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  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013
    [Differentiation] Insights from The CMO Club Innovation Summit – @MargaretMolloy on Marketing Made Simple TV
    ” 2) How to differentiate your company through the brand experience. 3) Business to Business (B2B) or Business to Consumer (B2C)? In this episode of Marketing Made Simple TV, @MargaretMolloy , Chief Marketing Officer of Velocidi  sits down with host Jeff Ogden  and shares key take-aways from The CMO Club Innovation Summit in NYC.
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012
    [Differentiation] Expectations and Experience are the New Competition
    They spent a considerable amount of effort trying to differentiate their features and prove their offering is better than another company's version of something similar. However, the columns requested information all about the products, unique product value proposition and product differentiators. And they expect it on their terms.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2013
    [Differentiation] 3 Secrets To Having A Two-Way Conversation With Your Brand’s Customers Online
    When this same visitor returns to one of the fashion sites, wouldn’t it be more effective to personalize and differentiate the messages and offers she sees? While consumers may have been to your site before, they are not experts in every single product that your brand makes and what differentiates those products/prices from competitors.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013
    [Differentiation] Build a Breakthrough Brand with a Clear Competitive Positioning
    Yesterday’s Biznology® Webinar with Denise Lee Yohn was all about brand positioning.  Do you need to strengthen your brand’s differentiation vs. competitors?  three strategies to establish meaningful and lasting differentiation. how to determine an appropriate competitive frame of reference.
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011
    [Differentiation] When Best Practices May Not Be Best
    But even more concerning is that your differentiation can be diminished if you're seen as a wannabe or imitator of the developer of the best practice. Ask yourself a few questions: Can you add in some of your own secret sauce to put a spin on a best practice that more closely aligns with what differentiates your company?
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
    [Differentiation] Does Challenger Have a Place in Transactional Selling?
    When you’re in a selling situation where your competitors are so closely matched in solution and in price, there’s really only one thing you can do to differentiate yourself: show your buyers that you and your company think differently than the competition. So how do you differentiate yourself in those moments?
  • THE ROI GUY  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014
    [Differentiation] Research: Improving Value Conversations Key to Sales Execution
    According to Christopher Faust, CMO at Qvidian, “The buying environment has changed and now it’s tougher than ever to cut through the clutter to better communicate and differentiate your value with prospects”. significant Value Gap exists today between buyer and seller. However, these conversations are less than effective.
  • WORKFACE  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
    [Differentiation] Treating Your Customers Like People – Not “Names”
    Smart companies like Suburban Chevrolet and InterDyn BMI have figured out that in an increasingly crowded and commoditized marketplace, customer service is the key differentiator. And it means treating their own people as their key differentiators. ’ That was eight years ago. ” Far-fetched? An extreme example? Perhaps.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015
    [Differentiation] Reborn AutoPilot Aims to Simplify Multi-Channel Marketing
    But from Autopilot’s own perspective, its real differentiator is simplicity. The company’s other differentiator is a seriously aggressive pricing model. Autopilot *, formerly AutopilotHQ and Bislr before that, relaunched itself today. wrote about Bislr in November 2013. So what has changed? The difference is in the details.
  • LOOPFUSE  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012
    [Differentiation] The Marketing Technology Landscape [Infographic]
    Trying to get a handle on all the various marketing technologies available out there? Too much noise being made by the largest vendors? This is a great (and thorough) visual landscape of marketing technology vendors. Trying to understand the difference between search ad management and video search ad management? Nice work Scott!
  • THE ROI GUY  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
    [Differentiation] Your Unique Value: Solution Focused versus Challenge Centric?
    Many times, when organizations try to articulate the differentiating value of their solutions, they start with a “solutions first approach”, communicating each feature they perceive as a differentiator and the value these features might deliver. Engage too late and price may be the only differentiator there is. SiriusDecisions).
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014
    [Differentiation] B2B Content Marketing That Drives Results
    From strategy to execution, you need to accomplish this in a consistent and on-target manner that leverages your brand’s core promise while turning your differentiators into compelling content that systematically engages your critical audiences, and causes them to take action. There is a lot of buzz in the air about content marketing.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2012
    [Differentiation] Are You a Branded Authority or One of the Crowd?
