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Elevate B2B Marketing News: B2B Influencer Benchmarks, Top Data Leader Priorities Report, & Microsoft’s AI Ad Insights

Posted on Mar 17th, 2023
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    Creative Services Professionals Are Most Concerned About AI
    23 percent of marketing executives have said that they are interested in artificial intelligence (AI), with the top sectors interested in AI being software development, computer engineering, electronics, and creative services, while 12 percent of advertising executives said they are concerned about AI taking their jobs — three of several findings of interest to B2B marketers contained in newly-published survey data. MediaPost

    Google rolled out new site names, favicon and sponsored label on desktop search
    Search giant Google has released a search update that displays an array of additional website information within desktop search, including a secondary website name element, icon images, and more, along with more prominent advertising labels in mobile search results, Google recently announced, presenting new SEO options for B2B marketers. Search Engine Land

    B2B Influencer Marketing—The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Mike Allton on Marketing Smarts [Podcast]
    B2B brands have increasingly found success using nano and micro influencers with fewer but more focused followers than traditional high-profile influencers, while patience in developing influencer relationships can reap long-term rewards, as MarketingProfs explored recently with Mike Allton of Agorapulse. MarketingProfs

    “In the business world, we have found, particularly recently, that working with nano and micro influencers works so much better.” — @Mike_Allton of @Agorapulse Share on X

    How agencies are multiplying their impact and expertise with AI-powered solutions [Google Report]
    56 percent of marketers have said that they rely on agencies for analytics, intelligence, and insights — a figure forecast to rise to 73 percent over the next two years, and AI is playing an increasing role of this and other areas marketing, as Google recently explored in its latest AI guide and report. Think With Google

    Influencer Marketing Cost-per-Engagement Benchmarks
    Micro-influencers with fewer than sixty thousand followers, and nano-influencers with less than ten thousand followers, are the most likely brand partners in an influencer marketing landscape that is expected to top $5 billion in the U.S. alone, according to newly-released survey data of interest to digital marketers. MarketingCharts

    DuckDuckGo Releases Its Own ChatGPT-Powered Search Tool, DuckAssist
    Search engine company DuckDuckGo has launched a test version of its privacy-focused search engine that incorporates its own implementation of OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI technology, aimed at helping to answer specific search queries that would otherwise have no results, DuckDuckGo recently announced. Gizmodo

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    Microsoft Starts To Define How Advertising Works In Search And Bing Chat Queries
    Microsoft has outlined some of the ways that advertising will function within its AI-enhanced Bing search engine, with forthcoming options that will allow advertisers to customize elements of the tone that Bing’s chatbot uses, among other options, Microsoft recently announced. MediaPost

    How social fragmentation is creating more opportunities for advertisers
    The nature of social media has shifted over the past several years — with newer platforms such as Mastodon and BeReal entering the fray while certain established platforms such as Twitter have undergone changes causing brands to re-think strategies, combining to make spending choices more complex for advertisers, and DigiDay takes a look at some of the opportunities these changes present. DigiDay

    The stereotyping of women in ads is getting worse
    In 2022 a scant seven percent of advertisements featured women in professional settings, with spending representing just 4.7 percent of ad spend, while spending dropped 20 percent from 2021 to 2022 when it came to ads featuring women with darker skin tones — three of numerous statistics of interest to B2B marketers contained in newly-published survey data. The Drum

    Data Leaders Outline Their Priorities This Year
    52 percent of global data leaders have said that improved governance over their organization’s data processes was a top priority for 2023, with 46 percent having pinpointed improving data-driven culture and data literacy, while 45 percent highlighted getting a more holistic view of customers, according to recently-released survey data on interest to digital marketers. MarketingCharts

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    A lighthearted look at “influencer stalking” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

    Why the Floppy Disk Just Won’t Die — Wired


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      • Lee Odden — Be Bold, Be Empathetic, Lean into New Ideas: Lessons Learned at B2B Marketing Exchange (B2BMX) 2023 — Integrate


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