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#fail: How to Lose Friends & Influence Nobody with B2B Social Media

Raven Chapman - Wednesday, May 6, 2020

How to Fail at B2B Social Media

“Everyone” knows that social media is the key to #success. “Studies” have shown that harnessing the power of so-called social “influencers” can yield ROI that is like, literally, millions of times higher than other methods of outbound marketing.

We’re not sure what other forms of marketing these studies measure but the point is, when you consider the fact that the top nine or 10 influencers count 500 million people as followers, the open rate on your latest email campaign is not even worth talking about. So how do you get there?
Experts say it helps if you’re already famous:

“It helps to already be famous or to become famous to become a social media influencer…”

—  Digital Marketing Expert

Thanks, Digital University of the Obvious. But the point is, millions of people are using social media every second of every day to communicate their “brands” to millions of other people.

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#fail: How to Repel Prospects with B2B Email Campaigns that Go Nowhere

Raven Chapman - Sunday, April 26, 2020

How to Fail at B2B Email Campaigns

To:  Email List Person@gmail.con

From: Our New Marketing Intern

Subject: Re: Hi! Are you looking to COMPLETELY CRUSH your email marketing strategy?!! Read me! 😊

Dude:

Ever wondered why some email campaigns get results and others go so completely ignored that you find yourself googling the outage map? How is it possible for an email campaign to fail to connect to so many people?

It’s more than possible. With the right techniques, you can craft B2B email pitches so repellent they won’t even be opened by mistake. Here’s how:

  • Start with subject lines that are wordy, urgent and heavy on punctuation!!? If the spam filters don’t reject you first, you can almost guarantee a straight-to-trash result with credibility-straining embellishments like “greatest ever,” “like no other” and “once-in-a-lifetime-opportunities.”
  • Grab their attention with a flashy clickbait title: You won’t believe what happens at the end of this email!
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#fail: How to Completely Screw Up Your B2B SEO

Sean Parnell - Wednesday, April 15, 2020

B2B SEO Fail

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the most thoroughly understood subjects in digital marketing – just ask 20 different SEO experts for help and you’ll get 20 different plans.

Hire them all and presto! You’ve got… a lot of plans.

If that seems confusing, you could try to learn it on your own. Keeping up with Google is fun – there are only 500-600 ranking algorithm updates per year.

We’ve Seen It All

With a landscape that changes every couple of clicks, SEO know-how requires a lot of keeping up. But SEO know-how-not-to is its own kind of expertise as well.

We’ve optimized websites since the days of Lycos and AltaVista. Some of us even remember surfing the internet on blue UNIX screens – good times.

Over the years,

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B2B Storytelling that Cuts Through the Clutter

Sean Parnell - Sunday, January 26, 2020

B2B Storytelling that Cuts Through the Clutter

In a world full of countless, noisy marketing messages vying for our attention from a multiplying list of platforms, many companies mistakenly try to compete with messaging that is louder. HEY! LOOK AT US, LOOK AT WHAT WE CAN DO!

Meanwhile, your prospects are struggling to figure out whether you are a good fit for helping them do what they do. Hey, look over here! Look at what we need…

Brand Story marketing, adapted from sources like Donald Miller’s book, Building a StoryBrand and Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, reframes the traditional view of marketing, placing the customer at the center of the message rather than the company. By focusing on prospects and their issues, businesses can better capture the attention of their target audiences, converting leads into engaged customers.

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Innovaxis Named to List of Chicago’s Top Marketing Consultants

Sean Parnell - Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Innovaxis Named to List of Chicago's Top Marketing Consultants

As a B2B-focused digital marketing firm with a track record of creating lead-generating marketing content and strategy for a wide variety of businesses, we are proud to have been named to a list of the top marketing and consulting firms serving Chicago.

The ranking, created by Seattle-based research firm Expertise, used 25 variables across five categories that include reputation, credibility, experience, availability and professionalism to establish its list. The agencies on the list were culled from a starting point of more than 600 marketing consultants serving Chicago.

B2B Expertise that Drives Lead Generation

Our president Sean Parnell said the ranking reflects the hard work and specialized expertise that the Innovaxis Marketing team brings to its B2B clients both in Chicago and across the United States.

