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  • 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. What do you think?
  • 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.
  • TYPE A COMMUNICATIONS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014
    [Differentiation] 31 Scary B2B Marketing Statistics
    41% of American workers say they don’t know what their employer stands for and what differentiates its brand from others. October 28, 2014. The scariest holiday of the year is just a few days away. Stein IAS). Stein IAS). Twitter users who see tweets from B2B tech brands are more likely to visit the sites of these brands. Twitter). Pardot).
  • TRADESMEN INSIGHTS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010
    [Differentiation] Are B2B Social Tactics Different Than B2C ?
    In that study, both use the same basic tools, but how they use them differentiates the two groups. Marketing to the professional tradesman in the Construction, Industrial and MRO markets Home About Me Contact Market Overviews Newsletter Podcasts Services Are B2B Social Tactics Different Than B2C ? B2B an B2C are more aligned than you think.
  • B2B IDEAS @ WORK  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011
    [Differentiation] Copyright to prevent copy wrongs in B2B content marketing
    Publishing unique and compelling content attracts visitors and differentiates you from your competititors. You've worked hard researching, writing and editing your content for your B2B website. Your site is realizing more visitors and leads for your efforts. You've been scraped! solution: Copyright your content. What did you do? /mh.
  • VERTICAL RESPONSE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014
    [Differentiation] Online Banner Ads: Out with the Old, in with Interactive
    Anytime you can differentiate yourself, it’s a win. The world of online advertising is evolving. Soon those rectangular display banner ads that sit at the top of your screen will disappear and new interactive ads will take their place. After all, display banner ads have been around since the early 2000s. Watch this video for an example.
  • TRADESMEN INSIGHTS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012
    [Differentiation] How Are You Using Social Media to Find and Engage Your Target Audience?
    What are you doing to tell your story and points of differentiation? Do you know where your customers and prospects are spending their time online? Wouldn’t that be an important part of an overall social media strategy to find and engage them? If trends continue, social networks will soon surpass internet portals like AOL and Yahoo!
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012
    [Differentiation] B2B Marketers: Are You Delivering a B2C-Worthy Buying Experience?
    According to Caroline Morris with the marketing research organization Sky IQ, " They [consumers] don't differentiate in terms such as channels or devices like marketers do, they are just engaging." The fact that buyers are now in control causes no end of frustration in B2B organizations. B2B Buyers are Consumers Too.
  • NUSPARK  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2013
    [Differentiation] The Many Roles of an SEO Professional; What an SEO Tactician Does
    Keyword tools help us identify these, but it starts from being an expert on your products and services, and how they differentiate from competition.  . What is a search engine optimization tactician. We are Content Strategists. We tell you how to organize your content, and will recommend new content if needed, especially with blogs.
  • BUYEROLOGY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010
    [Differentiation] The Design of Buyer Experience
       As products and services are subjected to increasing entry into the level playing field we call commodity, differentiation is made in designing innovative buyer experiences.  Cover via Amazon. The expression “monumental shift” is a powerful one. 
  • MARKETRI  |  TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013
    [Differentiation] Generating Leads is a Primary Role of the Savvy Modern Marketer
    Some of the basic principles of marketing, like segmentation and differentiation, still apply. What should I expect from my marketing person or department? This is a question that I get asked frequently as an experienced marketer who has worked in-house for big and small companies and as a consultant. So what has changed?
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2013
    [Differentiation] Top Seller LinkedIn Strategies
    Ways top sellers leverage LinkedIn to differentiate from the competition. LinkedIn can have a huge impact on sales success. However, that success depends on how you use it. Listen to the audio to discover: The LinkedIn capabilities top sellers value most. How top sellers use LinkedIn to become invaluable business resources. LinkedIn matters.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
    [Differentiation] How to Build Company Value in a Down Economy
    Here are some examples of audacious goals for your consideration: Double the sales team’s quota Triple the number of inbound sales leads Cut the cost of new customer acquisition by 50 percent Increase your web traffic by 250 percent Two or more of the above Differentiate – Most successful companies are highly differentiated.
