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  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012
    [Differentiation] 4 Problems Killing Thought Leadership Marketing
    This is a position that creates differentiation for a company, before getting to any individual product or service. Chris Koch shared Four Reasons to Hate Thought Leadership earlier this week. He made some great points in his call to end the use of the phrase thought leadership, but ultimately I disagree with his conclusion.
  • 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.
  • VERTICAL RESPONSE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013
    [Differentiation] The Psychology of Color & Marketing – What Actually Works?
    How do the colors red or purple make you feel? Excited, sophisticated? Hunches behind the psychology of color in marketing have been long-standing and intriguing, but are they actually true? Can you really use particular colors to enhance your customers’ moods, influence a click, establish brand recognition or affect their purchasing habits?
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013
    [Differentiation] Strong Brand, Weak Brand: 5 Brand Killing Beliefs You Must Avoid
    ” This is the sad reason that so many websites look the same and so many “differentiators” are not really differentiators. Our research on high growth professional services firms shows that clearly communicated, strong differentiators are associated with faster growth and higher profitability. Bad mistake.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014
    [Differentiation] 4 Must Dos For Sales and Marketing Pros
    What differentiated the winning seller was that he or she: 1. It got me thinking: if he was willing to sidle up to me and admit this distress; how many others were feeling the same but were too shy or embarrassed to come forward to talk about how to address it? Offered unique, valuable perspectives on the market.  WRONG.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015
    [Differentiation] 9 Steps to Building a Unique Value Proposition in Management Consulting
    Not only will it help differentiate you from the competition, prospective clients will be more likely to engage your services knowing that you really understand their business. Next, make sure that your statement is clear, no longer than a few sentences, and offers some kind of differentiator from the competition. Create it. Use it.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011
    [Differentiation] Sunday Post: TED Talk on Standing Out with Seth Godin
    We’re passionate about the need to differentiate your offerings. In fact, I’ve been invited to write an article on standing out (differentiation) for SandHill.com. This is an important topic for B2B companies , as buyers see them as all alike. said “ Think Different. hosted of the B2B track there.
  • KAPOST  |  THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016
    [Differentiation] Marketing and Customer Experience: An Interview with Robert Rose
    Robert Rose (RR): Because it may be the only differentiator they have left. Customer experience may be the only differentiator left <tweet-this> It only stands to reason that if WE are the ones to convince the customer that they should change, then they will also more likely choose us as the ones to BE that change. What is it?
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013
    [Differentiation] The number one business opportunity in marketing today
    believe that just a basic knowledge of measurement tools can go a LONG WAY in helping to propel and differentiate your business … and so does Tom Webster, the co-host on the Marketing Companion podcast. We are leading “by our gut” in a world that promises true wisdom and insight if we can understand the numbers. by Mark W.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016
    [Differentiation] 22 Tantalizing Content Marketing Stats and Facts
    But the capacity of buyers to consume content hasn’t changed, making content quality (as noted by several contributors to the 2016 B2B Marketing Trends report ) the focus of differentiation moving forward. Image credit: MarketingProfs. Already widespread, content marketing will continue to grow. But that won’t last. Lenati ). 2.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012
    [Differentiation] Want to Host Your Own Company TV Show? Talk to the Host of Mad Marketing TV!
    Content Differentiation. Can You Use the Expertise from Mad Marketing TV for your firm? Mad Marketing TV, the terrific marketing and sales show sponsored by Act-On Software and hosted by Jeff Ogden is the world’s first “TV on the internet” show. We interview top industry experts and share great thought leadership content.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015
    [Differentiation] How to Beat Larger Competitors at B2B Marketing and Sales
    Your mission is to differentiate yourself in ways that translate into perceived market needs, and then present an offer to take advantage of these unique market segments. Clever content marketing and low-cost pull marketing tools like social media and PR can differentiate you and boost market awareness. Go where they aren’t!
