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?
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.
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?
GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS | FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012
[Differentiation] 7 reasons every job-seeker needs to blog
4) Point of differentiation. Have you ever considered the ways a blog can help you get a job? I meet a lot of young people entering the work force and I always recommend blogging as a way to get ahead … in almost any career. Here’s why: 1) Show what you’re made of. In a blog, you can SHOW them. Let’s face it.
FUNNEL FOCUS | MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013
[Differentiation] Breaking News: Eloqua Acquisition Irrelevant to Mid-market
Consolidation is typical in the software business once an application genre has reached a level of market saturation and feature differentiation is diminished. Why consolidation isn't a cure for the big picture challenges organizations face with sales and marketing technology. Marketing automation software has arrived at this destination.
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.
BIZNOLOGY | WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013
FIFTH GEAR ANALYTICS | THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2010
[Differentiation] How Much Are Your Customers Worth?
Bill Harriss. As marketers, we have heard about it for years: It is important to understand the total value of your customers over the “lifetime” of their relationship with your brand, product or service. Makes sense, right? The Challenge. It’s not always that easy to come up with this “Lifetime Value,” even as a point-in-time metric. Tweet This!
FOLLOW THE LEAD | TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2010
[Differentiation] Pre-production half the battle in creating meetings with C-level
Be invaluable: Realize that you are the primary differentiator today. Guest Blog | Jill Konrath. Ever try to set up a meeting with a senior-level executive? Then you know how tough it is to connect with these crazy-busy people who are never in their office, rarely answer their phones and seldom reply to voicemail or e-mail. Subscribe to RSS.
SALES CHALLENGER | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012
[Differentiation] Coaches: Your Reps Are Not as Hard-Headed as You Think
The goal of Challenger Selling is a differentiated sales experience, and if we wait until late stage to begin differentiating, it may be too late. In fact, some of our newest research is showing that this battle for differentiation may begin even earlier in the customer’s buying process than we ever imagined.
E-QUIP | MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014
[Differentiation] Brand 101: Clearing Up the Misconceptions
'There has been a growing interest in branding and differentiation among A/E firms in recent years. But considering the composite of all I''ve read on the subject, the best definition in my opinion is: Brand is the perception in the customer''s mind that differentiates (or doesn''t) a product, service, or company. What is brand?
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!
B2B LEAD BLOG | MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014
[Differentiation] Messaging Masters: Ensuring Everyone Gets What They Need
point of differentiation. 'Marketing messaging can mean a lot of things. Positioning Statements, Message Maps, Taglines, Mission Statements and more fall into the Messaging category. Let’s start with Positioning Statements –. positioning statement is NOT a tagline, a slogan, a message to your prospect or customer or a business plan.
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.
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
[Differentiation] Useful Tips from Inbound Marketing Summit and Hubspot User Group
I spent three days last week at the Inbound Marketing Summit and Hubspot User Group in Boston. These featured a flock of first-rate speakers who presented more useful information than I can jam into a single blog post. That said, here are highlights from my notes. Sorry Youngme, but I still detest IKEA. and 4 to 6 p.m.;
BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY | TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010
[Differentiation] Wayne Gretzky was an Inbound Marketer
And in business if you want to stand out from the crowd and the very best way these days to distinguish yourself is to create content that is differentiated and that people want to read by applying what I am now calling the Wayne Gretzky School of Inbound Marketing! Tweet This! Share this on Facebook. Share this on Linkedin. Digg this!
CLIENT BRIDGE | THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011
[Differentiation] Consumer Behavior Secrets to Grow Sales
Everyone in your organization should be able to articulate what your brand essence and points of differentiation are. From Jamie Turner on the Hubspot Blog, here are some tips about why people pick one brand over another. People buy for emotional reasons, then rationalize the purchase with logic." Most buy because of how it makes them feel.
B2B MARKETING UNPLUGGED | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013
[Differentiation] Six Ways to Not Suck at Selling Things to Me
Here are some things that were offered up to me recently as competitive differentiators: we have a form our clients fill out before we work on a project. Did I send some message into the universe that attracts bad sales people? Is there a rehab centre nearby for under-performers? What is new is how absolutely atrocious they are. Seriously.
