Posts Categorized: Technology

Tools of the Trade: Native Advertising

Online ad program underperforming? Overcome audience apathy with native advertising.

“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” —Jane Goodall So, what is “Native Advertising?” In the simplest terms, native advertisements are paid placements within a content channel where the ad units mimic the style and tone of the surrounding content. So, if it’s a news outlet, the paid placement will look and read like… Read more »

How to Get Rid of Ghost Traffic in Google Analytics

Some of your site traffic may be fake. Learn how to remove this illegitimate data from your reporting.

Ghost traffic (or phantom traffic) is fake traffic and data, particularly referrals, that hackers insert into your Google Analytics dashboard in order to get you to visit their (the hackers’) websites. In this article, we’ll look at how Google Analytics works, how hackers exploit it to insert malicious ghost traffic, and what you can do… Read more »

Why CRM Software Is Crucial for Industrial Businesses

Happier customers. More sales. A better reputation. Just a few things CRMs have to offer.

Industrials have been notoriously slow to move into the digital world and Customer Relations Management (CRM) software is an important piece of the puzzle that continues to puzzle most. In the U.S., 97% of the Fortune 500 B2Bs use a CRM system. But you don’t have to be a $500-million enterprise to use a CRM. Advances… Read more »

B2B Marketing Automation Basics

So what exactly is marketing automation and why is it a game changer for B2Bs? Let's find out.

Last year, we wrote about the importance of lead nurturing for industrials. As a premise, it makes perfect sense. The industrial buying cycle takes time — often months — and it can be extremely effective to touch base with customers at key moments in the lengthy buying cycle, helping them complete their customer journey by… Read more »

B2B Industrial Leaders on the Inc. 5000 List

Think industrial companies can't show explosive growth? Here are some on Inc.'s annual list.

Last week, Inc. magazine released its Inc. 5000 list, an “annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.” An outgrowth of the Inc. 500 list begun in 1982, the Inc. 5000 list has become a litmus test for legitimizing up-and-coming private companies that exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit. To be eligible for the list, an… Read more »

Industrial Digital Marketing Roundup

Smart machines and the Internet of Things promise an age of digital convergence. Are you ready?

“Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.” —Alan Turing Alan Turing has been getting a lot of attention lately. From being portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in an Oscar-nominated film about his life and work to the increased interest in researching and creating “superintelligence,” an evolution of Turing’s theories about artificial intelligence and an area… Read more »

What Is Content Curation and How Can B2Bs Benefit?

Have an aggressive content marketing mandate? Consider an approach involving content curation.

Content curation is a popular topic on the web. If you do a search, you’ll find that there are dozens of tools that can be used to pursue this activity, which helps speed up your content production, makes your content more relevant to your target audiences, and expands the reach of your content and brand…. Read more »

Marketing United: The State of Digital Marketing

A compilation of our favorite insights from Emma's Marketing United conference in Nashville.

From April 29 to May 1 this year, marketers from every industry gathered in Nashville, Tennessee to attend Marketing United, a conference hosted by email marketing innovator Emma. Conference sessions covered nearly every aspect of digital marketing — from SEO to branding — and included speakers from brands such as Warby Parker, Life Is Good, Garden… Read more »