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  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • B2B MARKETING UNPLUGGED  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013
    [Differentiation] Six Ways to Not Suck at Selling Things to Me
    Here are some things that were offered up to me recently as competitive differentiators: we have a form our clients fill out before we work on a project. Did I send some message into the universe that attracts bad sales people? Is there a rehab centre nearby for under-performers? What is new is how absolutely atrocious they are. Seriously.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
    [Differentiation] The Twitter strategy shift and what it means to you and your business
    By imposing algorithms to make Twitter more Facebook-like, it wouild be destroying a core point of differentiation for the channel. By imposing algorithms to make Twitter more Facebook-like, it wouild be destroying a core point of differentiation for the channel. This lines up with an earlier statement from C EO Dick Costolo. Nobody.
  • 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.
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011
    [Differentiation] Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards
    When you find content you REALLY like, you have to share it differently, emphatically stating how great it is to differentiate it from the only OK content you shared before. (ie “LOVE this post! Sharing has ceased to be an endorsement of the quality of content. …&# or “+100 RT …&# ). Forget the Rules. Say Why.
  • 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.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
    [Differentiation] The New 4 P’s of Marketing
    That’s made the presentation of data a key way to differentiate your brand. by Brian Kardon | Tweet this You know the saying: You go to college for an education, and then spend years trying to un-learn everything you were taught. It’s hard to name a field that has faced as much disruption and change as marketing. Personality. Publishing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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  |  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.
  • 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.
  • 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? 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011
    [Differentiation] The Difference Between Benefits and Features
    How you present them is a source of differentiation for your company. One of the things I find in working with B2B marketers is that it's so dang easy to reference features rather than benefits in marketing content. Some of this is just because we know so much about our product and solution features. Feature or benefit? Not yours.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2011
    [Differentiation] [Video] How You Can Be an Invaluable Sales Resource
    When it comes right down to it, the only real differentiator today is us. In today's marketplace, your prospects have so many options -- and they know it. When you tell them, "We're special" -- they don't believe you. If you say, "We have a passion for excellence" -- they don't care one little bit. mean it. Things can be grim. Learn more.
  • 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.
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011
    [Differentiation] Inbound Marketing: A Square Peg in a Round Hole?
    Every company is looking to differentiate by meeting specific business needs. They have successfully differentiated with additional services and logistics, and they have become one of the leading businesses in their category. Two weeks ago, I wrote Just Say NO to Marketing Advice. But it doesn’t make sense for all. Period.
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011
    [Differentiation] Inbound Marketing: A Square Peg in a Round Hole?
    Every company is looking to differentiate by meeting specific business needs. They have successfully differentiated with additional services and logistics, and they have become one of the leading businesses in their category. Two weeks ago, I wrote Just Say NO to Marketing Advice. But it doesn’t make sense for all. Period.
  • 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.
  • TOMORROW PEOPLE  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
    [Differentiation] For a Great Online Marketing Strategy You Need Many Happy Returns from Your Website
    Am I differentiating my content , rather than repeating the same tired cliches? You’ve invested a lot of money in your website. It looks great and you’re terribly proud of it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s effective in creating new business. How can I boost my traffic and lead generation ? Try it today
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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  |  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.
  • 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  |  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2013
    [Differentiation] Top Seller LinkedIn Strategies
    Ways top sellers leverage LinkedIn to differentiate from the competition. LinkedIn can have a huge impact on sales success. However, that success depends on how you use it. Listen to the audio to discover: The LinkedIn capabilities top sellers value most. How top sellers use LinkedIn to become invaluable business resources. LinkedIn matters.
  • 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.;
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
    [Differentiation] Marketing Automation 2014 Industry Overview: What the Surveys Tell Us
    But there are still significant differentiators. So far, every differentiator on this list can point to at least some measure of success. The Interwebs have delivered an unusually rich trove of data about the marketing automation industry in the past few weeks. Here’s how I see things. The Mintigo results confirm this.
