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First Forrester New Wave™ On ABM Platforms Sets The Bar For A Dynamic And Growing Market

Steven Casey June 1, 2018
Well, that was interesting! We just published our “The Forrester New Wave™: ABM Platforms, Q2 2018” report, which profiles the 14 most significant vendors in this market: 6sense, Demandbase, Engagio, Jabmo (formerly Azalead), Lattice Engines, Madison Logic, MRP, Radius, RollWorks, TechTarget, Terminus, Triblio, True Influence, and ZenIQ. Based on our comprehensive criteria, Forrester’s take is […]
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Back2Basics: Why B2B Marketers Should Differentiate On Customer Experience

Laura Ramos May 16, 2018
“To survive in a world of ‘killer competition,’ you can either distinguish yourself from your competitors or offer the lowest price.” That’s the opinion of Jack Trout, co-author of Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind, late president of Trout & Partners, father of the positioning concept. In this month’s conversation with Johannesburg-based author Mark Eardley, […]
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What Brought Me Back To Forrester: Our Market-Leading Engagement Around Emerging Technologies

James Staten April 30, 2018
It is such a pleasure to be back at Forrester, especially now when our firm is actively embracing and helping you, our customers, leverage new technologies to innovate and differentiate your business. After three years leading technology strategy and market development for Microsoft Azure and Equinix, what brought me back were three things: The value […]
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Global Marketing Automation Spending Will Reach $25 Billion By 2023

Jennifer Adams April 30, 2018
Marketers today are managing more channels, more content, and more data, while delivering vast quantities of personalized content quickly around the globe. As digital marketing complexity increases, more marketers are embracing automation tools to improve efficiency and speed to market. In our first Marketing Automation Technology Forecast, 2017 To 2023, we expect global spending on […]
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Through-Channel Marketing Represents The Third Stage For Sales And Marketing Leaders

Jay McBain April 25, 2018
  Over the past few decades, sales and marketing leaders have been transforming themselves into predictable, data-driven business units. The CRM stage started in the 1990s and accelerated quickly a decade later with lower-priced cloud offerings. The marketing automation stage began to grow exponentially around 2008 and has reached critical mass in its first decade. […]
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Marketers, You Desperately Need A New Mindset

Jim Nail April 20, 2018
You have to feel bad for marketers: For years, they’ve tried to keep pace with changing buyer behaviors and adapt to the cross-device and cross-channel habits of their customers. To guide their progress, they’ve fallen back on familiar routines: benchmarking against past performance, optimizing short-term results, and pushing people through the sales funnel. The problem […]
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ABM: Just Another Name For Go-To-Market Planning And Execution?

Laura Ramos April 17, 2018
Top B2B marketing leaders think carefully and thoroughly about which markets represent the best fit for their offerings. Account-based marketing (ABM) is the most recent embodiment of this practice – what is generally called go-to-market strategy. Old timers (like me!) hear the ABM hoopla and think “wasn’t this called major* account management 10 years ago?” […]
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What Question Must Your Messaging Answer?

Laura Ramos April 13, 2018
Account-based marketing (ABM), demand generation, social selling, channel marketing, go-to-market strategy, marketing mix, campaign execution and almost anything that today’s B2B marketer worries about hinges on having relevant content that engages your buyers. My colleague, Ryan Skinner, defines content marketing as: A marketing strategy where brands create interest, relevance, and relationships with customers by producing, […]
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Two Important Video Questions Answered

Nick Barber April 10, 2018
Brands know that video resonates with their buyers, but if you’re new to producing video, the format can be daunting. There’s a great opportunity for B2B marketers to use video to help distill and showcase their company’s big ideas. In our report A Blueprint For Successful B2B Video Marketing we outline 3 steps that marketers […]
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Back2Basics: Sharing B2B Marketing Best Practices With Mark Eardley Of Marklives.com

