Jan 18, 2022
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What will it take in 2021 for B2B marketers to break through the mundane and reach the sublime? Post-pandemic success isn’t likely to come for those who settle for the same old B2B marketing efforts, even if some do have a lengthy track-record. Looking ahead to an as-yet unknown new B2B marketing landscape can be a bit of a guessing game, however examining powerful award-winning marketing efforts can at least offer us a glimpse of how imaginative storytelling on a global scale is likely to play a greater role in what eventually emerges. Let’s jump right in and take a look at five examples of the type of imaginative and refreshing marketing efforts that may play a greater role in the future of B2B marketing. 1 — IBM’s Code & Response IBM Image IBM used an original documentary 73-minute film to celebrate the creativity and compassion of tech developers around the world, and the effort led to the company’s IBM Developer unit launching a four-year Code and Response initiative aimed at helping communities needing critical aid. IBM’s 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge encourages developers to build solutions for everything from COVID-19 to climate change and offers 工作职能邮件数据库 an open-source technical library filled with online tutorials, code, and tactical insight. The film has won more than 80 awards from The Webby Awards to the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), and is part of a broad campaign that incorporates a wide variety of digital imagery, video, social promotion, a dedicated micro-site, and more. 2 — SAP’s Tech Unknown SAP Image Our client SAP’s ongoing podcast series — hosted by Tamara McCleary — has utilized industry experts to drive fascinating discussions “From the Edge of Next” in an easy to consume entertaining and educational format. Recent episodes explore intelligent spend management, why employee experience matters in a newly remote world, and how intelligent analytics can help unearth hidden treasure in business data. A case study, “B2B Podcast Engages Thought Leaders, Reaches Millions, Smashes Download Benchmarks by Double-Digits,” also digs into the podcast series and its continuing success. 3 — Microsoft’s Changing the Game Microsoft Immortal Awards Image Garnering over a billion impressions, Microsoft’s vast and award-winning Changing the Game initiative centered around the company’s efforts to help gamers of all abilities play and compete in new ways. Incorporating social media efforts, mainstream media conversations, and a Super Bowl spot, Microsoft’s efforts surrounding the launch of its Xbox Adaptive Controller show a glimpse of how post-pandemic marketing campaigns may increasingly look. Changing the Game continues to pull in awards, including the recent The One Show 2020 CMO Pencil for Microsoft chief brand officer Kathleen Hall. “The success of the campaign stems from the XAC being true to our DNA, from how the product was developed at a hackathon to sharing it with the world at the Super Bowl through the stories of real children, showcasing that ‘When everybody plays, we all win.’,” Hall noted. 4 — Omidyar Network / Thomson Reuters Foundation’s The Bigger Picture Omidyar Image Impact investment firm The Omidyar Network — established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar — and the Thomson Reuters Foundation joined together for The Bigger Picture, a photojournalism initiative examining the human impact of the pandemic. The project incorporates a five-part series of photo essays and a global photography award, and highlights the increasing importance powerful visual digital assets will have in marketing during 2021 and beyond. It also speaks to how a bespoke awards event can create additional engagement opportunities, as we outlined for client Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) in “Case Study: Unique Influencer Content Campaign Drives Awareness, Engagement, and 6-Figure Leads.” “This pandemic is a global crisis like no other, affecting every person on the planet,” Antonio Zappulla, Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO observed. “The world is grappling daily to understand its scale and severity against an onslaught of information and misinformation. It has never been more critical to lean on the power of journalism excellence to cut through the noise with accurate and impartial storytelling. With the Foundation’s legacy and global reach, we are proud to be part of such a critical and innovative project,” Zappulla added.