    The alternative to being perceived as a commodity provider is to create a perception of differentiation.  I use the word “perception” because it is the marketplace’s perception of who you are that gets you invited to the sales dance, and not your actual competitive differentiation. Marketing yourself with a very broad focus (e.g.
  • FATHOM  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2013
    [Differentiation] What Van Damme Teaches Us About Manufacturing Marketing
    But the Volvo video didn’t just work so well because they hired an action star to do the splits.  It worked because they created an opportunity to focus on a feature that differentiated their product from competitors. Without that product differentiator, the video wouldn’t have been possible in the first place. Manufacturing Industry
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2012
    [Differentiation] The Content Marketing Continuum: Part 1
    How to differentiate your content to get found amidst the vast clutter of online content. Online publishing has changed the game. Yes, the Internet changed everything. You've heard it before. To make this shift, marketers need a framework, not just the ability to publish content. " - How Online Publishing Changes the Game.
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
    [Differentiation] Content Will Not Be King
    Following conventional marketing wisdom will not differentiate you. The most interesting question is “ after content, what is the next major differentiator? ” What will differentiate you when everyone embraces content marketing? Successful marketing automation may be the next big differentiator. Really folks?
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012
    [Differentiation] Are Marketers Afraid to Sell?
    If pricing is a key point of differentiation and reason for them to engage with your sales team, do not be afraid to make that clear! 2. Sitting in a meeting recently and reviewing various B2B sites, someone said “they even have a promotional offer with pricing on their site.” Say what? But has it gone too far?
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015
    [Differentiation] 5 Brand Building Facts Every Marketing Director Should Know
    Don't be afraid to differentiate yourself from your competitors—it will make your brand even stronger. Branding is an Opportunity for Differentiation Brand building is an opportunity for your firm to stake out a unique corner of your market. But to do so, you need to differentiate yourself from your competitors.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013
    [Differentiation] Top 10 Reasons NOT to Contact the sales lead generation company Find New Customers
    In fact, with the recent data that 9 out 10 companies are doing content marketing in 2013, you need to differentiate yourself in your sales lead generation programs. Buffer Let’s have a bit of fun! This is one of my favorite posts – teasing my own sales lead generation company. ” Business ought to be fun. And we make it fun.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2014
    [Differentiation] Top 9 Professional Services Marketing Lessons Learned in 2014
    In addition to an increase in leads and partnership opportunities, Pulizzi was able to increase his billing rates by 1000% over the last three years. 2) Strong Brand Differentiation Leads to High Growth Your professional services brand is the combined product of your reputation and visibility (reputation x visibility). Not so fast.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013
    [Differentiation] What Makes You Unique?
    So, if this is an area that so many commercial organizations struggle to identify and define, how can we uncover unique strengths that differentiate? It can be helpful to define what a differentiator is NOT: Features and benefits common to your market. We’ve got great people. We’re green! We’re innovative!” At the business unit level.
  • CRIMSON MARKETING  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013
    [Differentiation] Top B2B Social Media Trends for 2014
    Differentiated Content. As we finish out 2013 with a bang and prepare for the holiday season, it’s time to start planning for the new year ahead. You have the basics down, so 2014 will be the year of social media refinement for many B2B marketers and companies. Pay close attention to what’s actually working for you! LeadFormix).
  • SALES LEAD INSIGHTS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011
    [Differentiation] Bridging the Content Chasm for B-to-B marketing automation and lead generation
    There’s a new marketing term that I’m hearing more and more often - “the Content Chasm”. Changing buyer behaviors require B2B marketers to communicate with prospects and customers in new ways. Buying marketing automation and then only using it for batch-and-blast emails is a waste of time and money. Content + Automation = True 1 to 1 Marketing.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011
    [Differentiation] When did we forget about strategy?
    Somehow we got caught up in plastering the world with Facebook pages and lost sight of the true purpose of our business: Create shareholder value through a differentiated — and truly strategic — business proposition. “There was nothing there,&# he said. “No strategy. No meat on the bones at all.&#. Cut costs?
