B2B Marketing News: B2B Marketers Face Rising Content Demands, Google’s Mobile Voice Assistant, Performance Marketing Budgets Grow, & The Hyper-Relevant Ad Balancing Act

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B2B marketers are struggling to produce enough content amid the pandemic
35 percent of B2B marketers have trouble producing the content needed to reach and engage audiences, while 68 percent are confident with their approach to content marketing, and only some 8 percent said they were able to attribute return on investment (ROI) to their content plan, according to recently-released survey data. The Drum

Google Launches Updated Google Analytics, Including Improved Reporting and Data Tracking Options
Google has given a significant overhaul to its popular Google Analytics website traffic analysis platform, adding a smarter artificial intelligence (AI)-infused approach including new insights such as churn probability and a variety of additional new predictive metrics, the search giant recently announced. Social Media Today

WordPress can now turn blog posts into tweetstorms automatically
WordPress has rolled out a new feature that allows entire posts created in the content management system to be shared and discussed on Twitter, including accompanying images and video, with support for multiple Twitter accounts, the firm recently announced. TechCrunch

Facebook & Instagram Drop Support For WordPress Embeds
Facebook and its Instagram platform will both cease supporting the traditional and widespread form of WordPress embedding, as unauthenticated embeds won’t work after an October 24 API update — a change aimed at driving publishers to create Facebook Developer accounts and use the oEmbed embedding format, Facebook announced recently. Search Engine Journal

Marketers Got Hyper-Relevant Advertising Messages Wrong, Study Finds
Brands achieve a 26.7 percent higher chance of gaining new customers when they target using a goal-driven advertising message mindset compared to an item-driven one, according to recently-released survey data that points out possible consequences of overly-specific ad targeting. MediaPost

Google Podcasts Manager shows you search impressions and clicks from Google Search
Google has launched a podcast performance monitoring and reporting system — Google Podcasts Manager — that shows how people find podcasts and what their listening habits are, among other new podcast-related data, Google recently announced. Search Engine Land

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Key Takeaways From Congress’ Digital Competition Report
Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are being urged to implement changes that would promote increased interoperability when it comes to digital advertising, and Adweek takes a look at some of the findings from the nearly 450-page U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee report. Adweek

YouTube Tests Product Tags in Selected Creator Videos as Part of Larger Shift Towards eCommerce
YouTube has begun testing interactive product tags within certain videos, including new integration with Shopify that could lead to more streamlined clickable products within video content, the video giant recently announced. Social Media Today

Google Assistant Opens, Searches, Completes Functions In Mobile Apps Using Voice
Google has enhanced its Google Assistant service with new voice search features for users of Android apps, including functionality to post to social media platforms, the firm recently announced. MediaPost

Performance Marketing Budgets to Increase as Marketers Chase ROI
42 percent of B2B marketers plan to increase budgeting for performance marketing initiatives by up to 20 percent over the next year, and 18 percent say they will increase those budgets by over 20 percent — two of several items of interest to digital marketers in recently-released survey data. MarketingCharts

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2020 October 16 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at “product choice overload” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Coworker’s Sly Smile In Zoom Meeting Suggests Separate Chat Happening Right Now — The Onion

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — Roundup Debate on why people follow influencers — DearMishuDad
  • Lee Odden — The Employees as Influencers – Insights from Adobe — Jason Falls
  • Nick Nelson — 10 Important Building Blocks for Small Business Success — Small Business Trends
  • Lee Odden / TopRank Marketing — The State of B2B Influencer Marketing [Research] — V3Broadsuite

Have you found your own top marketing stories from the past week of industry news? Please let us know in the comments below.

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B2B Marketing News: LinkedIn Tops Data Trust Survey, More Text Allowed In Facebook Ads, MarTech Spend Climbs To Pre-Pandemic Levels, & Google’s New Tables Tool

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Facebook Is Removing Its Restrictions on Text Content in Facebook Ad Images
Facebook will be relaxing strict text-in-ad-image ratio enforcement, while still encouraging the use of images that contain text in less than 20 percent of the image’s visible area, a move that could pave the way for new more text-heavy image options for marketers. Social Media Today

Google launches a work-tracking tool and Airtable rival, Tables
Google has rolled out Tables, a utility that provides new work-tracking options for uses including customer relationship management (CRM), project management, lightweight database without coding, automation and more, the search giant’s Area 120 incubator recently announced. TechCrunch

Instagram Launches New Reels Updates, Including Longer Clips and Improved Trimming
Instagram has launched a revision to its short-form vertical video offering and TikTok competitor Reels, which doubles the video length to 30 seconds and extends the recording timer function, among other refinements that come after Reels recent launch, the Facebook-owned firm announced. Social Media Today

Consumers and marketers at odds over ad preferences, Kantar study finds
Advertisers favor utilizing traditional mainstream social media platforms for digital ads, while consumers tend to be the most positive about ads seen on newer platforms, one of several findings of interest to online marketers in recently-released global survey data. Marketing Dive

