5 Key Skills of a Marketing Manager

What skills does a Marketing Manager need? These are the skills needed by a marketing manager (note that they are different from the skills needed by a solo marketer): Skill development Selection/ deselection of talent with those same skills Buyer's perspective Selling process Planning and measurement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzwkBO9VOO8 I googled "skills of a Marketing Manager" and found excellent sites, four in fact, that I'm going to share with you now. Let me give you the summary of what I learned from those four sites, and then explain why all four of them got it wrong. University of Florida READ MORE

2020-07-02T14:40:05+10:00By |Evergreen, Skills|

What is B2B Marketing? [video]

What is B2B Marketing? If you think the answer is obvious, and even too basic to discuss, why does everyone get it so wrong? Let's explore a few notable definitions and build a simple, clear answer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdH-YdIgsdo Here's my take. A defintition of B2B Marketing B2B Marketing is the process of planning and executing strategies and campaigns that position your brand in the chosen category(ies) with the businesses most likely to buy, and then creates demand for a well-aligned sales force. To do that we need to: Agree with Sales what problem you are best-equipped to solve Agree READ MORE

Sales and Marketing training lifts performance where you’d least expect it

Training your marketers does little to help them generate leads that are more 'acceptable' to Sales, nor does increasing the training of your salespeople improve their ability to close. If this is the case, why bother investing in training at all? In this week's blog, Hugh explains why investing heavily in training for Sales and Marketing does deliver benefits, but not where you'd expect.   Get your copy of our 2014 Sales and Marketing Alignment Report

2020-06-30T12:18:36+10:00By |Evergreen, Skills|

20 Best Practices all B2B Sales & Marketing Organisations Should Adopt

What separates the top-performing B2B sales and marketing organisations from their also-ran competitors? What are the winning behaviours that enable them to create repeatable, scalable and predictable businesses? After observing many of these best-in-class organisations in action, I’d like to suggest 20 best practices that all B2B focused companies ought to think about adopting… These best practices appear to be particularly relevant to B2B organisations with complex, high-value products or services that involve extended sales cycles, and where uncovering better qualified opportunities, shortening sales cycles and increasing sales win rates can have a dramatic impact on revenues, READ MORE

2020-06-03T11:06:02+10:00By |B2B marketing blog, Sales, Skills|

What colleges should be teaching Marketing majors

Marketing, like  most things in life, is completely different than it was 10 years ago. We are moving to a more social and more personalized web, which means that customers desire a more customized, relevant experience. Unfortunately, most universities and colleges are still preaching ye olde marketing curriculum. Recently, Lauren Carlson, producer at CRMSoftware.TV, sat down with some current marketing gurus to discuss what skills are really needed for success today. Kipp Bodnar, HubSpot Eric Holmen, Silverpop Adam Steinberg, Silverpop The discussion was very interesting. One point that was brought up was in regards to success in READ MORE

Do marketers have the right stuff to be revenue marketers?

In the past few months a cool new term has appeared on my radar. That term is, “revenue marketer”. Wish I had thought of it first. It defines a new level of marketing professional. While I’m energized by the term, sadly, I’m concerned that too many B2B marketers don’t have the right perspective and skills to play in this new league. My latest exposure to the term was at an event in Austin hosted by Marketo, a marketing automation platform vendor. Speaking at the event was Debbie Qaqish , Chief Revenue Marketing Officer of  The Pedowitz Group, READ MORE