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8 Types of MarTech Tools Every Demand Marketer Needs

By Triniti Burton

September 29, 2016

Marketing technology now accounts for 33% of marketing budgets, according to Gartner’s CMO Spend Survey 2015-2016. B2B marketers specifically are investing heavily in tech to automate processes, engage new audiences, gain insights into marketing’s effectiveness and deliver increasingly innovative customer experiences. But there are literally thousands of marketing tools to choose from, and when the MarTech landscape looks like it does today, it’s hard to know where to begin.

At Integrate we have the advantage of working with (and learning from) hundreds of demand marketing pros – customers, partners and friends. Earlier this year, in conjunction with Matt Heinz at Heinz Marketing, we set out to recognize 40 top demand marketing pros, and in doing so obtain a more thorough understanding of what makes a demand marketing rock star.

We asked the Game Changers to list their three most essential marketing tools. Interestingly, there was a lot of overlap. And where there weren’t exact matches, we definitely found consistencies as to the types of tools demand marketers need to have in their toolbox in order to keep up in today’s marketing landscape.

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How to Use Social Selling to Boost Demand Generation

By Peg Miller

September 27, 2016

In A Four-Step Media Strategy That Pays Off, Scott Vaughan gives great tips to put more strategy and discipline into your social media strategy. Today’s top performing salespeople are setting themselves apart from the competition through targeted social selling efforts.

LinkedIn defines social selling as “leveraging your social network to find the right prospects, build trusted relationships, and ultimately, achieve your sales goals.” LinkedIn is “all in” on this concept, even creating a Social Selling Index (SSI).

As a modern demand marketer, it’s important to consider social selling as yet another channel in your marketing toolbox.

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Is ABM Simply a Signal of a More Significant Shift in B2B Marketing?

By David Crane

We’ve been hitting the account-based marketing (ABM) content pretty hard lately – numerous webinars, blog posts, infographics, white papers and a workbook. But when we get down to it, ABM is just one facet of B2B marketing (albeit a very important one).

I’m a strong proponent of ABM, which makes sense considering Integrate is an ABM technology. However, as I’ve written about before, we shouldn't equate ABM to B2B marketing. (You can read why here.)

More to the point, we shouldn't neglect all the other facets of B2B marketing just because ABM is “so hot” right now. I'm not alone here –  Jeff Siegel (Enterprise Global Demand Gen Strategist at Dell), David Johnson (Director of Product Marketing at Oracle Marketing Cloud) and Scott Vaughan (Integrate’s CMO) all agree.

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Just Media Redefines the B2B Marketing Agency Model

By David Crane

B2B marketing agencies must be much more than just media buyers these days. With all the channels available to engage prospective customers, they must possess not only extensive media relationships and experience, but also the analytical skills and technological know-how to continuously identify which channels are working and why. Tech-enabled, data-driven media expertise is the new agency formula – one that Just Media is pioneering.

The reinvention of the B2B agency model is a result of several factors: primarily the proliferation of MarTech and its adoption by marketers. B2B marketers have developed sophisticated marketing tech stacks that run on a growing amount of data that has inevitably transformed the way they do their jobs. Consequently, media agencies are having to align their tech, data and processes with each of their clients.

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Targeting the Account’s Buying Committee: Tips from the Leaders in ABM MarTech

By David Crane

At this point, all B2B demand marketers understand the account-based marketing (ABM) basics:

  1. Figure out the common characteristics of your most profitable accounts
  2. Create a list of similar companies
  3. Do your best to engage the accounts, and hopefully, the decision-makers within them

While basics are important, the above steps leave a lot of ABM specifics unaddressed. Just a few questions left unanswered include:

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6 Key Demand Generation Lessons Learned from Gated-Content Testing

By Peg Miller

September 6, 2016

In a previous post, Gated Content Marketing Strategy: Adding Steps Boosted Results 2X, I discussed how adding steps to the conversion process went against traditional demand generation thinking, and actually created an increase in conversions.

Let’s take this concept a few steps further and discuss ways a gated-content strategy can help complement your entire lead generation funnel.

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11 Tips to Make Content Syndication Work for Demand Generation

By Triniti Burton

September 2, 2016

B2B marketers are starting to get glimpses of their 2017 pipeline goals and wrapping their heads around what percentage their teams will need to contribute next year. Quick analysis of conversion rates, database size, etc. are indicating for some that the only way to reach next year’s goals is to get way more prospects in their databases.

But what if you’re milking your organic social and search channels for everything they’re worth? And what if you’re at the tipping point on your paid search efforts where the only way to increase volume is to start settling for lower quality? How on earth can you keep scaling demand across your top-of-funnel marketing efforts so you can continue to fill your pipeline with qualified opportunities?

In our experience, one of the best ways to keep a steady stream of new prospects flowing in at the top of the funnel is to work with third-party media partners that can syndicate your high performing content to their engaged audiences. This approach to lead generation, when done right, can be a powerful key to ensuring a growing and engaged pipeline. When done wrong, it can leave you with not only a dirty database, but a massive headache as well.

Here are a few tips about what you need to know to effectively leverage lead data providers in your content marketing efforts.

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Conjoined Twins: The Emerging Sales-Marketing Relationship

By David Crane

Sales-marketing alignment has seemingly been written about more than any other B2B marketing topic. (Well, maybe not as much as account-based marketing.)

We’ve certainly written our fair share on the subject. However, as much as previous sales-marketing-kumbaya content has served its purpose in the past, times are changing…and so must the ways in which this much-honored relationship works.

The lead gen era’s slow death: How it affects the marketing-sales relationship

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Gated Content Marketing Strategy: Adding Steps Boosted Results 2X

By Peg Miller

Many companies have a strategy to gate certain types of content in an effort to acquire names for their prospect database. Gated content is simply content that sits behind a registration form.

The concept is that the content is valuable enough, in-depth enough or detailed enough, that a prospect will pay for the content by providing his or her email address. Once a prospect supplies their email name, it’s common to deploy an outbound marketing automation strategy (or nurturing track), designed to convert prospects, i.e. leads, into paying customers.

With the advent of modern marketing tools and practices, most B2B product- or service-oriented companies use an inbound content strategy to drive eyeballs at the top of the funnel (TOFO), converting those eyeballs to emails mid-funnel (MOFU), then converting email names to customers through the mid and bottom of the funnel (BOFU).

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Do You Have These 4 Most In-Demand B2B Marketing Skills?

By Scott Vaughan

August 23, 2016

You hear the term “accidental marketer” frequently, especially in the B2B tech world. Many marketers did not start their career with a grand plan to join the Marketing ranks. They ended up in Marketing because they were good communicators or writers. They had an aptitude towards more complex products and technology. Or they found a good gig out of college as a new recruit doing social media, manipulating spreadsheets or assisting with events, and stayed.

Today, marketing leaders cannot afford happenstance with talent. The stakes are too high with marketing on the hook for revenue and delighting empowered customers. A renewed focus must be put on finding and developing difference-making marketing skills.

Over the last few months, I spent time with a variety of marketing leaders and CMO recruiters who are marketing game changers and have proven they can build teams that deliver results. I also added in my own perspective as a CMO who gets to work with hundreds of B2B marketing organizations.

Please note: this is NOT a scientific survey. Deep conversations – sometimes involving adult beverages – were exchanged to unearth the essential skills.

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