Proving B2B ROI Is Hard, But You’re Still Responsible for It

Don’t Ditch Lead Generation—Do Lead Generation Better As B2B marketers, how do we quantify the results of our work? How do we prove the effectiveness? The ROI. That’s the constant challenge we face, especially when it comes to the building industry, where we have to be that much smarter. The numbers prove it: 32% of…

There’s a Word for Doing Something Just to Please Yourself…And It’s Not “Customer-Centric”

Content Marketing Must Be Customer-Centric, Not Company-Centric You know what I just love? Reading content by a business about their business. In my time as a marketer, I’ve learned that most of the world’s best writing comes when the writer completely disregards the audience’s needs. If I can read an entire history of a company…

Building Products Marketers Need Sales to Survive

Sales and Strategy Go Hand In Hand   What if I told you that all the effort you put into marketing your building products was absolutely useless? What if I told you that no matter how great the creative, how brilliant the strategy, and how alluring the incentive, your approach was doomed to fail? Because…

Not Ready to Speak? Try Listening.

With Building Products Social Media Marketing, Start by Listening I hear constantly from building product marketers that social media doesn’t apply to their business—that it’s “a B2C thing” or that it’s “for Millennials” and has no use when it comes to generating marketing qualified leads and closing sales. But when someone says this, what they’re…

I Want B2B Marketers to Talk Dirty

Why Now Is the Time for B2B E-Commerce     There’s a dirty word in the world of B2B marketing. A word that strikes fear in the hearts of B2B marketers and sales people everywhere. It’s a word many are afraid to say, but not me. I’m talking about e-commerce. (See? Told you—not afraid.) Many…

B2B Marketing: What’s Easy Isn’t Necessarily What’s Right

Is Your Marketing Making Life Easier for You or Your Prospects? There’s a saying that doing the easy thing is not the same as doing the right thing. It’s definitely true for B2B marketers—what’s easy for us to produce might not be what is right for our audience to consume. But we like easy; as children,…

Content Your Audience Wants But Isn’t Getting

Is Your Content Passive or Interactive? It’s no longer enough for content to be good. (Heck, maybe it never was.) It’s not even enough for content to be timely, personalized, well-distributed, or repurposed. What’s also important is that your content is interactive—or at least, some of your content is interactive. In fact, a Customer Think…

B2B Email: Only As Good As the Inbox It Lands In

Simple Tips for Email Deliverability You’ve done the unthinkable: you’ve crafted the perfect marketing email. A stunning design, perfect CTA, and breathtakingly relevant content. And guess what? None of it matters if it doesn’t land in an inbox. Email deliverability is one of the most important things to keep in mind as you engage with…

Recycling—Not Just Good for the Environment

Repurpose Your Content for Greater ROI Content marketing is a big deal for B2B marketers right now. If you didn’t know that, you haven’t been reading enough Navigate-the-Channel lately. In the past few weeks alone, we’ve discussed the importance of the Buyer 360 (creating the right content at the right time for the right audience)…

Content Marketing No-No’s

Don’t Let Your Company Make These Content Marketing Mistakes! Content is easy, right? All you have to do is write a couple pages about a product you sell and people will want to read it, right?Because what you have to say is just so interesting, right? Anyone can do it, right? It’s so easy, right?…

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