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  • THE ROI GUY  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011
    [Differentiation] “Value” Remains Most Significant Sales Challenge
    Getting procurement to recognize our differentiation 6. However, these is a significant capability gap, in getting sales to engage earlier in the buyer’s decision making process, justify proposed solutions, and differentiate value. The survey responses indicated that the most important areas needing development included: 1.
  • INBOUND SALES NETWORK  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2011
    [Differentiation] 7 Lead Generation Resolutions That Will Make 2012 Your Best Ever
    While many New Year’s resolutions are breaken even before the confetti hits the ground, if you focus and commit to implementing these 7 resolutions into your lead generation strategy, you will not only differentiate your company, but will also make 2012 your best ever. This year forget the resolutions for less food and more exercise.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2013
    [Differentiation] In an Ocean of Content, How Do You Rise to the Top? Answer: Buyer Personas!
    'Buffer With almost everyone doing content marketing today, how do you differentiate? Answer: More and more, the quality of buyer research or buyer personas become your competitive edge. “Companies who best understand their buyers will have a clear competitive advantage.” ” But how do YOU compete on buyer insights?
  • FATHOM  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013
    [Differentiation] If All Content is the Same, Will Anyone Read it?
    Differentiating Your Content. First, it helps to understand that differentiating your content is not the same as creating unique content. Differentiating your content is essential, especially for an E-Commerce site. 'If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? But, what is it really? Where should you start? Contests.
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011
    [Differentiation] Want to be Essential and Memorable? Teach Your Prospects!
    Acknowledge them and differentiate. also want to point out that Researchers and SME’s are not the same thing but are often hard to differentiate in early meetings. I have always been someone who leaped before I looked. Impulsive, I believe is the word my teachers wrote on my report cards. The Subject Matter Expert.
  • 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.
  • PUZZLE MARKETER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2013
    [Differentiation] Strategies for a Successful Paid Search Campaign
    That last part is what differentiates this kind of advertising from other forms of advertisements online, such as banner placements on websites. Originally posted here on USSCOSpeaks.com First off, let’s take a step back and understand people’s behavior online. This advertising is known as Paid Search.
  • MI6 MARKETING AGENCY  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010
    [Differentiation] Twitter for B2B Marketing
    think the differentiator is HOW twitter is used. For B2B compet differentiation is always about how well you solve customer probs/needs, enable cust success – do same on Twitter. Don’t see Twitter usage as competitive differentiator per se – it’s what’s being done with Twitter that can differentiate.
  • JILL KONRATH'S SELLING TO BIG COMPANIES  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
    [Differentiation] What Do You Think of These 2014 Sales Predictions?
    So here''s my 2014 sales prediction: And, it''s very much related to my new book, Agile Selling , which I''ve been thinking about for two years now: In today''s ever-changing business world, sellers are now the key differentiator. 'Every year sales pundits offer their best guesses about the year ahead. Are they right? Who knows.
  • SYNECORE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013
    [Differentiation] How Facebook’s Graph Search is Embracing SoLoMo
    So rather than using search operations to differentiate the kind of content you are looking for, the application will be able to procure information about people, photos, places, and interests based off the relationships between the words you enter. Graph Search is Facebook’s debut in to the search engine market. Unique Capabilities.
  • 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.  The rise of big data has been a double-edged sword for some. In today’s tough economy, everyone wants to get the most for their money. But therein lies the problem.
  • REPUTATION TO REVENUE  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010
    [Differentiation] Master narratives and framing the debate with B2B marketing
    It's better to have a consistent flow of thought leadership content on the same basic subject than not, but if there is not a compelling and differentiated point of view to drive a sustained and integrated program, you stand little chance of framing the debate. Politicians understand this the best. It's critical with B2B marketing, too.
  • INSIGHTIQ BLOG  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013
    [Differentiation] What Your Content is Saying About You
    Of course, there are proprietary pieces of technology that may differentiate each vendor from one another, but overall, the distinct value proposition that a B2B company can offer is not a piece of technology. 'As a B2B marketer, I take content development pretty seriously. But my love of content goes further than that. Ah, the perfect fit!
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011
    [Differentiation] Enterprise Social Media and Personal Branding
    And smart companies, big or small, who recognize that in a social media world, their people are their differentiation , will find ways to capitalize on personal branding.  Personal branding is a hot topic for entrepreneurs and solo consultants, by does it matter to large enterprises? Oh yeah. Not at all. How is this achieved?
