The Secret to Supercharging Your Content Production

Editor’s note: Today’s post is from Liz O’Neill from Kapost. Her last Funnelholic guest post knocked it out of the park. She’s back and appreciate the value Kapost is trying to deliver to the content marketing world with the templates they are offering. See more below!

Marketers today are under a lot of pressure. They’re responsible not only for engaging leads, but also for converting prospects, driving revenue and retaining business.

The major tool at their disposal? High-quality content at every stage of the funnel. And to beat the competition, they need to create a lot of it. In other words, they need to scale their content marketing production.

And it’s at this stage where most marketers stumble.

Why? Because as content demands grow, ad hoc processes fail. And building entirely new content workflows steal valuable time and resources away from actually producing that content, capturing leads, and driving revenue. [Read more...]

This is Optimizely’s Home Page

Optimizely helps organizations optimize their websites via A/B testing. (Pretty surprising considering the company name…I am full of big surprises) I only mention this because they clearly know how to create pages that convert. In other words, copy them. I don’t confess to be the world’s greatest web designer (please see the Funnelholic design for example) but I do know marketing, follow marketing trends, and know who we should all copy and follow. The simple call-to-action home page is one of my favorites if not my #1. This is not a new trend, but clearly one that has not been picked up by 99.3% of business websites out there. Oh and this is the shortest blog post I have written in years but I think I make my point. Check it.

online marketing, optimization

Craig Rosenberg is the Funnelholic and a co-founder of Topo. He loves sales, marketing, and things that drive revenue. Follow him on Google+ or Twitter

5 Ways for Marketers at Mid-Sized Companies to Survive (and Thrive)

Today’s author is Dennis Shiao, Director of Product Marketing at DNN. He is awesome and this research is really interesting. We are lucky to have the opportunity to have him on the Funnelholic today.

Introduction

I’m trying to channel my inner Billy Beane. No, I don’t imagine that Brad Pitt will play my role in a made-for-Hollywood true story. You see, I’m a marketer at a mid-sized software company (DNN). In Marketing, we’re like the front office of a ball club. We make moves and stay on the look-out for interesting opportunities. But like Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, we have limited resources, compared to the New York Yankees of the software world. Despite that, management expects us to contend for a championship. This means that we have expectations comparable to the Yankees, but far less resources available. You know what else? The “Moneyball” tactics employed by Billy Beane (i.e. using analytics to derive unfair gains against statistically-averse competitors) are now commonplace in Marketing. That means that “test, measure, adapt, interate” is part and parcel of being a marketer today. Beating the Yankees requires far more than that.

Marketing Got Complicated

But wait, there’s more. According to a research report commissioned by DNN, marketers at mid-sized companies are faced with an increasing degree of complexity in the tools and systems they use.

dnn, marketing, marketing technology[Download a copy of the report, “Marketing Got Complicated: Challenges (and Opportunities) for Marketers at Mid-Sized Companies.] [Read more...]

We Used this Video as our Webinar Reminder and It’s Awesome

As we prepared to produce the Funnelholic Virtual Sales Summit, Andrew Angus from Switch Video came to us and said: “I have something really cool we want to do for the reminder email.” Keep in mind, we are always looking for marketing innovation and especially online event innovation. So, of course, we said “Yes, yes, and yes”.

And it’s awesome. Basically, Andrew’s team created a video reminder for the event which is already awesome but it takes the person’s name and company and automatically inserts it into the video. Bingo! Personalization!! If you signed up, you will get yours in an hour.

I see some many other use cases for this solution — personalized product/explainer videos for sales (personalized animated email follow-up or more — you can animate a lot of the sales process), lead follow up for marketing (lead comes in and send personalized video), the list goes on and on. I love it and people love short, entertaining videos. Check out and thank Switch Video when you get a chance or contact Andrew yourself…

And the video:

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Your Content is the New Cold Call

Editor’s note: Today’s post is from myDocket CEO Jason Wesbecher. Jason did a previous post on the Funnelholic: The “3 Ps” of Killer Drip Campaigns. The post absolutely blew up — tons of traffic, lots of compliments. So when Jason had another idea for the post — I jumped on it. Jason and the team at MyDocket are taking on a challenge that is near and dear  to my heart — helping sales leverage content when selling. This is a great post…enjoy.

content selling, prospectingA few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend Forrester’s Sales Enablement [Read more...]

Introducing Content Scoring: The Metric That Will Revolutionize Your Marketing

Editor’s note: Today’s post is from Liz O’Neill from Kapost. Couple reasons I asked a Kapost writer to write again for the Funnelholic. First, the earlier post on managing an editorial calendar was awesome and got fantastic traffic. Secondly, they announced content scoring and I think it’s an exciting breakthrough in content marketing. Oh and they have great writers. Liz is one of those great writers as you can tell by this thorough and well-written post. Enjoy.

There’s no denying the imperative role content plays in propelling buyers down the funnel. 93% of B2B marketers use content marketing and 78% of CMOs think it’s the future of the industry.

Marketers are expected to publish content that results in a constant stream of valuable leads. While innovations like lead scoring offer insight into whether marketers are hitting lead gen goals, understanding exactly why they are — and what content influenced those leads — has involved a lot of “educated guessing.” Until now.

Content scoring is a process that reveals exactly how many leads and opportunities a piece of content generates. Unlike pageviews, uniques and shares, content score applies an actual numerical value (a “content score”) to the content an organization produces based on how leads, opportunities or closed deals interacted with that content.

The result is valuable insight into the true ROI of content, enabling marketers to make informed decisions about which content assets to produce.

How Content Scoring Works

So, how does content scoring work exactly? Put simply, it works backwards from a buyer’s journey to specified conversion stage, highlighting the content that buyer digested along the way.

Let’s explore by taking a look at the journeys of two marketing qualified leads (MQLs).

content marketing, demand generation,

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The Impact of Customer Case “Stories”

sales, sales tacticsThis post has been sitting in my editing queue for a month. Then I read a great article on telling stories from Harvard Business Review [Read more...]