Pinterest officially launches new Story Pins format in beta
Pinterest has launched Story Pins, its take on the widely-utilized stories format, incorporating a wide array of content types from text and images to video, and redefining the format by removing the ephemeral element present in offerings from other social media platforms, the firm has announced. TechCrunch

The B2B content that can help your sales team close
Survey data from multiple studies shows how B2B marketers are successfully creating content to be used at various stages of the buyer journey, and where content marketing priorities have been during 2020. ClickZ

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LinkedIn Updates Marketing Partner Program with New Specialty Categories
LinkedIn (client) has refined its Marketing Partner Program to better guide businesses to helpful resources and partners in categories divided into planning, execution, and measurement, the Microsoft-owned professional platform recently announced. Social Media Today

New Research: 67% Of Marketers Negatively Impacted By COVID-19, But Martech Investment Continues
Some 44 percent of marketers expect marketing technology spending levels to return to normal in 2021, while 67 percent also say that they have seen a negative impact due to the global pandemic in 2020, according to recently-released survey data. Demand Gen Report

With real-world experiences scarce, consumers warm to immersive tech, Accenture study says
64 percent of top consumer brands have begun investing in immersive digital experiences, with the technology credited in boosting consumer purchasing confidence by 9 percent in the U.S., while some 47 percent of consumers noted that they would pay more for products that could be personalized with immersive technology, according to newly-released survey data of interest to marketers looking to implement immersive experiences in the B2B realm. Marketing Dive

Americans Trust LinkedIn With Their Data, But They Are Wary of Facebook
LinkedIn (client) is the most trusted social media platform among U.S. users when it comes to personal data protections, topping Pinterest, Snapchat, Reddit, YouTube, and Instagram, while Facebook was the least-trusted platform, according to recently-released survey data of interest to digital marketers. Adweek

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2020 October 2 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at “flipping the script” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Neuralink Brain Chip Comes Preloaded with Memories of New U2 Record — The Hard Times

This Can’t Be Real! 9 Mind-Blowing Links That Will Take You To Visible’s Website Where You Can Purchase Their Services — The Onion

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — What’s Trending: Strengthen Your Strategy — LinkedIn (client)
  • Lee Odden — 12 Tips for Tracking and Measuring Your Influencer Marketing Campaigns — Databox
  • TopRank Marketing / SAP — Improving Live Events When You Take Them Virtual with Ursula Ringham & Rachel Miller — Golden Spiral

Have you found your own top marketing stories from the past week of industry news? Please let us know in the comments below.

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B2B Marketing News: Rising B2B Ad Spend, Enterprise Chatbot Usage Doubles, B2B’s Purpose Gap, & New Tools From Google & Facebook

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US B2B Digital Advertising 2020
B2B advertisers are relying more than ever before on paid ads, with a 22.6 percent increase for 2020 in B2B digital ad spending, contributing to a total spend that is expected to top $8 billion in the U.S. alone by the end of the year, according to newly-released forecast data of interest to digital marketers. eMarketer

The ‘Purpose Gap’ Facing Many B2B Brands
86 percent of senior-level B2B professionals see clear brand purpose articulation as important, however just 24 percent see activated purpose within their organization — two of several insights of interest to online marketers in new survey data from the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and others. MarketingProfs

How Bad Data Hurts B2B Companies
88 percent of B2B marketers see quality data as important in executing a successful account-based-marketing (ABM) strategy, while some 27 percent aren’t certain how much of their data is accurate, according to recently-released survey data. Demand Gen Report

Chatbot Usage Has Nearly Doubled in B-to-B Marketing This Year
The use of chatbots in conversational marketing has risen 92 percent year-over-year, while live chat usage expanded by some 35 percent and social media interactions grew by 31 percent over the same period, according to recently-released survey data. Adweek

Facebook launches Facebook Business Suite, an app for managing business accounts across Facebook, Instagram and Messenger
Facebook has rolled out its tool for businesses to manage multiple Instagram, Facebook and Messenger profiles and pages in a unified location, with the release of its Facebook Business Suite utility, featuring post scheduling, ad creation, and insight data, the social media giant recently announced. TechCrunch

Global brands advance towards ‘holy grail’ of cross-media measurement
An ambitious global cross-media measurement proposal framework featuring a new publisher log-based solution utilizing Virtual ID (VID) has been put forth as part of a major push by the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) and brands, the WFA’s Cross-Media Working Group recently announced. The Drum

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Google Combines Custom Affinity and Custom Intent Into Custom Audiences
Google has rolled out changes giving advertisers new Google Ad audience features across display, YouTube and discovery campaigns, refining and combining previously separate audience intent and affinity tools, the search giant recently announced. Search Engine Journal

LinkedIn launches Stories, plus Zoom, BlueJeans and Teams video integrations as part of wider redesign
LinkedIn (client) has rolled out its ephemeral video and photo LinkedIn Stories feature, expanded platform search functionality, and video chat for direct messaging — three of an array of new additions of interest to digital marketers, the firm recently announced. TechCrunch

New open source robots.txt projects
Google has released a specification testing tool for websites seeking to adhere to its Robots Exclusion Protocol, along with a parsing and matching utility for improved robots.txt web crawler indexing information, the search film recently announced. Google Webmaster Central Blog

