5 Ways to Make Brand Social Media Profiles More Compelling

As a concerned consumer, I have to admit that I’m ambivalent about social media. On the one hand, it keeps me connected with friends and family. And it provides a platform for those whose voices have been marginalized. On the other hand, it can be a 24-7 outrage machine where I can ruin my blood pressure arguing with strangers. As a marketer, however, I wholeheartedly celebrate social media. Brands have never had such rich opportunities to … [Read more...]

Livestream Marketing: 5 B2B Brands Rocking LinkedIn Live

How can B2B brands benefit from using LinkedIn Live, and what are some examples of businesses rocking their LinkedIn Live marketing? LinkedIn* has seen its live-streaming LinkedIn Live feature being used by more major firms all the time, and we’ll take a look at five top B2B brands that are rocking their LinkedIn Live game. The sky's the limit when it comes to how B2B brands can use LinkedIn Live. Here are 12 to get you started: Interviewing … [Read more...]

Why Content Marketing is More Important Than Ever for B2B Brands

In his recently published eBook, Corona Marketing, Joe Pulizzi recounts how he and his wife launched the website Content Marketing Institute in 2007 at the exact time as a devastating financial crisis was beginning to unfold in the United States.  “At the time, we believed things couldn’t have been bleaker,” Pulizzi writes. “Looking back though, this was absolutely the best time for my wife and I to start a business.” Why is that? Because their … [Read more...]

Three B2B Marketing Tactics That Will Outlast the COVID19 Pandemic

Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the B2B world with companies generally reducing marketing budgets. At the same time, many B2B companies are maintaining or increasing marketing spend as we've seen with most of our clients at TopRank Marketing. While there has generally been a shift from explicit sales/push marketing content to brand messaging that is more aligned with the times and empathetic to customers, sales … [Read more...]

B2B Marketing News: 3 New B2B Marketing Studies, Twitter’s Audio Tweets, Google’s Pinterest-like Keen Project, & Gen Z Digital Consumption Habits

The 10 Traits B2B Buyers and Managers Value Most in Salespeople 42 percent of B2B buyers value active listening when it comes to interacting with salespeople, according to recently-released survey data from LinkedIn (client), while 38 percent value problem solving, 38 percent confidence, and 34 percent who said that they value relationship building skills. MarketingProfs Addressing the B2B void between product data and online sales [Survey] 52.8 … [Read more...]

Break Free Marketing Season 2 Wrap Up: Reinventing B2B Marketing

Season two of TopRank Marketing’s video podcast series, “Break Free B2B,” has come to a close. We had the opportunity to interview some of the smartest B2B marketers in the industry, to find out how they’re breaking the mold and reinventing the role and function of the marketing department in B2B organizations. The series covered three key themes: Reinvigorating Scalable, Global ABM Creating Online and Offline Experiences that Inspire … [Read more...]

Always-On Influence: Why B2B Needs Brand Research & 11 Must-Ask Questions For Marketers

What is brand research and why is it an important step in building a successful always-on  B2B influencer marketing program? What are the key facts you need to learn about a brand that will lead to the creation of a strong ongoing influencer program? Doing brand research right is crucial for always-on B2B influencer marketing success, but where do you start, especially with the increased importance of brand empathy and authenticity? Don’t … [Read more...]

Manufacturing Runs: 9 Summer Content Marketing Tips Drawn from the Diamond

Baseball and content marketing are two of my greatest passions. When I think about it, there are some intrinsic similarities between the two that aren't hard to see. Much like content marketing, baseball is rhythmic and methodical by design. Sure, there are the flashy home runs (and it helps when your favorite team *ahem* set the all-time record a year ago), but at its core, baseball is about strategy, patience, and sequencing: Accept the … [Read more...]

Trust in Marketing: How to Build Influence with the C-Suite and on the Street with Customers

80% of CEOs don't trust marketers. And yet 91% of CEOs do trust CIOs and CFOs Ouch! In addition to the many challenges marketers are currently facing with the COVID-19 pandemic and overall social change, a study by Fournaise Group found that CEOs felt marketing was not meeting expectations, causing a lack of confidence. Whether it was due to too much emphasis on martech or marketing "hype", the outcome is clear: the credibility of marketing is … [Read more...]