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. 'Like every new blogger, my dream of success meant getting a business superstar to share my content online. Look at me—I went viral! The ultimate metric?
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.
GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
[Differentiation] The Twitter strategy shift and what it means to you and your business
By imposing algorithms to make Twitter more Facebook-like, it wouild be destroying a core point of differentiation for the channel. By imposing algorithms to make Twitter more Facebook-like, it wouild be destroying a core point of differentiation for the channel. This lines up with an earlier statement from C EO Dick Costolo. Nobody.
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.
DIGITAL B2B MARKETING | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011
[Differentiation] Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards
When you find content you REALLY like, you have to share it differently, emphatically stating how great it is to differentiate it from the only OK content you shared before. Sharing has ceased to be an endorsement of the quality of content. ie “LOVE this post! … or “+100 RT … ). Forget the Rules. Say Why.
LOOPFUSE | MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013
[Differentiation] Eight ways to double lead volume from your blog
If you’re nervous about being too aggressive about adding offers into a post itself, add something at the end in italics, so that it’s clearly differentiated from the body copy but still part of the post itself. 'This is a guest post by Matt Heinz, President, Heinz Marketing. Read more on his Marketing blog. Add offers to the sidebar.
GREAT B2B MARKETING | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2012
[Differentiation] Marketing Game Changers for 2013
Here are a couple of BHAG ideas: Differentiate your company with a compelling and differentiated value proposition. It’s the season for wrapping up the old year and prepping for the next. Here are six ideas to get you started: 1. Understand your sales lead requirements. Tune or replace your sales model. Resolve to be BOLD. Chris.
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. 'by Melissa Madian | Tweet this “I know I need to be unique and different when talking to customers; but I don’t know how?”. He was clearly embarrassed, lost and distraught. Offered unique, valuable perspectives on the market. Helped navigate alternatives. WRONG.
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.
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.
THE ROI GUY | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
[Differentiation] When are Interactive White Papers best used in the sales & marketing process?
When solutions are being investigated, during the consideration phase, buyers need help in understanding the differentiating various solution options and alternatives, and quantifying the economic justification. interactive smart content interactive white paper Demand Generation Pisello Alinean
SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES | THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014
[Differentiation] #ProspectingChat: Experiences Outsourcing Inside Sales Functions
We''ll ask participants to "role-play" as a new tech company and consider the various differentiators that play into the decision to insource, outsource, or create a hybrid of the two for your company''s inside sales functions. 'It''s time for another #ProspectingChat over at AG Saleswork''s Twitter account. Each chat lasts 1 hour long.
DIGITAL VOICES | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
[Differentiation] Leveraging Big Data and Creative Content for Customer Engagement
Content creation and statistical data analysis has become the competitive differentiator for developing highly effective multi-channel marketing campaigns. 'Why is content such a “buzz”?! In 2010 the curation of content became the mantra for all things digital. What do marketers need to penetrate? Diagnostic : Why did it happen?
THE ROI GUY | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013
[Differentiation] Developing the Best Value Messaging and Financial Justification
Typical challenges include: Poor operational efficiency (Process issues, poor productivity & high costs) Increased risks Business growth struggles But taking just a challenge centric approach will not help you to differentiate your solutions and what they can do uniquely to help buyers overcome their issues.
FEARLESS COMPETITOR | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013
[Differentiation] Encore: “Secrets of Great Leaders” Robert Murray author of It’s Already Inside on Marketing Made Simple TV
How the best focus on clear competitive differentiation and “dial it up to 11″ Marketing Made Simple T V is a weekly show delivering the best business thought leaders in a fun and engaging format. 'Buffer. What you’ll learn in this show: Why forgetting the basics hurts many companies. It is funded by our wonderful sponsors.
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
SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES | MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2010
[Differentiation] Does your inside sales team have the tools to succeed?
