A Taste of Social and Influencer Marketing: What B2B Can Learn from B2C

ONLINEMARKETINGSEOBLOG | December 3, 2018

article image
B2C brands pioneered the use of influential voices to boost their brand appeal, sales, and campaigns. And as more and more B2B brands and marketers dive into the world of influencer marketing, the question is: How can we leverage the knowledge, insights, and tips B2C marketers have to share for our marketing efforts? Last week, a panel of foodie influencers and bloggers provided some insights that can help answer that question. My TopRank Marketing colleague Jack Fitzpatrick and I attended Social Media Breakfast – Minneapolis St. Paul’s (SMBMSP) panel moderated by Michele Phillips, a food blogger, writer, photographer, and content creator, which included food personality Lindsay Greene, tweeting BBQ enthusiast The Product Poet, and Eat.Drink.Dish MPLS founder Golnaz Yamoutpour. The panel covered insights on finding and working with influencers along with a smattering of great social media marketing tips. Let’s see what they had to say.

Spotlight

WebbMason Marketing

Every day hundreds of companies & organizations rely on WebbMason to execute their marketing strategies. Our growth is based on these long term customer relationships and the customers who, over our 28 years in business, continue to ask us to extend their relationships to tackle more of their marketing challenges. Everything we do works to achieve a better business outcome for our customers. We use every marketing tool. Today we are a full-service marketing provider with 22 offices and over 300 employees. We are fully independent and are accountable only to you.

OTHER ARTICLES

Forget the hype: The virtues of account based marketing

Article | March 17, 2020

Account based marketing (ABM) is a mainstay of the B2B sector. Often most beneficial when dealing with a niche product or service, ABM is especially useful if the aim is to address more than one person or department within an organisation with a tailored message. In basic terms, it involves taking a very targeted, longer-term approach, homing in on selected key accounts that have (or could have) a particular value and then establishing a far broader, strategic engagement with a client. As head of business marketing and customer experience at O2, Zoe Hominick is a keen advocate of ABM as a crucial channel for B2B marketing.

Read More
ACCOUNT-BASED ADVERTISING

HOW UGC IS CHANGING THE GAME FOR YOUR BUSINESS’? MARKETING (EXAMPLES OF BRANDS WHO GET IT)

Article | March 17, 2020

You’re overcomplicating it. You don’t need the studio lighting, you don’t need a $2000+ camera, you don’t need a full production crew. Actually, it can actually be more effective for your content to not use any of this. Keep reading to learn how. By now, I’m sure you’ve noticed the rise of user-generated content (UGC). UGC is photos and videos created for your brand by customers, viewers, or followers. There’s so much beauty in this and throughout 2020, with everyone stuck inside their house, lots of companies had no choice but to make do with what they could. Sometimes this meant FaceTime photoshoots or videos that customers shot on regular iPhones. I am a huge fan of user-generated content and most consumers are, too. Let’s unpack the beauty of why this is such a beautiful and effective form of content on both the customer side as well as the business’ side.