  • B2B MARKETING TRACTION  |  TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013
    [Differentiation] Why Google Doesn’t Like Your Flat Website
    It’s time to understand your value proposition, have a differentiator,  be unique and get creative when you generate content on your website. One way websites are flat is in terms of content. If there is no original content, the site and its pages fall flat and visitors don’t come back. Think again.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012
    [Differentiation] What Should Keep You Up At Night
    Then work to connect those unique differentiators back to the things the customer is trying to achieve – their outcomes, the metrics they use to determine success or failure. This is where you must make the connection back to the things that uniquely differentiate you.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015
    [Differentiation] Five ideas to discover your marketing niche
    Can you differentiate by delivery method? Can you differentiate by delivery method? A few months ago, Michael Stelzner and I had a phone conversation about the many unfulfilled business niches on the social web. We thought it would interesting to talk about this opportunity at the recent Social Media Marketing World conference.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013
    [Differentiation] Does everybody need a social media strategy?
    And, there is perhaps no product less differentiated than coal.  In a tough business like that, you simply try to excel where you can by managing the supply chain properly. This is a very complex question. So to help answer it, I looked at a few companies with brands that might not be natural fits for a social media presence. Adult diapers.
  • VIEWPOINT  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2013
    [Differentiation] PowerViews with Koka Sexton: How to Leverage Social Media
    For salespeople in particular, LinkedIn allows you to differentiate yourself—not by what’s listed on your resume, but by the people you’re connected to. Leveraging social media is a familiar tactic for individuals. Have you written a new blog post? Then go on Facebook and let your friends and family know. What is Social Selling? Stay Tuned
  • VIEWPOINT  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
    [Differentiation] PowerViews with Joanne Black: No Such Thing As “Warm Calling”
    Referrals are the Biggest Competitive Differentiator. Cold calling has long been a staple of sales, but knowing just a little bit about a prospect is actually not much better. There is no such thing as “warm calling,” says my latest guest on PowerViews, Joanne Black. You’re either cold or you’re hot—lukewarm doesn’t cut it. The best part?
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2012
    [Differentiation] Digital marketing requires laser focus
    Marketing has always needed focus–focus on who your best customers are and what your biggest differentiation is. Bulls Eye (Photo credit: Jens Dahlin). Three clients. Three stories. But they are all, in a sense, the same story. failure to focus. Because if you don’t, someone else will. So why am I harping on this?
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014
    [Differentiation] Content Marketing Is The Top Marketing Priority of 2014
    But with as much as 80% of internet traffic in the next few years coming from video, I continue to believe that visual content will be a key differentiator in the brands implementing successful content marketing strategies. Adobe and Econsultancy released a report last week following a survey of more than 2,500 marketers. My View.
  • WORKFACE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011
    [Differentiation] Why Personal Branding Matters to Big Companies
    And big companies will be able to differentiate themselves and win business not through some vague corporate image but rather through the thousands of employee personal brands that truly make up their core value proposition Steve is a very interesting and smart guy, author of a couple of books, Digital Body Language and Revenue Engine.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010
    [Differentiation] B2B Marketing needs to Curate a Vibrant Community
    Those already predisposed to buying our products and create a level of service and differentiation for them that is commensurate with their buying habits? If you ask the members of my leadership team – they will tell you I keep talking about how I think we have B2B Marketing backward. Let me explain …. Tweet This! Share this on Facebook.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012
    [Differentiation] 7 reasons every job-seeker needs to blog
    Compelling content is a way to engage prospective employers in a way that will hold their attention. 4) Point of differentiation.  In today’s world, blogging may be an expectation of many entry-level jobs. There are lots of examples where people found jobs through connections in a blog community. Of course that usually means LinkedIn.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
    [Differentiation] Few brands driving online influence and advocacy, study shows
    Identify and use the brand’s differentiated advocacy drivers. Identify and use the brand''s differentiated advocacy drivers. A new Ogilvy research study suggests that up to 80% of reach from marketing campaigns now comes from social media amplification through consumer influence and advocacy. However, few are doing it well!
  • WORKFACE  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011
    [Differentiation] Customer Satisfaction is No Longer Enough – Engagement is Now Key
    Using web technology to expose your people, and encourage engagement, is a true differentiator that can also lead to exceptional business performance What is that sets brands like Apple, Nordstrom and Nike apart from their competitors? It isn’t “customer satisfaction.” We ‘expect’ to be satisfied.”
