Howard Sewell

22 Potential Touchpoints for Your Next ABM Sales Play

When designing sales plays as part of your Account-Based Marketing (ABM) strategy, it pays to start with a few key questions: 1. What is the primary objective? (For example: secure an appointment, gain an introduction …) 2. What is the level of prior engagement (cold,…

Email Copywriting: Drive Action at Every Opportunity

Sales experts preach the value of “asking for the sale.” Don’t assume that your customer will buy when the time is right. Make the time now. The same rule applies to demand generation creative and to email copywriting in particular. Effective email campaigns are nothing...

ABM is a Strategy, Not a Campaign.

In the headlong rush to Account-Based Marketing, many B2B companies are, quite naturally, looking to implement ABM in a manner that allows them to dip their toes in the proverbial water. In the agency business, such as ours, this has led in turn to a...

Beware the Siren Call of Pre-Qualified Leads

There is a growing trend in the content syndication space, and among Cost Per Lead (CPL) programs in general, for media vendors to offer B2B clients the option of pre-qualified leads. Whereas typically, content syndication has meant acquiring leads, at a fixed cost, that...

Do ABM Marketers Underestimate the Value of Messaging?

Steve Patti is a former B2B CMO, agency CEO, and CxO advisor with 30 years of international experience helping brands grow revenues. Earlier this year, he launched The B2B Content Agency to provide clients with buyer research, message strategy and insight-lead sales narratives. I...

Observations from the 2017 Marketo Summit

This week was my eighth consecutive Marketo Summit, all of them as a sponsor/exhibitor. The event has transformed since 2009, when the customer party fit (literally) onto a suburban restaurant patio. (For a more detailed recounting of those early events, read this great article...

8 Questions to Help You Decide if Your Content is Good Enough

The best demand generation campaigns start with content that your prospects want. Even the best data, and sparkling creative, can’t save you or your campaign if your content and offer isn’t up to scratch. Here are 8 simple questions to help you decide whether...

5 Reasons Your Sales Reps Aren’t Getting Enough Qualified Leads

Earlier this year, I talked to a CMO at a B2B tech company whose sales counterpart was lobbying strongly for the company to adopt Account-Based Marketing (ABM) as part of their demand generation strategy. The reason? Though the marketing team was doing a great...

The Demise of the White Paper is Greatly Exaggerated

If you can say anything about marketers, it’s that we love obituaries. Yes, we love to declare things dead. Inbound Marketing? Dead.The MQL? Dead.Lead Funnels? Dead. Outside the rarified air of marketing punditry, however – i.e. in the land of marketing practitioners – all three…

An Email is Not a Campaign: the Case for Integrated Marketing

The reality of life as a professional marketer is that there is rarely, ever, enough time, budget, resources or bandwidth to plan, design, build, launch and manage every campaign as we would if we could. I get that. We all make compromises. And yet it’s...

7 Creative Demand Gen Tactics to Drive Trade Show Booth Traffic

Even in this digital age, trade shows are still a core part of many B2B marketers’ 2017 demand generation plans. Generating maximum return from that investment, however, requires careful planning, and close attention to both pre-show and post-show communications strategy. In a previous post, I...

The Changing Role of the Demand Waterfall: A Conversation with Terry Flaherty

Terry Flaherty is a Research Director at SiriusDecisions, a B2B marketing veteran, and a respected expert on Demand Generation (or Demand Creation, as SiriusDecisions prefers to call it.) He’s also the acknowledged godfather of the SiriusDecisions Demand Waterfall®, which makes him the person to...

Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

For a long time, “lead nurturing” was thought of as something you did with the leads that sales didn’t want. The theory was: leads come in, the sales team gets the hot ones, and the rest go to lead nurturing. Today, of course, a comprehensive...

3 Problems You Need to Solve Before You Buy New Marketing Technology

We marketers may be many things, but few of us can be described as patient. We want results, and we want them now. And so when martech companies come along promising instant answers to all our marketing challenges, we’re all ears. We all want...

Winning B2B Email Campaign Keeps it Simple

In B2B email marketing, does short copy always win over long? Not necessarily. The answer depends on your audience, the complexity of your message, and how well the copy maintains the reader’s interest and drives action. You won’t see or find many shorter B2B emails...

When & Where Should B2B Companies Outsource Marketing?

The following is an excerpt from an interview I conducted recently with the folks at TechnologyAdvice, a leading online provider of information resources to help IT professionals make informed buying decisions. For the complete interview, see the TechnologyAdvice marketing blog. Reposted with permission. (TA) Marketers...

5 Key Tips for Driving Attendance at Field Events

Don’t look now, but field events – seminars, roadshows, executive breakfasts – are making something of a comeback in B2B circles. Call it Webinar overload, or perhaps the surge of interest in more personalized, high-touch, account-based marketing. Whatever the reason, in-person events are starting...

Top 10 Marketing Automation Mistakes

It’s well documented that, of the companies who invest in marketing automation, many fail to achieve maximum return from that investment, or even utilize marketing automation technology to its full capacity. Many of the pitfalls that cause the returns on marketing automation to fall short...

5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox

Email may still be the workhorse in how B2B companies build relationships, maintain awareness, qualify leads and nudge prospects along the sales cycle, but these days, it pays to think about “lead nurturing” as more just an email campaign. That’s not because email is going...

Moving Past Responsive Design to a Mobile-First Email Strategy

By now we’ve all heard the statistics that as much as two-thirds of all email is opened or read on mobile devices. But no problem – you’re using responsive design for all your email campaigns, so you’ve got that covered, right? Well, not so fast.…

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