Want to increase and update your marketing resource library? The modern marketing landscape is constantly changing and evolving, meaning that sources of information are changing as well. A resource that was once relevant becomes irrelevant and a new one takes its place rapidly. Because of this, it is hard to maintain a well-kept marketing resource library that has up-to-date and relevant information for all your marketing needs. But don’t worry! Ahead of you is a carefully selected list of resources (in no particular order) for general marketers, event planners, demand gen professionals, and event marketers.
Increasing audience engagement is crucial for continuously hosting successful events. According to David Saef, EVP of Marketworks, “Events are a critical component of any brand’s marketing strategy because face-to-face is the best way to engage a brand’s current and prospective customers” (Hubspot). That said, audience engagement not only makes your event interactive and fun, it also enables brand growth and awareness. Ensuring that your audience is consistently engaged not only improves attendee experience but also allows marketers to collect rich attendee data from over 300 different touchpoints.
When we attended Dreamforce, we were wowed by how Salesforce used a fully integrated marketing approach to flawlessly execute their flagship event; from their trailblazing theme to their highly informative sessions, and, of course, their wide array of exhibitors with the most innovative booth designs. For four days, Dreamforce took over the Bay Area, with networking parties, excellent examples of ambush marketing, live entertainment, and of course, their technology conference, the event itself. So, what aspect of Dreamforce had the most amount of star power and shined the brightest? The answer is: exceptional booth experiences.
After an event, successful lead nurturing with email marketing is both important and difficult to effectively implement. Attending DF16 as a marketer is a lot to take in. From the thousands of people, the various sessions and keynotes, and all the marketing campaigns focusing around Dreamforce i.e. after parties, lunches, etc. and networking while there, it can get intense, and a lot of preparation goes into it.
While I'm at Dreamforce, I'm recalling when I first started my job as an editor at a New York lifestyle magazine, one of the first questions that I was asked by my Editor in Chief was: do you know what guerilla marketing is? This was back in 2008 before ambush marketing was a thing, when blogs were “new,” web design was clunky, and phrases like ‘below the fold’ actually held weight. So, I poured over copies of Adweek, I bought a book on guerilla marketing, and soon, I was that annoying editor adding comments on popular blogs and articles like: “Great post, for more information on top fashion trends, read [Insert my magazine’s article].” Every time I hit the comment button, even if I was providing valuable information or a link to an article that readers might actually enjoy, I felt skeezy. Where was the line between being helpful and being self-promotional? Instead of feeling like I was using an innovative form of social networking, I felt like I was spamming the comments section. It made me wonder, is guerilla marketing for everyone? Where does good personal branding end and bad form begin?
As a Product Manager at Certain, I realize the importance of marketing metrics, key performance indicators (KPIs), and how to measure successful events. In high-performing marketing teams, success is not measured by lead volume, but by lead quality. So marketers are not only tasked with crafting quality content, but in honing in on their unique persona-set, capturing data that provides marketers with the information that they need to send out personalized follow-up campaigns, and then ensuring that this data is tracked, leveraged, and most importantly, delivers results.
Want to learn how to network at Dreamforce 2016? With this event right around the corner, it’s important to gear up and prepare yourself so you can network effectively. Networking at events is a crucial component in meeting prospects, strengthening partner relationships, and expanding your industry knowledge. Events are excellent opportunities to accomplish these objectives. With such a large group of people who share interests in similar products and services all in one place at one time, it makes them a very efficient way for you to meet people in your field, and learn first-hand from prospects, customers, and vendors.
"Who else is going?”
This question almost always arises when trying to make plans of any kind. Even for the smallest of occasions, social proof can play a big part in generating interest. When it comes to large events – especially ones where networking is one of the primary values – social proof can be your greatest selling point.