The Unmuted Marketer

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

Why Are Technical Marketing Blogs So Bad?

by George Jacob on April 14, 2017

Sorry to show up unannounced.

How’d I get here? Well, I Googled this problem I’m having, and it brought me here—to your technical marketing blog post.

Which reads like a research paper and brochure.

Ick.

Anyway. I’m going to go."

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Topics: B2B Digital Marketing Strategy, Content Strategy Steps, B2B Marketing Strategies, Strategic Marketing Consulting, B2B Marketing Best Practices

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

B2B Marketing Strategies: Getting Started With Content

by George Jacob on October 18, 2016

In the not-so-distant past, if websites were included in B2B marketing strategies, they were considered chiseled in stone. Mid-sized B2B companies hired professionals to sculpt each page — to push pixels, write copy, and get the images just so — and they published their websites for all the internet to see.

Then they forgot about them entirely.

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Topics: B2B Digital Marketing Strategy, Content Strategy Steps, B2B Marketing Strategies, Strategic Marketing Consulting

Take a Ride with a Fractional CMO (Part II)

by Debra Andrews on October 3, 2016

In Part I of my Fractional CMO series, I covered the basics of the model, and how it suits organizations with aggressive growth objectives that don’t need a six-figure, full-time CMO. (Hopefully I could make it clearer for you than my mom!)

In Part II, we’re going to examine more of what my work with clients looks like. Let’s take a look back at the last 60 days in my world as a Fractional CMO.

It goes pretty fast, so safety first and buckle up!

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Topics: Content Strategy Steps, B2B Marketing Strategies, Fractional CMO

Don’t Start Your B2B Marketing Journey by Buying Marketing Automation

by Debra Andrews on July 18, 2016

 

You’ve probably heard about Inbound Marketing, a promising, digitally driven modern methodology that “pulls” leads into the sales funnel by attracting them with interesting and useful information.  No more interrupting prospects with cold calls.  No more once-and-done, overpriced ads.  Inbound Marketing sounds as refreshing and satisfying as a margarita on the rocks with salt after a long, hard day.  You’re ready to take a sip!  What aggressive, growth-minded company wouldn’t want to leverage modern marketing to gain qualified B2B buyers?  All you need to do is buy marketing automation / lead generation software to kick-start your efforts.  It’s a little pricey (usually between $7,500 - $20,000 + the cost of training), but you’re ready to commit because just one new customer will pay for the annual investment. 

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Topics: Content Strategy Steps, B2B Marketing Strategies

10 Golden Tips to Make Your B2B Inbound Marketing Oscar-Worthy

by Debra Andrews on February 10, 2016

Picture the marketing red carpet…  Outbound Marketing is ready to make her typical grand entrance but gets blocked, ignored, and quickly ushered away.  This approach – once a red carpet darling – looks expensive and tired and appears to have rubbed former fans the wrong way.  In walks Inbound Marketing, and she stuns!  All eyes are fixated on her voluptuous promise of “free” communications through digital content and social media.  While she certainly looks the part of a flawless marketing method, is she truly Oscar-worthy?  What if we peeled away the hair extensions, fake eyelashes, Swarovski crystal gown, and Jimmy Choo’s?  How would Inbound Marketing look then (insert image of a make-up free selfie)?  She’d be imperfect, of course, but still very much a marketing shining star. 

Are you intrigued by Inbound Marketing’s allure as an “inexpensive” approach compared to advertising, direct mail, pay-per-click, and other pay-to-play methods?  Take out a tissue, rub your eyes, and please take a closer look.  It’s not as cheap as you might think, with larger costs hidden in professional salaries and marketing technologies.  In fact, some might argue that resources invested in the creation and distribution of content should be used in other important ways including customer service.  But even after taking all soft costs into consideration, Inbound Marketing -- done well -- is worth the investment and does indeed deserve special recognition. 

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Topics: Content Strategy Steps, B2B Marketing Strategies

The Top 4 Marketing Questions Asked by B2B CEOs (and answered by me)

by Debra Andrews on April 27, 2015

Marketing is complex – even for marketers, like me, who are obsessed with keeping up with best practices.  Many CEOs desperately want marketing to be an investment that helps their B2B enterprises gain a competitive advantage and grow but they simply don’t know how. Recently I had the pleasure of speaking to a CEO Peer Group in the Midwest and here were their top four marketing questions and my answers:

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Topics: B2B Digital Marketing Strategy, Content Strategy Steps, B2B Marketing Challenges, B2B Marketing Plans, B2B Marketing Strategies, Fractional CMO

The Anatomy of a Delicious Inbound Marketing Campaign (and the 49 Leads it Generated)

by Debra Andrews on April 21, 2015

Ding!  It takes just 10 seconds for your microwave to convert a cold, semi-dry muffin into a savory, moist, warm breakfast.  While Inbound Marketing is more complex than warming a morning treat, the idea is much the same.  This modern marketing methodology uses technology and thought leadership to pull cold prospects into the sales pipeline and warm them up to your company and its offerings.  Sound tasty?  Believe me – it’s just as delicious as it sounds, and all firms – large and small – should be taking a bite!  Let’s get started by breaking down the anatomy of Inbound Marketing and exploring a recent client Inbound Marketing campaign that generated 49 warm leads.

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Topics: B2B Digital Marketing Strategy, Content Strategy Steps

Is Your Marketing Department Treated Like a Flunky?

by Debra Andrews on March 3, 2015

Now there's a word you probably haven't heard in a while - Flunky.  No, not cool and funky.  We're talking flunky, and it's anything but hip!  If you're not familiar with the term, it means:

"A person who does small jobs for someone powerful or important."

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Topics: Content Strategy Steps, Marketing Departments, Strategic Marketing Consulting

Debbie's 2015 Marketing Tips: Practical. Obvious. Usually Ignored.

by Debra Andrews on January 6, 2015

Here they come... email after email after email with clever, out-of-the box tips and advice to get your new business year off to an explosive start.  Not me.  Nuh-uh!  No siree.  I'm offering you practical and almost snooze-worthy tips that will have your marketing crawling out of the gate at a snail's pace.  Surely I must be kidding, right?  Why should you read more? Here's why:  My marketing tips aren't creative, pretty or what you might call "the fun stuff."  They aren't going to give you a one time pop and flood of new business. Instead, I'm getting straight down to brass tacks and offering tips that will help you build a strong foundation for a consistent, long-term and effective marketing program.

So, grab a Red Bull, and let's get ready to rock 2015:

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Topics: Content Strategy Steps, B2B Marketing Strategies, Professional Services Marketing