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Increase marketing ROI in 2019 with pillar content assets

One of the biggest mistakes B2B brands make when kicking off a content marketing program is creating and publishing multiple, disconnected pieces of content without a common goal and consistent messaging. This is not only inefficient, but also not a very strategic way to generate leads. A hub and spoke content model, in which you … Continued

Build a successful B2B content strategy for 2019

Back in 2009, I saw one of the first definitions of content strategy from Kristina Halvorson: “Planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content.” The emphasis at that time was on planning. While planning is critical, the definition was missing an emphasis on the substance of the content – the messages and … Continued

3 Key marketing principles GE, Siemens and IBM have in common

Becoming an industry leader is not only the result of innovations in research and development, and sustainable sales growth, but also of building and maintaining a strong brand and customer loyalty through the ups and, more so, the downs. Besides being three of the largest conglomerate companies in the world, GE, Siemens and IBM continue … Continued

Move over consumer brands, B2B marketers are coming to SXSW

South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the most hyped events in the marketing world. The concerts, sponsored events and industry celebrity-studded panels can feel like a social media fever dream with countless opportunities for brands to create clickbait-y content, but what is in it for B2B brands? There are more sessions that are applicable … Continued

4 B2B marketing trend reports to read before 2018 planning

As you’re putting together your 2018 marketing plan, there’s nothing like including some strong proof points pulled from third-party research & trend reports to build a case for a new strategy or organizational change, especially when it involves asking for more budget. Hard-hitting stats show you’ve done your homework and your decision is backed by … Continued

B2B Marketers: Stop spending your money in these 5 ways

Perhaps unsurprisingly, budget is the top concern for underperforming- to moderate-performing marketing teams, according to the Salesforce.com 2016 State of Marketing Report. But we didn’t expect the same report to find that budget isn’t even in the top 10 concerns for high-performing teams. How can that be? Salesforce attributes this phenomenon to company leaders prioritizing … Continued

Elevate your healthcare marketing content

Many brands fancy themselves content marketers with inbound lead generation and nurture strategies. There’s a proliferation of content developed with intent to move customers through the decision journey, from awareness to purchase. Some do this better than others. One healthcare brand that has shown a particular knack for strong content and nurture marketing is Cardinal … Continued