Competitors/Differentiators – The number one reason that a company is not interested in your solution is because they are using something or someone else. It is extremely important to have as much information on your competitors as there is on your solution and what differentiates you in the market. Is your website up to date?
INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY | TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011
[Differentiation] Small Manufacturers Use Social Media Effectively
These are very important considerations in differentiating one shop from another in an industry that is highly fragmented and extremely competitive with constant price pressures from offshore suppliers. However, these have been from other industrial marketing consultants like me. Videos play a key role in manufacturing marketing.
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.
KOMARKETING ASSOCIATES | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015
[Differentiation] What B2B Marketers Need To Know About Social Media Advertising in 2015
Facebook differentiates itself from AdMob the same way it does with AdWords: by targeting the user’s personal data. 'Over the past few years, advertising on social media has grown in sophistication. Here’s a look at what B2B advertisers can expect from social media platforms in 2015: Mobile Apps Advertising by Social Networks. Conclusion.
BUSINESS GROWTH DEVELOPMENT | MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
[Differentiation] UK B2B Marketing Trends 2012 Show A Growing Support For Sales
It suggests a greater need to cut through the clutter and have an effective brand presence, or better and greater differentiation. Digital channels were expected to take 31% of budgets. However, B2B marketers also recognised the importance of face-to-face, with 22% of budget allocation. But is their approach effective? Related articles.
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.
TOMORROW PEOPLE | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
[Differentiation] For a Great Online Marketing Strategy You Need Many Happy Returns from Your Website
Am I differentiating my content , rather than repeating the same tired cliches? You’ve invested a lot of money in your website. It looks great and you’re terribly proud of it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s effective in creating new business. How can I boost my traffic and lead generation ? Try it today
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. '(For those who unfortunately missed the show premiere on Thursday, we share an encore show on Sunday too.). By the way, this award-winning blog is powered by WPEngine – the best and fastest hosting available. Want to supercharge your WordPress blog?
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?”
VIEWPOINT | THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011
[Differentiation] Revenue Performance Management: Doing For Revenue What ERP Does For Ops?
In a recent article on Revenue Performance Management in Marketing Automation Software Guide, Lauren Carlson does a nice job of providing a context for the RPM discussion by differentiating it from marketing automation, reviewing the factors motivating its advancement, and raising good questions.
SALES CHALLENGER | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
[Differentiation] Breaking the Doom Loop of Sales Hiring
The annual cost differential between organizations that select the right hires compared to those that do not is $28.5 By Doug Hutton. Sales hiring decisions often lead to classic buyer’s remorse. Sales managers wonder whether a new hire can thrive in a unique selling environment, particularly if they weren’t involved in the interview process.
THE ROI GUY | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
[Differentiation] B2B Buyers: It’s all about the Benjamins
Sales and marketing a higher-priced supplier requires proactive transparency, differentiating the higher initial price versus a superior solution with lower costs over the useful lifecycle, more business value / bottom-line benefits, and / or lower risks. And these pricing discussions need to be proactive.
DIGITAL BODY LANGUAGE | THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2009
[Differentiation] What is B2B Marketing?
Let’s look at a few of the areas that differentiate a B2B buying process: Information Exchange In B2B marketing, you are often dealing with a buying organization that requires a significant amount of information during their buying process. What exactly defines Business to Business (B2B) Marketing?
WHAT WORKS - WHAT DOESN'T | TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010
[Differentiation] Why "Cost Per Lead" Is The Wrong Question
Some vendors try to ease the confusion by differentiating between “leads” (less qualified) and “prospects” (more qualified.) Ask anyone selling marketing software or services what their “cost per lead” is and you’ll get a different, and self-serving, answer. Naturally, the price goes up the better the “lead” is.
SMASHMOUTH MARKETING | FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009
[Differentiation] Smashmouth Review - LeadLander - Who's Really Visiting Your Site?
It touts the ability to provide to you all the standard website visitor stats, along with one huge differentiator - the names of companies that visit your website. was able to catch Mike Schon, CEO at LeadLander, and asked him "What differentiates LeadLander from traditional web analytics services like Google Analytics?". Day 1. Day 2.