  • 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!
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012
    [Differentiation] Hunger Games and Sales - How to Make the Odds Ever in Your Favor
    In inside sales, a quality list or training and direction from your mentor can be the differential in whether or not you make bonus. In the hungry and cut throat world of sales, you have to be smart about how you play the game. The keys to success are the tools and support you must employ to find your opportunities. &rdquo
  • CONNECT THE DOCS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009
    [Differentiation] ClickLaunch: Jonathan Kantor's Crafting White Paper 2.0
    Jonathan Kantor: There are four things that clearly differentiate The White Paper Company from other white paper writers/marketers: An exclusive focus on white papers. As the number of short, all-text white papers proliferates across the web as a result of driving the cost downward, design will become a new strategic differentiator.
  • 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. The two firms have similarities: They only wish to target regional markets due to competition and limited sales staff size. Be there when your prospects are looking; or lose a lead.
  • FIFTH GEAR ANALYTICS  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2010
    [Differentiation] Winning With Customers – B2B Playbook Review
    George Hollister. I’m reading a newly published book – “Winning with Customers – A Playbook for B2B” by Keith Pigues and Jerry Alderman.  Before we can understand how to win with customers, we need to first understand why we lose.   Start with “Friendlies”. What value-premium are you bringing to your customers? Tweet This! Digg this!
  • SOCIAL MEDIA B2B  |  MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011
    [Differentiation] 5 Ways To Influence B2B Group Buying Decisions
    One of the biggest differentiators in B2B marketing is that a B2B purchase decision is not usually a solo effort. It is a group decision. In most cases a team of people review the potential purchase, and in many situations there’s a senior level person who has to approve the purchase. Competitive Information. Unique Benefits. Value.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014
    [Differentiation] Email marketing done right (or how to keep people from unsubscribing)
    If discounts are your point of differentiation, you will live and die by the price sword and you can count on coupon-hunting customers punching the unsubscribe button the minute you stop offering discounts. I recently stumbled across an interesting website: Unroll.me. 1-800 Flowers topped the list with a 52.5% unsubscribe rate. Work the body.
  • EMAGINE B2B BLOG  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2014
    [Differentiation] B2B Content Marketing: 3 “Must Haves”
    As a B2B company, your content marketing can play a significant role in differentiating your brand, grabbing the attention of prospects, and assisting in lead generation efforts. By Allie Viau  | Digital Marketing Strategist & SEO Specialist. Why are these so crucial for B2B content marketing? How has your business solved a problem?
  • LEADER NETWORKS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012
    [Differentiation] Why Branded Online Community Deliver On Social Customer Care
    This is the power and differentiation a branded online community can provide. Just last week my colleagues at Social Media Today released the 3rd annual Social Customer Index Report which is chock full of data to fuel any organization’s efforts to leverage social media for customer service. At last, some answers!
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2011
    [Differentiation] Content is the Foundation of Good Relationship Marketing
    That is its key differentiator from other forms of marketing that tend to focus more on advertising and promotional messages. Building strong customer relationships is probably a close second only to lead generation for most manufacturers and industrial companies. Here’s a quote from billionaire industrialist H. Think again!
  • TRADESMEN INSIGHTS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013
    [Differentiation] Are You Missing out on Mobile Marketing Opportunities to the Professional Tradesman?
    Please note that a recent report by Forrester, “ Don’t Confuse Tablet And Mobile Marketing ,” a B2B marketer needs to differentiate between smart phones and tablets. We’ve talked many times about the importance of having a mobile strategy when wanting to reach the professional contractors.
  • KOMARKETING ASSOCIATES  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014
    [Differentiation] The True Detective Approach to Content Marketing
    According to Copyblogger, “it’s crucial that you write and use stories in your content marketing efforts as a way to differentiate yourself from the mass of mediocre media publishers out there.”. If you’re like me, you spent the bulk of this winter obsessing over True Detective on HBO. More specifically, Rust Cohle (i.e., It applies, it does!
