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Best of B2B Marketing: Get Inspired for 2021 with These Top 10 Content Marketing Posts

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Content encompasses nearly everything we read, view, or listen to this pandemic year, and as our CEO Lee Odden said long ago, it’s also part of the reason the need for search began in the first place.

We’re especially proud of the content marketing successes our team at TopRank Marketing have achieved during this topsy-turvy 2020, for a wide-range of major B2B clients. As 2021 draws close, we wanted to share our top content marketing articles of the year — each filled with best practices, research, examples, and the latest trends.

We’re fortunate to have a wealth of talented B2B marketing professionals contributing to the TopRank B2B Marketing blog — which celebrates its 17th year this month — including Lee Odden, Joshua Nite, Elizabeth Williams, Anne Leuman, Nick Nelson, Debbie Friez, Birdie Zepeda, myself, and Alexis Hall, among others.

Collectively this compendium of our top 10 content marketing posts of the year serves as a valuable resource, filled with practical examples and relevant topics for digital marketing professionals from CMOs to copywriters. We hope that you’ll find these articles helpful well into 2021 and far beyond.

Now, join us as we move on to the top 10! These most popular content marketing posts of the year are ordered by a combination of search visibility and social engagement:

Our Most Popular Content Marketing Posts of 2020:

1. 50 Top B2B Content Marketing Influencers To Follow in 2021 #CMWorld — Lane R. Ellis

2020 CMWorld 50 Content Marketing Influencers

In our top content marketing post of the year I share our annual list of the top 50 content marketing influencers to follow and learn from, released during this year’s all-virtual Content Marketing World conference. You’ll learn new lessons from these 50 content marketing influencers throughout 2021 and into a post-pandemic industry landscape.

You can check out all of my posts here, and follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

[bctt tweet=”“@TopRank has a long history with #CMWorld starting at the beginning, with 10 years of speaking and attending along with 7 years of partnering with @CMIContent to develop speaker and influencer content marketing campaigns.” @lanerellis” username=”toprank”]

2. Where’s the Marketing in Content Marketing? 10 Essential Promotion Tactics That Drive Results — Lee Odden

content promotion tactics

Where’s the marketing in content marketing? In our second most popular content marketing post of the year, Lee shares how to overcome content creation imbalances with 10 proven content promotion tactics that have stood the test of time, to make your content promotion a priority.

Check out all of Lee’s 2,600+ posts here, and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

[bctt tweet=”“An imbalance of content creation and promotion is not only frustrating potential marketing performance, but it’s wasting the investment made in creating great content. What good is that great content if no one sees it?” @LeeOdden” username=”toprank”]

3. 5 Ways to Humanize B2B Content Marketing — Joshua Nite

Humanizing B2B Content Father and Son Cooking Together Image

What does it mean to “humanize” your B2B content marketing? In our third most popular content marketing article of the year, our senior content marketing manager Joshua Nite shares five ways to help your content make a more human connection with a professional audience by:

  • Finding the Emotional Core
  • Earning Trust
  • Personalizing Efforts
  • Embracing Humility
  • Designing a Content Experience

You can check out all of Josh’s posts here, and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

[bctt tweet=”“Find the emotional stories that your solution makes possible, and make them the star of your content.” — Joshua Nite @nitewrites” username=”toprank”]

4. New Research: How B2B Content Marketers Are Impacted and Pivoting During the Pandemic — Nick Nelson

Professionals Wearing Masks and Bumping Elbows

It’s undoubtedly been a year of much change and upheaval, and in our fourth most read article of the year, our content marketing manager Nick Nelson shows how B2B  content marketing practitioners are responding, and breaks down insightful research from Content Marketing Institute.

You can check out all of Nick’s posts here, and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

[bctt tweet=”“It’s a bit ironic that at a time where more B2B marketers than ever have gotten their strategy down on paper, we’re being forced to crumple it up and rewrite it.” — Nick Nelson @NickNelsonMN” username=”toprank”]

5. 5 Examples of Effective B2B Content Marketing in Times of Crisis — Anne Leuman

Woman wearing facemark image.

What is a key factor to successful marketing during a pandemic? “Being helpful,” as our senior operations strategist Anne Leuman explores in our fifth most popular content marketing post of the year. In this insightful piece, Anne shows how B2B marketers can infuse more helpfulness in their efforts, including five examples of B2B brands doing content marketing right during the global heath crisis.

You can check out all of Anne’s posts here, and follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

[bctt tweet=”“The true key to success in B2B content marketing is to always come from a place of empathy. The more you’re able to understand and empathize with your target audience, the more likely you are to surface content opportunities.” @annieleuman” username=”toprank”]

6. 5 Steps for a More Powerful B2B Content Marketing Strategy — Lee Odden

Powerful B2B Content Marketing Strategy

How can marketers overcome content attention deficit and stand out? In our sixth most popular content marketing article of the year, Lee shares five helpful steps for building a more powerful B2B content marketing strategy, using:

  • Ideal Customer Profiles
  • Topics of Influence, Search and Social
  • Editorial Plan & Content Mapping
  • Content Promotion
  • Mining Search, Social & Influencer Analytics

This piece is filled with inspiration to begin intentionally and consistently incorporating influencers, social media and SEO in your B2B content marketing efforts, to reach more customers where they’re looking, with the kind of experiences that will inspire more effective engagement, revenue, and retention outcomes.

[bctt tweet=”“Creating useful content by itself is not an effective strategy in a world of brand distrust, content attention deficit and the distractions brought by a global pandemic.” — Lee Odden @LeeOdden” username=”toprank”]

7. 7 B2B Content Marketing Tactics For Long Term Success — Anne Leuman

Man running down an infinite road into the sunset image.

What types of content can B2B marketers utilize for driving long-term success? In the seventh most read content marketing piece of the year, Anne shares seven enduring and powerful B2B content marketing tactics for long-term success, featuring the use of content including:

  • Blogs
  • Social Media
  • Influencers
  • Podcasts
  • Sponsored & Guest Works
  • Digital Advertising
  • eBooks, Infographics, and Larger Campaigns

[bctt tweet=”“For content marketing to be successful, you need those flashy, attention-grabbing campaigns to meet immediate goals. But you also need reliable, consistent, thought-provoking content to compound results over time.” @annieleuman” username=”toprank”]

8. Why Content Marketing is More Important Than Ever for B2B Brands — Nick Nelson

B2B Marketing Content

In our number eight top content content marketing post of the year, Nick explores why content marketing is more important than ever now for B2B brands, and shares three fine examples of B2B brands going beyond mere talk.

By providing ongoing value and propping up your brand values, you’ll see plenty of value in return, as Nick examines in detail here.

[bctt tweet=”“The challenges our world now faces with the coronavirus pandemic and social justice movement create a unique opportunity for B2B content marketing to make an impact.” — Nick Nelson @NickNelsonMN” username=”toprank”]

9. How Authentic Content Builds Brand Trust in Uncertain Times — Nick Nelson

Man Interacting via Virtual Meeting

Being there for your audience, and being real with them, presents a key opportunity to strengthen relationships during difficult times. In our ninth most popular content marketing post of the year, Nick shares how authentic content builds brand trust in uncertain times.

“Content marketing is inherently a long game, focused on building relationships first and foremost. Right now, the best way to pursue this goal is through authenticity and altruism, in the context of your business and its audience,” Nick observed.

[bctt tweet=”“There’s never been a better time to open up and share real, relatable stories. Everyone is going through something, and it can be comforting to learn how others are dealing with these unique circumstances.” — Nick Nelson @NickNelsonMN” username=”toprank”]

10. In Search of Trust: How Authentic Content Drives Customer Experience — Lee Odden

Authentic Content Customer Experience

In today’s uncertain digital world, how can B2B marketers double down on building trust with their customers? Rounding our our list of the top content marketing article of the years is Lee’s insightful look at how authentic content drives customer experience.

To help marketers better understand how brands are winning customer hearts, minds, and trust with authentic content experiences, Lee shares 5 important steps including:

  • Accelerating Internal Credibility
  • Doubling Down on Customer Activation
  • Working with External Influencers to Grow Brand Credibility
  • Creating a Content Collaboration Ecosystem
  • Optimizing Measurement to Customer ROI

[bctt tweet=”“If you want your content to be great, ask your customers to participate.” — Lee Odden @LeeOdden” username=”toprank”]

Thanks TopRank Marketing Writers & Readers

Thanks to all of our top content marketing authors for contributing these top 10 content marketing posts of 2020 — congratulations on making the list!

Additionally, we publish several marketing influencer lists every year, and we wanted to share them here as a helpful way to find and follow some of the leading digital marketing influencers:

Another helpful resource for B2B marketers to learn about crafting a successful B2B influencer marketing program is our recently-launched Inside Influence series, featuring interviews with top industry experts such as the latest episode with Tim Williams of Onalytica.

We published dozens of posts this year specifically about content marketing, and plan to bring you even more in 2021, so stay tuned for a new year of the latest helpful search industry research and insight.

Please let us know which content marketing topics and ideas you’d like to see us focus on for 2021 — we’d love to hear your suggestions. Feel free to leave those thoughts in the comments section below.

Many thanks to each of you who read our blog regularly, and to all of you who comment on and share our posts on the TopRank Marketing social media channels at Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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50 Influential Women in B2B Marketing Who Rocked in 2020

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2020 Influential Women in B2B Marketing

2020 Influential Women in B2B Marketing

If there was a year in need of inspiration, 2020 was it. Luckily, we’re continuing our long tradition of highlighting inspirational marketers who are also influential.

Over the past 10 years we’ve honored hundreds of women in marketing doing great work, creating and sharing content, and making a difference in the industry including last year’s 50 Women CMOs Who Rock in Marketing.

In this, the 11th year of publishing the TopRank Blog List of Women Who Rock in Marketing, we’ve taking a more B2B approach. The vast majority of honorees in the 2020 edition of our list work for B2B brands or have a B2B marketing function within a B2C or B2B/B2C brand.

To find this impressive group of marketers, we leveraged our existing network developed over the past 10 years as well as the influencer marketing software platform Traackr to help identify those individuals who either identify as B2B marketers, create content about B2B marketing and engage with an audience on B2B marketing topics. As always, the baseline social data points include topical relevance, resonance with the network and reach.

While there are many more women in B2B marketing leadership positions as proven by the research on CMOs we did last year, being able to engage communities via social networks and publishing content is what makes those on this list stand apart.

Executive social engagement is becoming a much bigger priority for B2B brands as companies invest more in building the influence of internal subject matter experts, key opinion leaders and senior management. This is especially true with positions like the CMO where many customers expect to engage via social media.