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
    [Differentiation] The Business Case for Blab: Trust Acceleration
    Related Stories Creating the beautiful blog with Stanford Smith A new process to quantify content marketing success 5 Big tips to make LinkedIn ads work for you Case study: Social media engagement as a point of differentiation A solution to the content marketing measurement puzzle. The new streaming video platform Blab is all the rage.
  • HUBSPOT  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2012
    [Differentiation] The 5 Questions You Should Ask to Nail Your Product Messaging
    With a broadly known slogan, “Tapped From the Rockies,” one of Coors' biggest brand differentiations was the freshness of the water used in its beers' brewing process. Market differentiation is partly product and partly message. In 1990, Coors Brewing introduced a revolutionary new product. It was going to change everything.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015
    [Differentiation] The 10 Challenges Facing a CMO Faces When Trying to Lead the Customer Experience
    Digital media serves as a strategic resource for sharpening customer focus because it is full of highly differentiated market and customer data, providing critical information from around the world, 24/7 and at a minimal cost. 8. Last week in fact we posed the question Should the CMO Oversee the Whole Customer Experience? CMO Corner
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2013
    [Differentiation] [Video] The Top 4 Sales Rules All Salespeople Should Know
    This makes it a lot more challenging to differentiate yourself and keep out of price battles - but it can be done if you focus on the 4 SNAP sales rules throughout the entire sales process. Your prospect today can''t handle much complexity, so you can easily throw them into overwhelm when you give them too much information at one time.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015
    [Differentiation] Customer Experience Starts with Your Employees
    As products, stores, and services increasingly begin to look alike, customer experience will increasingly define and differentiate a brand. This post originally appeared on Medium. Providing a great customer experience creates sustainable competitive advantage and higher profits. Customer experience—not so much. Want to be one of the winners?
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016
    [Differentiation] Three companies using IT for dramatic transformation
    The company repairs a lot of cars and they are using insights from Big Data as a point of competitive differentiation. The company repairs a lot of cars and they are using insights from Big Data as a point of competitive differentiation. I used to work for a big global company. It is a necessary evil. It is a cost to be cut. Firestone.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
    [Differentiation] The Single Most Important Element for Increasing B2B Lead Gen and Sales
    human voice on the other end of the line can be both a powerful differentiator and friction-reducer. In sales situations where vendors are unfamiliar and product differentiation is unclear or insignificant, buyers will seek broader information about the companies in order to arrive at a decision. Image credit: The Blue Diamond Gallery.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016
    [Differentiation] CMOs and Cross Channel: You Won't Believe How Much Perception Differs From Reality
    It is important to differentiate between cross channel coordination and orchestration. After reading the following sentence your reaction should be something along the lines of "tell me something I don't know."Marketers Of course you already know that. Perception vs. Reality - It's Not Pretty. But wait there is more, kids.
  • CRIMSON MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015
    [Differentiation] 4 Ways To Make Your B2B Content Marketing Strategy Stand Out
    Reaching that goal requires a focus in strategy and at the same time, in order to stand out, marketers need to differentiate.” Content marketing has reached a pinnacle. Creating more content isn’t the answer anymore. We’ve We’ve now entered a world of content overload. IBM That’s a staggering number! .
  • 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.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2010
    [Differentiation] Ten reasons to blog – even if nobody reads it
    Hubspot research shows that sites with blogs get 55% more traffic than sites without blogs — even if there are no readers! . 2) Marketing differentiation  – Finding a way to stand-out may be the most difficult chore a business faces. There must be some good business reason they do it, right? . There better be. Why not use it? 
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2017
    [Differentiation] 3 Sales and Marketing Strategy Ideas for 2017
    The answer is differentiation. In this post on differentiation , we describe a process to uncover attributes that your firm can promote and use to separate yourself from your industry’s rank and file. The best way to differentiate your firm is to have (or create) a real difference. Strategy 1: Get to Know Your Buyer… Again.
