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

My Career Advice for Marketing Graduates

by Debra Andrews on August 23, 2017

For the past 10 years, I’ve been asked and honored to give college seniors and recent graduates advice on careers in marketing. Up until a year or so ago, my general advice was as follows:

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Topics: B2B Marketers, Strategic Marketing Consulting

4 Qualities of Great Marketing Leaders

by George Jacob on August 15, 2017

I’ve been fortunate to work as a marketer in a variety of industries, cultures, and settings. Over the years, if I’ve realized one thing, it’s that a lot of organizational issues are commonplace.

But great marketing leaders—not so much.

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

Poll: Should Marketing Commission Be a Standard Practice?

by Debra Andrews on June 26, 2017

Most executives in marketing and sales understand the paradigm shift in B2B buying. And they have adjusted their roles accordingly. In progressive companies, today's marketers are the new hunters, and sales focuses mostly on decision phase discussions and the close.

With these changes, we wanted to know why pay structures haven't kept up. Today's sales professionals are largely compensated with base salary plus commission, while marketing commission remains a rarity.

Should marketing commission be standard? According to the marketing and sales professionals who responded to our poll so far, the answer is “Heck yes.”

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

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: Digital Marketing Strategy, B2B Marketers, 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

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: Strategic Marketing Plans, Growth Marketing, 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: Digital Marketing Strategy, Content Strategy Steps, Growth Marketing, Strategic Marketing Consulting, B2B Marketing Best Practices

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