  • 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?
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013
    [Differentiation] Why Your Customers Don’t Care
    In addition to the cheat sheets, Solae provides reps with simple “solutions” documents that explain how Solae’s differentiators map to each contact’s function. That said, developing an organizational capability to effectively deliver commercial insight is no easy task. So how can you help reps deliver more resonant messages?
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
    [Differentiation] Content Quality vs. Content Quantity – The Great Content Debate
    These bright folks will drive the answer on how to balance between the need to create enough content to increase your share of customer conversations vs. the need to represent your unique point of view and differentiate yourself from the competition. I was excited to lead this panel because I have a pretty strong view on this topic.
  • 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?
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011
    [Differentiation] How Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr Compare [Infographic]
    Does it help you differentiate between the features of these popular social networks and clarify how your particular business can take advantage of them? With new social networks and social media services popping up all the time, it's easy for us marketers to feel daunted. What do you think of Mashable's new infographic? Connect with HubSpot
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • INBOUND SALES NETWORK  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012
    [Differentiation] The B2B Lead Generation War Chest: Are your guns loaded?
    Differentiated message. However, understanding how to take that database from status quo and use your war chest and create sales qualified leads is what differentiates the average demand generation companies from the great ones. Successful demand generation includes a broad range of tactics. What’s In a Good War Chest? Email Marketing.
  • 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.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011
    [Differentiation] Digital marketing success: Do you have "the one thing"?
    If you want to know the one thing, the most important thing, the thing that differentiates the winners than the losers the great majority of the time, then check out my latest post on Search Engine Guide, " Digital marketing success: Do you have 'the one thing'? ". Image by cogdogblog via Flickr. They want to know what it takes.
  • 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.
  • CRIMSON MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
    [Differentiation] The Three C’s of Solutions Marketing: An Interview with Bob Braham [Podcast]
    The Competitor – Differentiate yourself by attacking the problem in a unique way that creates value for your customer. Your customers care about results because they have a problem they need you to fix. Problems are nothing more than a disruption, and herein lies your opportunity. . Feature Image: Courtesy of Eprobe World .
  • 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.
  • B2B MARKETING TRACTION  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013
    [Differentiation] In The Rush to B2B Social Media, Don’t Forget Strategy, Analytics
    If your marketing doesn’t speak in a highly compelling way to your audience and differentiate you from your competitors, you’re just part of the increasing noise of advertisers, trade show exhibitors, Tweeters and other social media blah-blah-blahers. They just jump right in and do it! Therefore, why would they need analytics?
  • MARKETING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL   |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012
    [Differentiation] 3 Steps to a Better (B2B) Customer Experience
    Many marketers fail to meaningfully differentiate their customer experience strategy from that of their competitors. So how can you blame customers that who don’t perceive much of a difference between you and your competitors, and instead make their decisions on price? But great customer experiences start here.
  • 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.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014
    [Differentiation] Sailthru Offers End-to-End Omnichannel Personalization for B2C Marketers
    In any event, there are several differentiators that determine whether a product like Sailthru is suitable for a particular situation. I know this is blasphemy, but I’m beginning to have doubts about solution selling – the idea that marketers should describe the customer problems they solve, not the features of their products. data store.
  • 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!  .
  • NUSPARK  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2013
    [Differentiation] Get Real with your Search Engine Optimization; Practical Advice to Drive Traffic
    That’s my goal with clients.  It’s why you always have to track and optimize your efforts, think about what keywords you are optimized for, and what keywords you SHOULD be optimized for. It’s time to get real with this task, but not over-think it. Examples: Query type:  Research. Search query “information on how to _”. Query type: Purchase. Keyword.
  • MARKETING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL   |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012
    [Differentiation] 6 Steps to Thought Leadership
    Links to differentiators. Hand in hand with commercial teaching/insight marketing approaches – something we at MLC understand to be the most effective method to break buyer assumptions and make complex sales – comes something else: namely, having smart things to teach customers in the first place. Quality of insight. Presentation.