  • 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.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2012
    [Differentiation] Digital marketing requires laser focus
    Marketing has always needed focus–focus on who your best customers are and what your biggest differentiation is. Bulls Eye (Photo credit: Jens Dahlin). Three clients. Three stories. But they are all, in a sense, the same story. failure to focus. Because if you don’t, someone else will. So why am I harping on this?
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014
    [Differentiation] Your Teleprospecting Question Workbench
    Great questioning skills and the ability to interpret the answers you hear is one of the core differentiators that top sales guides possess over others. Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from John Jantsch , a marketing consultant, speaker, and the acclaimed author of several bestselling books.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015
    [Differentiation] 5 Storytelling Lessons From Game of Thrones
    The differentiator is amazing, engaging content. Did you watch the Season 5 opener? Well I am totally obsessed about HBO’s The  Game of Thrones. Not only is it just great programming. Just in time for the season 5 opener,  Lauren B. Mangiaforte shares these 5 Storytelling Lessons from Game of Thrones. Don’t rest on your laurels.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016
    [Differentiation] The 5 Things a CMO Needs to Watch Out for When Leading the Customer Experience
    In part, this is because customer experience is a chief differentiator in companies that understand the strategic nature of this role. The importance of leading the customer experience cannot be understated. However, if the CMO steps into this role, there are risks along with rewards. Jealously and politics among colleagues. CMO Corner
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014
    [Differentiation] The Most Important Force for Increasing Leads and Sales
    human voice on the other end of the line can be both a powerful differentiator and friction-reducer. In sales situations where vendors are unfamiliar and product differentiation is unclear or insignificant, buyers will seek broader information about the companies in order to arrive at a decision. Photo Credit: LGEPR via Compfight cc.
  • 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.
  • VIEWPOINT  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016
    [Differentiation] Q&A With Dave Stein and Steve Andersen
    If you don’t want to be commoditized, or pressured into discounting to win the sale, you need to help your customer understand the unique differentiable value that your organization can offer. Without an authentic relationship, the task of helping your customer understand your unique differentiable value becomes much more challenging.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015
    [Differentiation] Top 7 Branding Ideas for Your Consulting Firm
    Position your brand based on real differentiators. Not only does it help you ground your branding in the reality of the marketplace, it helps you identify or find new and relevant differentiators that will set your firm apart from the rest of the pack. Either way, your differentiators must pass three tests. Marketing collateral.
  • SALES LEAD DYNAMICS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012
    [Differentiation] To Get More Referrals, Paint a Picture
    They can’t differentiate you from your competitors. Here are examples of firms that have differentiated themselves: Target Market – The accounting firm that      focuses on expatriates. There is a reason you’re not getting more referrals.  And it’s not because you’re a loser. Your colleagues like you. They respect you. You Do What?
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2014
    [Differentiation] Why Servant Marketing Matters
    This is especially true for companies that have a complex sale where B2B buyers face daunting decisions that involve huge risks, and sellers struggle to articulate their value propositions and differentiate themselves from competitors. This requires a different kind of thinking to drive a different way of marketing. Do you know of any?
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013
    [Differentiation] [Video] Leverage Sales Questions to Demonstrate Expertise
    Or, I could say this: "Based on my work with a number of other business-to-business sales forces, I find that the top three issues they're facing are: 1) Difficulty setting up initial meetings with key decision makers; 2) Getting customers to decide to change from the status quo; and 3) Differentiating themselves from the competition.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • HALEY MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016
    [Differentiation] What’s in a Staffing Website?
    Differentiating your firm. Your website is often the first impression your company makes on potential clients and candidates. What does yours say? The truth is, your website matters – a lot. If yours isn’t: Bringing in new candidates. Attracting new clients. Lowering your sales and recruiting costs. Conveying your value.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011
    [Differentiation] Apples to Apples: How to Stand Out from Your Competition by Dan Paulson – a book review
    This book walks the reader through a process to help them uncover true differentiation. Dan introduces the topic by explaining that price differentiation is inadequate. 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I’m honored that Dan Paulson invited me, as President of the B2B lead generation company Find New Customers to review his new book.
