Thinking fast and slow

14 Ways to use emotions in B2B marketing

For a long time, B2B marketers assumed that business decisions were primarily based on rational motivations. Anticipation based on emotion was an exclusive territory for B2C marketers. However, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that emotion plays an important role in B2B as well. Emotion and rationale are two power fields that together — sometimes in agreement but sometimes in conflict — come to a decision. It’s not one or theRead more

Convert MQL to SQL

How to convert an MQL to an SQL

A practical lead conversion guide The definition of a lead is a common area of disagreement between marketing and sales. Marketing is often focussed on generating relevant response based on interest in a certain topic. But the sales team is only interested in those leads that are ready to talk business. To align marketing and sales in terms of lead generation we therefore need to look at the differentRead more

5 Key Dimensions of Lead Scoring that Determine the “DNA” of Your Leads

Which leads from your last campaign are valuable and which ones aren’t? To determine the sales readiness of leads, marketers increasingly use lead scoring functionality in their marketing automation system. Lead scoring is a way to measure the likeliness of a commercial opportunity for a potential customer. The lead score helps determine the next best step such as transferring a lead to the sales department or triggering a certainRead more

Content promotion using paid, owned and earned media.

How to Plan Owned, Earned and Paid Media for B2B Content Marketing

Your content is useless when no one is engaging with it. So you’ll need a combination of media to draft your communication strategy. The dividing lines between earned, paid and owned media are not 100% definitive. An overlap exists in numerous areas, such as: Owned media is promoted via paid media. Owned media is optimized for earned media. Earned media is responded to via owned media. Positive earned mediaRead more

How to convert interest into leads

The return on modern marketing is rooted in the conversion from unknown vistor, to customer relationship. There are many stages in between however, such as subscribers, followers, leads and prospects. In order to properly measure the performance of the modern marketing process, it’s important to define KPI’s. By steering according to KPI’s, you can improve the performance, for example, in the form of click and conversion ratios. Improvements canRead more

Planning B2B Content Marketing

An essential characteristic of B2B content marketing planning, is that it’s always thought of in terms of the buyer perspective. Naturally many organizations are used to communicating from their own context, resulting in messages from themselves or regarding the products or services they offer. This is exactly where content marketing differs from traditional marketing. In order to give some necessary structure with regard to issues arising from your audienceRead more