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Brand mapping – Correspondence Analysis explained

The B2B Research Blog

How differentiated is your brand and where might there be white space? The larger the font size, the more powerful this attribute is in distinguishing brands from each other.  We can see that attribute 2 is an especially strong differentiator. Which attributes most closely define your brand?  Which other brands are challenging you for this space?  Here’s what we found. 

The benefits of a strong brand in B2B markets

The B2B Research Blog

It’s a point of differentiation, especially in commoditised markets where there is little apparent difference between products and services. Some don’t think that branding matters in B2B markets.  They say that B2B decision makers are logical beings immune to any such irrational influences.  And anyway, it’s all just fluffy marketing crap and a brand is really just a logo isn’t it?  . B2B marketers disagree.  In fact, our surveys have found that 77% of B2B marketing leaders believe that branding is critical to growth. What makes you different from others in your space.

Finding the brand positioning sweet spot

The B2B Research Blog

The trick here is to choose a positioning which is relevant, differentiated, authentic and flexible: Relevant:   It needs to be based on dimensions which are relevant to customers and prospects.  Differentiated:   It needs to make you stand apart from the competition.  If the positioning is ‘I’m like them’, it’s unlikely to win you many advocates. Choosing a B2B brand positioning.

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Branding is b t

The B2B Research Blog

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. And anyway our brand is just fine, the logo is great.”. Sound familiar? So you might be convinced, but how do you persuade others who see branding as ‘marketing b t’? First explain that, like it or lump it, they have a brand. Go forth and spread the word!

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Top ten B2B marketing challenges

The B2B Research Blog

Differentiation. Holger Schulze, Marketing Director at SafeNet, recently posted a great question to the 9,040 members of LinkedIn’s B2B Marketing group. Can you use ONE WORD to describe the biggest challenge facing B2B Marketing today?”. love this question for two reasons.  One, it forces a focussed answer.  However, I think it’s an interesting snapshot and pointer none-the-less. Relevance.

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Three customer insights for your marketing plan

The B2B Research Blog

What does our brand ‘mean’?  To develop and manage a resonant, differentiated brand it’s essential to understand what your brand ‘means’ to the market.  Spring.  As birds migrate north to secure nesting ground, gaggles of marketers flock to secure budget for their marketing plans. The most fruitful of these plans are built on customer insights.  But insights into what exactly? Here are three things that would top my list. What really matters? We all know that successful marketing propositions perfectly align with customer needs and wants.   But here assumption and guess-work abound. 

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Brand mapping – Correspondence Analysis explained

The B2B Research Blog

How differentiated is your brand and where might there be white space? The larger the font size, the more powerful this attribute is in distinguishing brands from each other.  We can see that attribute 2 is an especially strong differentiator. Which attributes most closely define your brand?  Which other brands are challenging you for this space?  In this survey we asked buyers whether they associated our client’s brand and thirteen competitors with ten attributes which previous qualitative research had identified as important in this market.  Here’s what we found. 

The benefits of a strong brand in B2B markets

The B2B Research Blog

It’s a point of differentiation, especially in commoditised markets where there is little apparent difference between products and services. Some don’t think that branding matters in B2B markets.  They say that B2B decision makers are logical beings immune to any such irrational influences.  And anyway, it’s all just fluffy marketing crap and a brand is really just a logo isn’t it? B2B marketers disagree.  In fact, our surveys have found that 77% of B2B marketing leaders believe that branding is critical to growth. What makes you different from others in your space.

An interview with Stephen Cheliotis: CEO, Centre for Brand Analysis

The B2B Research Blog

Increasingly however, many of the rules of consumer branding are applying, so being truly differentiated, having very creative and innovative marketing based on great customer insight are all important.  That might be best practice with a particular tool, such as who has developed the best website.  It could be Kellogg’s or might just as easily be Accenture.  I don’t think you should always try to differentiate between the two.  Every month David Willan interviews leading experts in from the world of marketing and B2B.  What makes a strong B2B brand? It’s an ingredient brand. 

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Your experience and qualifications are not differentiators!