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010
    [Differentiation] The right way to hire salespeople
    But as the book, Made to Stick , points out, this leads to the Curse of Knowledge — you know the subject so well, that you cannot imagine what it’s like not to have the knowledge.  As a result, salespeople do not talk in the customer’s language and the Company loses product differentiation. Kendra Lee of The KLA Group. 3.
  • LOOPFUSE  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
    [Differentiation] Small Batch Marketing - What Microbreweries Can Teach Us About Marketing Automation
    Turns out plenty in terms of focus, volume, differentiation, and customer engagement.  What can you learn about marketing automation from microbreweries?  We agree. The goal with your lead nurturing program is to send small batches of well-timed and content relevant emails as your prospects move through the buying cycle. 
  • B2B IDEAS @ WORK  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014
    [Differentiation] The Fail-Proof 2015 Guide to B2B Marketing and Lead Generation
    Selling your wares profitably to other businesses is a basic definition of a B2B enterprise but unless you’ve cornered your market and have no competition, what you sell isn’t the best way to define and differentiate your brand. Even if you still believe in Santa Claus, this gift doesn''t actually exist.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011
    [Differentiation] Apples to Apples: How to Stand Out from Your Competition by Dan Paulson – a book review
    This book walks the reader through a process to help them uncover true differentiation. Dan introduces the topic by explaining that price differentiation is inadequate. 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I’m honored that Dan Paulson invited me, as President of the B2B lead generation company Find New Customers to review his new book.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012
    [Differentiation] Mad Marketing TV looking for new primary sponsor
    Content Differentiation. The marketing show formerly known as Mad Marketing TV is actively looking for a new primary sponsor, effective April 1, 2012. Interested in sponsoring this awesome TV-like marketing show, which has interviewed marketing and sales experts such those listed below? Adele Revella. Buyer Personas. Joe Pulizzi. Paul Gillin.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012
    [Differentiation] The Real Need of Sales Today – Fewer, Better Leads!
    As the host of MadMarketingTV , I’ve spoken with leading experts such as Dan McDade of Pointclear and Brian Carroll of MECLABS. One thing become clear talking to these bright men and reviewing their data. Brian Carroll. Sales today needs much higher quality and fewer leads than ever before. What do you think? Marketing
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013
    [Differentiation] Make Way For The Agency of the Future [Infographic]
    The agency of the future will use marketing automation as a competitive differentiator, because technology will continue to have a greater impact on marketers. by Dayna Rothman The digital revolution has transformed marketing. With the changing buyer, budget pressures, new social channels, and content, marketers have to do more with less.
  • CONTENT MARKETING TODAY  |  FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010
    [Differentiation] Don’t Bury Your Best Work in the Back Rooms of Your Website
    We differentiate your company from the competition……. genuine irony flows from the website copy that makes the promise: "We differentiate your company from the competition." Sadly, there is almost nothing in the copy that differentiates this agency from its competition. Let us get to know you inside and out.
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011
    [Differentiation] Are B2B Salespeople Thought Leaders?
    scoremoresales: 70% mktg & sales execs rank "inability to differentiate as primary inhibit to growth via @TMcCormick2011 #s20c. Not just for your company's benefit, but to help them prove they differentiate your company from others, and that they're worth speaking with because they have fresh, relevant and valuable ideas.
  • SALES LEAD DYNAMICS  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
    [Differentiation] Do You Sell Perfume or Do You Sell Hope?
    You can’t differentiate your firm from others. The three elements of an effective value proposition are: resonate, differentiate, substantiate. Differentiate – Unless you can differentiate yourself from the scores of other, say, communications training consultants, you’re simply a commodity. It could change your life.
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012
    [Differentiation] Designing Calls to Action for B2B Marketing Content
    Differentiate your company's expertise from the competition. During my keynote at the B2B Content 2 Conversion conference on Tuesday, one of the questions the audience asked was about a slide I used when discussing how to create a content flow. The answer to the question that becomes the content asset. Go out and build a great one!
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013
    [Differentiation] Book Preview: The Social Employee
    In an era of increasingly transparent pricing, interchangeable products, and uniformly adequate service, the only remaining differentiator may be the “soul” of a company: is your organization the type of enterprise that people want to do business with? What do you stand for? That “soul” is transparent as well.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011
    [Differentiation] Move Customer Conversations Beyond Price With These 3 Steps
    To build a compelling sales message, you need to understand what truly differentiates you as a supplier—those core competencies that the competition cannot easily imitate and which provide unrecognized value to your customers (at the Council, we refer to this as Commercial Teaching ). 
