B2B Marketing Blog

B2B Inbound Marketing Stories: How To Sell Out Your Event In Seconds

In our latest edition of B2B Inbound Marketing Stories, we spoke with Kelvin Newman, founder of BrightonSEO, the UK's largest SEO conference and MD of Rough Agenda, one of the new breed of B2B events companies shaking up the conference scene. In the interview, Kelvin reveals the secret sauce behind selling out his event in just 60 seconds and shares some pointers on how larger, traditional events businesses can incorporate a start up mentality to steer them to revenue success.

Watch the full interview, or pick up the key highlights below...

Topics: B2B Marketing Marketing Ideas Event Marketing Conference Marketing Inbound Marketing Event growth

3 models for event companies to make more money from B2B content

Whether you know it or not, like it or not, having a successful event or a series of successful events in the same or similar topic, is the basis of a community - it's all about the gathering of people that share a common interest. So what better way to engage with your community than through great content.

The events sector has a big advantage compared to most industries, in that you have experts at your fingertips - whether that's your production team, stakeholders, speakers or advisors. That allows access to knowledge, thought leadership and future shaping ideas with "relative" ease. 

Topics: B2B Content Marketing Event Marketing B2B communities Event growth

[Video] Inbound Marketing for Events: Interview with John Whitaker, dmg events

Our series of Inbound Marketing Stories continues with John Whitaker, Head of Marketing from dmg events - a global events business that manages over 80 events in over 25 countries. John shares his experiences and learnings with his inbound marketing journey so far. 


Topics: Content Marketing Event Marketing Inbound Marketing

7 ways to minimise no-shows at your B2B events

A topic that always sparks discussion amongst B2B event and conference organisers - and that's what we came together to chat about at the recent Eventhuddle event. I was also joined by legends Kevin Jackson, Kelvin NewmanScott Hope and Lindsey Fish.

Topics: Event Marketing Event growth

B2B Inbound Marketing Stories: Andrew Ferguson, BrainXchange

In our new series of Inbound Marketing Stories, we interview B2B organisations and explore their inbound marketing journey so far. 

Our first story comes from Andrew Ferguson, Co-Founder at BrainXchange who lifts the lid on his unique business model and shares the reason why he believes inbound marketing for event and conference organisers is so essential for any future success. 

  • Want to know how you can secure a 80-90% rebook rate from your event sponsors?
  • How about the secret to being able to charge double what your competitors do?
  • Or reliably booking a handful of delegates every single week without touching the phone?

You can listen to the full interview at the bottom of the post, or just digest some of the highlights we've pulled out here...

Topics: Content Marketing Event Marketing Conference Marketing Inbound Marketing

Announcement: BrightBull and Increnta form a joint venture to deliver integrated B2B digital marketing services

We are very pleased to announce that BrightBull has officially formed a joint venture with leading European inbound marketing agency Increnta. Increnta is a platinum HubSpot partner and Oracle Gold Partner with clients in 14 countries, specifically in the areas of Publishing, Training and Education, Financial Services, SaaS, Services, Healthcare and Tourism with a portfolio of 300+ clients.

Topics: B2B Marketing Inbound Marketing B2B communities

Must-read event marketing reports of 2016 (so far)

We all like to think we’ve got the best marketing knowledge available, but when time is tight, how do you choose what to read?  So our team spent the time you don’t have, reading through all the latest marketing reports and shortlisting the best of the best. The result? Our list of the must-read event marketing reports to come out of 2016 (so far at least!). The only condition of entry to the list is that the report must be freely available. For those who are super pushed for time, we’ve also selected a couple of key nuggets from each that you can benefit from even if you haven’t had time to read the reports.

Topics: Event Marketing Conference Marketing Event growth

Event marketing KPIs: Are you sure you're measuring the right thing?

We all love measuring our results and every team will have a set of event marketing KPIs that they live and die by. But, how long have yours been around? 10, 20, 30 years? If you check back with your predecessors and those who’ve been in the business a long time you might find the reality quite scary. If you’re still measuring the old way and moving towards marketing the new inbound way, you’re not going to have the info you need to make smart decisions. (Here’s a clue – if your direct mail hit rate is still top of the tree, you might need to have a re-think!)

Topics: Event Marketing Conference Marketing Event growth

"New school" event marketing: The 12 key traits to harness and nurture

A while ago we wrote what turned out to be a hugely well received portrait of an "old school" events leader. Amid the wry smiles and knowing looks shot at certain team members in different events businesses, some of you asked a question that in hindsight seemed like a very natural progression. If that’s an old school events leader, what does a "new school" one look like?

Topics: Event Marketing Conference Marketing

Event sponsorship growth: How to attract and secure high value deals

With declining delegate revenues and events still feeling the pinch of a new business ethic, shaped by recent economic austerity, landing the big kahuna event sponsorship deals is more important than ever before. But with companies wanting more for less and keeping a tight hold on the purse strings, how can you increase the value of event sponsorship?  