What Should B2B Vendor Websites Focus on as the Pandemic Affects Purchase Behavior?
68 percent of B2B buyers say that their purchase cycles have lengthened since 2019, with the most common buying journeys lasting between one and six months, while 53 percent consider web search a top research method, followed by 41 percent who consider vendor websites a top evaluation method, according to recently-released data. MarketingCharts

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2020 September 25 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at “lifestyle brands” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Overwatered Houseplants Hoping Woman Goes Back to Work Soon — The Hard Times

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — Stop Telling The Same Old Story — Mark Armstrong
  • Nick Nelson — 10 Tips for Changing the Way You Think About Your Small Business — Small Business Trends
  • TopRank Marketing — Why Convenience Is Essential — Forbes

Have you found your own key marketing stories from the past week of news? Please let us know in the comments below.

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B2B Marketing News: 3 B2B Pandemic Marketing Studies, YouTube Launches Shorts, Twitter Tests Audio & New Emoji Performance Report Data

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Now Is the Time for B2B Content
During the pandemic, video and webinar content has seen the largest increase in views according to recently-released survey data, while views of unique content assets during March through May climbed by 40 percent compared to earlier in 2020, with the average number of sessions per visitor up some 43 percent. ANA

Google Shares Exclusive Data On How B2B Buyers Changed, Adapted During COVID-19
64 percent of B2B buyers have increased their use of online video during the pandemic, with overall online marketing use rising by 88 percent including 45 percent who started using digital for the first time during the global health crisis, according to newly-released report data. MediaPost

Instagram Adds ‘Suggested Reels’ Display in Main Feed, Launches Monthly Reels Trend Insights
Instagram has expanded the visibility of its short-form vertical video feature Reels on the platform, bringing a prominent new suggested Reels section and the ability to recommend Reels clips for inclusion as featured content, the Facebook-owned social media firm recently announced. Social Media Today

Building YouTube Shorts, a new way to watch & create on YouTube
YouTube just launched a beta trial of its new YouTube Shorts 15-second vertical video creation function — presently only for users in India with a global rollout planned — joining Instagram’s recent test of its similar Instagram Reels mobile-friendly capability. YouTube

Twitter’s Testing Audio Clips in DMs with Users in Brazil
Twitter has begun testing the ability to record up to 140 seconds of audio for inclusion in direct messages sent through the social platform, expanding on similar functionality recently added to public tweets, Twitter recently announced. Social Media Today

Podcasts outperform traditional media, digital display on brand awareness, study says
Podcasts have driven B2B brands to 77 percent greater levels of brand awareness, according to recently-released survey data, a rate as much as 30 times higher than brand awareness lift rates achieved by other media channels. Mobile Marketer

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Facebook Announces New Limits on How Many Ads Pages Can Run Concurrently
Facebook has given notice that advertisers will face new limitations on the number of allowable simultaneous page ads, and that four new tiers of advertiser categories will be implemented in February 2021, the social media giant recently announced. Social Media Today

Emojis in Email Subject Lines: Do They Affect Open Rates? [DATA]
Recently-released survey data from nearly four million emails shows where emojis tend to work and not work, including a look at the diminutive visual embelishments’ sometimes-sizable impact on click-through-rates (CTRs) and other metrics. Search Engine Journal

Forrester: How to differentiate your brand with ethical marketing
Forrester has taken a look at the importance of transparent pricing, social responsible, fairness, and honesty and their significance when it comes to differentiating brands, and CMO examines recent findings of interest to digital marketers. CMO

How B2B companies are adapting customer engagement strategies during Covid
46 percent of B2B executives say marketing spending is being scrutinized more closely for its direct sales impact during the pandemic, while 50 percent say its important for their firms to redefine their mission, purpose, and offerings — two of numerous findings of interest to digital marketers in newly-released survey data. Edelman

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2020 September 18 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at the “sales impact of advertising” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Amiga Fast File System makes minor comeback in new Linux kernel — The Register

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden / TopRank Marketing — CMWorld 2020: Break the Rules and Market Bravely in 2020 — Content Marketing Institute (client)
  • Lee Odden — CCO: Lee Odden – Use Influencers Effectively [VIDEO] — Content Marketing Institute
  • Lee Odden — The Juice Newsletter — Joseph Jaffe
  • TopRank Marketing — El 91% de los responsables de Marketing buscan influencers con audiencias relevantes para sus marcas [In Spanish.] — Puro Marketing

Have you found your own top marketing stories from the past week of news? Please let us know in the comments below.

Thanks for joining us for the weekly B2B marketing industry news, and we hope that you will return again next Friday and tune in for another look at the most relevant B2B and digital marketing industry news. In the meantime, you can follow us at @toprank on Twitter for even more timely daily news.