  • TRADESMEN INSIGHTS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012
    [Differentiation] Podcast: Manufacturers and Distributors – What Are You Doing to Stay Relevant? New Rules of Engagement
    Manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and distributors have to integrate traditional systems of record (transaction-based) with systems of engagement (differentiated value-based) to stay competitive in their markets. Staying relevant to customers today has become much more complex. Customers want to pay less for faster, better service.
  • SAZBEAN  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010
    [Differentiation] How P&G Designed Success with the Old Spice Guy Campaign
    Smell was clearly an important differentiator. Proctor & Gamble (P&G) came to the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan about their recently successful Old Spice guy campaign. These thoughts were gleaned from that presentation. They also knew what attributes made their product stand out.
  • THE B2B RESEARCH BLOG  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014
    [Differentiation] Branding is b t
    It is a point of differentiation, especially in commodity markets. “Branding is marketing b t. Only FMCG firms who need to build aspirations and desire worry about stuff like that. B2B is different. The relationship is with me – the sales guy – not the corporate brand. Even if it wasn’t, buyers are rational and put emotions to one side.
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015
    [Differentiation] Why Website Engagement is the New Marketing “Must-Have”
    This will help secure your company’s position as an industry thought-leader, and encourage prospects to return to your website multiple times to educate themselves about your offering and differentiation—ultimately becoming truly qualified leads. How crucial is website engagement to revenue generation? Wouldn’t that be grand?
  • SYNECORE  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
    [Differentiation] Align Your Brand Messaging, Start From the Ground Up
    The right voice will show your personality, elicit an emotional response from your customers, differentiate you from competitors, and help to attract the right audience for your brand. There are still far too many organizations conveying inconsistent messaging in their online presence. This is an issue that necessitates attention. Essence.
  • SALES INTELLIGENCE VIEW  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012
    [Differentiation] New Playbook: Lead Qualification with Sales Intelligence
    Read why Discipline, Determination, and Curiosity differentiate the cream of a crop of job candidates. As technology and social media continue to disrupt traditional sales methodologies, many companies fall behind in their business strategies – and their sales results show it. How is your company adjusting to modern sales tools?
  • SOCIAL MEDIA B2B  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
    [Differentiation] 9 Indispensable B2B Social Media White Papers
    This eBook defines content curation and presents processes, best practices and case studies to help B2B marketers differentiate their brands and gain competitive advantages through content marketing and curation. 8. White papers and eBooks can be helpful resources when they’re well-prepared and provide usable information.
  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011
    [Differentiation] Bad Sales Messages: 1-Stop Shopping & Other Worthless Tripe
    Marketing has convinced them that these words are exactly what customers want to hear - that prospects will be impressed with their vast capabilities which differentiate them from everyone else in the market. These killer phrases are detrimental to their sales objective and actually create massive roadblocks for them. Try these approaches.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014
    [Differentiation] Social business and the competitive landscape
    Quite often the sole goal of advertising was to differentiate one’s business from that of key competitors, and to point out all their faults. It used to be relatively easy to determine who was a competitor and who was not. Competitors were, simply put, one’s rivals. As such, they may make their product available for minimal or no cost. 
  • HUBSPOT  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012
    [Differentiation] Why You Need Marketing Analytics, Not Web Analytics
    Let's highlight three of the main differentiators: 1. As you learned earlier, a key differentiator between web analytics and marketing analytics is that the latter uses the person -- not the page view -- as the focal point. Measuring marketing effectiveness has always been a challenge. Enter marketing analytics. Yeah -- pretty sweet.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2011
    [Differentiation] The BIG problem in job search – finishing second…and what to do about it
    That enables you to change the entire process – and differentiate you from the other job seekers. I usually write about B2B demand generation and marketing, but I’m sick of hearing the lament from senior level job seekers. They tell me about a great opportunity, and then weeks later I learn they lost out. But only one frame wins. Want
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
    [Differentiation] 34 (of the) Best Google+ Tips, Tactics and Guides of 2011
    Mark Burgess explains how small business can build trust and creatively use circles on Google+ (“This insight [that people prefer to share specific information with specific groups of friends or followers] led to the creation of Google+ circles, a major differentiator between Google+ and Facebook.  It will fundamentally change SEO.
