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Oct 10, 2017 9:07:41 AM
It’s hard to believe that Content Marketing World has come and gone for another year. It seems to fly by faster each year. But, as always, there was a ton of information packed into just a few days. It’s no wonder that we all leave inspired, motivated … and a bit dazed. It's the perfect opportunity to ask questions of the experts and learn the right ways to incorporate a content marketing strategy into your business.
Topics: content marketing
Oct 2, 2017 9:04:59 AM
I’ll admit that I’m a fan of industry studies. Among my favorites are the surveys conducted by publishers to document how engineers learn about new products and where they go to buy them. In an era of growing ecommerce, Amazon and other dramatic shifts in how companies market to engineers and other technical buyers, keeping in front of these trends is rather critical.
So, with gratitude to several engineer-focused publishers who share our interest in digital marketing trends, here are some highlights from a variety of studies we’ve seen recently.
Sep 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Goldstein Group Communications (GGC) announced that it has added Kendall Krawchuk as marketing manager to its growing team of marketing experts. With more than eight years’ experience in the private and public sectors, Krawchuk will focus on marketing strategy, industry intelligence, marketing analytics and demand generation for the agency’s growing roster of manufacturing and engineering clients.
Aug 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM
One of the common questions our agency is asked is what marketing automation software platform clients should choose. We think they’re all good tools, and certainly add a strong dose of measurability and analytics to the marketing programs being implemented. And we love those analytics.
Today, as we’ve now become one of HubSpot’s newest Platinum Level Value Added Resellers, we thought we’d share a few opinions we have on how Pardot and HubSpot compare. Certainly, we’re a bit biased toward HubSpot, as we’re proud to have achieved Platinum status as one of just 100 VARs out of HubSpot’s 3000+ VAR community. However, we tend to do more HubSpot work more so because the bulk of our clients have chosen that tool, not because we’ve insisted they make that choice.
Aug 7, 2017 11:44:23 AM
Everyone hates to do it, and in truth there are few people who are good at it. And even though an earlier blog post from us talked about the increasing difficulty in selling over the phone, particularly to younger professionals, we do encourage sales organizations to make outreach a part of their strategies for acquiring new accounts.
In fact, one of our clients with a particularly well-oiled sales machine has generated millions of dollars in new account revenue from their targeted cold calling campaigns.
So, with that in mind, I was sent these latest statistics on cold calling and telephone selling recently by sales veteran Tim May, who runs sales at our client N2Net. (Author’s admission: Tim gives full credit to pulling these from one of his LinkedIn contacts, Emma Marriott, Business Development Manager at Pingala Media!)
Jul 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Recently we’ve had some discussion here at the agency about the use of tele-sales, and whether that time has passed. Is it possible to reach people and sell on the phone anymore? Is – gasp – cold calling still something to task salespeople to do?
We still believe that cold calling and phone selling has its place. In fact, we know of several clients that use call centers as their primary selling channel.
However, we also believe that cold calling and telesales is the single most costly method of selling. It reminds me of an old McGraw Hill Publishing ad in which a grumpy prospect looked directly into the camera and asked, “I don’t know your company. I don’t know your products. I don’t know your reputation. Now, what was it you wanted to sell me?”
The point of the ad, of course, is to remind marketers that you can certainly sell to someone who knows nothing about you, but it’s always going to be quite a bit easier to push that boulder up the hill if you walk in the door with some brand awareness and even preference already established.
Still, some companies are making it even harder for marketers to use the phone. JPMorgan Chase and Coca-Cola recently eliminated voice mail for many employees as part of cost-cutting moves; others are considering similar initiatives. Vonage released a study showing annual declines in the number of voice mails left on their systems, and the number who even listened to their messages fell by 14%. In another story about voice mail, NPR interviewed a 26-year-old who said that “voice mail might evolve into something kind of special and exciting – like a telegram once was.” Oh my god!
Jul 17, 2017 1:04:22 PM
I was stunned to read this: Gartner Group reported recently that the technology budget for the Chief Marketing Officer in 2017 will be bigger than the CIO’s tech budget!
Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised, with the explosion in marketing tools coming to the market. See the graphic put together by Chiefmartech.com, and you’ll see what I mean. It’s a dizzying array of tech tools to measure and improve marketing. No wonder marketing feels so overwhelming these days!
Jun 6, 2017 1:15:04 PM
That was a surprising comment, made by one of the speakers at HubSpot’s recent Inbound 2016 event on digital marketing. It’s one of the better conferences on all things online, all things marketing, particularly for a b-to-b marketer trying to make sense of all the ways marketing is changing. And changing rapidly.
So while we’ve all realized video’s importance, that was a bit of a wake-up call when I heard that. If I look at 2017 budgets, for instance, and I pull apart the section on content, is 50% of my activities next year for a client devoted to video?
May 22, 2017 3:19:32 PM
Often, coming up with the idea for a blog is half the battle. Once we know what we want to write about, the rest has a way of following suit relatively quickly. Your most popular blogs – indeed, your most popular content of any type – will always meet the ultimate content standard: “it must help me do my job better.” If your blog meets that standard of value, and it does so in a way that reinforces company marketing themes, you’ll have a winning blog strategy.
At Goldstein Group Communications, we believe passionately in the power of great ideas, coupled with the impact of measurable results. It’s a philosophy that delivers customers to the sales team, profits to the CFO, and sustainable growth to the CEO. Inspired ideas that are grounded in the real world demands of the market.
We call it Measurably Better Marketing.