B2B Marketing Blog

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 Best Practices Marketing Trends B2B Marketing

5 must-have items for your B2B brand event communications plan

Most B2B marketers have an idea that writing about events they are hosting is a little different from their day to day workhorse emails, landing pages etc. But how can you be sure you've covered all the essentials in your B2B brand event communications plan?

We've created a checklist of items that should feature in communications about every B2B event, no matter what the event type. Some are channel specific, some apply across all your communications. Ready to see what's on our hit list?

Topics: B2B Marketing Event Marketing

The 16 hashtags every B2B marketer should use to run successful events


Want the inside scoop on the hashtags every B2B marketer should use to make sure their event is super successful? Look no further. We've done all the hard work for you, compiling a list of the essential hashtags in each category, plus tools to help you find the ones that could make or break your event. 

Topics: B2B Marketing Event Marketing B2B Social Media

The 3 ways you have to change your B2B email strategy for events

You might be a bona fide B2B email strategy guru, but do you know what it takes to tweak those strategies to make them suitable for event marketing? Find out...

Topics: B2B Marketing Event Marketing Email Marketing

Your 10 step guide to marketing B2B brand events


So, you're a B2B marketer and you want to start running some of your own events for your brand. Where do you start? How much work is involved? Can you do it without losing your mind? All good questions and ones that we hope we can answer with our 10 step guide to marketing B2B brand events...

Topics: B2B Marketing Event Marketing

The 3 ingredients of a successful B2B brand activation event

We love events, they were our first love and remain one of the core parts of our work. And events are a great tactic for B2B brand activation, which is a major focus for marketers at the moment. So, we thought we'd share some of our thoughts on executing this super effective brand activation tactic even more successfully.

Topics: B2B Marketing Event Marketing

Draft an effective B2B event website in just 30 minutes


 I don't know how long you spent on your last B2B web build but I'll bet it was quite a while. Months if not years. So, it might seem crazy that I'm going to teach you to draft an effective page for your next event in just 30 minutes. But I am. 

A B2B event website generally has a limited shelf life and needs to materialise incredibly quickly compared with it's B2B brand, product or service cousins. It's for this reason that we don't want you spending months creating it. In short, it just isn't worth your while. Instead follow this simple method and you'll have the bones of your site down in as little as 30 minutes...

Topics: B2B Websites Event Marketing B2B Marketing

7 Deadly Event Planning Mistakes For Rookies


No matter how good a B2B marketer you are, events are a whole different ball game and the playing field is littered with potential pitfalls that can see even the most seasoned marketing professional burying their head in their hands. Luckily for you, we're sharing the 7 most common rookie event planning mistakes, along with our great free e-book that'll give you even more insight into things you should avoid.

Topics: B2B Marketing Event Marketing B2B Marketing How to B2B Marketing Best Practices

Running Events: A B2B Marketing Time Management Guide

One of the biggest challenges for the B2B marketer who wants to add events into their marketing mix is time management. Events work at a totally different pace from your average B2B sales cycle and can be a huge drain on your time if not managed correctly. To save you from these pitfalls and stop your candlelight vigils, we've created a guide to B2B marketing time management when running events...

Topics: B2B Marketing Event Marketing Time Management

Run a successful B2B event without cannibalising your database

One of the biggest risks when running an event as part of your marketing mix is that you over mail your database and annoy the very people you're hoping will ultimately buy your products or services.

Here are our quick tips on how to run a successful B2b event without cannibalising your database...

Topics: B2B Marketing Event Marketing B2B Marketing Best Practices

How to leverage your existing audience to run great B2B events


Last week we looked at how running an event could kill your B2B inbound marketing efforts. This week, we're going to come at the topic from a different angle and explore how you go about leveraging your existing audience to run great B2B events. Done right, this works just like the flower and the butterfly. Both get something out of it, no damage is done, everyone's happy.

Topics: B2B Marketing B2B communities Event Marketing

Why running an event can kill your B2B inbound marketing efforts


You've spent months, if not years, carefully honing your inbound marketing machine. You've painstakingly tweaked your content, A/B tested your workflows and invested countless hours building trust and relationships with prospects and qualified leads who are now truly worthy of the name.

Then you decide to run an event and risk ruining it all... Find out why and what to do to avoid it.

Topics: B2B Marketing B2B Content Marketing Inbound Marketing

#INBOUND16 Conference takeaways for B2B marketing + Gary Vaynerchuck keynote

Topics: Inbound Marketing B2B Marketing

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

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