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Posted by Sheryl Pattek on January 22, 2014
Second only to March Madness (with the latest from Warren Buffet), this is my favorite time of year for sports — conference championship weekend and the run-up to the Super Bowl. While the Patriots fell short this past Sunday and Belichick is far from my favorite coach, I have to admit that his belief that the team must continuously understand the field they play in and adapt their game plan to win hit home for me as lessons that marketers can learn.
While X’s and O’s matter in the NFL game, as I discussed in my “How To Build A Strong B2B Brand“ report (subscription required), for business-to-business (B2B) marketers, maintaining a strong brand with a clear, compelling, and relevant message is the key to meet empowered buyers’ changing needs head-on and win the battle of mindshare and wallet share. As a B2B marketer or sales enablement professional, it’s time to put your brand and go-to-market message front and center — and make sure that it accurately provides value to your customers across all of the stages of the buying journey.
At Forrester’s Forum For Sales Enablement Professionals in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 3rd and 4th, I’ll be supporting Peter O'Neill in a session to help you learn how to understand your buyers, develop the right message strategy, and apply it consistently in your sales enablement materials. You’ll walk away from the session with the tools you need to tackle your customer challenges with the strong, consistent messaging needed to win the B2B marketing game.
Here’s a brief preview of three ways the right message can help you compete and win in the B2B field of play:
Many of the B2B CMOs and marketing leaders we talk to underestimate the importance of building a strong brand and message strategy. Just as many also don’t have a clear road map for how to move forward with a framework for success. In today’s customer-empowered world, building a differentiated message strategy can mean the difference between going home and winning the ultimate prize in the B2B game. And that’s where Forrester’s Forum For Sales Enablement Professionals can help.
I’d love to hear your comments and perspectives. Peter and I will be meeting with clients one-on-one at Forrester’s Forum For Sales Enablement Professionals and welcome the opportunity to talk with you. Reach out to Peter here or comment on his blog here. You can also reach me via email or on my blog or share your thoughts on my Twitter account. To learn more, schedule a one-on-one in Scottsdale with us or an inquiry with me.