  • SYNECORE  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2013
    [Differentiation] Digital Marketing Analytics: What SMBs Need to Know
    Obstacles include, broadly: Device differentiation. Source differentiation. The majority of businesses now not only recognize but are embracing digital as a non-expendable part of their marketing strategies. The main problems facing marketers trying to read and respond to digital analytics data today are many sided. Real-Time Response.
  • E-QUIP  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2012
    [Differentiation] Does Quality Really Distinguish Your Firm?
    What differentiates your firm from your competitors? But when I've asked clients to rate individual firms in hundreds of client interviews over the years, quality has rarely been mentioned as a point of differentiation. The fact is that I've not encountered a firm that specifically sought to create differential quality.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012
    [Differentiation] B2B Marketing Game Changing Ideas
    Differentiate yourself.   Do a web search on your six toughest competitors and write down their tagline and value propositions.  If what you are saying on your website is the same as any of these competitors, it’s time to do a branding exercise and come up with your unique value proposition. Here are six ideas to get you started.
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2013
    [Differentiation] 5 Metrics Every B2B Marketer Should Track
    Pay attention to how your conversion rate changes over time and how it varies by traffic source and landing page to differentiate between improvements in your traffic mix and in the effectiveness of your site. You have a lead generation program. An influencer program. An advertising program. marketing automation program. Just Get Started.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015
    [Differentiation] How to Beat Larger Competitors at B2B Marketing and Sales
    Your mission is to differentiate yourself in ways that translate into perceived market needs, and then present an offer to take advantage of these unique market segments. Clever content marketing and low-cost pull marketing tools like social media and PR can differentiate you and boost market awareness. Go where they aren’t!
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012
    [Differentiation] 25 Non-Financial Benefits of Business Blogging
    Point of differentiation — If your competitors don’t blog, is this an opportunity to stand out in your niche? While the use of blogging as a marketing and communications platform continues to grow for many organizations, you still might be facing this question from your boss — “Why are we doing this?”
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013
    [Differentiation] Marketing Is Personal – Emotion Beats Promotion By 2X
    Teach customers something new about their business needs then lead them to your differentiators. I have always believed that B2B Marketing is personal. And that brands need to connect with buyers on a personal, emotional and human level. Now Now we have the research to prove it. From Promotion to Emotion. That’s right. Strategy
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013
    [Differentiation] A 6-step plan to respond to negative social media comments
    Business life on the web can be complex, but it can also be an opportunity to create a point of differentiation and undying customer loyalty if you get it right! Business life on the web can be complex, but it can also be an opportunity to create a point of differentiation and undying customer loyalty if you get it right! Follow up.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
    [Differentiation] Your social media strategy plan: Where do you START?
    Can you finish this sentence: “Only we …” To do that, you need to know your true differentiators, your customer’s un-met and under-served needs, and the competitive landscape. To do that, you need to know your true differentiators, your customer''s un-met and under-served needs, and the competitive landscape.
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
    [Differentiation] Robotic Email Campaigns Miss the Point
    Let's face it, perceived value, expertise and credibility are the true differentiators in today's marketplace. Do not differentiate your company. Based on what I've seen, I agree with her. Yet again. Lead nurturing is not about sending out emails on a regular schedule just because you can. It won't.
  • EMAGINE B2B BLOG  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2013
    [Differentiation] The Winning Edge in Sales and Marketing
    Market truly unique offerings that are well defined and differentiate from the myriad of competing suppliers. Great sales and marketing can have a tremendously positive impact on success. The specifics, however, are what separate the winners from losers. How prepared is your organization to be a market winner. B2B Web Strategy
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012
    [Differentiation] First 50 Challenger Implementations—Spotlight on Messaging
    Ask them what your top two differentiators are relative to your biggest competitors. Surprised One of our biggest surprises so far has been the differing opinions within many of our client organizations around competitive differentiators. In Don’t Underestimate the Power of Collaboration. Start with the Basics: What Makes You Better?
