B2B Marketing News: B2B Ad Spending Sizzles, Salesforce Slack Buy Complete, C-Suite Marketing Survey, & Clubhouse Opens To All

2021 July 30 Demand Gen Reportl Chart

2021 July 30 Demand Gen Reportl ChartUS B2B ad spend set to pass $30b in 2023, nearly half the dollars will go to digital
In the U.S. alone B2B advertising spending is expected to top $30 billion by 2023, with almost half going to digital, while display advertising spending is expected to surpass that of search advertising by 2023 — two of several insights of interest to digital marketers in newly-released forecast data. The Drum

Salesforce completes $27.7B Slack acquisition
Salesforce has put finishing touches on its $27.7 billion acquisition of business communication platform Slack, with the now-official purchase set to combine Salesforce’s data platform Customer 360 with Slack, Salesforce recently announced. Venture Beat

Zenith: Online Video To Lead 2021 Global Ad-Spend Growth, At +26%; Digital To Take 58% Share Of Total
2021’s most robust growth in global digital advertising spend is set to come from online video, climbing some 26 percent to $63 billion, according to recently-released forecast data. Overall ad spending growth is expected to reach 6.9 percent in 2022 and 5.6 percent in 2023, the forecast data also shows. MediaPost

Twitter Posts Steady Increases in Users and Revenue for Q2, with Good Growth in Ad Spend
Twitter saw an 11 percent rise in its monetizable daily active user (mDAU) count compared to last year, an increase of some 7 million users since the first quarter of 2021, while also recording a 69 percent increase in international revenue, Twitter recently announced. Social Media Today

C-Suite Survey: The Top 5 Marketing Org Deficiencies
84 percent of senior management executives say they are interacting either closely, regularly, or increasingly with marketing teams, while 52 percent noted that interim or fractional marketing leaders bring new thinking, ideas, and innovations to marketing departments, according to recently-released survey data. MarketingProfs

Clubhouse is now out of beta and open to everyone
After a year of restricted waiting-list access, and following up on May’s Android version release, audio-call-based communication app Clubhouse has opened its digital doors to the public, accompanied by an updated logo, the firm recently announced. TechCrunch

2021 July 30 Statistics ImageConsumers want control, not ad blocking, in online advertising
80 percent of consumers say they don’t trust online ads, and 74 percent report that they hate them, while 67 percent of the Gen Z demographic said that online ads serve an important purpose — two of several findings of interest to online marketers contained in recently-released survey data. AdAge

Google now shows why it ranked a specific search result
A new list of factors taken into account by Google for individual search results has been launched by the search giant, highlighting some of the top areas businesses can look to for improving their search rankings, Google recently announced. Search Engine Land

2021 U.S., Worldwide Consensus Jumps On Zenith Ad Revisions
Global and U.S. advertising spending forecasts for 2021 have recently gotten stronger, with worldwide ad spend growth predicted to reach 13.1 percent and U.S. growth 14.6 percent, each revised to greater levels than earlier predictions, according to joint forecast data from Dentsu, GroupM, Magna, and Zenith. MediaPost

What B2B Buyers Want From Vendor Websites
When it comes to B2B buyers seeking insight from online vendors, the top three criteria affecting purchase decisions include easy website access to relevant content, pricing and competitive information, and site content that directly demonstrates expertise around industry needs — one of numerous findings of interest to digital marketers contained in newly-released B2B buyer research. MarketingProfs

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2021 July 30 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at the “the personalization privacy paradox” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

The Internet Is Rotting — The Atlantic

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Joshua Nite — What’s Trending: Shake Things Up — LinkedIn (client)
  • TopRank Marketing — How to Create Winning Sales-Enablement Content — Content Marketing Institute
  • Lee Odden — 8 Binge-Worthy Public Relations Podcasts — OnePitch
  • Lee Odden — 5 Things You Need To Know About Search Engine Optimization SEO — Wow Digital
  • TopRank Marketing — 101 Top Minnesota Social Media Companies and Startups of 2021 — BestStartup.us

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B2B Marketing News: Targeting B2B Buyers Takes Long-Term Lens, Where CMOs Are Spending, ABM Use Rises In B2B, US Influencer Spending To Top $3B, & Media Price Inflation Concerns

2021 July 23 Sprout Social Chart

2021 July 23 Sprout Social ChartUS influencer spending to surpass $3 billion in 2021
An increase of over 33 percent in influencer marketing spending is expected for 2021 — reaching $3.69 billion — recently-released forecast data shows, with a 12.2 percent rise predicted for 2022 and 11.5% in 2023, climbing to $4.62 billion, according to the forecast. eMarketer

