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The B2B Marketing Playbook For 2018

Turn B2B Marketing Into A Customer-Obsessed Organization

The next wave of competitive advantage for B2B companies will come from taking swift action based on deepening customer knowledge and delivering what their customers want before their competitors...

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  • Report Take The Measure Of Your L2RM Maturity

    Assessment: The Lead-To-Revenue Marketing Playbook
    December 12, 2018 | Lori Wizdo

    To help you assess the maturity of your lead-to-revenue management (L2RM) program, we've developed an assessment framework, comprising 20 criteria across five competencies — strategy, structure,...

  • Report Credible, Empathetic Content Wins Over Elusive B2B Buyers

    Four Practices Deliver Value And Engage Your Buyers' Attention
    December 7, 2018 | Laura Ramos, Matthew Camuso

    Self-sufficient and digitally adept business buyers are tired of wading through piles of marketing and sales content that isn't helpful or interesting. B2B marketers need to step away from...

  • Report Q&A: B2B Marketing Automation Platforms 101

    Get To The Heart Of The B2B Martech Stack
    November 21, 2018 | Lori Wizdo

    The B2B marketing technology landscape is confusing, with thousands of vendors in dozens of categories. But one application category is the heart of the B2B marketing technology (martech) stack. It...

  • Report Evaluate Your Sales Enablement Maturity

    Five Core Competencies Increase Sales Effectiveness
    November 6, 2018 | Laura Ramos, Meredith Cain

    B2B firms are reshaping their sales enablement function to give evolving business consumers a better experience, support sellers more effectively, and reduce the cost of selling to the business. To...

  • Report The Forrester Wave™: Partner Relationship Management, Q4 2018

    The 12 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    October 31, 2018 | Jay McBain

    In our 26-criteria evaluation of partner relationship management (PRM) providers, we identified the 12 most significant ones — Allbound, Channeltivity, ChannelXperts, Impartner, Magentrix,...

  • Report Help Happy Customers Share Their Delight By Prioritizing Post-Sale Marketing

    How To Create Customer Advocacy Programs That Boost Your Brand's Influence And Success
    October 25, 2018 | Laura Ramos

    Customers would rather share their knowledge, experience, and advice than deliver some inconsequential, promotional testimonial. To tether post-sale experiences to authentic advocacy, B2B marketers...

  • Report AI Will Enable B2B Marketers To Deliver Customer-Driven Engagement At Scale

    AI Restores Equilibrium To The Company/Customer Information Imbalance
    October 25, 2018 | Steven Casey

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere — on the news, in your social feeds, in boardroom discussions — and in more and more B2B marketing applications every day. Marketing leaders need to...

  • Report The Forrester Tech Tide™: B2B Marketing Technologies, Q4 2018

    18 Technologies Underpin Modern B2B Marketing
    October 25, 2018 | Steven Casey, Laura Ramos, Mary Shea

    B2B marketing technologies are increasingly critical to firms' ability to win, serve, and retain their customers. To accelerate their performance in B2B marketing, companies are evaluating and...

  • Report Superconnectors: Your Channel To The Channel

    Find And Leverage Community Leaders And Influencers To Build Your New Partner Ecosystem
    October 25, 2018 | Jay McBain

    B2B channel and marketing leaders are struggling to find ways to expand recruitment across many new partner types without making significant investments. Superconnectors provide a gateway to...

  • Report B2B Marketers Fail At Paid Search

    When Most Purchases Start With A Search — This Is Something You'll Want To Be Good At
    October 25, 2018 | Collin Colburn, Meredith Cain

    If you are a B2B company, you are likely failing at search or at least have a lot room for improvement. This is a problem, considering most B2B purchases start with an online search. Forrester...

  • Report Predictions 2019: B2B Marketing And Sales

    Leaders Embrace Full Life-Cycle Engagement
    October 25, 2018 | Caroline Robertson

    As B2B marketers increasingly lead the entire buying experience, they must establish a foundation of insights and pivot from campaign to engagement design that encompasses both digital and human...

  • Report The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Automation Platforms, Q4 2018

    The Six Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    October 15, 2018 | Lori Wizdo

    In our 36-criteria evaluation of B2B marketing automation platform (MAP) providers, we identified the six most significant ones — Act-On Software, bpm'online, Marketo, Oracle, Salesforce, and SAP —...

