That’s A Wrap – Top Take-Aways from B2BMX 2023

That’s A Wrap – Top Take-Aways from B2BMX 2023


B2B marketers are facing more and more challenges. We are asked to do more with less, cultivate human connection balanced with high-tech experiences, all with the threat of artificial intelligence (AI) coming for our jobs.

Staying ahead of trends, finding efficiencies that drive impact, maintaining a growth mindset and looking for inspiration are ways TopRank Marketing commits to our missions to elevate the B2B marketing industry. All of this is fueled by community: seeking, creating and engaging in the B2B marketing community of brands and thought leaders doing the work and sharing their highs and lows throughout the journey.

This week, our team had the opportunity to attend the annual B2B Marketing Exchange conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Talk about community — this event was packed with experts, topics and opportunities to connect and collaborate. In case you missed the conference, here are a few highlights and top takeaways:

Marketing + “The Machine”: Sizing Up AI’s Emerging Impact On Efficiency Vs. Risks To Creativity

Pam Didner, vice president of Relentless Pursuit, set the conference tone on day one talking about all aspects of AI and its impact on B2B marketing today — from content creation and campaign structure to audience mapping. Our CEO Lee Odden shared a sneak peek of this session and a deeper dive into the topic last week. Check out the speaker spot here. 

It was great catching up with Pam in person!

Well, There Goes My Buyer’s Journey…

Sphere Strategy CEO Jeff Marcoux opened the first general access day talking about the changes we are seeing in the world, brands, markets and audiences. He taught the group the importance of engaging the whole account in the go-to-market (GTM) strategy, how to pivot account-based-marketing (ABM) to cover demand and best practices for metrics for the ideal customer profile (ICP). Read the full speaker spotlight here. 

Who do B2B marketers need to influence across the sales journey?
– End users and influencers
– Decision makers
– Friendly due diligence team
Jeff Marcoux #b2bmx

— Lee Odden – B2B Marketing (@leeodden) February 28, 2023

“You don’t need to be Coke to the world. You need to be Coke to the customers you care most about.” @jeffmarcoux #b2bmx

— Lee Odden – B2B Marketing (@leeodden) February 28, 2023

Learn How to Crack The Code on ABM & Intent Data

Dan Cafiero of Seagate Technology and TechTarget CMO John Steinert shared how they are working together to crack the code of AMB and intent data. They talked about the importance of marketing and sales alignment in ABM and the power of intent data. Check out the live blog post here with my three key takeaways from the presentation.

Top themes of sessions & conversations include all things AI, ABM, intent data + metrics that matter ? check out this #B2BMX live blog on Cracking The Code on ABM & Intent Data from @TechTarget and @DanCafiero from @Seagate on the @TopRank blog ??

— Katelyn Drake (@KB_Drake) March 1, 2023

Tired Of Chasing Vanity Metrics? Drive Better Marketing Outcomes & More Sales!

Sophia Agustina (IBM), Carol Mallia (Citrix), Nick Bennett (Airmeet), Danny Sachdev (Beeleads) presented on a panel moderated by Will Aitken (Lavender). These experts emphasized the need for data and goals that align with sales outcomes, the crucial role of personalization throughout the funnel, creating experiences that truly elevate your brand, connect and convert, as well as so much more. Check out my live blog with top quotes from the session. 

Are We Ready To Trust The Machines? Building A More Intelligent Content Stack With AI, Automation & Analytics

Phyllis Davidson from Forrester presented on the powerful triad of AI, automation and sophisticated analytics. She asked if we are ready to trust the machines and broke down the reasons we need to be ready to trust.

“Should B2B marketers trust AI? We may not be ready to trust but we should be ready to try.” @PhyllisMusings @forrester #b2bmx

— Lee Odden – B2B Marketing (@leeodden) February 28, 2023

Now That We Have Your Intention: How Buyer-Level Intent Data Will Transform Your Marketing

Netline’s chief strategy officer, David Fortino, reminded us that accounts don’t make purchases — people do. He stressed that B2B marketers need to know who is searching for what and that buyer level intent leads directly to fast tracked sales dialogues.

Don’t play Marco Polo with your marketing. @David__Fortino says buyer-level intent = fast track to initiating a sales dialogue with your customers. @NetLine_Corp #b2bmx

— Lee Odden – B2B Marketing (@leeodden) February 28, 2023

Cisco Enables Channel Partners to Win SMB Customers

Luxy Thuraisingam shared the recent shift in Cisco’s Global Partner Organization to accelerate growth.

SMBs are a huge opportunity for Cisco but brand perception had to be shifted. How? Cisco VP @Luxythu says by speaking the language of SMB: simple, relevant & transactional. #b2bmx

— Lee Odden – B2B Marketing (@leeodden) February 28, 2023

Great takeaways from @Luxythu from @Cisco on B2B marketing to SMBs:
– Small business is BIG business
– Simple is hard, but worth it
– Invest to win through digital AND partners#b2bmx

— Lee Odden – B2B Marketing (@leeodden) February 28, 2023

Here are a few more highlights and quotes from B2BMX:

Learning about ways that #B2Bmarketers are innovating from @weareMNTN‘s Ali Haeri ?

Is your #B2B brand utilizing less than obvious social channels like @Snapchat, @Reddit and @tiktok_us?! ?#b2bmx

— Katelyn Drake (@KB_Drake) March 1, 2023

Wise words from a B2B brand CMO: “Stop focusing on activity and focus on impact.” Natalie Cunningham @Terminus

— Lee Odden – B2B Marketing (@leeodden) March 1, 2023

Truth: “Marketing that creates emotions outperforms marketing that doesn’t.” @jaybaer #b2bmx Thanks Jay!!!

— Lee Odden – B2B Marketing (@leeodden) March 1, 2023

Thank You B2BMX!

Thank you to all the amazing speakers and attendees that made this an amazing event! If you had the opportunity to attend, please let us know your favorite sessions and insights from the conference!

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