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011
    [Differentiation] Savvy Week in Review - October 21
    Eric Wittlake sparks a terrific discussion by putting forth his belief that content is now the norm, not a differentiator. We can't believe that another week has flown by. If you're like some of us, you've been soaked in rain the last couple of days, so it's been nice to be indoors. catching up on the blogosphere, of course!
  • 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.
  • ACT-ON  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016
    [Differentiation] The Devil’s in the Details: Best Practices For Email From Names and Addresses
    Use slightly different names to differentiate among subscription categories or types of communication. Here’s how the New York Times differentiates breaking news: The “Southwest Click’n’Save” sender name is how Southwest Airlines makes an offer: And it’s always a good idea to have a separate sending name for Support or Account Services.
  • 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 .
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013
    [Differentiation] Go Beyond Blogging: How to Become a Great Storyteller
    That''s what differentiates an article, from a story. In fact, it''s highly effective in telling a remarkable story and differentiating your brand. This post originally appeared on Inbound Insiders , a new section of HubSpot''s Inbound Marketing Blog. Opinions are like blogs: Everyone has one. Is this not why you are here? ”. Well, no.
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013
    [Differentiation] Go Beyond Blogging: How to Become a Great Storyteller
    That''s what differentiates an article, from a story. In fact, it''s highly effective in telling a remarkable story and differentiating your brand. This post originally appeared on Inbound Insiders , a new section of HubSpot''s Inbound Marketing Blog. Opinions are like blogs: Everyone has one. Is this not why you are here? ”. Well, no.
  • VERTICAL RESPONSE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015
    [Differentiation] Even the Smallest Businesses Can Sink its Teeth into These 10 Branding Lessons from Apple
    Differentiate yourself with real differences. Instead, differentiate yourself as Apple did, through innovation, superior customer service, and marketing and advertising campaigns that engage consumers’ emotions. Find substantive ways to differentiate yourself from the competition. Good branding yields countless benefits.
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013
    [Differentiation] Why Content Curation Is Not The Answer
    They must be able to differentiate between mediocre, good and great. The biggest problem in B2B content marketing is that it requires content. Somehow, this most obvious of truths has become the thorn in the side of B2B marketing (and the inspiration for 1,000s of pieces of content). Hallelujah! All your problems are solved! Exactly.
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013
    [Differentiation] The secret of radical innovation starts with roadside bathrooms
    Want to differentiate yourself from your competitors? Innovations in these touch points will help differentiate you from your competitors and give your customers more reasons to buy from you. Credit: Seth1492. What does innovation look like? Is innovation something that only big companies like Apple and Google can do? Absolutely not!
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2014
    [Differentiation] Life Enrichment: Be a Top Performer
    Every salesperson wants to be successful, as does every sales manager, everyone has good ideas, but execution becomes the key differentiator in success. The Difference Between Average and Top Performers. What do you need to create this environment? As you go about your week, make sure you do what is expected…and then some.
  • THE NEW STRATEGIST  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015
    [Differentiation] Marketing Doubleshot Podcast – Ep.11 – Pinterest the Search Engine & Agencies Making Software
    In this episode, Jonathan Barrick and Josh Muirhead discuss how Pinterest and its search mechanics combine with other key aspects of the platform to bring power to digital marketers, and a recent article about how marketing agencies should be taking a good hard look at software as a competitive differentiator.
  • TOM PISELLO  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2011
    [Differentiation] Diametrically Opposed Forces: Selling Value in a Buyer Controlled World
    This webinar mapped out the key issues sales has in connecting with today's decision makers, the steps in the buying lifecycle and the role sales needs to play to effectively connect and engage at each stage, and the tools necessary to facilitate buying, diagnose customer opportunities, justify change, and differentiate value.