B2B Marketers Ann Handley
Ann Handley

Chief Content Officer
MarketingProfs
@marketingprofs

Ann Lewnes
Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development
Adobe
@alewnes

Alicia Tillman
Global Chief Marketing Officer
SAP
@aliciatillman

Michelle Killebrew
Products & Technology Marketing Leader
PwC
@shellkillebrew

Stephanie Stahl
General Manager Content Marketing Institute, UBM
@EditorStahl

B2B Marketers Ty Heath
Tyrona Heath

Director, Market Engagement, The B2B Institute
LinkedIn
@tyrona

Charlene Li
Founder & Senior Fellow
Altimeter, a Prophet Company
@charleneli

Sarah Kennedy Ellis
Vice President, Global Growth & Demand, Google Cloud
Google
@saykay

Heidi Melin
Chief Marketing Officer
Workfront
@heidimelin

Dorie Clark
Executive Education Faculty, Fuqua School of Business
Duke University
@dorieclark

B2B Marketers Amanda Brinkman
Amanda Brinkman

Chief Brand and Communications Officer
Deluxe
@amandakbrinkman

Sandy Carter
Vice President
Amazon Web Services
@sandy_carter

Jennifer Anaya
Senior Vice President Global Marketing
Ingram Micro
@JenniferiD8

Heidi Bullock
Chief Marketing Officer
Tealium
@HeidiBullock

Meghan Keaney Anderson
Vice President of Marketing
HubSpot
@meghkeaney

B2B Marketers Tifenn Dano Kwan
Tifenn Dano Kwan

Chief Marketing Officer
Dropbox
@danokwan

Sarita Rao
Senior Vice President, Portfolio Integration & Partner Solutions
AT&T
@saritasayso

Jennifer Leggio
Chief Marketing Officer
Claroty
@mediaphyter

Shannon Sullivan Duffy
Executive Vice President, Marketing
Salesforce
@sullytoduffy

Lara Hood Balazs
Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager, Strategic Partner Group
Intuit
@LaraHBalazs

B2B marketers Olga Andrienko
Olga Andrienko

Head of Global Marketing
SEMrush
@Olgandrienko

Anna Griffin
Chief Marketing Officer
Smartsheet
@AnnaGriffinNow

Leslie Berland
Chief Marketing Officer & Head of People
Twitter
@leslieberland

Amy Fuller
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Accenture
@AmyFuller

B2B marketers Gail Moody-Byrd
Gail Moody-Byrd

Chief Marketing Officer
Noodle.ai
@gailmoody

Carolyn Everson
Vice President, Global Business Group
Facebook
@ceverson

Jennifer Heyman
Vice President, Digital & Social Media
Wells Fargo
@jheyman

Danah Boyd
Partner Researcher
Microsoft
@zephoria

Karen Walker
Senior Vice President & CMO
Intel Corporation
@karmwalker

B2B marketers Kathy Button Bell
Kathy Button Bell

Senior Vice President & CMO
Emerson
@Emerson_KathyBB

Arianna Huffington
Founder & CEO
Thrive Global
@ariannahuff

Joanna Lord
Chief Marketing Officer
Skyscanner
@JoannaLord

Penny Baldwin
Senior Vice President & CMO
Qualcomm
@pennyrbaldwin

Kristin Lemkau
Chief Marketing Officer
JPMorgan Chase
@klemkau

B2B marketers Priya Ramesh
Priya Ramesh

VP, Global Corporate Communications
Informatica
@priaramesh

Linda Boff
Chief Marketing Officer
GE
@lindaboff

Paige O’Neill
Chief Marketing Officer
Sitecore
@paige_oneill

Maggie Chan Jones
CEO
Tenshey
@maggiecj

Maria Winans
Chief Marketing Officer, Americas Marketing
IBM
@MariaWinans

B2B marketers Jacqui Murphy
Jacqui Murphy

Chief Marketing Officer
Auvik
@jacquimurphy

Alison Herzog
Sr. Director, Brand and Digital/Head of Global Brand and Digital Marketing
Visa
@alisonjherzog

Konstanze Alex, PhD
Global Digital Storytelling
Cisco Systems
@Konstanze

Amanda Jobbins
Chief Marketing Officer
Infor
@amandajobbins

Courtney Colwell
Director of Global Content
American Express
@courtneycolwell

B2B marketers Lucy Moran
Lucy Moran

SVP, Demand Gen, Brand & Digital Marketing
Dun & Bradstreet
@lucymoran

Kirsten Allegri Williams
Chief Marketing Officer
Episerver
@kirstenallegriw

Kim Salem-Jackson
Founding Member Chief
@Ksalem09

Lisa Horner
VP Marketing
AppFolio
@LisaHorner

Carla Zakhem-Hassan
Chief Marketing Officer
Citi
@chassan

B2B Marketers Monica Norton
Monica Norton

Head of B2B Content Marketing
Yelp
@monicalnorton

Congratulations to all the women on this list for making great contributions to the field of marketing in 2020!

If you’re a senior level marketing executive and wondering how to make the most of your time on social networks so you can surface on lists like this, check out this article: How Social Should the CMO Be? 3 Guidelines for Success.

To see the last 10 years of Women Who Rock in Marketing lists, visit the posts below:

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10 Common Copywriting Templates to Use in Marketing

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Ask any marketer who’s responsible for copywriting about their writing process, and you’ll quickly find out that there’s no specific process to follow.

Additionally, copywriting varies depending on your audience, purpose, and format — copywriting for an Instagram post, for instance, is entirely different than copywriting for a press release.

At HubSpot, we know the struggle. Copywriting demands creativity, inspiration, and hard work — and it can be difficult to find all three, day-in and day-out.

To help with writer’s block, we’ve put together 10 copywriting templates you might use for any of your marketing efforts, including blogging, social media, email marketing, and even internal memos.

Let’s dive in.

10 Copywriting Templates to Use in Marketing

1. Email Marketing

First, you’ll need to determine what type of email you’re writing to ensure you’re speaking to the right audience. Coordinate with your team to see if this is a one-off marketing email like a monthly newsletter, or if you’re being asked to write for a series of emails, like a nurture campaign.

As you’re drafting your copy, consider how your email will encourage the reader to take a desired action, like clicking a link to purchase or scheduling a call with a sales rep to learn more about your services.

If you’re not aiming for the reader to take a specific action and instead just want to send a general update, like a company announcement, you’ll want the copy to easily and clearly communicate the core of your message to your reader.

Here’s an example of a template you might use to welcome new subscribers to your newsletter:

Hi [First Name],

Thank you for signing up for [include what someone just signed up for like a blog subscription, newsletter subscription, company services, etc.]

At [Company Name] we’re working to [list a few of your company’s core goals, or include your mission statement]. We highly encourage you to check out [suggest a few recommendations so the reader can continue learning more about your company].

If you ever have any questions please feel free to contact us at [Contact information].

Thank you,

[Company Name, or individual sender’s name]

Featured Resource: 15 Email Templates for Marketing and Sales

We’ve considered the types of emails marketers and salespeople are likely to send on a repeat basis, and crafted templates that can help eliminate that time.template for an email pitch to a company

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2. Blogging

Blogs give copywriters a chance to dive deeper into topics in a way that isn’t captured through emails, ads, or social media posts. There are so many different types of blogs you might write, so be sure to develop your blog strategy to keep a close pulse on what types of blog posts and clusters perform best for your business.

Since blogs tend to be longer than other types of copy, you want to make sure you’re keeping your audience engaged. Consider what your reader is reading your post for and center your post on answering the topic-related questions readers are most likely to ask.

This blog post template is an example of a product or service review.

Title

Introduction

[Introduce the product/service that you’re reviewing and relevant background information about the company the product/service is from. Clearly state what the reader will gain from reading the post.]

Subheading

[Write a brief using keywords. Use headings throughout the post to break up the key sections your post]

Body

[A few paragraphs will cover the bulk of the review here. If there are multiple features to the product/service section them separately as you review. Be detailed and answer as many questions you think your audience may have about the product or service]

  • How much did it cost?
  • How is the functionality?
  • How was the customer service?
  • Are you recommending the product/service?
  • Who would benefit from using the product/service?

Conclusion

[Wrap up your post with final thoughts and a CTA if you want readers to check out the product/service.]

Featured Resource: 6 Free Blog Post Templates

We’ve put together six essential blog post templates every marketer needs — from how-to posts to listicles.

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3. Social Media

Writing copy for social media depends on the social platform. If you’re writing copy for Twitter, you have a strict character count, so the copy has to be brief but still appealing enough to get the attention of someone scrolling.

Similar to Twitter, Instagram is known for catchy captions. Character count isn’t as much of a concern on Instagram. However, since the social media powerhouse is visually oriented, you’ll want to write a caption that echoes the image or video in a post.

Overall, the primary goal when copywriting for social media is to thoroughly understand the different use cases of the social media platform for which you’re writing. Here’s an example of an outreach template you could use for another major social media platform, LinkedIn.

Hi [First Name], I just finished [reading/watching your post, reading/watching a post you shared, reading a comment you left on a post, etc.] I found it interesting that [include a few brief key points you found interesting, or anything that you feel showcases some common ground]. I also noticed that we share a few mutual connections like [list mutual connections].

Let’s connect and keep sharing great content with each other!

Featured Resource: Social Media Templates

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4. Website Copy

Copywriting for websites is about staying true to the business’ overall brand, while making it easy for users to navigate the site. The copy that makes it to a site plays a huge role in setting the tone for a brand’s voice. When writing website copy, then, it’s critical you collaborate with key decision-makers for feedback to ensure your copy is on brand.

There’s so many different components of a website, so start with clarifying what type of page you’re writing for on the site. This may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Home page
  • About Us page
  • Contact page
  • Product or Service category page(s)
  • FAQ page
  • Blog page

Let’s take a look at one of the most necessary pages to include on your site, the About Us page:

[Company name] was founded in [Year] by [Founder’s name]. When [Founder’s name] began building [Company name] [he/she/they was/were] determined to [help ,build, create] a company that offers [include the solution that the company problem solves for].

[Include as much or as little about the founders of your company. Sharing personable stories about how your company was founded is a great way to connect with readers and provide more insight into the people behind your brand.]

[Company name] helps people with [identified pain points of your buyer persona(s)]. To give our customers the best [product or service] we focus on [value proposition #1], [value proposition #2], and [value proposition #3].

[Company name] takes pride in working with people like you to provide quality [product/s or service/s] and exceptional customer service. We look forward to having you as a valued customer.

[Closing Signature]

Featured Resource: About Us Pages Guide + Lookbook

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5. Ebooks

Ebooks are one of the most common types of content copywriters can create. Since ebooks are meant to contain extensive information, it’s best to take the drafting process one section at a time.

Here’s an example of a general ebook template.

Cover/Title Page

[In addition to including the title of your ebook, you’ll also include your cover image. If this is a company resource also add your company’s logo. If it’s a resource coming directly from an individual contributor, include the author’s name.]

Table of Contents

[The table of contents should clearly include a list of all the chapters or sections in the ebook, with the corresponding page numbers.]

Introduction
[Introduce the ebook topic with relevant background information and clearly state what the reader will gain from reading the ebook.]

Chapter/Section Pages

[This is the best part of your ebook because it’s where the core of your information will be for your readers. Break the writing into digestible paragraphs for better readability, and include relevant images to help break up the copy and fill excessive white space.]

Conclusion Page

[This is the closing of your ebook. The goal of your conclusion should emphasize what the reader has gained, and any actionable steps they can use to put their new knowledge to good use.]

Optional pages to include:

About the Author page

[This page helps readers learn more about the author. The background information can vary depending on the author’s level of comfortability, but overall the tone should be personable. This is also an opportunity to speak to the author’s credibility of the ebook topic.]

Interactive pages

[Interactive pages can help keep your readers engaged. These pages may include: quizzes, worksheets, checklists etc. Including an interactive page in each chapter or section can help your reader feel they’re actively learning as they read.]

Resources page

[You’ve most likely referenced tons of sources to help you get the final version of your ebook. Include the most important resources on this page for readers that may want to do further exploration on their own.]

Featured Resource: Ebook Templates

Let us take care of the design for you. We’ve created six free ebook design templates — available for PowerPoint, Google Slides, and InDesign — for a total of 18 templates.

