What is the Most Trusted Content? (Research)

Do I trust you? How do I build trust? What types of content do people trust? Building trust is a critical part of any marketing strategy and is especially important when creating a content marketing strategy.  The Ascend2 Content Marketing Engagement Survey asked marketing professionals what types of content are most trusted by target audiences? At the top of the list, … Read More

Marketing Technology Utilization: Is Technology Helping to Meet Goals?

Marketing technology (martech) is growing at a rapid pace, and proving the point, look at the 2019 Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic. The Supergraphic includes 7,040 marketing solution provides. To put the growth in perspective, the Supergraphic first published in 2011 with a total of 150 marketing solution providers. But does growth in the industry translate to results for marketing?  The Ascend2’s … Read More

Strategies, Tactics and Trends for Marketing Resource Effectiveness

Increasing the number of leads, sales prospects and customers acquired, and improving brand awareness, are all primary objectives for a marketing strategy according to a majority of marketing influencers. Planning and deploying a marketing strategy will benefit from an objective point of view and skills that may not be available in-house. But how will you choose the right resources to … Read More

Developing a Hyper-Personalization Strategy

Do you take advantage of personalization in your marketing campaigns?   Many companies have only scratched the surface of how they use personalization to target prospects, engage audiences, accelerate the sales process, and increase sales revenue.   Basic personalization, such as including a person’s first name on an email campaign, is just the first step of a new world of personalization: hyper-personalization.  … Read More

Most Effective Marketing Technologies to Implement

Technology implemented for content marketing purposes is considered most effective by about half (51%) of marketing influencers. Marketing analytics and email marketing are also considered most effective martech implementations by 47% and 45% respectively. The technology available to marketers is changing rapidly. The technological needs of marketers is also changing, becoming critically important to business success. But what trends will … Read More

Top Challenges of a 2019 Digital Marketing Strategy

Engaging customers online and measuring digital marketing results are challenging barriers to success for 49% and 47% of marketing influencers respectively. The sales-related goal of increasing customer acquisition is also a barrier to success for marketers. Prospects and customers are almost always online. And an effective digital marketing strategy provides the plan of action required to engage them. Sounds simple, … Read More

Developing an Email-Driven Content Marketing Strategy

About one-third (34%) of marketing influencers say their organization has already developed an email-driven content marketing strategy, while another 35% are acting on it now. One-quarter (25%) are still talking about it, and the remaining 6% have done nothing yet to develop a plan. Digital marketers are combining email and content marketing strategies to optimize results. But what does a … Read More

Effective Tactics for Generating and Nurturing Leads to Create Demand

According to 47% and 46% of marketing influencers respectively, social media marketing and email marketing are effective tactics for achieving the top lead generation priorities. Content or video marketing (39%) and SEO (38%) are the also effective tactics. Creating demand in a digital world requires a combination of effective strategies to both generate and nurture leads, with the goal of … Read More

The Importance of Measuring Marketing Attribution

Management and marketers want to know what impact marketing has on sales revenue. That’s why 81% of marketing influencers describe measuring marketing attribution as very important. Measuring and attributing the results of marketing efforts to revenue has become a primary goal for many companies. But what strategies and tactics are savvy companies using to measure marketing attribution? Click here to … Read More

Effective Tactics Used for Marketing Optimization

Mapping the customer experience and utilizing personalized/dynamic content are considered effective tactics for optimizing marketing automation by 53% and 51% of marketing influencers respectively. Marketing automation is “very important” to the overall performance of marketing, according to 94% of the best-in- class marketers participating in a recent Ascend2 survey. But how do you optimize marketing automation to continually increase performance? … Read More