Laura Ramos April 10, 2018
Earlier this year, Forrester’s South African PR team approached me with an opportunity to share a bit of our B2B thought leadership worldwide.  Mark Eardley, Johannesburg-based author and a regular column contributor to Marklives.com, came across our team’s predictions for 2018.  He was delighted to find a kindred-spirit in heralding a revival and reawakening in B2B […]
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My Sort-Of-Fictional-But-Really-Based-On-Reality Conversations With B2B Marketers About Insights

Allison Snow April 3, 2018
Despite acknowledging that insights-driven firms pack competitive advantage into every decision, marketers give me good reasons every single day that they can’t quite rise to the level of insights they want to. But, as in all things, progress can be as powerful as perfection. Take a look at some of these most common concerns and […]
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Are You Ready For Sales Readiness?

Mary Shea April 3, 2018
When was the last time you noticed that a colleague was excited about sales training? After having created many a training deck myself, I frequently feel badly about my inability to muster enthusiasm and prioritize time to invest in skills development. When today’s prospects and clients have high expectations for highly personalized consultative interactions, how […]
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Adobe Summit 2018: Unleash The Experience Makers!

Erna Alfred Liousas March 29, 2018
“Make experience your business,” Adobe’s rallying cry, is timely. Today, B2B and B2C customers observe a brand’s overall experience, not simply select products or touchpoints. As a former marketer now analyst covering social networks, online communities, user-generated content (UGC), and ratings and reviews, I encourage B2C marketers to create customer-driven experiences corresponding to specific audience […]
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The GDPR and The B2B Marketer: Ready or Not, Here I Come

Lori Wizdo March 14, 2018
The deadline for compliance with the GDPR is May 25, 2018, but the preparations of many B2B marketers range from nonchalant to indifferent. In our research interviews and inquiries about the GDPR, we find that many B2B marketers don’t think the regulation is a relevant concern because they think the GDPR doesn’t apply to business […]
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Personality And Empathy Are The Keys To Success With Bots And Virtual Assistants In B2B Marketing And Sales

Steven Casey March 11, 2018
Chatbots and virtual assistants (VAs) may be built on artificial intelligence and create customer experiences through digital personas, but the success you realize from them will depend in large part on your ability to account for the real and human aspects of their deployment, intra-organizational impact, and customer orientation. Start by treating your bots and […]
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Content Marketing Under GDPR: Upheaval Paves The Way To Quality Over Quantity

Varun Sedov March 1, 2018
With the looming May 25th deadline, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will be front of mind for all forms of marketers, from digital leads to field marketers. Content marketers will also be affected by the requirements of this new law, which seeks to protect the personal data of European consumers. This new era of […]
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Bynder’s Acquisition Of WebDAM For $49 Million Will Force Big Players To Innovate

Nick Barber February 16, 2018
The digital asset management (DAM) market continues to consolidate with the latest big purchase of San Mateo, CA based WebDAM by Bynder, a European player based in Amsterdam that has been expanding in the US. Consolidation signals maturity in the marketplace and that means that differentiation isn’t as easy. The hip Bynder culture and SaaS-based […]
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Marketers: Stop Being A Privacy Liability

Fatemeh Khatibloo February 6, 2018
Marketing’s evolution into a practice that relies deeply on individuals’ personal information has created amazing opportunities to expand reach and deepen customer relationships. But this evolution also creates serious risks for marketers and their brands. Our latest report takes a deep dive into the capabilities marketers should focus on to protect themselves and their customers’ […]
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Sales Digital Transformation: It’s Now Or Never!

Mary Shea January 8, 2018
Where is your company on this continuum of sales digital transformation? After writing about, speaking about, and advising clients on this topic for more than two and a half years, I believe we have crossed the chasm where it’s now a business imperative for companies of all shapes and sizes to move forward. Sales digital […]
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Three Emotional Territories That Winning Brands Get Right

Dipanjan Chatterjee November 6, 2017
Sell, Sell, Sell? Up-selling and cross-selling are extremely popular activities to boost profit margins. In my many years of consulting with financial services organizations, I have seen various shades of getting customers to buy up and buy into an assortment of product lines because a multi-product customer is vastly more profitable than one who subscribes […]
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