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6. Crisis Communications

If you’ve been tasked with writing for a crisis, you’ll need to be especially attentive since this type of content is usually addressing serious or sensitive matters.

Developing clear messaging for crisis communications requires a special level of detail. You’ll want to convey an empathetic tone that appropriately addresses the crisis. It’s a good idea to collaborate with team members to ensure the overall message is properly aligned with your company’s brand.

You may end up creating several pieces of content for a crisis including blog posts, social media posts, emails, an announcement from the CEO, a newsletter, etc. The following template is an overview of what to address:

An overview of the crisis

[Clearly identify the crisis and share detailed background information on what has occurred. If you’re addressing something that includes individuals use discretion. Check with your company’s legal team to ensure all documents are following proper protocol.]

Plan of action and timeline

[Create a plan that includes a timeline of how the events have developed and how your team will be addressing the issue/s at hand. Consider the types of questions media outlets could ask and write prepared statements the company, leadership, and general team members can use to respond.]

Contact information

[Share the best contact information people can use to learn more about what’s happening and ask any additional questions. This could be your company’s PR team or agency or an internal customer service or support team.]

Featured Resource: Crisis Management and Communication Kit

The templates in this crisis communication kit will help your crisis management team prepare for how to handle a crisis and respond to the media during the difficult time. Having clear lanes gives your team to operate effectively during times of crisis.

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7. Customer Communications

Customer service is an essential part of any business. Writing to better understand and better communicate with your customers is necessary to foster stronger connections. One of the best ways to better understand your customers is by creating buyer personas. Buyer personas are semi-fictional representations of your ideal customers based on data and research.

Use this template outline to begin developing your buyer personas.

Background

[Create a background for your persona that best exemplifies the types of customers you have. This can include their job title, career path, and family life.]

Demographics

[Include age, gender, salary range, location, and anything else that best represents your customer persona.]

Identifiers

[Identifiers can include your personas general demeanor or communication preferences. This type of information is vital because it helps businesses build a more curated approach for their customers.]

Featured Resource: 17 Templates to Help You Put the Customer First

To help you foster better relationships with delighted customers, we put together this collection of templates — buyer persona templates, email templates, and survey templates — that put the customer first.

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8. Case Studies

Potential customers often turn to case studies when they’re researching a product or service they’re interested in buying. Case studies provide evidence as to how a product or service has helped customers by identifying a pain point and providing a solution. They’re a great resource for copywriters to show off their interview skills and boast strong statistics.

The key components of a case study are listed in the following template:

Executive Summary

[Provide a mini headline to grab your reader’s attention. Then, underneath this headline, write 2–4 sentences (under 50 words) summarizing the whole story, making sure to include the most relevant points of the case study.]

About the Client

[Share a brief description of the company you’re featuring in the case study. This should include the name of the company, when the company was founded, what the company does, and any other relevant information you think would be helpful for readers.]

The Challenges

[Write 2–3 short paragraphs describing the pain points your client was experiencing before they bought from you, the challenges this presented and/ the goals that were trying to be achieved.]

The Solution

[Write 2–3 short paragraphs describing how your company worked with your customer to find a solution to their challenges and implement a winning strategy. Use this space to describe how they are now using your product or service to solve their challenges from the previous section.]

Results

[Write a 2–3 paragraph conclusion to prove that your product/service impacted the customer’s business and helped them to achieve their goals, especially if they’ve been able to quantify or speak to the ROI of their investment.]

Call-to-Action

[Use your CTA to lead your prospect to a landing page or a contact form. This will give you more information on who’s reading your case study and who’s interested in your company.]

Featured Resource: Case Study Template

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9. Call-to-Action

A call-to-action (CTA) is an image or line of text that’s included in different types of content to encourage leads and/or customers to take action. In short, you want someone to click your CTA to carry out a desired action.

Add CTAs to blogs, emails, ebooks, and anywhere else you want a lead to complete a certain action to push them to the next stage of the buyer’s journey.

Featured Resource: CTA Templates

These resources will empower you to create an impressive call-to-action strategy by helping you understand how CTAs work across different use cases, while also providing you with the means to create them for your own website.

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10. Memos

A memorandum, or memo, is used to address internal communications within an organization. Think about the type of message you’re aiming to communicate. If you’re sharing minutes from a meeting, or detailing new policies and procedures, or communicating anything that people may need to refer back to in the future, a memo is likely a good idea.

Memos tend to be longer and more formal than emails (although you may attach a memo to an announcement email) and may be formatted according to your company’s style guidelines.

Use this general memo template to get started.

Memo: [Memo Title]

Date: [Date of sending]

Memo To: [Individual(s), Department(s), or Organization(s) the memo is being sent to]

From: [Your Name, or the Name of the Department on whose behalf the memo is being sent]

Subject: [Enter a brief, 5-10 word subject line to describe the purpose’s memo]

Introduction

Provide an executive summary of this memo in one-two paragraphs, highlighting the change that is happening, when it is effective, and what the key takeaways are for the memo recipient.

Background

Explain the background for this organizational change in one-two paragraphs. Some questions to answer in this section might be:

  • Why was this idea pursued in the first place?
  • What data, research, or background information informed this decision?
  • What are the intended results of this organizational change?

Overview and Timeline

Describe the organizational change in clear, direct language. Specify the following:

  • What will be changing.
  • Who will be responsible for driving the change.
  • When the changes will go into effect.

Closing

Close things out with a final note on:

  • Why employees should feel excited and motivated about this change.
  • Where and when employees should submit questions, comments, and/or concerns.

Featured Resource: 4 Free Memo Templates

We’ve drafted up four free memo templates for general, organizational, financial, and problem-solving updates. We’ve also included a best practices checklist for you to review before sending your memo out.

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Adding these templates to your marketing arsenal can help you save time during your drafting process. Copywriters are shifting gears from blogs to case studies to emails all the time.

If you’re responsible for writing amazing copy for different types of content on a regular basis, using templates is a great way to get your creative juices flowing.

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7 Keys To Successful B2B Influencer Marketing #MPB2B

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MarketingProfs educational content director Kerry O’Shea Gorgone kicked off an insightful #MPB2B Forum 2020 session with our CEO Lee Odden exploring B2B influencer marketing, “New Research: How to be Successful With Influencer Marketing.”

Lee began by explaining that when it comes to B2B influencer marketing, to create and maintain a successful program you’ve got to do the hard work and be smart about it, and set about to demystify some of the lesser-known aspects of B2B influencer marketing by sharing what he’s learned from having been deeply involved with the practice for the past eight years.

Let’s take a look at the new B2B influencer marketing research Lee explored in his insightful MarketingProfs B2B Forum #MPB2B 2020 session.

1 — Utilize Influencers to Rise Above Pandemic Uncertainties

Kerry & Lee Odden #MPB2B

The pandemic has given rise to many new challenges that B2B marketers have had to deal with, including budgets that are often on hold while at the same time sales goals are not, leading to high levels of uncertainty.

B2B influencer marketing offers a powerful solution for rising above these uncertainties, by unleashing the power of collaboration with experts, Lee noted.

While we’ve been used to buyers actively looking for solutions, there’s a greater reliance on content today, making the trustworthiness of content sources more important than ever, Lee pointed out.

To help address the issue of trustworthiness and how B2B influencer marketing can help marketers now more than ever, Lee explained how TopRank Marketing produced the industry’s first 2020 State of B2B Influencer Marketing Report, with groundbreaking insights from 20 top B2B brands.

Lee shared how the report’s data makes it clear that B2B influencer marketing:

  • Improves customer experience (CX)
  • Positively impacts marketing overall
  • Increases brand awareness
  • Improves lead generation
  • Builds brand reputation and advocacy

“Partnering with well-matched influencers is a handy way to infuse your brand with creative energy and inspiration,” #MPB2B’s Ann Handley, who is among the top B2B marketing experts included in the report, observed.

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[bctt tweet=”“Partnering with well-matched influencers is a handy way to infuse your brand with creative energy and inspiration.” — Ann Handley @MarketingProfs” username=”toprank”]

2 — What Will Effective B2B Influencer Marketing Look Like in 2021?

Using remote work company monday.com* as an example, Lee shared how B2B influencer marketing had helped the platform achieve social reach from influencer shares of brand content that reached 1,790 percent above the target goal.

Lee also explained how monday.com successfully utilized B2B influencer marketing to partner with remote work experts and to drive discussions via live-stream that resulted in exposure to thousands of potential customers.

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In another example, Lee showed how IT service management software firm Cherwell Software* used B2B influencer marketing to achieve 342 percent better click-through-rate (CTR) on influencer content, and how the firm was successfully able to use influencers to build trust around a topic they hadn’t previously been known for, resulting in some 90 percent entirely new people in their database.

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LinkedIn* served as another powerful example shared by Lee, who explained how the professional social media platform created a strong community of 75 influencers — recognizing the importance of investing in influencer relationships, and also the growing need for always-on B2B influencer marketing programs.

Lee shared how LinkedIn had partnered and developed relationships with influencers, how it was able to create a community of respected voices that became an ongoing voice of the brand, and how doing so allowed LinkedIn to be the best answer for its customers.

3 — What Makes B2B Influencer Marketing Content So Special?

B2B influencer marketing adds invaluable third-party credibility and trust to content, Lee said, also noting that it helps to extend content creation and expertise and to infuse the voice of the customer in your brand content, creating powerful trusted voices.

It also offers the added benefit of creating the type of inspiring promotion that traditional advertising may not be nearly as successful in doing, Lee suggested.

Lee then focused on steps B2B marketers can take to achieve success with an influencer marketing program.

4 — Scaling With Strategy

Scaling with strategy begins with finding the topics most relevant to your business, and Lee used an example from SAP*’s Tech Unknown podcast.

The podcast came about as a way to serve both internal customers and multiple external audiences, using an industry influencer — in this case technology futurist Tamara McCleary — as the podcast’s host.

SAP Image

Lee shared how influencers serve multiple uses for the SAP Tech Unknown podcast series, now in its third season, and how by following best-practices the podcast’s content has also been successfully repurposed into eBook and other content formats.

5 — Understand Topical Demand Using Specialized Software

Lee shared how using tools including SEMrush and BuzzSumo can play an important role in  helping to answer customer questions from third-party experts, and also explained how using the right software makes it possible to validate ideas with relevant data.

Lee recommended data-driven influencer marketing platform Traackr to help qualify and validate potential influencers and discover whether they have the right tone of voice, cadence, and other relevant criteria.

When it comes time for publishing B2B influencer marketing content co-created with influencers, it’s important to incorporate blog content as a part of your organization’s overall content publishing strategy, Lee noted, as it’s a vital part of the diverse array of content publishing formats that should be utilized when sharing co-created influencer content.

6 — Use an Always-On Engagement Strategy

Lee stressed the growing importance of an always-on engagement strategy, citing research from the 2020 State of B2B Influencer Marketing Report showing its effectiveness, and sharing a quote from Garnor Morantes, group marketing manager at LinkedIn: “Being ‘always-on’ has allowed our team to build meaningful relationships with influencers,” Garnor said.

Garnor Morantes Always-On Influence Quote

[bctt tweet=”“Being ‘always-on’ has allowed our team to build meaningful relationships with influencers.” — Garnor Morantes of @LinkedIn” username=”toprank”]

An always-on approach that’s centered around creating relationships helps build community and advocacy, Lee explained, noting the importance of playing the long game.

Lee presented a case study showing the effectiveness of B2B influencer marketing, from Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE), which created a successful IT Vanguard Awards program using IT industry influencers  as judges.

