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 […]

Alison Biggan SAP

SAP chief product marketing officer Alison Biggan translates what ‘intelligent enterprise’ really means

Not long ago, Alison Biggan saw a post on Twitter marking the tenth anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis and the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The tweet pointed out how, as digital as the world already was at that time, Snapchat, the iPad, and Instagram still hadn’t emerged. Instead of marveling at all the innovation […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mind the gap

Mind the gap: Building a bridge between marketing and sales with predictive analytics

The success of account-based marketing depends on collaboration and alignment between marketing and sales. Both teams must agree on goals, metrics and methods before they can implement an impactful account-based marketing strategy. Collaboration is imperative to success but difficult to accomplish considering the already labor-intensive and process-detailed workplans for each department. The good news is […]

SAS CMO Randy Guard

SAS CMO Randy Guard is weaving AI (and a reality check) into enterprise analytics conversations

A few days ago, Randy Guard was sitting in a quiet boardroom in San Diego’s Grand Hyatt where, only steps away, some of his biggest and most marquee customers were discussing their IT and business strategies as part of his firm’s Analytics Experience. The SAS CMO didn’t need any software, however, to know what was […]

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 […]

growth CMOs B2B

Self-described ‘growth CMOs’ share data on their key drivers, partners and metrics

More than three quarters of marketers who could be described as ‘growth CMOs’ measure themselves based on revenue impact, followed by gross margin and market share, according to the recents of a study released Wednesday from the CMO Council. In ‘The CMO’s Growth-Driving Playbook,’ the industry association conducted an online survey as well as in-person […]

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 […]

Inbound 2018 HubSpot

5 big messages from Hubspot’s INBOUND 2018

HubSpot’s annual marketing conference wrapped up on Friday.  With over 23,000 attendees, 300 sessions and half a dozen keynote and spotlight addresses (from Deepak Chopra to Alex Rodriguez), this year’s INBOUND 2018 event was bigger than ever.  While Hubspot doesn’t name an official theme for each year’s event, it becomes clear over the course of […]

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 […]

Ann Handley CMWorld 2018

Ann Handley takes CMWorld 2018 on her journey from content ghost town to boom town

Even before she began her Content Marketing World keynote about an unexpected twist in her career, Ann Handley experienced another one. The chief content officer at Marketing Profs was still backstage at Cleveland’s Huntington Convention Center on Wednesday when she was announced as the first-ever recipient of a new ‘Hero Award’ given by the Content […]

Relation1 personalization

Relation1 exec maps out a more mature approach to personalization

If marketers are struggling to figure out how to develop a personalization strategy that works, the vice-president and managing director at consulting firm Relation1 suggests looking at a tactic that often doesn’t work — the traditional online retargeting campaign. Anyone who has went researching online for a new laptop, a productivity tool or a SaaS […]

Forrester CX certification

Forrester CX certification takes businesses on a six-week customer experience deep dive

Forrester is building on its research into the ways organizations can improve the kind of  customer experience they offer by launching a CX certification course that aims to close skills gaps, develop ROI models and more over a six-week period. Based in Cambridge, Mass., Forrester’s analyst team covers a wide variety of subjects that include […]

FedEx Dream 2.0

FedEx offers a dream-like look at what happens while its B2B customers are sleeping

A TV commercial from FedEx suggests that business professionals who track the delivery of items online aren’t even seeing half of what really going in to getting their orders fulfilled. In ‘Dream 2.0,’ an animated series of commonly-shipped items — including a data center server, a medical monitoring device and a wind turbine — move […]