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  • JILL KONRATH'S FRESH SALES STRATEGIES BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011
    [Differentiation] Ever Wondered About the Secrets to Prospecting Success?
    Jonathan is now training and coaching small to medium businesses who need to learn how to differentiate themselves in today's crazy-busy business environment. Today They should also “plant seeds” which highlight their key differentiators and influence the prospect's thinking. DIFFERENTIATION. Why both? Because
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011
    [Differentiation] How do I find the “voice” on my company blog?
    When you get right down to it, your “voice&# is the key differentiator for your blog — it probably makes the difference on whether somebody even reads your blog or not. I received this great question from Josh Cantrell, a B2B blogger … Who is my audience? How do I determine the blog’s “voice”? Are you witty or buttoned up?
  • THE ROI GUY  |  MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016
    [Differentiation] Forbes Insights: Value First
    Although helping sales reps consistently find the right content for each selling situation is deemed important and is garnering much attention / investment, it’s not the top way to create higher performing reps and drive the most revenue. High performers have a need and desire to help a customer solve a problem, to create value for them.
  • 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.
  • JUNTA 42  |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015
    [Differentiation] This Week in Content Marketing: Does Dollar Shave Club’s Content Launch Have Transparency Issues?
    We propose to clear up the confusion by clearly differentiating between content, promoted content, and native advertising. PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. Next, another pundit is hating on native advertising , but it’s not clear what he’s asking us to do instead. link]. 3.
  • SALESFUSION  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016
    [Differentiation] Why and How to Improve Audience Segmentation for B2B Marketing
    In addition to differentiating people based on more static characteristics like influence level and location, you also need to consider dynamic characteristics like stage in the buyer’s journey, since someone who has just entered the sales cycle will require a different, higher level message than someone who is further down the funnel.
  • 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!
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011
    [Differentiation] The “Social Media Certificate” – Smart Move or Scam?
    When companies hire, does having a social media certificate really differentiate a job candidate? Ultimately, social media is a tool. powerful and flexible tool, to be sure, but still a tool. Kind of like other powerful, flexible tools, like…Microsoft Excel. What do you think?
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2015
    [Differentiation] Brand Strength and the Halo Effect in Marketing
    And our Differentiation Guide for Professional Services Firms will help you position your firm’s brand based on real differentiators. If you are interested in increasing the brand strength of your firm there is someone you need to meet. His name is Edward Thorndike. The Halo Effect. So what exactly is brand strength? Branding
  • HUBSPOT  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014
    [Differentiation] 7 Easy-to-Fix Mistakes You're Making With Your Personal Brand
    If you follow best practices -- and only best practices -- you won''t be doing much to differentiate yourself. When you sign into LinkedIn every morning, what do you see? You see that flag icon in the upper right-hand corner of the site (unless you’re on mobile, in which case it’s on the left-hand side), and it’s red. Inbound Marketing
  • 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?
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014
    [Differentiation] Is your SEO content suffering from Useless Box Kit Syndrome?
    But you’ll also want to determine how your Title can differentiate your listing and pop off the page. Your company is blogging on a regular basis. Your site has all the social media bells and whistles. But sadly, your SEO content could still be pretty useless. I was thinking about this after I watched ThinkGeek’s Useless Box Kit video.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016
    [Differentiation] Best Brand Strategy: Branded House or House of Brands?
    Our research indicates that strong professional services brands are twice as likely to favor the inclusion of easy-to-prove and relevant differentiators in their brand strategy. That is because differentiation (or specialization [link to Lee’s Monday post]) helps the firm generate leads and improve closing percentages. Let me explain.
  • KAON  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016
    [Differentiation] UNDERSTANDING HOW MACRO AND MICRO FORCES INFLUENCE MARKETING
    As such, marketers must truly understand the needs/wants of their markets, and should honestly evaluate their differentiated value-add so that their connection to the customer is based on authenticity. To better understand the impact, let’s quickly identify some of the primary sentiments of populations in many markets. Uncertainty.