Ehrenberg-Bass: 95% of B2B buyers are not in the market for your products
As many as 95 percent of businesses aren’t presently in the market for most services and goods, however not in all sectors, according to newly-released data from client LinkedIn and its LinkedIn B2B Institute. Marketing Week examines the data, and interviews Jann Martin Schwarz, global head of the LinkedIn B2B Institute, on targeting long-term B2B marketing goals and more. Marketing Week

B2B Marketers’ Biggest Lead Gen Challenges
45 percent of B2B marketers find creating targeted and engaging content the most difficult challenge when it comes to lead generation, followed by difficulty gathering quality data at 43 percent, and managing and tracking leads at 38 percent, according to recently-released B2B marketing survey data of interest to digital marketers. MarketingProfs

Account-based marketing propelled forward by the pandemic
80 percent of B2B buyers plan to do more business online after the pandemic than they did during pre-covid times, while at the same time 77 percent say purchases have become more complex and challenging, with six to 10 people now comprising the median size of buying groups, newly-released survey data shows. MarTech

CMOs: Budgets, Resources Are Constrained, Digital Investments Most Popular
Digital commerce, marketing operations, brand strategy and marketing analytics are the top content marketing officer investments, according to Gartner’s latest CMO Spend Survey, which also showed that over 72 percent of total marketing budgets are now pure-play digital channels. MediaPost

Google Launches New Way to Optimize Videos For Search
Google has brought easier markup to video content hosted on brands’ own sites with the latest Google SeektoAction change, making non-YouTube video segmentation and chapters possible, the search giant recently announced, expanding the previous beta test of the feature to a wider audience. Search Engine Journal

2021 July 23 Statistics ImageAd Market Grows 35.2% In June, Marks Fourth Consecutive Month Of Expansion
Strong year-over-year growth has continued for the U.S. advertising economy, with June’s 35.2 percent increase in ad spending representing the third month in a row of growth, according to newly-released advertising index data of interest to digital marketers. MediaPost

Instagram Stories Drafts are Now Available to All Users
Crafting more thoughtful and detailed content is likely to become easier with the return of Instagram’s option to save Instagram Story drafts — a feature that had previously been removed, the Facebook-owned platform recently announced. Social Media Today

YouTube Begins Adding Chapters to Videos Automatically
Optional artificial intelligence (AI) generated video chapter splitting has come to certain eligible videos on Google’s YouTube platform, with the option being turned on by default, in an effort to provide a more helpful user experience, YouTube recently announced. Search Engine Journal

What Makes a Brand Best-in-Class on Social Media
Marketers and consumers hold differing viewpoints on the qualities that comprise best-in-class experiences on social media, with 48 percent of marketers noting that they saw audience engagement as the most important factor, while 47 percent of consumers said that they viewed strong customer service as the most important element, according to newly-released social media survey data. MarketingProfs

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2021 July 23 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at the “back to the office” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Italian Museums Are Using AI Cameras to Determine if People Like the Art — PetaPixel

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • TopRank Marketing — Influencer Marketing In A B2B World – Don’t Miss Out! — Crowd Media
  • TopRank Marketing — Why Website Accessibility Is Critical To The Digital Experience — Dan Gingiss
  • Lee Odden — Top 45 Twitter Accounts on Marketing You Should Follow — Signum.ai

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B2B Marketing News: B2B MarTech Spending On The Rise, More Brands Turn To Personalized Content, Microsoft’s New Multimedia Ads, & The Power Of B2B Storytelling

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2021 July 16 MarketingCharts ChartTwitter’s Fleets Format To Disappear, Just Weeks After Ads Test Commenced
Twitter has abandoned its Fleets feature that automatically deleted messages in the format after 24 hours, noting that the format and its accompanying full-screen vertical ads, hadn’t performed as well as initially envisioned, the firm recently announced. MediaPost

Digital to power a 10.4% recovery in global ad spend
Global digital advertising spend will ascend to $311 billion to hit 15.6 percent growth in 2021, according to newly-release forecast data from Dentsu, the firm recently announced. Social ad spending is expected to rise even more swiftly at 23 percent, with video ads predicted to rise by 17 percent, according to the forecast data. The Drum

Facebook Launches New ‘Creative Guidance Navigator’ To Provide Marketing Stats and Tips
Facebook has launched a new mini-site of interest to digital marketers, highlighting a variety of the social giant’s ad campaign options, with best-practice examples of how many of the formats are being put to use by top brands, Facebook recently announced. Social Media Today

Text Marketing On The Rise, 61.8% Of Consumers Have Opted In To Messages: Study
78 percent of consumers say they most often use their phones for texting, with 61.8 percent having chosen to receive texts from a business over the past year, while 59.5 percent said the top reason they’ve opted out of business texts was for receiving too many texts, according to newly-released survey data. MediaPost