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2012
    [Differentiation] How Converged Media is Changing Content Marketing
    They don't differentiate terms such as channels or devices like marketers do, they are just engaging." As if marketers aren’t juggling enough balls in the air, they now need to wrap their heads around the concept of converging their various content efforts. B2B Buyers are Also Consumers. The world moves faster in general.
  • AVITAGE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012
    [Differentiation] New Thought Leadership Metric for Buyer Driven Markets
    The new realities of B2B marketing has made thought leadership, and the development of big ideas, an important differentiator.  The new realities are also driving a change in buyers’ expectations.   Buyers want relevant and actionable content that enables them to turn big ideas into operating realities.
  • CLIENT BRIDGE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011
    [Differentiation] Consumer Behavior Secrets to Grow Sales
    Everyone in your organization should be able to articulate what your brand essence and points of differentiation are. From Jamie Turner on the Hubspot Blog, here are some tips about why people pick one brand over another. People buy for emotional reasons, then rationalize the purchase with logic." Most buy because of how it makes them feel.
  • MARKETING ACTION  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014
    [Differentiation] Find the Right Content Marketing Mix
    More created and curated content and slightly less syndicated content will allow these marketers to differentiate themselves and produce valuable content that builds trust in their brand. Curata surveyed over 500 marketers from both the B2B and B2C worlds about their mix of content marketing. percent created, 24 percent curated and 12.6
  • THE ROI GUY  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013
    [Differentiation] How can you Be Provocative without being Arrogant?
    Your Sales teams are even more stressed, to deliver a more compelling reason to be invited earlier, and when invited later, empowered to quickly diagnose customer issues and potentially reframe the decision criteria towards your key differentiators. have to say, time-out. Let me ask you a few important questions about what ails you.
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009
    [Differentiation] Ebooks and White Papers: A Complementary Pair
    love this differentiation by Jonathan Kranz, author of the new (and very engaging) The Ebook Ebook: How to Turn Your Expertise Into Magnetic Marketing Material : "A successful ebook is more collegial, reader-friendly and visually interesting than the traditional white paper." I have been thinking a lot about ebooks lately.
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009
    [Differentiation] Ebooks and White Papers: A Complementary Pair
    love this differentiation by Jonathan Kranz, author of the new (and very engaging) The Ebook Ebook: How to Turn Your Expertise Into Magnetic Marketing Material : "A successful ebook is more collegial, reader-friendly and visually interesting than the traditional white paper." I have been thinking a lot about ebooks lately.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011
    [Differentiation] What Makes a World-Class Sales Organization Tick?
    The Anatomy then covers Customer Management, a section which includes everything from best practices around segmentation to the need to develop commercial messaging that leads customers to a company’s unique differentiators. Salespeople are famously competitive and they’re often looking to improve upon how things are being done.
  • TOMORROW PEOPLE  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012
    [Differentiation] The Death of Copy Writing
    Companies now use copywriting to differentiate what they have to offer, by developing a clear tone of voice or house style. Is copywriting really dying? After all, it plays a central role in creating a company’s brand and credibility. It helps to shape public perception of a business and what it has to offer. Copy - over and out?
  • 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
  • CK'S B2B BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2010
    [Differentiation] Want ROI From Today's Technologies, Marketers? Don't Just Show Up (participation), Step It Up (innovation).
    Innovative programs differentiate your brand, provide unparalleled value to your audiences, and pull customers to you vs. push more messages at them (that many times serve only to push them further away). Many B2B marketers advocate for companies to integrate emerging technologies into the marketing mix. Naturally, I count myself among them.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012
    [Differentiation] Five Ways to “Get Real” With B-to-B Social Media
    Social media can help you differentiate your company from your competition.   If you want to be seen as a thought leader in your industry, or a trusted advisor to businesses trying to solve problems, then it’s all about content.  Image by Getty Images via @daylife. Today, 89% of B-to-B marketers in the U.S. What should I be doing,” they ask. 