  • B2B MARKETING UNPLUGGED  |  THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013
    [Differentiation] B2B Marketers Need to Pay More Attention to HR Trends
    It sounds a little icky, but if we accept that content is a big differentiator, then it makes all kinds of sense to raid the internal knowledge bank first for some Grade A proprietary info. I have never read a romance novel because I’m fairly sure I won’t like it, and I can see plenty of heaving bosoms at soccer any old time.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015
    [Differentiation] To drive value from your content, focus on trust, not traffic
    This is the digital crossroad, a genuine point of business differentiation today. Case study: Social media engagement as a point of differentiation Should you create different social media posts for international clients? Here’s a word we don’t use in business too often: love. ” Read on. No surprise, right? Trust.
  • 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.
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2015
    [Differentiation] 5 Ways To Create Interactive Content and Maximize Your Marketing Budget
    Your best content could already be in your wheelhouse just waiting to be shaped into a perfect piece of shareable, engaging content that will differentiate you from the crowd. But when it comes to content marketing, is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Probably. So what’s the solution? Not so fast! Don’t let it go to waste!
  • SALESFUSION  |  MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016
    [Differentiation] 8 Best Practices for Using Google AdWords
    Other factors to consider include keyword competition (the more competitive the keyword, the higher the costs will likely be), negative keywords (to filter out irrelevant searches/differentiate similar terms) and keyword matches (to designate broad, phrase and exact matches). Using Google AdWords for SEM. Time to Get Searching.
  • PUZZLE MARKETER  |  THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012
    [Differentiation] Make Time for the Not Urgent
    Differentiate yourself as someone who goes the extra mile and always asks “Why are we doing this?” Originally developed by President Dwight D. The answers can be determined by asking two questions about a particular task. 1) Is it important? 2) Is it urgent? Eisenhower I’d like to focus on one quadrant in particular.
  • JUNTA 42  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015
    [Differentiation] 5 Things That Can Make Nonprofit Marketers More Effective [New Research]
    We’ve learned that having a documented strategy is a key differentiator among those who say their content marketing is effective and those who rate theirs as less effective. Yet, in terms of overall effectiveness, only 26% say they’re effective – a drop from last year when about one-third of marketers said they were effective.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014
    [Differentiation] The 2014 Priority List for Marketers
    Killer content is the key to differentiating yourself amongst a sea of competitors. Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a post from Tamara Graves , Senior Director of Demand Generation at NetProspex. The holidays have passed and marketers are focusing on what will make them more effective and successful in 2014.
  • HUBSPOT  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016
    [Differentiation] Google’s Removing Right-Side Ads, But How Will It Impact Organic Search Results?
    While some users are savvy to ads, they’re becoming more and more like organic listings -- the only thing differentiating them is the small yellow “Ad” label that can be easily missed. That’s why their recent decision to remove ads from the right-hand side of their desktop SERPs is making big news. What exactly did they change? This is bad.
  • CAPTORA  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016
    [Differentiation] The 3-Step ToFu Recipe for Growth Marketers
    Analytics by itself is no longer a differentiator, nor is it sufficient — proactive and predictive analytics and continuous optimization across the portfolio of campaigns is what is needed. First came CRM. CRM made sales and marketing more efficient in the bottom of the funnel. But the top of the funnel has never had its own platform.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015
    [Differentiation] Are CMO Ambitions Too Low?
    But under the CMO, the CIO will focus on systems of engagement and the customer while providing a holistic view on how the IT function can be a strategic differentiator for the company. Ambitious CMOs focus on building credibility for their team. Is that enough? Some wonder if CMOs have what it takes to become the next CEO. How can that be?
  • VERTICAL RESPONSE  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014
    [Differentiation] 6 Easy Ways to Keep Track of Your Competitors
    Differentiating yourself from the competition is something every business wants to do. You don’t have to be James Bond or Jason Bourne to find out what your competitors are up to. Competitive analysis for small businesses also doesn’t have to take up a lot of time or money. How does it compare to yours? Look at customer reviews.
  • KAPOST  |  TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016
    [Differentiation] How to Improve Your Lead Nurturing Program
    Is your marketing strategy more of the same, or are you actively taking steps to differentiate your company? Over time, many marketers will see a dip in their lead nurturing programs. It’s normal: prospective buyers may find other options for products or services. So how can you find more of your best audiences? Send Fewer Emails.
