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Top 4 Websites to Increase Marketing Teams' Productivity



Nowadays, it has become a constant struggle to catch up with the market and increase productivity to help execute the aggressive growth plans B2B and more specifically companies have. Needless to say marketers very often find themselves doing the same work over and over without having any time to actually execute new and fun marketing ideas.

In anyone's to-do list, work will constantly be postponed or piled up because budget couldn’t be extended to hire more staff, the tasks at hand are time-consuming and it is becoming harder to come up with fresh new ideas to plan and execute.

There are many resources at the marketer's fingertips to grow productivity without much budgetary requirement and leverage tools in the market to make way for new initiatives to come to fruition.

After making a list of the tasks that are most time-consuming in a marketing department, these are the best sites we've come across to help get the work done. These sites have experts working in every field possible, from design to content and finance. We’ve made a list of the top 4 sites that will surely help increase your marketing productivity and reduce your headache.

Topics: Marketing Tools Marketing Trends Marketing Ideas

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

This post was updated on September 15th, 2020

We all love measuring our results and every team will have a set of event marketing KPIs that they live and die by. If you’re still measuring your activities 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.

By the way, we have decided to refer to a virtual, hybrid or physical event just as "events", while there are defined differences in the delivery and format of each, they way you approach their marketing is generally the same.

Topics: Event Marketing Conference Marketing Event growth

6 Super Easy Tips to Optimise Your B2B Videos on YouTube

Right after Google, YouTube is the second largest search engine on the internet, despite also being a social media site. This means that the importance to build and promote an online video presence has gained more relevance over the past couple of years and will continue to do so.

B2B companies are now seriously using videos as part of their overall marketing strategy and B2B events have been recording tons of video content at their events far longer BUT they are no way near as savvy when it comes to capitalising on it.

That is why we have come up with 6 simple tips to optimise your B2B YouTube presence:

Topics: B2B Content Marketing B2B Social Media B2B Event Marketing

What to do if your event registrations become stagnant? 8 contingency actions you must take immediately

Your event has been launched, everyone is excited, you have received plenty of interest and registrations have started to come through. GREAT.

BUT, at some point registrations slow down and suddenly 3 weeks have gone by and you have received NO registrations at all!

You hit the PANIC button, and everyone gets concerned.

What to do?

Topics: B2B Marketing How to Event growth B2B Event Marketing

Strategic Ideas on Attracting Visitors to Your Exhibition Stand

It is fair to say that LinkedIn Groups have lost steam and have become a junkyard of spam and can hardly be distinguished from the already crowded feed.

BUT there is one group that is run properly, vetted well and always has a very good source of discussions for event professionals worldwide The Event Planning and Event Management Group.

A recent discussion on the LinkedIn group got some momentum and I thought it would be worth sharing here.

An event prof user asked the question:
I’m just starting to design our exhibition stands for next year and wondered if anyone had any good tips or tricks for attracting people to your stand?

Since it is a question we are constantly asked and part and parcel of our day to day work, I wanted to share how we approach this question and objective.

Topics: B2B Marketing How to Marketing Ideas B2B Event Marketing

8 Facts on Maximising your Customer Database for Event Businesses

"Our contact database is the lifeblood of our event business, without it, we are nothing"

Agree? If you do, are you really getting the most out of your prospect and customer database?

You are not alone. When I ask this question to CEOs and leaders of the event industry, 9 out of 10 people give me a categorical "No" or a "I don't think we do, certainly we don't know enough from our contacts; we could be doing more with it".

If your sentiment (or that of your boss) is aligned with the statements above, read on if you want to fix that for good.

Topics: B2B Marketing How to Event Marketing Conference Marketing

Ten tell-tale signs you are an old school events leader

This blog was updated on the 15 October 2020

So this blog is inspired by years of working in events and conferences and experiencing for myself all the positive progress in the industry. But of course whenever there is change, there are always those that resist it and just like to keep things the way they are - the dreaded "comfort zone."

Topics: Event Marketing Conference Marketing

A Detailed Guide on How to Launch a PPC Campaign For Your B2B Event


Launching a paid per click campaign is not as simple as paying an agency to do it or getting a member staff to simply spend a couple of hundred bucks on it and off they go.

Before you launch a PPC campaign there are certain aspects that you need to cover, we split this into 4 key areas:

  1. Required PPC settings for your websites
  2. Required settings for your Landing Pages to guarantee PPC campaign success
  3. Required assets and materials before you launch a PPC campaign
  4. How to monitor and track responses of your PPC campaign 

This is a guide that will tell you exactly what to do at each of these 4 stages, if you follow them you will ensure that your campaign is successful and more importantly, trackable.

Topics: B2B Marketing Conference Marketing Inbound Marketing B2B communities B2B Event Marketing

25+ Must Try Innovative Ideas on Promoting B2B Events Through Video



How do you promote your B2B event through video? I am talking about doing things beyond the usual boring panning of lanyards at the registration area, lots of people going through the doors, shaking hands, speakers on stage and packed rooms.

My intention here is to offer some different perspectives and specific ideas that you can implement immediately.

By the way, think about posting these videos on your website, twitter, social media, email messages with it and more importantly on LinkedIn!