B2B Marketing News: Digital Ad Spend Grows, LinkedIn’s New Lead Gen & Ad Tools, What Drives Customer Loyalty, & The Success Of Mobile Streaming

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75% of people unlikely to use branded hashtags, survey finds
A quarter of consumers have engaged with customer reviews over the past 30 days, while 26 percent said they are likely to review a business on a third-party website — two of several finding of interest to digital marketers in recent survey data examining the performance of user-generated content (UGC) for brands. Mobile Marketer

Merkle: How Much Loyalty Customers Have Depends On Several Factors
When it comes to driving brand loyalty, 35 percent of millennials and Gen Z desire badges and 27 percent want leaderboards — as the demographic values competition and achievement, while older consumers prefer writing online reviews, taking surveys, or attending events — two of the findings of interest to digital marketers in newly-released report data. MediaPost

LinkedIn Publishes New Guide on How to Use its Ad Tools for Brand Building and Lead Generation
To help balance lead generation with brand building efforts, LinkedIn (client) has released a new guide for marketers, including updated information on the professional social media platform’s audience reach and ad tools, the Microsoft-owned firm recently announced. Social Media Today

Snapchat had a big August amid TikTok uncertainty
Snapchat saw 28.5 million app installations during August, its highest number in more than a year, up some 29 percent year-over-year, according to recently-released app store intelligence estimates. TechCrunch

CMO Job Changes Up 15% Despite COVID-19
The technology sector has led the way with the most marketing job moves, recently-released study research shows, with a 15 percent jump in the number of top level marketing moves in 2020 through June. Forbes

Consumers Have Adopted New Habits Since the Pandemic, but Don’t Think They’re All Here to Stay
21 percent of consumers have been shopping online more during the pandemic and say that they plan to continue doing so in post-pandemic times, as are eight percent who say they have been taking part in more group video chats, according to recently-released survey data examining which consumer changes are most likely to become permanent. MarketingCharts

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Exclusive: U.S. media spending drops 19.1 percent in first half of 2020
Between January and June U.S. media spending fell by some 19 percent compared to the same period in 2019, with the tightening of purse-strings having the least impact on digital advertising, according to recently-published report data. AdAge

Audio Streaming on Smartphones Grows in Popularity
Streaming audio usage via smartphones was up some 28 percent during the first quarter of 2020, while audio streaming on tablets increased by a more modest four percent, according to recently-released survey data of U.S. adults, also showing that smartphone audio streaming opportunities for marketers have expanded. MarketingCharts

Microsoft Advertising expands LinkedIn Profile, dynamic remarketing, in-market audience targeting
Microsoft’s Bing advertising tools have added an array of new features for B2B marketers allowing the use of more advanced LinkedIn profile targeting, expanding the scope of audience targeting as well as the geographic availability of a previous test, the company recently announced. Search Engine Land

Traditional media suffer as digital ad spend grows in 2020 forecast shows
Paid search and social advertising are bright spots for media spending, as digital spending is expected to increase by six percent in 2020 while total ad spend will fall by eight percent, according to recently-released Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) forecast data. Search Engine Land

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2020 September 11 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at “the productivity trap” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Employees Returning to Work for First Time in Months Discover Office Overrun by Weeds — The Hard Times

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) / TopRank Marketing — 2020 Finalists and Winners – Content Marketing Awards — Content Marketing Awards
  • Lee Odden — What’s Trending: Make the List — LinkedIn (client)
  • Lee Odden — Humor In Content Marketing: It’s NOT About Being Funny — Mark Armstrong
  • TopRank Marketing — Judging a blog by its cover — COM 311 Blogs

Do you have your own top marketing stories from the past week of news? Please let us know in the comments below.

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B2B Marketing News: Mobile Apps Thrive, Carousels Most Engaging Format on Instagram, Facebook’s Horizon VR, & Data Security’s Customer Loyalty Connection

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COVID-19 drives more business to B2B marketplaces
Global marketplace growth is being led by the B2B segment, with sales expected to hit $3.6 trillion by 2024 — up from $680 billion in 2018 — according to recently-released report data of interest to digital marketers, which also showed that 89 percent of purchasing managers are spending at least the same or significantly more because of pandemic circumstances. Digital Commerce 360

How Committed Are Big Advertisers to Content Marketing?
Over the past two years major advertisers have doubled their commitment to content marketing, with 52 percent of senior-level marketers saying their firm is strongly committed to content marketing — up from 26 percent two years ago, according to recently-released survey data from the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and The Content Council. MarketingProfs

The Pandemic Pushes A Rebound in Mobile App Opens
Technology, Internet and productivity app opens saw a 55 percent year-over-year increase from March through June, with business app opens up 26 percent and finance and insurance industry app opens seeing a 22 percent rise, according to newly-released report data highlighting strong positive shifts from app opens during March. MarketingCharts

Facebook Announces Beta Launch of ‘Horizon’ VR Social Experience
Facebook has launched a test version of its Horizon virtual reality (VR) social media experience, offering features for collaboration along with social interaction elements — available via waiting list — the firm recently announced. Social Media Today

Influencer Followers Will Continue Spending More Time on Social Media After Restrictions Lift
Among U.S. and U.K. consumers who follow social media influencers, 72 percent said they have spent more time using social platforms during the pandemic, and 64 percent also said that they are likely to continue the same level of usage during post-pandemic times, according to recently-released GlobalWebIndex survey data.. eMarketer