The awards program shared the advice and insight of honorees and helped to make them into influencers, Lee noted of the program, which went on to win an award at the 2020 Content Marketing Awards.

IT Vangards

Lee explained how TopRank Marketing has a proven process of working with influencers for many of the top brands on the planet such as Adobe, LinkedIn, Dell, 3M and others, and he urged those considering a B2B influencer marketing program to look closely at who really influences your buyers.

Only then can you move forward with investing in and executing a successful influencer program, Lee observed, which could start with outside help in the form of a pilot B2B influencer marketing program.

By using the insight gained from a pilot influencer program, B2B marketers can further build an influencer strategy, grow a content community of influencers, and activate return on investment (ROI), Lee noted as he concluded his #MPB2B presentation.

7 — Bonus #MPB2B B2B Influencer Marketing Insight

During the post-session question and answer period, Lee was asked for advice writing about non-marketing-related content, and he urged marketers to always strive to empathize with the audience, and to make content meaningful to them.

Using an example of a shareable social media message, Lee noted that tweets created for influencers won’t work nearly as well when an organization’s entire team shares these same messages, and instead recommended the messaging be changed to better suit those sharing the content in a more general way.

Lee was also asked whether B2B influencer marketing can also work for smaller firms, and he shared several examples of TopRank Marketing’s work with small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs), utilizing locally influential people, for firms such as Welter Heating and Prophix Software.

Welter Heating was able to utilize local celebrity influencers to poll and gather feedback, giving them something fun, easy, and interesting to do, which was then made into round-up posts for the company’s website, Lee noted.

Lee explained how despite the fact that financial management software solution provider Prophix Software was centered around a fairly niche topic, they were able to find relevant specialized influencers that fit and worked well.

Prophix Influencer Marketing Example

Asked to provide a quick tip for getting started in B2B influencer marketing, Lee suggested making and publishing a list of the people who are influential in your particular industry, as a way to honor them and then also to use as an opportunity to follow up with each person with a brief and easy-to-fulfill request for a future co-collaboration project such as an interview or eBook.

While B2B influencer marketing had previously been roughly 80-90 percent of the unpaid variety, that number is now up to around 25 percent paid, Lee said, noting that there are now more B2B professionals who bring to the table the type of influencer skills worth paying for, such as much more robust and relevant content from brandividuals.

When asked about budgeting, Lee suggested that B2B influencer marketing can be budgeted as with any other advertisement expenditure, and explained how using paid influencers can be a great way to find and recruit lesser-known influencers.

Lee suggested that it’s helpful to have a long runway for building influencer relationships, and explained how TopRank Marketing was able to find remote work experts for client monday.com by  using Traackr and a variety of other criteria to those most influential around the topic, along with those who have a community of followers that will respond to that topic. These join other metrics including network size, publishing cadence and format, along with the influencer’s particular values, Lee noted, before they are ultimately approved by the client.

Another question Lee fielded was who within an organization should run a B2B influencer marketing program, and he noted that in the early days of influencer marketing it was likely to be the director of marketing or people in social media roles — all community-oriented professionals.

As time has passed, Lee explained, with B2B influencer marketing having grown in both success and sophistication, new dedicated roles are being created, such as those held by people including Rani Mani, head of global employee advocacy at Adobe*, and Ursula Ringham, head of global influencer marketing at SAP, and there has also been more integration with other departments at organizations.

Lee’s final question was whether B2B influencer marketing could be used to test new markets, and Lee shared how it can be successfully used to find new marketing topics by conducting tests with various content formats to see how each resonates, before ultimately deciding whether to scale or bail, Lee noted.

Learn more about B2B influencer marketing from Lee by watching our #InsideInfluence series, including the latest episode “Inside Influence EP06: Amisha Gandhi from SAP on the Power of Mutual Value in B2B Influencer Marketing.”

Be sure to check out our additional #MPB2B 2020 coverage listed below:

Want further help? Contact us and find out why brands from SAP, LinkedIn, AT&T Business, and Adobe to IBM, Dell, Cherwell Software, monday.com and more have chosen TopRank Marketing.

* monday.com, Cherwell Software, LinkedIn, SAP, Welter Heating, Prophix Software, and Adobe are TopRank Marketing clients.

 

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28 B2B Marketing Insights To Energize & Humanize Your 2021

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What will successful B2B marketing look like in a post-pandemic world, and what can we as marketers do today to be as ready as possible?

Here are 28 quotes from some of the best in the B2B marketing business, taken from our two seasons of Break Free B2B Marketing video interview episodes, that will help keep your efforts on track, energized, and filled with the subtle humanizing elements sometimes neglected in the B2B landscape.

Keep posted for the launch of an all-new season three of Break Free B2B Marketing video interviews, and now let’s dig right in with an array of B2B marketing insights to help you prepare for a successful 2021.

1 — Hal Werner of Mitel

Hal Werner
Global Manager of Digital Marketing and Strategy
Mitel

Break Free B2B Interview with Hal Werner of Mitel

“If you want to create a piece of content about a topic, but you can’t create the best one, why are you creating it? If you don’t truly believe that you can outdo your competitors in the space for that function, then what are you wasting your time on?”

“Whether you earn it or whether it’s paid for, you’re going to need more voices putting out there what you’re about so that not only people see you, but you begin to be associated with that thing at a critical mass.”

[bctt tweet=”“If you want to create a piece of content about a topic, but you can’t create the best one, why are you creating it?” @halwerner” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Hal in “Break Free B2B Series: Hal Werner on the Intersection of Marketing Creativity and Analytics.”

2 — Stephanie Stahl of Content Marketing Institute

Stephanie Stahl
General Manager
Content Marketing Institute

Break Free B2B Interview with Stephanie Stahl

“As content creators, sometimes we try to do everything that we possibly can on every channel. I think it’s important for content teams and marketing teams to go back and say, ‘What do we need to stop doing? What are we doing that really isn’t giving us the result that we’d like? And how can we then focus more on the things that are working?’ So ask yourselves, ‘What can we stop doing today, so we have more time to do the things we’re really good at?’”

[bctt tweet=”“It’s important for content and marketing teams to go back and say, ‘What do we need to stop doing? What are we doing that isn’t giving us the result we’d like? How can we then focus more on the things that are working?’” @EditorStahl” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Stephanie in “Break Free B2B Series: CMI’s Stephanie Stahl on Data-Driven Event Planning and Promotion.”

3 — Jon Miller of Demandbase

Jon Miller
Chief Product Officer
Demandbase

Jon Miller

“The explosion of digital noise means that traditional marketing channels like ads are becoming less and less effective. What marketers need to think about is, how do I orchestrate multiple channels together?”

[bctt tweet=”“The explosion of digital noise means that traditional marketing channels like ads are becoming less and less effective. What marketers need to think about is, how do I orchestrate multiple channels together?” @jonmiller” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Jon in “Break Free B2B Series: Jon Miller on How ABM Can Help Marketers Keep Their ‘Ship’ Together.”

4 — Adi Bachar-Reske of 20x

Adi Bachar-Reske
Founder and CMO
20x

Break Free B2B Interview with Adi Bachar-Reske

“These days, the way you build the trust is showing how nimble and flexible you can be. Both in your development and your product, but also it has to be reflected in your marketing and your digital presence.”

[bctt tweet=”“The way you build the trust is showing how nimble and flexible you can be. Both in your development and your product, but also it has to be reflected in your marketing and digital presence.” @AdiBacharReske” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Adi in “Break Free B2B Series: Adi Bachar-Reske on Taking the Lead in the Evolution of B2B Content Marketing.”

5 — Emily Thompson of EST Creative

Emily Thompson
Owner
EST Creative

Break Free B2B Interview with Emily Thompson

“When an organization can deliver strong content that helps inform people, it only builds that trust. Ultimately, people just want information that’s helpful to them. Especially with digital, it’s very easy today to try a new type of message, or a new way of communicating to someone. Let’s say you never blogged before, why not try a blog? Let’s say you never did email marketing, why not try it? Or a new type of message? The worst that can happen is you measure it, you learn from it, and you try something new.”

[bctt tweet=”“When an organization can deliver strong content that helps inform people, it only builds that trust. Ultimately, people just want information that’s helpful to them.” @BosCreativeCopy” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Emily in “Break Free B2B Series: Emily Thompson on the Power of Content Marketing in Health Care.”

6 — Margaret Magnarelli of Morgan Stanley

Margaret Magnarelli
Executive Director of Digital Product Evolution and Growth Marketing
Morgan Stanley

Break Free B2B Interview with Margaret Magnarelli

“We have to be able to give our customers as much information as we can, and take them as close to the line of purchase — to the experience of purchase — as we can.”

“People can see through fake attempts to build trust. It’s hard for consumers to just believe a brand when they say they can do a thing. So if you have other people who say you can do a thing and you can do it well, and they can be your advocates, that’s really powerful.”

[bctt tweet=”“It’s hard for consumers to just believe a brand when they say they can do a thing. So if you have other people who say you can do a thing and you can do it well, and they can be your advocates, that’s really powerful.” @mmagnarelli” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Margaret in “Break Free B2B Series: Margaret Magnarelli on the Psychology of Trust for Better Content Marketing.”

7 — Gary Gerber of nClouds

Gary Gerber
Head of Product Marketing
nClouds

Gary Gerber

“It’s about building a relationship that’s built on trust, not on hype. If you’ve built that trust and you’re adding that value to them that they trust you’re interested in their success, and you’re providing information and content and messaging and whatever it is, that will help them be successful.”

[bctt tweet=”“It’s about building a relationship that’s built on trust, not on hype.” @Gary_Gerber” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Gary in “Break Free B2B Marketing: Gary Gerber on Scaling ABM without Losing Focus.”

8 — Kelvin Gee of Oracle

Kelvin Gee
Senior Director, Modern Marketing Business Transformation
Oracle*

Kelvin Gee Break Free B2B Image

“We believe that data is the future of B2B marketing. If the goal is to deliver a better customer experience, you’ve got to break down those data silos.”

“Once you consolidate all your data silos onto one bed, so to speak — in this case a customer intelligence platform or customer data platform or whatever you want to use — once you combine all that data, that’s when you start to see all the insights of your customers. All marketers should have empathy. What drives customer-centricity is empathy.”

[bctt tweet=”“We believe that data is the future of B2B marketing. If the goal is to deliver a better customer experience, you’ve got to break down those data silos.” @kgee” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Kelvin in “Break Free B2B Marketing: Oracle’s Kelvin Gee on Winning with Enterprise ABM.”

9 — Danny Nail of Microsoft

Danny Nail
Account Based Engagement
Microsoft

Danny Nail

“Historically, marketing and sales have kind of been at odds a bit, which is unfortunate, but ABM brings the two together. The key to that is understanding the sales cycle, and understanding how sellers think and what they’re up against. The continuum should be from target account marketing, to ABM, to one-to-one ABM, all the way across that scale.”

“You have to let go of templatized, old ideas. You have to break free of thinking about things the way we’ve always thought about them, and start really digging into how you can change what you’re doing and make it more efficient, more effective, but be creative about that.”

[bctt tweet=”“You have to let go of templatized old ideas to break free of thinking about things the way we’ve always thought about them and start digging into how you can change what you’re doing and make it more efficient and effective.” @DannyNail” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Danny in “Break Free B2B Marketing: Danny Nail of SAP on Creating a Global ABM Platform.”

10 — Julie Brown of Johnson Controls

Julie Brown
Institutional Market Leader
Johnson Controls

“It really starts with understanding what customer needs are — where are their pain points — are there new and creative ways that we can help address those needs and pain points?”

