Last week at the incredibly fun, incredibly energizing, incredibly incredible MarketingProfs B2B Forum, a major theme was innovation.
I don't think I'm overstating when I say that last week's Forum was our baddest (in the best sense of the word!) and our best, in part because over the course of an amazing two days in Boston, we learned how the best B2B marketers are sowing new ground: Using new tools to connect with customers, embracing new technologies, challenging the status quo.
From where we here at MarketingProfs sit, we think B2B marketing is a pretty exciting place to be these days...
But here's the thing: It always has been! Sure, business-to-business marketing gets a bum rap sometimes. And B2B marketers get mislabeled as boring.
If you consider the rich and storied tradition of marketing from a B2B angle, you can see nothing but innovation coursing through its veins. Marketing's history is full of people who think differently, who search for new ways to connect, who try new approaches that topple the tried and true and (in some cases) improve upon it.
So we created a symbolic journey to kick off our two-day event in Boston. Here it is:
If you regret missing us in Boston (and you should---ha!), I hope you'll save the date for B2B Forum 2013, taking place next October. (Watch this space for more details on that later.)
In the meantime, you can access the Best of B2B Marketing Forum, a full-day, online event this Friday, October 12, showcasing eight standout sessions from the 6th annual B2B Forum in-person event. (And by the way, I say "best of" but it's actually up most of the best because, well, we can't fit all the goodness of this year's Forum into a single day. Also, there were a few sessions that were awesome but don't translate well into virtual learning. I'm looking at you, Christopher S. Penn and Tom Fishburne, among others....)
See the full agenda here.
Then, sign up to access the (Most of) Best of B2B here.
p.s. Here's a sweet "Facebook Five-off" coupon you can use. Use the five bucks you save to fund a pumpkin spice latte to sip during #BestOfmpb2b, because you'll want to be hyper-alert to soak up the fantasticness of it all. (Don't say I didn't prep you!)
Ann Handley is chief content officer of MarketingProfs, author of Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Ridiculously Good Content, and co-author of the best-selling book on content marketing, Content Rules. Ann co-founded ClickZ.com, one of the first sources of interactive marketing news and commentary.