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DemandGen Report Releases Content Preferences Survey Results


dgr3Content is often the first point of engagement between a solution provider and a potential buyer. Given the important role content is playing for companies, DemandGen Report recently conducted a survey to examine the shifting preferences of business executives. Published this week, The Content Preferences Survey report aims to guide B2B organizations looking to kick off a new content marketing strategy or improve upon an existing strategy.

“This survey illuminated interesting trends in the world of content marketing,” says Amanda Batista, author of the survey report and managing editor of DemandGen Report. “Solution providers, now more than ever, need to demonstrate a clear understanding of their prospects’ challenges, market trends and objectives. They also need to cultivate a greater role in content sharing by providing trustworthy content that establishes relationships with prospects.”

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Exclusive Survey Report: Business Executives’ Content Preferences & Consumption Habits

ccp_survey_capBusiness executives are increasingly wary of sales messaging, as The Content Preferences Survey, conducted by DemandGen Report, found that 75% of respondents encourage solution providers creating content to “curb the sales messaging.” Research findings indicate a need for marketers to reevaluate their content strategies to ensure that prospects understand the value for their business and objectives, rather than resorting to obtrusive, ineffective sales-speak.

To offer recommendations to solution providers creating content, 55% of respondents selected “focus less on product specifications and more on value.” The survey also underscored the importance of “trustworthy” content. When asked how their content consumption habits have changed over the last year, 60% of respondents said they place a higher emphasis on the trustworthiness of the source creating content.

DemandBase Adds D-U-N-S Support To B2B Web Analytics Solution


DemandbaselogoDemandBase
, a provider of on-demand B2B marketing software, today announced support for Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S numbers. DemandBase will add the new capabilities to its existing Real-Time Identification Service solution.

DemandBase gives B2B marketers the ability to identify and analyze incoming web traffic based on more than 40 business attributes, including company name, size, location, annual revenue, and industry type. Marketers can use this information to segment incoming traffic, tailor content marketing to specific audiences, generate more accurate analytics, and capture lead-generation data without the use cookies. The Real-Time Identification Service can also be integrated with a number of leading marketing automation, CRM and analytics platforms.

DemandGen Report To Share Content Preference Survey Results At Upcoming Content2Conversion Conference


Today's B2B marketplace includes a host of new channels, offers and insights.  A new breed of empowered B2B buyers has significantly changed the marketing landscape. At the same time, however, executives have less free time than ever -- yet they are inundated with a growing list of responsibilities and decisions.

Given these shifts, marketers are challenged to create compelling content that reaches beyond their customary, product-focused comfort zones. The content they create must focus more on fostering thought leadership that can serve as a nurturing tool. They must create content with enough value to catch the attention of busy, distracted decision-makers.

DemandBase Adds D-U-N-S Support To B2B Web Analytics Solution


DemandbaselogoDemandBase
, a provider of on-demand B2B marketing software, today announced support for Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S numbers. DemandBase will add the new capabilities to its existing Real-Time Identification Service solution.

DemandBase gives B2B marketers the ability to identify and analyze incoming web traffic based on more than 40 business attributes, including company name, size, location, annual revenue, and industry type. Marketers can use this information to segment incoming traffic, tailor content marketing to specific audiences, generate more accurate analytics, and capture lead-generation data without the use cookies. The Real-Time Identification Service can also be integrated with a number of leading marketing automation, CRM and analytics platforms.

From Content To Customer: 6 Tools for Turning Content Consumers into Customers


By Jesse Noyes, Corporate Reporter, Eloqua

Maybe no one needs to sell you on content marketing.Jesse_Noyes

You’ve got some guidance on how to map content to the buyer’s journey. But perhaps you’re still wondering what tools can help make the path smoother.

From blogging to email, there are so many touches in the journey from someone first finding your content to becoming a customer that it can feel overwhelming. These 6 technologies can make delivering, optimizing and measuring your content easier.

DemandGen Report To Host B2B Content2Conversion Event This April In New York City


C2C_twitter_logoProgressive B2B organizations have realized that the traditional approach to marketing products and services requires a ramp-up in value-add and buyer insight.

As content marketing becomes an increasingly critical tool for B2B companies, DemandGen Report (DGR) has announced the launch and preliminary agenda for the first annual Content2Conversion Conference, to be held Tuesday, April 24th at the Times Center in Manhattan.

Conference sessions will cater to a growing need for progressive marketing — centered on using thought leadership as a connecting point for solution providers to effectively engage with prospective buyers.

3 Key Tactics To Maximize Your B2B Social Media Campaigns


PeterGhalismallBy Peter Ghali, Senior Product Manager, iContact

With 800 million people using Facebook and hundreds of millions logging on to LinkedIn and Twitter, marketers are increasingly looking to reach their customers and prospects through these social media platforms.

But social media marketing isn’t without its challenges. According to a recent survey by iContact, a provider of social media and email marketing solutions, many businesses don’t have time for social media and can’t measure its impact.

Inbound Marketing and Marketing Automation Make a Great Team

greg-headBy Greg Head, CMO, Infusionsoft

Inbound marketing attracts traffic with great content that gets found, educates and is worthy of spreading. Marketing automation continues the conversation with subscribers, prospects and customers, primarily through email marketing. 

Sounds simple, right? Not if you are keeping up with industry discussions.

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