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How to prevent the sales and marketing disconnect

As a B2B marketing manager, how many times have you spent precious budget and effort to develop ads, website content or other marketing tools, only to have your company’s sales force create their own presentations, write off-the-cuff emails or draft proposals with no hint of established positioning? On the flip side, we bet you’ve heard salespeople groan at websites or beautiful brochures because they don’t support the selling process.

This lack of synergy in purpose and execution is usually the result of poor communication between [...]

By | October 20th, 2015|Marcomm 101, Planning|Comments Off on How to prevent the sales and marketing disconnect

“Play it again, Sam” — what Bogart knew about B2B marcomm

Okay, so Humphrey Bogart’s famous line in Casablanca is one of the film industry’s most widely misquoted. But the idea of repetition is good advice for business-to-business marketers. It’s called the frequency phenomenon, and it explains why we sometimes find ourselves saying the lines to a TV commercial or singing along with a radio jingle. Frequency, in marketing communications lingo, measures the number of times your marketing message reaches your target audience in a given time period. […]

By | June 16th, 2015|Advertising, Marcomm 101, Media, Planning|Comments Off on “Play it again, Sam” — what Bogart knew about B2B marcomm

Build your plan with objectives, strategies and tactics

Think of a good business-to-business marketing communications plan as a building. A sturdy building starts with a strong foundation-that’s the objectives we talked about in our recent blogpost. Now we’re ready to talk about framing and finishing.

Framing In – Strategies

Strategies serve as the framework of your plan. If objectives define where you’re going, strategies define how you’re going to get there. Strategic decisions take into account:
  • Target audience – Who’s involved in buying your product? How will you prioritize industries and job functions?
  • Competition – What promises are they making? What benefits do they offer?
  • Timing – Is there any seasonality involved in the purchasing of [...]

By | October 29th, 2013|Marcomm 101, Planning|Comments Off on Build your plan with objectives, strategies and tactics

The Planning Game

Lots has been written about planning. Do a web search on B2B marketing and communications planning, and you’ll be overwhelmed. So there’s lots of talk, yet most companies don’t actually plan. Why is that? A big reason is that marketing and communications planning seems like a chore. Thinking. Researching. Writing. BAH!! Doing something—like creating a website or […]

By | October 16th, 2013|Marcomm 101, Planning|Comments Off on The Planning Game

To Create a Plan, First Know Where You’re Headed

Any plan begins with objectives…goals…what you want to achieve…the desired results. Marketing communications plans are no different. There’s sometimes confusion, though, as to what B2B marketing communications can do. Here’s a list of objectives that marketing communications programs can achieve.

BUILD CREDIBILITY

A company may want to be seen as an expert in their field. In this case, they need to be accepted as a credible information source. Tactics that can be used to build credibility include:
  • Marketing public relations, especially articles, whitepapers and case histories
  • Blogs/newsletters
  • Social media [...]

By | October 8th, 2013|Marcomm 101, Planning|Comments Off on To Create a Plan, First Know Where You’re Headed