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B2B Marketers Say Email Delivers the Highest ROI Leads

February 20, 2017

Score another one for email. On the heels of recent research showing that email is the top lead- and revenue-producing vehicle for B2B marketers, a newly-released study [download page] from Chief Marketer reveals that email is also the channel producing the highest ROI leads in the B2B space. Read more »

2017 Marketing Budget Trends, by Channel

February 13, 2017

Which channels are marketers going to be investing more - and less - in this year? A review of studies from Econsultancy [download page] and Gartner offers a window into marketers' plans for this year. Hint: social media marketing appears to be ripe for further spending, and enthusiasm around content marketing remains healthy. Read more »

The Biggest Challenges to Contact Data Accuracy

February 10, 2017

Recent research indicates that marketing and sales measurement data continues to be a problem for marketers, and likewise that improving data quality is both the biggest challenge to marketing data success and the most important objective of a marketing data strategy. So what's the reason for inaccuracies? A study from Experian Data Quality [download page] offers some insights. Read more »

Fast-Growing Professional Services Firms See Results From Partnership Marketing

February 6, 2017

Professional services firms - spanning industries such as consulting, accounting and financial services, and technology - use an average of around 10 marketing techniques to grow their businesses, according to a study from Hinge Marketing [download page]. For those growing fastest (at least 20% annually), partnership marketing proved to have the greatest marketing impact, per the report. Read more »

AI, IoT Among Top Trends Seen Affecting the User Experience Over the Next 5 Years

February 2, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) isn't seen as a key consumer trend or something that will be a game-changer in market research. But, it will be one of the most important online trends affecting user experience in the next 5 years, according to UserTesting's 2017 UX and User Research Industry Research Report [download page]. Read more »

Top 20 B2B Marketing Charts of 2016

January 30, 2017

From content marketing and digital initiatives to demand generation, vendor relationships and programmatic advertising, our collection of 2016's top B2B marketing charts (B2C deck found here) presents an intriguing array of data from both strategic and tactical standpoints, giving B2B professionals insights that can help drive greater marketing effectiveness. Read more »

Majority of Enterprises to Increase Influencer Marketing Spending. What Goals Do They Have in Mind?

January 27, 2017

Almost three-quarters (71%) of brand strategists and marketers at leading enterprises consider influence marketing to be a strategic marketing category, according to an Altimeter, Traackr and TopRank Marketing survey [download page] of 102 respondents at organizations such as Microsoft, American Express and Adobe. While influencer marketing investments remains fairly small, a majority are planning to increase their spending. Read more »

Which Customer Marketing Activities Are Most Broadly Used by B2B Firms?

January 16, 2017

B2B companies are relying more on customer references and testimonials than on any other type of customer marketing activity, details a report [download page] from Influitive and Koyne Marketing. Based on a survey of 202 respondents, largely from B2B (77%) and hybrid B2B and B2C (16%) companies, the study indicates that this is the only activity with majority (62%) adoption. Read more »

Mobile and Social Advertising Expected to Continue Strong Growth in 2017

December 22, 2016

Media, marketing and advertising executives continue to be bullish on the prospects for both mobile and social advertising, according to AdMedia Partners' 23rd Annual Market Survey [pdf]. More than three-quarters of the respondents to the survey, which polled close to 6,000 executives, expect social advertising buying and spending to increase by more than 10%. Read more »

Are Marketers Facing Tech Overload? Plus, Where’s the Money Going?

December 14, 2016

steelhouseforrester-marketing-tech-vendor-management-dec2016Recent research has offered competing visions of marketing technology needs, as the flexibility offered by best-in-breed solutions is contrasted with the array of choices and vendors that need to be managed. And while it seems that more marketers opt for a best-in-breed architecture as opposed to a single-vendor, newly-released survey results [download page] commissioned by SteelHouse indicate that marketers truly are managing a variety of vendors. Read more »