  • NUSPARK  |  FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011
    [Differentiation] A Lead Generation Plan Begins With Content Marketing Strategy
    What is your value proposition and your differentiation? How will you be differentiated? Here’s a sample excerpt of a  digital marketing/ lead generation proposal we did recently I thought I’d share because it really is a compilation of recent blog posts in a way. In essence, this is what we do. Introduction. Objectives.
  • NUSPARK  |  FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011
    [Differentiation] A Lead Generation Plan Begins With Content Marketing Strategy
    What is your value proposition and your differentiation? How will you be differentiated? Here’s a sample excerpt of a  digital marketing/ lead generation proposal we did recently I thought I’d share because it really is a compilation of recent blog posts in a way. In essence, this is what we do. Introduction. Objectives.
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013
    [Differentiation] Why Media Companies Are Struggling (And How Inbound Can Help)
    As media companies have taken their content and advertising digital, it’s hard for readers to differentiate one media company from the next. But how can you do that in a way that differentiates you from the competition? Some might even call them inbound marketers light years ahead of their time. Why Media Companies Are Struggling.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013
    [Differentiation] Creating a Marketing Plan: A Guide for Professional Services Firms
    How do you find your firm’s differentiators? Once upon a time, creating a marketing plan for your professional services firm was relatively easy. Which conferences were you going to attend? Which local events were you going to sponsor? How much discretionary networking budget were you going to allocate to each partner? Help is Here.
  • MARKETING ACTION  |  THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013
    [Differentiation] Email Marketing: Best Practices in a Multichannel, Multi-Device World
    Phil Dolan, CMO of Navicure, spoke about some of his company’s challenges, including complacency and differentiation. In the last twenty years, email’s become a well established, stalwart marketing channel with dependable ROI. Hmmm…things marketing automation does well. Just sayin’.). Use trigger emails. Usage encouragement.
  • KOMARKETING ASSOCIATES  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2016
    [Differentiation] So You Want to Be a Thought Leader…
    What are some of your organizations’ key differentiators? As more companies realize the benefits of building an online presence beyond their own website, one thing we increasingly hear is, “We want to be thought leaders.” Or more cringe-worthy, someone in the organization wants to be seen as a thought leader. It doesn’t really work that way.
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
    [Differentiation] Why You're Thinking About Digital Marketing Analytics All Wrong
    Let's highlight three of the main differentiators: 1. As we mentioned earlier, a key differentiator between web analytics and digital marketing analytics is that the latter uses the person -- not the page view -- as the focal point. Measuring the effectiveness of digital marketing is one of the greatest challenges facing organizations.
  • JUNTA 42  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2016
    [Differentiation] This Week in Content Marketing: The Coming Opportunity in Email (Yes, Email)
    He believes the one thing that will differentiate us is our ability to envision innovative ideas and solutions. PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. We wrap up the show with a #ThisOldMarketing example from Karo Syrup. This week’s show. Content marketing in the news.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2013
    [Differentiation] Awash in an Ocean of Content, Companies with the best Buyer Insights win the digital marketing battle
    If customers hold the keys to relevance, more and more BtoB sellers will differentiate themselves based on buyer insights – what you know about those customers. Buffer Buyer Insights are what separate the best marketers in their digital marketing campaigns. suggest you leave buyer insights to the pros. But what is compelling content?
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016
    [Differentiation] How Developing Your Brand Value Can Win You New Business
    He was stymied because the junior staff, while technically excellent, did not communicate the firm’s differentiators as clearly as he could. Internally , begin by educating all employees on your firm’s core differentiators. If you are among them, you are certainly not alone. Breaking Down Your Brand. Additional Resources.
  • THE ROI GUY  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016
    [Differentiation] Follow Your Heart to Content Marketing Success
    Research from Demand Metric indicates that interactive content is 2x greater than passive content at converting prospects, 32% better at educating buyes and 60% superior in creating differentiation. By Dan Sixsmith & Tom Pisello Promotional Content simply doesn't work. They need Help--not a sales pitch.
