8 Marketing Strategy Articles You Missed Because You Were Too Busy

Michael Brenner on Aug 28, 2012 in Marketing Strategy

We’re winding down the summer and sending the kids back to school.

Businesses around the world are starting to think about 2013 and what plans they need to put in place to grow their business, add new product lines, acquire more customers and make more money.

So for the next 2 weeks, I will publish my top articles of the year, that you may have missed because you were just too darned busy. And I think it makes sense to start with B2B Marketing Strategy.

What is Marketing?

Marketing is not just about promotion. Marketing is about starting with customer wants and needs. The role of the business is to fill those needs. Sometimes that means starting with information that helps our buyers. And if we do this well, we can earn the right to acquire new customers for less money. That is marketing.

Are Marketers Becoming Digital Dinosaurs?

90% of marketers do not have an integrated digital strategy and more than a third admitted their marketing plans were nothing more than a combination of tactics. As one senior marketing exec told me “many senior marketers are just waiting for the next generation to figure this one out.” Whoa! That was my inspiration to ask this question. As you look around, how many dinosaurs do you see?

The Leadership Gap In B2B Marketing

Almost a perfect segue from the the previous 2 articles, but written early in the year, this article talks about how most Chief Marketing Officers feel unprepared for the reality of today’s marketing landscape. The answer lies in more than just using buzzwords and sending some tweets. Senior marketers need to focus on buidling digital skills, analytic skills and yes, social media and personal branding are important too.

Why Now Is The Time To Build Your Personal Brand

Brands used to be only for businesses. And we, the employees, were expected to uphold and support the principles of the brand. Some of us in marketing were even lucky enough to help our businesses build their brands. But as trust has eroded away from corporations and government institutions, we are seeing the ushering in of a new era: the employee-brand.

The One Chart Every Marketer Needs To Understand

Are you still doubting that the traditional marketing playbook is dead? Think the world isn’t really changing that quickly? You are not alone. But here’s the gist of the chart that marketers really need to understand: newspaper advertising revenue has declined 50% in the last 4 years. The clock has been rewound to 1950, even before the glory days of the Mad Men. And this is not just about newspapers. It is about the “gale forces” of change.

Is Influence The Moneyball of Marketing?

There has been a lot of discussion lately on the topic of influence. In this article I try to define influence and show an example of how influence can be used to reach not just that which influences our buyers, but to also reach those who influence those who influence our buyers.

10 Predictions For The Future Of Marketing

Sales alignment is still the top issue for marketers. Audience marketing is the next big buzzword and the latest buzzwords are leading to new roles within marketing organizations. Brands are seeking for the answer on how to become more like publishers with content marketing, and more. I laid out my 10 predictions for the future of marketing and would love to see yours!

Inbound Marketing Leads Cost Less

File this under the “no duh” category but a surprising number of marketers still question whether a shift to inbound can produce cost savings. The answer from many organizations is that an inbound marketing approach costs significantly less than traditional approaches.
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Michael Brenner
Michael Brenner
Michael Brenner is a globally-recognized keynote speaker, author of The Content Formula and the CEO of Marketing Insider Group. He has worked in leadership positions in sales and marketing for global brands like SAP and Nielsen, as well as for thriving startups. Today, Michael shares his passion on leadership and marketing strategies that deliver customer value and business impact. He is recognized by the Huffington Post as a Top Business Keynote Speaker and a top CMO influencer by Forbes. Please follow him on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook and Subscribe here for regular updates.
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  • Lisabeth Rosenberg

    Many do not understand the degree of collapse in the publication industry. People have shifted to to digital but despite this, not every SM tool is appropriate for every business. Take a hard look at the target audience(s) and figure out which form of SM is appropriate -or whether it’s appropriate at all. Today businesses MUST have a digital footprint. One way to start is by listing your business on review sites; they get looked at when people are searching.

    • Michael Brenner

      Thanks Lisabeth, I am so happy you picked up on that chart. And good advice on defining your digital channel strategy carefully. I think simple research about your customers is a good place to start.

  • Tony

    Since the 1990s, we’ve all known that marketing is king. You can have a great product, but without fabulous marketing, it’ll go nowhere.

  • Alix Collison

    Great marketing is one thing, but a brand will truly thrive only when it has strategies to connect meaningfully to those that matter most to the brand. Meaning flows when you connect to the values, beliefs, interests, and aspirations of the people vital to your success. These people are not only your employees and customers, but everyone in the broad spectrum of people who make your business viable, including investors, suppliers, distributors, partners, regulators, community leaders, reporters, bloggers, and so on.

    • Michael Brenner

      Thanks Alix, I like how you emphasize the human element in all this. It is about emotion and connection and only great stories from real people can achieve this.

  • Rafael

    The old and new school of marketers should come together. For the old, the shift online should not be as scary as they’d like to think it is, it’s just a new platform where they can use their methods. The new school shouldn’t be arrogant in thinking that traditional marketing is outdated. Concepts like branding are used way before something called the internet was invented, and it is something that is still very much applicable in today’s digital marketing playground.

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