Affinity Alliances CRM LinkedIn

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 […]

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 […]

LinkedIn Sales Navigator Deals feature

LinkedIn tries to solve one of the oldest CRM challenges by adding Deals feature to Sales Navigator

LinkedIn says the addition of a Deals feature to its Sales Navigator tool will pull pipeline data directly from customer relationship management systems and make it easier to find additional contacts before a potential purchase decision goes awry. The Deals feature was one of several additions to Sales Navigator LinkedIn announced in a blog post […]

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 […]

LinkedIn automation

How to walk the fine line between LinkedIn automation and spamming

Does using LinkedIn automation make you a spammer? Shockingly, John D. Rockefeller, the famous American oil magnate, can help us. Of course, the billionaire was born in 1839, and he didn’t live to see LinkedIn. However, his words apply to the issue. Rockefeller says, “The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity […]

LinkedIn Video For Sponsored Content

LinkedIn launches Video For Sponsored Content and lets brands add video to company pages

LinkedIn on Thursday will announce the introduction of Video For Sponsored Content following a beta test with more than 700 customers, along with the ability for brands to include videos on their company pages. Goldman Sachs, GE and Microsoft Canada were among the firms who have been trying Video For Sponsored Content since last October, […]

Quixxi blockchain

Quixxi offers software tools and a marketplace to boost enterprise blockchain app development

As more organizations explore the potential of blockchain to facilitate all manner of transactions, an Australian startup called Quixxi is offering tools to make the creation of decentralized applications easier, as well as a marketplace where they can get rewarded with a proprietary cryptocurrency for their contributions. Quixxi started out in more traditional areas of […]

Social Media Marketing: The Movie

Behind the scenes with the star of ‘Social Media Marketing: The Movie’

For most people, getting up to speed on social media marketing could take weeks, if not months. In Social Media Marketing: The Movie, John Lincoln gives himself 24 hours. The CEO of San Diego, Calif.-based digital marketing agency Ignite Visibility gave himself a major challenge in Social Media Marketing: The Movie, which will premiere online […]

CapGemini

CapGemini, LinkedIn reveal the roadblocks to greater collaboration between fintechs and big banks

The increased willingness of fintech startups to work with banks and other traditional financial services firms may be hampered by attitudes about their agility and ability to execute on innovative ideas, according to a global survey from CapGemini and LinkedIn released Wednesday. World Fintech Report 2018 was originally released late last month, but executives from […]

Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk has one piece of social media advice for B2B firms, and it’s super simple

Maybe it’s force of habit, or maybe it’s out of genuine concern, but Gary Vaynerchuk can’t seem to resist offering me some unsolicited career advice. The man known across digital marketing circles as “Gary Vee” was the star speaker at Haste & Hustle: Generation Now, which brought together young entrepreneurs in Toronto this week to […]

sales and marketing

Sales and marketing data providers: How to choose the best from the rest

Poor or inaccurate contact sales and marketing data results in significant losses in revenue and customer retention – both things no business can afford to lose.  In addition, implementing a sales contact data solution purely in the spirit of “cost effectiveness” can be a fatal mistake. On the flip side, good sales contact data can […]

Javed Khan

Inside The Mind Of . . . Javed Khan

Javed Khan’s company, EMpression: A Marketing Services Company, works with highly motivated entrepreneurs and organizations, with an aim to help them “breathe innovative ideas and long-term vision into their business marketing plans.” With two decades of experience in marketing, brand and communications, Khan has worked with many top level financial services firms, including Trimark Investments […]

G2 Crowd

G2 Crowd CMO’s content strategy aims to stay one step ahead of business software buyers

The new chief marketing officer for business software and review comparison site G2 Crowd plans to elevate its content market strategy by targeting buyers who don’t even know they’re going to want applications and services. Chicago-based G2 Crowd brought on Ryan Bonnici, most recently the senior director of global marketing at Hubspot, as its CMO […]

B2B SEO

How to boost the benefits of B2B SEO with the right social media strategy

We live in the times of integrated digital marketing. It’s not feasible any longer to manage your marketing efforts in silos. Now is the time to fuse your B2B SEO and social media success together to achieve success before your competitors do. Why is B2B Social Media Marketing Different from B2C Social Media Marketing? A […]

Jill Rowley

Social selling expert Jill Rowley shares her best advice for connecting with buyers

B2B sales professionals will be increasingly displaced by search engines and social networks unless they can demonstrate value to customers with empathy, storytelling mastery and a focus on advocacy, according to startup advisor Jill Rowley. Speaking at the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) in Toronto this week, the former sales leader at Eloqua urged her colleagues […]

thought leadership CMWorld 2017

LinkedIn exec says B2B firms should take a Disney-like approach to thought leadership

The content they create may have little in common with the Avengers, Star Wars or Doctor Strange, but a LinkedIn executive told Content Marketing World 2017 that Disney’s approach to hit movies could help B2B firms improve their thought leadership strategy. In a Thursday session at the conference, which is taking place in Cleveland this […]