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 […]

Randy Frisch Uberflip Conex 2019

Uberflip CMO Randy Frisch talks app marketplace, B2B marketing survey results and ‘F#ck Content Marketing’

Uberflip this week will use its Conex customer event to officially launch an app marketplace where B2B marketers can find software that works with its platform for designing and managing content experiences, according to its CMO. The Toronto-based company — whose customers include MongoDB, LeanData and Snowflake — already has about a dozen apps available […]

5 ways B2B marketers can make sure they’re not sabotaging their own blog

So, you started a blog to boost your company’s profile and support your marketing efforts but it’s not generating any interest or leads? Guess what – it’s probably your own fault. Often people rush to post something without really thinking through the message they want to convey. They see it as a win if they […]

Forrester B2B web sites

Forrester gives only four out of 60 B2B web sites a passing grade in content engagement study

A self-oriented focus on products rather than customers, reliance on jargon and lack of a human voice meant only four out of 60 B2B web sites received a passing grade in an analysis of engaging online content experiences from Forrester. Released late last month, the market research firm’s report examined digital properties across 12 different […]

Accenture Marketing Disrupted

Accenture uses Marketing Disrupted podcast to share CMO-level conversations on digital challenges

Consulting firm Accenture this week will begin trying to reach chief marketing officers through their earbuds with a podcast series, called Marketing Disrupted, that explores the challenges they face in harnessing digital technologies. All seven episodes of the Marketing Disrupted podcast are already available and feature a range of marketing leaders beginning with former Kodak CMO […]

ceo blog alternatives

6 alternatives to the dreadful CEO blog, along with the pros and cons of each

Last time we discussed the reasons it’s probably a good idea to talk your CEO out of starting their own blog. A lack of resources, a tendency to be pretty pointless and the proven habit of running out of ideas fairly quickly are all good reasons to keep them away from blogging. But let’s not forget […]

3 Unfortunate tendencies that might make you question letting your CEO blog

It’s conference season, and for communicators that means two things: 1. They (I hope) will be settling into a bum-numbing chair for some inspiration and possibly a well-earned nap. 2. Their CEO will be calling them from her leadership conference to announce she is starting a blog. You were warned. Intranets across the land are […]

BrightTalk 2019 webinar benchmarks

BrightTalk data suggests the majority of business won via webinar comes from non-attendees

Don’t worry about the steep drop-off: nearly 60 per cent of the business companies gain through a webinar comes from those who tune in on-demand, according to the latest research from BrightTalk. In its 2019 benchmark report, which is based usage data across the San Francisco-based firm’s platform for hosting webinars and videos, also wove […]

Walker Sands B2B content

Walker Sands research shows B2B marketers value content that leads to sales over thought leadership

Eighty three per cent of B2B marketers say the production of content is their top priority, and a nearly a third have driving sales and conversions as their primary goal, according to a study from Walker Sands released Thursday. Based on a survey of approximately 300 marketers, the report from Chicago-based agency Walker Sands, titled […]

B2B marketing jargon

‘Disruption’ tops the list of jargon B2B marketers say hurts a company’s credibility

It may be pervasive among among industry analysts, keynote speakers and best-selling business book authors, but 32 per cent B2B marketers say the use of jargon like “disruption” could make them question or doubt a vendor. The survey of approximately 1,000 U.S. B2B marketers, which was conducted by Propeller Insights for San Francisco-based tech PR […]

Engineers IEEE GlobalSpec Trew Marketing

98% of engineers value data sheets, but that’s not the only content marketers should develop

Blog posts and white papers may reign supreme among many content marketers, but a survey of engineers shows data sheets and case studies rank highest among highly technical decision makers. In the 2019 Smart Marketing For Engineers report, produced by IEEE GlobalSpec and Trew Marketing based in Austin, 98 per cent of the more than […]

B2B Content Marketing Research 2019

B2B content marketing research shows customer disconnect and need for ‘buyer enablement’

While the vast majority of enterprise-oriented marketers say they put their audience’s interests ahead of their products or services and are developing detailed personas, less than half of them are actually talking to customers to inform the stories they tell, according to the latest B2B content marketing research from the Content Marketing Institute. The data […]

Concured AI content marketing

Concured eyes opportunity to extend AI across both content marketing and sales

Concured has already brought artificial intelligence to augment the creative creative stories brands tell through content marketing. Its next chapter will focus on sales enablement. Based in London, Concured uses AI to address a lot of the unknown questions that make the creative process in content marketing so difficult. Its technology ingests data to help […]

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 […]

Adobe Stoke Pulse

How Adobe’s social team tied ‘Hack The Bracket’ to sales wins with Stoke Pulse

Adobe says it has been able to tie the results of enterprise social media activity like its recent ‘Hack The Bracket’ campaign directly to revenue for the first time thanks to a system designed by content marketing agency, Stoke. Speaking at Content Marketing World in Cleveland last week, Adobe’s head of social media for its […]

rock n' roll B2B content marketing

Editor’s Note: Rock n’ roll history hints at the creative ingredient B2B content marketing really needs

I’m not the first one to say this, but there’s something about the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame that turns one of the most subversive musical genres into a stuffy, almost archaic  collection of content. Walking through the museum during the opening party at Content Marketing World in Cleveland this week, I dutifully checked […]

LinkedIn's content marketing approach for B2B

Inside LinkedIn’s content marketing principles for connecting with B2B customers

It may be the world’s de facto social network for B2B professionals, but LinkedIn’s content marketing lead says the company has had to overcome all the same challenges as its customers in creating the right approach to storytelling and engaging an audience. Speaking at Content Marketing World 2018 in Cleveland, Megan Golden said the company […]