[bctt tweet=”“It really starts with understanding what customer needs are — where are their pain points — are there new and creative ways that we can help address those needs and pain points?” — Julie Brown” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Julie in “Break Free B2B Marketing: Julie Brown of Johnson Controls on Proving the EBIT of Your Marketing.”

11 — Andre Ortolon of Dell Outlet

Andre Ortolon
eCommerce and Marketing Manager
Dell Outlet*

Break Free B2B Andre Ortolon of Dell Outlet Image

“There’s so much data out there. We’re so busy with emails and meetings that you can really get stuck in a rut and forget to take the time to step back and look at the bigger picture.”

“You also have to take stock sometimes and really look at your overall process, you can’t always be in the execution mode, you have to look at end to end, the processes and making sure that you’re developing kind of a holistic approach and not just selling a unit. You’ve got to think about your strategy and make sure you’re still aligned with that in what you’re doing day to day.”

[bctt tweet=”“There’s so much data out there. We’re so busy with emails and meetings that you can really get stuck in a rut and forget to take the time to step back and look at the bigger picture.” — Andre Ortolon” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Andre in “Break Free B2B Marketing: Dell Outlet’s Andre Ortolon on Microinfluencers for Hyper-Relevant Content.”

12 — Amanda Todorovich of Cleveland Clinic

Amanda Todorovich
Senior Director of Digital Marketing Health Content
Cleveland Clinic.

“I think it’s really important content marketing is not a campaign, it’s not a project, it’s not a one-off. We like to talk about our content channels and process like products, you know, you really need to invest in them. It’s a long-term strategy. It’s something that you really have to think about how you build a long-term committed relationship with that user – it’s not a one-and-done. There’s never really an end to it. It’s continuous and iterative.”

[bctt tweet=”“You really have to think about how you build a long-term committed relationship with the user – it’s not a one-and-done. There’s never really an end to it. It’s continuous and iterative.” @amandatodo” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Amanda in “Break Free B2B Series: Amanda Todorovich on Creating Content that Pays Off.”

13 — Amisha Gandhi of SAP Ariba

Amisha Gandhi
Vice President of Influencer Marketing and Communications
SAP Ariba*

Break Free B2B Interview with Amisha Gandhi

“Do not just start calling influencers and say, ‘I’m doing this campaign, do you want to be a part of it?’ and be very prescriptive. You want to invite people to be in your program first and then do some brainstorming with them and see what they like, how they like to interact or what they like to do for companies.”

[bctt tweet=”“You want to invite people to be in your program first and then do some brainstorming with them and see what they like, how they like to interact or what they like to do for companies.” @AmishaGandhi” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Amisha in “Break Free B2B Series: Amisha Gandhi on Global B2B Influencer Marketing.”

14 — Brody Dorland of DivvyHQ

Brody Dorland
Co-Founder
DivvyHQ

An Interview with Brody Dorland of DivvyHQ

“The holistic content marketing world, which is non-campaign focused, continues to proliferate. It’s going to get better, but most agencies out there are still so campaign focused — that’s what they’ve been doing for decades. Getting out of that mindset, even from a logistics standpoint, is harder for an agency to do. Not to say that agencies can’t continually be involved in longer-term content marketing engagements, but it’s just it’s a different beast, a different animal than the typical world that they’ve been in for decades.”

[bctt tweet=”“Most agencies out there are still so campaign focused —that’s what they’ve been doing for decades. Getting out of that mindset, even from a logistics standpoint, is harder for an agency to do.” @brodydorland” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Brody in “Break Free B2B Series: Brody Dorland on Creating Long-Lasting Content Marketing Strategy.”

15 — Clare Carr of Chief

Clare Carr
Vice President of Marketing
Chief

TopRank Marketing Interviews Clare Carr, VP of Marketing at Chief

“It takes a human element that cannot be taken out of this equation. If you can make data something that people associate with you, they trust you more, you can connect with them more, and you can tell better stories. All those things you want as a content marketer, as a B2B marketer, data can actually do for you. It’s not just good writing, good storytelling, and good creative anymore.”

[bctt tweet=”“All those things you want as a content marketer, as a B2B marketer, data can actually do for you. It’s not just good writing, good storytelling, and good creative anymore.” @clareondrey” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Clare in “Break Free B2B Series: Clare Carr on Using Data to Drive Content Marketing Success.”

16 — Janine Wegner of Dell Technologies

Janine Wegner
Global Thought Leadership Program and Activation Manager
Dell Technologies*

Break Free B2B Marketing Interview with Janine Wenger of Dell Technologies

“What’s the customer journey? And what are the content pieces we want to develop? And what are the voices we want to have in each of them, and how to then activate and amplify those?”

[bctt tweet=”“What are the content pieces we want to develop? What are the voices we want to have in each of them, and how to then activate and amplify those?” @JanineWegner” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Janine in “Break Free B2B Series: Janine Wegner on Building Brand Thought Leadership With the Help of Influencers,” and in our Inside Influence series with “Inside Influence: Janine Wegner from Dell on Thought Leadership and Influencer Relations.”

17 — John Joyce of Brennan Industries

John Joyce
Global Marketing Director
Brennan Industries

“We try to do mainly two things: build trust and also provide value. We want them to trust this and to think of us as the place to go that provides value from the very beginning of the relationship, from the first time they go to the website – oh yeah, this is really good. It’s providing me the answers to my questions and knowledge I need, it’s saving me money”

[bctt tweet=”“We try to do mainly two things: build trust and also provide value. It’s providing me the answers to my questions and the knowledge I need, and saving me money.” @mrjohnjoyce” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with John in “Break Free B2B Series: John Joyce on Taking B2B Content Marketing Back 2 Basics.”

18 — Judy Tian of LinkedIn

Judy Tian
Marketing Manager
LinkedIn*

“Relevancy and engagement are what’s important. Are the influencers actually experts in the areas you want to talk about? And are they going to have credibility with their end users? And then are they going to shed credibility onto your brand as a result?”

[bctt tweet=”“Relevancy and engagement are what’s important. Are the influencers actually experts in the areas you want to talk about? And are they going to have credibility with their end users?” @judytian07″ username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Judy in “Break Free B2B Series: Judy Tian on Humanizing B2B Through Influencer Marketing.”

19 — Maliha Aqeel of Fix Network World

Maliha Aqeel
Director of Global Communications
Fix Network World

Maliha Aqeel

“Focus on culture. There’s still a misconception that culture is about only HR. But culture is something that’s pervasive throughout the organization, and why we choose to work somewhere, why we choose to engage with the brand.”

[bctt tweet=”“There’s still a misconception that culture is about only HR. Culture is something that’s pervasive throughout the organization, and why we choose to work somewhere, why we choose to engage with a brand.” @MalihaQ” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Maliha in “Break Free B2B Series: Maliha Aqeel on How to Ace B2B Company Culture.”

20 — Tom Treanor of Arm Treasure Data

Tom Treanor
CMO
Arm Treasure Data*

Tom Treanor

“You can’t solve personalization before you solve customer understanding. At the top of the funnel, keep it very basic and personalize at a high level.”

[bctt tweet=”“You can’t solve personalization before you solve customer understanding. At the top of the funnel, keep it very basic and personalize at a high level.” @RtMixMktg” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Tom in “Break Free B2B Series: Tom Treanor on Perfecting B2B Marketing Personalization.”

21 — Zari Venhaus of Eaton

Zari Venhaus
Director of Corporate Marketing Communications
Eaton

Break Free B2B Marketing Interview with Zari Venhaus

“I see the IT space and the marketing space are starting to come together so much more — particularly when you think about martech. We learned that it wasn’t enough to just be marketing coming to IT with an answer. We really needed to involve our IT partners upfront in the process.”

[bctt tweet=”“The IT space and the marketing space are starting to come together so much more — particularly when you think about martech.” @zvenhaus” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Zari in “Break Free B2B Series: Zari Venhaus on How to Scoot Your Way to Martech Transformation Through Storytelling.”

22 — Adam Dunn, Oscar-Winning VFX Editor

Adam Dunn
Oscar-winning VFX Editor
Evil Ice Cream Productions

Break Free B2B Interview with Adam Dunn

“Video marketing is intriguing, because it brings in real-life storytelling. The biggest factor in successful video content is cohesiveness of vision.”

[bctt tweet=”“Video marketing is intriguing, because it brings in real-life storytelling. The biggest factor in successful video content is cohesiveness of vision.” @adamjdunn” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Adam in “Break Free B2B Series: Adam Dunn on Creating Blockbuster Video Content in B2B.”

23 — Carol-Lyn Jardine of Alteryx

Carol-Lyn Jardine
Vice President of Marketing Operations and Productivity
Alteryx

Carol-Lyn Jardine

“Assume good intent from the people around you as you’re going through change behaviors.”

[bctt tweet=”“Assume good intent from the people around you as you’re going through change behaviors.” @cljardine” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Carol-Lyn in “Break Free B2B Series: Carol-Lyn Jardine and Heather Hurst on Effectively Managing Change in B2B Marketing.”

24 — Sruthi Kumar of Sendoso

Sruthi Kumar
Associate Director of Field and Partner Marketing
Sendoso

Sruthi Kumar

“It’s about bringing all the channels together to create that seamless experience for the end user, and that person who you want to book a meeting with or have a signed contract with or whatever else you need from them. I think it’s just about being okay with being yourself and incorporating that into your whole corporate brand.”

[bctt tweet=”“It’s about bringing all the channels together to create that seamless experience for the end user, and that person who you want to book a meeting with or have a signed contract with or whatever else you need from them.” @sruthikkumar” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Sruthi in “Break Free B2B Marketing: Sruthi Kumar on Creating Memorable Experiences.”

25 — Latané Conant of 6sense

Latane Conant
Chief Market Officer
6sense

Latane Conant

“You look at the tools that we have at our disposal as CMOs, and it’s sort of like we are a Model T trying to get to the moon. I think the challenge that we have is only 13 percent of sales and marketing teams have any confidence in their data.”

[bctt tweet=”“You look at the tools that we have at our disposal as CMOs, and it’s sort of like we are a Model T trying to get to the moon.” @LataneConant” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Latane in “Break Free B2B Marketing: Latane Conant of 6sense on Reinventing the CMO Role.”

26 — Mark Bornstein of ON24

Mark Bornstein
Vice President of Marketing
ON24

Break Free B2B Marketing Mark Bornstein Image

“It’s the experience you give, it’s the way you’re able to connect and interact with audiences that matters. Because that’s where you’re going to get the real data. That’s where you’re going to learn a lot about them. You want to create an environment where people are doing stuff, and it’s a multi-touch content experience.”

“We need to find ways to get people who want our marketing to opt into our marketing. At a time when all of this digital noise is scaring them away. We need to bring them back in through more authentic, more human, more experiential marketing.”

[bctt tweet=”“We need to find ways to get people who want our marketing to opt in. At a time when all of this digital noise is scaring them away,  we need to bring them back in through more authentic, human, and experiential marketing.” @4markb” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Mark in “Break Free B2B Marketing: “Webinerd” Mark Bornstein of ON24 on Dialing In Digital Experiences.”

27 — Sofia O’Malley of Dell Technologies

Sofia O’Malley
Global Marketing Director
Dell Technologies*

Sofia O’Malley

“You really have to be cognizant of what is unique to each market. What’s the consumer behavior? Or what’s the consumer expectation within a given market or appetite for a type of execution. Be very much aware of the environment and the key nuances that are needed to effectively drive marketing in a region.”