Biznology

I recently started a discussion within different LinkedIn groups where I asked consultants , sales, and marketing leaders how they were differentiating themselves from others in their industry. One consultant mentioned that her differentiation was defined by her extensive experience and her successful professional achievements, which contributed to the development of a variety of sectors.

How Industrial Content Marketing Increases Awareness and Creates True Differentiation

Industrial Marketing Today

They are: Lack of awareness about them among engineers and industrial buyers Inability to differentiate themselves from the competition Given the fact that today’s industrial buyers prefer to do their own research and rely more on a […] The post How Industrial Content Marketing Increases Awareness and Creates True Differentiation by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today.

Is differentiation in IT staffing actually possible?

Haley Marketing

As a marketer, I’ve been trained that the secret to marketing success is differentiation—. The differentiation challenge in IT Staffing. I won’t say that differentiation in IT staffing is impossible; it’s just harder than it is in other sectors of our industry. Here’s why: Most IT staffing companies are using the same differentiation.

5 Ways B2B Marketers Can Differentiate Their Brand in Google Search Results

KoMarketing Associates

These tactics help differentiate an organization in Google search results and build trust and authenticity with potential buyers and prospects. These announcements represent a new opportunity for B2B marketers to differentiate their organization’s brand in organic search results, mobile search specifically. Google Business Listings. Why B2B Marketers Should Care. Be Patient.

Case study: Social media engagement as a point of differentiation

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Engagement as differentiation. The post Case study: Social media engagement as a point of differentiation appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Engagement as differentiation. by Trevor Young, {grow} Community Member. It’s pretty crazy out here in the marketing world. think I have a case study for you that demonstrates this. Many (most?)

Expertise as a Differentiation Strategy

Hinge Marketing

If you want to stop competing on price alone, it may be time to develop a stronger differentiation strategy. Differentiation Strategy Defined. This is what is known as a differentiation strategy. Three Tests for a Successful Differentiator. How do you know you have a good differentiator? Well, we recommend you put each differentiator to the test. Figure 1.

ABM Vendor Guide: Differentiators for Result Analysis

Customer Experience Matrix

It provides detailed profiles of 40 ABM vendors, with contents including: introduction to Account Based Marketing description of ABM functions key subfunctions that differentiate ABM vendors vendor summary chart that shows who does what explanations of information provided in the report vendor profiles including a summary description, list of key features, and detailed information covering 37 categories including data sources, data storage, data outputs, target selection, planning, execution, analytics, operations, pricing, and vendor background.

3 Keys to Sales Growth: Motivate, Justify and Differentiate

The ROI Guy

Second, competitive win rates are an issue because sales reps are having difficulty presenting differentiation. First, product differentiation is becoming harder, as solutions become more commoditized (whether we like it or not). Instead the way sales reps engage has become the key differentiator. Unfortunately reps remain focused on product pitches versus value selling.

Competitive Differentiation Is Easy if You Do This

Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies Blog

How can you differentiate yourself from others who are also competing for their business? It''s not differentiation. True competitive differentiation comes from helping your prospect make a good decision. Here''s the most effective thing you can say: Video Sales Tips Differentiation Everyone does that.

5 Steps for Differentiating Your Staffing Firm

Haley Marketing

Having trouble differentiating your firm from the 20 other staffing and recruiting firms in your market? The post 5 Steps for Differentiating Your Staffing Firm appeared first on Haley Marketing Group. Discouraged by trying to compete with the massive multinational agencies who dominate the search engines? Haven’t had a Facebook “like” since 2015? Don’t give up! Do you know?

3 Online Content Tips for Industrial Distributors to Differentiate Themselves

Industrial Marketing Today

Almost every industrial distributor that I talk to, both clients and new prospects struggle with one key problem – differentiating themselves. The post 3 Online Content Tips for Industrial Distributors to Differentiate Themselves by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today. This is particularly challenging for distributors because the competition in their niche carries the same products. Visit any distributor’s site in any industry and you’ll find their line cards read pretty much the same. [.] This is only a content summary.

