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How to Use a ‘Pain Chain’ to Add Customer Value

By Cheryl Salazar

A ‘Pain Chain’ is a powerful visual map first introduced by Keith M. Eades in his book, The New Solution Selling: The Revolutionary Process That is Changing the Way People Sell. Software and technology providers can use the Pain Chain to help determine the source of pain for customers and discuss, with the right people,

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Why B2B Marketing Isn’t Working

By Michelle Etherton

Businesses don’t talk to each other. They don’t form relationships. They don’t feel stress or long for more time with family. They can’t engage and, oh yeah, they don’t buy technology. Nope. No wonder why B2B marketing isn’t working for so many software and technology companies!
The lines are more blurred than ever in marketing

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4 Lessons I Learned as a Managed IT Services Mystery Shopper

By Cheryl Salazar

A Managed IT Services client of mine recently asked me to be their ‘mystery shopper’ and call all their competitors to ask for pricing and a formal proposal. They wanted to review their pricing and offers to ensure they aligned with current customer and market expectations in a relatively small geography. What an eye-opening experience

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Thinking of Buying an Email List?

By Barbara Pfeiffer

Almost everything you read by B2B marketing experts on buying an email list reaches the same conclusion: “Don’t do it.” The reasons range from compliance with anti-SPAM laws (such as CAN-SPAM and CASL) to results (most purchased lists simply don’t perform that well).
Is building a list organically ALWAYS a better option?
For the most

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How Busy B2B Buyers Want Content

By Michelle Etherton

Being in the content business, we’re always keeping pulse on what buyers want from the content we create for our clients. I recently read a report that drove home one of the biggest considerations for today’s content strategies—B2B buyers want you to get to the point. And fast.
The report I’m referring to is, Time-Starved

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How to Kill Your Marketing Campaign in 5 Easy Steps

By Cheryl Strege

As marketers, we often pin our hopes and dreams on the fantastic (in our opinion) marketing campaigns we create to add new customers and drive more revenue. However, hidden in our closets, there are more campaigns that crashed and burned because a step was missed, a trend was ignored, or a shortcut was taken. Here

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8 Things Partners Want from Your Channel Marketing Program

By Michelle Etherton

Sirius shared that “channel marketers report less than 20% of their partners regularly participate in demand generation efforts.” And other surveys indicate partners use less than 10% of materials provided by software publishers they work with. Are you not getting the results you expect from your channel marketing program?
What’s driving this lack of interest

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9 Quick Ways to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

By Barbara Pfeiffer

I was recently preparing a presentation on how to optimize your LinkedIn presence and when I snapped some screen shots of my own profile, it was a big wakeup call. Sad to say, there were several “must have’s” I didn’t have. It was time to do some spring cleaning on my profile and I thought

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Digital Transformation: What does it mean to you and your clients?

By Michelle Glennie

Digital transformation has been a message and movement we have seen grow throughout many partner and ISV organizations over the past year. It has become a hot marketing topic for the technology industry. With all the buzz, we thought we’d ask some of our clients their thoughts on digital transformation.
For starters, what is digital

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Why Technology Marketers Should Go All In on LinkedIn

By Barbara Pfeiffer

I’ve been doing a lot of LinkedIn presentations lately to software and technology clients. The discussions afterward have been really interesting and left me a little surprised at how underutilized this network really is. Most technology marketers I speak with have decent company pages, post fairly regularly (as on other networks), and may have dabbled in

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Latest Posts
23 Jun 2017

How to Use a ‘Pain Chain’ to Add Customer Value

A ‘Pain Chain’ is a powerful visual map first introduced by Keith M. Eades in his book, The New Solution Selling: The Revolutionary Process That is Changing the Way People Sell. Software and technology providers can use the Pain Chain to help determine the source of pain for customers and discuss, with the right people,

Latest Posts
20 Jun 2017

Why B2B Marketing Isn’t Working

Businesses don’t talk to each other. They don’t form relationships. They don’t feel stress or long for more time with family. They can’t engage and, oh yeah, they don’t buy technology. Nope. No wonder why B2B marketing isn’t working for so many software and technology companies!
The lines are more blurred than ever in marketing

Latest Posts
02 Jun 2017

4 Lessons I Learned as a Managed IT Services Mystery Shopper

A Managed IT Services client of mine recently asked me to be their ‘mystery shopper’ and call all their competitors to ask for pricing and a formal proposal. They wanted to review their pricing and offers to ensure they aligned with current customer and market expectations in a relatively small geography. What an eye-opening experience

Latest Posts
01 Jun 2017

Thinking of Buying an Email List?

Almost everything you read by B2B marketing experts on buying an email list reaches the same conclusion: “Don’t do it.” The reasons range from compliance with anti-SPAM laws (such as CAN-SPAM and CASL) to results (most purchased lists simply don’t perform that well).
Is building a list organically ALWAYS a better option?
For the most

Latest Posts
22 May 2017

How Busy B2B Buyers Want Content

Being in the content business, we’re always keeping pulse on what buyers want from the content we create for our clients. I recently read a report that drove home one of the biggest considerations for today’s content strategies—B2B buyers want you to get to the point. And fast.
The report I’m referring to is, Time-Starved