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There’s a point in the sales funnel where the prospect is handed off to the next team member. Specifically, this is the point of the funnel where the marketing hands off prospects to sales and sales pass prospects to an account executive. The middle of the funnel is like a valve. At this point, you can expand lead quality definitions to pass a higher volume of leads to your sales team, or even tighten the definitions to give them a more specific segment of qualified leads. In the middle of the funnel, marketing facilitates the hand-off to sales. For this hand-off, content is created to engage and educate leads to identify who is interested in making a purchase. This part of the funnel has the biggest potential for marketing and sales to not completely align, so it requires the most attention. Below, we have some tips for how to prevent leads from going cold in the middle of the funnel.

 

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Staying relevant in your industry is harder than ever. Every industry is overly saturated with companies fighting for the attention of their audience. Each company has its own way to provide value, and it can be really difficult to convince your customers that you provide a more valuable product than your competition. For this reason, you need to be able to set yourself apart from the rest of the pack to survive. Search engine optimisation is a great strategy to not only maximise the visits to your website, but it can also keep your efforts relevant and competitive in a saturated market. Below, we have some of the ways that search engine optimization can benefit the marketing performance of your business.  

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For any business, customers are the number one priority. If we continue to look at customers as just a means of bringing in money, we are going to miss the opportunity to nurture a strong connection with them. Loyalty is more than a returning customer and multiple purchases: it’s the line between whether they will refer your company to their friends, engage with you on social media, and commit to advocating for you. No amount of money can buy a customer's trust. 

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Are you satisfied with your content marketing practices? Improving our daily marketing tactics is an ongoing, cyclical process that requires a good bit of testing to get right. Content marketing is a great tool for educating and informing your customers, but it’s important to make sure that our content is optimized to perform as well as it possibly can. Below, we’ve got some tips and techniques for improving your content marketing to increase engagement with your audience.

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What does the future of marketing look like? The marketing industry is constantly changing in the face of several different challenges, and marketers should be prepared to change with it. Staying ahead of trends is never an easy job, but it makes a huge difference in preparing for the future. As we move further into 2020, take the time to establish what your marketing priorities should be and what steps you can take to meet each priority in the years to come.

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Winning over prospective customers is never an easy task. You have to demonstrate that you are capable of delivering on what your product promises. Writing case studies are a perfect way to showcase your company’s ability to follow through on what you provide. A case study examines the customer’s challenge or pain point and what it took to get a solution. They can vary in length, but the case study should measure success using metrics that your client has agreed upon. A well-written case study shows the positive impact your business has on your customer base. Below, we discuss how to write a case study that will attract new leads.

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I’d be lying if I said that I was a CEO, business leader or guru. Quite simply, I am not. I am just a marketing manager passionate about the many marketing projects that I get to spend my day on.

For readers who haven’t heard from me in a while (lucky you!), I thought I would give you an insight into Mellissah Smith 2020.

I asked for a friend to pose a few questions which I answered:

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In an omnichannel marketing approach, it’s all about creating a personalized and consistent customer experience, no matter what platform they are using to engage with your brand. This means that the experience should be consistent across all channels: social media, customer service, website, brick and mortar, and email campaigns. Email campaigns are especially important because they are at the centre of your customer’s digital life and can drive the highest ROI among other digital communication channels. Below, we’ve got four benefits of email marketing in an omnichannel marketing approach. 

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Plenty of companies go through brand transformations every year, but what exactly does that look like? More often than not, brands fall back on changing or updating the logo with a new colour scheme. This is a great step forward by any metric, but it should never stop with a newish logo. A rebrand should be treated as a complete company brand overhaul, a revolution of your company’s messaging and branding. Your logo design will play a part in this, but it’s only a piece of the greater objective. Any brand changes should be seen as an exciting and new opportunity for your company and your employees to improve the overall customer experience. It’s not products that are selling these days; it’s the experience a company provides. In this blog, we’ve got a few ideas to ensure a successful brand relaunch.

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Content marketing has been hugely transformative for the entire industry, resulting in companies trying to reach their audience through their content marketing pieces. It might be hard for a lot of marketing teams to see the value in content marketing now, especially with this oversaturation of content that audiences sift through every day. But the truth is that content marketing in the B2B space is still just as vital as ever; you just have to be more proactive with the content that your company produces. 2020 should be the year that your company revitalizes and repurposes your content marketing efforts. In this blog, we have some tactics to consider when you revitalize your B2B content marketing strategy.

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Webinars may seem like a forgotten form of marketing, but the truth is that webinars aren’t the easiest thing to pull off. It requires months of planning, writing, re-writing, designing, and promotion to finally get to the webinar, but it doesn’t always pay off the way we want it to. There’s a huge difference between good webinars and bad webinars, and it usually boils down to how much work was done in the planning and writing stages. Below, we have some considerations for making sure that your next webinar is great.

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Whether you are selling a product or a service, it’s intended for a specific group of customers, or a target market. But do you understand anything about that group of people? This where a target audience comes, which defines that group of people. A target audience is a group of consumers characterised by behaviors and specific demographics, and knowing your target audience can help to influence decision making for a marketing strategy. Finding your target audience takes a lot of work and research so that you can figure out who exactly you want to reach. Below, we have some tips on how to find your target audience.

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It’s really easy to look at customers as a way to bring in revenue, which is a great misunderstanding of who they are and why are engaging with you. Every customer goes through a purchasing journey, and marketers and business owners desperately need to understand this journey. Never assume that you know what each customer needs! Spend the time and effort to understand what each customer faces when making a purchasing journey so that you can improve. Below, we have some considerations for marketers and business owners who are trying to understand their customer’s journeys.

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With all of the social media platforms available to everyone in 2020, it can be hard for businesses (especially in the B2B sector) to find a way to break through the mold. Because there’s an oversaturation of businesses vying for the attention of their customers and new lead, B2B marketers have to know exactly where to invest their time and energy. B2B marketing involves three social platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. But are all of these platforms a great fit for your B2B marketing efforts? For B2B marketers, LinkedIn is by far the most trusted channel. Below, we have a few reasons why you should trust LinkedIn as your social media platform in 2020. 

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