Inside Influence: Janine Wegner from Dell on Thought Leadership and Influencer Relations

Today marks the 4th installment in the Inside Influencer series. I want to thank everyone who has viewed the interviews, made comments and shared with their networks. This week we’re continuing our search to find out what’s working and what’s not within the world of B2B influencer marketing as well as further insights from the 2020 State of B2B Influencer Marketing Report. Episode 4 of Inside Influence features guest insider, Janine Wegner, Global Thought Leadership Program and Activation Manager at Dell Technologies who our agency TopRank Marketing has the pleasure of working with on influencer content marketing programs like The[…]

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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

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[…]

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Five Can’t-Miss Sessions from Virtual Pubcon 2020

The one silver lining in our current reality is the “virtual event.” Sure, we’re all stuck at home, but at least we can have several entire marketing conferences beamed directly to our laptops.  Granted, there’s a distinct lack of cocktails and networking opportunities. You have to supply your own drinks and try to convince your own pets to follow you on LinkedIn (currently mine are still mulling it over).  The latest conference to go virtual is industry stalwart Pubcon, celebrating its 20th year. This search-centered event never fails to round up fascinating speakers with a ton of experience in search[…]

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Inside Influence: Ursula Ringham from SAP on Influencer Marketing Operations

Welcome to the 3rd episode of Inside Influence: What’s working and what’s not inside the world of B2B Influencer Marketing. Each week we feature an interview with a B2B marketing insider on all things influence and a deeper dive into the insights found in the 2020 State of B2B Influencer Marketing Report. In this 3rd episode of Inside Influence you are in for a treat: A discussion with the force of nature and client of TopRank Marketing that is Ursula Ringham, Head of Global Influencer Marketing at SAP. Ursula leads the Global Influencer Marketing team at SAP in collaboration with[…]

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

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[…]

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

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,[…]

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New Research: How B2B Content Marketers Are Impacted and Pivoting During the Pandemic

Each year, Content Marketing Institute releases a new version of its B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends report, providing a timely contextual snapshot of the discipline at large and its ever-shifting landscape. Needless to say, this year’s edition hits differently. While there is always change and evolution afoot in the annual study’s findings, 2020 has been a year of unprecedented upheaval for our profession, along with most every other. The impact of COVID-19 on B2B content marketing is a direct and prevalent focus in CMI’s latest report, which helps leaders and practitioners in the field understand how their peers[…]

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Inside Influence: Garnor Morantes from LinkedIn on the Power of Always-On Influence

Welcome to the second episode of Inside Influence: What’s working and what’s not inside the world of B2B Influencer Marketing. Each week we feature an interview with a B2B marketing insider on all things influence and a deeper dive into the insights found in the 2020 State of B2B Influencer Marketing Report. This week, we’re talking to Garnor Morantes, Group Marketing Manager at LinkedIn. Our team at TopRank Marketing has been fortunate to work with Garnor on an award-winning, ongoing influencer marketing program for LinkedIn over several years and his leadership has been instrumental in its success. Our conversation touches[…]

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B2B Marketing News: LinkedIn Tops Data Trust Survey, More Text Allowed In Facebook Ads, MarTech Spend Climbs To Pre-Pandemic Levels, & Google’s New Tables Tool

Facebook Is Removing Its Restrictions on Text Content in Facebook Ad Images Facebook will be relaxing strict text-in-ad-image ratio enforcement, while still encouraging the use of images that contain text in less than 20 percent of the image’s visible area, a move that could pave the way for new more text-heavy image options for marketers. Social Media Today Google launches a work-tracking tool and Airtable rival, Tables Google has rolled out Tables, a utility that provides new work-tracking options for uses including customer relationship management (CRM), project management, lightweight database without coding, automation and more, the search giant’s Area 120[…]

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Your B2B Marketing Book of Life: 10 Inspiring B2B Marketing Tips From Family History

What can B2B marketers learn from family history research? Family history research offers a surprising number of valuable lessons for marketers looking to hone existing skills and build new ones. For starters, genealogy research can teach us about: Knowing Your Marketing Roots Sharpening Your Research Skills Building Enduring Passion Citing, Celebrating & Honoring Your Marketing Sources Learning & Networking With Fellow Professionals at Industry Events Adhering To Guidelines & Goalposts Publishing & Preserving For Posterity Sparking Interest For Future Marketers Breaking Through With Hyper-Personal Relevance Peering Inside Your B2B Marketing DNA Aside from childhood school family history projects, I first[…]

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Inside Influence: Rani Mani from Adobe on the B2B Influencer Marketing Advantage

On the heels of the release of the 2020 State of B2B Influencer Marketing Report and the announcement that several of our clients (LinkedIn and Alcatel Lucent Enterprise) have won awards for B2B influencer marketing campaigns, I am very happy to share the launch of a new video interview series: Inside Influence: Interviews with B2B Influencer Marketing Insiders. What is Inside Influence? This is a show that goes behind the scenes of B2B influencer marketing and showcases conversations with insiders from the world of B2B influencer marketing. We’ll be talking with practitioners at B2B brands of all kinds and sizes[…]

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B2B Marketing News: Rising B2B Ad Spend, Enterprise Chatbot Usage Doubles, B2B’s Purpose Gap, & New Tools From Google & Facebook

US B2B Digital Advertising 2020 B2B advertisers are relying more than ever before on paid ads, with a 22.6 percent increase for 2020 in B2B digital ad spending, contributing to a total spend that is expected to top $8 billion in the U.S. alone by the end of the year, according to newly-released forecast data of interest to digital marketers. eMarketer The ‘Purpose Gap’ Facing Many B2B Brands 86 percent of senior-level B2B professionals see clear brand purpose articulation as important, however just 24 percent see activated purpose within their organization — two of several insights of interest to online[…]

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What Does Award-Winning B2B Influencer Marketing Look Like?

In a time of increased competition and uncertainty, standing out is more important than ever. Of course there’s plenty of B2B marketing that stands out, but what kind performs? Is it ads, content marketing, SEO, social, ABM or influence? At TopRank Marketing we make it our business to deliver on and exceed expectations for content experiences that will inspire customers through influencer marketing. But what does award-winning B2B influencer marketing look like?  How can you infuse your own campaigns with the type of powerful elements that combine to deliver stellar marketing performance? To help answer those questions, let’s take a[…]

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5 Ways B2B Marketers Can Boost Productivity and Focus

Across every industry, profession, and discipline, work productivity is in peril. How could it not be? Outside distractions have mounted over the course of the year, from a global pandemic to rampant social unrest to a headline-hijacking presidential election, all in the midst of economic turmoil. Through it all, many of us have been acclimating to a remote work setting that upends our established workflows and routines. Frankly, we all deserve a pat on the back for being able to stay focused on work at all. So go ahead and give yourself one. But with plenty left to accomplish here[…]

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B2B Marketing News: 3 B2B Pandemic Marketing Studies, YouTube Launches Shorts, Twitter Tests Audio & New Emoji Performance Report Data

Now Is the Time for B2B Content During the pandemic, video and webinar content has seen the largest increase in views according to recently-released survey data, while views of unique content assets during March through May climbed by 40 percent compared to earlier in 2020, with the average number of sessions per visitor up some 43 percent. ANA Google Shares Exclusive Data On How B2B Buyers Changed, Adapted During COVID-19 64 percent of B2B buyers have increased their use of online video during the pandemic, with overall online marketing use rising by 88 percent including 45 percent who started using[…]

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