LinkedIn lets Page owners view, sort, learn more about their followers
LinkedIn (client) has launched an array of new features for its business pages, including more detailed page follower information, page-related event listings, and new employee content sharing and curation options, the Microsoft-owned professional social media platform recently announced. Search Engine Land

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Twitter Tests Replacing ‘Retweets and comments’ with New ‘Quotes’ Count
Twitter has begun testing the use of a combined “quotes” metric comprised of the platform’s longstanding retweet and comment counts, in an effort to visually simplify its user experience elements, the firm has announced. Social Media Today

Google Ads to limit Search Terms reporting, citing privacy
Google has started notifying its Google Ads users that certain infrequently-searched terms will no longer be available in the Google Ads search terms report — a move the search giant says is aimed at protecting user data and maintain privacy standards, Google recently announced. The move has led certain advertisers to question whether the Google Ads change will remove the ability to discover helpful search terms. Search Engine Land

Want to create loyal customers? Get on the bleeding edge of data security
Brand loyalty is tied to strong data privacy, with 31 percent of U.S. consumers seeing it as the most important factor, while 40 percent said that trustworthiness is tops when it comes to brand loyalty, according to recently-released survey data also showing that 42 percent refuse to share sensitive personal data for any reason. TechRepublic

Instagram Carousels Are the Most Engaging Post Type [STUDY]
10-slide carousel posts have seen the highest engagement rates on Instagram, according to newly-released survey data from Socialinsider of interest to digital marketers. The study of some 22 million Instagram posts also shows that the use of carousels has risen faster than video content, while traditional image publication has fallen. Search Engine Journal

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2020 September 4 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at “the rise of the customer service bots” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

The hashtag turns 13 — Chris Messina

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden / TopRank Marketing — New Report Says B2B Influencer Marketing Still Has Massive Room For Growth — Forbes
  • Lee Odden — Keynote Lineup for Pubcon Pro Virtual 2020 — Pubcon
  • TopRank Marketing — Nicht nur für B2C: Wie B2B-Unternehmen von Influencer Marketing profitieren [In German] — Futurebiz
  • Lee Odden — Monday’s Marketing Minute: The Relaunch — Mack Collier
  • Lee Odden — What’s Trending: Who Tells Your (Brand’s) Story? — LinkedIn (client)
  • TopRank Marketing — The Essential Qualities B2B Brands Look for in Influencers — MarketingProfs
  • TopRank Marketing — MGM Resorts cuts 18,000 jobs, NBA teams to offer arenas as voting locations, and 78% of B2B marketers say prospects rely on influencers’ opinions — PR Daily
  • TopRank Marketing — Influencer marketing daje pozytywne skutki w marketingu B2B [In Polish] — SOCIALPRESS

Have you located your own top marketing stories from the past week of news? Please let us know in the comments below.

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B2B Marketing News: Top B2B Brand-Building Challenges, Online Engagement Gets Just 2 Seconds, Facebook’s New Paid Event Options, & Google’s Shared Ad Budgeting

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The Most Significant Challenges to B2B Brand-Building
Unclear strategy, performance measurement unsurety, low priority brand-building and foggy messaging are the leading brand reach amplification challenges faced by B2B marketers, according to recently-released survey data of interest to digital marketers. MarketingProfs

‘You get 2 seconds to engage consumers online’: Mars neuroscientist shares key findings
Digital marketers have just two seconds to capture consumers’ attention and five to make an impact, according to newly-released neuroscience study data, also showing that memory encoding is key as duration time has dropped. The Drum

Facebook Adds New Paid Events Options for Businesses and Creators
Facebook has made direct in-stream purchase options available for eligible Facebook business pages in 20 countries including the U.S., offering digital marketers new monetization and event marketing options, the social media giant recently announced. Social Media Today

Twitter users can now control who replies to their tweet
Twitter has rolled out new user options for managing who can reply to tweets on the platform, allowing posters to specify that everyone can reply, only those they follow, or only users mentioned in a tweet, the firm recently announced. Reuters

Google Ads Performance Planner Added Shared Budgets, Shared Access & Conversion Delays
Google has rolled out three new budget planning features to its widely-used Google Ads management utilities, including better use of conversion delays, team shared access, and downloadable budgeting forecast data, the search giant recently announced. Search Engine Roundtable

The rise of the avatar as a marketing medium
The global health crisis has brought new marketing opportunities for the use of avatars usable in any number of virtual worlds, and AdAge takes a look at the trend here. AdAge

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The World’s Biggest Brands Are Spending More in Programmatic
The largest brands have been spending more on programmatic advertising, according to recently-released World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) study data, also showing that 74 percent of the world’s biggest brands partner with an agency. Ad Week

Facebook Is Testing New Post-Level Analytics for Groups
Facebook has launched new analytics features for group administrators, allowing digital marketers a more detailed look at active member views, post hides, image views, and other metrics, the firm recently announced. Social Media Today

Instagram rolls out suggested posts to keep you glued to your feed
Facebook-owned Instagram has released a new feature update that shows posts from accounts users don’t follow once they have reached the end of their traditional feed, creating both an endless feed and new ad options for marketers, the firm recently announced. The Verge