  • 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  |  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.
  • 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.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014
    [Differentiation] Interview with Simon Sinek – Start With Why
    It’s whatever you call it, your differentiating value proposition, your USP, the things that you think make you different or stand out from the crowd. I had a chance to catch up with fellow author, Simon Sinek to discuss his book called – Start With Why at the World Business Forum held in New York at Radio City Music Hall on October 7-8.
  • 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?
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014
    [Differentiation] How Kele Developed a Personalized Email Strategy
    It’s no new news that to get your ideal buyer’s attention, you need to differentiate your brand and value proposition. by Contributor Friendly | Tweet this Editor's Note: Today's post comes courtesy of Jennifer Igartua , Marketing Automation Consultant at Bluewolf, an agile business consulting firm. Email marketing
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014
    [Differentiation] Why Half-Baked Ideas Are Perfect Sales Conversation Starters
    It happened again last week. I was speaking at a sales kickoff meeting, stressing a key message—that sellers, not their products or services, are the key differentiator today. Even if your ideas won’t work for their organization, you’ve differentiated yourself from competitors and established yourself as a valuable resource. WRONG!
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014
    [Differentiation] Memory, Information Overload, and 3 Ways Marketers Can Maximize Content
    One thing to keep in mind when putting together a content strategy is to differentiate between short and long form content. At 73 years old he’s not moving as fast as he used to, but his mind is sharp and he has an almost limitless supply of dad jokes (if he really likes you he’ll even tell you a slightly dirty one).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013
    [Differentiation] 3 Ways to Improve Sales Certification
    Support proficiency-based skill achievement over time: Accommodate differential levels of learning by creating a proficiency-based certification system. In most sales organizations, successful completion of training results in certification. But, short-term certification fails to ensure full adoption of new behaviors.
  • BUSINESS GROWTH DEVELOPMENT  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
    [Differentiation] UK B2B Marketing Trends 2012 Show A Growing Support For Sales
    It suggests a greater need to cut through the clutter and have an effective brand presence, or better and greater differentiation. Digital channels were expected to take 31% of budgets. However, B2B marketers also recognised the importance of face-to-face, with 22% of budget allocation. But is their approach effective? Related articles.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012
    [Differentiation] Storytelling: A Dying Art Form?
    Being able to craft value propositions, identify unique differentiators, and communicate that value through Commercial Teaching is a skill key to closing business.  So don’t lose sight of the big picture, and remember that Commercial Teaching is both a science and an art. The rise of big data has been a double-edged sword for some.
  • SAZBEAN  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
    [Differentiation] 8 Simple Strategies: Take Your Blog From Blah to Brilliant
    Taking a strong stand on your area of expertise will not only differentiate your blog from others, it will start attracting those readers and customers who share those opinions as well – and that means more ideal customers for you. Blogs are now the norm. You’ve probably added a blog to your site – because that’s what you’re supposed to do.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015
    [Differentiation] The Internet of Everything is Here
    What differentiates the 3rd platform from other technology innovations is that much of it is consumer driven, bubbling up from innovators or industry specific applications. At the beginning of a new year it is customary to size up the past year and look forward to what awaits. This transfer of data enable insights and determines actions.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011
    [Differentiation] Welcome to the newest client of Find New Customers
    They hired us to provide a wide range of marketing services and competitive differentiation. B2B Lead Generation | Find New Customers newest client. Monday October 3rd, we start work with our newest client – a venture-backed marketing software company on the West Coast. You will know all about this soon. ” Dan McDade, Pointclear.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015
    [Differentiation] 17 Questions On How To Build A Content Marketing Strategy [Q&A]
    Commit to differentiating yourself by how helpful your content is going to be , not what your voice is. Is there really a clear differentiation in the types of content that we should match with each stage of the buyer’s journey? would say there is more of a tendency than a differentiation. We hope this helps.
