“Print business magazines will soon be dead” went the predictions of self-proclaimed internet gurus of the mid-1990s. But here we are, 20 years into the advertising-supported business-to-business (B2B) digital media era, and one thing is certain: B2B print magazines haven’t gone away.
What’s more, much of the growth of B2B digital media is tied to trusted brands that today have thriving multi-channel opportunities (print, digital, live) for buyers and sellers to connect in industry marketplaces.
Magazines are still popular with readers
While the business model of weekly news magazines and daily newspapers makes their future more challenging than other print products, there is no evidence that the entire magazine medium is going away. Continue reading this article
Using graphics—or, to be more precise, hieroglyphics—to visualize data goes back to prehistoric cave drawings. However, the modern idea of infographics is tied to statistical tools that emerged during the last quarter of the 20th century. That’s when a young graphic artist from the United Kingdom named Nigel Holmes joined the chart and maps department of Time magazine. For the next 16 years, his work there helped define and popularize the type of storytelling illustrations that everyone now calls infographics. (He calls them “explanatory graphics.”)
At the same time, a Princeton professor named Edward Tufte was pioneering a field called statistical graphics. Today, any smartphone mobile app that displays numbers can trace its design to Tufte’s work and insight. As their approaches differ greatly, Holmes and Tufte might protest being mentioned in the same article. But together, their work has influenced generations of data graphics—some great and some quite awful.
To keep your infographics great, here are some suggestions inspired by Holmes and Tufte for improving the infographics you use in your marketing. Continue reading this article
It should come as no surprise that the majority of business-to-business (B2B) customers favor informative or helpful marketing. Funny videos or entertaining Live Events or webinars have their place, but new research from BNP Solutions shows that most B2B customers desire more substance in the marketing materials they use—they want to learn, and they want to understand more about what they’re purchasing.
BNP’s market research team surveyed more than 750 industry professionals to discover more about they they value in webinars, Live Events and videos. Here are some highlights from that research. Continue reading this article
In a previous post, we made five B2B predictions for 2017.
While such predictions are thought-provoking and a little fun, they rarely provide deep insight into the specific information most companies need to prepare for or take advantage of any predicted event. They tend to focus on the macro trend than the “Black Swan” event.
For most of us, looking for patterns of change in our own companies or business-verticals provide the most helpful insight into the future. That said, it is important to look for the data and trends that can inform and prepare us. Continue reading this article
When it comes to predicting the future, the easiest thing to do is to think in a linear way: What is changing today that will likely be around tomorrow, only in a bigger and more important role. We will admit, some of these predictions are like that—forecasts based on an understanding of what is being worked on today. However, true disruptive changes rarely show up at the door and ring the bell. Rather, they tend to crash through a window. These five predictions are a little of both: They are continuations of things happening now. Others are wild cards that we can’t anticipate.
With a new administration that has promised change as one of its highest priorities, the early months of 2017 will likely be a time of wait-and-see. However, as we’ve written before, times of uncertainty typically benefit those who invest in marketing, while it drives others to the sidelines. Continue reading this article