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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014
    [Differentiation] The Future Of Digital Marketing
    It needs to be differentiated in order to stand out. Last week I was honored and thrilled to be interviewed by Outbrain in The Guardian’s Digital Content Hub. In this interview I talk about: Content and data are the future of digital marketing. Storytelling and the battle for customer attention. It was told on the back of a brand.
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012
    [Differentiation] Best Sales Forum - Fresh Sales Strategies LinkedIn Group
    In this sales forum, we'll talk about challenges like prospecting, selling value, getting into big companies, differentiating and speeding up slow sales cycles. I created the Fresh Sales Strategies group on LinkedIn so salespeople can get fresh perspectives about how to sell to today's crazy-busy prospects. link]. Sound interesting? hope so.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2013
    [Differentiation] In an Ocean of Content, How Do You Rise to the Top? Answer: Buyer Personas!
    Buffer With almost everyone doing content marketing today, how do you differentiate? Answer: More and more, the quality of buyer research or buyer personas become your competitive edge. “Companies who best understand their buyers will have a clear competitive advantage.” ” But how do YOU compete on buyer insights?
  • SALES INTELLIGENCE VIEW  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2011
    [Differentiation] LinkedIn is Facebook With a Tie
    The thought that LinkedIn is Facebook with a Tie is a great differentiators between the two [.]. I ran across an interesting quote as I was working on the InsideView guide for Social Selling with LinkedIn. As soon as I heard it, an image popped into my head and I went to Photoshop to create it.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012
    [Differentiation] Communicating Value Helps Double Inbound Leads and Increase Revenue, Site Traffic and More
    He spent six months examining what differentiated Celarity from the competitors and analyzed competitors’ performance. Tweet To successfully ride the winds of change, emphasize the positive: Look at what your customers value most about you, and make that the focus of your marketing communications. Step #1: Clarify value. Celarity, of course.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013
    [Differentiation] Beyond the Google Privacy Policy to Free Market Privacy
    Can companies use privacy as a differentiator? I don’t know if any of these ideas would work. Photo credit: Sean MacEntee. Last year I took a look at Google’s new privacy policy and wasn’t that happy with the way it was presented. It’s clear that no one is terribly happy with the current situation.
  • 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.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015
    [Differentiation] Why marketers should question what their job really is
    Most of them are higher most of the time, because price isn’t their differentiator in real life–just in their commercial. I’ve written in the past about a pet peeve of mine–auto insurance commercials that claim something like, “people who switched to us saved an average of $236.” Like this post?
  • 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.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015
    [Differentiation] 4 Tips to Incorporate Visuals into Your B2B Content Marketing Strategy
    There are a number of different ways your firm can use videos to connect with your buyers and showcase your brand, communicating your differentiators and establishing your personal approach and values. When most firms begin creating a new B2B content marketing strategy , they focus on written content. Here are four powerful techniques. 1.
  • 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!
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010
    [Differentiation] The five elements of a perfect blog post
    There is really only one way to differentiate yourself as a blogger.  “How do I create the perfect blog post?&#. That question by a young student stopped me in my tracks. After all, is there such a thing?  I had to dig deep on this question and turned to the qualities of my favorite bloggers to find some common themes.  Human.
  • 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
  • B2B MARKETING UNPLUGGED  |  THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011
    [Differentiation] Trout on Strategy is an Acquired Taste
    The first is a fun trip through differentiation (from Differentiate or Die: Survival in Our Era of Killer Competition  - - affiliate link) and it’s worth reading if you are thinking of pitching customer service or quality as a point of differentiation (don’t). Hotness is also a differentiator. And why? affiliate link). 
  • SYNECORE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013
    [Differentiation] How Facebook’s Graph Search is Embracing SoLoMo
    So rather than using search operations to differentiate the kind of content you are looking for, the application will be able to procure information about people, photos, places, and interests based off the relationships between the words you enter. Graph Search is Facebook’s debut in to the search engine market. Unique Capabilities.