US Ad Spend Projected to Soar This Year
A 23.3 percent increase in advertising spending is expected in the U.S. in 2021, with some 57 percent of the entirety of U.S. ad spending going to pure-play online channels, according to recently-released forecast data of interest to online marketers. MarketingCharts

Gen Z and millennials seek diverse voices in audio
58 percent of millennials and some 48 percent of the Gen Z demographic say that they have actively looked for audio content from more diverse creators over the past year, with 40 percent of the two demographic groups saying that they have greater trust for podcasts than tradition sources of news, according to data from Spotify’s Culture Next report. Campaign US

2021 July 16 Statistics ImageIBM CMO is taking ‘a completely new approach’ to B2B marketing
Telling B2B technology marketing stories and creating relationships that add value are key in a fully new approach to B2B marketing, according to Carla Piñyero Sublett, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at IBM. Campaign Asia

Microsoft Debuts Multimedia Ads For Search
Microsoft has launched new responsive machine-learning Bing advertising options for its Microsoft Advertising program, which bring more multimedia ad format choices to digital marketers, the firm recently announced. MediaPost

Augmented Reality Ads See Better Reception Than Other Digital Formats
Some 75 percent of consumers say that they are more likely to notice ads that utilize augmented reality (AR) features, with 70 percent noting they’d like to view more AR ads in the future — two of several statistics of interest to digital marketers contained in recently-released survey data. Adweek

2 in 3 B2B Marketers to Up Their MarTech Spend
68 percent of B2B marketers say they plan to spend more on marketing technology in the coming year, with more than a quarter planning to significantly increase their martec budgets during the same timeframe, according to newly-release survey data. MarketingCharts

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2021 July 16 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at the “marketing myopia and brand choice” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

AT&T Fiber Drafts Kevin Garnett to Poke Fun at Slow Web Connections — Adweek

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lane R. Ellis — What’s Trending: Summer Standouts — LinkedIn (client)
  • Lee Odden — 10 Online Marketing Tips to Gather and Convert More Leads — Small Business Trends
  • TopRank Marketing — 4 SEO Factors to Consider Before Removing Outdated Website Content — Content Marketing Institute
  • Lee Odden — GUEST COLUMN: What marketers will need to learn about voice and audio — Indian Television
  • TopRank Marketing — Are there lessons to be learned from Love Islanders? Brand influencing confirms its worth in the B2B space — IBA International
  • Lee Odden — The 12 Best Ecommerce Marketing Strategies You Should Try in 2021 — eCommerce Fastlane
  • Lee Odden — Your Website – Another Business Asset — WrightIMC

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B2B Marketing News: B2B Marketing & Sales Exec Brand Study, LinkedIn’s Marketing Diversity Insights, & Instagram’s New Link Options

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2021 July 9 LinkedIn ChartBuoyant B2B: Firms Stress Marketing As They Enhance Their Brands
59 percent of B2B marketing and sales executives say their businesses are active in social media, while 39 percent of employees say that they don’t understand their companies’ brands, according to newly-released survey data of interest to digital marketers. MediaPost

What Makes A Brand Best-in-Class on Social?
47 percent of U.S. consumers said that strong customer service made for best-in-class brand social media communication, followed audience engagement with 46 percent, transparency at 44 percent, and creating memorable content at 39 percent, according to recently-released social media survey data. MarketingCharts

Facebook is testing drastic changes to Instagram to make it more like TikTok
Facebook has begun testing changes including full-screen video and more immersive experiences for its Instagram platform, in a move aimed at bringing more entertaining and mobile-first video experiences that better compete with TikTok, the social media giant recently announced. CNBC

Experience Marketing Returning To Normal: 75% Of Brands Have Resumed Live, In-Person Events
Some 75 percent of brand marketers said that they have returned to live and in-personal experiential marketing, with 68 percent of consumers reporting participating in forms of in-person experiential marketing as of May, 2021 — up from just four percent a year earlier, according to newly-released global survey data. MediaPost

Norway Introduces New Law Forcing Disclosure on Retouched Photos Posted Online
Norway has introduced regulations requiring advertisers and influencers to clearly note any retouched online photos, a potential harbinger of similar more expansive future global laws that could affect B2B marketers and influencers. Social Media Today

Instagram tests letting anyone share a link in stories
Instagram has begun a new trial that brings expanded linking capabilities via sticker taps, which could lead to eventual easier link sharing for marketers on the platform, the Facebook-owned firm recently revealed. The Verge

2021 July 9 Statistics ImageTikTok to roll out option to create longer videos of up to three minutes
Short-form video platform TikTok will expand the maximum length of footage shared on the popular app from 60 seconds to three minutes, creating new content opportunities for marketers, the firm recently announced, with the change expected to take place within the coming weeks. Reuters

