B2B sales 2020 Sage

The top B2B Marketing objectives for 2020 are sales objectives


Each fall, B2B marketers assess the performance of their prior year’s marketing program and plan for the year ahead. They look at past performance metrics, business goals, competitor initiatives, industry trends, and areas of improvement. The 2020 B2B Marketing Mix Report, published annually by Sagefrog Marketing Group, surveys B2B marketing professionals to uncover the top […]

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LinkedIn execs warn of ‘subprime data crisis’ and need to embrace ‘long data’ in B2B marketing

B2B marketers may be falling victim to third-party data providers that are similar to the mistakes that lead to the economic recession of 2008, according to senior executives from LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. Speaking at an event for its Canadian customers earlier this month, the LinkedIn execs described what they called the “subprime data crisis,” whereby […]

Oureach emojis B2B e-mail sales

Outreach data scientists put emojis in B2B e-mail subject lines to the test, and . . .

Adding little clocks or other emojis before and after B2B e-mail subject lines like “Quick call next week” have a negative impact on reply rates, according to tests conducted by sales enablement firm Outreach. Using seven different variations featuring emojis that were subject to an A/B split, Outreach found an overall 42 per cent decline […]

Communications secrets chief digital offers can use to exceed expectations now

As a Chief Digital Officer (CDO), you focus on new technologies to help your B2B thrive. This includes social media, mobile applications, virtual opportunities, and more. But, before you move forward to reach your next goal, stop and talk to your communications’ team members. They may have some valuable insights to share that can take […]

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As a marketer, here’s how you can break through the noise and generate quality leads

Today’s digital natives are bombarded with content and have adapted to filter out the noise. Poor ad targeting has left both consumer and B2B audiences in Canada more skeptical of digital advertising, and most notable of all: about a third of digital advertising campaigns (particularly display and mobile) in Canada don’t work, failing to drive […]

Conversica Valentine's Day Sales and Marketing Report

Conversica survey suggests AI could spark love between B2B sales and marketing teams

Ninety-three per cent of sales professionals and 87 per cent of marketers believe virtual assistants powered by artificial intelligence technologies could improve cross-functional relationships, according to the results of a survey released by Conversica. The Valentine’s Day Sales and Marketing Report is based on responses from approximately 1,000 U.S.-based sales and marketing professionals and explored […]

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Zoho brings Siri-like features to Zia tool as CRM Plus expands to serve customer support teams

Zoho on Thursday expanded its CRM Plus collection of software applications to include tools for customer service teams such as Zia, an intelligent assistant that uses voice recognition features much like Apple’s Siri to address critical questions or complaints. Although Zia (which stands for “Zoho intelligent assistant”) has been available to CRM Plus customers for […]

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Affinity offers AI-based Alliances tool to scan e-mail and calendar data for top sales referrals

Customer relationship management provider Affinity is using artificial intelligence technology to sift through employees’ e-mail and calendar data in hopes of easing the search for “warm” introductions to prospects and customers. San Francisco-based Affinity described Alliances, which was released on Monday, as a tool that will create a “relationship graph” to help those in sales […]

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 […]

B2B SMS marketing

SMS marketing for B2B in the age of Millennials — does it work?

We are living in an age of increasingly younger CEOs, marketers and sales execs. Millennials are no longer the “next generation.” They’re a part of the workforce today — including key members of your customers’ buying teams.  As a B2B marketer, SMS may not rank as high as more traditional tactics like e-mail, display ads or […]

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 […]

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 […]