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  • HINGE MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014
    [Differentiation] Why Asking Clients About Your Competitors is Critical
    Uncovering the nuances that go into clients’ decision-making processes is critical to identifying and understanding your real competitors and ensuring your branding and messaging truly differentiates your firm. Think you know who your firm’s competitors are? Whose perspective matters most? That’s right – your clients.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2012
    [Differentiation] The Net Generation and the future of social media marketing
    If you are in an industry that is slow to innovate, is this an opportunity for differentiation and competitive advantage? I saw Don Tapscott speak at SXSW and was inspired to read his excellent book  Grown Up Digital.  Through How has this changed their outlook, their lifestyle, and their expectations of society? Customization. Scrutiny.
  • 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.
  • BUYEROLOGY  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
    [Differentiation] Experiential Buying Behavior Takes B2B Center Stage
      In such a way that it allows for buyers themselves to create their own adaptive differentiated experiences.  Image by davidking via Flickr. In my previous article, Enhance the Buyer Experience with Intelligent Engagement , I referenced a trend I called Experiential Buying.  Assist-Enabled Buying. Related articles.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014
    [Differentiation] [Infographic] The Outsourced Inside Sales Teleprospecting Process
    Expectations and differentiators for a successful teleprospecting partner. Imagine you’re the CEO of a B2B high tech company. Your company has survived the most difficult start-up stages, and you’re ready to start successfully selling your product or service. You decide to insource your inside sales team. You know what you need to do.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014
    [Differentiation] BlueConic User-Driven Marketing Maturity Model: Surprises on the Road to Customer-Centric Marketing
    The very first stage of the model, Level 0, involves no differentiation at all: every customer is treated the same; in fact, customers may not even be identified. I’m as fond of hearing my voice as most consultants, which is very fond indeed. Click here to see the Webinar and download the related paper.) Coordination later. Segmentation.
  • KOMARKETING ASSOCIATES  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015
    [Differentiation] 5 Game Changers Content Marketers Can Steal from House of Cards
    content marketers need to find some way to differentiate their content from what’s already out there. Strategies for Content Marketing Differentiation: Stand Out From the Crowd. The stretch of winter after the holidays can be long and hard. Because Frank and Claire Underwood? Are super scary. His advice? Rand Fishkin Interview].
  • SMASHMOUTH MARKETING  |  MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010
    [Differentiation] B2B Demand Gen Week in Review July 12.16
    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?". The originality of this type of content marketing is refreshing. People like Slash understand that they need to be seen. What did we miss?
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012
    [Differentiation] Forget demographics. It’s all about the socialgraphics
    In a noisy online world increasingly cluttered with content, understanding your customers this deeply may be the only way to create a point of differentiation for your brand in the long-term. By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Socialgraphics helps move your message. Levels of socialgraphics. The hunt for socialgraphic data.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2014
    [Differentiation] 5 Books to Recharge Your Strategy in 2015 and Beyond
    Albee outlines clear-cut strategies for developing customer-oriented communications, identifying the distinct value that differentiates your company, and making the shift from singular communications to a continuum approach that aligns outcomes to business objectives. Check them out! 1. The book will be available January 6. 2. Of course not.
  • 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.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2013
    [Differentiation] My Take: Salesforce Acquires ExactTarget, Continues Marketing Automation Industry Consolidation
    The smart ones (and that''s most of them) already have a strategy in place to differentiate themselves from the big industry leaders. I''ve been in meetings all day and just emerged to hear that Salesforce.com purchased ExactTarget. So this fills a gap in their core product offerings. Like a broken clock, the time has come when I''m right.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012
    [Differentiation] Why content marketing will make your small business sexy
    Brand differentiation is now easier and a more enjoyable process than ever and our friend, social media, um, content marketing, is the ticket to the dance. By {grow} Community Member Craig McBreen. There’s a monumental shift going on and it’s affecting my little world in a profound way. But here’s the thing. Telling stories is fun. Tweet.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
    [Differentiation] Strategies to help your business overcome information overload
    Passionate content versus content and why “helpful” is not a point of differentiation. Over the past few weeks the interweb airwaves have been humming and buzzing with data pointing to the increasing costs of getting your content seen and distributed through an over-crowded web. What are you going to do about it? Media is media.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • CMO ESSENTIALS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015
    [Differentiation] Call To Action: Close Your Buyer Journey Gaps
    Time and again, organizations focus on the middle stage of the buying process, missing the tremendous opportunities to differentiate at the very beginning and end of the journey. The information you provide here will help buyers determine how your solution differentiates from similar alternatives.  Stage 1: The Purchase Trigger.