  • PAUL GILLIN  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010
    [Differentiation] Social CRM: Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Vendors of CRM services, who are always looking for differentiation points in that crowded market, have lately been talking up this social dimension as a kind of CRM 2.0. And if you’re a CRM user, you’re almost certainly hearing about Social CRM, the hottest new craze in that 20-year-old field. encourage you to restrain your enthusiasm.
  • TRADESMEN INSIGHTS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011
    [Differentiation] 5 Practical Ways Manufacturers Can Use 2D Bar Codes
    Packaging - A great way to differentiate yourself at the store level and give your customer reasons to buy. 2D bar codes are growing in use across the world ( usage quadrupled in 2010) and the USA for the first time leading in the number of scans according to 3GVision. What are you doing to capitalize on these codes?
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014
    [Differentiation] Visible Expert Profile: Rick Telberg
    And while other firms faltered during the banking crisis of 2007, Rick seized the opportunity to differentiate. Related Stories Differentiation Strategy Not Working? Here’s How To Make It Better Webinar Recap: 21 Best Differentiators and How to Find Yours How Can Professional Services Firms Boost Their Value
  • BUYEROLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011
    [Differentiation] The Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 1
      A little known fact is that it was Alan Cooper who first coined the phrase buyer personas in his book to differentiate from user personas as well as to highlight that products should be designed for users and not buyers. Image by eliazar via Flickr.   Cooper barely survived the bust - and I am glad it did. 
  • BLOG MY CALLS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013
    [Differentiation] Local Agencies, Pay Attention: Only 14% of SMBs Use an Agency
    So here''s the question: how do you differentiate your agency in this ocean of competitors? Potential Ways to Differentiate Your Agency. 1) Be Upfront About Your Tactics. I''ve been on calls with dozens of SEO firms. That''s a differentiator. That''s a pretty small number. Pretty incredible. Either way, it''s not good. Trust me.
  • SMASHMOUTH MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
    [Differentiation] Smashmouth Review - LeadLander - Who's Really Visiting Your Site?
    It touts the ability to provide to you all the standard website visitor stats, along with one huge differentiator - the names of companies that visit your website. We thought it might be interesting to augment our thought leader interviews with some demand gen product reviews. They meet their promise. Day 1. Day 2. Day 3. Presto.Leads! sale
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014
    [Differentiation] Six Steps For Delivering On The New Vision In Marketing
    And companies with complex product lines, delivered across multiple channels will seek to differentiate themselves based on customer experience. The report states that “The role of marketing is changing” as companies further leverage data and customer insights to deliver content across a wider variety of consumer channels. Strategy
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012
    [Differentiation] Would I want to have a beer with your brand?
    It will differentiate you. The crux of the beer test is whether or not a candidate is likeable enough for you to have a voluntary social encounter with them. believe likability is also a core intangible we use in deciding who we do business with. Here is my advice for passing the B2B Beer Test. This applies to various channels.
  • FUNNEL FOCUS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010
    [Differentiation] Brent Mellow Helps You Choose the Right Marketing Solution
    Campaign automation is the core functionality that differentiates Marketing Automation applications from Email Marketing applications. Despite the proliferation of spam, email marketing continues to be one of the cheapest and most effective ways to reach your audience. This is not the same thing as website analytics like Google Analytics.
  • EVERYTHING TECHNOLOGY MARKETING  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2011
    [Differentiation] The Top-10 B2B Marketing Trends for 2011
    And all other things being equal, an educated and motivated sales force and their consultative selling skills will be the ultimate differentiator. Happy New Year! It is January and time again for the obligatory 2011 predictions. Many marketing experts have strong opinions on what they think will happen in 2011.
  • ANYTHING GOES MARKETING  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2009
    [Differentiation] Social Media Success Stories
    Blogger: Blogging is the Differentiator Some people may have written off blogging and I admit that I have a love/hate relationship with it but in 2009 I’m definitely seeing it as even more important social media tool. How am I doing this? With real stories! In a few short months, the group has 32 members without having done any advertising.
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