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013
    [Differentiation] Book Review: Content Rules
    To differentiate their content, and companies, in a crowded market, content creators must “expand their traditional notions of corporate identity to include language, the words a company uses, and tone of voice. Branding, after all, is about differentiation. Ann Handley and C.C. Thank you! What are their concerns and objectives?
  • HUBSPOT  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012
    [Differentiation] 7 Components That Comprise a Comprehensive Brand Strategy
    If it doesn’t tie back to your brand's message, you will have trouble differentiating yourself from competitors. By harping on every move your competitor makes, you lose that differentiation. Your brand’s strategy should be based on company goals. So is your company's brand strategy smooth like Bond? Play the word game.
  • SAZBEAN  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013
    [Differentiation] 9 Irrefutable Reasons Why You Need SEO
    In fact, tracking sales from an SEO campaign can often be difficult to differentiate from other web marketing campaigns, except through source tracking which can be vague. It can be difficult to quantify or draw direct correlations between an SEO campaign and the sales it generates. Yes, anyone can stumble into an SEO win. Good question.
  • CONNECT THE DOCS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2010
    [Differentiation] The B2B Marketing Manifesto
    Why exposing your beliefs can be a powerful differentiator. Few weeks back, Doug Kessler , Creative Director and co-founder of Velocity , sent me an early copy of their upcoming eBook about B2B Marketing. Velocity is a London-based B2B marketing agency specializing in technology markets. Velocity has very high standards in creating content.
  • REPUTATION TO REVENUE  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2009
    [Differentiation] Winning with thought leadership: Six lessons from IBM and Deloitte
    Thought leadership without a differentiated point of view is just an echo of conventional wisdom. Deloitte takes a similar approach, focusing on competitive differentiation, influencer relations, client connections, and business development support. How should we produce and package thought leadership content? How should we promote it?
  • SMASHMOUTH MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010
    [Differentiation] B2B Marketing and Sales Books: What's On Your Summer Reading List?
    eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale - Ardath Albee's book on eMarketing is a great book that teaches its readers how to differentiate themselves from every other organization in their space. The Catcher in the Rye. Moby Dick. Pride and Prejudice. The Grapes of Wrath. Tale of Two Cities. Remember those? Pick this one up. What about you?
  • 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?
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011
    [Differentiation] Five Questions Every B2B Marketer Needs to Ask – by Christopher Ryan
    Here are five to get you started: Is what you offer a commodity or a differentiated product or service?  A differentiated product or service has advantages, but it must usually contend with a much smaller market niche. B2B Marketing is a tricky business with a lot of moving parts. Can you be successful in your chosen market space? 
  • 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.
  • 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. Ignoring Users.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011
    [Differentiation] Intuit / Salesforce.com Alliance Is No April Fool's Joke
    The revenue differential isn’t as large ($3.5 Am I the only one who missed the April 1 announcement of a strategic alliance between Salesforce.com and Intuit ? For those of us used to thinking of Salesforce.com as the 900 pound gorilla, it’s disorienting to see Salesforce on the Intuit App Center, rather than the other way around.
  • B2B VOICES  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
    [Differentiation] Can B2B Brands Inspire?
    What I like about the focus on visual content is that photos, graphics and even charts can provide a key way to differentiate your company, but images can be a powerful way to connect you with an audience. 'When you think of five brands that inspire you which names come to mind? Think of a few right now. I’ll wait. One, Two, Three.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010
    [Differentiation] SEO success for your blog in 10 easy steps
    This is part of what differentiates you in search from every other type of photo blogger that covers a slightly different topic and should be drawing in different types of searchers. If you’re like me, when it’s time for the holidays, your mind turns to one thing:  Search Engine Optimization.  Difficulty – 2. Priority – 10.
  • 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.
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2011
    [Differentiation] The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Creating Social Media Buttons
    But with so many social media platforms providing their own individual content sharing and follow buttons, it's often difficult to differentiate between which social media button to use for what purpose. Social media is an extremely valuable tool for promoting your great marketing content. Be confused no more! Official Twitter Follow Button.
  • 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.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011
    [Differentiation] Outside-the-Box B2B PR Strategies
    Make it unique – Make sure your PR strategy is in complete alignment with your differentiation and unique selling proposition. Every B2B company has its own identity, target market and products or services.  But all have one thing in common.  This is true for our Fusion Marketing Partners clients, and it is equally true for your organization.