Twitter considers letting you limit tweets to ‘trusted friends’
Twitter has tested a variety of new methods for limiting who can view content on the platform, including tweet audience categorization that could help marketers refine their messaging on Twitter for specific audiences, the firm recently revealed. The Verge

Media KPIs That Matter [ANA Study]
Efficiency is the most-used key performance indicator (KPI) in media, while outcome is seen as the most important — two of numerous findings of interest to digital marketers contained in newly-released Association of National Advertisers (ANA) survey data examining 39 top KPIs. ANA

LinkedIn Shares Insights Into Gender and Racial Diversity in the Marketing Field
60 percent of the marketing profession is comprised of women, with the top three growing marketing job titles among women being director of growth, account strategist, and creative strategist — several findings from expansive recently-released study data from LinkedIn (client) of interest to online marketers. Social Media Today

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2021 July 9 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at the “The 7 Deadly Sins of Innovation” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Americans Eagerly Check To See If They Got Any Emails Today — The Onion

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • TopRank Marketing — 17 Best Examples of B2B Influencer Marketing Campaigns — Audiense
  • Lee Odden — 60 Best Marketing Quotes to Boost Your Business — Quoteistan

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B2B Marketing News: B2B Demand Gen KPI Study, Edelman Trust Barometer, Instagram Gets Desktop Posting, & Gen Z For B2B Brands

2021 July 2 MarketingCharts Chart

2021 July 2 MarketingCharts ChartEdelman Trust Barometer special report: Brands must be agents of societal change, say consumers
63 percent of consumers say they are more attracted to brands that focus on making the world a better place, while 78 percent said they believe their influence goes beyond the consumer experience to business operations — two of several statistics of interest to digital marketers in newly-released survey data from Edelman’s Trust Barometer report. PRWeek

Most Demand Gen Marketers Hit Their KPIs in 2020
43 percent of B2B demand generation marketers say they met their original key performance indicators (KPIs) in 2020, with 35 percent topping their original targets, according to recently-released survey data. The survey also showed that 18 percent expect their demand gen budgets to significantly expand in the coming 12 months, with 49 percent expected some budget growth. MarketingCharts

Focusing on gen Z: how B2B brands can hook this new generation of customers & candidates
LinkedIn’s (client) vice-president of marketing solutions Penry Price has shared insight into how B2B brands can better connect with buyers in the Gen Z demographic, including a heightening importance for live video, audio content, and brand values. The Drum

Facebook Adds New ‘Optimize Text Per Person’ Option for Automated Ad Customization
Facebook has begun rolling out a new feature that aims to deliver ads on the social platform in the format that each user most favorably responds to, bringing marketers new options for experimenting with the per-person optimization capability, the firm recently announced. Social Media Today

Brave Search Launches, Roadmaps A Privacy Search Engine Without Bias
A new search engine striving to provide greater privacy, Brave Search, launched in beta format recently, using its own search index and expecting to eventually offer ad-supported search capability, the firm announced this week. MediaPost

Instagram now lets you create and publish posts on Mac, but iPad not supported
Desktop PC and Mac systems have gained the ability to post natively to Instagram, bypassing the long-standing former mobile-only requirement, the Facebook-owned social platform recently announced, in a move that could make it easier for marketers using traditional desktop computer systems. 9to5Mac

2021 July 2 Statistics ImageSocial Media Marketing Update: Preferred Platforms and Content Types in 2021
Some 79 percent of marketers said that they plan to maintain or increase their use of LinkedIn over the next year, making the Microsoft-owned professional social platform fourth behind Instagram’s 87 percent, Facebook’s 84 percent, and YouTube’s 83 percent, and ahead of fifth place Twitter, recently-released social media usage trend survey data of interest to digital marketers. MarketingCharts

Wavemaker Finds Consumers Becoming Less Attached To Brands, Especially Online
The number of brands that consumers consider when purchasing is conducted solely online is some 50 percent greater than purely offline purchase paths — one of several statistics of interest to online marketers contained in newly-released survey data. MediaPost

Facebook Tests New Reels and Rooms UI, Integrated Into the Facebook Stories Panel
Facebook has begun testing options to gain a wider audience for Instagram Reels content, offering users alternate feeds showing a variety of content types including live video, Instagram Reels clips, Stories, of audio room content, observers of display changes at the social media giant have recently discovered. Social Media Today

Here’s What B2B Content Works at Each Stage of the Funnel
In-depth white papers or e-books, customer case studies, and virtual events were the top three most effective content types for customers in the bottom funnel closest to purchasing, according to newly-released B2B technology marketing survey data. On the opposite side of the funnel, blogs, infographics, and video assets were the most effective content types to buyers beginning their purchasing journey, the survey data revealed. MarketingCharts