Read More
CORE ABM

ABM Automation: 4 Steps to Plan and Pace your ABM Efforts

Article | March 17, 2020

Account-based marketing is the ultimate personalization tool. Instead of incurring unnecessary marketing expenses, an account-centric strategy segregates vital business accounts and markets directly. This means, by appealing to specific market leaders, who can benefit from what your company has to offer, you can make marketing efforts more tailored and effective. ABM strategy is not new by any means. Still, it has gained widespread recognition over the past few years as it's evolved along with the progression of technology. An entirely tech-based, the marketing automation solutions have made account-based marketing more measurable and affordable for all-sized businesses. Thus, ABM automation gained pace. Research from Marketo suggests that account-based marketing delivers a better return on investment than other various strategies for 97% of marketers. Marketing automation plays a vital role in driving impressive results. It allows companies to target their outreach based on interests and actions. But what makes ABM automation win the rat race? ABM Automation: AI is the Driver The reason why ABM automation has recently emerged is the availability of AI. Initially, AI was used by ABM to propel the automatic selection of target accounts through predictive analytics. Also, it is driving intelligent marketing nurturing and other marketing responses based on how the targets respond, their needs, and so on. If you're targeting 100 accounts as potential new corporate customers, those accounts will visit different pages of your site. Some will download white papers and respond to emails. You will get leads from the targeted companies through these activities, and thus you can knock at their door. AI enables quick responding to a dynamically changing engagement in the ABM platform and delivers the best action. This is how automation with AI is emerging in ABM platforms. You can take four steps to automate your ABM to drive leads and create a successful ABM automated platform. 4 Steps to Plan ABM Automation Draw the Automation Cycle To start with ABM automation, firstly, create a blueprint of the targeted business. In this, you should identify the complete process of lead generation. The trail looks like; subscriber, lead, MQLs, SQLs, and a client to target. In this process, you cannot communicate at each phase. When one clicks on the particular link of your website, you should have a system-generated mail to send. Once you track the movement of the lead, quickly trigger the sales team to take the follow-ups. This saves the time of salespersons, and therefore ABM strategies are implemented wisely. Integrate your ABM automation software and CRM Before you build your account-based marketing campaigns, you'll have to integrate your ABM automation software and CRM. Integrating marketing automation tools is vital in the automation process. If your ABM software doesn't interact with the email marketing software, you won't be able to automate the process. In addition, if it doesn't relate to your CRM, it will be difficult to know if leads converted into accounts and track the ROI of an account-based campaign. So, to integrate ABM automation, you'll have to research and keep ICP, content, target accounts, and CRM all in one place. Tailor Your Content Ensure you're sending the right message to the right target account. Creating customized landing pages looking at how people have recently interacted with your brand is a great way to execute automation. Using ABM tools, you can automatically message target accounts with relevant messages when they engage with you and help you build the connections that become conversions. Create Dashboard to Assess Efforts The last step to automate your ABM platform is to track and measure the efforts you have put in to see information at-a-glance. You get information about your target accounts on your dashboard, such as open deals, company score, total pipeline, and the number of decision-makers identified. In addition, you should consider ongoing A/B tests when started with ABM automation. This is because you can see what messaging appeals to your ICP (Ideal Customer Profile). ABM is a result-driven approach. ITSMA reports that 87% of marketers consider ABM as delivering the highest returns. But without automation, ABM becomes a strewn process. Marketing automation lets your team offer a personalized approach and immediate outreach with valuable content that pushes visitors to become regular clients. Thus, using ABM software tools — ideally the marketing automation tools — can help you automate and scale your strategy and adds value to your ABM efforts. Frequently Asked Questions What are the account-based marketing tactics? Account-based marketing uses hyper-personalized tactics to attract, engage, and convert high-value accounts. Similarly, it uses emails to contact existing customers and target consumers and social media channels like LinkedIn, Facebook, and more to reach out to prospects. Why is an account-based marketing strategy so important? The importance of ABM lies in structuring marketing efforts and resources on key accounts to drive the most revenue. ABM maximizes the efficiency of your B2B marketing resources along with building the communication channel with sales to align with sales and marketing functions. How to create the automated ABM strategy? To create the automated ABM strategy, follow these steps: Create your Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) Align your target accounts Build campaigns Integrate ABM, marketing automation software, and CRM Personalize content Engage Set up a dashboard for assessment { "@context": "https://schema.org", "@type": "FAQPage", "mainEntity": [{ "@type": "Question", "name": "What are the account-based marketing tactics?", "acceptedAnswer": { "@type": "Answer", "text": "Account-based marketing uses hyper-personalized tactics to attract, engage, and convert high-value accounts. Similarly, it uses emails to contact existing customers and target consumers and social media channels like LinkedIn, Facebook, and more to reach out to prospects." } },{ "@type": "Question", "name": "Why is an account-based marketing strategy so important?", "acceptedAnswer": { "@type": "Answer", "text": "The importance of ABM lies in structuring marketing efforts and resources on key accounts to drive the most revenue. ABM maximizes the efficiency of your B2B marketing resources along with building the communication channel with sales to align with sales and marketing functions." } },{ "@type": "Question", "name": "How to create the automated ABM strategy?", "acceptedAnswer": { "@type": "Answer", "text": "To create the automated ABM strategy, follow these steps: Create your Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) Align your target accounts Build campaigns Integrate ABM, marketing automation software, and CRM Personalize content Engage Set up a dashboard for assessment" } }] }

Read More
ABM ACCOUNTS

What's on the Radar of Marketing Leaders Today?

Article | March 17, 2020

The pandemic has catalyzed an en-masse move to hybrid workforce models across industries and functions, including marketing teams. Add to this the broad changes in consumer behavior and market expectations resulting from the disruption of the last 15 months. How has all of this change impacted marketing priorities? While DX has been a priority for a while now, what’s changed is the race to connect customer experience (CX) to the DX initiative. Over the last year digital engagement has been at times the only way to find, get and keep customers. Starting with overhauling virtual shopfronts — aka brand websites — to investing in more advanced data-driven marketing decisioning engines, making CX central to the digital strategy has become primary.

Read More

Spotlight

WebbMason Marketing

Every day hundreds of companies & organizations rely on WebbMason to execute their marketing strategies. Our growth is based on these long term customer relationships and the customers who, over our 28 years in business, continue to ask us to extend their relationships to tackle more of their marketing challenges. Everything we do works to achieve a better business outcome for our customers. We use every marketing tool. Today we are a full-service marketing provider with 22 offices and over 300 employees. We are fully independent and are accountable only to you.

Events