HUBSPOT | WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011
[Differentiation] What Do 76% of Consumers Want From Your Website? [New Data]
Don't differentiate with the design/functionality of your website. Do differentiate your company by making it really easy for your customers to find what they want on your website. 76% of consumers say the most important factor in a website's design is "the website makes it easy for me to find what I want.". Test, test, test!
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
MARKETING INTERACTIONS | WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2010
[Differentiation] Marketing Above the Noise
So, if there are only so many benefits, values or outcomes (pick your term) - how are companies going to differentiate themselves and their products to a marketplace where their prospects are hearing the same things from countless vendors? Boy is there a lot of noise in the marketplace today! Products/Solutions can INCREASE: Revenues.
FEARLESS COMPETITOR | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013
[Differentiation] Rebuilding a sales lead generation business after a crisis
Since buyer insights are critical in marketing campaigns and a key strategic way companies can differentiate their products and services, this is proving to be a popular service. 'Buffer Recently I joined a marketing firm to manage a huge global client. Great job. High salary. Big responsibilities. I was thrilled. But things were ugly.
B2B MARKETING INSIDER | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
[Differentiation] Content Quality vs. Content Quantity – The Great Content Debate
These bright folks will drive the answer on how to balance between the need to create enough content to increase your share of customer conversations vs. the need to represent your unique point of view and differentiate yourself from the competition. 'Content quality vs. content quantity. How How much content is enough? Reach vs. frequency.
GREAT B2B MARKETING | TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014
[Differentiation] Three Essential Content Marketing Practices
You should also write in a way that establishes thought leadership by differentiating you from the many others who are vying for your prospects’ attention. 'Content Marketing Essentials. When I served on the AIM board, I occasionally had dealings with Bryant Duhon, the organization’s editor and community manager. Essential 2: Write well.
B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG | SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012
[Differentiation] B2B Sales Cycle: 4 steps to avoid the wasteful ‘no decision’
How you sell is how you’ll differentiate yourself,” Dickie notes. Related Resources: Customer-centric Marketing: Tap into your culture to differentiate from the competition. Tweet CSO Insights , which interviews thousands of chief sales officers to benchmark B2B sales best practices, has tracked an alarming trend. warns Dickie. Sales
INSIGHTIQ BLOG | THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011
[Differentiation] The clock is ticking on net tracking
For companies that take customer experience seriously, this could help them immensely by differentiating them from their competition. A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog suggesting that marketers and the DMA get ahead of net tracker legislation , after the FCC had invited some comments on proposed privacy legislation.
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
[Differentiation] Marketing Automation 2014 Industry Overview: What the Surveys Tell Us
But there are still significant differentiators. So far, every differentiator on this list can point to at least some measure of success. 'The Interwebs have delivered an unusually rich trove of data about the marketing automation industry in the past few weeks. Here’s how I see things. The Mintigo results confirm this.
SALES CHALLENGER | MONDAY, MAY 26, 2014
[Differentiation] The Key to Improving Your Reps’ Productivity
'Sales executives know that their reps need to deliver compelling commercial insights to differentiate themselves in today’s complex selling environment. And with all these shiny new commercial insights comes lots of new sales collateral. For it to be useful though, sales reps need this collateral to be well organized and easily searchable.
TOM PISELLO | WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010
[Differentiation] Tom Pisello: The ROI Guy: How to Break Free of the Pack.
Differentiate for Success Competition has never been greater for customer mindshare. So how can you best differentiate your offerings and break free from the pack? Differentiate for S. Wednesday, July 07, 2010 How to Break Free of the Pack? So are the leading characteristics for sales and marketing in 2010. They do if they are.
SALES CHALLENGER | TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013
[Differentiation] Why Your Customers Don’t Care
In addition to the cheat sheets, Solae provides reps with simple “solutions” documents that explain how Solae’s differentiators map to each contact’s function. That said, developing an organizational capability to effectively deliver commercial insight is no easy task. So how can you help reps deliver more resonant messages?