  • MARKETING ACTION  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013
    [Differentiation] Content Prospecting: How to Enable Sales Reps with Lead Nurture Best Practices
    You’ll learn how to: Differentiate yourself from the rest of the sales pack by becoming your prospect’s trusted expert. To be successful with content marketing, you need to get very specific and strategic with process, timing, and the actual content itself. It’s a sophisticated practice, but not so difficult if you know how.
  • SNAPAPP  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015
    [Differentiation] Boost Lead Scoring With Interactive Content [Infographic]
    Reaching out regularly with new, differentiated content experiences increases the likelihood that prospect will convert and impact their lead score. Lead scoring is a crucial part of a modern marketing program. Lead scoring helps us determine when leads are ready to be passed on to sales – but setting up an effective program can be difficult.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015
    [Differentiation] Everybody Writes — My Interview With Ann Handley
    So I want people to think of writing and their words not as boring drudgery… but as a way to differentiate themselves online. Ann Handley – writing in her “Tiny Little House” A few years ago I went to a MarketingProfs event and met someone who literally changed my life. told her where I worked. And Why did you write it?
  • FATHOM  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014
    [Differentiation] The Importance of Establishing a Strong Brand Identity
    Accompanied with intricate audience persona research and development, mapping out your core values, mission statement and differentiators will guide you as you map out your company’s exterior-facing identity. Why it is so imperative to establish and define a brand image? First, you must understand that a brand is a promise. brand is an asset.
  • SAZBEAN  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
    [Differentiation] 8 Simple Strategies: Take Your Blog From Blah to Brilliant
    Taking a strong stand on your area of expertise will not only differentiate your blog from others, it will start attracting those readers and customers who share those opinions as well – and that means more ideal customers for you. Blogs are now the norm. You’ve probably added a blog to your site – because that’s what you’re supposed to do.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015
    [Differentiation] 7 Strategies to Generate Better Accounting Leads
    It’s difficult to differentiate between firms, and fee pressure becomes intense. Other types of specialization that can help differentiate your firm include: Service type specialization. Well-targeted, clearly differentiated, obviously more value… sounds like a formula for better accounting leads. But beware.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016
    [Differentiation] The stress of authenticity and other reasons social media is exhausting
    How to differentiate your blog based on the time you can put into it. By Brooke Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist. teach a class at Baruch College in NYC on consumer behavior. We talk a lot about personalization, customization and selling yourself (as a human behind the logo) to potential buyers. But how far does it have to go? Brooke B.
  • KAON  |  MONDAY, JULY 27, 2015
    [Differentiation] Marketing Moves to Center Stage
    Today, marketing’s impact is manifold, and includes a leadership role in building consistent, sustainable, differentiated value for the entire company. In previous generations, marketers have been thought of as “lead generators” for the sales department. CMOs Play a Comprehensive Role. CEOs Need CMOs to Be Visionaries. based Kaon Interactive.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
    [Differentiation] The 15 Best Content Marketing Videos Of 2015
    This 2:13 video gives a quick tutorial on differentiating your brand from others in the social media space. We’ve got news for you, content marketers: video isn’t going anywhere. By 2016, Cisco predicts that online video traffic will account for 55% of total consumer traffic on the internet. B2B Content Marketing Tutorials. 1. Fernandez.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016
    [Differentiation] Make the most of your CRM this year
    Customer service is expected to be the key differentiator , even over price, by 2020. Maybe you started working with a CRM last year, but you didn’t get it set up in the most efficient way to meet your business needs. Maybe it’s one of your goals in 2016, and you’re just not there yet. CRM and Customer Service. Want to keep customers happy?
  • SALES LEAD DYNAMICS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2011
    [Differentiation] Prospecting Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint.
    They won’t meet with you unless they (a) understand what you offer; (b) think they might need your services; (c) consider you highly qualified and (d) can clearly differentiate you from your competitors. Prospects are hard to reach.Very hard. They don’t answer the phone (Thank you, Caller ID!). They don’t respond to emails. 
  • JUNTA 42  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2014
    [Differentiation] This Week in Content Marketing: Here’s What Verizon Should Have Done with SugarString
    Robert sees this as a sign of the accelerating pace of change in big media. I see it as a failure of strategy, in trying to play the same game as BuzzFeed rather than differentiating itself. PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. This week’s show. Content Marketing in the News.
