The Unmuted Marketer

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

Management Consulting Marketing: Do Customers Buy Your Brand or Bodies?

by Debra Andrews on October 10, 2017

In performing strategic marketing consulting for management consulting firms, I’ve come to a realization.

Although they can differ widely in terms of their service portfolios, there are only two types of firms: top-down and bottom-up.

Maybe the realization is too simplistic and insulting for an industry of pedigreed professionals offering sophisticated (and at times amorphous) solutions. But I do think I’m onto something.

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Topics: Professional Services Marketing, B2B Strategy, Strategic Marketing Consulting, B2B Marketing Best Practices, Modern Marketing

B2B Marketing Tactics & Goals: How to Focus on Fundamentals

by Marketri Guest Writer on October 5, 2017

We hear it every weekend during football season: “The losing team did not execute the fundamentals.” But oddly, we don’t hear it all the time in marketing.

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Topics: Strategic Marketing Plans, B2B Strategy, Strategic Marketing Consulting, B2B Marketing Best Practices

Why is Modern Marketing Suddenly a Cultural Challenge?

by George Jacob on September 27, 2017

Over the last few years, the rise of digital marketing has transformed the marketing landscape. New technologies and analytics platforms offer much more transparency into the success of tactical marketing efforts and their impact on the sales pipeline. We're on the cusp of pure alignment of all things sales and modern marketing.

However, digital marketing advances haven’t translated into universal returns. And one of the main drivers in the disparity of marketing results comes down to a simple understanding: marketing starts with culture.

If you’re struggling with that understanding, maybe it’s best to think about marketing like sculpture.

 
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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Strategic Marketing Plans, Growth Marketing, B2B Strategy, Fractional CMO, Modern Marketing

3 Risks That Will Make Your B2B Marketing Plan Powerful

by George Jacob on September 13, 2017

When we create a B2B marketing plan, we always do a deep-dive into a client’s competition. And often, we find companies are playing their marketing too safe—and in turn, they’re blending into the competitive landscape.

In such cases, we help our client break free from its me-too approach to marketing.

But let's say you're not sure how to move things toward different. If your company feels stuck, what can you do to forge the way to new ground? What can you do to avoid competitive sameness?

Well, you can take some calculated risks.

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Topics: Strategic Marketing Plans, B2B Strategy, B2B Marketing Planning

Why Many a B2B Marketing Plan Goes to Waste

by George Jacob on July 19, 2017

If your company has invested in a good strategic marketing plan, it’s safe to assume that the plan will be enacted. After all, the hard work is done. The strategic foundation is set. The budgets and timelines are detailed. Everyone is ready to go.

So it’s just a matter of ticking off the boxes, right?

Right…?

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Topics: Strategic Marketing Plans, Growth Marketing, B2B Strategy, B2B Marketing Planning

What’s the Difference Between CGO and CMO?

by Debra Andrews on July 12, 2017

Comparing a good Chief Growth Officer description against what we know about Chief Marketing Officers is something we’ve been fixated on for some time now. Are Chief Growth Officers (CGOs) simply high-octane Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs)? Or are they run-of-the-mill senior marketers with fancier titles? What's the real difference between CGO and CMO?

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Growth Marketing, B2B Strategy, B2B Marketing Planning

What is in a Marketing Plan?

by George Jacob on June 29, 2017

Today, let’s back up to a basic question: What is in marketing plan?

You’re perfectly capable of Googling a list of common marketing tactics, any of which could fit into a strategic marketing plan. (Here are a few: social media, email marketing, content calendar, timeline, and budget.)

But that’s not what I want to cover. I'd rather concentrate on four strategic elements that aren’t as common.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Strategic Marketing Plans, Growth Marketing, B2B Strategy, B2B Marketing Best Practices

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: Digital Marketing Strategy, B2B Marketers, Strategic Marketing Plans, B2B Strategy, Strategic Marketing Consulting, B2B Marketing Planning

5 Rules for Delivering a Better B2B Sales Pitch

by George Jacob on May 19, 2017

You survived the proposal stage. You’re advancing to the final, in-person round. You’re on the slate to deliver your B2B sales pitch to decision makers.

Suddenly, it occurs to you: How are we going to win?

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Topics: B2B Marketers, Growth Marketing, B2B Strategy, Strategic Marketing Consulting

6 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Strategic Marketing Consultant

by George Jacob on March 6, 2017

Let’s say you’ve looked into the mirror, come to some terms, and decided you really do need some marketing help. You’ve hit the Google circuit, browsed some websites, and reached out to a few strategic marketing consulting firms.

Good start. But now the tough part. How do you pick one?

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Topics: B2B Marketers, Growth Marketing, B2B Strategy, Strategic Marketing Consulting

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