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February 16, 2016
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Why Palo Alto Networks is spending big on marketing-tech
Palo Alto Networks' marketing chief, Rene Bonvanie, aims to move beyond predictive analytics to prescriptive analytics with data about every customer interaction, spanning all channels. He offers tips on using data more effectively: concentrate on lead scoring, understand what's driving conversion rates, and go beyond demographics to develop a real understanding of people and businesses. CMO (Australia) (2/15)
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Waze Local connects businesses with nearby drivers through highly targeted ads with real-time tracking. See the impact your ads on the Waze map are having in real time. On average, businesses saw 20.4% more monthly navigations when they started advertising with Waze. Contact a Waze expert today!
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How to insert personas into your workflow
Business-to-business marketers should use social media to develop a more rounded understanding of their buyer personas, reflecting their needs and priorities. Link your customer database to personas for true segmentation, and make personas readily available to the sales team. SocialMediaB2B.com (2/15)
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Tips for LinkedIn success
Make your LinkedIn profile stand out by using a professional photograph and by clearly describing how your business can solve the issues of potential customers. Use groups to engage rather than sell, post articles to demonstrate knowledge, and ask current customers to give you endorsements. LifeHealthPro (2/15)
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5 Tips to Optimize Your B2B Facebook Campaign
In order to run a successful social media ad campaign, and reach the right audience on a massive platform like Facebook, you need a game plan. Having worked with hundreds of B2B clients to transition successful digital ad campaigns to social media, SmartBrief's digital advertising team compiled five essential steps for improving B2B advertising campaigns on Facebook. Read more.
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B2B case studies in data-based engagement
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Smart home technology company Vivint uses data from its sensors, for example the time someone leaves for work, to engage with people by reminding them to reset their thermostat or secure their home before going out. IBM Security's internal newsroom, SecurityIntelligence.com, enables teams to share insights and data across the organization, allowing the company to create well-researched, industry-leading content. The Content Standard (2/15)
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    Leaders can't say, "It's not my fault"
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    Analytics & Measurement
    How B2B brands are leveraging Net Promoter Scores
    Companies such as Slack are using their Net Promoter Score -- how likely a customer is to recommend their service -- to drive growth. Recruiting analytics software firm Entelo uses NPS data to stop customer turnover and to monitor customers who give the top scores, identifying them as being more amenable for cross-selling or upselling. HubSpot.com (2/15)
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    What B2B companies can learn from Campbell Soup
    The brands of The Campbell Soup Company are rethinking their marketing mix to include more dynamic, real-time, and personalized communications driven by paid, owned, and earned media channels. But to truly stay relevant, the company encourages innovation by mandating failure — an approach B2B companies would be wise to adopt. "The idea behind this is if we don't know where the edges are, how do we know if we're pushing the boundaries?" asks Umang Shah, global director of digital marketing and innovation at Campbell Soup. "We want projects that everyone is going to be looking at five years from now."
    How technology is changing the legal landscape for advertisers
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