SALES CHALLENGER | MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013
[Differentiation] 10 Trends Every Sales Exec Must Know For 2014
Trend #2: Ease of Doing Business Becomes a Priority for Differentiation. Our data on general customer loyalty tells us very clearly that in B2B sales (and we strongly believe beyond the purchase experience) that ease of doing business is a critical differentiator. 'We hope you’ll read and share this. Follow the SEC on Twitter @CEB_SEC.
BUSINESS GROWTH DEVELOPMENT | MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
[Differentiation] UK B2B Marketing Trends 2012 Show A Growing Support For Sales
It suggests a greater need to cut through the clutter and have an effective brand presence, or better and greater differentiation. Digital channels were expected to take 31% of budgets. However, B2B marketers also recognised the importance of face-to-face, with 22% of budget allocation. But is their approach effective? Marketing
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!
REPUTATION TO REVENUE | MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010
[Differentiation] The lure of cheap content in B2B marketing
Forgoing competitive review despite the need to differentiate. An article in MediaWeek on content mills like Demand Media and Seed.com got me thinking about the dangerous lure of cheap content in B2B marketing. The mills themselves are mainly a B2C issue (at least for now!). Minimizing group review in the rush to meet deadlines.
MARKETING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012
[Differentiation] Content Marketing’s Deadly Trap
Serving as an information broker will help re-insert our offering into the conversation and differentiate us as a supplier. So, at this point, I think most B2B marketers are sold on the value of content marketing. So we say – if you can’t beat budget pressures and the information revolution, join them! At least, so the story goes.
SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES | FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014
[Differentiation] How Trade Shows Can Impact Inside Sales Reps’ Sales Skills
By knowing what the competition is actually saying in addition to knowing the differentiators, inside sales reps can better position the company in the marketplace, hopefully gaining the ability to have more quality conversations. The power of face-to-face interaction in sales should never be undermined. Public Speaking. Competition.
SAZBEAN | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
[Differentiation] 8 Simple Strategies: Take Your Blog From Blah to Brilliant
Taking a strong stand on your area of expertise will not only differentiate your blog from others, it will start attracting those readers and customers who share those opinions as well – and that means more ideal customers for you. Blogs are now the norm. You’ve probably added a blog to your site – because that’s what you’re supposed to do.
HINGE MARKETING | WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014
[Differentiation] The 3 D’s of Brand Building In A/E/C
'Here’s something to think about for all the A/E/C firms who think brand building isn’t important: if your firm had no branding, how would you differentiate yourself from other A/E/C firms? And if you couldn’t differentiate yourself, how would you expect to see long-term growth and profitability? B, right?
THE ROI GUY | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014
[Differentiation] Value Selling and the Buyer’s Journey: 3 Conversations to Get "Do Nothing" to "Yes"
With today’s new breed of buyer, it is vital to not just pitch products, but facilitate the buyer’s journey: sequentially delivering the provocative messaging, insights, financial justification and differentiation to advance from “Do Nothing” to “Yes”. At this stage, the question to answer is “ Why Change? ”. Why Now? Why You
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX | MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012
[Differentiation] Experian Buys Conversen Marketing Automation to Strengthen Its Offerings
Conversen is somewhat similar to Entiera in offering sophisticated multi-step campaigns, although its main differentiator is multi-channel dynamic content that makes it relatively easy to deliver different messages to different segments across multiple channels. See my review from February 2010 for a more detailed explanation.
LEADER NETWORKS | FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009
[Differentiation] How to kill an online community in 10 easy steps
5) Assume size is THE critical differentiator. There has been a lot of buzz lately about how many empty or failed online communities litter the web. As with any hype-cycle, people run out to get or make the latest thing - in this case a social network or community - and often don't think through what having one will be like.
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.
MODERN B2B MARKETING | MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012
[Differentiation] Craig Rosenberg Talks Optimizing Your Funnel, Edgy Content, and the Origins of The Funnelholic
In the following video Craig discusses the origins of the Funnelholic, missed opportunities in the sales funnel, how he differentiates his content to stand out, and a fun story about the much sought after Funnelholic T-shirts that are now collector’s items. For more on Craig Rosenberg check out his blog Funnelholic !