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012
    [Differentiation] 7 Steps to Find Your Content Marketing Sweet Spot
    Your Turn Will we see a major trend towards companies using content marketing to broadly differentiate themselves in the market, or will companies focus on using content in the buying process? You are ready to take your content marketing to the next level. Until now, you have been producing mostly mid and late stage content.
  • 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.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015
    [Differentiation] Map Your B2B Content Marketing Plans to Your Personas with These 5 Easy Steps
    Keep in mind what makes your story unique and what differentiates you from your competitors. The growth of digital content has exploded. According to the Content Marketing Institute, B2B marketers created 70% more content last year than they did the previous year – while 42% published new content multiple times per week.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • HUBSPOT  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015
    [Differentiation] Should You Hire Marketing Specialists or Generalists?
    Weak to strong Highly differentiated. Strong Moderately Differentiated. Overcrowded Little to No Differentiation. This post originally appeared on Agency Post. To read more content like this, subscribe to Agency Post. From our point of view, both have their place in your organization -- it all depends on your specific situation.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013
    [Differentiation] Should You Do Buyer Personas In-House or Outsource Them?
    Since marketers struggle with content marketing and differentiation, getting quality buyer insights from good buyer personas is a key competitive advantage for those who do it right! Adele Revella. Jeff Ogden , the award-winning marketing expert has been trained in Buyer Personas by the Buyer Persona Institute. ”). By  Adele Revella.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013
    [Differentiation] Marketing Continues to Drop the Ball for Sales in online marketing programs, as per Crain’s B2B study market
    New data from Crain’s BtoB Magazine underscores need for brand differentiation, better targeting and segmentation strategies, and more visibility into online marketing program performance across the entire marketing funnel. Brand differentiation is becoming increasingly important, but marketers struggle to achieve it. ” 2.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011
    [Differentiation] Enterprise Social Media and Personal Branding
    And smart companies, big or small, who recognize that in a social media world, their people are their differentiation , will find ways to capitalize on personal branding.  Personal branding is a hot topic for entrepreneurs and solo consultants, by does it matter to large enterprises? Oh yeah. Not at all. How is this achieved?
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015
    [Differentiation] Tealium Grows from Tag Manager to Customer Data Platform
    It’s an important differentiator compared with other Customer Data Platforms, which often don’t support true real-time interactions. It took me an embarrassingly long time to recognize why Tealium ’s AudienceStream is just a bit odd. To some degree, the difference is just a matter of presentation. So Tealium does support customer messaging.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011
    [Differentiation] Trust Me: Why Trust is Crucial for Business Success, and How to Built It
    Differentiate yourself, with disparaging your competition. According to a recent presentation from HubSpot , “selling is 10X easier once you have established trust.&# Other than having something of value to offer, trust is the most essential element for business success. She laughed, then said, “You know what’s amazing?
  • KOMARKETING ASSOCIATES  |  THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015
    [Differentiation] 40+ B2B Marketing Statistics and Benchmarks to Inspire Performance Throughout 2015
    78% of companies will try / are trying to differentiate through customer experience in 2015. 62% of organizations view customer experience provided through contact centers as a competitive differentiator ( source ). Here in the Greater Boston area, we’ve finally shaken off a bitter winter and look forward to the warmth of summer.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2012
    [Differentiation] New Developments in B2B Loyalty Marketing
    For example: Data-driven segmentation and differentiated treatment.  Photo credit: Wikipedia. Business marketers have much to gain from retention marketing.  Business customers tend to be fewer and more valuable—meaning you can’t afford to lose even one.  But how do you keep your customers active and buying from you, versus the competition? 
  • FATHOM  |  MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015
    [Differentiation] Content Marketing Drives Sales Productivity [List]
    You can leverage your Content Marketing mission statement as a point of differentiation from your competition. Our  brand voice questionnaire  will help you differentiate and communicate clear value, no matter who is sending the message. Has Content Marketing boosted your sales productivity? Better yet, work on it together.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
    [Differentiation] How does social media affect trust and your brand?
