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Enabling B2B Sales & Marketing

How to quickly generate warm B2B leads with content!

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 22-Mar-2018 19:16:58

For all the talk about so called SMarketing – sales and marketing alignment – there’s a dearth of easily implementable programs where the two teams can successfully work together, generating warm leads in the short term.

“Content marketing”, HubSpot, the “inbound methodology” and all the other latest approaches are great – but they usually come with a disclaimer: “WARNING – it will take 6-12 months before you see the results of your inbound efforts!”

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Here’s an example of a real world content effort that sales teams followed up – literally leading to instant success.

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Topics: Marketing, B2B Sales, content marketing, New Marketing, B2B Buyer Engagement, Sales, Disruptive Selling

Sales and Marketing alignment – SMarketing – is not enough!

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 22-Aug-2017 13:31:45

I get it.

Sales & Marketing need to align.

Naturally.

But enough already.

Every organisational division needs to align.

If Finance doesn’t align with Manufacturing – we won’t have the cash to build stuff. But if they align in the “wrong way” (ie share poor raw materials forecast, share poor cashflow forecasts) – we’ll go broke!

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Topics: Marketing, Strategy, B2B Sales

3 Tips to Help You Become a Marketing Leader

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 20-Apr-2017 06:58:36

A recent survey revealed that less than 25% of B2B marketers view their company’s marketing as “excellent” – with the majority (41%) rating it as “fair”. Considering the time, effort and cost involved in marketing your business, a fair rating is a pretty disappointing return.

So, if you’re one of the many B2B business owners and managers who feel there is room for improvement in your marketing output, where do you start? And what should you do? Here are three top tips that will help you focus your marketing efforts and generate results that will see you become a market leader.

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Topics: Marketing, Strategy

How to Get Your B2B Sales and Marketing Teams on The Same Page

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 06-Apr-2017 10:19:14

It’s no secret that the internet and social media have changed the way people buy.

Today’s buyers can educate themselves online about their problems, and find potential solutions, without the help of a sales pitch. So, if you want to meet your customers along the new buyer journey, you need a new approach to selling.

But what should you do? An important first step is to align your sales and marketing teams.

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Topics: Marketing, Strategy, B2B Sales

How to Outrank God on Google

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 21-Sep-2016 11:45:24

I've had 4 episodes this past week that have made me reflect on the power of content marketing - assuming it is done well.

I want to share them with you and add some commentary - in case they help your thought processes to move forward.  Hopefully the examples will give you some insights and tools to improve the outcomes of your content marketing program.

What this reinforced for me - you can't just "write content", and then hope.  You need a strategy, you need the best tools, and you need the best tactics.

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Topics: Sales, B2B Sales, B2B Buyer Engagement, Strategy, Marketing, B2B Buyers

Buyers Now Buy Differently - Learn How to Conquer the Disruption!

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 06-Sep-2016 18:37:08

As buyers continue to change how they buy, sales people need to keep evolving.

But how - and why?

In short - the salesperson of the future will be the one that adapts his/her selling processes to match the new way in which buyers buy.

There's lots of disrupting influences in the B2B marketplace at the moment - the move to the cloud, social media, globalisation etc. These issues are disrupting commerce - but the accompanying change in how buyers buy in particular is disrupting and making irrelevant the "old ways of selling". 

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Topics: B2B Sales, B2B Buyers, Digital Marketing, Sales, New Marketing, Marketing, Buyers Journey

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