  • 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.
  • SAZBEAN  |  TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013
    [Differentiation] The Challenge of Producing Quality Content
    The market needs to move away from frequency and form as the primary focus, and return to delivering substantive insights that are differentiated and valuable. Differentiation includes more depth and passion to provide greater insights. Something I’m going to think about and consider carefully. What about you? News & Notes
  • 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.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016
    [Differentiation] Positioning Strategy: 5 Common-Sense Approaches that Never Work
    So the key elements of a positioning strategy are 1) it differentiates and 2) it appeals to a specific set of buyers. You see, process isn’t a differentiator, it’s a prerequisite. No matter how “excellent” your team is, no prospective client is going to give this so-called differentiator even a nod of recognition.
  • 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.
  • PWB MARKETING BLOG  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
    [Differentiation] Secret to a Killer B2B Social Media Program
    Highlight the benefits of your products and services and differentiate your offerings from competitors. Frustrated. That’s how you feel if you’re busy with social media – month after month – but aren’t getting results. The truth is, people don’t care about your company, they care about themselves. Second, develop a content marketing strategy.
  • TONY ZAMBITO  |  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.
  • KOMARKETING ASSOCIATES  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015
    [Differentiation] 6 Content Marketing Lessons to Learn from Monopoly
    Additionally, a consistent, unique voice will allow organizations to differentiate themselves from the competition. A few weeks ago, I was with some friends and family and we decided to dust off the Monopoly box for some old-fashioned fun. From start to finish, there are a number of lessons content marketers can learn from a game of Monopoly.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015
    [Differentiation] Ok CMOs the Time Has Come To Do This, Finally
    The time has come to stop differentiating and labeling something as "digital marketing" and start referring to it, quite simply, as marketing. Know the old expression "resistance is futile?" The "this" I am referring to is. OK, fine but that doesn’t mean they’ve merged completely or for everyone yet.
  • DISCOVERORG  |  FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016
    [Differentiation] The Human Element of Sales and Marketing
    At DiscoverOrg, while we are unabashedly a fast-growing technology company, our differentiators are actually the human element. “Knowledge is rarely enough to spark change; it takes emotion to bring knowledge to a boil.” Switch by Chip and Dan Heath. This could teach us a lot about a human approach to sales and marketing.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012
    [Differentiation] 6 Steps To Executing A Content Strategy
    There are plenty of folks out there trying to define content strategy and differentiate it from traditional marketing, content marketing, digital marketing, social media and search engine optimization. Content Strategy is a very confusing topic in business and marketing circles. Steps To Executing A Content Strategy. Photo Source.
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011
    [Differentiation] 2012 Content Marketing Trends for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies
    Blog posts written by internal experts establish thought leadership and help to differentiate you from your competition. I just finished reading an excellent research report from the good folks at Content Marketing Institute (CMI). This report is chock full of statistics and graphs about B2B content marketing.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014
    [Differentiation] Matching Webinar Content to the Buying Cycle: Evaluation and Purchase Stages
    The webinars and supporting collateral should also create clear points of differentiation between you and your major competitors. Editor's Note: Today's post comes courtesy of Tom Masotto, VP Product Marketing & Business Development at ON24 , a cloud-based webinar platform. This post is Part 2 of a 2-part series. Evaluation Stage.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014
    [Differentiation] The 3 D’s of Brand Building In A/E/C
    Here’s something to think about for all the A/E/C firms who think brand building isn’t important: if your firm had no branding, how would you differentiate yourself from other A/E/C firms? And if you couldn’t differentiate yourself, how would you expect to see long-term growth and profitability? ” Wrong.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2016
    [Differentiation] Elements of a Successful Brand 5: The Name
    But firms with an eye to the future may want to choose a name with better long-term branding prospects — one that is short, differentiated from competitors, and unlikely to metamorphose over time. But if you are in a highly competitive market with little differentiation among firms, a distinctive name could give you a leg up.