    That always motivated me to work with the product team to deliver the best damn product our target segment could get.  To deliver meaningful and differentiated value and benefit.  By Contributing {grow} Columnist “Social Steve” Goldner. You want successful social media marketing for your company or brand?  You are too honest.” 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • EARNEST ABOUT B2B  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014
    [Differentiation] Emotion in B2B marketing is important. No debate needed.
    Because beyond price, it’s our biggest chance to differentiate. As I’m speaking at the upcoming B2B Marketing conference 2014 , it occurred to me that I should probably set out my stall as to why this topic is important. In fact, the clue as to why this is such an important topic is in that same misquote. Persuade. Persuade.
  • THE POINT  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013
    [Differentiation] Top 10 B2B Lead Scoring Mistakes (Part 2 of 2)
    Assigning the same value therefore, say: 1 point per page, to every page on your Website, fails to differentiate between high-value and low-value pages. Here’s Part 2 of our discussion of the most common B2B lead scoring mistakes. For Part 1 of this post, click here.). 6. Scoring every Web page visit the same.
  • 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. Double your website traffic.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011
    [Differentiation] Romi Mahajan leaves Microsoft to Join Metavana as CMO
    Again, it’s a crowded market, so how will the Metavana solution differentiate from players like Clarabridge, Verint, Questback, Netbase, etc…? We believe we have accuracy as a differentiator and, further, that we can create categories for action better than others. That itself puts us in a category of one.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011
    [Differentiation] Is Twitter for Everybody?
    Selling differentiated personal services. Is Twitter for everybody? This is the question that eventually gets asked by every person and every company trying Twitter for the first time.  In the height of your initial frustrations, you may be wondering … is Twitter really for me? Here’s an example. Small marketing budget.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014
    [Differentiation] STOP! Is This Really Commercial Insight?
    In an environment where customers are increasingly unable to appreciate differences in quality, reputation, service delivery, and product value between suppliers, commercial insight is what differentiates you from the competition and drives the greatest loyalty impact. Commercial insight is the holy grail of today’s sales organization.
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013
    [Differentiation] Simple Strategy to Turn Lost Sales Into Sales Success
    What differentiates them from other sellers is their approach to the setbacks (or ugly frogs) they invariably encounter in selling. The other day I was at the Olive Garden talking to a prospective client over lunch. He was telling me about all the challenges his sales organization was facing. Decisions were taking longer and longer to make.
  • 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
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013
    [Differentiation] Marketing Transformation: 3 Leadership Skills You Need To Succeed
    As organizations seek to differentiate themselves, Marketing has taken on a more prominent role in many organizations. Has the rise of digital, social and mobile technologies affected your marketing organization? Simple advertising campaigns and tactical approaches to gain new customers are no longer enough. Image Source. Strategy
  • SALES LEAD DYNAMICS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012
    [Differentiation] You Found Your Niche. Now, Craft Your Message.
    You can’t differentiate your firm from others. The three elements of an effective message are: resonate, differentiate, substantiate. Differentiate – Unless you can differentiate yourself from the scores of other, say, communications training consultants, you’re simply a commodity. You took a whack at it. It was painful.
  • 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
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011
    [Differentiation] The Seven Sins of Marketeing Automation System Selection
    In fact, given that most systems can meet your basic needs, functions may not be the most important differentiator. I’ll be giving a Webinar this Thursday on evaluating marketing automation software, sponsored by Neolane. Part of the content will be a list of Seven Deadly Sins of Marketing System Selection. So here goes. 1. Ignoring Users.
  • 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.
  • THE POINT  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013
    [Differentiation] Marketing to the Person, Not the Business: The Critical Importance of Personal Value
    In many circumstances, however, personal value may be the differentiator, and even a primary factor, in the final selection process. Dave Brock wrote an excellent post recently (“ I’ve Never Ever Sold a Computer or Piece of Software ”) on what technology buyers really buy. Like the ability to keep one’s job. Far from it. and so on.