  • JUNTA 42  |  SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016
    [Differentiation] This Week in Content Marketing: Long-Form Content Actually Works on Smartphones
    Length doesn’t matter – content needs to be differentiated and valuable to its target audience. PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. by 2020. Next, we’re encouraged by a study that proves that engaging long-form content does get read on smartphones. This week’s show.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2016
    [Differentiation] Marketing attribution systems: a quick look at the options
    Of course, there are plenty of other points that differentiate these systems. I’ve seen a lot of attribution vendors recently. If you're a regular reader here, you saw my reviews of Claritix ( last week ) and BrightFunnel ( in December). Last week caught up with Jeff Winsper of Black Ink , which I'll hopefully review before too long. Or not.
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2015
    [Differentiation] Why Marketers Are the New Wingmen
    If your visitor needs more information on pricing or key differentiators, introduce them to the sales team. Author: Michael Powers Chances are if you’re in events marketing at a B2B company, your schedule is full of trade shows. different perspective. This deep understanding of your customer provides you with two very different experiences.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014
    [Differentiation] Content2Conversion Keynote Recap: 5 Tips For The Challenger Marketer
    Keep these core beliefs close to your content : Customer centricity; customer understanding; customer relationships; and customer value. 3, Define commercial insight - The content, or heart and soul, of how you’re going to compete, is your key differentiator and the way you demonstrate your value as a trusted advisor. This isn’t new.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015
    [Differentiation] The dangerous confusion of sales and content marketing
    Related Stories Why conversation hierarchy is important to your marketing strategy Case study: Social media engagement as a point of differentiation A new process to quantify content marketing success Four overlooked B2B marketing ideas you can use now Five trends transforming content marketing. By Tom Webster, {grow} Community Member.
  • KOMARKETING ASSOCIATES  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
    [Differentiation] Blogging vs. Journalism: Identifying the Fundamental Differences
    Cheese of writing, this ease of differentiation should apply when comparing blogging and journalism. As a content marketer, I often times have to switch my brain from news writing (journalism) to blogging, and vice versa. Tone and Structure. If you were standing on a street that just so happened to have a “Chuck E. Scope of Audience. Timing.
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015
    [Differentiation] How to Create a Benchmark to Measure Content Marketing ROI
    Content in this phase should be more biased towards your company, displaying factors that differentiate you from your competitors in your ability to solve said problems. According to the Content Marketing Institute’s 2015 B2B and B2C benchmark reports, less than a quarter of marketers are able to prove content marketing ROI. Awareness.
  • FEARLESS COMPETITOR  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014
    [Differentiation] The Coming War over Buyer Insights
    One of the top challenges for companies today is differentiation. In the crazy, noisy world of today, companies who best know their buyers will win. That’s why I believe there’s a marketing war coming around buyer insights. This is why Buyer Persona are more important than ever. Find New Customers is certified in Buyer Personas.).
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016
    [Differentiation] 12 Critical Building Blocks to a Successful Digital Marketing Campaign
    Understanding how to properly connect with those personas and differentiate yourself from your competition in a succinct manner is another. How does your solution differentiate positively from your direct competitors? Think back to the last digital marketing campaign that blew you off your feet. What tone do take? Indirect competitors?
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013
    [Differentiation] Sponsored Content: Edge of integrity or the salvation of advertising?
    Radical honesty as a point of differentiation. Radical honesty as a point of differentiation. Sponsored content is probably the hottest — and most controversial — marketing trend around. The fact of the matter is that sponsored content works best when you don’t know it’s an ad. Will the FTC regulate this trend?
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012
    [Differentiation] Don’t Stop A-Meme-In’ – Using Memes for Lead Generation and Buzz Building
    Adding a bit of humor to the world of B2B marketing can be a great way to differentiate your business and chances are your customers and prospects will appreciate the laugh. by Jason Miller Looking for a fun way to engage with customers and prospects through your social media channels? Try using a meme tied back to a specific offer.
