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In those worst cases, company leaders still hold onto the outdated notion that anyone can do marketing.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

An Interview with a Marketing Analytics Vendor

by Marissa Lavigna on June 2, 2017

In this next installment of our "What's New in B2B Marketing Planning" blog series, we asked Chris Sietsema, a Digital Marketing Consultant and Owner of Teach To Fish Digital, to give us some insight into his experience with SEO and Marketing Analytics.

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

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

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

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

5 Ways Hiring a Marketing Consultant Can Help Your New Website

by Debra Andrews on April 3, 2017

Picture $10,000 in cash. Then imagine walking to the nearest river, throwing it in, and watching it float away.

That's essentially what happened to a large construction company after hiring a New York agency to relaunch its website.

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Topics: B2B Digital Marketing Strategy, B2B Marketing Challenges, B2B Marketing Strategies, Strategic Marketing Consulting, Fractional CMO, B2B Marketing Best Practices

4 Things You Might Not Know About B2B Search Engine Marketing

by Marissa Lavigna on March 29, 2017

SEO is an evolving creature. Sure, it can be frustrating, but if you can tame it, you can create an excellent user experience for your visitors and search engines. In an effort to share new trends and best practices in SEO, we garnered the feedback of two experts, Chris Sietsema and Tim Carter. Chris is a Digital Marketing Consultant and Owner of Teach To Fish Digital helping companies and organizations create, manage, and measure their own digital marketing campaigns. Tim is the owner of Pedrera, Inc. a web development firm that designs and develops websites, mobile apps, and web-based applications.

Here is a summary of what Chris and Tim had to say. If you’re interested in all their insights, then you can also download our free tip sheet to think more like a B2B SEO agency.

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

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

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 Marketing Challenges, B2B Marketing Strategies, B2B Strategy, Strategic Marketing Consulting

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