Part 2: How to Leverage the Top 18 2015 B2B Content Marketing Trends to Work for You in Q4

In this second part of our series on 2015’s Top B2B Content Marketing Trends, we take a look at social content, budgets, buyer personas, thought leadership and more. You can read the first part here. Social Content The Prediction: “Social media is becoming the de facto content sharing/distribution platform. As we move into 2015, we expect video to continue to increase its higher rate of growth over written or image-based content. You can convey a message faster in a short video than a 1,200 word blog post. We’ll also see brands responding faster with Real Time Social Media marketing. The
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2015 Content Marketing Statistics — With an Interactive Spin and A Few Other Examples

I recently read a post by inc.com on how content marketing is dead. Now to be fair they weren’t really saying that content marketing is dead—the point that they were making is the fact that everyone and their mother is doing content marketing and what really stands out—and is more effective in 2015—is interactive content marketing.  It’s interesting to me because it really highlighted something that we’ve been helping our clients solve for over the last 10 years, and that’s the question: how do you make your content and marketing programs stand out from all the other events, distractions, blogs
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9 Things Buyer Personas Can Do for Sales and Marketing in 2015

True story: we were sitting around the table with a client a few months back talking about a few new blog post ideas. We’d been hired to replace an underperforming marketing agency a few weeks before, and were looking for some simple customer-related background information to start crafting new content. The client was an international technology company that had been struggling with sales in the US, and their content marketing efforts over the previous 2 years had been robust, but netted little in the way of results. Yes, some of the content had resulted in traffic, but few of those
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Squeeze More Juice Out of SEO as its Position in Your Digital Marketing Toolkit Changes in 2015

According to a poll conducted by Smart Insights only 4.3% of digital marketers polled named SEO as the most commercially important digital marketing trend in 2015. Why would we include it? That 4.3% doesn’t include how many people see it as the 2nd or 3rd most important trend. We all know that ranking in search is important, and the more relevant our content is to the person searching, the better chance we have of developing a sales lead. But what worked a year or two ago, doesn’t—or it’s less effective today. Don’t just take my word for it. SEO is definitely
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Infographic: Tomorrow’s Business Needs These 4 Elements to “Win”

MESH SAAS infographiContinuing the theme of publishing an infographic for some of our more data driven posts, we are following up our article on the Secret to Tomorrow’s Business is SAAS: Speed, Agility, Authority, and Sharing. While speed and agility can often trump size, cooperation can certainly best control. This infographic answers the questions:

  1. What are the components of a successful digital strategy?
  2. What will a 10% increase in data accessibility translate into for sales for a Fortune 1,000 company?
  3. What kind of ROI do marketers see from tracking real-time marketing.

We answer these questions and more here. Check it out, share it, and let us know what you think!

How The C-Suite Can Leverage Big Data to Create More Customer-Centric Businesses

Almost everywhere we go and in almost everything we do, we leave a trail of data. Every single one of our daily transactions that involves electronics in any form (and many that don’t) registers in a data set somewhere.  To a savvy business person, this data, this Big Data, can be a gold mine. Never in the history of the world has there been more stored information about what people do and what people want than there is right now. If knowledge is power, then we are truly in a golden age. According to IBM, the well of data grows
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The Secret to Tomorrow’s Business is SAAS (and not how you might think): Speed, Agility, Authority, Sharing

New technologies are changing the ways in which we do almost everything in business: HR is learning to manage an extended workforce with ever-increasing customization; customer relationships and customer experiences are being personalized and scrutinized like never before; refashioned supply chains have removed much of the divide between distributors, manufacturers, suppliers and consumers. Each of these changes brings with it new demands and expectations, which have driven enormous evolution in the tools businesses use to communicate with and market to each other. It’s also driven fragmentation and stress in the C-suite—forcing companies to think about (or rethink) their digital strategy.
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Infographic: 15 Facts Every Manager Should Know About Big Data

MESH BigData InfographicFollowing up on our last infographic about who’s managing big data in your organization, we decided to step back and pull together some great data on—well—big data. In addition to defining big data, we’ve pulled together some great statistics and facts that will help provide you with some ammunition in your current, ongoing internal (or external) conversations about leveraging big data to help make your business more customer centric and digital.

Infographic: Who is Helping Your Business Leverage Big Data to Become Customer Centric

Infographic on Chief Digital Officer (CDO)As technology moves, and players like Google release tools like Flume, MillWheel, Google Cloud Dataflow, Big Data is no longer just a buzzword, but a critical tool for all aspects of agile business. No longer can you afford to let the flow of Big Data pass you by; your business needs to tap into this resource to live. But who manages Big Data? Who uses it to make actionable change in your organization? The following infographic might help you understand if your business is in need of a Chief Digital Officer.