BayCreative Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Continuity Plans

Posted by Scott Danish on Mar 12, 2020 2:23:00 PM

We hope this email finds you, your family and your colleagues in good health. 

Like you, we are managing disruption and uncertainty resulting from the Coronavirus.

Rest assure, the BayCreative team continues to be committed to providing you with ongoing services during this time. We are “open for business” and operating at full capacity, but working remotely and not making any in-person meetings during the Coronavirus outbreak.

We wish you and your loved ones the best of health. Please let us know how we can support you.

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Topics: strategic marketing, marketing agency, Social, Content Development, inbound marketing, full service marketing, marketing strategies, demand generation, Messaging, b2b marketing, Thought Leadership

"Old-School” B2B Websites Are As Important As Ever

Posted by Scott Danish on Mar 5, 2020 2:19:00 PM

It seems like every day there’s a new social media channel the kids are gathering on. TikTok, Lasso … plenty of others I’m too old to know about. For B2B marketers, it’s a lot simpler, thankfully—we still rely on the proven “old-school” methods, according to the new report from HubSpot that looks at 2020 marketing trends.

According to the 3,400 marketers surveyed, websites are still the channel most frequently used for marketing. But websites have something in common with social media: It’s only as good as the content you put on there. For B2B businesses, that means you need to be constantly updating your blog, or adding new videos, thought leadership pieces, eBooks, white papers, infographics, or customer success stories. Not only will that new content make you more likely to be found by search engines, it will also give audiences a reason to visit your site.

Updating content takes time, though, as we know from our experience developing content for our clients at Cisco, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Twitter, Google and more! If you don’t have the internal expertise and resources, BayCreative can help. With BayCreative, you get an entire team of experienced writers, designers, editors, videographers, illustrators and marketers who are experts at content creation for websites. We love helping B2B companies achieve their marketing goals. If we can help you, just let us know.

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Topics: strategic marketing, marketing agency, Social, Content Development, website design and development, inbound marketing, full service marketing, marketing strategies, demand generation, Messaging, b2b marketing, Thought Leadership

Let's Step Into Greatness Together

Posted by Scott Danish on Feb 14, 2020 2:19:00 PM

The BayCreative team is making progress in transitioning our systems and service offerings from "Good to Great." We’re taking the time to fully understand our client’s business goals, needs and values, and then we identify the most effective marketing strategies to deliver a final product that exceeds expectations.

Sometimes it means answering challenging questions, and one we know our clients float around the water cooler a lot is "should I hire a digital marketing agency for this project?"

Regardless of the size or effectiveness of your marketing team, from time-to-time you will probably need to bring in some help from outside. Maybe it's just for a little design support, a large specialized project like a website, or maybe you need a full-service digital marketing partner.

Our eBook "10 Steps to Successful Outsourced Marketing" will help you make key decisions, and guide you through some of the more important aspects of finding, hiring and working with a digital marketing agency.

  • 10 of the most important steps to a successful outsourced marketing engagement
  • How to get the best results from your digital marketing agency
  • Check list: "should I outsource my marketing?" 

Download the eBook and let us know if you find that it helps bring some perspective on resource allocations for upcoming initiatives.

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Topics: strategic marketing, marketing agency, Social, Content Development, inbound marketing, full service marketing, marketing strategies, demand generation, Messaging, b2b marketing, Thought Leadership

What You Can Expect From Us

Posted by Scott Danish on Feb 4, 2020 12:19:00 PM

I hope you're off to a productive week!

As mentioned in my previous email, the BayCreative team is taking our systems from "Good to Great." That’s why we’re sending out a few email notifications: We wanted to let you know about this change and what it means to you.

It means we’ll be sending you educational content that we’ve developed and that I believe can help you do your job more efficiently. (And there’s no charge for these resources, of course!)

For example...

I'm obsessed with planning, and we often collaborate with our clients at the beginning of each month to map out their marketing/branding/creative initiatives for the month ahead. We’ve created a "Monthly Marketing Goals/Activities Template" that helps us in that process, and I think you’ll find it helpful, too. Feel free to download it for your own use, and let us know if you find that it helps you get more done during the month.

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Topics: strategic marketing, marketing agency, Social, Content Development, inbound marketing, full service marketing, marketing strategies, demand generation, Messaging, b2b marketing, Thought Leadership

Are You Going From 'Good To Great' Too?

Posted by Scott Danish on Jan 30, 2020 12:01:00 PM

It’s Scott and Arne with BayCreative.

2019 was an exciting and successful year here. Business is booming, and we’ve hit several significant milestones. But that’s never really good enough, is it? After all, in business, if you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind.

So we’re building on our momentum by investing heavily in BayCreative. We’re putting new systems and processes in place to bring you a higher level of educational content and marketing/branding/creative service offerings than ever before.

If you’ve read Jim Collins’ book, Good to Great, you’ll have a good idea of what we're talking about. If you haven’t, we highly recommend it.

One of the new systems is the ability to send out world-class educational content about not only BayCreative and some of the client success stories, but also industry-related topics that we think will help you keep your business moving forward.