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2021 July 2 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at the “influencer marketing and authenticity” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

3 Must-Know Consumer Behavior Predictions for Hot Tech Summer — Adweek

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — 10 Tips for Nurturing Business Relationships and Marketing a B2B Brand — Small Business Trends
  • Lee Odden — 60 Best Marketing Quotes to Boost Your Business — Quoteistan

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B2B Marketing News: Brand Social Media Expectations Study, Google Postpones Cookie Changes, & B2B Buyer Behavior Report

2021 June 25 Sprout Social Chart

2021 June 25 Sprout Social ChartGoogle delays blocking third-party cookies in Chrome until 2023
Google has announced that it will postpone its previously-announced abandonment of third-party tracking cookies in its Chrome web browser, a change that will now not take place until 2023, the search giant has revealed. The postponement has given marketers additional time to work on and implement alternative tracking methods. The Verge

US ranks last among 46 countries in trust in media, Reuters Institute report finds
29 percent of U.S. consumers say they trust the news media, a figure that is the lowest of any nation in the newly-released annual report from Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford. The report also showed that the pandemic has brought about rapid adoption of new digital consumption behaviors, among other insights of interest to digital marketers. The Poynter Institute

Ad Spending Surges 56% In May, All Media Except Magazines Rise
Advertising spending in the U.S. in May jumping by 56 percent year-over-year, topping April’s 53 percent rise, according to recently-released ad spend data of interest to online marketers. The data also shows that digital ad spending in the U.S. climbed at an even higher 69 percent in May. MediaPost

Facebook launches Clubhouse-like live audio rooms and podcasts
Facebook has rolled out its take on live audio rooms similar to features made popular by audio-call-based social communication firm Clubhouse, and has also launched new podcast and related monetization features on the platform, Facebook recently announced. Reuters

DOA Emails: Consumers Say Only 5% Of Messages Are Well-Timed To Their Needs
Just five percent of consumers say that email offerings they get are well-timed to mesh with their needs, while some 83 percent will, however, purchase from firms that are sending relevant messages — two of several statistics of interest to digital marketers in newly-released email marketing survey data. MediaPost

Consumers are hungry for live events. Here’s how brands should respond
87 percent of consumers say they are willing to use technology while attending live events, with more than half noting that they appreciate the flexibility that hybrid events bring — two of numerous insights in recently-released survey data examining changing expectations for events and digital experiences. Campaign US

2021 June 25 Statistics Image2021 State of B2B Digital Marketing [Report]
The number one digital marketing trend B2B brands are prioritizing is the utilization of new social platforms, while 57 percent of marketers said that social media was seen as the area of digital customer experience that had the most impact on overall strategic success, according to newly-released B2B digital marketing report data. Wpromote

YouTube Adds New Control Options for Shorts Remixes, Tests Shorts Analytics in the Main App
Google’s YouTube video platform has updated its main mobile app, adding a slew of new features including bulk audio sampling blocking, additional video usage statistic data, and video remixing options for its Shorts feature, the video giant recently announced. Social Media Today

B2B Buyers Say These Vendor Behaviors Are Immediate Deal-Killers
B2B buyers say that misleading information and not understanding their needs are the two top B2B seller behaviors that will end the possibility of doing business, followed by sellers that don’t understand their own product or service, according to recently-released survey data. MarketingCharts

New Report Looks at Evolving Consumer Expectations From Brands on Social Media [Infographic]
90 percent of consumers will purchase from brands they follow on social, while a leading 33 percent say they prefer social media for reaching out with customer service questions — two of many statistics of interest to online marketers in the latest survey report from Sprout Social. Social Media Today

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2021 June 25 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at the “customer lifetime value” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Gamer Captures Bigfoot at Atrocious 1080p Resolution — Hard Drive

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — What’s Trending: From Content to Experience for B2B Marketing — LinkedIn (client)
  • Lee Odden — Sorry, Marketers — People Don’t Care About Brands — Mark Armstrong

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B2B Marketing News: B2B Content Consumption Data, Digital Ad Revenue Sizzles, In-Person Events & Advertisers, & YouTube’s New Time-Savers

2021 June 18 MediaPost IPG Chart

2021 June 18 MediaPost IPG ChartAlmost 90% of B2B Content Consumption Said to Take Place Outside the C-Suite
Nearly 90 percent of B2B content consumption involves those outside corporate executive-level management, with some 21 percent being consumer by individual contributors, according to recently-released B2B buyer breakdown by job titles survey data. MarketingCharts

Podcasts start coming to Facebook next week
Facebook will begin rolling out a new podcast feature on June 22, offering podcast creators a new distribution channel, with features such as one minute promotional clips — to appear in a forthcoming podcasts tab — the social media giant recently announced. The Verge