  • Report Turn B2B Customer Goodwill Into Gold

    Use Four Advocate Marketing Personalities To Set Your Customer Engagement Strategy And Deliver Positive Outcomes
    October 3, 2018 | Laura Ramos, Matthew Camuso

    Creating disjointed customer programs to tactically address demands for references, evidence, and feedback ends up confusing customers, burning them out, or creating less-than-ideal experiences....

  • Report Convert B2B Customer Passion Into Value Through Advocacy

    Focus On People, Not Companies, To Increase Buyer Engagement
    September 28, 2018 | Laura Ramos, Matthew Camuso

    Peer testimony and validation are powerful B2B marketing tools. The growth in social, mobile, and subscription-based business models now make customer influencers even more important. Read this...

  • Report The Three C's Of Shadow Channel Recruitment

    Develop And Exercise Ideal Partner Profiles To Engage The Partners You Now Need
    September 26, 2018 | Jay McBain

    In our report "Death Of The Traditional IT Channel," Forrester defined new types of hyperspecialized shadow channels that successfully sell to the new B2B buyer. B2B channel and marketing leaders...

  • Report The Forrester Wave™: Sales Enablement Automation Platforms, Q3 2018

    The 12 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    September 24, 2018 | Mary Shea

    In our 33-criteria evaluation of sales enablement automation platform providers, we identified the 12 most significant ones — Accent Technologies, Bigtincan, Brainshark, ClearSlide, ClientPoint,...

  • Report The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q3 2018

    The 12 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    September 24, 2018 | Steven Casey

    In our 21-criteria evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 12 most significant ones — Bombora, DataFox, DiscoverOrg, Dun & Bradstreet, Infogroup, InsideView, Leadspace, Orb...

  • Report The B2B Marketing Practice Is Halfway To Awesome

    Landscape: The Lead-To-Revenue Marketing Playbook
    September 17, 2018 | Lori Wizdo, Matthew Camuso

    Forrester introduced the term lead-to-revenue marketing (L2RM) in 2010 to describe a customer-centric business system for marketers whose offerings mandate a long, complex, or highly considered...

  • Report Measure These Six Things To Improve Revenue Performance

    Performance Management: The Lead-To-Revenue Marketing Playbook
    August 30, 2018 | Lori Wizdo

    The seminal idea behind lead-to-revenue management (L2RM) was the need to calibrate marketing activities and budgets to revenue generation. But creating a system to continuously improve the...

  • Report Three Waypoints On The Journey To B2B Marketing Transformation

    Road Map: The Lead-To-Revenue Marketing Playbook
    August 30, 2018 | Lori Wizdo, Matthew Camuso

    To engage the new business consumer, savvy B2B marketing leaders leverage their lifetime revenue marketing (LRM) initiative to drive the extraordinary change in marketing practice. Concurrent...

  • Report Optimize Revenue Results With An L2RM Business System

    Continuous Improvement: The Lead-To-Revenue Marketing Playbook
    August 30, 2018 | Lori Wizdo

    Companies that have implemented a managed lead-to-revenue (L2R) process are demonstrating results with about 30% better performance in marketing contribution to pipeline and revenue and 50% higher...

  • Report Get Your Revenue Marketing Transformation Off To A Fast Start

    Lessons Learned From L2RM Pioneers
    August 30, 2018 | Lori Wizdo

    After bagging impressive early wins, lead-to-revenue management (L2RM) pioneers have had difficulty sustaining ongoing improvement. To learn why, we analyzed the inquiries that B2B marketing...

  • Report B2B Consultant Sellers Reign In The 21st Century

    Empower Your Sellers With Strategic Tooling
    August 27, 2018 | Mary Shea

    B2B buyers prefer a self-guided journey. While simple commodity transactions can occur without direct sales interaction, more highly considered purchases require B2B marketing and sales leaders to...

  • Report GDPR And The B2B Seller

    Keep Calm And Sell On
    August 27, 2018 | Lori Wizdo, Mary Shea, Matthew Camuso

    B2B companies are wrestling with the impact that new privacy regulations will have on seller behaviors and selling processes. They must rethink everything from the collection and storage of...

  • Report Modern B2B Buying Experiences Require A Singular Content Strategy

    Four Practices Align Marketing Content To Both Buyers And Sellers
    August 22, 2018 | Laura Ramos

    Sellers need marketing to support them with content that incorporates the same messages and insights to which buyers respond well. A single B2B content marketing strategy shared by marketing and...

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