  • KOMARKETING ASSOCIATES  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015
    [Differentiation] Key Takeaways & Brand Storytelling Insights From The Skyword #ContentRising Summit
    The question then becomes: How can content marketers differentiate themselves from the noise and sea of information being presented everywhere, all the time? Think for a moment about the last time you consumed a memorable piece of content. What in particular stood out to you? Finding storytellers. Creating a storytelling engine. Analysts.
  • B2B MARKETING TRACTION  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014
    [Differentiation] Discipline and a Plan Are Keys for Success in Content Marketing
    This will give you important information from which you can develop your content marketing strategy and frequency, so that you can compete effectively and perhaps differentiate from your competitors. Content marketing requires strategy and discipline for successful results. recommend creating a strategic plan and schedule for execution.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013
    [Differentiation] How ITSMA is Leveraging Marketing Made Simple TV to promote their offerings
    We are a research-based membership organization that works with the world’s leading professional services, technology, and communications providers to generate increased demand, strengthen customer relationships, and improve brand differentiation. Want to supercharge your WordPress blog? But they didn’t do much at all with it.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013
    [Differentiation] Book Review: Content Rules
    ” Which is pretty much what WPO is. • To differentiate their content, and companies, in a crowded market, content creators must “expand their traditional notions of corporate identity to include language, the words a company uses, and tone of voice. Branding, after all, is about differentiation. Ann Handley and C.C.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2012
    [Differentiation] Kred tries to one-up Klout by taking influence to the masses
    Mark:  I imagine that it is difficult creating sustainable points of differentiation in a field where there really is no intellectual property protection. Kred , a platform to measure social influence similar to Klout, just introduced a new interface called “Story” with several very interesting new features. Tweet.
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013
    [Differentiation] Examples of What To Say When Prospecting
    Increased competitive differentiation. To get sales meetings, the business value of your offering must be crystal clear. while back, I had lunch with the president of a $1/2 billion division of a major corporation. She told me that if someone contacted her and said he could reduce waste by just 1%, she would meet with him immediately.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012
    [Differentiation] 6 Steps To Executing A Content Strategy
    There are plenty of folks out there trying to define content strategy and differentiate it from traditional marketing, content marketing, digital marketing, social media and search engine optimization. Content Strategy is a very confusing topic in business and marketing circles. Steps To Executing A Content Strategy. Photo Source.
  • 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.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
    [Differentiation] 5 Ways to Avoid a Price-Driven Sale
    This hinders our ability to clearly differentiate ourselves from our competition, leading to the price-focused conversations we strive to avoid. Customers are 57% through their buying process before they seek engagement with suppliers (see chart below). Think Think about that for a moment. Customers
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013
    [Differentiation] Time to re-think your business: “Competitive advantage” no longer exists
    Michael Porter says competitive advantage means having low costs, differentiation or a successful focus (niche) strategy. But you can’t use any of these definitions (other than low costs, differentiation or successful focus) to know whether a firm in fact has a competitive advantage. By Dr. Milind Lele, {grow} Community Member.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012
    [Differentiation] How to Hire Reps Without Reading Their Resumes
    The SEC tested the drivers of performance to identify the rep skill sets that are most suited for this more complex sales environment.  As many of you know, we found that the skills that have the biggest impact on rep performance are reps’ abilities to teach for differentiation , tailor for resonance , and take control of the buying process.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014
    [Differentiation] 31 business building benefits of Buyer Personas
    Buyer Personas are extremely useful for developing and evaluating messaging, content and offers that differentiate your brand from competitors. Buyer Personas are extremely useful for developing and evaluating messaging, content and offers that differentiate your brand from competitors. By Rob Petersen, {grow} Community Member.
  • THE ROI GUY  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
    [Differentiation] The new ABCs of Selling: Always Be Challenging!
