Trying to figure out what your approach should be in B-to-B social media groups, or how to craft your lead nurturing e-mails so they strike the right tone that gets and keeps your audience's attention? Maybe you could use some content marketing ideas or even good old-fashioned advice on generating additional sales from your existing customer base.
The following roundup offers several pointers for teasing more performance from your B-to-B marketing efforts.
1. Develop better lead nurturing e-mails.
Automating your lead nurturing e-mails is one thing; getting results with these e-mails is another. Laura Ramos, former Forrester analyst and current vice president of industry marketing at Xerox Global Services, North America, suggests marketers ask their companies' leading sales representatives to share and rate their "top 10 e-mail opening lines they've seen work with prospects" to identify good conversational approaches. Then, you can "narrow this set down to three or four, and conduct A/B testing to determine which formats, elements and offers work best on which audiences."
2. Repurpose existing strong content into new formats with added value to attract leads.
For example, Babcock & Jenkins turned a marketer's technical white paper into a multimedia eBook that offered video interviews with the company's thought leaders paired with links to numerous downloads of more content on the specific subjects. Julie Wisdom, Babcock & Jensen's executive creative director, told attendees at a MarketingSherpa conference that "the eBook attracted eight times as many readers as the original white paper-including hard-to-reach C-level executives."
An even quicker approach is to take the key findings from your whitepapers and break them up into individual blog posts; an internal expert can add a little timely commentary to connect the ideas to current events.
3. Bring value to interactions on B-to-B social media communities.
According to Kristin McKenna, field marketing manager at Silverpop, today's B-to-B prospect does not make solitary buying decisions; rather, he's part of what McKenna's colleague Adam Needles calls "a complex, savvy buying unit." In her post, "Successfully Engaging with B2B Buyer Communities," on Silverpop's Demand Generation blog, McKenna writes, "This means B2B marketing more than ever must balance engagement with the singular user/buyer with the community surrounding that buyer and his/her decision."