B2B Marketers and Father’s Day Gifts


Father’s Day doesn’t just celebrate biological ones. They include all father figures whether they’re uncles, grandfathers, teachers, and of course, bosses.

They’re the authority who wears the pants in the family, sets down the drafts of the rules, and traditionally commands the most respect. It can be assumed that plenty of males in senior management position are already fathers so don’t be surprised if they literally get their skills from the home front.

And with Father’s Day, expect gifts to be going around. But while everyone’s getting them golf clubs, evenings out, and gift certificates, how can B2B marketers reward the fatherly men in their prospect lists?

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D-Day – How B2B Marketers Celebrate 70 Years of its Classic Wartime Strategies


June 6 marks the day Allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy on what is popularly known today as D-Day: the operation that turned the tides of the Second World War and ended the great conflict. As preparations are being made to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the landings, B2B marketers can do their part by learning the tactics which brought about D-Day’s success.

Back then, the main objective of the Allied powers was not the capture of all the landing points but rather to land in a small area, establish a beachhead, and expand from that point. For marketers, it’s basic entry strategy. You don’t just go for the entire market. You start at a particular niche, your beachhead, and start expanding your company’s own army of sales, employees, and assorted marketers.

Infantry and Mechanized Landings – Gaining Trust

In most cases, it’s easier to get a minor commitment first instead of starting with a major commitment because you can just simply work your way from the former to the latter. How do you do this in marketing? You simply establish rapport and use lead nurturing to establish trust over time. You don’t pitch your entire solution but gradually engage with them long enough to fill them in on it.

Naval Artillery Support – Demand Generation

To support the element of surprise on the German defense line, thousands of Allied naval ships helped the incoming infantry with artillery bombardments along the shores and further inland to eliminate or suppress enemy artillery and personnel.

In a way, those destroyers are akin to demand generation activities. You don’t want the competition sealing you out by consuming their territorial share of prospect attention.

Examples of this approach can include websites full of regular blog posts or sending newsletters in exchange for contact information. This will keep prospect attention on your business and support additional engagement efforts.

The Secured Beachhead – Sustainability

Despite victory at the beachhead, the Allies failed to achieve other objectives on the actual date of the landings. Hesitant decisions from supporting air and artillery support compromised the elements of surprise and helped the Nazi strongholds prepare for a better defense line.

But still, it was thanks to maintaining that little shore that the infantry managed to spread control. B2B marketers should maintain their own line if they hope to expand into deeper market territory. That includes having sustainability and reduced overhead.

Airborne Landings and Support – Inside Influence

It was the largest naval invasion in history so air support was also a critical factor against the German occupied defense line. Airborne troops paradropped behind enemy lines so that their offense ensured the attacks were now from all sides. In a sense, this is simply a quicker version of planting spies prior to wartime.

Marketers apply both forms when they gain influence from within the industry. Think of ways to drop in on critical industry influencer and win them over from inside the market. This also works with individual prospect companies. Find an insider who can vouch for your company from inside their organization and open their doors to you.

Finally, know that this land-and-expand strategy works best when you’re too preoccupied with always generating new customers. As always, B2B marketers and sales reps should follow the 80/20 rule. If it was good enough for the D-Day veterans, it should be good enough for you!


Reviving Old B2B Leads Be Like Reviving Godzilla


Good salespeople can be like a double-edged sword. They have an eye for opportunities with the best probability but are too quick to ignore anything less. Low probability prospects still carry value but that’s not enough for those whose minds are set on making the quota.

That’s why you decide to just bury these B2B leads for now in the hopes of digging them up for a long term lead generation strategy. This however also carries some other risks. It can be like waking Godzilla because there’s now an even bigger threat to the entire planet and not even nukes just cut it anymore.

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B2B Marketing Tips – On Rebooting/Retconning Your Message


The movie industry’s recent habit of reboots, remakes, and retcons isn’t entirely surprising. If you haven’t noticed, areas tied to comic book giants are more prone to this as well as old but still successful franchises like Godzilla.

It’s only natural actually. After all, touched or untouched, these franchises make a lot of money by themselves. They’re ties to the past also make it easier to pass on its messages. And in B2B marketing, keeping a message fresh for a long time will be key to making sure business lives on in the same way. So what are the key techniques?


Using B2B Lead Generation to Avoid Work while On Vacation


Summer usually means people heading out to the next tropical getaway. But increasingly, people are still finding themselves at work even on vacation. Throw in addictive internet technology, endless streams of notifications, emails, and calls. Is this what you’d call unplugged? Unplugging from your lead generation campaign doesn’t automatically mean the end of it if you’re prepared to put in safety measures and resist all forms of temptation to keep checking on in the office.

Sure you have the occasional emergency. But how can you call it occasional when you’re expecting it more than half the time?

  • Give advance notice, including to outsourced companies – If you’re working in any sales position, let your marketers know in advance that you won’t be making any appointments for an extended period of time. If you’ve outsourced your lead generation and marketing processes, it might even be better to let them know weeks before you take off. On a side note, get them to set some appointments for you in advance as well so that you’ll have some work when you get back.
  • Get your current workload done – By the time you get back, you obviously wouldn’t want any unfinished work piling up on any new tasks or engagements. Therefore, finish as much as you can. You can stop your lead generators from setting appointments after a certain date but why cancel the ones they’ve already qualified?
  • Have only one emergency contact – You’ll need someone to stand guard over your emergency to number. Why? Well obviously to make sure it’s only used for emergencies. If you expect such emergencies to happen more often than not, then something is seriously wrong with your contingency plan.
  • Leave a decent message behind Create a sort of response template that your marketers and appointment setters can use to explain your absence. Your prospects already do the same with their gatekeepers so why should you be any different? On the other hand, make it more polite and have it express your eagerness to do business once you get back.
  • Disable all other channels – If you really want to a bit extreme, eliminate all other means of contacting you from work. Make it so that the emergency contact is your only means of communication.

