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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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 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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