  • CAPTORA  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016
    [Differentiation] Winning Executive Buy-In for Martech Investments
    How could anyone differentiate between thousands of different marketing solutions, or even hundreds in a particular category — all claiming to be innovative, mission-critical, and superior to competitors? Marketers occupy more and more real estate in the customer lifecycle every year. Let’s take a closer look. The MarTech Landscape.
  • 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.
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013
    [Differentiation] Don’t Get Left Behind: The Rise of Digital Marketing in Financial Services
    Trend – The nature of financial services products make offerings easy to copy and hard to differentiate. This not only engages clients more and with higher results, it differentiates firms from those who are ignoring this growing trend. Author: Fab Capodicasa Every business is different. Mobile Marketing is Exploding. Modern Marketin
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014
    [Differentiation] Visible Expert Profile: Rick Telberg
    And while other firms faltered during the banking crisis of 2007, Rick seized the opportunity to differentiate. Related Stories Differentiation Strategy Not Working? Here’s How To Make It Better Webinar Recap: 21 Best Differentiators and How to Find Yours How Can Professional Services Firms Boost Their Value
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
    [Differentiation] Case study: Creating social media benefits in a regulated industry
    ” Baker learned quickly that a combination of human connection and helpful content was creating a point of differentiation in a field that is typically “too stiff.” It’s been wonderful to observe the growth and progress in social media marketing over the years, but certain fields continue to lag behind. Legal. Legal.
  • THE ROI GUY  |  THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014
    [Differentiation] The Three E's of Boosting Sales Productivity
    We recently attended the SAVO Summit in Chicago, a gathering of over 600 leading sales enablement, sales and marketing analysts, executives and partners (including Alinean) to share the latest research, exchange ideas and learn new best practices. So the big question … what are you doing today to address the three E’s ?
  • BIZIBLE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016
    [Differentiation] 5 Steps to Build an Impressive B2B Account-Based Marketing Framework
    In an age where everything is done online, a way to really stand out and differentiate your company from others is to send something through the mail. As account-based marketing continues to gain traction, more and more B2B marketers are looking to create the perfect campaign. Coverage. What metrics determine success? Awareness. LinkedIn Ads.
  • HUBSPOT  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2016
    [Differentiation] How to Use Instagram Stories: A Simple Guide for Marketers
    Each social network has its differentiating factor, and Instagram has always been a place to showcase the most beautiful, curated version of your life. On Tuesday, Instagram introduced Instagram Stories , a new feature with remarkable similarities to Snapchat. Stories provides Instagram users with a place to share posts at a higher frequency.
  • BIZIBLE  |  THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016
    [Differentiation] Why B2B Marketers Don’t Like Articles on Sales Alignment
    Companies in every B2B industry work so hard to differentiate themselves, and then we seem to expect the same alignment solutions to work for every team. B2B marketers are constantly looking for ways to improve, optimize, and increase the ROI of the marketing they do all day, every day. have a theory. Sit next to your sales team. Usually not.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015
    [Differentiation] Why I Joined Hinge
    All marketers know that differentiation for their clients is key. And Hinge’s differentiation is anchored on proprietary research that gives them insight that delivers astounding results for clients. For those who know me or my reputation as a thought leader in construction marketing, you are probably surprised by my move.
  • E-QUIP  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015
    [Differentiation] How to Make Your SOQs More Client Focused
    think client focus has been the single most important differentiator in my compiling a 75% win rate over the last 25 years. This is the differentiator that no one talks about. I''ve written in this space before about the importance of making the client the central character in your proposal narrative. Don''t give up yet!
  • HUBSPOT  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013
    [Differentiation] What Are Psychographics? [FAQs]
    Most importantly, going beyond the demographics of your buyer persona and really understanding their psychographics will provide you with valuable data that can differentiate your marketing from your competitors. You probably know a lot about who buys from you. But there’s another component needed to really understand your buyer. Surveys.
  • VIDYARD  |  THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016
    [Differentiation] How to Create a Video Marketing Strategy You Can Be Proud of
    Travis has an incredible story around using video content and analytics to differentiate their company, boost conversion rates, better score and qualify prospects, and deliver campaigns that get the attention of their CEO. Are you proud of your video marketing strategy? I bet the answer comes pretty quickly. Or maybe not. Watch Now!