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012
    [Differentiation] Mad Marketing TV is educating the world – and me
    Mad Marketing TV , the TV-like show sponsored by Act-On Software and hosted by yours truly, Jeff Ogden, President of Find New Customers is bringing the world great insights on marketing and sales – buyer personas, content marketing, social media, Think Like a Publisher, Differentiation and more. This is how it happened. Jeff Ogden.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015
    [Differentiation] How to be “Future Ready” for a career in marketing
    Future Ready strategy: Remember those oh-so-simple days of differentiating your product through its new lemon scent or stylish floral packaging? Future Ready strategy: Remember those oh-so-simple days of differentiating your product through its new lemon scent or stylish floral packaging? But seriously. The fourth marketing revolution.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2014
    [Differentiation] Why Servant Marketing Matters
    This is especially true for companies that have a complex sale where B2B buyers face daunting decisions that involve huge risks, and sellers struggle to articulate their value propositions and differentiate themselves from competitors. This requires a different kind of thinking to drive a different way of marketing. Do you know of any?
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
    [Differentiation] Words Decision Makers Love to Hear
    Increased competitive differentiation. Decision makers don''t care about your porduct''s speed, specifications, or efficiency. They don''t care about the wonderful methodology you use. Your offering is simply a tool. They care only about the results your offering delivers for them. Faster time to market. Decreased costs. Faster response time.
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
    [Differentiation] No!! LinkedIn Just Went Klout On Us!
    Unlike a written recommendation, you cannot differentiate between meaningful endorsements and throwaways. If you have viewed a LinkedIn profile in the last couple days, chances are you have seen a new box at the top of the page prompting you to endorse the individuals skills. But wait, there’s more! Is this really a good idea?
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2013
    [Differentiation] [Video] The Top 4 Sales Rules All Salespeople Should Know
    This makes it a lot more challenging to differentiate yourself and keep out of price battles - but it can be done if you focus on the 4 SNAP sales rules throughout the entire sales process. Your prospect today can''t handle much complexity, so you can easily throw them into overwhelm when you give them too much information at one time.
  • SAZBEAN  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2012
    [Differentiation] Top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of October 7, 2012
    Here are the top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of October 8, 2012… Why You Need to Market Your Marketing  (Convince & Convert) Read Impact Equation to Help You Harness Your Social Media Message  (Small Biz Trends) Why Social Media Makes Customer Service Better  (Mashable!) News & Notes
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2014
    [Differentiation] Life Enrichment: Be a Top Performer
    Every salesperson wants to be successful, as does every sales manager, everyone has good ideas, but execution becomes the key differentiator in success. The Difference Between Average and Top Performers. What do you need to create this environment? As you go about your week, make sure you do what is expected…and then some.
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012
    [Differentiation] Marketers Ruin Good Marketing Opportunities
    Unique marketing stands out, it is differentiated simply because very few companies are doing it. Innovative marketers constantly put new ideas into practice, and some of the most effective new ideas quickly become marketing best practices or emerging trends. The incredible results the early adopters reported are not repeated.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012
    [Differentiation] Want to Host Your Own Company TV Show? Talk to the Host of Mad Marketing TV!
    Content Differentiation. Can You Use the Expertise from Mad Marketing TV for your firm? Mad Marketing TV, the terrific marketing and sales show sponsored by Act-On Software and hosted by Jeff Ogden is the world’s first “TV on the internet” show. We interview top industry experts and share great thought leadership content.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2015
    [Differentiation] Four online marketing metrics to obsess about
    ” This is the digital crossroad, a genuine point of business differentiation today. This is the digital crossroad, a genuine point of business differentiation today. About two years into my blogging career, to my surprise and delight, my dream came true. Briefly, the Guy-traffic crashed my server and shut down my website.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013
    [Differentiation] There will be no social media apocalypse
    Let’s not lose sight that businesses need to identify and execute upon a sustainable point of differentiation, perhaps in a global marketplace. I like and admire Eric Qualman. I’ve met him a couple of times and he is a fellow author at McGraw Hill. He is a kind man, a legitimate intellect, and one of the top speakers in our field.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2014
    [Differentiation] Five 2015 digital marketing trends for your consideration
    think we are getting to the point where Internet safety will be an important and distinguishing point of marketing differentiation. think we are getting to the point where Internet safety will be an important and distinguishing point of marketing differentiation. It is also what I love to do most … think about what’s next!