    Buying Experience is THE Differentiator Did you know that 53 % indicate customer experience in the sales process is more important than brand, product, service and price in creating meaningful differentiation and customer loyalty? The key? Many Points of Value Did you know that the average deal now has 5.4 decision makers?
  • SAZBEAN  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
    [Differentiation] Data-Driven Customer Experience as a Competitive Advantage
    strategy of continuous improvement can offer clear differentiation from competitors. ETMS (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Companies are always looking for competitive advantages — what can make them stand out against their competitors.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
    [Differentiation] The secret ingredient for successful small business blogging
    But I can differentiate my restaurant and strongly appeal to a specific audience. But I can differentiate my restaurant and strongly appeal to a specific audience. Henneke Duistermaat, {grow} Community Member. The internet world is a very crowded place indeed. Everyone is pumping out content. Noise levels are soaring. Bernadette Jiwa.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014
    [Differentiation] The 2014 Priority List for Marketers
    Killer content is the key to differentiating yourself amongst a sea of competitors. Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a post from Tamara Graves , Senior Director of Demand Generation at NetProspex. The holidays have passed and marketers are focusing on what will make them more effective and successful in 2014.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013
    [Differentiation] Lead Generation: How golf sponsorship generates prospect inquiries for a software company
    Customer-centric Marketing: Tap into your culture to differentiate from the competition. Tweet How can a marketer, in one fell swoop …. Capture the attention of millions of potential prospects? Meet with executives at a Fortune 500 company? Engage with existing customers? Create a centerpiece that enhances employee pride? Brand exposure.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014
    [Differentiation] 5 Customer Experience Cues From Retail
    In fact, many sources who contributed to Retail TouchPoints’  annual Outlook Guide  emphasized that personalization would be a key differentiator for retailers in 2014. 3. She frequently writes about how retailers are tapping social media, mobility, and Big Data to create a personalized and compelling brand experience. Store nearby!
  • 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.;
  • 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?
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014
    [Differentiation] Twitter Tests Out New, More Visual Layout
    Whatever happened to differentiation? The closer these networks get to each other on features, layout, and audience size, the harder it''ll become to establish that competitive differentiation to their target customers -- the businesses they want to hang out (and spend money) there. Here''s what it looked like: Look Familiar? But also.
  • THE ROI GUY  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2015
    [Differentiation] 3 Big Takeaways from SiriusDecisions Sales Leadership Exchange
    So how can you address the Competition challenge, assuring that your sales reps can differentiate your solution from the competition? I had the pleasure of attending SiriusDecisions Sales Leadership Exchange last week, an exclusive gathering of some 120 sales executives and sales enablement leaders. futureguru). The key?
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
    [Differentiation] Industrial Content Marketing is Not Just for SEO
    He finds it difficult to articulate it into written words and differentiate our company. Content marketing is a central topic in most of my recent conversations with industrial companies. The primary goal is to generate better quality leads from their websites. That is the good news. Why do I say that? See my post, “You’ve Got Traffic.
  • NUSPARK  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011
    [Differentiation] Permission Marketing Drives White Paper Relevance
    Show competitive differentiation. As terrifying as it may be for many sales and marketing executives to admit, today’s buyers have more control over the sales process than ever before. The Internet has dramatically transformed buyer behavior. Your prospects have access to vast amounts of content, and they want it on their terms.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011
    [Differentiation] Moving Beyond Price (Part 2)
    To recap, the Council suggests using a 3-step process to create this kind of sales message: 1) Challenge Assumptions, 2) Brainstorm Organizational Competencies, and 3) Identify Your Differentiators. (This post is the second in a three-part series about creating compelling sales messages.). Activity #2: Break-out Competency Ranking.