  • VIDYARD  |  TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016
    [Differentiation] How to Create a Video Marketing Strategy You Can Be Proud of
    Travis has an incredible story around using video content and analytics to differentiate their company, boost conversion rates, better score and qualify prospects, and deliver campaigns that get the attention of their CEO. Are you proud of your video marketing strategy? I bet the answer comes pretty quickly. Or maybe not. Sign Me Up!
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015
    [Differentiation] How to Integrate Social Media and Blogging from The Art of Social Media
    Now, I’d like to answer a few great questions we received after the presentation: Q: What are the best practices for differentiating between a ‘professional’ social media presence and a ‘personal’ social media presence? A: The reality is that your personal and professional social media presence is one and the same. We hope so. Add drama.
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016
    [Differentiation] 10 of the Best Brands on Twitter (And Why They're So Successful)
    But JetBlue is on another level -- and they've done a fantastic job differentiating themselves on Twitter by finding clever ways to exceed our expectations. When it was first created, Twitter was designed mostly for individuals. It was a place for people to share succinct versions of their thoughts and ideas with the world. Follow @JetBlue.
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2012
    [Differentiation] 5 Content Marketing Lessons from Guns N Roses
    Just as GnR stood out from the masses, you must differentiate your content from the competition. by Jason Miller A few weeks ago I went to see Guns N Roses perform in Las Vegas. It was an amazing show and brought me back to the days when I used to celebrate this band’s entire catalog. Welcome to the jungle. Do something unexpected.
  • CMO ESSENTIALS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015
    [Differentiation] 2016 MarTech Planning: It’s Time for Evolution, Not Revolution
    Marketing technology has become a strategic investment and, when done right, can be a differentiator. Have you ever fallen victim to Shiny Object Syndrome ? For marketers, this often happens when we get distracted by the influx of new technologies and “game-changing” strategies that promise us the world. Work With What You’ve Got.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014
    [Differentiation] How Can Professional Services Firms Boost Their Value?
    Their communications are driven by a strong marketplace positioning built on differentiators that are true, demonstrable and highly relevant to target audiences. To learn more about identifying differentiators, download our brand new Differentiation Guide for Professional Services. So, what drives value?
  • HUBSPOT  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2015
    [Differentiation] 10 Tips That Can Drastically Improve Your Website's User Experience
    These are active action words that prompt and guide the user. 4) Use Hyperlink Differentiation. When it comes to hyperlink differentiation you do not need to reinvent the wheel. In today’s changing marketing landscape, your website has become a more powerful tool than ever. However, white space is essential to good design.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2015
    [Differentiation] Five ways to calm down and not be overwhelmed by social media change
    Related Stories Why conversation hierarchy is important to your marketing strategy Seven fascinating marketing lessons of 2015 Case study: Social media engagement as a point of differentiation. Let’s look at a few ideas that serve as a calming effect for the social media hurricane. Take a deep breath now. This changes everything. It is.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010
    [Differentiation] Five Benefits of Blogging for Business
    Even more importantly, if your product or service is difficult to differentiate, a blog gives you a way to create differentiation via your knowledge. Expertise is a powerful differentiator; in commoditized markets, it may even be your only effective one. Blogs are seen as key sources of information rather than just promotion.
  • JUNTA 42  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2015
    [Differentiation] This Week in Content Marketing: Content Marketing Predictions for 2015
    Tealium: When digital marketing management firm Tealium wanted to differentiate its services, it used an unusual tactic: It launched a children’s book called Taming the Digital Marketing Beast that looks like something from the Little Golden Books series. This week’s show. Recorded live on December 28, 2014; Length: 1:11:55).
  • HUBSPOT  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012
    [Differentiation] 10 of the Most Memorable Marketing Campaigns of 2012
    First, they focused on the true feature differentiation between the two products; something that every potential buyer cares about but is not always emphasized in brands' marketing. Too often, marketers attack their competitors directly to show their differentiation -- which is not something that looks very professional to potential buyers.