  • HUBSPOT  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011
    [Differentiation] 7 Key Ways to Optimize Twitter for Search
    When Google's algorithm scans links on Twitter, it often completely disregards usernames that includes numbers since there is no way to differentiate between who is real and who isn't. Search engine optimization (SEO) is undeniably a crucial component of inbound marketing, but marketers often don't think about how it applies to social media.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012
    [Differentiation] Find New Customers Fan of the Month – Paige O’Neill
    Critical change agent; proficient at introducing marketing initiatives that create new categories, differentiate from competitors, and increase sales. Congratulations to our Fan of the Month for January 2012 – Paige O’Neill. Each month we recognize a special fan of  Find New Customers. Thanks for your support, Paige.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2008
    [Differentiation] Knowledge work as craft work
    One thing that differentiates knowledge work today from other craft work is that, except for final product, knowledge work is essentially invisible. McGees Musings. The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." - Dorothy Parker. Knowledge work as craft work. Jim McGee, April 1, 2002.  . So what? They show up.
  • 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. What follows is a transcript of what I learned. We are an engine!
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012
    [Differentiation] 8 Ways to EARN Media Attention Instead of Buying It
    Who says that pricing can't be a differentiator? Paying it forward" by providing tips, resources, or referring reporters to others is a great approach to differentiate yourself from all the other businesspeople who are trying to attract media attention. If you're like most businesses, your advertising budget is probably pretty limited.
  • 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.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012
    [Differentiation] How to Hire Reps Without Reading Their Resumes
    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. candidate’s job search process is fairly straight-forward: send a resume, attend an interview, and provide references.
  • 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?
  • SOCIAL MEDIA B2B  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012
    [Differentiation] A Friday Kickstart to Get You Started in B2B Social Media
    ITSMA’s 2011 Professional Services and Solutions Brand Tracking Study reveals that there are a few market leaders and a large pack of followers; yet the market remains fragmented and opportunities for differentiation abound. Today I have collected a series of posts that provide some simple guidelines and ideas around getting started.
  • SALES LEAD DYNAMICS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013
    [Differentiation] Why You Need a Niche!
    This clearly differentiates them. High-growth firms are three times more likely to have a clear differentiator than their slower growing peers. 'Jack is a marketing consultant. He’s worked with lots of companies on lots of projects. His clients have been Fortune 500 companies, middle market companies, and even a few start-ups. faster.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013
    [Differentiation] When You Catch Your Competitors Lying
    Focus Instead on Your Strengths – At CEB, we’ve been talking about the need to really understand your unique differentiators for many years now.  'I don’t know what it is about the month of May, but it must be lying season. So what do you do when your competition is lying?  It’s not like we work there or use their products/services. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SYNECORE  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
    [Differentiation] From Strings to Things: A Quick Primer on Semantic Search
    His Cogito Ergo Sum maxim pithily summarizes the key differentiating factor between our current keyword-string approach to search and a rapidly approaching future dominated by semantic search: the ability of search engines to think, and in doing so to recognize things not strings. Smarter Search Engine. Adieu, Keywords. It’s Social, Too?
  • 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. She frequently writes about how retailers are tapping social media, mobility, and Big Data to create a personalized and compelling brand experience. Store nearby! Today only!”
  • INBOUND SALES NETWORK  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2012
    [Differentiation] 5 Books You Must Read if you’re Want to Improve Your B2B Demand Generation Programs
    Create a contagious content structure for competitive differentiation. Over the years I have read many sales and marketing book. While some had some interesting points, most bored me. It seemed like most where writing a book just to gain some form of creditability. While writing a book does not make you a sales expert. Michael A.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA B2B  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011
    [Differentiation] Dun & Bradstreet Uses B2B Social Media to Bring Data to Life
    Right now at D&B, we’re discussing how we can differentiate our content, voice and personality on Google+ and what kind of exclusive content we can make available to audiences there. It’s two-fold: alignment of strategy and differentiation of content. Social media enables us to do that. What is your approach to blogging?
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011
    [Differentiation] 7 Ebooks to Write ASAP to Generate More Leads
    More importantly this is another opportunity to educate prospects and point out key points of differentiation between you and your competitors. Content creation is an important part of inbound marketing success. Content generates leads, educates customers, and shortens the sales cycle. Think of blog posts as a primer on a topic.