  • INSIGHTIQ BLOG  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011
    [Differentiation] The clock is ticking on net tracking
    For companies that take customer experience seriously, this could help them immensely by differentiating them from their competition.   For those who just spam their customers, this legislation will, hopefully, make life more difficult.  .
  • B2B MEMES  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
    [Differentiation] Facebook Subscriptions: Overdrive for Journalists?
    That’s why I’ve so far stuck with Twitter and its follower model and dallied with Google Plus and its concept of differentiated social circles. Though I understand its appeal, I’ve never found Facebook compelling. With Facebook’s introduction yesterday of Twitter-like subscriptions , though, that could change. Related posts: Be Yourself.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
    [Differentiation] Following your passion – Easier said than done
    What can you do better than anyone else to solve that problem?  In marketing terms, what is the “point of differentiation?” A guest post from {grow} community member Jeremy Floyd. From  Donald Trump  to  Oprah Winfrey , the “secret” to success seems always to be “follow your passion.” Passion is a loaded term.
  • MARKETING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL   |  TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012
    [Differentiation] Equipping the Sales Force of the Future
    We can help you differentiate your benefits in two ways – first, by conducting an onsite meeting ( contact your account manager ), and second, by administering our proprietary Customer Experience Diagnostic , which will help you market-test your unique benefits. Why is it happening? This means two things for Marketing and Sales.
  • HUBSPOT  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014
    [Differentiation] 4 Strategies to Optimize Your Differences From Amazon
    To be able to be successful in such a competitive industry, they need to make the most of those points of differentiation! While many etailers view themselves as in competition with Amazon, it''s more effective to use Amazon''s success as an example and learn from it. We did that when we looked at three strategies to borrow from Amazon.
  • B2B MARKETING TRACTION  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2009
    [Differentiation] 5 Secrets of Creating Successful Marketing One-Sheets
    One of the networks I belong to, ProVisors , advocates the use of one-sheets or one-pagers that describe each member’s differentiators and the benefits of the service(s) they provide. Expect to spend 50% of your time on the one-sheet on your marketing strategy, your differentiators, and your positioning. Tweet. The Grabber. The “Z”.
  • 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.
  • EVERYTHING TECHNOLOGY MARKETING  |  MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010
    [Differentiation] The Brave New World of B2B Marketing - Are You Ready?
    Also, consider how you will make sure that your content is on message and consistent (this is not trivial when you have multiple writers) - for example, do you have message maps that capture your key messages, differentiators, value proposition and positioning - by audience and segment? Your B2B markets are changing rapidly.
  • VERTICAL RESPONSE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
    [Differentiation] 5 Ways to Create Added Value for Customers
    Added value is an important tactic that can be used by small businesses to acquire and retain customers , increase brand awareness, and differentiate one’s place in the marketplace. Don’t know where to start? Here are five ways to create added value that can be easily implemented into your business plan today: 1.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012
    [Differentiation] Maximize Your Online Visibility: The Web Presence Optimization (WPO) Framework
    Recent research makes clear that, for high-value consumer purchases as well as b2b procurement, being as “findable” as possible online is critical to winning the business. are they more likely to use Facebook or a specialized discussion forum? What online publications do they read? What groups do they belong to?) How many conversions?
  • ENGAGE  |  MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011
    [Differentiation] 4 Must-Haves for Must-Have Brands
    What Branding Used to Mean Back in the cattle-prodding days, the word ‘brand’ was used as a way to differentiate one line of product from another. W hen money’s tight, people look at their budget and separate things into two columns: must-have and might-have. Organizations (e.g. Plus, they didn’t want to lose cattle.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014
    [Differentiation] Memory, Information Overload, and 3 Ways Marketers Can Maximize Content
    One thing to keep in mind when putting together a content strategy is to differentiate between short and long form content. At 73 years old he’s not moving as fast as he used to, but his mind is sharp and he has an almost limitless supply of dad jokes (if he really likes you he’ll even tell you a slightly dirty one).