TikTok Owner ByteDance’s Annual Revenue Jumps to $34.3 Billion
TikTok parent ByteDance saw a 93 percent jump in gross profit during 2020, with revenue more than doubling to $30 billion, the popular short-form social video platform that has seen increasing business interest recently announced in annual employee financial performance data. Wall Street Journal

Google Launches Search Console Insights
Google has launched a new feature to its Search Console product that presents audience data from Google Analytics combined with Search Console insights, to offer an expanded look at customer audiences, the search giant recently announced. Search Engine Journal

YouTube Will Now Enable Creators To Add Midrolls, End Screens and Captions While Their Video Is Processing
Google-owned YouTube has released a new time-saving feature in its YouTube Studio that will smooth workflow for marketers by allowing users to perform more tasks while the initial video uploading process is underway, the firm recently reported. Social Media Today

More Advertisers Envision Return to In-Person Events
17 percent of advertisers plan to resume sponsoring in-person events in the final quarter of 2021, while 16 percent say they plan to do so in the first quarter of 2022, according to newly-released survey data. The survey also showed that some 10 percent of advertisers say that they have no plans to resume sponsoring in-person event. MarketingCharts

2021 June 18 Statistics ImageAugmented Reality Market to Hit $175B by 2026: ABI Research
The global augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) market will top $175 billion by 2026, with almost 28 million smart glasses expected to ship by then, according to recently-released forecast data of interest to digital marketers. AV Network

Spotify launches its live audio app and Clubhouse rival, Spotify Greenroom
Spotify has begun launching Greenhouse, its Clubhouse-life mobile app offering with features that can also turn live audio conversations into podcasts on the Spotify platform, the firm recently disclosed. Spotify also plans to eventually infuse targeting recommendations and additional Spotify-specific functionality into Greenhouse. TechCrunch

LinkedIn bets on remote events, investing in $5 billion-plus virtual platform company Hopin
Microsoft-owned LinkedIn (client) has invested in virtual conference technology firm Hopin, in a push to allow customers to extend the reach of their live events onto LinkedIn with new immersive experiences, Hopin recently announced. CNBC

Global Ad Growth Consensus Lifted To 10.6% In 2021, 8.2% In 2022
Advertising spending worldwide in 2021 is expected to jump by 10.6 percent, with an 8.2 percent increase forecast for 2022, according to recently-released global ad spend forecast data of interest to online marketers. The figures represent a strong rebound from the 5.2 percent decrease seen in 2020. MediaPost

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2021 June 18 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at the “the next big thing in marketing” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Microsoft’s best Cannes Lions-winning ads and campaigns — AdAge

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — B2B Influencer Marketing with Lee Odden [Podcast] — Pam Didner
  • Lee Odden — What’s Trending: Innovations in B2B Marketing — LinkedIn (client)

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B2B Marketing News: Most Critical B2B Challenges, Marketers Are In Demand, YouTube’s New Analytics, & Social Video Reach Grows

2021 June 11 MarketingCharts Chart

2021 June 11 MarketingCharts ChartB2B Better: Customers Vote For The Most Trusted Brands
Apple, Amazon, Adobe, LinkedIn and Google garnered the top five spots among B2B professionals as the most trusted B2B brands, followed by Microsoft, FedEx, HubSpot, UPS, and American Express, according to recently-release survey data of interest to digital marketers. MediaPost

How to Influence B2B Buyers’ Purchasing Decisions [Survey]
71 percent of B2B buyers said that the top influence on their decision to purchase was when a salesperson leads a thorough discovery of their concerns, wants, and needs, followed by 68 percent who said showing what’s possible or how to solve a problem had an significant influence on buying decisions, with the same percentage noting that a salesperson who listens to them affects their purchasing decision, according to newly-released survey data. MarketingProfs

CX Decision-Makers Invest in Tech to Embed Customer Insights Throughout the Organization
Making new technology investments, increasing customer experience (CX) budget, and building a formal CX measurement framework are the top steps being taken to utilize customer insights and feedback in organizations, recently-released report data of interest to online marketers shows. MarketingCharts

Exclusive LinkedIn data shows marketers are in demand – especially in the digital realm
Over the past six months LinkedIn (client) has had a 177 percent increase in the number of remote marketing job listings, with the most in-demand digital marketing skills being social media marketing, paid search strategy, followed by social media and search marketing, according to newly-released report data from Microsoft-owned LinkedIn. The Drum

Magna Teams With Spotify: Finds Americans Suffer From ‘Screen Fatigue,’ Turn To Audio
42 percent of Americans who recently listened to digital audio or watched online video said that screen fatigue was the primary reason they turned to more digital audio content — one of several findings of interest to digital marketers in recently-released survey data. MediaPost

