Spiceworks State of IT 2020

What tech pros will spend on IT in 2020 — and where they’re struggling

Eighty-eight per cent of businesses say their technology budgets will stay the same or grow over the next year according to new research from Spiceworks, but but tech buyers at its SpiceWorld conference said they are juggling purchase decisions along with difficult communications issues with senior leadership and a quest to improve their personal brand. […]

Oracle Rob Tarkoff and Salvatore Ancoretti of Ferrari discuss Oracle Datafox and CX Unity at Openworld 2019

Oracle arms B2B firms with tools to align sales and marketing while improving CX

Oracle on Tuesday used its 2019 Openworld conference in San Francisco to introduce ways for B2B firms to bring sales and marketing data together, as well as tools to personalize and customer experiences based on a variety of contextual data. Among the updates announced as part of its customer event this week, the business software […]

B2B content empathy

CMWorld 2019 experts offer tips on creating with empathy, pitching martech purchases and helping sales

B2B buyers who make the wrong purchase because they didn’t look at a piece of content might see their budget cut, get passed over for promotion or even lose their job — but at least they won’t die a horrible death like Johann Rall. The German colonel is best known to historians for his command […]

Content Marketing World 2019 CMworld 2019

Content Marketing World 2019: How to develop a strategy, create better buyer personas and build trust

He hasn’t worked there in years, but among the many companies exhibiting on the show floor at Content Marketing World 2019 is a B2B firm that taught Joe Pulizzi some of his earliest lessons. Before it became part of Informa Engage, the Content Marketing Institute’s founder explained in his opening keynote address Wednesday, he helped lead […]

Neil Patel Digital B2B

Neil Patel says the biggest traffic gains this year will come through making what’s old new again

Once a week — usually on Saturdays, with his wife complaining in the background that this is supposed to be family time — Neil Patel writes the kind of blog posts that get noticed by marketers from almost every sector. Behind the scenes, however, his team at Neil Patel Digital is busily updating an average […]

ANA Masters of B2B conference 2019

ANA Masters of B2B Marketing conference attendees tweet their top takeaways

Executives from brands including Caterpillar, Boeing and American Express told the 2019 Association of National Advertisers’ business-to-business (ANA B2B) conference to increase content production but ground their efforts in greater humanity and focus. Taking place in Chicago this week, the ANA B2B event was focused on a broad theme of ““Driving Growth and Building Marketing […]

Intercom CSO Des Traynor

Intercom CSO wants to get the message out that retention is the new conversion in SaaS

It was probably the most important slide in Intercom exec Des Traynor’s presentation, and also the most memorable — probably because it had all the most popular marketing tactics pointing to a giant Poop emoji. The chief strategy officer at customer messaging platform Intercom was trying to make a critical point to the many other […]

Collision 2019 CMOs marketing

Collision 2019 lets CMOs from Cisco, GE and other firms demonstrate startup-style agility in marketing

Karen Walker might have momentarily wished she’d joined one of the hundreds of startups exhibiting at and attending Collision 2019 this week when she first joined Cisco as its marketing leader. In a keynote speech to other marketers, entrepreneurs and technology professionals at the opening day of Collision on Tuesday, the networking giant’s CMO described the […]

PathFactory Concierge

PathFactory offers Concierge and other tools to create Netflix-style B2B online content experiences

PathFactory is trying to bridge the gap between consumer experiences like Netflix and Amazon by offering tools that let B2B marketers recommend  web site content based on visitors’ behaviour, what’s popular and what will help them take the next step in a buying journey. The Toronto-based firm is using this week’s Sirius Decisions Summit in […]

Dell CMO Allison Dew

Dell CMO Allison Dew calls for ‘responsible pragmatism’ in managing societal impact of IT

Like any good marketer, Allison Dew kept her closing remarks at Dell Technologies World on Wednesday simple, succinct and unforgettable: “Don’t be a phone ‘ho.” Yes, you read that correctly. Dew, the enterprise tech giant’s CMO, drew huge laughs by echoing her fellow panelist in a conference session — musician and entrepreneur Wil.I.AM — who […]

