We talk about “b2b” a lot at MLT Creative. All of our posts on this blog have to do with some aspect of b2b marketing. But what really is b2b marketing and how is it really different than “b2c marketing?” In this post, I’ll discuss the differences between b2b and b2c and why these distinctions really matter.
A few weeks ago I was shown a presentation by Adam Conover entitled “Millennials Don’t Exist!” that changed the way I think about generations. His presentation offers a humorous counter argument to the widely held stereotype of the millennial. In this post, I’ll share my reactions to his presentation, discuss the place of generational stereotypes in marketing, give you some of my biggest takeaways from Adam’s talk and give you the link to the video of his presentation to form your own opinion.
The vast majority of people that stumble onto your website will probably stumble away never to see you or your brand again… That is, unless you use retargeting. This post will delve into what retargeting is, how it works and some ways that you can implement it to improve your overall marketing strategy.
Account-based marketing. It’s been around for a little while now, but isn’t getting the fan fair that other kinds of marketing like inbound and content marketing are receiving. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. According to SeriusDecision’s 2015 State of Account-Based Marketing (ABM) Study, while 92% of companies recognize the value of ABM, only 20% of companies have had an ABM program in place for more than a year. In this post I’ll uncover why ABM is so under utilized, and how you can use it to improve your digital marketing strategy.
Have you been using Google Analytics for awhile but have a sneaking suspicion that you just aren’t using it to it’s full potential? Want to take your skills to the next level? Perfect. This blog is to help you use Google Analytics to get the insights that are most valuable for b2b marketing.
There are a number of guides out there on creating B2B buyer personas. We have one, HubSpot has one, Moz has a lengthy article by Mike King about it. Personas are touted by marketing gurus as being a must have for your content strategy. But if you’re careless, personas can lead you down a bad road or have you following behind your competitors. I’d like to alert you to these 3 Warning Signs of B2B Marketing Persona Misdirection. In your drive for developing buyer personas, follow the signs of success and avoid these hazards:
In my last post, The Age of B2B Marketing Agencies: Are We Approaching The End?, I discussed whether marketing agencies are still a relevant solution for today’s b2b businesses’ marketing needs. If you are convinced that they are read on, if not, go check out that post first.
This post is for anyone out there that has decided a marketing agency might be a good option for their company, but are unsure of what to look for in an agency. I want to lay out the different things that you should consider in your agency search.
As someone who is currently employed by one, I’ll admit that I’m a little biased in this discussion, but let’s see if I can defend my bias:
With all the expenses that your b2b business has, isn’t it slightly ridiculous to pay another company to do your marketing? After all, can’t you just do all your marketing yourself? Not always.
In January I’m planning to move to Athens to be united to my wonderful bride to be. This move will officially christen me into the mobile workforce that we are constantly told via forward thinking Richard Branson-esque Linkedin articles is going to inevitably take over the world.
I was first introduced to the idea of a “T shaped marketer” in Mike King’s session “Technical marketing is just the price of admission” at Inbound 2015. It gave me a better understanding of where marketing is today and what I need to do to be a successful marketer.
If you’ve been in inbound marketing for very long you know that no piece of inbound marketing can succeed on it’s own. In order to succeed, your different inbound tactics have to work together to form a comprehensive strategy. As I showed in my post “The B2B Inbound Solar System: Dimensions of A Solid Inbound Strategy” you can’t do SEO if you don’t have content, you can’t have content if you don’t have a website, you can’t have social media if you don’t have content and so on and so forth.
Because of this, it often helps to have a broad understanding of inbound marketing to be effective. But you can’t know everything about everything, so what’s the balance? The solution to this predicament that many have proposed is the “T-shaped marketer.”