[bctt tweet=”“You really have to be cognizant of what is unique to each market. What’s the consumer behavior? Or what’s the consumer expectation within a given market or appetite for a type of execution.” — Sofia O’Malley” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Sofia in “Break Free B2B Marketing: Sofia O’Malley of Dell Outlet on Creating a Global B2B & B2C Marketing Team.”

28 — Sean Crowley of Dun & Bradstreet

Sean Crowley
Leader of Integrated Marketing and Sales and Marketing Solutions
Dun & Bradstreet

Break Free B2B Sean Crowley Image

“When you look at being able to bring people together, it’s about creating a common message, a common purpose, and a common effort with everything that you do and how you go to market. Ensure that you have consistency of messaging to a target persona and target audience, regardless of what channel they’re choosing to interact with you on.”

“The balance of power of information has shifted from the vendors to the consumers, to the buyers, and they can now go and search for information much more readily — much more freely — and they want that choice of how and when they choose to interact with you.”

[bctt tweet=”“When you look at being able to bring people together, it’s about creating a common message, a common purpose, and a common effort with everything that you do and how you go to market.” @seantcrowley” username=”toprank”]

Watch our full interview with Sean in “Break Free B2B Marketing: Sean Crowley of Dun & Bradstreet on Cracking the Alignment Code.”

Embrace An Energized 2021 B2B Marketing Landscape

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Use the energizing advice we’ve highlighted here from 28 B2B marketing innovators to spark your own marketing ideas that will take you to electrifying new heights in 2021 and beyond.

One powerful way to combine many of these energizing marketing elements is by harnessing the power of B2B influencer marketing, as we outline in our groundbreaking 2020 State of B2B Influencer Marketing Report, featuring insights from hundreds of marketers surveyed as well as expert analysis by the TopRank Marketing team and contributions from top B2B influencer marketing professionals from SAP, LinkedIn, AT&T Business, Adobe, Traackr, IBM, Dell, Cherwell Software, monday.com and more.

Contact us to find out why TopRank Marketing is the only B2B marketing agency offering influencer marketing as a top capability in Forrester’s “B2B Marketing Agencies, North America” report, and discover how we can help create award-winning marketing for you.

* Oracle, Dell Outlet, SAP Ariba, Dell Technologies, LinkedIn, Arm Treasure Data, are TopRank Marketing clients.

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B2B Marketing News: B2B Marketers Face Rising Content Demands, Google’s Mobile Voice Assistant, Performance Marketing Budgets Grow, & The Hyper-Relevant Ad Balancing Act

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2020 October 16 MarketingCharts Chart

2020 October 16 MarketingCharts Chart

B2B marketers are struggling to produce enough content amid the pandemic
35 percent of B2B marketers have trouble producing the content needed to reach and engage audiences, while 68 percent are confident with their approach to content marketing, and only some 8 percent said they were able to attribute return on investment (ROI) to their content plan, according to recently-released survey data. The Drum

Google Launches Updated Google Analytics, Including Improved Reporting and Data Tracking Options
Google has given a significant overhaul to its popular Google Analytics website traffic analysis platform, adding a smarter artificial intelligence (AI)-infused approach including new insights such as churn probability and a variety of additional new predictive metrics, the search giant recently announced. Social Media Today

WordPress can now turn blog posts into tweetstorms automatically
WordPress has rolled out a new feature that allows entire posts created in the content management system to be shared and discussed on Twitter, including accompanying images and video, with support for multiple Twitter accounts, the firm recently announced. TechCrunch

Facebook & Instagram Drop Support For WordPress Embeds
Facebook and its Instagram platform will both cease supporting the traditional and widespread form of WordPress embedding, as unauthenticated embeds won’t work after an October 24 API update — a change aimed at driving publishers to create Facebook Developer accounts and use the oEmbed embedding format, Facebook announced recently. Search Engine Journal

Marketers Got Hyper-Relevant Advertising Messages Wrong, Study Finds
Brands achieve a 26.7 percent higher chance of gaining new customers when they target using a goal-driven advertising message mindset compared to an item-driven one, according to recently-released survey data that points out possible consequences of overly-specific ad targeting. MediaPost

Google Podcasts Manager shows you search impressions and clicks from Google Search
Google has launched a podcast performance monitoring and reporting system — Google Podcasts Manager — that shows how people find podcasts and what their listening habits are, among other new podcast-related data, Google recently announced. Search Engine Land

2020 October 16 Statistics Image

Key Takeaways From Congress’ Digital Competition Report
Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are being urged to implement changes that would promote increased interoperability when it comes to digital advertising, and Adweek takes a look at some of the findings from the nearly 450-page U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee report. Adweek

YouTube Tests Product Tags in Selected Creator Videos as Part of Larger Shift Towards eCommerce
YouTube has begun testing interactive product tags within certain videos, including new integration with Shopify that could lead to more streamlined clickable products within video content, the video giant recently announced. Social Media Today

Google Assistant Opens, Searches, Completes Functions In Mobile Apps Using Voice
Google has enhanced its Google Assistant service with new voice search features for users of Android apps, including functionality to post to social media platforms, the firm recently announced. MediaPost

Performance Marketing Budgets to Increase as Marketers Chase ROI
42 percent of B2B marketers plan to increase budgeting for performance marketing initiatives by up to 20 percent over the next year, and 18 percent say they will increase those budgets by over 20 percent — two of several items of interest to digital marketers in recently-released survey data. MarketingCharts

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2020 October 16 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at “product choice overload” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Coworker’s Sly Smile In Zoom Meeting Suggests Separate Chat Happening Right Now — The Onion

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — Roundup Debate on why people follow influencers — DearMishuDad
  • Lee Odden — The Employees as Influencers – Insights from Adobe — Jason Falls
  • Nick Nelson — 10 Important Building Blocks for Small Business Success — Small Business Trends
  • Lee Odden / TopRank Marketing — The State of B2B Influencer Marketing [Research] — V3Broadsuite

Have you found your own top marketing stories from the past week of industry news? Please let us know in the comments below.

Thank you for taking the time to join us for the weekly B2B marketing news, and we hope that you will come back again next Friday for another look at the most relevant B2B and digital marketing industry news. In the meantime, you can follow us at @toprank on Twitter for even more timely daily news.

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B2B Marketing News: Demand Gen Adapts, B2B Buyers Taking Longer, Microsoft Digital Marketing Center Beta

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Gartner Hype Cycle AI

Gartner Hype Cycle AI

The Gartner Hype Cycle for Artificial Intelligence, 2020 – Chatbots are projected to see over a 100% increase in their adoption rates in the next two to five years and are the leading AI use cases in enterprises today. Forbes

Bing is now Microsoft Bing as the search engine gets a rebrand – Microsoft doesn’t go into detail about why it added the company’s name to the Bing brand, other than it reflecting “the continued integration of our search experiences across the Microsoft family. The Verge

68% of B2B buyers say the length of their purchase cycles has increased over last year – The COVID-19 pandemic has led many B2B firms to lengthen their purchase cycles and to expect more personalized attention from vendors, according to recent research from Demand Gen Report. MarketingProfs

How B2B Demand Generation Has Adapted. Despite the impact of COVID-19, budgets for demand generation are holding up more than B2B marketing as a whole. Fewer than 1 in 5 (18%) B2B marketers say that they expect their budgets for demand generation to decrease, whereas 3 in 10 (31%) say their overall marketing budgets will fall. MarketingCharts

2021 B2B Content Marketing: What Now? [New Research] – Find out what content marketers are thinking, doing, and not doing when it comes to content creation and distribution, metrics and goals, team structure and outsourcing, budgets and spending. Content Marketing Institute

Study: Comparing the data from 8 SEO tools – The numbers you’ll find don’t match up. SEO metric tools are for general trend analysis and competitor benchmarking, not on specific numbers. Search Engine Land

Snapchat is pitching high-frequency, high-reach ‘Platform Burst’ ad campaigns – The new offer is a media buy advertisers can use to ensure their campaigns reach a certain amount of people in the app frequently over three or five days, according to three agency execs who are considering it. Digiday

Always On Influencer Marketing Statistic

Nearly half of consumers will try new brands if the ad is relevant – Consumers are spending more time at home with online content, especially connected TV (CTV) and social media. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the average time interacting with online content has doubled globally. Marketing Dive

Video ads drive a 48% higher sales rate than static ads, study says – WARC forecasting an 18.3% global increase for e-commerce ads this year even as overall ad spending drops 8.1% Mobile Marketer

Facebook Announces Integration of Messenger and Instagram Direct, Adds New Messaging Features. When complete, WhatsApp will also join Facebook’s messaging integration upgrade. Social Media Today

Google, The Trade Desk, MediaMath, Amobee, Adobe and Adform Lead The Pack In Gartner’s 2020 Ad Tech Magic Quadrant – New entrants include Beeswax, Centro, Mediaocean and Zeta Global.  Ad Exchanger

Microsoft Digital Marketing Center is now available in open beta in the U.S Microsoft’s Digital Marketing Center for search and social management adds features, opens beta. The free platform is now open to U.S. small businesses. Search Engine Land

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

Marketoonist Psychographics
“In trying to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time, it’s important for marketers to draw a line between cool and creepy.” by Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Home Depot’s Sold-Out Giant Halloween Skeletons Creep Into Brand’ Social Feeds – Budweiser, Slim Jim, Natty Light and others are getting into the Halloween spirit—but might just turn people green with envy. AdAge

TOPRANK MARKETING IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — What’s Trending: Getting Better All the Time — LinkedIn (client)
  • Lee Odden – The Norse God, Lee Odden on Fitness and B2B Influencer Marketing – CoronaRadio 8.18
  • Lee Odden – 365 Marketing Quotes to Keep You Fired Up All Year – Skyword

Have you found your own top marketing stories from the past week of industry news? Please let us know in the comments below.

Thanks for taking the time to join us for the weekly B2B marketing news, and we hope you’ll return again next Friday for another look at the most relevant B2B and digital marketing industry news. In the meantime, you can follow us at @toprank on Twitter for even more timely daily news.

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50 Top B2B Content Marketing Influencers To Follow in 2021 #CMWorld

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2020 CMWorld 50 Content Marketing Influencers

2020 CMWorld 50 Content Marketing Influencers

The all-virtual Content Marketing World 2020 is upon us. As the largest content marketing conference in the world, CMWorld brings together a stellar array of talented professionals who are loaded with curiosity for future trends, marketing knowledge, and aspirations for new successes in the post-pandemic world. For the past 12 years leading marketers from all over the world have gathered in Cleveland, Ohio for one of the world’s strongest content marketing events, and for this unusual year Content Marketing World is entirely virtual.

Readers of our blog know we have a long history with the conference starting at the beginning, with 10 years of speaking and attending along with seven years of partnering with the Content Marketing Institute to develop speaker and influencer content marketing campaigns.

A TopRank Marketing tradition that has been imitated in recent years but never truly duplicated is our annual list of content marketing experts ranked according to their social influence, a helpful compilation derived from the hundreds of excellent #CMWorld 2020 speakers.

List Methodology: For this list we utilize the Traackr influencer marketing platform to filter the content marketing experts who are speaking at the current year’s Content Marketing World conference using a large number of criteria including the relevance of the individuals to the topic, the degree to which their networks engage, the size of their networks, and other factors. Online data is pulled from blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn and other platforms.

