Mobile marketing is huge. Unfortunately, many B2B marketers are slow to adapt, believing that the complexity of B2B purchasing isn’t conducive to mobile devices.

Research shows that B2B marketing leaders are using mobile to drive, or influence, an average of more than 40 percent of their revenue. These leaders report that mobile speeds up time-to-purchase, particularly in more complex transactions, and a positive mobile user experience increases brand loyalty.

These insights and others are highlighted in the Boston Consulting Guide’s article, Mobile Marketing and the New B2B Buyer. The article also gives clear calls-to-action for B2B companies that don’t want to be left behind when it comes mobile marketing. These include:

  • Addressing buyers where they are spending their time on mobile: on-the-go and in the workplace.
  • Working to understand shifting customer behavior and mobile’s role.
  • Invest in creating a great mobile experience for customers.
  • Recognizing mobile’s impact, especially early in the purchase journey as customers formulate intent.
  • Tracking the buying experience across media and devices.
  • Testing increased investment in mobile advertising.
  • Adapting technology and data collection to a company’s business model and size.

If you are looking to improve your B2B mobile marketing strategy but are unsure where to start, GoLeads can help. Give us a call today at 402-334-1824 and we’ll lead the way.

Email remains one of the most effective forms of marketing. Despite its success, there are likely plenty of your customers and prospects who are not opening your emails at all.

Equally disheartening is when a customer or prospect opens your email but fails to convert. What’s a business to do? Well, read on for important tips that will help to boost the open and conversion rates of your emails.

  1. Segment your email lists. Targeting the right people is the key to improved email conversion rates. In light of this fact, it is imperative that you routinely evaluate your email lists to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. Remember, most lists have a shelf life of only six to 12 months.
  2. Customize. The more you know your customers and prospects, the better able you will be to tailor the content of your emails. And research shows that the more customized an email, the higher the conversion rate.
  3. Double opt-in. When you ask customers to confirm their email address, you increase engagement and also guarantee that your information is accurate. This small task takes little effort but can make a big difference.
  4. Nurture leads. One email is unlikely to convince anyone to do business with you. Instead, make sure you send a series of emails. For example, the first can introduce someone to your brand, the second can give an overview of your products or services and the third can offer a coupon or discount on an initial purchase.
  5. Use your brand voice. If your emails are being opened but not converting, you can probably attribute that to what you emails have to say. This is another case of how important it is to know who your audience is. Generic emails speak to no one. Serious customers will respond to an authoritative voice and statistics. Young mothers will likely respond best to calm and concern.
  6. Get the title right. No one has the time to guess what your emails are about. That means if the title or subject line of your email doesn’t tell them, they are going to hit the delete button sooner rather than later. There will be an opportunity once an email is opened to get your point across, but you have to get the reader to open it first.

People get several emails every single day. If you want yours to stand out, you have to make sure you know who you are targeting and allow those individuals to get a feel for who you are. Only then will your email campaigns be successful.

Webinars are an excellent way to engage with your target audience and get your brand noticed. It is for this reason that the number of companies offering webinars is on the rise. After all, who wouldn’t want to get in on the success of this extremely effective marketing tactic?

Unfortunately, many companies fail to do the hard work that is necessary to hold a truly productive webinar. This is a huge mistake since participants who feel that they are wasting their time on a webinar will usually disconnect before it is over. Even if they do sit through until the end, they are sure to walk away with a negative impression of the host company.

If you are considering holding a webinar, here are some tips that will help to ensure its success.

Tip #1: Ditch the Sales Pitch
Nothing will turn off webinar participants faster than feeling like they are sitting through a sales presentation. Remember, webinars are about building relationships, not making sales.

Tip #2: Make it Visually Appealing
Just as you wouldn’t go into a client meeting wearing a sloppy t-shirt, your webinar must look professional, as well. This includes everything down to the background. Has the connection been tested? Have you rehearsed your presentation? No detail is too small!

Tip #3: Don’t be a Bore.
Make sure you engage participants with interesting stories and anecdotes remembering that no one wants to sit through a boring lecture. You also should work hard to interact with your audience so it feels less like you are talking at them and more like you are talking with them.