“Too many B2B companies spend too much money on marketing efforts that aren’t aligned with a successful B2B marketing strategy – which requires a focus that is far more targeted than churning out generic content and Facebook posts,”

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A Better Way to Market Your Brand & Accelerate B2B Sales Growth

Sean Parnell - Monday, March 18, 2019

So many companies make the same mistake: they lead with what they sell and why they’re good at it. While this may sound counterintuitive, leading with who you serve and what problems you solve resonates with prospects and customers in a far more powerful way – especially when you craft a compelling story around the needs of your clients.

Messaging that Doesn’t Put the Solution Before the Problem

The problem with the traditional approach to messaging is that it only works if the products, services and solutions you sell align exactly with what your prospects think they need. What if they don’t know what they want? What if they’re wrong? What if they’re not even aware your solutions exist?

Unless they are experts in your field, which is unlikely, your prospects are self-prescribing and are likely to be wrong,

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Farewell, Adobe Business Catalyst – What’s Next?

Meredith Schraeder - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Adobe Business Catalyst Logo

At this time two years ago, we encouraged B2B companies to use Adobe Business Catalyst – our website content management system (WCMS) of choice.

Sadly and unexpectedly, Business Catalyst announced that they will end-of-life the platform by March 26, 2020. Adobe originally wanted to pull the plug in 2018, but pushed the date back as torches were lit and pitchforks were being sharpened. This leaves more than 700,000 websites currently hosted on Adobe with the daunting task of migrating to another platform.

Choosing a WCMS for your B2B website can be a struggle. There are so many – trendy platforms entice you with promises of do-it-yourself website designs and minimal prices. Others wow you with functionality until you realize that the monthly subscription is more than your entire marketing budget.

So, how do you choose the right WCMS without sacrificing something key?

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Leveraging B2B Sales and Marketing Efforts to Go Farther in 2018

Sean Parnell - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Leveraging B2B Sales and Marketing Efforts to Go Farther in 2018

The B2B sales and marketing landscape can be a murky place.

Visitors may flock to your website but create few qualified leads. A flurry of sales activity doesn’t necessarily lead to sustainable gains. You can flaunt your services at all the right trade shows and still go home with little to show for it. And every five minutes some new “must do” marketing platform or technology pops up on the scene.

It’s never been easier to sink time and money into marketing your business. What’s harder is creating a focused and disciplined strategy that’s tied to genuine and measurable ROI.

At Innovaxis, we specialize in helping B2B businesses develop and implement effective sales and marketing strategies specifically tailored for B2B success. Our strategies don’t just drive leads – they drive sustainable B2B success. But we don’t do it alone.

Marketing Strategies that Leverage Your Team &

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The Stock Market Is Booming, So Why Isn’t Your Business?

Sean Parnell - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Stock Market Is Booming, So Why Isn’t Your Business?

The stock market is at all-time highs. The economy is in the seventh year of expansion since the Great Recession. Big business has never been more
profitable, even before proposed cuts to lower the corporate tax rate.

So why aren’t small and mid-sized businesses growing at the same rate? Why is it so difficult to generate new business? How can SMBs compete against
big business?

If the answers were clear, SMBs would be growing along with the rest of the economy. Instead, they suffer from many hidden barriers to growth. One
of the most common, and most damaging, is a misalignment between sales and marketing.

Buyerlytics Plus is the product of 30 years of combined sales and marketing best practice experience between Innovaxis and Infinity, and provides SMBs
what no other company can: alignment between sales and marketing and the first step to 10X sales growth.

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Buyerlytics® Plus Creates a New Opportunity for Businesses to Achieve 10X Growth

Sean Parnell - Monday, October 30, 2017
Innovaxis & Infinity Partner to Help Businesses Achieve B2B Sales & Marketing Alignment for Midwest Companies with Digital Sales Models

Buyerlytics Plus Creates a New Opportunity for Businesses to Achieve 10X Growth

Chicago & Cedar Rapids – October 30, 2017 – Infinity, Inc., a Cedar Rapids-based sales and service agency, today announces the launch of Buyerlytics Plus: a new way for business-to-business (B2B) technology and service companies to achieve 10X sales growth by aligning sales and marketing.

Buyerlytics Plus provides integrated sales and marketing through Infinity’s strategic partnership with Innovaxis, a Chicago-based marketing consultancy
and managed services firm.

The Case for Sales & Marketing Alignment Best Practices

While markets have rebounded since the Great Recession, many organizations between $25 and $100 million in annual revenues are still experiencing a
lack of growth.

These companies implement sales and marketing strategies that should be effective, but still fall short of their B2B revenue and profitability goals.

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