The focus topic in question is most definitely “content marketing,” and everyone included on this list is:

  • A speaker at #CMWorld 2020
  • Ranked in the top-50 for “content marketing” according to relevance, resonance, reach and audience metrics

CMWorld 2019 Influencer network

People always thank me for including them in these lists and there’s no thanks to be given other than to the people who worked hard sharing useful knowledge about content marketing to their social channels, in blogs, videos, podcasts, and online in general.

Many thanks go to all the people who are actively sharing knowledge about content marketing by engaging and helping others with helpful opinions, insights and expertise on the social web. This list is only a starting point to help expand your content marketing universe.

In this year’s list there are familiar faces and quite a few new entries. We plan to learn new lessons from these 50 content marketing influencers and hope you’ll do the same throughout the rest of the year and into 2021 and beyond.

50 Content Marketing Influencers Speaking at CMWorld 2020

JuliaMcCoy

Julia McCoy @JuliaEMcCoy
CEO, Express Writers
Presenting: How to Build an Online Audience Through Powerful, Consistent Search Optimized Content Creation

ChrisPenn

Christopher Penn @cspenn
Co-Founder & Chief Data Scientist, Trust Insights
Presenting: Practical Applications of AI in Content Marketing

LeeOdden

Lee Odden @leeodden
CEO, TopRank Marketing
Presenting: Influencer Marketing Unleashed: Top Tactics for Success from Global B2B Brands

MichaelBrenner

Michael Brenner @BrennerMichael
Content Marketing Agency CEO & CMO Influencer, Marketing Insider Group
Presenting: Content Optimization & Distribution Strategies – Mapping Content to the Buyer Journey (and ROI)

Pam Didner

Pam Didner @PamDidner
Author, Founder & VP of Marketing, Effective Sales Enablement
Presenting: 3 Trends You Can’t Ignore As a Content Marketer
Presenting: Ask Me Anything With Pam Dinner

ChristophTrappe

Christoph Trappe @CTrappe
Chief Content & Marketing Officer, The Authentic Storytelling Project
Presenting: How to Make Sure Your Company Ranks in Voice Search

Ann-Handley

Ann Handley @MarketingProfs
Chief Content Officer, MarketingProfs
Presenting: Ask Me Anything With Ann Handley
Presenting: Precedented: 5 Principles of the Last Chaotic 10 Months That Are the Very Key to Content Marketing Success in the Next 10 Years

Viveka-Von-Rosen

Viveka Von Rosen @LinkedInExpert
Co-Founder & Chief Visibility Officer, Vengreso
Presenting: Ask Me Anything With Viveka von Rosen
Presenting: Why Your B2B Sales Force Should Be Your Greatest Content Distribution Channel

Bernie Borges

Bernie Borges @bernieborges
Chief Customer Officer, Vengreso
Presenting: How to Develop an Account Based Podcasting Content Plan that Drives Revenue

RobertRose

Robert Rose @Robert_Rose
Chief Strategy Advisor, Content Marketing Institute
Presenting: Architecting Desire: A New Strategy for Content Marketing for the Next Ten Years
Presenting: Ask Me Anything With Robert Rose
Presenting: Content Marketing 101 – Let’s Begin
Presenting: Content Marketing Strategy For Agencies – How To Create, As Well as Deliver, Content Marketing Strategy To Clients
Presenting: Welcome to Content Marketing World 2020

Dennis Shiao

Dennis Shiao @dshiao
Marketing Consultant, Attention Retention
Presenting: The Magic of Meetups: How to Use Meetups to Build Community, Drive Brand Engagement and Inform a Content Marketing Strategy

Erika Heald

Erika Heald @SFerika
Marketing Consultant, Erika Heald Consulting
Presenting: Content Marketing for Marketing Agencies: Make Your Services Sing

Melanie-Deziel

Melanie Deziel @mdeziel
Chief Content Officer, StoryFuel
Presenting: Ask Me Anything With Melanie Deziel
Presenting: More Brain, Less Storm: The Power Of The Creative Process

Andrea-Fryrear

Andrea Fryrear @AndreaFryrear
Agile Marketing Coach & Trainer, Co-Founder, AgileSherpas
Presenting: Persistently Agile: Why the Key to High Performance Marketing Lies with People Not Projects

Jay-Baer

Jay Baer @jaybaer
Founder, Convince & Convert
Presenting: Ask Me Anything With Jay Baer
Presenting: Courageous Content: 6 Ways to Get Noticed Amidst the Noise

Jay Acunzo

Jay Acunzo @jayacunzo
Founder, Marketing Showrunners
Presenting: Start Here: How to Make Things that Make a Difference by Changing How You Begin

Andy-Crestodina

Andy Crestodina @crestodina
Co-Founder & CMO, Orbit Media Studios
Presenting: Google Analytics for Content Marketers: How to Optimize Content for Traffic and Conversions
Presenting: SEO Workshop

A. Lee Judge

A. Lee Judge @ALeeJudge
Co-Founder & CMO, Content Monsta
Presenting: Ask Me Anything With A. Lee Judge
Presenting: Be Content

JonathanCrossfield

Jonathan Crossfield @Kimota
Content Writer & Storyteller, Freelance
Presenting: Show Your Work: How to Become a Fact-Checking Pedant (and Why You Should)
Presenting: The Content Marketing Diamond Model for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Kathy-Klotz-Guest

Kathy Klotz-Guest @kathyklotzguest
Founder, Keeping It Human
Presenting: Fearless Content Teams: Creating a Safe Place for Unsafe Ideas

Joe Pulizzi

Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi
Founder, Content Marketing Institute
Presenting: Ask Me Anything With Joe Pulizzi
Presenting: Keynote – Where Do We Go from Here? Disney, Diversification & The New Marketing Business Model

Brian-Fanzo

Brian Fanzo @iSocialFanz
Virtual Keynote Speaker, iSocialFanz
Presenting: What Podcasting & TikTok Can Teach Us About Creating Empathetic Content!

Amy Balliett

Amy Balliett @AmyBalliett
Founder & CEO, Killer Visual Strategies
Presenting: Marketing to Gen V: Engaging the Visual Generation

RichSchwerin

Rich Schwerin @Greencognito
Senior Content Strategist, Autodesk
Presenting: The Magic of Meetups: How to Use Meetups to Build Community, Drive Brand Engagement and Inform a Content Marketing Strategy

AmandaTodorovich

Amanda Todorovich @amandatodo
Senior Director of Digital Marketing & Health Content, Cleveland Clinic
Presenting: #CMWorld Cleveland Clinic Health Summit
Presenting: The Test of Time: Long-Term Success at the Cleveland Clinic

Zari-Venhaus

Zari Venhaus @zvenhaus
Director of Corporate Marketing Communications, Eaton
Presenting: Developing Global Content for Local Audiences

Amber-Naslund

Amber Naslund @AmberCadabra
Principal Consultant, Content Solutions, LinkedIn
Presenting: Digital Doubt: Fighting Imposter Syndrome in a Hyperconnected, Content-Saturated World

Luvvie-Ajayi-Jones

Luvvie Ajayi Jones @iLuvvit
New York Times Bestselling Author & CEO, AweLuv Inc.
Presenting: Keynote

Nancy-Harhut

Nancy Harhut @nharhut
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, HBT Marketing
Presenting: 10 Human Behavior Hacks that Make Your Email Crazy Effective

Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis @DrewDavisHere
Keynote Speaker & Best-Selling Author, Monumental Shift
Presenting: Ask Me Anything With Andrew Davis
Presenting: Limit Less: How Successful Brands Increase Their Revenue, Generate More Leads, and Spread Their Message in a Crowded Marketplace

Cathy-McKnight

Cathy McKnight @cathymcknight
VP of Strategy & Consulting, The Content Advisory
Presenting: Learn How to Move from Mayhem to Momentum by Building a Content Strategy
Presenting: Technology Forum: From Figuring Out Your Audience to Gaining Market Share – A Tech Company’s Guide to Effective Content Marketing

Tamsen-Webster

Tamsen Webster @tamadear
Founder & Chief Message Strategist, Find The Red Thread
Presenting: Ask Me Anything With Tamsen Webster
Presenting: Pressure Test Your Message

Val-Swisher

Val Swisher @valswisher
Founder & CEO, Content Rules, Inc.
Presenting: The Personalization Paradox

Giselle-Abramovich

Giselle Abramovich @GAbramovich
Executive Editor of Enterprise Thought Leadershhip, Adobe
Presenting: Trade Secrets: How the World’s Most Successful Content Marketers Deliver Results

Tim-Riesterer

Tim Riesterer @TRiesterer
Chief Strategy Officer, Corporate Visions
Presenting: Account Expansion: The Conversations, Content & Collaboration that Grow Customers

Sydni-Craig-Hart

Sydni Craig Hart @SydniCraigHart
CEO, Smart Simple Marketing
Presenting: Ask Me Anything With Sydni Craig-Hart
Presenting: Compelling Multicultural Marketing: What You’re Missing, What’s Working Now and How to Get Results

Ardath Albee

Ardath Albee @ardath421
Interim VP of Marketing, Modus
Presenting: Account Expansion: The Conversations, Content & Collaboration that Grow Customers
Presenting: Take a Sales Enablement Approach to RevOps
Presenting: Use Serial Storytelling to Drive Demand for Complex Solutions

Liz-Willits

Liz Willits @lizwillits
Founder, Liz Willits
Presenting: Email Automation Crash Course: How to Create Emails People Want to Read

Zontee-Hou

Zontee Hou @ZonteeHou
Head of Strategy, Convince & Convert
Presenting: Financial Services Forum

Maureen-Jann

Maureen Jann @NeoLuxeMo
Chief Marketing Strategist, NeoLuxe Marketing
Presenting: Content Marketing for Marketing Agencies: Make Your Services Sing
Presenting: The Content Marketing Diamond Model for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Doug-Kessler

Doug Kessler @dougkessler
Creative Director & Co-Founder, Velocity Partners Ltd
Presenting: Let’s Steal from The World’s Most Awesome Content

Jared-Johnson

Jared Johnson @jaredpiano
Founder & Content Producer, Shift.Health Network
Presenting: #CMWorld Cleveland Clinic Health Summit

Ashley-Zeckman

Ashley Zeckman @azeckman
Senior Director, Inprela Communications
Presenting: Staying Power: How Authentic Storytelling can Transform Your Marketing from One-Hit Wonder to Lasting-Legend

Ahava-Leibtag

Ahava Leibtag @ahaval
President, Aha Media Group
Presenting: Writing with No Respect: Find Out What it Means to Me

Christine-Michel-Carter

Christine Michel Carter @cmichelcarter
Strategy Consultant, Minority Woman Marketing LLC
Presenting: Ask Me Anything With Christine Carter
Presenting: Creating Authentic Content for a $1.5 Trillion Audience

Carmen-Hill

Carmen Hill @carmenhill
Principal Content Strategist & Writer, Chill Content
Presenting: Combining Story + Structure to Create a Sustainable Content Marketing Strategy

Laura-Ramos

Laura Ramos @lauraramos
VP & Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
Presenting: Drive Your Content Transformation From The Bottom Up

Shafqat-Islam

Shafqat Islam @shafqatislam
Co-Founder & CEO, NewsCred
Presenting: Ask Me Anything with Shafqat Islam & Alex Cheeseman
Presenting: Beyond Breaking the Rules: Why Connections in Marketing Matter More Than Ever

Jennifer-Jordan-Robustell

Jennifer Jordan Robustelli @jenastelli
VP & Head of Content, USA, Babbel
Presenting: Flood The Zone! A New System For Creating Compelling Social Video

Jacquie-Chakirelis

Jacquie Chakirelis @JacquieChak
Director of Digital Strategy, Quest Digital
Presenting:

Even the best statistical analysis, no matter how deep and well-researched, can only take you so far in finding the people who you’ll consider the most helpful and influential in your daily professional marketing lives, which is why we’d love it if you’d please share the name of content marketers that influence you most in the comments section below.