  • MARKETRI  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013
    [Differentiation] Starting to Think About Purchasing B2B Marketing Services? (Part 2)
    Differentiation: Distinguishing one B2B company from another. Differentiation. If this point of differentiation is something that B2B customers’ value, your B2B company is well on its way to standing out from the crowd. Here are the Most Frequently Asked Questions for the Mid-Stage Buyer. Part Two of Three. Branding.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012
    [Differentiation] Why You’re Not Hiring the Right Salesperson
    We want the high performers, the Challengers —the salespeople who can teach for differentiation, tailor for resonance, and take control of the sales interaction. By now we should all know what to look for when hiring new salespeople. But there’s a difference between knowing what you want and getting what you want. Overly generalized models.
  • LEADER NETWORKS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013
    [Differentiation] New Social Business Benchmark Research - How Do You Measure Up?
    Through this study, we were curious to learn Are companies differentiating between social media marketing and social business? 52% of benchmark participants differentiate Social Media marketing and Social Business within their organization. Over the past few years, social media has been focused on digital marketing. You are invited!
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
    [Differentiation] 9 Internet Trends Charts You Need To See
    Key Consideration:  Like content, technology and innovation will become key differentiators for all kinds of business. I have covered Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends charts for a couple of years, starting in 2010 when she talked about the commercial impact of the developing world getting on the internet. Chart 2. Chart 3. Chart 6. Chart 7.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014
    [Differentiation] The Most Important Force for Increasing Leads and Sales
    human voice on the other end of the line can be both a powerful differentiator and friction-reducer. In sales situations where vendors are unfamiliar and product differentiation is unclear or insignificant, buyers will seek broader information about the companies in order to arrive at a decision. Photo Credit: LGEPR via Compfight cc.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012
    [Differentiation] How to Select a B2B Marketing Agency
    It’s this network that’s the key differentiator for Find New Customers. Criteria for Choosing a Full-Service Content Marketing Agency. That’s the name of an article that recently appeared at the Content Marketing Institute and it was written by a good friend and interviewee on Mad Marketing TV, Joe Pulizzi. Cultural Fit.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015
    [Differentiation] How to be a Great B2B Marketing Coach
    You can do the marketing version of this by getting so cautious that you lose your differentiation and competitive advantage. In honor of Super Bowl week, I thought I would explore just what it takes to be a great B2B marketing coach. Hopefully you won’t have to deal with issues like injuries and deflated footballs. Some coaches (e.g.
  • 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. Now, Sailthru is interesting in its own right – it’s a Customer Data Platform with strong decisioning capabilities – but they’ll have to wait their turn. This week, I’ll stick with Wise.io. inputs. external data. doesn’t do this. outputs.
  • SAZBEAN  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013
    [Differentiation] 5 Ways to Turn Transactions Into Referrals
    Convenience is a tremendous relationship builder and differentiator. The simplest of touches can turn an uneventful transaction into an experience worth sharing with friends. Below are five steps to consider as you build a customer purchase system that will turn the process of buying your products and services into a brand building asset. 1.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012
    [Differentiation] 5 Steps to Achieve Content Marketing Success [Slides]
    You need to differentiate between tools vs. strategy and you need to integrate your advertising into pull-marketing tactics. #ContentMarketing: The Hottest Marketing Buzzword of 2012. Because as consumers are tuning out marketing messages at all stages of the buying process, conversion rates are starting to plummet. And not just some of us.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015
    [Differentiation] Personas Are Great (Except When They Suck)
    And I made sure to differentiate personalized content from personas. I recently presented at a Content Marketing conference on the topic of  content marketing personalization. I argued that personalized content was the key to defining the core job of marketing: to build relationships at scale. Except when they suck! . actually like personas.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012
    [Differentiation] Maximize Your Online Visibility: The Web Presence Optimization (WPO) Framework
    Recent research makes clear that, for high-value consumer purchases as well as b2b procurement, being as “findable” as possible online is critical to winning the business. are they more likely to use Facebook or a specialized discussion forum? What online publications do they read? What groups do they belong to?) How many conversions?