Over the next week you’ll get a few emails from us, which is just a sample of the high-value, free content we have to offer. So be looking for those in your inbox. we think you’ll enjoy them.  And, if you haven't done so yet, we encourage you to join our LinkedIn Group "B2B Marketing Innovation: Content Strategies for Increasing Growth" and engage with like-minded B2B marketers.

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Topics: strategic marketing, marketing agency, Social, Content Development, inbound marketing, full service marketing, marketing strategies, demand generation, Messaging, b2b marketing, Thought Leadership

BayCreative Ranks #83 on Clutch’s Top 1000 Companies Global 2019

Posted by Scott Danish on Dec 11, 2019 5:37:50 PM

At BayCreative, we constantly focus our work on providing the highest quality of a full-fledged B2B marketing, branding and creative services for our clients that aims at delivering successful outcomes.

We know our clients want results, and we strive to meet them. We are honored that our drive to support our clients has been recognized as we have been ranked 83rd on Clutch’s Global Top 1000 Companies 2019 list.

Clutch is an independent Washington DC-based B2B reviews platform that receives client feedback from former projects and uses that to build a ranking system in various fields for business needs. With around 160,000 companies listed on their site, the BayCreative ranking is notable in that it places us within the Top 1% of their entire company list.

“We are thrilled to be selected by Clutch as one of the leading B2B marketing agencies in San Francisco.” - Scott Danish, President & Co-Owner.

“Without the feedback from our clients, we would not be receiving this honor. We are extremely thankful for their generous comments, and are grateful that they were as satisfied with the experience as much as we appreciated working with them.” – Arne Hurty, Founder & Chief Creative Officer.

Below is one of the many verified reviews on our Clutch profile that outlines the client experience.

Clutch also maintains a sister site, The Manifest, on which BayCreative is ranked within the Top 25 branding companies in San Francisco (December 2019). The Manifest helps find companies the solutions providers who will be best for their needs based on data-based content and expert guidance.

Marketing is key to the success of any business in today’s digital age. Without proper marketing plans and strategies, businesses could be finding themselves in a place with a lack of growth and progress. We want to make sure our clients stay on top of it all and find real outcomes and reach their goals with the aid of our marketing services.

If you are interested in working with BayCreative, please go ahead and contact us – we would love to talk more!

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Topics: strategic marketing, marketing agency, Social, Content Development, inbound marketing, full service marketing, marketing strategies, demand generation, Messaging, b2b marketing, Thought Leadership

Is Your Engagement Journey Falling Flat? You’re Not Alone

Posted by Scott Danish on Oct 29, 2019 4:29:59 PM

One of the keys to attracting and converting B2B prospects is routine engagement and consistent messaging. That way, prospects become familiar with your brand and what it stands for, and when they feel like they know you, they’re more likely to listen to you.

But that engagement journey isn’t happening as effectively as it should, according to the newly released “B2B Content Marketing 2020 Report” from the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs. The report examines benchmarks, budgets, and trends in North American content marketing.

Only half of the B2B marketers in the report agree their organization provides customers with optimal experiences across the engagement journey. The reasons for that can be found in the responses to other questions in the survey.

For instance, 58% of B2B marketers in the report say their organization isn’t sophisticated or mature in their content marketing. That means that more than half of organizations are still experiencing growing pains creating strategy, or measuring and scaling their efforts, or, in 4% of cases, haven’t even begun to make content marketing a process.

We can follow the breadcrumbs from another response to get a fuller explanation of why these organizations aren’t yet mature: 56% of respondents say they have one or no full-time person dedicated to content marketing. And if an organization isn’t able to dedicate the resources to content marketing efforts, they’ll naturally struggle to optimize the customer engagement journey. 

With those tiny—or non-existent—resources for creating content marketing, companies are turning to outside help: Half of the respondents said their organization outsources at least one content marketing activity, usually content creation. If you’re like nearly half of the B2B marketers in the report and your organization will prioritize improving the quality and conversion of audiences in the coming year, BayCreative can help overcome staffing shortages. Please just let us know.
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Topics: strategic marketing, marketing agency, Social, Content Development, inbound marketing, full service marketing, marketing strategies, demand generation, Messaging, b2b marketing, Thought Leadership

Why Account-based Marketing Can Skyrocket Prospect Conversions

Posted by Scott Danish on Jul 24, 2019 1:11:58 PM

We’ve talked about it before: The best way to increase your chances of marketing success is to clearly define and categorize different segments of your audience, and then create content specifically for those different segments.

If you want to go even further with your segmenting, you can create content for the individual companies you’re targeting. That’s the idea behind account-based marketing (ABM). With ABM, B2B companies concentrate sales and marketing resources on a clearly defined set of high-value target accounts.