  • HUBSPOT  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014
    [Differentiation] New Data Reveals How Nonprofits Are Segmenting Their Communications
    Age, in particular, can be a very powerful differentiator. Nonprofits have a lot to communicate. From gift solicitations to gift acknowledgements, there''s no shortage of touch-points to prospective and current supporters. But are nonprofits harnessing the power of communication segmentation? Survey Highlights. But are they doing it?
  • BLUE FOCUS MARKETING  |  SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014
    [Differentiation] REGISTER NOW Join #TEDx Speaker and Best-Selling Author, @mnburgess, for AMA #ContentMarketing Workshop
    From the AMA : This workshop will focus on how to create and leverage the myriad forms of content to promote businesses, retain customers, influence word of mouth, close the decision gap on prospects and leverage content as a brand differentiator. I am proud to announce that, on Sept. Place: Marina del Rey Marriott, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.
  • THE ROI GUY  |  THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012
    [Differentiation] Personalize, Challenge & Engage
    via quantifying the differentiating value and competitive cost advantages of your solution versus competitive offerings. You have two options 1. Receive a sure $800 that I am offering you 2. Take a chance with an 85% chance for you to win $1,000 Which do you choose? So why do most select the sure bet?
  • LEADER NETWORKS  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013
    [Differentiation] Spotlight on Cognizant's B2B Online Community
    Question: Does Cognizant differentiate between social media marketing and social business? B2B online customer communities are often the elusive queen of the social business world- gated, private and not often in the limelight, but powerful to the companies that host them. Now on to Alan’s insights…. Why do you do it?
  • 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!
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011
    [Differentiation] Case study: How one blog post helped me get a job in social media
    Companies have a ton of applicants to choose from and if you don’t differentiate yourself from all the others, you won’t be successful. Antonia Harler is a friend from the {grow} community who blogged and tweeted about her challenges finding a job in social media marketing. And then, it finally happened! It’s your home after all.” But it is.
  • 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.
  • ILLUMINATING THE FUTURE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011
    [Differentiation] Level the Field, Win the Deal
    Differentiated? What's impeding your growth and undermining your success? Well, there's one detrimental factor I'm seeing quite a bit these days. I'm wondering if it's an issue that you face. They may even be relegated to people who lack the authority, influence or ambition to champion a new approach. . We should know. Provocative?
  • VOICE-BASED MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014
    [Differentiation] What’s On The “To-Do List” for SaaS Marketers
    This means pitching the basic idea of SaaS products is less of an uphill battle, and messaging should focus more on the details, differentiators, and special features. Because SaaS customers have a basic idea of what they want and need, marketers must approach messaging and campaigns as an opportunity to focus on differentiators.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011
    [Differentiation] How to Shorten the B2B Sales Cycle
    Make sure that you have a brand promise that is clear and differentiated. If there is one thing that aggravates the modern B2B company, it is the constantly lengthening sales cycle.  Everyone, from CEO to sales VP to sales rep, suffers from this problem and wants to know what to do about it.  What exactly do I mean by the term “sales cycle”?
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011
    [Differentiation] Sunday thoughts
    It is about differentiating your company and creating remarkable content. (So people start remarking to each other.). Brain-dead marketers are everywhere. Looking for instant results in B2b lead generation ? It ain’t there. I’m shocked at the number of companies who expect instant results. It ain’t happening. Nothing.
  • 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.
  • AVITAGE  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
    [Differentiation] Asking the Right Questions of Your Marketing Scoreboard
    Knowing what questions to ask of your metrics differentiates successful marketing programs from the money pits.  Your marketing metrics, or your scoreboard, should measure both activity and results.  Unfortunately it is the hidden insights into the relationship between the two that creates actionable intelligence. 
  • INBOUND SALES NETWORK  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012
    [Differentiation] Why Your Company is NOT Better, Quicker, Faster or Smarter!!!
