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2 Phrases That Inspire Courageous Marketers

June 5, 2018 by Carla Johnson Between bosses and teams, we’re caught in a conundrum. Bosses tell their teams, “I want to see more creativity! More innovation! Where’s all the great ideas?? Our competition is killing us!” Teams say, “I bring you great ideas five times a day! And all I hear is we don’t have the budget, we’re not …

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Orchestrating the Experience: The New Buyer and Their Journey

March 29, 2018 by Carla Johnson Just what is a “buyer’s journey?” Do our customers really go through some kind of predictive path on their way to buying a product or service? Has this really changed over the last decade? It’s certainly no secret that the methods and tools that customers have at their disposal have changed more than we …

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Customer Experience Is A Team Sport

March 27, 2018 by Carlos Hidalgo 90% of B2B leaders believe that customer experience is key to their companies’ strategic priorities and 75% of those believe that importance will increase over the next two years according to a 2017 study published by Accenture. Given this high level of importance, many B2B mid-market CMOs have assumed the responsibility of delivering on the …

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Are Companies Ignoring Their Best Source for Buyer Insights?

March 22, 2018 by Tony Zambito In the past few years, the data analytics revolution has continued unabated in the worlds of B2B and B2C.  The rise of data analytics is resulting in increased budgets and staff to account for the volume of data that can now be computed and accessed.  This growth in the volume of data has spawned …

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How to Identify What Makes Customers Buy

March 8, 2018 By Carla Johnson Just because two customers are close in age, live in big cities and earn similar incomes doesn’t mean they spend the same way. Despite what they have in common, they could be very different customers once we dig into the details. Once we understand what influences how people make decisions, we can look at …

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The 16 Best Sites for Free Stock Photos and Videos

August 29, 2017 by Tom Pick There are lots of great reasons to include images with your blog posts and other marketing content. They add visual appeal. They can help with SEO. Visuals increase views on average by 94%. They improve information retention by up to 65%, increase engagement, and generate more likes and shares on social networks. Can’t find an image …

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Why Customer Success May Not be Driving Growth for Your Brand

August 22, 2017 by Carlos Hidalgo It has long been thought that part of delivering a world-class customer experience is ensuring customer success. B2B organizations are making large investments in their customer support while simultaneously building out customer success functions. The prevailing thought is if we can help our customers be successful, this will lead to a good experience, which …

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Are Companies Ignoring Their Best Source for Buyer Insights?

August 17, 2017 by Tony Zambito In the past few years, the data analytics revolution has continued unabated in the worlds of B2B and B2C.  The rise of data analytics is resulting in increased budgets and staff to account for the volume of data that can now be computed and accessed.  This growth in the volume of data has spawned …

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Is Influencer Marketing B2B’s Golden Egg Opportunity?

May 16, 2017 by Carla Johnson As much as we’d like to think we’re impartial buyers, everyone’s influenced by someone. When it comes to big-ticket purchases, it’s even more true. B2B buyers like to think they make decisions based on research and data. But they may be the group most influenced during the buying process. It that’s the case, how …

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3 Top Trends in Customer Experience

May 9, 2017 by Carla Johnson I remember seeing the first Terminator movie. Holy crap, the machines scared me. They felt no pity, no remorse, no pain, no fear. It was a far-fetched idea in 1984, but now that our vocabulary is infused with artificial intelligence and virtual reality, some people have a great deal of empathy with Sarah Conner. …

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3 Top Trends in Customer Experience

May 9, 2017 by Carla Johnson I remember seeing the first Terminator movie. Holy crap, the machines scared me. They felt no pity, no remorse, no pain, no fear. It was a far-fetched idea in 1984, but now that our vocabulary is infused with artificial intelligence and virtual reality, some people have a great deal of empathy with Sarah Conner. …

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How Giving Useful Ideas and Secrets Builds Trust

May 4, 2017 by Brian Carroll I had coffee with a potential partner, and our conversation ebbed to us talking about business philosophy, marketing, and lead generation. I talked about freely sharing ideas and helping people. He replied something like,  “I think companies [like yours] give away too many of their trade secrets on their website and blogs. They provide …

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How Giving Useful Ideas and Secrets Builds Trust

May 4, 2017 by Brian Carroll I had coffee with a potential partner, and our conversation ebbed to us talking about business philosophy, marketing, and lead generation. I talked about freely sharing ideas and helping people. He replied something like,  “I think companies [like yours] give away too many of their trade secrets on their website and blogs. They provide …

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2017 State of B2B Digital Marketing

February 16, 2017 by Carla Johnson B2B marketers are finally getting a handle on some big digital challenges. That’s the message from DemandWave’s recently released 2017 State of B2B Digital Marketing. The research shows that the quality of sales leads is marketers’ top priority. That ousted last year’s biggest hurdle of measuring and proving ROI. Perhaps one of the reasons …

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How Empathy Will Grow Your Sales & Marketing Pipeline

February 14, 2017 by Brian Carroll We have more marketing channels and more content than ever before, but it’s become harder to actually connect with customers. Here’s what I mean. Today’s crazy-busy customers are weary of pitches, cold emails, hype, and manipulative messages, and as a result, they tune them out. In our rush to obtain leads, drive opportunities and …

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Why You’re Missing the Biggest Lead Conversion Need and How to Fix It

January 5, 2017 by Carla Johnson People aren’t good with change. We like to think that we are. We say we’ll do it. But even when we’re pounded by evidence of what’s not working we keep trudging on with habitual tactics. Many leading analyst firms claim that buyers are 57 percent of the way through the buying cycle before they …

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7 Storytelling Tips for Sales Teams

October 25, 2016 by Carla Johnson The biggest beef I hear from sales teams or sales-driven organizations is that they can’t get people to pay attention, make decisions or quit product comparisons. This is a huge red flag for a common illness. These companies are caught in the commodity trap. The commodity trap snaps up brands when they sell on …

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5 Essential Elements to Include in Every Sales Pitch

July 19, 2016 by Ken Sterling Effectively closing sales is the bread and butter of your business. Here’s how to hit a home run every time. According to researchers at the University of Florida, 20% of all salespeople make 80% of all sales (also known as the 20/80 rule or the Pareto principle), which makes securing a spot in that top …

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How to Get Sales to Use Your Marketing Content

August 11, 2015 by Matt Sharrers Your marketing team spends time and money to produce quality content. So why won’t the sales team use it? The hard truth is often Sales doesn’t know how to use marketing content. They don’t know what is applicable when during the buyer’s journey. From prospect to customer, Sales may be unclear what is helpful during …

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Want to Keep Your Marketing Job? Why You Must Embrace Change to Survive

November 11, 2014 How buyers buy has changed how we need to think and act as marketers. If you love uncertainty, then being a marketer today feels like being a kid on summer vacation – so many opportunities, ideas and inspiration. But apprehensive marketers are holding onto traditional practices. They think that if they ignore the disruption, they won’t have …