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Earlier in my career, I was VP of marketing for a mid-size software company in the content management space. There were a couple of very large competitors, who we termed “gorillas” in the marketplace. The VP of sales used to say something to the effect of: “When we get invited to the dance, we can beat our large competitor, but …
I’ve been practicing the B2B marketing thing since the late 1980s, when the term “database marketing” first started being mentioned. Endless articles and entire conferences were devoted to the subject. While the buzz around database marketing has waned, its importance to the B2B marketing community has not. You can find a lot of definitions for database marketing (just Google the …
Today’s post is about realism, which is the opposite of the magical thinking. Wikipedia defines magical thinking as “…thinking that one’s thoughts by themselves can bring about effects in the world or that thinking something corresponds with doing it.” In the world of marketing and sales, magical thinking is confusing what you want to happen with what can realistically happen …
Your Two Minute B2B Marketing Assessment All of you hard-driven and numbers-focused marketers understand the importance of the quantitative side of B2B marketing. If you don’t understand this, you will face the displeasure of your CEO and/or CFO. You measure the number of inquiries, cost per inquiry, number of opportunities, specific media performance, and many other details. Assuming you don’t …
Every day it seems that another business I deal with violates the principle of making it easy for prospects to buy. Roadblocks are thrown up where none are necessary and the buying process is often stopped dead in its tracks. Remember that buyers make the decision of whether or not to purchase based on the perceived value of the offering …
My friend Roger Heroux, who is one of the nation’s pre-eminent healthcare and hospitalist advisors, shared an interesting observation. He said that much of his business comes from what he calls “precipitous events”. The word “precipitous” is an adjective that means dangerously steep or like a precipice. In marketing terms, this refers to anything that causes a swift change in the business or sales …
One of the issues I face as a B2B marketing services provider is the “personal preference” challenge. This manifests itself when my team and I put a great campaign together that we believe will achieve solid results. Then our client, who is usually the CEO or CMO, kills the campaign because he or she doesn’t like something about it, often …
Do you want truly competitive differentiation for your company—with a value-added extra that makes the products and services you offer resoundingly unique and clearly better than your competitors? You can find it in The Big Idea—your unique brand promise. A compelling brand promise is essential for creating a powerful marketing and sales engine. In fact, this is one of the …
Most companies are successful only to the degree they are able to generate qualified sales leads. And, for long term success, that lead generation needs to be effective, predictable and scalable. So why is B2B marketing and lead generation such a mysterious subject to so many? And how does one apply web strategies, pull marketing tactics and social media in an effective manner to achieve these goals? Considering the stakes, it behooves you to take marketing to B2B seriously and become a master. At our B2B marketing consulting firm, Fusion Marketing Partners, we see a full range of marketing practitioners ranging from novices to masters. marketing.
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