5 Ways to Differentiate Your Marketing Content

It's All About Revenue

So as we enter another content-full year, I wanted to share some thoughts on how we are helping our clients differentiate their content storytelling: 1. Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of Simon Jones, a vice president at Blanc & Otus, a communications agency headquartered in San Francisco, where he leads the development and execution of integrated communication programs for some of the world’s largest technology brands. Follow Simon on Twitter @mrjonesinsf. We need to produce more. And we need to talk about it more. Not exactly worth sharing. Crazy?

How to differentiate your blog based on the time you can put into it

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Today I want to help you consider a way to differentiate your blog by thinking strategically about how you use your productivity and the amount of time you put into writing. Maybe your strategy should be determined by an opportunity for differentiation through your publishing schedule. Blogging takes a lot of work. Are you using your time to maximum effectiveness? How can you decide?

Ten Questions to Sharpen Your Competitive Differentiation – Guest post by Laura Patterson

Fearless Competitor

Buffer Ten Questions to Sharpen Your Competitive Differentiation. One of the most important tasks for digital marketing is to differentiate the company and its products from the competition.  Differentiation entails clearly distinguishing your product and/or company to make it more attractive and compelling to a particular target market. Differentiation plays an important role in gaining customer consideration and preference, two important steps in the customer buying process. How can the competition adapt any of their existing products to differentiate them further?

Do you understand your digital differentiation?

Biznology

They call me in, asking me why their digital marketing isn’t working and all-too-often one of the problems is lack of differentiation. It’s not even simply that their products are not differentiated, but often I find that they don’t even know what differentiation really is. Clients tell me that their products are differentiated. Face it.

4 Ways to Differentiate Your Marketing Content

It's All About Revenue

So as we enter another content-full year, I wanted to share some thoughts on how we are helping our clients differentiate their content storytelling: 1. Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of Simon Jones, a vice president at Blanc & Otus, a communications agency headquartered in San Francisco, where he leads the development and execution of integrated communication programs for some of the world’s largest technology brands. Follow Simon on Twitter @mrjonesinsf. We need to produce more. And we need to talk about it more. Not exactly worth sharing. Crazy?

How to Differentiate in E-Commerce

Opentopic

As an e-commerce marketer, how do you differentiate? The post How to Differentiate in E-Commerce appeared first on Opentopic. Retailers face a lot of competition, both online and offline. And in many cases the products they sell are very similar. How can you ensure that your website is not seen as a commodity? Start by creating better e-commerce shopping experiences to drive customer loyalty. Relationships and value propositions in the real. Cognitive Technology

10 Brands That Brilliantly Differentiated Themselves From the Competition

Hubspot

Understanding and differentiating from your competition. Below I’ve curated some brilliant companies that are great at differentiating themselves from their competition. 1) Lush. This post originally appeared on the Insiders section of Inbound Hub. To read more content like this, subscribe to Insiders. Today’s winning brands aren’t playing it safe. content creation

The need for differentiation: and why the customer is sometimes wrong

Beyond

On the counter at Munson''s coffee shop, in amongst the pastries, the pannetone boxes and the pots of apple and ginger porridge there is a sign that reminds you how customer service should be

4 Keys to Creating a Differentiating Customer Experience

WindMill Networking

Joseph Ruiz | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | 4 Keys to Creating a Differentiating Customer Experience by Joe Ruiz - Maximize Social Business. Recently I wrote about five ways to create an engaging customer experience.  Based on post blog activity, there seems to be some interest in the topic. Joseph is President of Strategic Marketing Solutions, a full-service marketing and consulting firm specializing in web-based integrated Relationship Marketing. Customer Experience Marketing

5 Ways to Differentiate Your Marketing Content

It's All About Revenue

So as we enter another content-full year, I wanted to share some thoughts on how we are helping our clients differentiate their content storytelling: 1. Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of Simon Jones, a vice president at Blanc & Otus, a communications agency headquartered in San Francisco, where he leads the development and execution of integrated communication programs for some of the world’s largest technology brands. Follow Simon on Twitter @mrjonesinsf. We need to produce more. And we need to talk about it more. Not exactly worth sharing. Crazy?