SALES CHALLENGER | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
[Differentiation] Are Your Reps More Tiger Woods or Tom Brady?
While much of the differentiation between a good quarterback and a bad quarterback is based on a good amount of inherent skill, a great quarterback is still one that knows how to effectively play to and off of the strengths of his teammates. 'The selling behavior of many sales reps can be likened to that of a game of golf.
JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014
[Differentiation] Why Half-Baked Ideas Are Perfect Sales Conversation Starters
was speaking at a sales kickoff meeting, stressing a key message—that sellers, not their products or services, are the key differentiator today. Even if your ideas won’t work for their organization, you’ve differentiated yourself from competitors and established yourself as a valuable resource. 'It happened again last week. WRONG!
IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
[Differentiation] The 4 Things I Never Want to Hear on a Sales Call
“Our claim to fame is [insert vendor babble]…” If you have to start with that statement, it completely deflates the impact of the differentiator. by Melissa Madian | Tweet this I’m a sales person’s worst nightmare. That means I can purchase tools and services for the team. At all. Tell me more” 3.
SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
[Differentiation] 5 Productivity Killers For Your Cold Calling Team
Most people my team speaks to all day want have some collateral to review that gives them a good sense of the product/service and differentiators before they commit to an hour demo with a sales rep. Another core requirement should be a few compelling differentiators to share that set you apart from the competition.
BIZNOLOGY | FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013
[Differentiation] The secret of radical innovation starts with roadside bathrooms
Want to differentiate yourself from your competitors? Innovations in these touch points will help differentiate you from your competitors and give your customers more reasons to buy from you. 'Credit: Seth1492. What does innovation look like? Is innovation something that only big companies like Apple and Google can do? Absolutely not!
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.
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014
[Differentiation] Wise.io Provides Another Choice for Automated Predictive Modeling
By now, you can probably recite along with me as I list the key differentiators for predictive systems. 'I’m beginning to feel like Lucille Ball in the chocolate factory: predictive modeling systems are coming at me faster than I can review them. had already planned this week to write about Wise.io This week, I’ll stick with Wise.io. inputs.
BIZNOLOGY | MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
[Differentiation] Craft a Compelling Offer for Paid Search Marketing
A great way to differentiate yourself in a highly competitive environment. Image via CrunchBase. The best way to motivate a click online is to make a compelling offer and provide an urgent call to action. This is not news to Internet marketers. Since you are paying for each click, your ROI depends more on quality than on quantity.
GREAT B2B MARKETING | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013
[Differentiation] Why Your Long-Forgotten Boilerplate May Hold the Key to Your Marketing Strategy
didn’t reproduce the boilerplate verbatim; I translated and expanded on the differentiators there. You convene some hasty brainstorming sessions and your marketing or PR person (if you have one) knocks it out like a quick and painful homework assignment and, after a few revisions, it’s baked. Congratulations.
CLIENT BRIDGE | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011
[Differentiation] Tips for Creating a Business Video
Focus on the things that will differentiate your product/services from the customers point of view. Video tours, a way of showing potential customers the steps in a process or the benefits of a product or service, can be a great marketing tool. And almost anything can be "toured". Give your tour a storyline. View Original Article
CLIENT BRIDGE | THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011
[Differentiation] Marketing Red Flags
Determine your differentiators, and build your marketing efforts around them. From Entrepreneur.com, indications that you should retool your company's marketing efforts. Nothing matches." Customers are confused by inconsistent messages and visual imagery. You don't know what you want." You don't know how to connect with customers."
CLIENT BRIDGE | MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
[Differentiation] The Seven Deadly Sins of Social Media Strategy
Brands must understand what makes them unique and use social media to demonstrate that differentiation. Establishing a social media presence for a brand can be difficult. Social marketing requires a company to shift from broadcasting an anonymous, singular brand voice to engaging directly with customers as individuals. View Original Article
GREAT B2B MARKETING | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012
[Differentiation] Creating an Effective B2B Marketing Machine
Most important, all messages should be based on a compelling brand promise and a differentiated value proposition. ” This comment resonated with me because it perfectly sums up our philosophy of B2B marketing. We refer to this as being “coin operated.” Consistency – You must have a consistent message across all media.
