We’ve all had marketing or sales plans that are forgotten in the daily grind of things. After a few of these have been introduced to employees and put on the back burner, it’s easy to think that there is no merit to create a plan. But having a succinct plan backed by analysis and insight is the difference between trudging along without any sense of direction and carefully guiding your business down a chosen path. In fact, the data shows that having a marketing and sales plan can make all of the difference between success and failure.
The way customers are buying is evolving, and the savy marketer knows that the best way to convert sales is to play by customers' rules: follow their journey to purchasing. The Consumer Decision Journey is made up of the six stages that potential customers experience throughout the process of buying. Knowing each of these stages allows your sales and marketing team to provide the right content at the right time to more effectively convert sales and help consumers who would benefit from your business. We've created an infographic that provides a clear and simple outline of the Consumer Decision Journey and the touchpoints where you can make the largest impact. Check it out below!
We’ve officially entered 2017, and with the new year naturally comes new marketing trends that will play a large role in the next 365 days. Although many of these trends have been around for a while, a push towards their widespread adaptation will most likely make them major players in the marketing world for 2017.
So the title may be a bit of an exaggeration, but we’ve compiled a list of helpful online resources for CMOs. These include blogs to keep an eye on, the most popular B2B publications, and Twitter accounts that can provide marketing insights and help inspire new ideas for your marketing strategy. All in one place! Without further ado, here are three of the most useful lists for B2B CMOs:
In today’s world of web analytics, measuring marketing and advertising efforts is easier than ever before. What was once considered guesswork can now be analyzed with quantitative data to provide solid reporting. But how can we know which metrics to measure?
Social media’s interactive qualities allow for meaningful exchanges between potential leads and businesses. Yet there is always the possibility of negative interactions: a post discounting a product, a negative review, or a comment blaming a company for a problem. How can you respond to these negative comments in a productive, respectful way? This post will walk you through some helpful tips for successfully responding to difficult social media posts.
A recent report by TrackMaven showed that B2B companies who use social media receive their highest engagement ratios on Instagram. While LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are the most popular platforms for B2B companies, Instagram is an open playing field with only 19% of B2B companies using the platform. Yet the data is staggering: the engagement ratio for B2B companies on Instagram (the average number of interactions per post per 1,000 followers) is 22.53, 20 times more than the engagement ratio for LinkedIn (1.09). If Instagram provides such high levels of engagement, why are so few B2B companies taking advantage of this social media platform?
The FitzMartin team watches the Birmingham Barons play in the Rickwood Classic
Since its inception in 1996, the Rickwood Classic has been a Birmingham favorite. Once a year, the Birmingham Barons travel back to the historic Rickwood Field, the oldest ballpark in the country, to play a game in celebration of Birmingham's baseball history.