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How to find stories for your B2B blog

Written by Keith Errington  |  7, March, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

It could be argued that marketing is all about telling a good story. And certainly, content marketing has storytelling at its heart.

Being able to engage the audience, bring them on board, educate them and end with a rousing call to action is effective content marketing in action.

We even live in an age where stories often seem to be more important than facts.

Given that stories are powerful tools for marketing, we should be using them in our content, but where do they come from? How can you find stories for your B2B content?

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How to run an effective A/B test

Written by Nicola Risi  |  6, March, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Sometimes, an educated guess just isn't enough.

Deciding on which image to use in your social ad, the location of that call-to-action button, or which adjective to use in your email subject line often needs more backing.

While seemingly minor, small factors like these can significantly impact conversion rates, leads and engagement.

You'll find there's an abundance of studies, statistics and information out there which detail the relationship between conversion rates and psychology. And while this is all extremely valuable, we can find some truth in those theories by running our own experiments. 

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5 ways to better serve your B2B customers

Written by Keith Errington  |  27, February, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

You could argue that the success or failure of any business-to-business (B2B) company scores is completely linked to customer service – far more than business-to-consumer (B2C). The buying process is longer, usually involves more people and the sums of money involved are much higher. There is often a deeper level of contact with prospects and a stronger relationship with customers once they buy.

According to McKinsey, while B2C companies enjoy an average customer service score in the 65 to 85 per cent range, business-to-business B2B company scores average less than 50 per cent. And as B2B customer expectations rise, the gap between the two offerings likely will widen.

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Which types of blog posts get shared the most on social media?

Written by Katie Hughes  |  25, February, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

New research published last week by Backlinko has revealed some interesting insights into the types of blog posts that garner the most shares on social media.

Backlinko analysed 912 blog posts, looking at how things like content format, word count, and headlines correlate with social media shares.

We delved into the findings.

So, which types of blog posts are most shareable?

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The role of social proof in B2B conversions

Written by Nicola Risi  |  22, February, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

“But Nikki, I had to buy those boots, the website said they were ‘trending’ and I didn’t want to miss out.”

Were they really trending though, Lucy James? Or were you a victim of social proof?

Of course, Lucy wanted the boots, but usually cautious and sensible with her money, Lucy would’ve deliberated a little more before making such a quick purchase.

What caused this sudden urgency in her behaviour? Perhaps it was the fact the seller used social proof to lure Lucy into impulsively parting with her money - ‘these are selling fast, so buy them quickly before they sell out’.

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5 ways to improve your B2B marketing

Written by Keith Errington  |  20, February, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Whether you are happy with your B2B marketing results or feel they are lacking, here’s five ways to improve your marketing.

1. Get feedback

Not surprisingly, a great way to find out whether your marketing strategy is hitting its mark is to ask it’s intended targets. You should conduct some research amongst prospects, customers and ex-customers, and find out what they think.

Whether that is a simple Net Promoter Score (NPS) survey of existing customers or a full-blown, in-depth survey of the market, the insights you gain from the results will be useful.

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The secrets to writing an effective landing page

Written by Nicola Risi  |  18, February, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Landing pages are some of the most important pages on your website. Each is designed to serve a purpose - most likely, to convert a prospect into a lead.

A good landing page will be simple, yet powerful. But a poor landing page could lose a contact at the crucial point of conversion.

Marketers use a variety of techniques to improve conversion rates - like imagery, contrasting colours, and graphics - but as we know, words are the real currency of the internet.

Writing well is one thing, but writing an effective landing page is a dedicated skill.

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Why content-driven media is the key to attracting millennials

Written by Nicola Risi  |  14, February, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Millennials have overtaken baby boomers as the most dominant generation in the workforce.

And more importantly, they now make up 45% of B2B buyers.

The top end of this cohort - now approaching their mid-30s, are set to be our biggest allies as they move into managerial roles and acquire more purchasing and decision-making power.

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3 effective ways to use LinkedIn for B2B Marketing

Written by Keith Errington  |  13, February, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Before we start, let’s remind ourselves why we might use LinkedIn as B2B businesses with a few relevant stats.

  • 97% of B2B marketers use LinkedIn for content marketing purposes (CMI).
  • 78% say it’s the most effective social media platform for content marketing (CMI).
  • LinkedIn is 277% more effective at lead generation than Facebook or Twitter (HubSpot).
  • 45% of LinkedIn article readers are in upper-level positions, including managers, VPs, Directors, and C-level positions (LinkedIn study).
  • 91% of executives rated LinkedIn as their number one choice for professionally relevant content (LinkedIn study).
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How thinking like a media publisher can revive your content strategy

Written by Osian Barnes  |  8, February, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

So, after all these years, content marketing is pretty much mainstream. And the pattern of a successful content strategy is by now, well established.

Fill your website with interesting, relevant blogs, the argument runs, become a resource for your audience, back up with eBooks and the occasional piece of video, then tend your patch. Your market standing, influence and sales will grow as result.

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How to launch a successful podcast in 6 simple steps

Written by Katie Hughes  |  7, February, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

In the crowded world of the internet, companies are recognising the importance of becoming a media company and creating more informative, engaging, and compelling content that will help them to attract and retain customers. And the podcast medium is the newest big opportunity.

There has been an enormous surge in people listening to podcasts in recent years. In the UK, there are now 5.9 million people tuning into a podcast each week - compared to just 3.2 million in 2013.

Everyone from celebrities and journalists to broadcasters and marketers are recognising the ripe opportunity to engage an already captive audience.

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