To further your own content marketing expertise, here’s a bonus list of some of our best recent posts about content marketing:

If you’d like to learn more about creating a successful B2B influencer marketing campaign, you’re in luck! Our CEO Lee Odden will be presenting at Content Marketing World on the topic. Here are the details:

Tuesday, October 13th – 4:00pm – 4:30pm Eastern
Workshop with Lee Odden & Ursula Ringham, Global Head of Influencer Marketing at SAP
Influencer Marketing Unleashed: Top Tactics for Success from Global B2B Brands

We hope to see you virtually at the Content Marketing World conference, and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @toprank for real time updates during the conference.

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What Is a Marketing Manager?

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As marketers, we all want to climb the career ladder as quickly as possible. But if you’re going to become a marketing manager one day, you first need to learn what the role demands.

Moving up in ranks means becoming more involved in the marketing process, and eventually becoming the principal implementor.

As a marketing manager, you’d be in charge of a team. Employees will look up to you as you once looked up to your manager.

However, accepting this position comes with increased responsibility. It can feel rewarding to watch your strategies come to life, but it’s important to understand what the role entails.

Below, we’ll go over what a marketing manager is, what a marketing manager does, the management process, and the skills and education you’ll need to become one.

What does a marketing manager do?

Marketing managers have a variety of responsibilities. While there are industry-specific standards, there are common tasks that all marketing managers will do:

  • Conduct market research to understand the public interest and determine the marketability of products and services.
  • Design creative and unique marketing strategies across multiple channels like social media, tv, billboards, and newspaper articles.
  • Create marketing plans detailing outcomes and goals.
  • Create comprehensive budgets and cost estimates.
  • Negotiate with potential clients and partners to prepare sales and advertisement contracts.
  • Handle public relations and troubleshoot internal and external issues as they arise.

Marketing managers are also responsible for training their team members on campaign-specific marketing plans. They’ll hire new employees to join their team, selecting those they believe will meet intended goals for executing brand strategy. They collaborate with all team members, motivating them to meet goals while providing guidance and delegating tasks.

Marketing Management Process

To succeed in their responsibilities, marketing managers follow a similar process. Each step in that process requires a unique approach depending on the product, service, or business.

Idea Generation

Marketing managers approach the idea generation stage with an intended product in mind or an idea for a product or service that a business hopes to create.

They’ll conduct market research to understand current trends and customer interest. If a new product is launching, are there competitors? How successful are they? What are consumers saying about available products, and how can they be improved?

Understanding consumer interests and behaviors is key to beginning this process.

Marketing Plan

After identifying markets and understanding trends, marketing managers will develop a marketing plan that they’ll use to implement their strategy. This plan identifies the target audiences, campaign-specific tactics, budget, and goals.

They’ll work with different teams, like UX product design, financial departments, and sales engineers, to develop a strategy that  will allow the product to meet its intended goals. While a marketing manager is the chief decision maker, there may be financial aspects that they are not aware of. Collaboration between all teams ensures that the marketing plan is as comprehensive as possible.

The marketing manager will likely conduct tests with intended audiences to ensure that the final marketing plan will drive the most revenue before implementation. This may take the form of focus groups, personal modeling, or consumer interviews.

Implementation and Results

At this point, the marketing manager will work with their team to implement the finalized marketing plan. Timelines will be set for tracking campaign metrics, using data to adapt the strategy if necessary.

Regardless of campaign outcomes, all research and data will inform future marketing processes.

Skills to Become a Marketing Manager

Most companies require their marketing professionals to have a bachelor’s degree. Still, since the marketing industry adapts quickly, companies don’t necessarily need their marketers or marketing managers to have specialized degrees in specific fields. Some companies may require professional degrees or memberships in professional associations.

However, there is one universal requirement to become a marketing manager — a three- to five-year track record of consistently performing to your potential and achieving your goals. If you want to become a marketing manager one day, your performance as an individual contributor matters more than anything.

For instance, if the main goal is to manage a company’s blog team, one would need to prove that they’ve consistently written quality content that has met their manager’s expectations.

There are basic soft skills that a marketing manager should possess, like creativity, critical thinking, and leadership. However, a combination of these skills along with well-developed hard skills are crucial for job success. There are six essential skills an aspiring marketing manager should work to develop.

1. Communication

A marketing manager’s job revolves around communicating with different audiences by developing creative content for advertisements, videos, and articles. This content must also be consistent with the tone, branding, and voice outlined in the marketing plan.

The marketing manager will also be in conversation with their own managers, team members, and external stakeholders.

Understanding how to confidently communicate with different audiences is critical for this role.

2. Budgeting 

Marketing Managers handle all kinds of resources, from campaign budgets to pay-per-click ads to influencer marketing. All of these actions require budgeting skills.

A marketing manager also handles  internal budgets for their team, ensuring that everyone has the resources they need.

3. Negotiation

After creating the marketing plan, the marketing manager will need to convince internal stakeholders of its value. They’ll need to identify the right teams, and convince them of the benefits to the business and intended customers. Without internal buy-in, the campaign may cause internal confusion if all teams aren’t on the same page.

The marketing manager may need to negotiate with other teams if they believe changes need to be made. They may agree with some suggested changes, but they’ll also need to know when to negotiate and advocate for certain elements of their plan if they are called into question.

Externally, the marketing manager may be involved in financial negotiations with outside stakeholders to ensure that budgets aren’t over-spent.

4. Planning and Execution

Long term planning and goal setting are two important skills to be a marketing manager. They need to understand intended outcomes, plan for intended results, and execute the strategy to meet those outcomes. For example, is the ultimate goal to gain 1,000 Instagram followers? How will that happen? What steps need to be taken along the way to reach the goal?

When managing multiple marketing channels and entire teams of people, understanding how much time to dedicate to all aspects of a campaign is essential.

Can you create comprehensive plans to manage your tasks? Can you meet deadlines? Can you deliver high-quality work under said deadlines? These are questions that might be asked when interviewing for a marketing management position.  

5. Collaboration and Delegation

Marketing managers lead an entire marketing team. Size may vary, but there are several people who will work under their direction.

They need to work well with others and enjoy building relationships with internal teams and external stakeholders. However, it’s still important to be a leader that can step in and assign tasks when necessary. For example, the marketing manager would ensure that their team members are assigned the right tasks for their skillset, and that individual performance aligns with task expectations.

6. Adaptability

Customer behavior and markets can be volatile, so adapting to changing industry standards is a must. For example, a strategy may need to be adapted after falling short on expected outcomes. Instead of giving up, the marketing manager should devise a plan with their team to come up with alternative options.

7. Empathy 

Understanding markets means understanding consumer needs and predicting what they want and how they’ll react to your service. This requires a significant amount of emotional intelligence.

On their teams, marketing managers are responsible for balancing role expectations with team member’s capabilities. For example, if someone on their team is stressed because they aren’t meeting deadlines, it’s the marketing managers job to address the issue with empathy. An effective marketing manager would be able to recognize their stress and work with them to come up with effective ways to meet their goals.

Ultimately, marketing managers develop unique, ambitious marketing strategies for products, 

businesses, and services. They create comprehensive marketing plans, and work with their teams to execute them successfully.

A marketing manager ensures that products, services, and businesses have the best chance to thrive in their intended markets, satisfying both companies and consumers.

Anyone who works to develop the skills outlined in this piece will be successful in their role as marketing manager.

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B2B Marketing News: B2B CMOs Plan 2021 Spending Rise, Influencer Marketing’s Pandemic Strength, & YouTube’s Top-Performing Ads

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2020 August 28 Pubmatic Chart

2020 August 28 Pubmatic Chart

The Majority of B2B CMOs Expect to Increase Their Spending on A Variety of Digital Channels Next Year
Nearly 69 percent of B2B marketing CMOs will increase digital advertising spending in 2021, including email and mobile marketing, paid search, website ads, organic SEO, and social media marketing, according to recently-released survey data from Gartner of interest to digital marketers. MarketingCharts

US B2B Digital Advertising Thrives amid the Coronavirus as Traditional B2B Spend Plummets
B2B firms will spend over $8 billion on digital advertising in 2020, a 22.6 percent increase from 2019’s total, according to newly-released forecast data, also showing that 43 percent of U.S. B2B marketers said they plan to reallocate live event spending to content creation. eMarketer

Engagement with sponsored influencer posts doubled during lockdowns
Between March and July 2020 sponsored influencer posts saw a five-fold increase in interactions, reaching 57 million in July, according to recently-released report data from Shareablee. Business of Apps

Enterprise CMO Survey: COVID-19’s Impact on Budgets and Tactics
61 percent of enterprise CMOs said they created special customer communication during the pandemic, topping the list of actions taken by large global firms, with 47 percent noting that they deployed customer sentiment tools, while 42 percent developed scenarios for planning purposes, according to recently-released survey data. MarketingProfs

Facebook launches a Shop tab in its app, just like Instagram
Facebook has rolled out a global test of its shopping feature — Facebook Shop — occupying its own new tab in the platform’s app, in a move aligning in-app purchasing features with those already present in its Instagram offering, the social media giant recently announced. The Verge

In-App Bidding Gathers Steam, But Adoption Looks Nothing Like Header Bidding On The Web
More digital advertisers who utilize mobile app ad buys are embracing real-time bidding programmatic-like auctions, according to MoPub, in a shift that could affect how marketers allocate spending. Ad Exchanger

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Email Falls Behind WhatsApp As Customer Request Channel: Study
Small to medium size global businesses have seen rising use of digital communication channels during the pandemic, with use of WhatsApp rising some 76 percent, SMS text by 56 percent, and traditional email 10 percent, according to recently-released survey data of interest to online marketers. MediaPost

Which YouTube TrueView for Action Direct-Response Ads Are Tops So Far in 2020?
Google’s YouTube platform has released an algorithmic list of its top-performing ads that utilize the video giant’s TrueView for Action automated bidding system, YouTube recently announced. Adweek

U.S. Advertising Falls 14% In July, Most Moderate Rate Of Erosion Since March
The largest advertisers and digital media helped overall U.S. advertising spending tally its best month during July since the effects of the pandemic began, as April’s decrease of 35 percent in ad spending had fallen to 14 percent in July — two of several items of interest to digital marketing in newly-released report data. MediaPost

Mobile ad spend jumps 71% amid pandemic recovery
Spending on mobile advertising soared some 71 percent globally during the second quarter compared to 2019, with rates in the U.S. even higher at 77 percent, and a global increase of 8 percent over first-quarter mobile ad spending, according to recently-released study data. Mobile Marketer

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2020 August 28 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at “business as usual” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Wendy’s Spices Up Other Brands’ Twitter Profile Pictures — AdWeek

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) / TopRank Marketing — 2020 Finalists and Winners – Content Marketing Awards — Content Marketing Awards
  • SAP — 3 Actionable Insights with… SAP global CMO Alicia Tillman — The Drum
  • Anne Leuman — What’s Trending: Make B2B Content More Memorable — LinkedIn (client)
  • TopRank Marketing — B2B Marketers Lend Their Support to Influencer Programs — New Horizons

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