  • FOLLOW THE LEAD  |  FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010
    [Differentiation] Welcome to Widget TV
    “There are ever-increasing demands on b-to-b marketing professionals, but few automated tools to help them meet the constant need to distinguish and differentiate their brand while also meeting lead generation needs,” said Pawan Deshpande, CEO of HiveFire, whose clients include Airvana, Aternity, Novell and ThermoFisher.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014
    [Differentiation] 4 Must Dos For Sales and Marketing Pros
    What differentiated the winning seller was that he or she: 1. It got me thinking: if he was willing to sidle up to me and admit this distress; how many others were feeling the same but were too shy or embarrassed to come forward to talk about how to address it? Offered unique, valuable perspectives on the market.  WRONG.
  • AVITAGE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
    [Differentiation] What is Content?
    Before you dismiss this question out of hand, please consider my main point: Most people think of content more as type or format rather than as the information in those containers.  This is a major cause of poor content and business outcomes from content dependent marketing and selling initiatives.  ” What does he mean by “content?”
  • THE B2B RESEARCH BLOG  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011
    [Differentiation] Top ten B2B marketing challenges
    Differentiation. Holger Schulze, Marketing Director at SafeNet, recently posted a great question to the 9,040 members of LinkedIn’s B2B Marketing group. Can you use ONE WORD to describe the biggest challenge facing B2B Marketing today?”. love this question for two reasons.  One, it forces a focussed answer.  Relevance. Content. Budgets.
  • B2BMARKETINGSMARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010
    [Differentiation] How B2B marketers can be winners at the game of tag.
    It consisted of these three simple rules for creating useful taglines: Differentiate your company from your competition. They introduce the company’s USP or “unique selling proposition.&# If a B2B company does not have this differentiating USP, then it has other problems besides creating a strong tag. Make it true.
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010
    [Differentiation] Does Your Content Marketing Make You Different?
    The problem is that what we think is important and “differentiating” about our products quite often misses the mark for what the prospect is trying to buy. Being recognized as unique, different and desirable is what every company strives to achieve to stand out in their marketplace. Unfortunately, this appears to be easier said than done.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011
    [Differentiation] Sunday Post: TED Talk on Standing Out with Seth Godin
    We’re passionate about the need to differentiate your offerings. In fact, I’ve been invited to write an article on standing out (differentiation) for SandHill.com. This is an important topic for B2B companies , as buyers see them as all alike. said “ Think Different. hosted of the B2B track there.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015
    [Differentiation] 9 Steps to Building a Unique Value Proposition in Management Consulting
    Not only will it help differentiate you from the competition, prospective clients will be more likely to engage your services knowing that you really understand their business. Next, make sure that your statement is clear, no longer than a few sentences, and offers some kind of differentiator from the competition. Create it. Use it.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012
    [Differentiation] B2B Marketing: Do This, Don’t Do That
    Branded authorities are able to command premium prices because they offer a unique differentiation and compelling benefit(s). The secret sauce in marketing is to give prospects what they do want, and stop giving them what they don’t want. Easy enough to say but how do you accomplish this. Create quality content. So what should you stop doing?
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013
    [Differentiation] Encore: Insights from @TheCMOClub Innovation Summit – @MargaretMolloy on Marketing Made Simple TV
    ” 2) How to differentiate your company through the brand experience. 3) Business to Business (B2B) or Business to Consumer (B2C)? (For those who unfortunately missed the show premiere on Thursday, we share an encore show on Sunday too.). Want to supercharge your WordPress blog? Margaret Molloy today in this very informative show.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010
    [Differentiation] Ranking B2B Marketing Automation Vendors: Part 3
    The acid test is when the individual vendors scores are plotted -- are different kinds of vendors pretty much where expected, without each category being so tightly clustered together that there's no meaningful differentiation? Summary: The first two posts in this series described my scoring for product fit. Well, maybe I peeked a little.)
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013
    [Differentiation] Common Content Marketing Mistakes To Avoid
    In fact, blazing your own path can be a great way to differentiate yourself. Photo credit: DigitalRalph. You’ve always been marketing. First it was search marketing, then social media marketing, and now you’re looking at the latest thing–the combination of search and social called content marketing. Swinging for the Fences.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012
    [Differentiation] Challenging in the Channel
    Who should I be teaching for differentiation?  At the end of the day, here’s the big issue underlying all these questions: a lack of control of your partner’s sales force.  It can be a lot to expect them to sell your products and solutions in a differentiated way. How do the Challenger concepts relate to them?