    If you want to truly differentiate your company or solution in the eyes of your prospect, here is a piece of advice – DON’T START WITH THE WORDS -BETTER – QUICKER – FASTER or SMARTER. These claims are pretty much made by every company out there. Of course, it is all based on their perceived advantage. The Bottom Line.
  • TRADESMEN INSIGHTS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
    [Differentiation] Manufacturers – Do you Have These Five Essential Website Elements?
    Show Off Your Facility & Processes - It’s important to use your website to show off what differentiates you from the competition. With all the marketing activities we are all doing today, we sometimes forget to review some of the old standbys like your website to make sure it’s current. Enjoy.
  • 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. It’s a laughable description.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2015
    [Differentiation] What are Technology Firms’ Top Business Challenges of 2015?
    When competing for business opportunities, it’s important for firms to differentiate themselves—to find ways of setting themselves apart culturally or technologically. As with innovation, finding top differentiators takes research and deep insight into how your firm stands out from others. And tech firms are no different.
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014
    [Differentiation] What the Board of Directors Expects from Marketers Today
    Now that everyone has access to “big data”, it’s the way you use your data that will differentiate your company within your space. Author: Brian Kardon We’ve all heard (and will continue to hear) about the increasingly prominent role of the Chief Marketing Officer, or CMO. Here are a few of my favorite takeaways: 1. Use Your Data.
  • PAUL GILLIN  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
    [Differentiation] Tribes Rule the Hyper-Social Organization
    Any line of business that does not provide the opportunity for clear competitive differentiation should be discarded, the authors say. wasn’t disappointed. In this groundbreaking book, the authors expand upon ideas laid down in their early research that are both simple to grasp and momentous in their implications. Rules Have Changed.
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014
    [Differentiation] The Colossal Content Marketing Report: Blogging Basics and Beyond
    In fact, you may want to differentiate your blog by posting at a less crowded time. Also, Author: Maggie Jones Last week, competitive intelligence platform TrackMaven released their “ Colossal Content Marketing Report ” – an analysis of blogging culture, pain points, analytics, and more. For this report, they analyzed over 1.2 Fair enough!
  • SALES LEAD DYNAMICS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2011
    [Differentiation] The Phone Has Stopped Ringing. Now What?
    Differentiate between “deliverables” (a marketing plan) and benefits (more revenue). When times were good, many successful professionals didn’t need a well defined niche. All their business came via “R & R” (Repeat and Referral). They relied on their reputations and connections. The The phone rang. Business flowed in. What’s Your Niche?
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
    [Differentiation] Funny Business: The Best Digital Marketing Humor, 2013 Edition
    Noting that the concept of a Facebbok phone “looks to be a derivative product developed a few years too late into a market that it can’t differentiate in,” the prolific Jim Dougherty suggests a handful of enhancements that could nevertheless turn this product into a winner, among them: “Game thwart. by Bit Rebels.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014
    [Differentiation] STOP! Is This Really Commercial Insight?
    In an environment where customers are increasingly unable to appreciate differences in quality, reputation, service delivery, and product value between suppliers, commercial insight is what differentiates you from the competition and drives the greatest loyalty impact. Commercial insight is the holy grail of today’s sales organization.
  • FATHOM  |  FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
    [Differentiation] Your Website’s Four Most Important Pages
    Differentiating Services Page:  Chances are you are not the only company in the world that sells your product or service. So be sure to highlight any of those differentiating services or features.   A Personable About Us: Knowing what you do is only half the battle. Beyond your home page: What other pages demand attention?
  • HUBSPOT  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
    [Differentiation] 7 Common Grammar Myths You'll Never Fall For Again
    The en dash, not the em dash, can also be used to represent time spans or differentiation (e.g. Although none of us are perfect, spelling and grammar matter in marketing. And sales, too.) Consistently correct grammar makes your content more credible and could impact its performance, too. Just look at what happened to NBC. Myth #3: "i.e."
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011
    [Differentiation] Should we have multiple company bloggers?
