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  • Marketers say real-time marketing, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) are the three emerging technologies that will have the most impact on their strategies in the year ahead, according to recent research from Ascend2.

  • A well-structured social media competitive analysis can reveal a host of useful insights, including what types of content your rivals are creating and which of their posts are receiving the most engagement.

  • However 2020 played out for your company, it certainly illuminated some universal marketing obstacles that we can all learn from. Going into 2021, we can take advantage of those struggles and turn them into opportunities.

  • Experiential marketing doesn't have to rely on physical interaction. B2B companies can learn from their B2C counterparts by hosting virtual events that offer an interactive way for people to "leave" the house. To that end, focus on these three tactics.

  • Empathy, creativity, and connectivity will ignite purpose-driven experiences in 2021, according to chief marketing officers (CMOs).

  • What were the most popular hashtags, topics, and search queries related to content marketing in 2020? To find out, SEMrush analyzed hundreds of thousands of tweets and Google searches.

  • The MarketingProfs team convened a virtual roundup of marketing-expert friends to get their take on trends and predictions that CMOs will need to be aware of to succeed in 2021. Here's what they predict.

  • The generic "customer" doesn't exist: To reach buyers, marketers must view their customers as real people with personalities, drives, and interests. Especially in a Covid-altered world, the best way to visualize those customers and their needs is to create buyer personas.

  • Branding and direct response marketing must work together. Marketers should therefore understand the key differences between the two so that they can employ the right blend of tactics when executing their overall marketing strategy. Here are five differences to keep in mind.

  • Senior digital marketers say their top areas for capability improvement in the year ahead are personalization, performance, and segmentation, according to recent research from Altimeter.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated online engagement by Gen X and Baby Boomers, making those cohorts more valuable than ever for digital marketers, according to recent research from GlobalWebIndex.

  • The pandemic has given B2B marketers an opportunity to become better marketers—and build stronger marketing teams—by embracing a culture of innovation. But that change entails rethinking professional development plans. These three sample plans can help you develop innovative B2B marketing teams.

  • Ty Heath of LinkedIn's B2B Institute shares new research about the changing behaviors and attitudes of the new B2B decision-makers.

  • Remote work will be here to stay post-pandemic, but more likely in advanced economies and in higher concentrations among workers in highly skilled roles and those who are highly educated, according to recent research from McKinsey & Company.

  • Potential buyers tend to consider peer review sites as more objective and more helpful than vendor sites. A paid subscription to the right peer review site can provide insights into your buyers' preferences and intent, as well as generate new business. Learn more.

  • Most enterprise companies do not yet have customer journey maps in place, but more than half are building them or plan to build and use them in the future, according to recent research from Ansira and Ascend2.

  • Want career lessons from successful company founders such as Dave Thomas of Wendy's, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Elon Musk of Tesla, and more?

  • Most healthcare marketing executives say the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their content marketing strategy but it has not changed their content marketing budget, according to recent research from True North Custom.

  • It's time to check your mailbox, not your inbox. The pandemic has upended traditional marketing—and, with it, the usual marketing channels. Here's how to find and use your prospects' home addresses to stick out from the competition with direct mail.

  • Technology has made account-based marketing more feasible than ever, but you can't get by on tech alone. Here's how to combine the emotional side of brand-building with the personalization of demand gen to create marketing messages that will truly resonate.