MARKETING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
[Differentiation] Help Your Reps Make Better Deals – Today!
And at the same time, the deals sellers are putting into the marketplace are more complex than ever before, as companies attempt to escape the commoditization trap with solutions sales, content marketing, and other functional and informational differentiation strategies. Simply put, buyers can’t afford relationship-based sales anymore.
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.
INBOUND SALES NETWORK | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011
[Differentiation] Reality Check: It’s Not the Medium it’s the Message!
Companies need to differentiate themselves from their competition – or they will lose out. Using their power messaging approach, Erik, Tim and their customer messaging company, Corporate Visions , create more opportunities, differentiate their clients solutions, and close more deals. It just doesn’t happen that way.
FUNNEL FOCUS | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010
[Differentiation] Brent Mellow Helps You Choose the Right Marketing Solution
Regarding marketing automation, Mellow sums it up pretty well, when he states, “The differentiating feature of a marketing automation application vs. an email marketing application, is automation as the name implies.” Dynamic Content - automatically provide alternative content based on segmentation parameters.
ONPATH | TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011
[Differentiation] HubSpot Making a Splash in Marketing Automation with Performable Acquisition?
As recently as last month in a question on Quora , HubSpot continued to focus on differentiating inbound marketing from marketing automation , and affirming their expertise in the former. Article by Scott Thornton, Program Architect at OnPath. Follow him on Twitter @sthornton or connect on LinkedIn. But not quite marketing automation.
ANYTHING GOES MARKETING | SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2009
[Differentiation] Social Media Success Stories
Blogger: Blogging is the Differentiator Some people may have written off blogging and I admit that I have a love/hate relationship with it but in 2009 I’m definitely seeing it as even more important social media tool. How am I doing this? With real stories! In a few short months, the group has 32 members without having done any advertising.
BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014
[Differentiation] Interview with Simon Sinek – Start With Why
It’s whatever you call it, your differentiating value proposition, your USP, the things that you think make you different or stand out from the crowd. 'I had a chance to catch up with fellow author, Simon Sinek to discuss his book called – Start With Why at the World Business Forum held in New York at Radio City Music Hall on October 7-8.
DIGITAL BODY LANGUAGE | TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009
[Differentiation] Marketing Automation - What does it mean?
The New Importance of Data What we’re seeing in the above discussion is a shift away from batch communications that are not highly differentiated to true one-to-one personalization. Consistently, the term “marketing automation” is applied to our industry. Let's look at why. The Changing Buyer First, let’s look at our buyers.
JUNTA 42 | FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010
[Differentiation] Create Your Own Content Category
Are you truly providing anything that will differentiate you from your competitors, over the thousands of other messages out there your customers are possibly engaging with? One of the tenets to delivering higher purpose content marketing is to develop your own content category. Let me explain. What do we do?". Citrix created the category.
EB2BLEADS | TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011
[Differentiation] Generating Profits From Freemium Content
5 – Differentiate yourself, your content and your business. The internet has been scaring business for some time now. Just how in the world is any business going to make money when they’re giving all this stuff away in their marketing ? Eroded Value. Lowered Expectations. Blocked Revenue. Community Buster.
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 ? What would happen if you tried to differentiate yourself and embraced social helping instead of social selling? 'One of the most pervasive mantras on the social web is “don’t sell.” Step one. WRONG. WRONG.
SAZBEAN | WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
[Differentiation] Get Obsessed with Your Message
quick dictionary moment, to differentiate between your voice, your topics and your message. Blog = up? Posts = rolling? It’s time to get obsessed with your message. Your voice is what makes your writing distinctive, compelling, unmistakably you. You’ll carry your voice from your blog, right into your book. Seamless, identifiable. Individual.