B2B Marketers Lend Their Support to Influencer Programs
96 percent of B2B marketers engaging in influencer marketing find their program successful, with 84 percent also noting that influencer marketing can achieve brand awareness — two of dozens of insights from the TopRank Marketing 2020 State of B2B Influencer Marketing Research Report, examined here by MarketingCharts. MarketingCharts

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2020 August 21 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at “the evolution of digital transformation” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

New California Energy Tax Makes You Pay 10 Cents to Open a New Browser Tab — The Hard Times

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • SAP — How SAP puts purpose into practice — AdAge
  • Lee Odden — 2 Questions To Ask Before Building Your B2B Ambassador Program — Forbes
  • TopRank Marketing — B2B Marketers Lend Their Support to Influencer Programs — MarketingProfs
  • Lee Odden — Influencer marketing set to be the next big thing, apparently — Meetings & Incentive Travel Magazine
  • Lee Odden — 5 B2B Content Marketing Trends to Take in 2021 — V3Broadsuite
  • Lee Odden — What’s Trending: Renew Your Content Strategy Commitment — LinkedIn (client)
  • Lee Odden — CoronaCocktails 8.18 – The Norse God, Lee Odden [Podcast] — Joseph Jaffe / CoronaTV
  • Lee Odden — Instagram Influencer Marketing Myths, Debunked — HubSpot
  • TopRank Marketing — Affiliate Marketing News — Jason Hulott
  • Nick Nelson — 10 Ways to Tailor Your Marketing Strategy to Your Business — Small Business Trends
  • Debbie Friez — How Farm Life Prepared Me Sheltering In Place — Debbie Friez
  • Lee Odden — New Essentials for Commerce: SEO, Content Marketing, and Influencers — inRiver
  • Lee Odden /TopRank Marketing — TopRank data shows 74% of B2B pros believe influencer marketing could improve CX — 360 Magazine
  • Lee Odden — CoronaCocktails 8.18 – The Norse God, Lee Odden [Video] — Joseph Jaffe
  • TopRank Marketing — Cover Your Bases: How to Use LinkedIn for Agent Recruiting — New Horizons
  • TopRank Marketing — 15 Best Digital Marketing Blogs Filled With Valuable Advice — SEO Basics

Have you found your own top marketing stories from the past week of news? Please let us know in the comments below.

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B2B Marketing News: B2B Ad Spending Soars, Google’s New Audio Ad Features, Facebook’s Partnership Group Ads, & Top B2B Buyer Challenges

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B2B Buyers’ Top Challenges With Their Current Vendors
51 percent of B2B buyers have changed their vendor preferences during the global health crisis, and they find that slow and inefficient inquiry responses from vendors is their biggest challenge — two of several findings of interest to B2B marketers in recently-released survey data. MarketingProfs

Facebook Adds New Sponsored Post Options for Groups
Facebook has launched a new option for digital marketers allowing paid partnership posts in Facebook Groups, giving admins new branded post advertising opportunities, the social media giant recently announced. Social Media Today

eMarketer: US B2B digital ad spend soars 22.6%
Bucking the overall pandemic ad spending trend, 2020 B2B digital ad spend in the U.S. is expected to rise over 22 percent from 2019 figures, a significantly better performance outlook than the 1.7 percent forecast increase in overall U.S. digital ad spend, according to newly-released B2B ad spending findings. The Drum

Google Sees Big Potential in Audio for Marketers and Publishers
Google has launched a new audio-specific area in its Google Ad Manager that offers marketers a variety of advertising options dedicated solely to digital audio ads, the search giant recently announced, as the digital audio market is poised to hit $1.3 billion by 2022 by some estimates. Adweek

Black Gen-Zers Want To See More Joy On Social Media, Study Finds
Almost 90 percent of black Gen-Z social media users would like to see more online content that celebrates joy, with the demographic also noting that the top emotions missing from content are excitement, joy, and comfort — some of the findings in recently-released Gen-Z social media survey data. Forbes

YouTube Publishes New Data on Rising Trends During COVID-19
Social connection, self-care and identity-related video content were among the top rising pandemic trends among newly-released YouTube viewership data, the Google-owned firm announced recently. Social Media Today

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US Mobile Ad Spending Will Manage to Grow in 2020
As with the previously-mentioned B2B ad spending forecast, mobile ad spending in the U.S. is also forecast to buck the overall ad spend trend by climbing 4.8 percent this year, helping to keep total digital ad sales for the year on track for modest growth, according to recently-released report data. eMarketer

Google extends lead forms to YouTube, Discovery campaigns
Google has expanded its Google Ads platform to give digital marketers an array of new lead form extensions that allow advertisers to show forms directly in search, YouTube, and Discovery content, the search giant recently announced. Marketing Land

YouTube will stop emailing subscribers about new videos next week
YouTube has ceased sending the email notifications about newly-added content and live-stream events it has for years sent out to channel subscribers, noting that fewer than one percent of recipients typically opened the notification emails, parent company Google announced recently. 9to5Google

