The Unmuted Marketer

Sounding Off on Real-Life B2B Marketing Mistakes, Missteps and Miracles

Why Revenue Growth is so Hard for Mid-Market B2B Businesses

by George Jacob on June 15, 2017

Marketing has always been a funny department. In the best cases, it can be a powerful engine for revenue growth. In the worst cases, it can become a catch-all repository for sales and executive tasks.

In those worst cases, company leaders still hold onto the outdated notion that anyone can do marketing. They'll even place young, tech-fluent professionals in marketing positions, despite a clear lack of formal marketing training or real-world experience.

But modern marketing is a rapidly specializing and increasingly digital field. For sustainable growth, B2B companies need more than young, digital tacticians. They need strategic perspective.

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Topics: B2B Digital Marketing Strategy, B2B Marketing Challenges, B2B Marketing Plans, B2B Strategy, Strategic Marketing Consulting, B2B Marketing Planning

B2B Marketing Planning: Interview With a Fractional CMO

by Marissa Lavigna on April 19, 2017

This is the first of our blog series entitled “What’s New in B2B Marketing Planning: Interviews with Thought Leaders." In this kickoff, we talk to Debra Andrews, the President and Owner of Marketri, for some insight into her experience as a Fractional CMO.

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Topics: B2B Marketing Plans, B2B Marketing Strategies, Marketing Departments, Strategic Marketing Consulting, Fractional CMO, B2B Marketing Planning

Tactical vs. Strategic Marketing Professionals: Are They Different?

by Debra Andrews on April 11, 2017

No Marketing Results. Marketing Staff Turnover. Wasting Valuable Time. Wasting Financial Resources. These are a few of the most important reasons why Presidents, Owners, Executives, and Partners need to care about understanding the difference between strategic marketing professionals and tactical marketing professionals.

If you’ve been spinning your wheels with marketing, maybe this blog post is your tow truck to better marketing outcomes.

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Topics: B2B Digital Marketing Strategy, B2B Marketing Challenges, B2B Marketing Plans, B2B Marketing Strategies, Marketing Departments, Strategic Marketing Consulting

4 Ways to Make Your Strategic Marketing Plan Better

by George Jacob on March 16, 2017

We’ve all hit those problems. The stifling sort, that puzzle and stump, that confound and frustrate. But we’ve also experienced moments of solution. The Eurekas of enlightenment, when what was once so baffling suddenly becomes unstuck.

And perhaps it’s no surprise that often, the difference between unsolved and crystal clear is a change of perspective.

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Topics: B2B Marketing Plans, B2B Marketing Strategies, Strategic Marketing Consulting

B2B Marketing Strategies: How to Create Clearer Messaging

by George Jacob on January 25, 2017

If you’re working on a small team with a limited budget and a growing to-do list, you might feel a hint of doubt creeping into your once-steeled resolve. After you’ve chosen the best B2B marketing strategies for your business, and you’re faced with the realities of execution, success might feel like a distant dream.

If that’s the case, take a moment, and a deep breath.

And remember that all good marketing only comes down to one thing. Resonance.

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Topics: Content Strategy Steps, B2B Marketing Challenges, B2B Marketing Plans, B2B Marketing Strategies, Strategic Marketing Consulting

Are B2B Strategic Marketing Consultants Relics?

by Debra Andrews on November 10, 2016

"He’s such a relic!”

That’s what me and my never-catty (wink) girlfriends would say about jocks when they’d come back for homecoming and hit the party circuit with their “Natty Bohs,” acting just like they did when they ruled the school. You could tell they were clinging to the past, but their time had passed. 

So, what do washed-up jocks have in common with marketing?

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Topics: B2B Digital Marketing Strategy, B2B Marketing Plans, B2B Marketing Strategies, B2B Strategy, Strategic Marketing Consulting

B2B Marketing Challenges: 3 Common Struggles

by George Jacob on October 28, 2016

If you’ve had a marketing role in a smaller organization, I feel for you. Those can be tough seats.

I know, because I’ve sat in a few of them myself.

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Topics: B2B Marketing Challenges, B2B Marketing Plans, B2B Marketing Strategies, Strategic Marketing Consulting

The Secret to Earning a Higher ROI on your B2B Marketing

by Debra Andrews on October 10, 2016

Ready to learn how to secure a high return on your marketing dollars? Before I share the secret, we need to make a pact right now. Ready? Take a deep breath in, then let it go. Now say with conviction, “I will not fall prey to once and done marketing tactics.” Even if you are unsure about what I mean, trust me, say it, and read on.

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Topics: B2B Digital Marketing Strategy, B2B Marketing Plans, B2B Marketing Strategies, B2B Strategy, Fractional CMO

A Toast to 6 Big Take-aways from Modern Marketing Conference - B2B C2C

by Debra Andrews on February 22, 2016

Want to hear the latest about the field of marketing and, more specifically, demand generation? Then shut down your Outlook Inbox for ten short minutes and read my top take-aways from the impressive and thought-provoking B2B C2C (Content2Conversion) Conference that just wrapped up in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Topics: B2B Digital Marketing Strategy, B2B Marketing Plans, B2B Marketing Strategies

Ten “Under the Table” Tips for Creating Your Best Ever B2B Marketing Plan

by Debra Andrews on January 19, 2016

Part 3 of 5: 50 Bookmark-Worthy Tips for the Ambitious B2B Marketer

Hey business executives and marketers…  Can you keep a few top tricks of the trade just between us?  Strategic marketing bloggers like me have to be careful not to give away all of the ingredients to our secret sauces. But as loyal readers of my posts and subscribers to the UnMuted Marketer, I view you as part of a special group entitled to a little VIP treatment. Are you ready for the hand-off?  I’m going to discreetly slide you ten B2B marketing planning tips “under the table.”  Whoops -- Did you drop them?  Quick - pick them up! They’re well worth it! These are proven, first-rate tips -- and they’re just for you.

 

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Topics: B2B Marketing Plans, B2B Marketing Strategies

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