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Content Strategies

Shifts in B2B buying patterns call for a new, soft-selling approach. This section highlights the rapidly evolving need to demonstrate value propositions via content marketing and educate prospects more effectively.



C2C15 Recap: The Indirect Buyer’s Journey, Buyer Centricity And Influencers Hot Topics Print E-mail
Written by The Demand Gen Report Staff   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 10:12

C2C15 logoMany of the speakers at this year’s B2B Content2Conversion Conference noted that the buyer’s journey doesn’t always follow the path that marketers intend.

Marketers rely on campaigns to move buyers through the funnel, but Ardath Albee, CEO of Marketing Interactions, stated they can sometimes hinder the journey. “Campaigns are a company construct, not your buyer’s agenda,” she said. (Coverage of her session here).

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C2C15: Leveraging Influencers For Credible, Valuable Content Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:56

LeeOddenSpeaking imageNearly all (90%) of B2B companies are using content marketing, and 82% of senior executives say content is driving their buying decisions. Demand is high, not for more content, but for more meaningful content. Meaningful content is obtainable through partnering with influential people in the industry, according to Lee Odden, CEO of TopRank Online Marketing, during his session at the B2B Content2Conversion Conference.

"Buyers are overwhelmed by the amount of content out there, and content marketers are looking for new ways to create this meaningful content in a way that is valuable to their prospects," Odden added."Influencers can help bring value to your content that resonates with your target audience."

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Increasing Content Relevancy, Value & Utilization Top Themes At Content2Conversion Conference Print E-mail
Written by Brian Anderson, Associate Editor   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 10:45

erinProvey 550x310The more than 450 B2B marketers who will be gathering in Scottsdale, AZ next week for the Content2Conversion and Demand Gen Summit events will be getting something of a wake-up call from the top analysts presenting. Despite the increased investments in content marketing, there is still a considerable disconnect in creating messaging that is relevant and compelling to buyers.

“B2B organizations spend hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of dollars on content every year, both for content marketing and for ‘traditional’ marketing,” said Erin Provey, Service Director for Strategic Communications Management at SiriusDecisions, who will be presenting the keynote session. “Our research shows that a whopping 60-70% of content is never used by anyone (sales reps, prospects, customers, etc.). Think about the waste that represents! Content marketers have the potential to optimize both process and quality, increasing the potential of that content to contribute value to the business.”

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Forrester's Laura Ramos To Highlight Content Storytelling Strategies At C2C Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 18:10

lauraRamos 550x310Compelling content that entertains and educates its target audience can often be more successful than other generic content shared during a campaign. It is crucial that content marketers align with their buyers and bring context to the content that they are providing prospective buyers. Without this alignment, their content marketing initiatives will never have a major impact on buying decisions.

Laura Ramos, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, will be diving into the topic of adding contextual storytelling into content marketing initiatives during her session at the B2B Content2Conversion Conference, taking place February 16-18 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Carlos Hidalgo To Discuss Change Management For Content Marketers At The B2B Content2Conversion Conference Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:26

CarlosHidalgo 550x310As the way B2B buyer's research their purchasing decisions continue to adapt and change, B2B marketers continue to manage and operate a content marketing strategy that is not set in stone. This ultimately creates a disconnect between their brand and the prospective buyer due to irrelevant or inferior content. That is why change management has grown popular among content marketers looking to formulate their content marketing strategies around their buyers.

Carlos Hidalgo, CEO of ANNUITAS, will be discussing these topics at the B2B Content2Conversion Conference & Demand Gen Summit, two coinciding events that will bring together more than 450 B2B marketing professionals to discuss the latest trends and strategies in content marketing and demand generation.

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Author Ardath Albee To Share Tips On Digital Relevancy At C2C Print E-mail
Written by Kim Ann Zimmermann, Senior Managing Editor   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:21

Ardath book coverMarketers are generating volumes of content to help move prospects through the buying cycle. But in many cases, that content is not resonating with the buyer.

In her new book, Digital Relevance, Ardath Albee, CEO of Marketing Interactions, outlines how marketers can develop content and strategies that drive results.

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Brainshark Announces PDF Support For SlideShark App Print E-mail
Monday, 15 December 2014 09:07

brainshark logoBrainshark, a sales enablement solution provider, announced that its SlideShark app now supports PDF files. The company expects this added support will offer users a more flexible and convenient experience with its sales presentation solution.

With SlideShark 4.0, reps and other users are positioned to now leverage PDF datasheets, case studies, follow-up materials and more. Detailed analytics can be measured to show when and how much of a PDF document has been viewed, helping to pinpoint topics of interest. Organizations also can get detailed insight into how its sales teams and other employees are using and presenting PDF content.

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B2B Marketers Look To Expand The Role Of Content Throughout The Buyer’s Journey in 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Brian Anderson, Associate Editor   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 10:06

future-of-contentAs B2B marketers flesh out their content strategies for 2015, many are taking a look at its role throughout the buyer’s journey — not just for top-of-the-funnel demand generation.

In a recent webinar hosted by NewsCred, trends and strategies for content marketing in 2015 were discussed — highlighting how the buyer’s journey has changed and how B2B marketers can leverage content to meet the needs of their target audience.

“Content marketing is a growing priority for many B2B marketers,” said Michael Brenner, Head of Strategy at NewsCred, during the webinar session. “This is because it represents the gap between what we — as brands — publish, and what our customers are looking for.”

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Video, Interactive Content Driving Next Generation Sales Enablement Print E-mail
Written by Kim Ann Zimmermann, Managing Editor   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:00

sales enablement imageGone are the days of B2B marketers developing content simply to generate new leads. Creating sales enablement content to drive prospects further down the funnel is now a critical part of the B2B marketer’s role. However, progressive marketers are moving beyond the usual product spec sheets and PowerPoint presentations — and instead are collaborating with the sales team on video, audio, interactive content such as assessment tools, ROI calculators and other messaging to help close more deals.

According to Demand Gen Report’s 2014 Content Preferences Survey, 50% of participants viewed video in the past 12 months to research a B2B purchase. Nearly all (95%) of the respondents to a recent Demand Metric research, Video Content Metrics Benchmark Report, found that video as a form of marketing and sales content is becoming “somewhat” to “far more” important.

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