There’s an old truism in marketing that says the three most important success factors are (in order of priority): List, Offer, and Creative. In more modern terms, this means that in order to drive conversions, and pipeline, and revenue, targeting the right audience is paramount. If you’re aiming at the… Read More
Category Archives: Campaign Strategy
Improving Demand Gen Performance with CRO
One way to increase marketing ROI in a “do more with less” economy is to integrate Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) into demand gen strategy and planning. CRO isn’t a new concept, but traditionally has been more often the province of Web teams and SEO specialists. Increasingly, however, it’s being leveraged… Read More
How Should I Market to Purchased Lists?
A client asks: “What’s the best way to market to purchased lists like ZoomInfo? We have a debate between our marketing and sales teams on whether the best approach is marketing emails, sales outreach, or something else. Curious as to your opinion?” First, let’s dispense with the inevitable question of… Read More
Have Live Webinars Outlived their Usefulness?
Remember the days when watching your favorite TV show meant being in front of the television at a specific time on a specific day? Even for a boomer like me, those days are a distant memory. Why then, in a world of on-demand, streaming, watch-where-when-and-how-you-like content, do we B2B marketers… Read More
Meeting the Needs of the Self-Serve B2B Buyer
Just when you thought B2B buyer habits couldn’t change more dramatically, along comes the COVID pandemic. The sudden, wholesale transition to remote work and virtual teams has only accelerated trends that were evident pre-COVID, led by younger generations of digital consumers who brought their buying preferences to the office (even… Read More
Respect the Funnel: Why B2B Marketers Can’t Shortcut the Buyer Journey
It’s a truism in B2B marketing that every buyer journey is unique and different, but, even then, and especially in the B2B tech space, almost every buyer progresses through 3 basic stages: 1. awareness – becomes aware of the category, solution, or the problem it solves2. consideration – defines a… Read More
10 Uncomfortable B2B Marketing Realities
Those of us responsible for designing and executing marketing campaigns for a living know that the pristine, glossy world of marketing as portrayed in analyst reports and vendor case studies doesn’t always align with the authentic (sometimes ugly) day-to-day challenges. As Spear’s Jon Emminizer wrote earlier this month on LinkedIn,… Read More