  • SCRIBBLELIVE  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016
    [Differentiation] ScribbleLive Spark: Automate Content Research with Watchlists
    By studying which themes and opinion-holders are already gaining attention, you can identify unique opportunities to differentiate your own content. Welcome back to our ScribbleLive Spark series, where we outline tips and best practices to use our products for effective results.  Enjoy! TLDR (Too Long; Didn’t Read). The Full Story.
  • JUNTA 42  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015
    [Differentiation] Doing Content Marketing Right, and Wrong, at the Same Time [Australia Research]
    It’s likely that the stories being told are not differentiated in any way, and is like anything else their customers can find in various places around the web. The results of our 2016 Content Marketing Benchmark, Budgets, and Trends for Australia caught the research team in an interesting predicament. How strange. Proper results take time.
  • 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.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
    [Differentiation] The CMO Struggle For True Marketing Integration Rages On
    But the ability to actually use personalization and targeting to integrate cross channel communications differentiates Modern Marketing solutions from other, less comprehensive alternatives. Survey participants are asked to respond via a scale of 1-7 with 1 representing "not at all effectively" and 7 being "very effectively."
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011
    [Differentiation] Savvy Speaks: What's Your Strategy?
    Buying questions are what the prospect asks at the very end of the sales cycle, and they can give you deep insight into both what drives decisions and what truly differentiates you from your competition in your customers’ eyes. We Savvy Sisters believe in planning your work and working your plan. What's a content strategy? Read on.
  • AMPLIFINITY  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015
    [Differentiation] Why your referral marketing recipe needs to include CAN SPAM
    But do you know how to differentiate your referral program recruitment emails from spam? By keeping your emails compliant with the CAN SPAM Act you can easily differentiate your referral program emails from spam. How well does your referral program walk the CAN SPAM line? Don’t use untrue or misleading subject lines and headers.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010
    [Differentiation] The Anatomy Of A Sales Discovery Call
    In order to really differentiate yourself from the competition, you need to know what they are offering. Last week I wrote about the need for sales executives to go into their meetings with a plan of attack. wrote out a quick anatomy of a sales call, but it was very vague. Step one of course, the discovery meeting. Issue Identification?
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013
    [Differentiation] When Does It Make Sense to Role Play with New Inside Sales Reps?
    We expect them describe what the firm does, how they differentiate from others, and then close on the meeting. I''ll admit it: I never liked role plays. wouldn''t say that I''m necessarily in the minority here. Remembering back to my first few sales jobs, role plays were inevitably part of the training and were what I always dreaded the most.
  • THE ROI GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011
    [Differentiation] The Demand Spectrum and Value-Based Sales & Marketing
    Buyers seeking solutions in established categories usually know the problem that needs to be solved, but might not be clear on how important it is to solve the problem, or what differentiates the different solutions and providers. Vendors in established categories struggle to differentiate their solutions and compete beyond price.
  • EMAGINE B2B BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013
    [Differentiation] 10 Reasons to Redesign Your Website Now
    Tell users in a simple succint way a) who you are, b) what you do and c) why they should care. 6.  To convert more visitors into contacts and leads. 7.  To truly differentiate yourself as an industry leader. Clean is in. Get rid of the clutter. 4.  To ensure that your site is effectively optimized ( SEO ) for Google’s ranking algorithm.
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014
    [Differentiation] Twitter Tests Out New, More Visual Layout
    Whatever happened to differentiation? The closer these networks get to each other on features, layout, and audience size, the harder it''ll become to establish that competitive differentiation to their target customers -- the businesses they want to hang out (and spend money) there. Here''s what it looked like: Look Familiar? But also.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016
    [Differentiation] 16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats
    These research findings address high-level topics like the value of marketing and the future of brand differentiation. As winter comes to an end, so too does the  Winter Wonderland of Marketing Stats series that’s been running here over the past few months. For example, what percentage of businesses maintain company blogs? Meghan M.
