MARKETING MONDAYS: JANUARY 28th, 2013

Hello Fellow B2B Marketers, this weekly blog post highlights our ongoing research focused on B2B revenue acceleration, as well as an exclusive look into what outputs you can expect in the coming weeks. Kick off your week here every Monday to get a burst of support for your professional success.

Forrester hosts its Sales Enablement Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 4 and 5, 2013. Attendees will engage as a community with a shared focus on driving revenue, hear success stories in process from their peers and leading B2B practitioners, become immersed in the latest thinking and data from Forrester including face time with analysts, all in the comfort of the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Over the next few weeks, Marketing Mondays will spotlight the themes of the forum through a series of Q&A sessions with attending analysts. This week I sat down with Norbert Kriebel to discuss his track at the upcoming forum.

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SE Forum Update: A Conversation With Norbert Kriebel

Forrester hosts its Sales Enablement Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 4 and 5, 2013. Attendees will engage as a community with a shared focus on driving revenue, hear success stories in process from their peers and leading B2B practitioners, become immersed in the latest thinking and data from Forrester including face time with analysts, all in the comfort of the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Over the next three weeks, Marketing Mondays will spotlight the

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Our Survey Shows That B2B Marketers Are Still Stuck In Their Product Marketing Comfort Zone

Effective content marketing is now critical to B2B marketers’ success because useful content accelerates potential buyers along their journey, writes Peter O'Neill. This raises a serious content challenge for B2B marketers. Their content should be available and compelling across all touchpoints in the customer life cycle — from the awareness phase (from the vendor’s point of view) through to the phase that Forrester calls customer retention and expansion.

Are B2B marketers rising to this challenge? Forrester’s Q4 2012 US And Europe B2B Marketing Tactics And Benchmarks Online Survey provides us with an answer. As we make clear in this report, there is significant room for improvement. Here are some significant shortcomings that we highlighted in the responses from 328 B2B marketers:

  • B2B marketing content works for lead nurturing but nothing else. When asked about the effectiveness of content marketing among 16 separate marketing tactics, the rankings range from No. 15 in the awareness phase to No. 5 as a tactic for lead origination; it’s in third place for lead nurturing but drops back to No. 6 in the customer retention and expansion phase.
  • B2B marketers create most of their content internally. The majority of the content produced is created internally either by the marketing department (44%) or by other employees (14%). Organizations that create their own content with only internal staff tend to remain fixated on their product and solution.
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Accelerating Revenue In A Changed Economy

A long time ago, a savvy marketing consultant told me, “The role of the sales person is to teach the customer how to buy”.  That is still true, but the wisdom has morphed a bit with the times – as wisdom is wont to do.  Today’s B2B buyers control their own journey through the buying cycle much more than today’s sales person controls the selling cycle. Although it varies with product complexity and market maturity, today’s buyers might be anywhere from two-thirds to 90% of the way through their journey before they reach out for a sales person.  For many product categories, buyers now put off talking with sales people until they are ready for price quotes.  This new dynamic changes the role of B2B marketing in a fundamental way.  “Lead Generation” was generation 1.0 of “Lead-to-Revenue Management”.  It’s no longer enough to provide qualified leads to sales.  It’s still necessary, but it is no longer sufficient.  In 2013, it’s the role of marketing to guide the customer through the early stages of the buying journey.  Today, marketing owns a much bigger piece of the lead-to-revenue cycle.  B2B marketers must take responsibility for engaging with the customer through most of the buying cycle.  This new remit is not without its challenges: vision, resources, organization, skills, process to name a few. That’s why I am getting more and more excited as my colleague Peter O’Neill and I toil on creating the “just for marketers” track at the upcoming Forum for Sales Enablement Professionals in Scottsdale, Arizona on March 4th and 5th

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We Feature Lead Management At Our Upcoming SE Forum!

 

SE pros, this blog post highlights a Q&A I did recently with two of the analysts on my Marketing team who will be delivering our track on Lead Management at our upcoming Sales Enablement Forum in Arizona on March 4th and 5th, 2013.

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Marketing Mondays: January 21st, 2013

 

Hello Fellow B2B Marketers, this weekly blog post highlights our ongoing research focused on B2B revenue acceleration, as well as an exclusive look into what outputs you can expect in the coming weeks. Kick off your week here every Monday to get a burst of support for your professional success.

Forrester hosts its Sales Enablement Forumin Scottsdale, Arizona on March 4th and 5th, 2013. Attendees will engage as a community with a shared focus on driving revenue, hear success stories in process from their peers and leading B2B practitioners, become immersed in the latest thinking and data from Forrester including face-time with analysts, all in the comfort of the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Over the next three weeks, Marketing Mondays will spotlight the themes of the forum through a series of Q&A sessions with attending analysts. This week I sat down with Peter O'Neill and Lori Wizdo to discuss their track at the upcoming forum. Here is our Q&A.

