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Hiring a marketing agency? Here’s how to set the right course.

Posted by Noah Thomas

Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

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My friend Greg once lost his grip on a golf club during a hack at a practice ball. The golf club flew over a two-story house and crashed through the back windshield of a used Mercedes owned by the next-door neighbor. It was a beautiful disaster by all accounts – one that started with the best of intentions.

Just like Greg, you’ll have the best of intentions when beginning the new year with a new marketing agency – and so will the agency team. It’s a time full of opportunity, and it’s exciting. But before we get to the fun stuff (hello, gamification), it’s important to create a strong foundation for a successful partnership.

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A B2B Marketing Feast, Part 5/5: The Sweet Spot of Analytics and Reporting

Posted by Noah Thomas

Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 09:12 AM

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Welcome to the conclusion of our five part video series, “A B2B Digital Marketing Feast.” We hope you've left room for dessert! Deciding how to report for your clients is like deciding which desserts to serve after your big meal. Each guest has a unique palette, just like each client has different priorities. Understanding and appealing to those unique preferences is a sure way to get your reporting & analytics recipe just right.

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How Being Content Agnostic Can Drive Your B2B Marketing Efforts

Posted by Jeffrey Willis

Tue, Dec 06, 2016 @ 01:00 PM

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As Marsden Marketing’s only ordained minister (it’s amazing what you can do on the Internet nowadays), I’m here to tell you that agnostic is the only way to go. Of course, I’m talking about your organization’s content.

As marketers, we all know that we need a certain amount of content to attract, educate and move leads through the sales funnel. In fact, according to the Content Marketing Institute’s latest report, 89% of B2B marketers use some form of content marketing to drive profitable action from leads or customers.

The same report also found that marketers believe their content marketing programs are continuing to improve each year, citing higher quality content and more strategic development of that content being the primary drivers of performance. That said, 71% of those surveyed said their content marketing programs are still in the early stages.

So this begs the question, how do you create high-quality, strategic content that resonates? What is that silver bullet?

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A B2B Digital Marketing Feast, Part 4/5: Pairing Your Inbound Program with a Side of PPC and Content Syndication

Posted by Christina Simms

Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

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You've poured the wine, the table is set, the star of your meal is ready to be carved; but what can you add to your marketing menu to enhance the overall experience (and your ROI)? In the fourth part of our video series, "A B2B Digital Marketing Feast," we'll discuss strategies for dressing up your inbound marketing program with a heaping helping of content syndication and paid advertising. 

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A B2B Digital Marketing Feast, Part 3/5: How to Carve Out the Right Components for Your Inbound Marketing Program

Posted by Charlotte Cook

Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

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Just like a hearty roast or turkey, the components of your inbound marketing program can be quite filling. In the third part of our video series, "A B2B Digital Marketing Feast," we'll cover new demand generation, content, and social media strategies to help you "carve out" your ideal marketing program.

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A B2B Digital Marketing Feast, Part 2/5: Setting the Table with Graphic Design

Posted by Brian Bicknell

Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 10:48 AM

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The food is almost ready – I can smell it! Come help me set the table for our digital marketing feast with the principles of graphic design. In this second installment of our video series, you’ll learn how to create the optimal setting to engage the audience of your digital marketing program. Don’t worry; our quirky humor will make these great lessons easily digestible. 

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A B2B Digital Marketing Feast, Part 1/5: [Wine] Pairing Your Business with the Right Marketing Strategy

Posted by David Doughty

Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 10:04 AM

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Welcome to Part One of our new video series, “A B2B Digital Marketing Feast.” This series will be broken up into five videos, all containing morsels of great info, but together will provide you with a veritable feast of B2B digital marketing best practices.

In our first video we will explain how, just like selecting the right wine pairings for a great dinner party, developing your marketing strategy should take just as much planning and effort.

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Now is the Time for B2B Vlogging: A 7-Step How-to Guide

Posted by David Doughty

Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 09:23 AM

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96% of B2B organizations are engaged in video content marketing. This means that everyone is now aware of video marketing and is attempting to engage with it at some level. The problem is that many companies have limited in-house experience, which leads to a fear of creating original content that won’t look professional or will take too much time to produce. 

Lucky for you, this post will solve that problem. We’ll look at a practical way to get your vlog up and running for minimal upfront costs, and show how to do it without years of video production experience under your belt. If you haven’t already defined your purpose or target audience for your vlog content, make sure to read “How to Begin Creating High-Quality B2B Marketing Videos. This will give you a strong foundation and more productive video experience.

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5 Ways to Turn Marketers into Customer Retention Champions

Posted by Jeffrey Willis

Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 09:48 AM

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According to one report, 63% of marketers felt that driving new customer acquisition was their most important goal. With all the attention focused on lead generation, this often leaves your existing customers as the red-headed stepchildren of your marketing efforts.

Now let’s look at another stat: by simply increasing customer retention rates by 5% a company can increase its profits by more than 25%. In fact, the probability of converting an existing customer is 60-70% while the probability of converting a new prospect is 5-20%. 

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How to Begin Creating High Quality B2B Marketing Videos

Posted by David Doughty

Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

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B2B video marketing has become a channel of communication that can’t be ignored anymore. The 2016 B2B marketing trends report said that videos have an effectiveness rating of 62%, which was more than e-newsletters and blogs. This means that videos are more likely to generate engagement and possible leads than text campaigns.

If that’s not convincing, check out “How to Get Your B2B Video Content Program Started.” The general overview and statistics should remove any other doubts.

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