Mulesoft CIO in Residence

Mulesoft’s CIO in Residence has three ideas to help his peers manage their digital priorities

Steve Stone admits he’s still trying to figure out exactly what it means to be CIO in residence at Mulesoft. “I think that means you get the title but none of the benefits or pay,” he joked to an audience of his peers at CIO Peer Forum, an annual gathering of IT leaders in Toronto […]

Adobe Open Data Initiative ODI

Adobe Summit 2019 offers digital transformation advice from Microsoft, Ersi and . . . Reese Witherspoon

“I had this siloed-off experience. I wasn’t engaging with them . . . there wasn’t empirical data. (Social media) has expanded my idea of storytelling and the ability to reach a larger, but more specific audience.” The comments above were not made by one of the many B2B CMOs attending Adobe Summit in Las Vegas […]

Adobe Summit

Adobe Summit 2019 shows how Marketo, Magento acquisitions are coalescing into the Adobe Experience Platform

Adobe is trying to demonstrate progress in bringing technologies from Marketo and Magento into its Adobe Experience Platform this week, but possibly the best insight at Adobe Summit so far was a glimpse at a more custom product: a dashboard the company uses to track its own marketing and sales performance. Speaking to approximately 17,000 […]

SiriusDecisions Canada Summit 2019

Sneak peek: SiriusDecisions Canada Summit 2019

Bell Canada, Hootsuite, Oracle, Telus Health and Brainrider are all preparing to offer their best B2B advice as part of the second-annual SiriusDecisions Summit Canada next week. Scheduled for March 5th at the Hilton Toronto, the SD Canada Summit will cover areas including account-based marketing (ABM) strategies, an artificial intelligence (AI) playbook for B2B firms and […]

B2B Marketing Exchange 2019: An animated, illustrated look at the key takeaways

Lots of execs attending B2B Marketing Exchange this week were probably talking notes, and a few might have even sketched out what they saw being presented, but there’s another way to capture the insights: keynoteinks. In an exclusive partnership with St. Jacobs, Ont.-based marketing agency Quarry, B2B News Network  is presenting the work of illustrator […]

Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Oracle OpenWorld 2018 brings FedEx, Juniper and others to discuss their progress in the cloud

Oracle this week is using its OpenWorld 2018 conference to showcase how some of its major B2B customers are moving to cloud-based applications that can use machine learning to streamline and speed up business processes. In a general session that was livestreamed from OpenWorld 2018 in San Francisco, Oracle executive vice-president of applications product development […]

SAP Data Hub TechEd 2018

SAP updates Data Hub to help firms upsell, improve ABM and more

SAP used the TechEd 2018 conference to introduce a new version of its Data Hub that will bring together different kinds of business applications and information no matter where it sits so organizations can improve the way they do things like upsell, cross-sell and conduct account-based marketing campaigns. Speaking to customers and partners in Las […]

WeWork Julie Rice

A WeWork exec explains the little stores popping up in its spaces

WeWork has already disrupted the traditional approach to setting up office as a startup or small company by offering a series of spaces where people can get things done together. Now Julie Rice wants them to become spaces where they buy from each other, too. The pioneering coworking provider has recently launched WeMRKT, a series […]

Not Impossible Labs SAS Analytics X

How Not Impossible Labs is financing a ‘revolution against the absurd’ by pairing technology with storytelling

A pair of smart glasses using duct tape and zip wires that allowed an artist with Lou Gehrig’s disease to draw again. An artificial arm made via 3D printing that brought mobility back to bombing victims in Sudan. A vibrating wristbrand that may be able to stop those with Parkinson’s from trembling. If you have […]

B2B influencer marketing Lee Odden

Lend an EAR to understand Lee Odden’s approach to B2B influencer marketing

Lee Odden knows he’s no Kylie Jenner, but he’s excited enough about the potential of B2B influencer marketing that he gave it a try. In his Content Marketing World session on the subject last week, Odden — founder and CEO of TopRank Marketing — showed a self-portrait that mirrored an image from Instagram in which […]