3 Easy Ways to Engage B2B Audiences with Video

 

If your B2B marketing strategy doesn’t include video (yet), you’re probably thinking about it. We hope you’re not assuming that it’s too expensive or time-consuming, or fear you don’t have the internal resources to create and promote video effectively. In reality, there’s no reason you can’t start shooting and sharing some video with your customers and prospects today!

It’s A Video Marketplace Out There
Video has earned its spot in the hearts and minds of marketers and consumers alike, especially in the B2C space. People are gobbling up lifestyle and user-generated content that’s both entertaining and easy to share. There probably isn’t a more engaging form of content today, which is why video has become part of many companies’ direct response marketing strategies, as we discuss in 3 Ways to Break Through the Noise and Boost Response with Video.

Today, 60% of B2C and B2B marketers make use of videos for marketing, according to Animate2Explain. Here, we’ll take a closer look at using video in B2B marketing communications.Read more


Creating an Effective Top-of-the-Funnel Lead Magnet

If you want to generate a steady stream of top-of-the-funnel sales leads, you need a dependable, relevant, compelling, worth-sharing-my-contact-info-for lead magnet.

Not simply an offer that gets people to “buy now,” but a strategic content marketing device designed to pull potential customers into an engaging lead nurturing process—so they’ll remember you, know you, “buy when they’re ready,” and keep coming back.

It’s easy to see why an effective lead magnet is the direct response marketer’s best friend. But it’s something that takes considerable effort to create, get up-and-running, and optimized for winning campaign performance. The good news is a well crafted and finely tuned lead magnet can help you meet (and why not exceed?) your top- and bottom-line business goals.

In this first of a series of three posts about top-of-the-funnel lead magnets, we’ll explore the DNA of a great piece of content: what it’s made of, what it needs to come to life, and how it takes shape. Let’s start at its not-so-humble beginnings.Read more


How To Nurture Your B2B Sales Leads With Effective Content Marketing

 

Unless they’re shopping for the low-risk basics or making repeat purchases, B2B buyers don’t want to just be “sold to.” If they’re considering a new investment in a higher-ticket item, such as business software or a new insurance product, they’re looking at a longer sales cycle with more at stake. That means they need information and guidance—not a hard sales push—as you nurture them from “lead” to “customer.”

In 3 Types of Marketing Content that Drives B2B Sales Leads, we looked at how content can support your lead generation efforts. But once you get some leads, what’s next? We suggest taking a lead nurturing approach that provides more marketing content to inspire your customers’ winding journey through the sales funnel. In other words, following a content marketing strategy.

Keep reading for insights into providing your B2B sales leads with a remarkable, content-rich lead-to-buyer experience.Read more


How to Generate Leads With Facebook Ad Campaigns

With over 2 billion monthly active users, Facebook has become an essential place for businesses to connect with existing and prospective customers—and the Facebook family of apps and services enable marketers to take audience engagement beyond company pages, shared posts, and groups. Marketers can tap into advertising opportunities to help them meet a wide range of business goals, including generating high-quality leads.

Let’s take a look at how Facebook advertising campaigns can be deeply customized—and optimized—to generate more leads for direct response marketers.Read more


No Crisis Here: 5 Best Practices for Brand Reputation Marketing

Managing your brand’s reputation takes more than crisis management—it takes reputation marketing. While there’s no doubt an adroit response to a defamatory review or snarky Tweet can work to your advantage, why not let your marketing strategy proactively influence customers’ perception of your brand? Here, we take a closer look at how you can put the power of reputation marketing to work for your company.

Reputation: Customers Make It or Break It, but You Can Shape It
What impacts your brand’s reputation in the marketplace? Maybe the better question is, “what doesn’t?” At a high level, it’s what your customers say. And in today’s digital world, they are most certainly talking. Your prospective customers, employees, and business partners (and let’s face it, everybody else) are listening—and responding accordingly. That’s why you need to help shape the conversation.Read more