B2B Buyers’ Engagement With Digital Content Has Grown During the Pandemic, With Some Behavior Changes
B2B content engagement has risen by 40 percent during the pandemic, with the largest increases coming from executive summaries, landing pages, webinars, brochures, and briefs, while data sheets and presentations have seen decreased consumption, according to recently-released survey data. MarketingCharts

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2020 August 14 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at “From Brand Safety to Brand Suitability” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Apple Brilliantly Imagines a Parallel Universe Where Hollywood Always Used Vertical Video — Adweek

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — Introducing AWeber’s New Email Marketing Podcast — The FWD: Thinking Show! — AWeber
  • TopRank Marketing — 8 Types of B2B Influencer Marketing for You to Consider (with 18 Examples) — ExpertClick
  • TopRank Marketing — Call for nominations: The Online Influence Awards 2020 — Vuelio
  • TopRank Marketing — Will Unions Make or Break Influencer Marketing [Video] — Cornett
  • TopRank Marketing — 2020 State of B2B Influencer Marketing (IM) Report from TopRank — Social Media Explorer
  • TopRank Marketing — Influencer Marketing Believed To Improve CX, According To New TopRank Marketing Report — Demand Gen Report
  • Lee Odden — Top 10 Social Media Marketing Podcasts You Should Listen To — PostBeyond

Have you found your own favorite marketing stories from the past week of news? Please let us know in the comments below.

Thank you for joining us, and we hope that you’ll return again next Friday for another collection of the most relevant B2B and digital marketing industry news. In the meantime, you can follow us at @toprank on Twitter for even more timely daily news.

B2B Marketing News: How B2B Events Are Changing, Consumers Switch Brands During Pandemic, & New B2B Micro-Segmentation Data

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Study: Most Americans Permanently Changing Brands During Pandemic
45 percent of U.S. consumers have switched at least one brand preference during the global heath crisis, and some 62 percent believe that their brand change will become permanent — two of several items of interest to digital marketers in recently-released survey data. MediaPost

How microsegmenting boosts B2B conversion rates
Micro-segmentation helps both B2B sellers and customers, with better conversion rates and more relevant customer experiences, with some 68 percent of B2B buyers noting that it’s important for vendors to present relevant content throughout the buying cycle without having to rely on salespeople, according to recently-released Forrester report data. Digital Commerce 360

Gartner Identifies Five Technologies to Drive More Agile and Scalable Advertising Capabilities for Marketers
The digital advertising trends having the most impact on the industry have been outlined in Gartner’s latest annual Hype Cycle for Digital Advertising 2020 report, showing the rise of Advanced Supply-Side Bidding (ASSB), Identity Resolution (IDR) and other areas of interest to digital marketers. MarTech Series

Facebook Releases New Web Collage App via its Experimental NPE Team
Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) test-bed team has launched an experimental image display app called E.gg, offering a throwback look for modern photo collages that could eventually bring marketers new visual display opportunities, the social media giant recently announced. Social Media Today

What Types of Content Generate Leads That Convert?
Marketers generate the most lead conversions by utilizing online content that incorporates video, which was seen as the most effective format by 41 percent of marketers, followed by webinars at 36 percent, and original research at 36 percent, topping the list of newly-released survey data of interest to digital marketers. MarketingCharts

LinkedIn Provides More Tips for Virtual Events in New Guide Book
Microsoft-owned LinkedIn (client) has published new insight into using its LinkedIn Live and Events features, including marketing survey data showing that some 69 percent of marketers find it challenging to make the move to virtual events, the firm recently announced in conjunction with the launch of its second-ever events guide. Social Media Today

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Infographic: Consumers Want to See More Brands in the Esports Realm
Today’s consumers would like to find more brands including e-sports in their campaign efforts, with 72 percent saying that would like to see brands that are savvy enough to use the medium’s fast-paced conversation. The gaming industry is the most dominant media channel for Gen Z and millennials, and is expected to top $1.5 billion in brand spending, according to recently-released infographic data. Adweek

Zenith: Global Ad Spend Projected To Drop 9.1% This Year
Overall global advertising spending for 2020 is expected to fall by 9.1 percent, while digital ad spend is forecast to see only a 2 percent decrease, with digital accounting for more than half of global ad spend, according to recently-released Zenith report data. MediaPost

Facebook Tests New Page Design Which De-Emphasizes Like Counts
Facebook has begun testing pages that don’t include page like buttons, instead placing focus on having users follow pages. The expanded test, which has been limited to certain public figures, has now also been implemented for some business pages, the firm recently announced. Social Media Today

How COVID-19 Is Affecting the B2B Exhibition Industry
73 percent of B2B event organizers have had to cancel a physical event because of the pandemic, and 81 percent have begun providing virtual alternatives, according to recently-released survey data of interest to digital marketers. MarketingProfs

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2020 July 31 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at “multicultural marketing” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Street Artists Reimagine Classic Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt for AR-Enabled Murals — Adweek

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • TopRank Marketing — Is B2B Influencer Marketing Effective During A Crisis? — Tribal Impact
  • TopRank Marketing — 33 of the Best Social Media Marketing Blogs of 2020 — HubSpot
  • Joshua Nite — Shake Up Your Business Strategies with These Community Suggestions — Small Business Trends
  • Lee Odden — C-Suite Marketing Episode 5: Lee Odden of TopRank Marketing [Podcast] — ITSMA / SoundCloud
  • Lee Odden — B2B Influencer Marketing — Evans on Marketing

Have you come across your own favorite B2B content marketing or digital advertising stories from the past week of news? Please let us know in the comments below.