  • 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.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
    [Differentiation] 6 Steps to Defining Your Value Proposition from MarketingSherpa
    To truly stand out, you need to frame this question on three different levels: the prospect level, where you address the needs of the buyer; the product level, where you differentiate what you’re selling; and the process level, where you make clear the value of going through the process, be it a click or a purchase. Frame the Question.
  • 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.
  • WRITING ON THE WEB  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
    [Differentiation] The Ladder of Emotional Values: Pleasure Reigns
    This is where greater differentiation and profitability become evident. The only way to differentiate a company’s products and services is through adding  emotional value. What emotions are people seeking to satisfy online? What can we understand about human motivations and values in order for content marketing to work? Videos.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014
    [Differentiation] Marketers Have Gained Their “Seat at the Table,” Now it’s Time to Prove Why They Deserve it
    Traditional methods of competitive differentiation are less effective; the customer experience is now viewed as the only source of sustainable competitive advantage. by Kevin Akeroyd | Tweet this The onus is on us. As a recent Harvard Business Review study noted, 77% of customers currently cite no relationship with a brand.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2011
    [Differentiation] 10 Ideas: Standing out in the social media jungle
    Find every possible way to differentiate yourself! The other day in my Twitter stream @joe_sharkey asked:  &# As a new graduate, how do I stand out in the social media jungle?&#. promised I would write him a blog post in response, so here it is! When I graduated from college, I thought I knew it all. Turns out, I didn’t know shit.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • INBOUND SALES NETWORK  |  THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011
    [Differentiation] In Sales There is No Prize Money for Second Place
    That means how you engage your audience online will be the biggest differentiator your company will have against the competition. Does your process or methodology help you to position your offerings as solutions to clients’ problems and then differentiate them from the competition? When companies compete, only one gets the order.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014
    [Differentiation] Business Buyers Relying More On 3rd Party Content
    Buyers use content to Identify best practices and best-of-breed solutions (51%), to determine where competitive differentiation can be achieved (50%) and to set the strategic agenda understand needs and prioritize (42%). Hence the article here!). Additional Key Findings From the Research. Content Marketing
  • 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.
  • 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? 
  • 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.
  • KOMARKETING ASSOCIATES  |  TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015
    [Differentiation] 5 Surefire Ways to Drive B2B Brand Awareness via Content Marketing
    As someone who truly appreciates the art (and differentiation ) of news writing and blogging, this one took me a while to warm up to. There’s no denying that content is widely considered  a critical ingredient to a successful B2B marketing recipe. Each of these visits and interactions with the brand builds awareness among the customer base.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • THE ROI GUY  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014
    [Differentiation] How do you Develop and Communicate your Unique Business Benefits?
    While buyers are scrutinizing proposals with a keen eye on value / ROI, the average rep still reverts to a less than effective product centric sales pitch – focusing on your product, features and price vs. the buyer challenges and the differentiated value you can deliver in helping overcome these challenges. Benefit Categories?
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.” 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015
    [Differentiation] 4 Tips for Brands Handling Haters on Social Media
    The industries that struggle with social media interaction the most are the ones with the biggest opportunities to differentiate themselves through this channel. The use and purpose of social media for brands has evolved dramatically over the years. In one aspect, its a great way for fans to engage and stay current with the brands they love.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014
    [Differentiation] The Chasm of Expectations Between B2B Marketers and Buyers
    To differentiate our content, to get it seen in the ever expanding sea of freely accessible and discoverable content, we strive to create higher and higher quality content. By Eric Wittlake, {grow} Contributing Columnist. It will be like the tree that falls in a deserted forest. Of course, this would never happen… or would it?
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
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