Before you watch the videos please:

  1. They are intended as inspiration.
  2. Watch them with an open mind.
  3. Take into account that American audiences dare to take more risks in terms of pushing the boundaries.
  4. Yeeahhh yeahhh yeahhh, I know your audience is a bit different. Just watch them and hopefully from the whole list there is some inspiration.
Topics: Marketing Ideas Event Marketing B2B Event Marketing

Generating "crap" leads? Getting real with B2B Event Lead Generation


B2B event lead generation is an essential component of event marketing. Many event business leaders and marketers allow their campaigns to be killed too early or dismiss future ones outright simply because “the leads the campaign is generating are crap”.

The goal here is to explain that on any normal lead generation campaign, around 66% of the leads  generated will not be good or even relevant at all. So if only 33% of the total leads generated are good then you're not doing bad at all -  you are well within the benchmark.

So what is deemed as a good or bad response from a lead generation campaign?

Here are the top take aways from the video with some good examples:

Topics: B2B Content Marketing Lead Generation B2B Event Marketing

Why B2B event businesses and media organisations fail with HubSpot


It is a fact, there are event and media organisations that are having a difficult time with HubSpot and think that "HubSpot does not work, and that inbound marketing is a big scam".

After running more than 50 inbound and content marketing implementations in events and media, most of them with HubSpot, we have looked at a variety of factors as to why it works for some companies and not for others?

These are the reasons WHY:

Topics: Event Marketing Inbound Marketing B2B Event Marketing

Webinar Marketing: How to market your webinar in 13 simple steps

Note: This post was updated and revised on February 2019.

So webinars have been kicking around for a while now - but there are still plenty of B2B companies who are not leveraging this kind of video content! Webinars eradicate the barriers of time and geography and make it easy for anyone to access your content anytime, anywhere.

Topics: B2B Marketing How to Marketing Ideas Webinar Marketing

Top 4 Tactics to Improve Your B2B Lead Generation Efforts

We evangelise about the 4 major pillars of B2B lead generation marketing from our B2B Lead Generation e-book; blogging, your website, landing pages and social media marketing.

In this post I’m going to summarise the 4 key tips to take from that e-book / webinar or thought leadership and look at how to make them work for B2B marketing.

Topics: B2B Marketing B2B Websites B2B Marketing How to Lead Generation

B2B Event Marketing: A detailed guide on Driving Attendance, Sponsorship & Sales at your next B2B Event

 

B2B event marketing is a vast topic, spanning from how to get people to attend events, how to get them to buy from your B2B brand when you sponsor or organise an event and how to secure sponsorship for your own B2B event. It's a topic that interests event organisers, event marketers and B2B brand marketers in equal measure.

Topics: B2B Marketing Best Practices Webinar Marketing Event Marketing Conference Marketing Lead Generation Event growth B2B Event Marketing

28 Golden Nuggets on how to Attract, Recruit and Retain the Best Event Industry Talent

 


This post was updated on Sept 2020.

Recruiting is a time consuming and painful process. Recruiting outstanding event marketers and event sales professionals is even harder. Why? Because some event leaders are simply using the wrong approach!

Topics: Marketing Trends B2B Marketing Best Practices B2B Event Marketing

5 Key statistics that explain why it's difficult to recruit marketing professionals

If you’re someone responsible for marketing recruitment, it will come as no surprise to hear that things are pretty tough out there. We don’t think it’s too far fetched to say it’s a bit of a nightmare.

72.8% of employers are struggling to find relevant candidates. Fewer and fewer quality candidates in the active job market, those that are asking crazy salaries and being courted by lots of different firms.

Topics: B2B Marketing Marketing Trends B2B Marketing Best Practices

B2B Online Communities Mistakes: Marketing departments not owning the content

A common trend among B2B companies developing online communities around their event topics, is that the marketing team does not have any influence on the content that is generated to drive engagement. A big mistake!

Topics: B2B Content Marketing B2B Marketing How to B2B communities

Using video in B2B should be simple, powerful and free - Check these 3 tools

Stuck in a rut with email.. of course you are. Most B2B companies are still lagging behind with one of the most powerful and impactful mediums around. Video.

It doesn't need to be time consuming or expensive. 

Everyone in the B2B organisation should be able to embrace it and I am suggesting you give it a go.

These 5 functions will dramatically see change through video:

Topics: B2B Content Marketing B2B Marketing Best Practices Marketing Technology

A guide on salaries for UK marketing professionals in media & events

A common question we are continually asked by media and event professional entrepreneurs is:

If we want to hire a marketer, how much are we expected to pay?

Hopefully you've caught onto the fact that, this is the golden age of marketingMarketing is playing an ever important part in the success of media and event businesses and at a time where technology, social media and innovation is key. Therefore marketing salaries need to be at par or sometimes even higher than the average salary. At last the work of hardworking marketers is being accurately compensated. It's taken some time but we're getting there! 

Topics: Event Marketing

What to do if someone cheekily steals your content

One thing that I feel very proud of is the content I write for you! It’s nice to know it’s well received and valued. So much so that I recently discovered someone had literally taken one of my most popular posts in my blog via LinkedIn and used it as their own. Definitely not kosher! The number one rule in repurposing content is acknowledging the original source, giving love and always linking back.

Topics: B2B Content Marketing Content Marketing