YouTube Adds New Analytics Options To Provide More Context on Memberships, Revenue and More
Google’s YouTube has rolled out a slew of new measurement and analytics features, including some focused on helping creators and marketers get an improved look at channel membership gains and revenue impacts, the firm recently announced. Social Media Today

2021 June 11 Statistics ImageReport: Social Video Generates 70% As Much Reach As Linear TV, Fills In Demo ‘Gaps’
From February 2020 through the same month in 2021 the time that U.S. consumers between 18 and 44 spent watching social video climbed by almost 50 percent, with over half of social video being consumed by those in the 18 to 34 demographic, newly-released survey data has shown. MediaPost

SurveyMonkey Rebrands As Momentive To Fuel Its Growing Enterprise Business
SurveyMonkey will change its name to Momentive in a shift aiming to grow the firm’s B2B offerings in the customer insight market, while keeping its longstanding moniker for its self-serve business, the company recently announced. Forbes

Study Finds Only 2% Of Marketing Execs Want A ‘Full Return’ To Office
68 percent of marketers said that they were doing their best work while remote during the pandemic, while just two percent said that they would like to see a complete return to working from their office — two of several statistics of interest to digital marketers in newly-released report data. MediaPost

What Are B2B Marketers’ Most Critical Challenges Right Now?
Identifying target audiences and accounts, cross-departmental collaboration, and reaching target audiences through digital channels are the top three struggles that B2B marketers said they are facing, according to recently-released survey data. MarketingCharts

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2021 June 11 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at the “generational marketing
by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Report: TikTok Now More Popular Than Instagram Among US Gen Z Consumers — MarketingCharts

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — B2B Influencer Marketing with Lee Odden [Podcast] — Pam Didner
  • Lee Odden — What’s Trending: Innovations in B2B Marketing — LinkedIn (client)

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B2B Marketing News: Key Remote Team Motivators, Google’s New Marketing Features, & Twitter’s New Blue Subscription Service

2021 June 4 MediaPostANA Chart

2021 June 4 MediaPostANA ChartAd Exec Vaccinations Reach 87%, Plans For Business Travel Improve Dramatically
In May 77 percent of U.S. advertising industry executives said they were willing to travel domestically for business, a sharp increase from the 23 percent figure in February, while 87 percent said that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to newly-released survey data of interest to digital marketers. MediaPost

Key Takeways From the Google Marketing Livestream
Google’s Marketing Livestream event saw the search giant reveal an array of new features and product upgrades, including wider availability of its Google Ads custom audience functionality, new conversion tracking for Google Tag Manager, and updated Google Analytics insights, along with other changes, Google recently announced. Search Engine Journal

Twitter: Social media giant lists new ‘Blue’ subscription service
Twitter has make moves to begin its Twitter Blue subscription offering, which has been viewed by some Twitter observers as likely to contain an array of potentially enticing new features including the ability to undo a tweet for a period of time after it’s been posted, an improved TweetDeck interface for power users seeking to keep tabs on multiple brands or topics in real-time, and custom subscriber-only color theme options. BBC

More People Report Leaving Reviews Online for Positive than Negative Experiences
56 percent of U.S. consumers say they leave online reviews because of product excellence, while 41 percent do so after finding a product unsatisfactory — two of several statistics of interest to online marketers contained in recently-released survey data. MarketingCharts

Facebook Now Enables You To Embed Facebook Videos at a Chosen Time in the Playback
Facebook has added functionality to share and embed video content that begins playing at any chosen spot — a feature YouTube has long offered — the social media giant recently announced. The new Facebook feature brings greater flexibility to marketers looking to utilize various portions of their videos on the platform. Social Media Today

Twitter’s Fleets are getting Stories-like ads
Twitter has begun rolling out a new advertising format for its Fleets story-format content, offering full-screen Fleet billboard ads up to 30 seconds long, the firm recently announced. The Verge

2021 June 4 Statistics Image4 in 10 US Internet Users Say They Check Their Phone Every Few Minutes
39.1 percent of U.S. adult Internet users turn to their phone for research instead of their computer, while 38.3 percent say that they check their phone every few minutes, with 23.1 percent often having 10 or more web browsing tabs open at any one time, according to newly-released global survey data. MarketingCharts

How to Keep Your Team Motivated, Remotely
How businesses have kept their remote teams motivated is examined in new survey data and analysis from the Harvard Business Review, which takes a look at the key motivators that are able to energize remote teams, along with an equally-important group of negative motivators that present challenges to employers. Harvard Business Review

