Marketing Craftmanship

A 9-Step Marketing Success Recipe

Marketing Craftmanship

The first question we ask prospective clients is, “Do you have a Marketing Plan?”. Many prospects sheepishly acknowledge that they don’t have a formal Marketing Plan. This group earns big points with us for honesty.

Two Reasons Why Marketing Fails at Small and Medium B2B Firms

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There are two reasons why marketing fails most often at small- and medium-sized B2B firms. Either or both of these failings may apply to your situation: You view marketing as business triage.

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7 Signs that You’re NOT a Thought Leader

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Thought Leadership is perhaps the most widely used and consistently abused strategy in professional services marketing. There’s diverse opinion regarding what it is, and fuzzy expectations with respect to its benefits.

Write Effective Pitch Letters to Grow Your Business

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Over the past 20 years, most of my firm’s new business has been generated by unsolicited pitch letters sent to targeted prospects.

How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

PR’s “Big Lie” is Alive and Well

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Sales and Marketing Alignment: Facing Professional Culture Clash

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The most recent survey of Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) shows that not much has changed over the past 10 years. CMOs continue their struggle to make the connection between marketing activity and company performance, and they continue to shift the blame for their failure.

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Make the Short List…Or Die Trying

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For most B2B companies, there’s no reliable way to predict when a prospective client will purchase their product or engage their services, regardless of what their “marketing automation” expert promises.

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Preserving Brand Equity in a Corporate Turnaround

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With rare exception, companies assign very little planning or resources to proactively managing the effects of a restructuring on its brand equity.

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The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

Peter Drucker on “The Four Roles of the CFO”

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In the early 1990s, Highlander Consulting was engaged by Phibro Energy to help introduce energy derivatives to Chief Financial Officers at corporations with substantial exposure to fluctuations in oil, gasoline and jet fuel prices.

Why Your Company’s Blog Doesn’t Make the Phone Ring

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All of the hours devoted to blogging, at some of the nation’s largest and smartest companies, does not appear to be time well spent…if the goal of a blog and other forms of content marketing is to generate new business.

10 Ways to Market Your Brand’s Integrity

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Regardless of whether your company is an established leader or an upstart, brand integrity matters. And it’s a corporate asset that needs to be marketed.

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Should Marketing Automation Customers be Pre-Qualified?

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For decades, the ONLY way to produce any type of printed material – ranging from sales & marketing brochures, to annual reports and informational flyers – involved a multi-step, time / people-intensive, costly process requiring a copywriter, graphic designer, a typesetter and a printing press.

7 Marketing and Sales Strategies to Grow Your Revenue Fast

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Many companies have the core marketing and sales elements to take their revenue to the next level, but are still missing out on some key opportunities. Join Christopher Ryan, CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners and writer of the recent book "The Expert’s B2B Revenue Growth Playbook," to discover seven steps that you can immediately take to grow your company’s revenue quickly and consistently!

Skip the Marketing Plan. Try this “Easy-Bake” Recipe Instead.

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The first question we ask prospective clients is, “Do you have a Marketing Plan?”. Most prospects sheepishly acknowledge that they don’t have a formal Marketing Plan. This group earns big points with us for honesty.

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What Your Doctor Can Teach You About Business Growth

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For many decades, physicians have been taught the “3 A’s” of a sound medical practice. They are the 3 qualities that their patients will value most highly, in rank order of importance : Affability. Accessibility. Ability.

Managing Brand Strategy…When Your Name is on the Front Door

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Any business founder / owner whose surname serves as their company’s brand name has a unique challenge.

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Five Life Lessons from Doc Martin

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Entertainment Craftsmanship: What’s Missing from American Television.

A Crash Course in B2B Email Creative

Speaker: Howard Sewell, President, Spear Marketing Group

Too often, email campaigns are seen as something that "just anyone" on your team can put together. But in today's attention economy, strong creative can be the defining factor that gets your email to stand out in the inbox. Join Howard Sewell of Spear Marketing Group, a leading B2B agency, as he uses real-world examples to highlight tips, techniques and key principles that can make or break your campaigns.

Marketing Lesson from Ian McTavish: 7th Generation Scottish Bagpipe Maker

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On a trip to Scotland in the 1980s, from my rented car on a road outside of Glasgow, I spotted a crude hand-painted sign nailed to a tree that read, “Ian McTavish Bagpipe Maker.” I slammed on the brakes and took a sharp left turn up a narrow, dirt road.

Tennyson Delivers Skyfall’s British Bulldog Moment

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To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Industry Conferences and Seminars: How to Extract their Real Business Value

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Regardless of industry, conferences and seminars can be a significant waste of time, money and opportunity. But the conference sponsor is typically not at fault for the lack of return on this marketing investment.

First Aid for Media Burn

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Regardless of how well a company communicates with the press, it stands a good chance of being “burned” on occasion.

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5 Imperatives of a Rockstar ABM Program

Speaker: Danny Nail, Sr. Director, Head of Global Account Based Marketing, SAP

Want to get started with ABM, but not sure where to begin? It's all about understanding: understanding your customers, understanding on an organizational level what your definitions, approaches, and ideal outcomes are, and having the understanding - and support - of your stakeholders. Join Danny Nail, Head of Global Account Based Marketing at SAP and SAP Marketer of the Year, as he explains five concrete steps your organization can take to achieve ABM excellence.

How to Sell to Companies that are Out of Your League

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The most enduring injustice in the world of B2B marketing is that, very often, a firm with strong brand perceptions will be selected over a more qualified, but lesser-known firm. The old adage, “No one was ever fired for hiring IBM,” still rings true in every industry.

Your Marketing Content: Is it Fake News?

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The marketing profession has a reputation for sometimes using less than reliable market research to promote a point of view. And this marketer has been guilty of that sin.

The Power of Unsolicited Pitch Letters

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Over the past 20 years, most of my firm’s new business has been generated by unsolicited pitch letters sent to targeted prospects.

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3.5 Reasons to Skip Industry Awards

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Customer-Centric Websites: Successful Strategies to Engage B2B Buyers

Speaker: Kellie de Leon, Vice President of Marketing & Strategy, The Mx Group

Chances are, you’re under the gun to convert more leads from your website. To increase conversion, your site needs high-quality content, user-friendly navigation paths, and calls to action that appeal to your target customers. But how do you go about this? And wouldn’t it be great to see some real-world examples from B2B companies that are doing it successfully? Kellie de Leon, VP of marketing and strategy at B2B agency The Mx Group, works with marketers every day to help them create and execute customer-centric strategies and content that increase web engagement and conversion. In this webinar, she'll discuss how to make your website more customer-centric.

Checklist Marketing: Too Many Shoes in Your Suitcase?

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Many companies view marketing simply as a checklist of items they believe to be essential: Website…check. White Paper…check. LinkedIn and Twitter Accounts…check / check. Client Newsletter…check. Trade Show…check. Blog…check. Publicity…check.

Why Donald Trump Will Succeed as a “Know Nothing” Candidate

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At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787, America’s founding fathers wrestled with how our young nation would govern itself. Those deliberations – shaped by political intrigue and diverse personal agendas – included creation of the government’s executive branch.

Marketing Your Fund to Zombie Investors

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Gaining the attention and interest of investors and their advisors has always been a challenge. In our online world, it’s become even more difficult to cut through the constant volume of noise.

Why Public Relations Does Not Sit at the Senior Management Table

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4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

Facing the #1 B2B Deal-Killer: “Do You Have Any Clients Just Like Me?”

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In new business development efforts, B2B firms of all types are often challenged by prospective clients with this question: “Do you have any experience working for companies in my industry?”.