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Starfleet Media Commits to GDPR Compliancy

Posted April 26th, 2018

As most B2B marketing services providers with a global presence are well aware, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) go into effect next month. GDPR legislation requires that marketing service providers like Starfleet Media, which captures leads from all over the world on behalf of our B2B clients, follow certain privacy rules when it comes to collecting, tracking, or handling EU-based prospect data. The GDPR applies to any vendor that processes or stores data of propspects in the EU, even if, like Starfleet Media, they don’t have a physical office in Europe. Many of our clients’ legal departments have recently contacted us to confirm that we will be able to satisfy their own policies for GDPR compliance. The answer is a resounding “yes.” At Starfleet Media, we have always been committed to personal data and privacy laws and we are now taking the necessary steps to ensure that we comply with the new legislation for capturing and distributing prospect data in the form of qualified leads from European countries.

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Smart Decision Guides Get a Makeover

Posted January 4th, 2018

Starfleet Media is starting the New Year with a fresh look for our core content assets, including our ever-popular Smart Decisions Guides. These resources have undergone only minor changes in design over the past five years. Feedback on the new design treatment has been overwhelmingly positive. The new templates will be utilized starting next month with the release of The 2018 Smart Decision Guide to Hospitality Revenue Management. The landing pages for our content assets have also been redesigned. In addition, we’ve raised the bar on our co-branded eBooks, including several new hospitality-related titles publishing this month. Cutting-edge and even futuristic graphic design work on the part of our visual communications team makes our high-value content all the more compelling and engaging.

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Capturing Purchase Intention: The “If”s and “When”s of B2B Lead Gen

Posted June 23rd, 2017

The dictionary definition of intention is: “An act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.” In the context of B2B lead generation, we talk about intention in terms of whether – and when – a decision maker or influencer plans to purchase a specific type of technology solution. Granted, it’s hard to read people’s minds. The best we can do is ask them about their role and responsibility in the decision-making process and also their plans for making the decision as far as timeframe. In the next 6 months? In the next 6-12 months? We do this in the last field of the lead capture form they are required to complete in exchange for gaining access to the desired content asset — e.g., a Smart Decision Guide. Do people answer honestly? In our experience, the answer, in most cases, is a resounding “yes.”

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Effective Content Marketing Means Fishing With the Right Bait

Posted February 27th, 2015

Marketers often espouse the need to fish where the fish are. The axiom is good and fine. When it comes to content marketing, however, it’s important to keep in mind that not only do marketers need to fish where the fish are; they also need to use the right kind of bait.

Allocating marketing resources and dollars toward channels and properties with a high concentration of target prospects is insufficient. B2B companies sometimes think that running a marketing campaign that directly targets the membership base of an industry trade association, for example, or a relevant LinkedIn Group is akin to shooting fish in a barrel. Of course, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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