Thanks for joining us, and please return again next Friday for another collection of the most relevant B2B and digital marketing industry news. In the meantime, you can follow us at @toprank on Twitter for even more timely daily news. Also, don’t miss the full video summary on our TopRank Marketing TV YouTube Channel.

B2B Marketing News: Digital Ad Budgets To Grow In 2021, Google’s Rich Results Tool Goes Mainstream, & More Listeners Are Paying For Podcasts

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Gartner CMO Spend Survey Shows How Digital Budgets Will Increase In 2021
Within the next 18 to 24 months digital marketing budgets will return to business-as-usual levels, according to 57 percent of CMOs in recently-released survey data from Gartner, also showing 78 percent aggregate growth for digital ad budgets in the forecast for 2021. 44 percent also said that they face mid-year budget cuts this year due to the global health crisis. MediaPost

HubSpot: A Look Back at How COVID-19 Impacted Businesses in Q2
Up to 60 more sales team email has been sent during the pandemic, seeing open rates 18 percent above pre-COVID levels, with companies sending less email achieving the highest open rates — several of many finding of interest to digital marketers contained in newly-released report data from HubSpot’s weekly performance metrics. HubSpot

Email Draws Lead Generation Budget Dollars: Study
58 percent of marketing professionals and research subscribers in both B2B and B2C say that social media is an effective channel for lead conversion and relationship-building — topping the chart of effective methods according to new survey data, followed by email at 49 percent, and websites and search engine optimization (SEO) with 44 percent. MediaPost

Google: The Rich Results Test is out of beta
Google has taken its Rich Results Test tool out of beta testing, and those marketers still using the search giant’s existing Structured Data Testing Tool should plan to move entirely to the new replacement, as Google will begin to deprecate the existing tool, the firm recently announced. Google Webmaster Central Blog

YouTube Explains Some Common Algorithm and Video Distribution Queries
YouTube has shared new information on how click-through rate (CTR) and average viewer duration (AVD) are used in determining the Google-owned firm’s video distribution, along with the performance that marketers achieve on the platform, and offered advice on factoring in competition, topical interest, and seasonality. Social Media Today

Twitter’s Working on a New Collaborative Option for Fleets
Twitter’s previously-announced ephemeral story-tweets — called fleets — are undergoing testing which includes multi-user collaborative elements and discussion features, some similar to Instagram’s co-streaming options, it was recently reported. Social Media Today

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Google Image Search Knowledge Panels Now Live
Google’s previously-announced knowledge panel test — with expandable elements for image searching — has launched according to the firm. The scope is currently limited to images of people, places, and things, however future expansion is planned, Google noted. SEO Roundtable

Most Ad Pros Experiencing Work-From-Home ‘Burnout,’ Rank Highest Among Those Seeking A New Job
Advertising industry and technology professionals top a recent list of those undergoing burnout caused by working from home during the global health crisis, with advertising professionals most likely to look for new work due to the workplace burnout, according to recently-released survey data. MediaPost

Gen Z wants brands to be ‘fun,’ ‘authentic’ and ‘good,’ study says
Some 58 percent of Gen Z survey respondents said that they can’t be offline more than 4 hours without becoming uncomfortable, with 66 percent also noting that they believe the internet brings people closer together, according to recently-released survey data of interest to digital marketers. Marketing Dive

Around 1 in 6 US Adult Podcast Users Have Paid to Listen to a Podcast
17 percent of U.S. adult podcast listeners have paid to listen to at least one broadcast, however around 80 percent of those who haven’t paid to listen to a podcast say they are either not very likely or not at all likely to do so, according to recently-released survey data of interest to digital marketers. MarketingCharts

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

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A lighthearted look at “facebook ad boycott and 10+ years of facebook cartoons” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Fourth Job Listed on Man’s Facebook Profile Also Only Real One — The Hard Times

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — The Future of Marketing: 50 CMO Quotes On How Marketing Has Changed — Marketing Insider Group
  • Ashley Zeckman — Masters of Marketing #56 – The New Era of Influencer Marketing w/ Ashley Zeckman [Video] — Masters of Marketing / YouTube
  • Lee Odden — 8 Creative and Affordable Marketing Ideas for Small Businesses — Digitalogy

Have you found your own top B2B content marketing or digital advertising stories from the past week of news? Please let us know in the comments below.

Thank you for taking the time to join us, and we hope you’ll come back next Friday for another collection of the most relevant B2B and digital marketing industry news. In the meantime, you can follow us at @toprank on Twitter for even more timely daily news. Also, don’t miss the full video summary on our TopRank Marketing TV YouTube Channel.