  • 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. 1] William C.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012
    [Differentiation] 5 Ways To Maintain Your Clients
    If you don’t make any changes year after year, you will keep delivering the same results, and in a competitive market, you need to do whatever it takes to differentiate yourself from the competition. While some factors are out of our control, there are many steps we should take in order to retain clients as long as possible.
  • 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.
  • 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. 4) How will the message differentiate us from our competitors? Market differentiation is partly product and partly message. It was going to change everything.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012
    [Differentiation] 6 Coaching Pitfalls to Avoid
    Indeed, the key differentiator between core and star managers is that most core managers focus on telling sellers “why” they should improve their skills whereas star managers focus on “how” sellers can improve their skills, making their coaching more effective. The answer – maybe not. Pitfall 2: Coach All Sellers Equally.
  • CHRIS KOCH  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
    [Differentiation] Should we stop marketing to the CIO?
    Technology marketers have spent the last 25 years trying to get and keep the attention of the people with their hands on the technology tiller inside multi-billion dollar organizations, CIOs. Those pundits have always been wrong. But this time, they may finally be right—at least about certain types of CIOs. CIOs’ power is rooted in complexity.
  • B2B MEMES  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011
    [Differentiation] Six New-Media Principles: Introduction
    Like many posts on this blog, the e-book aims to help traditionally trained journalists, marketers, and content creators understand the ideas and values that differentiate new media from old. But what differentiates them is where they place their emphasis. If all goes well, it will be available next month. Stay tuned.
  • 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.
  • 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  |  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? 
  • BUYEROLOGY  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2010
    [Differentiation] How Social Media is Transforming the B2B Buying Experience
      The key differentiator is that buyers will contribute to brand advocacy organically versus being asked to through whatever promoted means designed to “compel” them to do so.    While B2C promoted advocacy can catch on, B2B buyers are astute in differentiating organic advocacy from promoted advocacy. 
  • INSIGHTIQ BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012
    [Differentiation] The Bacon of Client Engagement
    What are key differentiators/attributes of new customers that have purchased for those who have not responded? “Bacon makes everything better,” is a sign I have in my kitchen.  I thought of it recently w hile working with two clients that are implementing new technologies into their organizations.  Marketing Impact. Financial Impact. Focus.
  • SALES LEAD DYNAMICS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010
    [Differentiation] Extra, Extra: To Get More Leads, Harness the Power of the Press Release
    Differentiate your firm and your services”. Once upon a time a press release was designed solely to get media attention. The goal was a (favorable) mention in print or on the air. The media were the messengers. Things have changed. You are now the messenger. With online press releases you can certainly reach the media. Why Publicity Matters.
  • CONVERSIONATION  |  SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2012
    [Differentiation] How to Earn Trust When Distrust Rules
    However, the key differentiator is to actually live up to what you promise by using them. Organizations have been facing a challenge for several years now: a lack of trust among people regarding what they say, the messages they spread and how they act. Relationships are based upon trust. Trust is fundamental in all sorts of relationships.
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011
    [Differentiation] Thought Leadership Marketing is an Oxymoron
    Gartner defines thought leadership marketing as “the giving — for free or at a nominal charge — of information or advice that a client will value so as to create awareness of the outcome that a company’s product or service can deliver, in order to position and differentiate that offering and stimulate demand for it.&#. Company 2.
  • NUSPARK  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013
    [Differentiation] Targeting Audiences Not Looking for You; Advertising Options for B2B
    What is your value proposition and your points of differentiation? Marketing Strategy:  You Still Need to Persuade with Content ; Before Search and Social. With so much marketing noise out there talking about inbound marketing, social media, and SEO, sometimes we forget one mission-critical component to marketing strategy; advertising. 
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
    [Differentiation] Why’s B2B Marketing So Boring?
    Lead generation programs depend on clear differentiation. B2B Lead Generation | Why are you all so boring? Does everyone sound alike to you too? Name any product or service and then try to explain what makes one different from the other. Good luck. So companies are trying to figure out lead generation programs. link]. A big yawn. great story.
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010
    [Differentiation] Storytelling in Marketing
    Here's my take on what makes a good product story: Characteristics of a Good Product Story Illustrates the product’s differentiated value – Highlights the unique value and not just something that any product in your segment can deliver. disagree with that. Imagine what your perfect customer story would be.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2010
    [Differentiation] It’s time to unleash your blog
    This unique one-hour event plows  new ground for corporate bloggers, examining questions like: Positioning a company blog as a point of competitive differentiation. Check out this quote from Patrick Crane VP Marketing, LinkedIn. “We started the LinkedIn Blog almost three years ago when we were a 60 person company.  Digg this!
