

Despite the introduction of natural language processing, machine learning and other technologies into major software packages, nearly half of B2B marketers say artificial intelligence plays no role in their current strategy, according to research from EverString and Heinz Marketing. In ‘The State of Artificial Intelligence in B2B Marketing,’ EverString and Heinz surveyed 300 marketers, mostly […]

AT&T Edge-to-Edge

AT&T commercial shows how technology can address everything except food-stealing coworkers

In some manufacturing organizations it’s easier for people to get along with robots than other employees, based on one of A&T’s most recent TV spots. Though it is still the world’s largest telephone company based on total revenue, AT&T wants enterprise customers to be aware of the wide range of IT services it can offer […]

TreamSupport IBM Watson

TeamSupport brings an emotional layer to customer service engagement with AI-based sentiment analysis

B2B companies that offer customer service primarily through e-mail and chat can get a better sense of their emotional state through a sentiment analysis feature TeamSupport is introducing to enterprise versions of its software. Dallas-based TeamSupport said the sentiment analysis functionality will be based on the natural language processing (NLP) technology used by IBM’s Watson […]

Instagram IGTV B2B brands

And one of the first B2B brands to launch on Instagram’s IGTV is . . .

Instagram’s launch of a longform video sharing service called IGTV was marketed primarily to individual “creators” and consumer audiences, but at least one enterprise software company is already using it to educate its target audience. While Instagram started primarily as a photo-sharing service, it has expanded in recent years with Instagram Stories, a simple way […]

Snowflake Computing

Snowflake Computing uses creative OOH and online education to market the power of cloud-based data warehousing

There are lots of consumer-oriented companies celebrating Pride Month in their marketing right now, but those driving along Highway 101 in the Bay Area of California recently have seen how a B2B technology company like Snowflake Computing can offer a unique take on a powerful message. “THE DATA IS IN: LOVE WINS,” proclaims the billboard, […]

Crowdy.ai Deal Maker

Crowdy.ai launches ‘social proof engine’ to show when site visitors convert into customers or leads

A startup called Crowdy.ai has created a widget it describes as a “social proof engine” that it hopes will change the way B2B companies sell online by providing visual evidence of prospects during into customers. Deal-Maker is a web site integration that provides real-time updates on how web site visitors are taking action on a […]

Rackspace CMO Mark Bunting

The new Rackspace CMO is ready to elevate the brand’s ‘fanatical support’ messaging

The concept of ‘fanatical support’ may be one of the best known brand attributes at Rackspace, but its new chief marketing officer wants to make the managed service provider equally known for providing an overall more radical experience with cloud computing. Earlier this month Rackspace, which is headquartered in San Antonio, Tex., announced Mark Bunting […]

Unbounce machine learning

Unbounce uses ‘Machine Vs. Marketer’ game to demonstrate potential for AI in boosting landing page conversions

Unbounce has been helping marketing teams develop and generate better performance from landing pages since its inception, but now the firm is using comparative data to show customers how machine learning could improve their results even further. In a series of event appearances starting last Fall, Vancouver-based Unbounce has been staging “Machine vs. Marketer,” where […]

Samsung data science Matthew Fritz Big Data Toronto

Samsung data science director shows off the prescriptive engine that’s dramatically boosting its KPIs

Companies need to move past using analytics and artificial intelligence to merely inform business decisions and allow the technologies to actually make decisions on their own across all functional areas, according to the director of data science at Samsung. In his keynote at the Big Data Toronto conference on Tuesday, Matthew Fitz suggested enterprises are […]

Bloomberg Sell Side Trading COO Jessica Hatch

Bloomberg COO says companies should add a word to ‘minimum viable product’ if they want innovation efforts to succeed

It was not the feedback the team of innovators at Bloomberg may have wanted to hear, but according to Jessica Hatch, it was what they needed to hear. As the COO of Bloomberg’s Sell Side Trading division told the TakeOver innovation conference in Toronto on Monday, the team was presenting a few offering — something even […]

Public Relations PR

Stand out from the B2B competition with more powerful public relations and media buzz

Several years ago, you could make a phone call to one person at an organization, make your pitch and finalize a sale. Today, this happens less because buying committees consist of numerous people at various levels in an organization. For example, you may have an intern conducting online research for the latest products and services, […]

MDF reseller engine

MDF, Co-op and More: the State of Channel Partner Marketing Funds in 2018

Every year, technology vendors allocate billions of dollars to help their channel partners promote their businesses and offerings.    Every year, nearly half of these funds go unspent.    At a time when channel effectiveness is tilting heavily, reaching a 95/5 ratio in some industries (as n 5% of partners are generating 95% of sales) […]