Tip #4: Get the Timing Right.
Most professionals do not have time to sit through a two-hour webinar. Anything less than an hour is ideal. When scheduling your webinar, make sure you begin advertising it about a month in advance and include language that entices people to sign up right away, for example, “limited number of participants.”

Tip #5: Practice Makes Perfect.
Even the most seasoned webinar professionals would be hard pressed to host a webinar cold. If you are new to the webinar game you must practice. And then practice some more. Consider giving your presentation in front of co-workers and get their feedback. Tape your trial runs and watch to see if you think it sounds professional and engaging. It also is important to remember that you are not giving a speech, make sure your voice has plenty of inflections and that you sound natural. You don’t want it to seem as if you are reading from a script.

Webinars are big business today because they work. However, if you aren’t willing to do the work, you can count on your webinar falling flat.

Internet searches are now more likely to take place on a mobile device than on a desktop and this trend shows no signs of slowing. While experts have long predicted mobile would eclipse desktop usage, many small businesses are understandably unsure about their mobile SEO strategy.

The popularity of mobile is no reason for businesses to panic but they do need to face the fact that more than half of all internet searches are now taking place on mobile devices. They also need to make sure that their SEO efforts are optimized for mobile or they are going to lose out on a lot of traffic.

The fact is, most businesses understand the importance of SEO. Now they need to understand how to use that knowledge and apply it to mobile. What follows are a list of tips to get started on the path to successful SEO for mobile:

  1. Compose Compelling, Concise Headlines. Since mobile screens are smaller, it is important that headlines are short and to the point. Creativity is the key here. Headlines cannot be too wordy and they must quickly grab the attention of the reader.
  2. Clip Content. Posting an important article or blog in its entirety is fine but include some snippets of information at the top of the story so readers know if they want to commit to reading the whole article.
  3. Test on Different Devices. Many businesses only test their website on one type of device, but this is a mistake. Test to see that your website fits devices of all sizes so that your website is accessible to all. Likewise, website designs and features that work well on desktop screens don’t always translate to mobile. Test to find out if yours does. If it doesn’t, go for a simpler, cleaner look for mobile.
  4. Mind Your Load Times. Loading speeds are important to users who are in a hurry and also to search engines. If it takes too long for your website to load, both will bail out on you.
  5. Don’t Forget Social Media. Optimizing your website for mobile is critical but don’t forget to do the same for social media.

Finally, while mobile optimization is getting a lot of attention these days, remember that just less than half of visitors to your website will be doing so from their desktop. This means that while you should make sure your website is optimized for mobile, it should not be at the expensive of visitors using desktops.

Email marketing is a great way to reach new customers. And while landing new customers is an outstanding reason to use email marketing, it isn’t the only one.

Customer loyalty is another reason to employ email marketing. After all, customer loyalty is essential to the success of any business. Further, it is much more expensive to obtain a new customer than it is to retain a current one. And according to a recent study, email marketing did more to promote customer loyalty than social media.

Of course, using email to attract new customers and using it to retain current ones require slightly different tactics. Therefore, it’s important to know how to implement an email campaign that specifically targets your existing customers. What follows are some tips that will help make sure that you are engaging current customers with your email efforts.

  1. Get personal. A person’s name in the subject line is proven to increase open rates and increase spending! One study showed that transaction rates were more than 20 percent higher when an email was personalized in this manner.
  2. Remember that content is still king. Content that connects, educates and inspires is particularly important when targeting existing customers. If an individual is your customer, chances are that you have earned their trust. Continuing to provide them with quality content will take it a step further. They will come to see you as a thought leader in your industry and will be more likely to make purchases based on your recommendations.
  3. Segment your lists. Just as your target audience of prospects is segmented, your target audience of current customers should be, as well. A good way to make sure that your emails are being read is to tailor those emails to a particular demographic. Research shows that segmented email campaigns have an almost 15 percent greater open rate and get almost 60 percent more clicks than those that are not segmented. The best part is that since these are your customers, you have the data necessary to segment your list. Choose demographics such as age, gender, income, locale, purchase history and more.
  4. Don’t forget the call-to-action. Of course, there is one important thing that all emails-whether they target existing customers or prospects-must contain. A well-written, easy to see call-to-action is critical to getting customers and prospects to take the next step.

Email marketing is a tremendous way to attract and retain customers. The key is to tailor each campaign for the individuals you are targeting.