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014
    [Differentiation] Big data and small business: The future of marketing?
    Here is the conversation with the company’s founder/president/CMO (all the same person!): ME: Well what are your points of differentiation? Here is the conversation with the company''s founder/president/CMO (all the same person!): ME: Well what are your points of differentiation? How do you stand out? We all do the same thing.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014
    [Differentiation] The 5 Worst Kinds of Managers
    As we’ve studied sales manager effectiveness , we’ve identified the differentiated competencies of manager effectiveness in the world of increasing sales complexity. For each of these areas we go deep-and-wide, digging into what each of these differentiated skills look like and how organizations are helping managers build these skills.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014
    [Differentiation] How to Organize Your CRM for Inside Sales Success
    If you have multiple clients to juggle, be sure you are able to differentiate your open tasks by having their name somewhere in the title. I like to think that I have a few key tools in my prospecting toolbox. The most important one could very well be our CRM, which at AG is Salesforce.com. Only have the necessary tabs available.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014
    [Differentiation] Matching Webinar Content to the Buying Cycle: Evaluation and Purchase Stages
    The webinars and supporting collateral should also create clear points of differentiation between you and your major competitors. Editor's Note: Today's post comes courtesy of Tom Masotto, VP Product Marketing & Business Development at ON24 , a cloud-based webinar platform. This post is Part 2 of a 2-part series. Evaluation Stage.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014
    [Differentiation] How a small family business pulled off one of the greatest successes in YouTube history
    As his numbers and engagement grew, Stephen was able to use this data with huge wine retailers to prove a point of differentiation. This is a critical accomplishment for a business trying to show a differentiated position through social media engagement. Here was his story: Left his corporate job in London. You read that correctly.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
    [Differentiation] 3 fundamentals of a successful social selling strategy
    What would happen if you tried to differentiate yourself and embraced social helping instead of social selling ? 3) Aligning with sales success factors. One of the most pervasive mantras on the social web is “don’t sell.” But sometimes, you have to sell … especially if your job is in sales! Here’s the good news.
  • INBOUND SALES NETWORK  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012
    [Differentiation] It’s Not What You Sell - It’s How You Sell It
    Even those companies that may have a differentiated product are finding themselves in a commodity buy, because that is how prospects or customers view their purchase decision. It is a well-known fact that companies who create a superior purchase experience are able to truly differentiate themselves in the marketplace. Think about it.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013
    [Differentiation] Why Should Customers Buy From You?
    Exploring unique differentiators —identifying what they are, and what they aren’t—is one of the first exercises we work with members on during the Challenger Messaging Workshop. So how does your sales organization go about identifying its unique differentiators and developing commercial insight?
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013
    [Differentiation] [Video] Leverage Sales Questions to Demonstrate Expertise
    Or, I could say this: "Based on my work with a number of other business-to-business sales forces, I find that the top three issues they're facing are: 1) Difficulty setting up initial meetings with key decision makers; 2) Getting customers to decide to change from the status quo; and 3) Differentiating themselves from the competition.
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012
    [Differentiation] 4 B2B Marketing Scenarios: One Size Does Not Fit All
    Your product has a number of elements that differentiate it, but your buyers are relatively unsophisticated about the category and it is not a priority for them to learn more about it. However, the people B2B marketers want to reach are ultimately trying to solve a challenge or embrace an opportunity based on their unique business.
  • MARKETING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL   |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011
    [Differentiation] 4 Lessons from the Year’s Best B2B Campaigns
    One of the team’s favorites this year, for example, was Qwest’s (now CenturyLink) “Ultimate Problem Solver” campaign ,  an online game that challenged technology buyers to solve problems in ways that dovetailed with the company’s differentiators. The key insight? Incorporate B2C influences. So why did it work?
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012
    [Differentiation] What Channel Partners Want Most From Suppliers
    In fact, CEB Research shows that only 15% of channel partners are captive, making it paramount for suppliers to develop a differentiated value proposition that trumps those of their competitors’ should they want to leverage indirect distribution channels to expand their market reach and drive top-line growth.
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