Brad Holmes: Hi Lori and Peter, thanks for taking the time to chat with me today. You’re leading the track “Modernizing Demand Management For New Business And Markets” at the upcoming Forum For Sales Enablement Professionals in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 4th and 5th. Can you talk a little about what you will be discussing during that track?

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SE Forum 2013 Updates: Channel Track

Forrester hosts its Sales Enablement Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 4 and 5, 2013. Attendees will engage as a community with a shared focus on driving revenue, hear success stories in process from their peers and leading B2B practitioners, become immersed in the latest thinking and data from Forrester including face time with analysts, all in the comfort of the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Over the next three weeks, I will spotlight the themes of the forum through a series of Q&A sessions with attending analysts. First up, I will answer frequently-asked-questions as a general introduction to the forum, and then Tim Harmon and Jonathan Silber will delve into the forum’s don’t-miss value for clients who market and sell through the channel.

 

So Brad, who should attend a forum like yours? Good question. We cover a breadth of angles on the B2B revenue challenge, so to take full advantage; my answer is leaders and teams should attend. The main stage presentations reinforce the theme and are intended to inspire and incent change and new direction for your team.  The tracks are focused on specific execution requirements, from customer intelligence, to demand gen, to sales force effectiveness, so dividing up the tracks and sticking with them end-to-end means splitting them up among a few people.  We will provide detailed documentation on all the sessions, but brining a team is the best way to get the full value from the event.  That way, you can regroup and take action when you all get back and compare notes.

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Marketing Mondays: January 14th, 2013

 

Hello Fellow B2B Marketers, this weekly blog post highlights our ongoing research focused on B2B revenue acceleration, as well as an exclusive look into what outputs you can expect in the coming weeks. Kick off your week here every Monday to get a burst of support for your professional success.

Forrester hosts its Sales Enablement Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 4 and 5, 2013. Attendees will engage as a community with a shared focus on driving revenue, hear success stories in process from their peers and leading B2B practitioners, become immersed in the latest thinking and data from Forrester including face time with analysts, all in the comfort of the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Over the next three weeks, Marketing Mondays will spotlight the themes of the forum through a series of Q&A sessions with attending analysts. First up, I will answer frequently-asked-questions as a general introduction to the forum, and then Tim Harmon and Jonathan Silber will delve into the forum’s don’t-miss value for clients who market and sell through the channel.

 

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SE Forum 2013

This is the Don't Miss The Forum edition of my running effort to connect you to all the value, ideas, analysts, and happenings from my team at Forrester. As we ring in 2013, I want to share the key date above all others in Q1 you won't want to miss.

That is our once-a-year major forum on March 4th-5th in Scottsdale, Arizona. The theme, "Accelerating Revenue In A Changed Economy". You can explore the agenda, speakers, theme, and register to attend at this link.

I am often asked about that theme and what we will focus on at the event.  So here are those answers.

The theme reflects a simple reality we see across B2B businesses and the leaders we support.  These companies are experiencing a gap between their strategic goals and in-the-trenches execution. Be that rolling out a new product and services capability, entering a new segment, or expanding in existing accounts.  And it's not getting easier given the do-more-with-less reset of the economy. What does that fee like?  The executive sposnsors of major programs at your prospects, to whom you aspire to sell, bring a "how can you help me and my busienss succeed" lens to their side of the conversation. When they don't hear that, they disengage. Making the shift from pushing products to solving problems is at the core of the change your buyers seek today.   

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Marketing Mondays: January 7th, 2013

This is the Don't Miss The Forum edition of my running effort to connect you to all the value, ideas, analysts, and happenings from my team at Forrester.  As we ring in 2013, I want to share the key date above all others in Q1 you won't want to miss.

That is our once-a-year major forum on March 4th-5th in Scottsdale, Arizona. The theme, "Accelerating Revenue In A Changed Economy".  You can explore the agenda, speakers, theme, and register to attend at this link.

I am often asked about that theme and what we will focus on at the event.  So here are those answers.

The theme reflects a simple reality we see across B2B businesses and the leaders we support. These companies are experiencing a gap between their strategic goals and in-the-trenches execution. Be that rolling out a new product and services capability, entering a new segment, or expanding in existing accounts. And it's not getting easier given the do-more-with-less reset of the economy. What does that feel like?  The executive sposnsors of major programs at your prospects, to whom you aspire to sell, bring a "how can you help me and my busienss succeed" lens to their side of the conversation. When they don't hear that, they disengage. Making the shift from pushing products to solving problems is at the core of the change your buyers seek today.   

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