With many businesses pivoting marketing strategies and canceling events due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, maintaining an ABM strategy in the B2B market is becoming increasingly more challenging. Despite the unknowns, keeping the engagement engine running with ABM is still a viable opportunity for businesses looking to build momentum during this difficult time.
Video content is no longer a “nice to have” for businesses — it is essential. Videos are now replacing text and image-driven content across marketing campaigns. According to eMarketer, 30% of B2B marketers said that boosting sales and converting customers are among their top priorities when producing content. Demand gen marketers should focus more on video content to promote their brands and drive interest among audiences that can turn into paying customers.
With the widespread event occurring nationwide, field marketers are turning their focus to digital content. However, a new report from the CMO Council states that “most marketing organizations lack the necessary capabilities and processes to keep pace with a growing content marketing imperative.”
The addition of artificial intelligence (AI) to the traditional marketing ecosystem can help businesses leverage real-time customer interactions to automate routine tasks and personalize responses to convert more leads. Many tools in the marketing tech stack — including marketing automation, customer relationship management systems and content management platforms — incorporate AI to some degree already, and it is becoming more pervasive.
There’s nothing my marketing team loves more than hearing our sales team ringing the bell signifying that they just closed a deal. Because at the end of the day, marketing and sales are all pulling for the same thing: more pipeline and more revenue.
B2B marketers react to the thought of artificial intelligence (AI) in different ways, said Pam Didner of Relentless Pursuit LLC. Pessimists may envision dystopian universes as portrayed in the Terminator, Blade Runner or The Matrix; optimists may picture R2D2 or Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Whichever attitude marketers take, “AI is not a fad. It’s here to stay,” declared Didner in her keynote address, How AI Is Already Impacting Every Stage of Buyer Engagement, which explored how B2B marketers currently use AI and looked ahead to the technology’s future.
The 2020 B2B Marketing Exchange (#B2BMX), taking place Feb. 24-26 in Scottsdale, AZ, will feature an expanded lineup of workshops as part of a packed agenda with more than 100 sessions over three days. The program will be divided into six tracks: content marketing, demand generation, digital strategy, ABM, channel marketing and sales enablement.