  • B2B VOICES  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013
    [Differentiation] Craft Work: What’s Your B2B Expertise?
    Some of you may call this differentiation, but others call it expertise or skills or leadership. It seems we continue to reap the rewards as marketers of the latest digital improvements — from dashboards to metrics — but that doesn’t mean we can instantly do our jobs better. Tools like Visual.ly Real-Time Monitoring. Voice.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2010
    [Differentiation] Alsa Marketing Adds Multi-Language Capabilities to Low-Cost Marketing Automation
    Alsa Marketing , a Montreal-based firm that launched its product in June, has one significant differentiator: it supports multiple languages (French, Spanish and English) in its user interface and in lead profiles. Summary: Alsa Marketing is a late entry to small business marketing automation. Alsa has some other unusual features.
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2009
    [Differentiation] Why Buyers Need Educational Content
    With the commodity status of many products, differentiating by price seems the easiest way to choose when the belief is that all the products they can choose to buy enable the same outcomes. I was reading the July/August issue of Selling Power when I came across the article, Well Worth the Price. Price is understood. And therein lies the rub.
  • 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.
  • TOM PISELLO  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2011
    [Differentiation] Sales Enablement and The Economic-Buyer
    3) Differentiate Your Value - According to analyst Scott Santucci of Forrester, “We are in the middle of a major transformation in the B2B sales model. Advice> Differentiating your competitive value is key with economic-focused buyers. And this trend is not expected to end, even as the recovery takes hold. April 2009.
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2011
    [Differentiation] Deliver a Psychic Pizza with B2B Marketing
    This concept of Psychic Pizza from a content marketing perspective gets to the heart of what differentiates your company from other options. Catching up on my reading this weekend, I came across an interview in the AMA's Marketing News magazine with John Goodman, vice chairman of Tarp Worldwide Inc. buy your solution).
  • 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
  • HUBSPOT  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011
    [Differentiation] 4 Types of Calls-to-Action You Need for Marketing Success
    If you are a company that generates leads, you probably have some differentiation across your marketing offers. This is an excerpt from HubSpot's new ebook An Introduction to Effective Calls-to-Action. Download your free, full copy of the ebook here. Calls-to-action (CTAs) are important triggers for your success with internet marketing.
  • VIEWPOINT  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013
    [Differentiation] The Real Reason Sales People Struggle to Close Opportunities
    As CEO of UK-based Inflexion-Point Strategy Partners , Bob works with the leadership teams of technology-based B2B-focused companies, enabling them to make the critical connections between their marketing messages, their sales conversations, their true differentiators, and their customer''s priorities. Seuss'' The Cat in the Hat”.
  • 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. ” . of their staff.
  • INBOUND SALES NETWORK  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
    [Differentiation] If You Are Waiting For Your Customers To Call You – You Are Too Late!
    By entering at this stage you are able to help create the requirements for their solution and make sure that your differentiators are among their key requirements. Do you expect your customers to call you? Are you hoping that your marketing team can do such a great job of lead generation that your phone will ring off the hook?
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014
    [Differentiation] Big Bang Marketing is Out – Agile is In
    Big Bang and agile campaigns have one major thing in common – they require compelling and differentiated messaging to be successful.  'I got the idea for a blog post from an uberflip.com interview with Jeremy Burton, chief marketing officer of EMC.  In the old days (e.g. This could be a massive advertising campaign (e.g.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014
    [Differentiation] Business Buyers Relying More On 3rd Party Content
    Buyers use content to Identify best practices and best-of-breed solutions (51%), to determine where competitive differentiation can be achieved (50%) and to set the strategic agenda understand needs and prioritize (42%). Hence the article here!). Additional Key Findings From the Research. Content Marketing
  • JILL KONRATH'S SELLING TO BIG COMPANIES  |  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.
  • B2B CONTENT MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009
    [Differentiation] Sell your content strategy project to the CFO by first understanding their primary evaluation criteria.
    The CFO needs to be part of the business instead of chasing the business and needs to drive innovation, differentiation, competitive advantage and real value.? The Sarbanes-Oxley Act put the CFO as the manager in charge while business intelligence, software as a service and open source has caused a democratization of IT.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014
    [Differentiation] CMOs Win When High-Value Customers Are Treated Personally Online
    The key to obtaining a 360-degree view of high-value customers means personalizing and differentiating every message by offering an array of online content to drive maximum conversion and revenue uplifts. Instead, they are actively seeking opportunities to better understand their high-value customers across every channel and device.