Facebook and Instagram will now allow users to hide ‘Like’ counts on posts
Testing complete, Facebook and its Instagram platforms have both begun to roll out options for hiding public like counts, the firm recently announced — a change which may eventually impact how some content creators measure the success of marketing efforts. TechCrunch

ANA: Black-Owned Suppliers Still Are The Minority Of Ad Industry’s Diversity Mix
The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) most recently report on diversity in advertising revealed that black-owned suppliers were the minority, with a 10 percent figure that came in slightly less than the 11 percent Hispanic-owned figure, while 62 percent were women-owned, according to the association’s ad budget survey data. MediaPost

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2021 June 4 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at the “back to normal” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

How the Commodore Amiga Powered Your Cable System in the ’90s — Hard Drive

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • SAP — Influencer Marketing and Building Customer Relationships: Ursula Ringham on Marketing Smarts [Podcast] — MarketingProfs
  • Lee Odden — Pubcon Florida Social Influencer and Neuromarketing Workshop — Pubcon
  • LinkedIn — AdExchanger Talks: The Lowdown On LinkedIn Marketing Solutions With Product VP Gyanda Sachdeva — AdExchanger
  • Lee Odden — Marketing in unsicheren Zeiten [In German] — LinkedIn (client)

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B2B Marketing News: B2B Video Completion Rates, US Ad Spend Soars, Google’s New Starline 3D Chat, & What Makes A Brand Meaningful

2021 May 28 MarketingCharts Chart

2021 May 28 MarketingCharts ChartTwitter Re-Opens Public Applications for Profile Verification
For the first time since November, 2017 Twitter has begun allowing users to apply for verified profile status. As the new option is rolled out, a verification application option will appear within a Twitter user’s account settings, allowing brands to seek a blue check-mark, the firm recently announced. Social Media Today

Google Ads Has New Smart Bidding Features
Google has launched new eligible search campaign recommendations, along with target impression share simulators — two of several new updates of interest to digital marketers that have been rolled out to the firm’s popular Google Ads offering, the search giant recently announced. SEO Roundtable

U.S. Ad Recovery Continues To Soar, Surges 52% In April
April 2021 advertising spending was up 52 percent in the U.S. year-over-year, the biggest increase in more than a year, and this recovery has also been seen in more ad spending categories than previous months, according to recently-released ad spending index data. MediaPost

LinkedIn introduces Event Ads and “boosted” posts
LinkedIn (client) has made new post promotion features available from brand pages and rolled out a slew of new event advertising and analytics options, including custom streaming and mobile page analytics, the Microsoft-owned platform recently announced. Search Engine Land

What B2B Firms Use Marketing Agencies For
31 percent of B2B firms utilize marketing agencies for brand mission, vision, and values initiatives, while 22 percent use agencies for brand purpose strategy — two of several statistics of interest to online marketers in newly-released survey data. MarketingProfs

Instagram now shows creators how well their live videos and Reels are doing
Facebook-owned Instagram has launched an update that reveals more data about the performance of live videos and short-form Reels content, with shares, saves, likes, plays, and comments among newly-available metrics data, the firm recently announced. Engadget

2021 May 28 Statistics ImageTwitter Tests New ‘Super Followers’ Display Ahead of Program Launch
Twitter has begun testing more visible integration of its forthcoming super followers feature — which allows creators to offer subscription-only bonus content on the platform — with a new super follower count likely to appear alongside traditional account follower numbers, the firm has announced. Social Media Today

Havas Finds Growing Consumer ‘Cynicism,’ Only 25% Of Brands Even Matter
Some 39 percent of brands are trusted by U.S. consumers, while consumers say that they don’t care about 75 percent of brands, a slight decrease from 2019’s 77 percent, according to recently-released brand meaningfulness survey data of interest to digital marketers. MediaPost

Analysis: Google’s Starline shows promise and perils of 3D chats
Google launched its Project Starline 3D videoconferencing offering recently, its latest foray into the mixed reality communication realm, and Reuters has shared a look at some of the early impressions of the Google project. Reuters

2020 Business Video Completion Rates and Other Benchmarks
58 percent of business videos under one minute in length are viewed completely, while only 24 percent of those over 20 minutes long are watched in their entirety — two of several statistics of interest to digital marketers contained in recently-released survey data of some 760,000 business videos. MarketingCharts

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

2021 May 28 Marketoonist Comic

A lighthearted look at the “creative brief” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Man’s Cell Phone Disagrees That Alexa Is Listening to Him — Hard Drive

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — Lee Odden Masters Group Workshop on Influencer Marketing – Florida 2021 — Pubcon
  • Lee Odden — 50 Best Blogging Quotes (from Top Bloggers) — Ryan Robinson
  • Lee Odden — What’s Trending: The New SEO and the Case for Content Marketing — LinkedIn

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