  • 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?  This is a critical question because it will determine how you must market to be successful.  A differentiated product or service has advantages, but it must usually contend with a much smaller market niche.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2015
    [Differentiation] Elements of a Successful Brand 2: The Tagline
    Think of a tagline as an opportunity to articulate your differentiation , express your personality or convey some other important brand quality. Every brand worth its salt stands for something — a point of differentiation or a competitive advantage that stimulates interest and builds loyalty. A brand is a complex organism.
  • 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.
  • HINGE MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014
    [Differentiation] Agile Marketing for Professional Services
    Related Stories SlideShare Presentation: How a Meeting of the Minds Can Grow Your Professional Services Firm Find Your Differentiator: 21 Ways to Gain a Competitive Advantage for Your Firm 5 Steps to Revamp Your Email Marketing Strategy in 2014 Marketing efforts now need to be evaluated and adjusted continually. On Twitter or LinkedIn?
  • BIZIBLE  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016
    [Differentiation] Top 5 Peer-Approved B2B Marketing Stories on PipelineMarketing.com
    Among those key predictions, Martech Advisor writer Dennis Syracuse predicts that, “84% of top performing businesses will use marketing automation in 2016, and this year we expect predictive data, aka “intent data,” to be the differentiator as it moves from “nice-to-have” data to data that drives business…” ( read more ). INFOGRAPHIC].
  • HUBSPOT  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015
    [Differentiation] New Data: Should You Include Social Media Icons on Your Homepage?
    The middle of the pack accounts for nearly one-third of homepages and is separated into three groups differentiated by providing one, two, or five links. This post originally appeared on inbound.org and is reprinted here with permission. Deciding what to include on your homepage, however, is an endless conversation amongst marketers. Twitter.
  • KAON  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015
    [Differentiation] 3 Essential Ingredients For Your Engaging Sales Presentation
    Frequently, this individual content doesn’t clearly differentiate their products/solutions correctly, making it difficult to create consistency within the brand. Original article published on Sales Initiative. Uniform messaging and branding across the organisation. Optimised content for all mobile devices.
  • SALES INTELLIGENCE VIEW  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011
    [Differentiation] How to Sell to People Not Contacts
    What creates differentiation is cutting through the noise and engaging people. A New Type of Connection. What are People Insights ? Connections are more important than ever for reaching and engaging your prospects. ” Going beyond the business card. There is no competitive advantage to be gained by using basic contact data.
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
    [Differentiation] 5 Reasons to Invest in Interactive Content
    Content marketing aims to reach buyers in the awareness stage, differentiate our brands in the consideration stage, and make our brands the clear winner in the selection stage. Author: Dennis Shiao The first time I downloaded a white paper was in 2000. As Mark Schaefer rightfully notes, we live in an age of content shock. have no idea.
  • VIEWPOINT  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
    [Differentiation] Three “Lies” That Plague B2B Businesses Today (Part Two of Three)
    But when they do that, they minimize their ability to shift the customer’s thinking, to get them to consider different points of view, to create differentiated value. Cold calling is dead. 57 – 90% of the buying process is complete before a sales rep needs to get involved. Marketing and sales are aligned. Do you agree these are lies?
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015
    [Differentiation] Master the Changing Sales Landscape: 8 Key Strategies to Becoming a B2B Salesperson of the Future
    That user experience in itself will differentiate you from the competition. 6. Author: Amy Guarino Forrester’s pronouncement of the death of the B2B salesperson recently made headlines. But, I ask, is it really a death, or a chance at reinvention ? Here’s the situation: it’s not news that the buying process has changed. Sales b2
  • VIEWPOINT  |  TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015
    [Differentiation] The Skinny on Lead Nurturing - 11 Experts Weigh In (part 1 of 2)
    Use the phone and snail mail to differentiate yourself. This year I've been talking a lot about Nurturing. It's a critical component in the sales and marketing process; yet, most companies aren't implementing it effectively—that is, if they are at all. There were some terrific responses and I’ll share them over the course of two blogs.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
    [Differentiation] A new process to quantify content marketing success
    Related Stories Facebook content strategy is a time bomb for inbound marketing A solution to the content marketing measurement puzzle Polish up your best content to drive content marketing value Case study: Social media engagement as a point of differentiation The future of content marketing strategy. Traffic? Sales? Our premise is simple.
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