Why Brand Differentiation is Essential for Professional Services Firms to Succeed

Hinge Marketing

Everyone has heard that you have to differentiate your firm. What exactly is brand differentiation, anyway? Brand Differentiation Defined Throughout the life of your firm, you will experience significant changes in what you do. This is important to remember as we think about the meaning of brand differentiation. Why is Differentiation So Important, Anyway?

3 Dimensions that Drive a Differentiating Customer Experience

WindMill Networking

Dimensions that Drive a Differentiating Customer Experience by Joe Ruiz - Maximize Social Business. We like to do business with people we _. When I ask this as a question the answer is almost always a single word – trust. Edelman has created a TrustBarometer. It’s an annual study to examine the impact of trust on businesses. The most recent survey indicates that trust is down in many important […]. Author information. Joe Ruiz. This monthly Social Customer Experience Marketing column is contributed by Joseph Ruiz. Joseph Ruiz. Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn |.

11 Underdog Brands That Differentiated Themselves From the Competition

Hubspot

In fact, if a brand that succeeds in reaching its audience with content provided on social media, email, ads, and other media, this alone can differentiate them from other larger brands in their industry that miss the mark. Without further ado, here are 11 underdog brands that successfully differentiated their brands and proved they were a force to be reckoned with: 1) Apple. Ta-da!

How to think about differentiation for your business

Biznology

Agile marketing is based on testing and it is the best way to find the differentiation for your business. Above all, remember that differentiation is not solely about being different. Any business can be different–differentiation is about being different in a way that customers will pay for. Photo credit: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL). Have a Plan B.

Video Marketing Becomes Key Differentiator for Oracle Marketing Cloud Customers

Vidyard

The post Video Marketing Becomes Key Differentiator for Oracle Marketing Cloud Customers appeared first on Vidyard Video Intelligence Platform. Lenovo, MongoDB, Bulldog Solutions and more than 100 Oracle Eloqua customers now use video content and analytics to fuel marketing success. KITCHENER, Ontario – August 2, 2016 – Video has become the darling of the social media world, but modern businesses are proving that that there are real results to gain from online video content. Lenovo. Just knowing whether someone clicked play on a video is not a true measure of engagement. MongoDB.

Content Can Differentiate Industrial Companies When There’s Parity in Value Propositions

Industrial Marketing Today

A Value Proposition plays an important role in differentiation, which in turn affects lead generation. Do you use content as part of your industrial marketing strategy to differentiate your company from the competition? Yet, if you read the content on most industrial websites, they tend to sound similar within each industry. Most manufacturers and industrial companies make generic claims that are often copied by their competition and lack validation. How do you rise above the noise when there is so much parity in Value Propositions?

Does your company's Web presence differentiate your company from the competition?

Client Bridge

An interesting question and one that has significant impact on your company''s ability to grow. The Web offers extensive opportunities to grow your business but it isn''t magic, it is a tool. Like all tools you have to understand how it works and use it with skill to get the desired results. Most BtoB companies have a website and have made an effort to attract prospective customers to their site.

Seven Simple Ways to Differentiate Your Company and Products

Great B2B Marketing

My clients probably get tired of hearing me talk about the virtues of differentiation. But it’s usually better to remove […]. B2B Brand

Differentiate or die! It’s the digital marketing curse…

Biznology

While I am usually preaching differentiation to large businesses , I have been working with a lot of small businesses lately in my workshops and online courses. And some of them aren’t always happy about my advice, because their differentiation has always been about their location. With digital marketing, you must differentiate or die. 0 (Photo credit: Wikipedia).

Developing Differentiators: How Research Can Help You Pass the Test

Hinge Marketing

A differentiator, often times dubbed a “competitive advantage,” separates your firm from the rest of the herd. When a prospect is evaluating you, your differentiator is what may tip the scale in favor of your firm. However, not all differentiators are created equally. For a differentiator to be effective, it must pass three tests: 1) Is it true?