Topics: B2B communities Event growth

Lead generation for events is broken

So you think your events business is great at lead generation because you’re handing a tonne of names over to sales each week? You couldn’t be more wrong. Lead generation for events is officially broken in the vast majority of events businesses. Why? For starters, because a click-through is not a lead, yet most companies treat them as such. Find out why your lead generation process may be broken and what to do to fix it.

Topics: B2B Marketing Event Marketing Lead Generation

Online event communities: The true cost of inaction

You’d have to have been hiding under a rock the last few years not to be aware of the growing number of online event communities springing up. But there’s a huge difference between being aware and actually putting that nagging sense of “should do” into action and sprinting ahead of all the others (without getting disqualified of course!) If you’ve so far lacked the motivation to fully commit to building your online event community, here’s your incentive.

Topics: B2B Marketing Event Marketing B2B communities

How to monetise B2B content from your online community

Your team of marketers may already be creating valuable, insightful and market-leading content by the buckletload, and driving additional views to your website, as well as increasing your social media followings; but have you thought about content that will bring in additional revenue? Here is how to monetise B2B content from your online community - you could be sitting on some very easy wins. 

Topics: B2B Marketing Content Marketing

How to ramp up response rates in your email marketing for events

Do you sometimes find yourself on autopilot when creating email marketing for events? Do you churn out the same old communications for every campaign (dates for diary, discount reminder, agenda announcement...yawn)? If you're nodding along and feeling a touch guilty, don't worry, you are not alone. This is a very common state of affairs in events businesses. You're busy. Like really busy. And email is the thing you do most of, so it's not surprising that a few shortcuts and a lack of thinking creep in. But, never fear, help is at hand.

Topics: B2B Marketing Email Marketing Event Marketing

B2B prospect profiling: How to profile your leads using content

One of the trickiest thing your marketing team must do, in order to better understand and target your audience, is profile your customers and prospects, before they go to sales.

Topics: B2B Marketing B2B Content Marketing

Social media marketing for events, in 140 characters or less

Social media and event marketing are not natural bedfellows time or culture wise, even though social media marketing for events can be one of the most effective channels. That’s because event marketers are used to doing a marketing task and crossing it off their list. Social media isn’t like that unfortunately - it's an ongoing effort requiring the marketer to be “present” over the full campaign. Event marketers also tend to lean towards old school, with outbound “broadcast styles of communication (which is our mission to change!)

Topics: B2B Social Media Event Marketing

Cracking the code: Content marketing for events

Event marketers are some of the busiest people in the whole world. Forget taking a lunch break, they barely have time to breathe a lot of the time. One of the most common questions I get asked is “how do I find time to create content?”

Here we crack the event marketing content code and unlock the time you need to create killer event marketing content, without being in the office until midnight:

Topics: Content Marketing Event Marketing

How to build an event marketing team that'll deliver amazing results

So much of event marketing comes down to the people doing it. It's a huge job, requiring serious intellect, commercial acumen and a diverse set of skills. In fact, event marketing is so unique, those that click with it as a job often remain in the industry their whole careers, addicted to the pace and variety of the work.

Building a great event marketing team takes more than just an assembly of talented marketers. You need the right blend of skills and attitudes to create a winning dynamic. Understanding where you are now, where you want to be and how to get there is useful for any marketing leader, but it'll be especially useful for those attending our Accelerator Labs workshops as it'll provide valuable background context for the exercises within each workshop, providing insight on how you'll implement all the great ideas, latest strategies and proven techniques you'll learn. 

Topics: B2B Marketing Event Marketing

Your 5 most important inbound marketing insights

Inbound marketing is without doubt the future for event marketing as a discipline. Audiences are fed up with a torrent of selling emails and they are getting much more discerning in turning off the flow when it suits them.

Successful inbound marketing allows you to maintain a positive relationship between your prospect and event brand at every stage of the buying process, but you need to understand the rules so as not to make mistakes and turn them off forever. Here are our 5 most important inbound marketing insights to consider...   

Topics: Event Marketing Inbound Marketing

5 Tips on performing a B2B marketing MOT on your business

Whether events are all or just part of what your organisation offers, performing a marketing MOT on the business as a whole is a good way to get a real feel for where you are at the moment and therefore how far you'll need to come to become a future proof, digitally savvy marketing team. It can also help you identify the strengths you can capitalise on, as well as areas where you can make some quick wins in terms of improvements.

Performing a B2B marketing MOT on your business in advance of undertaking any new marketing initiative will give you a proper 360 view of the current state of play. This in turn will put you in the best possible position to make an effective plan to move your organisation forward. Organisations that attend our accelerator labs find this excercise particularly valuable before they actually attend the workshops.

Topics: B2B Marketing Event Marketing