  • 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.” 
  • THE ROI GUY  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014
    [Differentiation] A Failure to Communicate Value
    Quantify the ROI / payback and total cost of ownership (TCO) from the differentiating features that separate you from the competition. By Mark Schlueter & Tom Pisello It''s the responsibility sales and marketing, not the customer , to prove the value of your proposal. So be provocative. But if you don’t take the challenge, who will?
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013
    [Differentiation] Rebuilding a sales lead generation business after a crisis
    Since buyer insights are critical in marketing campaigns and a key strategic way companies can differentiate their products and services, this is proving to be a popular service.  I believe the quality of buyer insights will become the primary way of competing when almost everyone is doing content marketing. Great job. High salary.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
    [Differentiation] Seven fascinating marketing lessons of 2015
    Related Stories A solution to the content marketing measurement puzzle The real problem with real time marketing Case study: Social media engagement as a point of differentiation. 2015 is going down in the books as a transformational year for the discipline of marketing. There is just so much going on … and it’s going on so FAST!
  • CLIENT BRIDGE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
    [Differentiation] The Seven Deadly Sins of Social Media Strategy
    Brands must understand what makes them unique and use social media to demonstrate that differentiation. Establishing a social media presence for a brand can be difficult. Social marketing requires a company to shift from broadcasting an anonymous, singular brand voice to engaging directly with customers as individuals. View Original Article
  • JUNTA 42  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016
    [Differentiation] Why Content Marketing Awards Are More Than Just a Hug for Your Brand
    There is only one way to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace … to our customers. I’ll be honest with you: I used to think that awards programs were just another way organizations could extract money from needy agencies and brands that want a hug. Especially this year. Let me explain. The shiny luster of content marketing is gone.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015
    [Differentiation] 6 Simple Steps to Creating Your Content Marketing Strategy
    ” So how do you make your content unique and differentiate yourself from other people out they’re writing about the same topics? Creating a content marketing strategy is no simple task. In fact, 2/3 of marketers feel they aren’t successful with their content marketing. Your content should be niche. What will be delivered? 3.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013
    [Differentiation] Encore: “Secrets of Great Leaders” Robert Murray author of It’s Already Inside on Marketing Made Simple TV
    How the best focus on clear competitive differentiation and “dial it up to 11″ Marketing Made Simple T V is a weekly show delivering the best business thought leaders in a fun and engaging format. Buffer. What you’ll learn in this show: Why forgetting the basics hurts many companies. It is funded by our wonderful sponsors.
  • THE ROI GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017
    [Differentiation] 2017 - “The Year of Value”
    The facts are that: Customers will significantly delay decisions and won’t get to “Yes” unless you help them understand and quantify your differentiating value Sales will struggle in communicating and quantifying your unique value without your providing provocative value messaging, tools and consulting support.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011
    [Differentiation] Beanstalk Data Adds Service to the Marketing Automation Recipe
    Beanstalk sees its marketing services as a major point of differentiation. Exploring a new marketing automation system is like biting into a bonbon: part of the fun is you never know what you’ll find inside. Thinking in those terms, Beanstalk Data is a tasty morsel. And it adds just enough spice to leave a pleasingly distinctive flavor.
  • WRITTENT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014
    [Differentiation] 8 Deep Questions to Define Your Blogging Strategy
    You’ve got to differentiate. Defining the deeper aspects of your blogging strategy means you need to understand the content that’s already being created in your niche, and be prepared to differentiate.  The majority of blogs aren’t a success. But really, those are just competencies and best practices. What’s Your Brand in a Word?
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011
    [Differentiation] How To Generate ROI (Return On Interesting) With Content Marketing
    But they typically aren’t very  engaging  or  interesting , and do little to differentiate the company from other vendors. Lately I have been having some very passionate discussions about the best place to start in Content Marketing. Do you start with products, personas or topics? So you can eliminate product as the starting point.
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