Marketing Messaging and Steve Jobs – What do these have in common?

Marketing Messaging and Steve Jobs – What do these have in common?

Marketing Messaging and Steve Jobs – What do these have in common? I saw this Steve Jobs quote on my LinkedIn feed:  “You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.” This quote really resonates with me. I work with many technology companies who developed some really exciting and game-changing products and solutions. They believe they are developing their product or solution to deliver a better customer experience, and they often do, but where they don’t succeed as best they could is talking about their product or solution in a way the customer or prospect will understand the value. That …

Partner specific messaging – Yes! It’s fun and easy!

Partner specific messaging – Yes! It’s fun and easy!

Partner specific messaging – Yes! It’s fun and easy! I recently wrote a blog on partner enablement. In that blog, I covered the 4 areas of your marketing to consider as you create a partner enablement program, whether it’s an OEM, channel, reseller, distributor, or technology partner. Collectively I’ll call this group “Partners”. I added #5, but we’ll talk about that in a future blog! Strong Messaging Content Demand Generation Access to material Importance of relationships In this article I’ll go into more detail on the benefits of Strong Messaging. Strong messaging that communicates your value proposition is essential for any organization. If you don’t know where you win and why, …

Inspiration

Inspiration

[section background_repeat=”repeat” background_position=”center top” background_attachment=”static” background_scroll=”none”] Inspiration I was with some very dear friends recently, spending the day riding bikes on the lake front in Chicago. Paul has been a huge supporter of my marketing (inspiring me to continue to reach for my dream) and asked about my blogs. “What have you blogged about lately?” I told him, nothing. I need to be inspired to write, and I’ve had writers block. He was on a mission to inspire me. Paul, once again, you have succeeded! I was thinking about inspiration and how it relates to marketing. Isn’t my job as a marketing professional to ‘inspire’ someone to take an action …

Partner Enablement: Sure is a lot of it lately!

Partner Enablement: Sure is a lot of it lately!

Partner Enablement: Sure is a lot of it lately! I have heard the phrase “we need help with our partner enablement” many times in the last 2 weeks. Are companies now figuring out that partners and channels are essential to revenue growth, or are there not that many good people who know how to really enable a partner and therefore it’s a skill that is lacking in organizations? I prefer the later – it makes me a more valuable resource. But in all seriousness, the answer is both. Well, maybe companies are not just figuring it out but they certainly see the value of a channel, partner, or OEM that is complimentary …

The Story Will Live On: Importance of marketing strategy and messaging

The Story Will Live On: Importance of marketing strategy and messaging

The Story Will Live On: Importance of marketing strategy and messaging You get together with friends; laughs, food, beverage, and stories ensue. Your friend reminds you of the time they go to put on their shoes and found the extra-long tongue on their beloved Converse shoes had been cut off (*read story below in footnote). We all laugh and realize these are the stories that we’ll tell years later and bring us instantly back to a point in time. Marketing and promotion at your business is a collection of stories. With the Internet, social media, and your competitors collecting information on you, you need to be ultra-aware of the stories …

Holistic Marketing – Integrated Marketing Strategy and Execution

Holistic Marketing – Integrated Marketing Strategy and Execution

Holistic Marketing – Integrated Marketing Strategy and Execution I talk about taking a holistic approach to marketing, but what does that really mean? It sounds all sort of green and granola-ey (which is never a bad thing, especially being in 303!) Holistic by definition is relating to or concerned with wholes or complete systems rather than the parts. Lots of marketing is an email campaign here, an event there, a pile of barely used collateral, and maybe some messaging; completing the checklist constitutes getting the job done. But in reality, the marketing is disjointed, activities do not build upon each other, resources (human and $) are not optimized, and the …