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Start Marketing Today for Tomorrow’s B2B Buyers

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(Because They’re Today’s B2B Buyers)   If you think the day when Millennials (born 1980-1993) begin making B2B purchasing decisions is far off, I have news for you: it’s already here. Not only are they making important B2B decisions, but they have strong preferences about what type of information is most useful to them when […]

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Sales Enablement: You’re Up and Then You’re Down

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High Prioritization of Sales Enablement vs. Low Prioritization of Sales Technology I’ve spoken before about how sales enablement will be a key component of many companies’ B2B marketing plans going forward. (See these articles for more: 1 and 2.) When executed with careful strategy, innovative solutions, and a keen ear to the needs of the […]

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Why Building Product Marketers Need Q4 Advertising

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How B2B Advertisers Can Utilize Q4 to Dominate Q1 I’ve been in the building products industry long enough to know that Q4 can be pretty quiet. Sales decline and web traffic follows with conversion rates sinking down. The reasons for the Q4 slump can vary: Annual budget is exhausted (this just means the flood gates […]

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6 Trends in 2013 for Building Product Marketers, Part 4

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Empower Your Marketing Department Throughout the week I’ve discussed 6 Trends to look for in 2013 (read trends 1 and 2, trends 3 and 4, trend 5 here) and I’m here to discuss trend 6 – empowering your marketing department in the new year. Investing time and money into employee training allows your marketing team to […]

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6 Trends in 2013 for Building Product Marketers, Part 2

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Personalize Your Message and Create A Mobile-Friendly Experience Earlier this week, I discussed 2 of the 6 trends to look for in 2013 by SilverPop, and I’m here to discuss 2 more trends to consider in the new year. With technology changing, it’s important for the building products industry to jump on board before being […]

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The Perfect Building Products Threesome – Marketing, Sales AND Leads, Part 2

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Part 2: The Impact Sales and Marketing Can Have When Working Together In Part 1 of this series, I referenced a MarketingSherpa study that was, at best, discouraging to marketers. But in this post, I hope to bring you back from despair. There is a real trend happening in the B2B marketplace between Marketing and […]

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The Perfect Building Products Threesome – Marketing, Sales AND Leads, Part 1

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Part 1: The Set-Up – The Problem with Marketing in Today’s World After a quick review of MarketingSherpa’s 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report, I learned that of the 1,745 B2B organizations that participated, 61% still send all leads that respond to a marketing campaign directly to Sales. Furthermore, most of those marketing teams have not […]

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Buyer Personas in the Building Products Industry

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Buyer personas give your marketing direction and ensure your message is accurate Whether or not you know it, you’re likely using buyer personas everyday – it’s just a matter of how accurate they are. Buyer personas are representations of customers that are used to better understand why they purchase what they do. As building product […]

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The Building Products Tablet Revolution

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Are Your Dealers There Yet? In the marketing world, we’re consistently early adopters of new technology, from social networks (anybody remember Gowalla, Brightkite or Whrrl?) to devices like tablets. By now, if you’re like many of us, you may have already gotten rid of your first or second tablet and upgraded. With normalcy like that, […]

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3 Keys for Using Social Media to Generate Leads in the Building Industry

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  Use Social Media to Fill the Sales Funnel At last week’s Business Marketing Association International GROW! Conference in Chicago, I heard from Kipp Bodnar, an inbound marketing strategist at HubSpot, and Jeffrey Cohen, a social strategist for Radian6. Over the course of an hour, these two showed us the value of social media in […]

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