    If you have a company executive who is a natural communicator and voice of authority, it may represent a unique opportunity to differentiate your brand. It takes a lot of work to have a company blog and your approach is not a decision to be taken lightly.  And that’s where you need to start — assess the strategy, resources.
  • MARKETRI  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012
    [Differentiation] The Top Questions to Ask Yourself Before Rebranding Your B2B Company
    Researching your industry and competitors will also give you an idea of what is currently being done so that your designer can help your firm find ways to differentiate itself from the crowd. What is a brand? That being said, a company rebrand should be well thought out and thoroughly researched. What are our company values and culture?
  • MARKETING ACTION  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015
    [Differentiation] Nurturing Leads With Webinars: Awareness is Just the Beginning
    Now’s the time to demonstrate the superior features of your solution and highlight your competitive differentiators. The buyer’s journey has changed due to the high-quality information now easily available to prospects. However, as buyers change their habits, there is an opportunity for marketers to play a bigger role. Awareness. Evaluation.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
    [Differentiation] The 6 critical questions guaranteed to drive your social media strategy
    They can actually use their marketing platform as a point of differentiation. If you made ladders for a living and sold them to big chain stores, how much of your budget should you spend on social media marketing? Should you step it up? Sorry, I can’t help myself sometimes). You want to do it. You don’t know where to start.
  • HUBSPOT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014
    [Differentiation] 10 Ways to Segment Your Donors to Improve Fundraising Effectiveness
    There is plenty of recent evidence showing that donors are looking for differentiated, personalized, and unique communications. We can be unique, differentiated, and intentional with our fundraising efforts. Thus, this differentiation in how they''re connected to your organization offers a prime segmentation method. Nobody?
  • FUNNEL FOCUS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010
    [Differentiation] Thought Leadership Interview: Jill Konrath on Closing the Gap between Marketing and Sales
    Finally, the prospect's 3 rd Decision is to "select resources." At this phase, sellers need content that differentiates them from other vendors and supports the company's strengths. If only companies were that brave. CD: What does marketing need to do to get salespeople to use the content they provide? JK: Write good content. Make it simple.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012
    [Differentiation] Deal Reviews Are NOT Sales Coaching
    “The only thing worse than coaching someone and having them leave is NOT coaching them and having them stay.”. This powerful statement about the importance of sales coaching was made by one of our members during a panel discussion at last month’s CEB Sales and Marketing Summit in Las Vegas. One is about behaviors, the other is about beliefs.”  .
  • B2B IDEAS @ WORK  |  MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010
    [Differentiation] Will Your B2B Brand Stand the Test of Time?
    Seeing these displays reminded me of how far we’ve come as marketers, and how far we’ll need to go to truly differentiate our brands. On a recent trip to London, one of many tourist stops was the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising , in Notting Hill. Less “push,” more “pull.”
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008
    [Differentiation] A Behavioral Model of Information Seeking on the Web
    One version of the model describes six categories of information seeking activities as generic: starting, chaining, browsing, differentiating, monitoring, and extracting. During Differentiating , the individual filters and selects from among the sources scanned by noticing differences between the nature and quality of the information offered.
  • EVERYTHING TECHNOLOGY MARKETING  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2010
    [Differentiation] B2B Market Segmentation – Part 2: How to Approach Segmentation
    Price Sensitivity Do you position your product in segments that are price sensitive and invite vendors to complete on price or segments that pay a premium for a solution that is highly differentiated? In part one of our segmentation series , we discussed the importance of and rationale behind market segmentation. HOW DO I MARKET TO SEGMENTS?
  • ENGAGE  |  TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013
    [Differentiation] 10 Mobile Trends for 2013 (That Brands Need to Embrace)
    Give your consumers a rich, differentiated environment to engage their mobile experience. A revolution is upon us. Okay, so maybe that’s a little dramatic, but mobile is evolving and its value is growing with it. The Internet is constantly at our fingertips; we want what we want, when we want it and how we want it. Hear that, businesses?
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