The B2B CMO Balancing Act: 13 Top CMOs Share Insights On Shifting Priorities For Teams, Tech And Customer Experience

B2B CMOs are shifting focus to expanded revenue responsibilities, which means they are increasingly being asked to own their numbers with heightened involvement in the customer experience and communication across the organization with strong teams. This requires today’s CMO to transform into a leader that focuses on brand storytelling, strong talent retention and team building, revenue- and customer-focused, as well as maximizing the efficiency of their tech stack.

Forward-Thinking B2B Marketers Partner With Influencers To Create Cross-Channel, Long-Term Campaigns

Risk aversion is becoming a top motivator for B2B buyers. Research shows 78% of buyers are dedicating more time to researching solutions and are increasingly turning to peers and thought leaders for relevant insights. Demand Gen Report’s 2018 B2B Buyers Survey demonstrates the growing influence of third-party sources and outside opinions on the buyer journey. According to the report:

TechTarget Reveals Story Behind Its Active Demand Report Campaign

Welcome to my new blog series, "Behind the Marketing," which is inspired by the classic VH1 series, "Behind the Music," but with a B2B marketing twist. Each month, I will spotlight a cool, eye-catching and thought-provoking campaign or project — and the marketers behind them.

This week, I caught up with John Steinert, Chief Marketing Officer at TechTarget, to get a glimpse into the company’s Active Demand Report campaign.

Sal LoSauro: What was the inspiration for this campaign?

John Steinert: The inspiration for this campaign was really the observation that too many marketers from companies are simply unaware of how much of the total demand in their marketplace they actually can’t even see. When we worked with clients to compare what they saw in their systems and via their website to what we can see in their market, the difference can be either thrilling or staggering depending on your personality. This is incredibly powerful information for companies big, small and in-between to use to look outside their own ecosystems to gain competitive advantage.

SL: How many team members were involved in developing the concept/theme?

JS: Developing this campaign required participation from our market experts, analytics department, creative and demand gen. While a core group of as little as three people probably drove it, there were as many as 10 involved.

SL: Did you use multiple assets to support the theme? Which ones were the most successful?

JS: The campaign was initially launched with a core of outbound email and social amplification, and a single asset that comprises three different report types targeting marketers in a single enterprise technology macrosegment. Based on response and conversion to opportunities and deals, it is being rolled out first to more macro-segments and then in different formats for inbound and to cover product extensions.

SL: How long did it to take to kick off from start to finish?

JS: Development of the initial wave required substantial technical work that is now in place to support the expansion. So from conception to implementation, it took about 20 weeks.


SL: How long did the campaign run?

JS: This campaign is really an entire acquisition program and it will continue to run until we build something even better. Based on the breadth and depth of our content network, audience and intent data, we have the ability to roll this out to multiple macro- and, ultimately, micro-segments in enterprise technology. We initially rolled out in the enterprise security market, but have since expanded to enterprise storage, cloud computing and networking markets with more to come.

SL: What were the other components?

JS: The campaign ports real purchase intent insights from our Priority Engine into a Tableau visualization engine that allows the recipient to play with the data at a high level. As this data is live, we can refresh it every week if we want, so the campaign evolves with market dynamics. Of course we needed to customize our landing pages a bit to make this all possible! Over time, as we expand the campaign, we’ll actually be using tighter and tighter list pulls and making the data more and more relevant by enterprise tech micro-segments and recipient roles.

SL: If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently or the same?

JS: This is strategic work for us, so it’s really important to involve all the right people, because to scale it, we want to make the versioning as mechanized as possible. So, while the core team is quite small, we actually have our product development teams fully aware so that as we scale, they can support us with the tech extensions to help us.

SL: Any words of wisdom to others looking to embark on a similar campaign?

JS: I think the key here is that if you truly want to grow conversion rates, you need to do the work on your campaigns that will explain the key value you can bring in an easy-to-understand yet powerful way. Taking shortcuts on the concept and development inevitably leads to a reduction in performance.

SL: Can you share any results you’ve seen from the campaign?

JS: The campaign goes to substantially smaller, more segmented lists than our standard horizontal campaigns. Initial runs have showed that this campaign would deliver a 20% improvement on standard CTRs, 15% better registration and significant conversions to full custom walkthrough meetings for Priority Engine, so that marketing teams can see the specific purchase intent insight available to them in their market. In rollout, the campaign continues to deliver those numbers, which is why we’re expanding it to more outbound versions, international and inbound as fast as we can do the work.

SL: On a personal note, how did you get involved/your start in marketing?

JS: I studied Anthropology in college, which gave me a very good grounding in analysis and segmentation. The reality is, though, that I got my start in the industry as a copywriter, splitting my energies between the tech work that got me the job and the consumer content stuff that had attracted me in the first place. Over time, I fell in love with the complexity of enterprise tech marketing at scale but I’ve never lost my love of great content.

SL: If there a favorite band you’d love to see a Behind The Music special about?

JS: I’d like to go behind the scenes to hear and see more about the discussions, thinking and learning that helped Talking Heads transition from Talking Heads 77 through to Remain In Light.

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Best-In-Class Experts To Share Tips For Converting Key Prospects During The 2018 Buyer Insights And Intelligence Series

Demand Gen Report has announced its upcoming Buyer Insights & Intelligence Series. The week-long webcast series will take place July 9-13.

The series is designed to explore new models for identifying, engaging and converting prospects with precision. Experts from Triblio, Lattice Engines, Netline Corporation, Demandbase, Full Circle Insights, LeanData, Bound, TechTarget, Content4Demand, SaleScout, ON24, CaliberMind and Vidyard will share examples and best practices on topics such as:

  • Account-based marketing;
  • Personalization;
  • Content strategy;
  • Data strategy, and more!

"We believe the Buyer Insights & Intelligence Series is one of the most important events we produce," said Andrew Gaffney, Editorial Director of Demand Gen Report, in a statement. "The early days of demand generations were largely focused on generating as many leads as possible and setting up campaigns that got buyers to raise their hand. Now, smart marketers realize they have to use a variety of tools and tactics to monitor buyer behavior and identify prospects even before they are willing to fill out a form."

Click here to register for the series.

5 Tips CMOs Need To Know About SEO

Jessica Levenson 300x300Let’s face it: search engine optimization (SEO) has never been the most glamorous marketing tactic. If you’re a CMO, you’re focused on broader responsibilities ranging anywhere from growth strategy and innovation to product positioning and sales enablement. In the broader picture, SEO might seem to be too tactical for CMOs to give much thought to.

TechTarget Enhances Priority Engine With Automated Target Profile Delivery

tech target placeitTechTarget, a technology media company which also sells data analytics services, has announced the latest release of its IT Deal Alert Priority Engine, a SaaS-based purchase intent insight platform, during the SiriusDecisions Summit in Las Vegas. The release features the launch of Automated Target Profile Delivery, which is designed to help marketing teams set up multiple ideal customer profiles within Priority Engine, as well as deliver purchase intent intelligence and prospects into their CRM and marketing automation platforms.

TechTarget Unveils Updates To Priority Engine Platform


TechTarget, an online media company and analytics provider, has announced upgrades to its Priority Engine platform, a SaaS-based data and marketing analytics tool that provides real-time access to accounts researching enterprise technology purchases in specific markets, according to the company. The new features are designed to help marketing and sales at enterprise technology companies discover and prioritize in-region, in-market accounts and active prospects to accelerate conversions, deal velocity and sales pipeline.

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