  • THE ROI GUY  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014
    [Differentiation] A Failure to Communicate Value
    Quantify the ROI / payback and total cost of ownership (TCO) from the differentiating features that separate you from the competition. By Mark Schlueter & Tom Pisello It''s the responsibility sales and marketing, not the customer , to prove the value of your proposal. So be provocative. But if you don’t take the challenge, who will?
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014
    [Differentiation] 4 Ways Outsourced Lead Generation is Similar to Parenting
    The reason I differentiate between them is that those who don’t have children tend to think they are the best parents in the world, and some insist on telling you how to raise your kids. I have always been a firm believer that there are two types of people in this world: those who have children and those who don’t.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
    [Differentiation] How to Build Company Value in a Down Economy
    Here are some examples of audacious goals for your consideration: Double the sales team’s quota Triple the number of inbound sales leads Cut the cost of new customer acquisition by 50 percent Increase your web traffic by 250 percent Two or more of the above Differentiate – Most successful companies are highly differentiated.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2012
    [Differentiation] Add a blog and blogging to your New Year’s resolution
    You need to blog in order to differentiate yourself well beyond your credentials and your experience. Photo credit: ELTMAN. In large part, I can thank blogging for most of my professional success. There is no more efficient way of expressing passion, what you know and how you think than writing it out and a blog is the perfect platform.
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011
    [Differentiation] 2012 Content Marketing Trends for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies
    Blog posts written by internal experts establish thought leadership and help to differentiate you from your competition. I just finished reading an excellent research report from the good folks at Content Marketing Institute (CMI). This report is chock full of statistics and graphs about B2B content marketing.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012
    [Differentiation] Successful? It might be time to replace yourself.
    Here are a few questions to consider in a strategic renewal: “Only we …” Can you finish that sentence?  It’s probably the hardest task in business but it’s absolutely essential because it unearths your points of differentiation, the nature of competition, the needs of your customers, and ultimately, your strategy.
  • STORIES THAT SELL  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011
    [Differentiation] The Resume is Dead: The (Story) Bio is King
    We’ve been told to carefully construct a persona that will differentiate and trademark our skills into a unique value proposition. Note from Casey Hibbard:While I’m out on maternity leave until the end of July, this blog will feature a summer guest blogger series with content from experts in marketing, organizational storytelling and writing.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010
    [Differentiation] Five Benefits of Blogging for Business
    Even more importantly, if your product or service is difficult to differentiate, a blog gives you a way to create differentiation via your knowledge. Expertise is a powerful differentiator; in commoditized markets, it may even be your only effective one. Blogs are seen as key sources of information rather than just promotion.
  • 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.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013
    [Differentiation] IDC Announces the 2013 Chief Marketing Officer ROI Matrix, Providing Insights Into What Makes the Technology Industry’s Best-in-Class CMOs Successful
    Taking into account differences that exist between different company sizes, industry segments, and business models, IDC identified three factors that most differentiate marketing Leaders from those that are marketing Challenged. I just wish to share the conclusion. You can read the full press release here. ” . Tweet This!  .
  • MARKETING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL   |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011
    [Differentiation] 5 Things Marketers Fear the Most
    It means that brand and minor product differentiators fall out a customers’ buying equation, undoing a good deal of the hard work marketers have done to attach non-product factors (for instance, branding or insight/services for B2Bs) into the decision. In honor of that, we’re posting some of marketers’ biggest fears.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
    [Differentiation] Craft a Compelling Offer for Paid Search Marketing
    Here are some excellent offers that serve both purposes–simplicity and quality control: Free shipping.   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.  Free trial.
  • 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.
  • TOM PISELLO  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2011
    [Differentiation] Sales Enablement and The Economic-Buyer
    Advice> Differentiating your competitive value is key with economic-focused buyers. With two recessions over the past 10 years, buyers have become more focused on quantifiable bottom-line proof points for most large investments. And this trend is not expected to end, even as the recovery takes hold. How Do You Fight Frugalnomics?
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