  • WORKFACE  |  THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011
    [Differentiation] Workface Gets Funding, Coverage for Humanizing Internet Commerce
    ” The coverage is gratifying, and the funding will support key enhancements to our platform as well as helping us build new relationships with companies that want to differentiate themselves through their people Humanizing online commerce is an idea whose time has come. Paul Business Journal).
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011
    [Differentiation] Marketing Tools and Technology – How Does A Marketer Decide?
    The top-down approach is to focus on the business needs — start with the strategic objectives of marketing, the differentiators of the brand, and the desired customer-centric capabilities — and then do a targeted evaluation of technologies that are “known&# tools or components for the implementation of those business needs.
  • JILL KONRATH'S SELLING TO BIG COMPANIES  |  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.
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2013
    [Differentiation] What Is a Landing Page? [FAQs]
    However many marketers, ourselves included, prefer to differentiate landing pages a little bit more than that. 'You know how we talk about using your blog to answer common questions that your leads and customers have ? That''s how this post was born. Because it turns out, a lot of people are asking over and over again. Well, time to learn.
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010
    [Differentiation] Take Your Content Strategy Up Stream
    Differentiating your company requires constant evolution with the entry of new player and product that closes the gap on your market advantage. During the Q&A of the Content is Marketing Currency Webinar, sponsored by GoToWebinar today ( #CntCrncy ), a question arose that I don't think I did justice. This is a great question!
  • CRIMSON MARKETING  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013
    [Differentiation] Digital Marketing Ain’t Enough – Why the Data Marketer Will Own the Future
    The first is that Digital Marketing is becoming less of a competitive advantage and differentiator. 'Many of you are sophisticated in your use of Digital Marketing, and plan to continue investing in this area. But if you want a clear competitive advantage, try shifting your focus to Data Marketing. Being a “Digital” Marketer (i.e.,
  • 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?
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012
    [Differentiation] Marketing Statements that Show Your Company is Out of Touch
    Creating a compelling and differentiated brand for your products and/or services is hard work but it is essential to revenue and profitability. As B2B marketing outsource providers , we get to hear some interesting statements about marketing. Why should we spend any more time working on the website? That’s what our sales team is for.
  • 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.
  • JUNTA 42  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011
    [Differentiation] 15 Reasons Why Marketers Don’t Use Content Marketing
    Before defining what we want to see in results, we need to first understand the need, define how big the need really is, organize the business model, understand what your differentiating value really is to your customers, and define the risks involved. Had some fun today going through my archived blog posts and this one stuck out. Little.
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012
    [Differentiation] Thought leadership – some are more sophisticated than others
    Your point of view should differentiate you from your competitors, establish you as the ‘go to’ expert in that field and position you as a trusted advisor - all with the intent of underpinning the sale. We're pleased to present this guest post by Craig Badings, an authority on thought leadership.
  • VIEWPOINT  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013
    [Differentiation] Good Reads for B2B Marketing - Staple Yourself to a Lead
    Most marketers (60%) report that they are not fully satisfied (neutral or dissatisfied) with their current efforts to differentiate on brand. 'Online content in the sales and marketing industries is dynamic and constantly changing. Staple Yourself to a Lead. Via Marketo. Build A Content Hub That Converts. Via B2B Marketing Insider.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
    [Differentiation] How does social media affect trust and your brand?
    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?  Think “Trust Marketing.”  You can say you heard it here on the {grow} blog first. This book focused on trust as it relates to influence. 
  • ENGAGE  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011
    [Differentiation] 5 Things I Learned at the FOLIO Show
    The differentiator these days is who is following you—key influencers, etc.—rather E arlier this month a group of us traveled from TMG in D.C. to the Marriot Marquis in New York to “join the media revolution” at the FOLIO: Show. Fran Hauser. Here are the five coolest things we saw or heard at the show … 1. Super smart and usable.
  • INBOUND SALES NETWORK  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011
    [Differentiation] Is the Role of a Hunter Salesman Dead?
    That being the case, how does a salesperson deliver real value and differentiate himself once in front of a prospective buyer? The traditional sales model as we knew it has changed. In the past, it was the salesperson who introduced a company and its services to the potential buyer. The Hunter has now become the hunted. It's time to wake-up.
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