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LinkedIn’s Updated Sales Navigator Offers Demand Generation Tools For B2B Marketers
Demand Generation Strategies
Written by Kim Ann Zimmermann, Managing Editor   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 12:34

LinkedInLogoLinkedIn’s new stand-alone version of its Sales Navigator can stream real-time updates on targeted accounts, a feature that could help B2B marketers boost their lead generation capabilities. The offering is designed to push data such as job changes, press announcements, blog posts and status updates relevant to key accounts and prospects.

This announcement follows LinkedIn’s recent acquisition of Bizo, with the goal of creating a B2B marketing platform.

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LeadMD Announces New Learning Platform
Industry News
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:26

leadmd-logoLeadMD launched Navigate, an online educational platform designed to boost ROI by providing concise, task-based learning.

The platform will offer various forms of content covering topics such as marketing automation, sales alignment and content optimization. The platform intends to also offer instructional videos covering best practices for implementing Salesforce.com and Marketo.

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Report: Marketing Automation Vendors Make Analytics A Priority
Marketing Analytics
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:11

research image genericBetter analytics are at the top of the agenda for marketing automation vendors, according to latest research report by Raab Associates.

The July 2014 B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) report shows that nearly half of features upgraded by marketing automation vendors in the past year relate to analytics, including customer analysis, content analysis, and lead scoring.  By contrast, content marketing, social media and mobile platforms each accounted for fewer than 10% of the upgrades.

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Marketers Tap Influencers To Build Credible, Buyer-Centric Relationships
Demand Generation Strategies
Written by Brian Anderson, Associate Editor   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:44

influencer sign logoForward-thinking B2B marketers are building relationships with influential members of the community, with the goal of providing more targeted and credible messaging to the potential buyers among their followers. When added to the marketing mix, influencers can help amplify a company’s marketing message and, in turn, reach a wider audience.

This is a natural extension of traditional marketing efforts, as B2B buyers are increasingly putting more credence in the opinions of influencers and colleagues. According to Demand Gen Report’s 2014 Content Preferences Survey, 72% of respondents turned to peers for relevant content when researching B2B purchasing decisions.

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Five Best Practices For B2B Mobile Commerce
Rich Media
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

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While B2C brands have traditionally led the way when it comes to mobile, more than half of B2B customers are now using their smartphones to research and purchase products for their companies. This infographic from Usablenet offers five best practices to improving the mobile experience for B2B customers.

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The State of Marketing: Incremental Evolution

By You Mon Tsang, CEO, OutMarket

YouMon TsangOver the past few years, digital media and mobility have created new ways to communicate, altering people’s expectations and interactions. Today’s citizens expect access to information whenever and wherever they want.

While most marketers understand their work is changing, marketing tactics and strategies have sometimes been slow to follow suit. Our State of Marketing report, performed by Market Connections, reveals a world in which marketers embrace evolution, incrementally or even hesitantly.

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The 2014 B2B Buyer Behavior Survey

Demand Gen Report’s 2014 B2B Buyer Behavior Survey provides insights into how B2B buyers make their decisions. Buyers are waiting longer to engage with sales, but they are more satisfied with the process than in years past. For an in-depth look at this research, download the report now!

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Solution Spotlight

Account Scoring With Zakscorer

Zakscorer logoZakscorer, an application created by Grazitti Interactive, is designed to leverage the sales intelligence, inside sales data and contact behavior for effective targeting of high-probability accounts.

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Industry Events

INBOUND 2014

When: September 15 – 18, 2014

Where: Boston, MA

INBOUND's purpose is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections you need to transform your business. This September, we will host thousands of marketing and sales professionals from almost every industry imaginable and from all corners of the globe at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. In 2013, we had 5,500 attendees from 35 countries, and we're excited to be bigger than ever this year.

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2014 B2B Marketing Forum

When: October 8 – 10, 2014

Where: Boston, MA

Are you armed and ready to meet the marketing challenges of today, tomorrow, and beyond? With technology and the way we live changing rapidly, B2B marketers have so many options and tools that it can be overwhelming. At the 2014 B2B Marketing Forum we will have inspirational speakers presenting on the hottest, smartest topics—giving you the knowledge you need to thrive in 2014, 2015 and beyond. Get ready to bullet-proof your marketing for the future and come out a modern marketing rock star!

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Dreamforce 2014

When: October 13 – 16, 2014

Where: San Francisco, CA

Whether you’re a company of five or a Fortune 500, you’re going to learn a lot of innovative ways to improve your business at Dreamforce. With over 1,400 sessions and thousands of live solutions from the world’s largest cloud ecosystem, Dreamforce has tailored content specific to your business size and type, for any role in your company.

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