About B2B ABM

Today’s B2B buyers insist on outreach that connects with their business interests and their personal interests within the business. With ABM, you present your brand and highly relevant, targeted content only to the most sought-after prospects. That content should draw on the prospect’s pain points and needs.
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Topics: strategic marketing, marketing agency, Social, Content Development, inbound marketing, full service marketing, marketing strategies, demand generation, Messaging, b2b marketing, Thought Leadership

The B2B Marketing Value of Segmenting Your Prospects

Posted by Scott Danish on Jun 5, 2019 1:51:48 PM

Getting heard by B2B prospects is hard—particularly if what you’re saying isn’t significantly relevant to them and their workday. If your message is a general one, a large segment of your audience will ignore it because they have no reason to listen to it.

But if you create multiple messages, each targeted to a specific group of prospects and customers, you can craft content that makes them stand up and take notice. To do that, you need to segment your customers or market.

Customer segmentation, or market segmentation, is the division of customers and potential customers into discrete groups. Solid, relevant content mapped to well-built marketing segmentation will give you increased click-through rates and conversions from your content and offers.

Deeper Segmentation for Better B2B Marketing
Often, companies will segment the market into company characteristics, such as industry and size or economic value.

But those doesn’t really give you the information you need to craft relevant messages for the audience. Just because they share size or economic level doesn’t necessarily mean they share needs or problems. (Although, if you put size and economic value together, you may be able to sufficiently narrow the audience.)

So go deeper with your segmentation. Look at:
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Topics: strategic marketing, marketing agency, Content Development, inbound marketing, marketing strategies, demand generation, lead generation, Messaging, b2b marketing

Ensure Your Prospects Get the (Email) Message

Posted by Scott Danish on May 7, 2019 11:38:02 AM

Even in this age of saturated inboxes and tiresome spam, email marketing is still the most effective and cost-efficient B2B marketing channel.

Why? Part of it is because people use email. They may not use LinkedIn or read that trade publication you advertise in. But nearly everyone—85% of adult Internet users in the United States—has an email account. And at least 91% of consumers check their email daily.

For comparison’s sake, only 15% of U.S. Internet-using adults use search engines, and only 22% use social media.

But also: emails convert.

People who buy products through email spend 138% more than those who do not receive email offers. According to another statistic, the ROI of email marketing is 3,800%!

So marketers, email can be a significantly valuable tool for your marketing campaigns. But only if it doesn’t get snagged in the spam filter before your prospects even see your exciting offer.

How can you maximize the chances your email will reach its intended recipients? Read on.

How Spam Filters Determine Whether or Not to Intercept Your Email

Here’s a quick primer on how spam filters work on inbox providers like Gmail and Outlook: Those services actually look at the user engagement and interactions in your past campaigns.

They use that information to build two scores:

  • Your score with the individual subscriber. If that person is consistently opening your campaigns and/or moving them to folders, you’re going to build up credibility with that individual user.
  • Your score with the email provider. If the majority of your Gmail subscribers, for example, are opening your campaigns and moving them to folders, you’re going to build up a positive reputation with that provider.

You’re Being Scored

Here are some factors that go into those scores:

  • Whether a user frequently opens your campaigns. If they do, that’s seen as a good signal that your campaigns aren’t spam. If, on the other hand, recipients don’t open your email and delete it, that negatively impacts your score.
  • Whether people respond to your email.
  • If people move your email out of the junk folder or move it into various folders in their inbox. If they do that, your scores will be positively impacted; on the other hand, if they move your email to the junk folder, your score will be negatively impacted.
  • If your recipients add your email address to their address book.

How to Win the Spam Filter Game

Now that we know what goes into the score, let’s look at some tips for how you can increase your scores:

  • Only email people who have given you permission to email them. Don’t waste your money buying or renting lists; instead, build your own organic list by having people opt-in to your emails. Do this by clearly placing sign-up boxes on your website (and offering them a reason to give you their email address—whether that’s a free report or promises of great content in your emails).
  • Use a “From” name that they would know. For instance, if the recipient signed up to receive emails from your website, use the website’s name in the “From” box, rather than, say, the CEO’s name. Chances are, they won’t know the CEO’s name and will think it’s spam.
  • Use addresses that they can reply to. As mentioned, one of the signals use by email providers is whether or not you received responses to your previous emails. Make it easy for your audience to respond; don’t send the email from noreply@badmarketing.com, for example.
  • As always with marketing content—send relevant content. If people enjoy your emails, they’ll open them and perhaps even reply. So make sure your content adds value for its recipients.

Get Professional Help to Ensure Your B2B Email Marketing Success

Email marketing lets you actively target the prospects you covet. But if you don’t do it right—if you aren’t able to avoid the spam filter—you’re just wasting your time and money.

A professional B2B marketing agency like BayCreative can help. We have content gurus who can create compelling, relevant content that entice your audience to open your emails. We can make it so simple, you’ll feel like you’re mailing it in.

MORE INFORMATION: “19 of the Best Email Marketing Campaign Examples We've Ever Seen.”

When you’re ready to launch an email campaign that delivers results, just let us know.

All the best,
- Team BayCreative -

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Topics: strategic marketing, marketing agency, Content Development, inbound marketing, marketing strategies, demand generation, lead generation, Messaging, b2b marketing

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