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Follow The ABM Road Map To Recruit The Right Channel Partners

Steven Casey 3 hours ago
As the artificial distinction between account-based marketing (ABM) programs and everything else we do in B2B continues to dissolve, more firms are realizing that they can leverage the same account-centric strategies, tactics, and technologies to improve the performance of every aspect of their businesses. That includes partner marketing programs, which face two significant challenges today. […]
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The Future Of Sales Enablement Is The C-Suite

Mary Shea April 30, 2019
Sales enablement is poised to be a formidable engine of growth in the years to come. Watch the video below to see Principal Analyst Mary Shea lay out her vision of the future of sales enablement, and read her full report, “The Future Of Sales Enablement Is The C-Suite,” to learn what all this means […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Matthew Guarini April 24, 2019
Crisis Management Is Changing  Boeing’s having a tough run. The company is under intense scrutiny after two crashes involving its 737 MAX jets, with governments grounding planes globally. This isn’t the first time Boeing planes have crashed — but PR-wise, it’s the worst. What’s different serves as caution for all leaders, regardless of industry. The […]
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ABM: Flash In The Pan Or Here To Stay?

Steven Casey April 22, 2019
At the SiriusDecisions 2019 Summit on May 5–8 in Austin, Texas, I will join two of my new colleagues from SiriusDecisions, Service Director Matt Senatore and Senior Research Director Bob Peterson, in presenting our POV on the future of account-based marketing (ABM). I have to say that, prior to Forrester’s acquisition of Sirius, I was […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Matthew Guarini April 18, 2019
Is There A Resurgence For The CIO Role? For years, the CIO role looked like it had been moving toward “chief infrastructure officer,” with many executives feeling like the transformative part of their job had been carved out and handed to chief digital officers. We have always been dubious that CDOs without deep technology expertise […]
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Q&A — Evan Jones, CMO Of Fender

Melissa Parrish April 18, 2019
The feedback on Consumer Marketing 2019 is rolling in: Attendees loved our focus on the direct-to-consumer (DTC) challenger brand trend, why consumers are responding so positively, and how traditional brands can learn from these up-and-comers. In fact, the audience was so engaged with the content and speakers that questions kept coming in long after the […]
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Let’s Unpack The Latest Agency Acquisition — Epsilon + Publicis = ?

Fatemeh Khatibloo April 16, 2019
On Monday, Publicis Groupe officially announced its plans to acquire marketing services agency and loyalty provider Epsilon-Conversant from Alliance Data Systems for US$4.4 billion. We predicted this acquisition months ago, since IPG’s purchase of Acxiom and Dentsu Aegis Network’s (DAN) purchase of Merkle left Publicis as the only holding company without a significant data management […]
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Get Sirius About Customer Engagement Marketing

Laura Ramos April 11, 2019
In 2003, Fred Reichheld, who was by then a partner at Bain & Company, introduced a way of measuring how well an organization treats its customers. This metric also assessed how well a firm generates relationships worthy of loyalty. Sixteen years later, most businesspeople recognize this metric as the Net Promoter Score (NPS). Mr. Reichheld […]
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Content, Experiences Key Focuses At Adobe Summit

Nick Barber March 27, 2019
At Adobe’s marketing conference, the company focused on content and experiences as the key differentiators for brands. Watch my video summary of the event that explores these key themes. Questions or comments? Find me on Twitter. Forrester clients: Set up an inquiry.
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Use Direct Mail To Get The Attention Of Your Digital-First B2B Buyers

Steven Casey March 25, 2019
When was the last time you answered a phone call from a phone number you didn’t recognize or opened an email from an unfamiliar sender? Like, never? Same here. The sad truth about most modern marketing tactics is that they’re too cheap and too easy. When anyone can do it, everyone will — which also […]
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What CIOs Can Learn From Fleetwood Mac About Marketing

Caroline Robertson March 5, 2019
Here at Forrester, we love all things music. Each office floor has a different musical theme, and all the rooms are named after popular musicians of the time. It’s not uncommon to have a team meeting in Guns N’ Roses or an afternoon phone call in Jackson Browne. So it seems natural to think of […]
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The Analytics Opportunity For Marketing And Sales Alignment: An Encore Presentation

Allison Snow February 28, 2019
I’m bringing this topic to the top of your inbox, so to speak, but not (just) because I’m self-promotional. Lack of alignment really does continue to plague B2B sales and marketing organizations. Last year, I began to explore this challenge with analytical methods front and center. My hypothesis: B2B marketers and sales can use a […]
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Modern (B2B) Love: Deepen Customer Relationships With Post-Sale Engagement Marketing

Laura Ramos February 22, 2019
Ah yes, anyone suffering from a chocolate hangover? Or an excess of corny romanticism? Let’s face it, we all love “love” — but with Valentine’s Day a week behind us, the last thing you probably want right now is more advice on relationships. Before you toss aside some of that abundant advice about personal relationships, […]
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DiscoverOrg Shakes Up B2B Data Provider Market With Acquisition Of ZoomInfo

Steven Casey February 5, 2019
B2B marketing data provider DiscoverOrg announced on February 4 that the company is buying ZoomInfo. Our snap analysis is this is a smart move that shakes up the market and bolsters DiscoverOrg’s position in it. ZoomInfo has successfully leveraged its traditional strength as contact data specialist to build out a comprehensive data-as-a-service platform that now […]
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CMOs: To Get A Seat At The Digital Transformation Table, Command Your Customer’s Experience

Thomas Husson February 5, 2019
Only 16% of CMOs are responsible for leading the execution of their firm’s digital transformation. Now is the time to rethink your role. Too few CMOs actively lead or are deeply involved in digital transformation. CIOs, COOs, CXOs, and CDOs have filled the gap but don’t represent the voice of the customer or bring the […]
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Welcome To The B2B Marketing Renaissance

Lori Wizdo January 27, 2019
A long time ago, Peter Drucker, a man whom Businessweek once called “the father of business management,” wrote: This was written a long time ago — a few years before I embarked on my long career as a B2B marketer. I can attest that for most of that long career, I didn’t feel like the […]
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It’s Time To Mainstream ABM

Lori Wizdo January 17, 2019
When account-based marketing (ABM) burst onto the scene in 2015, it was positioned by a number of vendors as the death of traditional marketing. And while that controversial approach might have been great for creating buzz and drawing attention, it created significant confusion for the mainstream B2B marketer. It’s taken a couple of years to […]
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“Crap” Content Continues To Describe B2B Marketing — Don’t Let It Describe Yours

Laura Ramos December 7, 2018
In 2013, Doug Kessler and the crew at Velocity Partners published “Crap: the single biggest threat to B2B content marketing” — a work of thought leadership genius that I still tell marketers to read today. In just 50 PowerPoint slides, Velocity Partners explains why the current deluge of marketing “content” won’t serve buyers and what you […]
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Video: 2019 Research Themes (And A Few Resolutions)

Allison Snow November 27, 2018
Like most people, I consider November a good time to start thinking about the clean slate that a new year brings. There is lots of room to reflect on one year and get ready for the next one with a bit more, well, “resolve,” so to speak. I’ll be an all-around better person, for sure — […]
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Predictions 2019: B2B Marketing And Sales — Mission Possible

Caroline Robertson November 8, 2018
Many attendees of our B2B Marketing 2018 Forum remarked how the energy was high and the focus was driven — the marketing and sales leaders who joined us in Austin were on a mission to overdeliver on business expectations for their practice and figure out how to manage the conflicting priorities that 31% of respondents to […]
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