You’d want to make the most of your vacation so it’s only natural that you’d go and try to remove all sorts of work-related temptations. But perhaps the real thing you need to resist is the tendency to worry about the worst while you’re away. Create your contingency plans without it so that you won’t have it taking the place of your vacation ones.


B2B Lead Generation 101 – Handling Information Overload


The printing press of old first made it possible to distribute information to large amounts of people in a shorter period of time. Today that technology holds nothing to the floods of e-mails, reports and other digital messages. Unfortunately, the biology of the human brain still hasn’t evolved to catch up with it. Given that B2B lead generation campaigns use varying forms of information technology, managing it can be a cure for both yourself and prospects.

Information overload is a problem that’s probably most unique to 21st century life. Those who handle it well tend to thrive in an era where the internet is a dominant force in business. Those who don’t suffer problems like paralyzed decision making that snowballs on already poor decisions.

But while many thought leaders have presented their own different cures, they do share common strategies for reducing the load:

  • Focus on information that provides actual value to business (whether it’s yours or a prospect’s). Set aside information that’s simply nice to know (or worse, not nice at all).
  • Let quality determine quantity. If you can drive the most essential points with just a few words in an email then don’t strain yourself to put in more.
  • Ask better questions. Don’t elaborate your problems when it’s much easier to ask what lies at the heart of them first.
  • Single focus. Multi-tasking isn’t a skill for everyone (especially those prone to losing focus). For the most part, practice focusing on one subject at a time.
  • Organize and control the information flowing. Separate work-related channels from casual conversations. Simply trying to stay on topic can be enough to save a good deal of time.

Some people rather skim a lot rather than read. It’s only more proof that the average human brain can handle so much information (especially information that’s already been processed ad nauseum).

Then again, there’s really no turning back. Everyone from the top of the C-suite to the cubicle accountant has grown dependent on the volume and the speed to solve their problems. That’s why today’s lead generation services grow more and more with each new innovation in IT. However, the best cure for information overload still comes in the form of skills, not just more tools.


B2B Lead Generation Tips – Don’t Be a Helicopter Mom


With all due respect to Mother’s Day, not everyone likes helicopter moms. Hovering over you wherever you go, always you watching you, and asking questions that don’t need asking? Those are major marketing mistakes companies make in B2B lead generation campaigns.

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B2B Telemarketing Tips – Get Straight to the Point In 3 Different Ways


With different personalities come different styles of communicating. Don’t go assuming that everyone else receives information in the exact same way that you do. There are times when they’ll find you interesting to listen to while others could find you boring. This is important when you’re mastering the art of getting straight to the point.

People who communicate internationally (like those in B2B telemarketing) know this far too well. In some offices, people would want to hear the last line first, and get impatient with the details or small talk. But in others, many would take offense if you walked into their office on a Monday morning and began discussing the status of a project instead of politely asking how they’ve been. Some people respond best to a fast pace of speech, while others are overwhelmed by it.

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Love Them. Hate Them. Parodies Can Improve B2B Marketing


A company’s logo is a fundamental part of every brand. It represents their identity and makes them instantly recognizable. Most corporations spend millions tinkering with their logos, trying to figure out what will stick in the minds of customers. When a customer views one, it triggers all sorts of thoughts and emotions making some of them unforgettable. Unfortunately for brands, those aren’t always positive.

Parodies change and poke fun of what the original brand represented (and not always with explicit permission). How they do it though can be just the kind of positive/negative feedback you need in your B2B marketing campaign.

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Transforming Today’s B2B Telemarketing


Telemarketing really has come a long way hasn’t it? To think it all started with telephonists and switchboard operators during the late 19th century. But don’t let that fool you. Just as technology transformed other marketing methods, today’s telemarketing has changed as well.

Back then, salespeople solicited prospects to buy their products and services through either planned or recorded telephone calls. With the different types of media today, along with internet and computer technology, this is no longer the case (especially with the pace that today’s markets shifts).

Although, the premise hasn’t changed: you’re still promoting something to strangers in a targeted market to gain possible sales leads. But today, new methods include the use of e-mails, social networks, apps and other tools that are trending in 21st century tech. Telemarketing has only survived as a method because of the support they’ve given (and vice-versa).

Obviously this is because it’s still regarded now as an annoyance. Its associations with scams and frauds are stronger now compared to the old days when receiving solicitors on the company phone was still a norm. What is now known as B2B telemarketing today is simply the result of fixing the mistakes of the past and diversifying its role in other marketing processes like:

  • Appointment Setting – This is regarded as both an intelligent use of telemarketers and a cost-effective way to generate new business. B2B organizations place a great deal of emphasis (as well as budget allocation) on appointment setting. There still isn’t any better way to close a sale than a chance to sit down with a prospect in a one-on-one meeting.
  • Seminar Booking – Seminars do deliver results both for individuals and organizations. But no matter how good, it’s no good as long as attendees aren’t being booked. Using a telemarketing team to book your seminars means getting the good news out to people that could greatly benefit from attending.
  • Following Up – Live calls have proven to be very powerful when making the most from direct mail or email marketing. That’s why they’re made to follow up after literature or sales enquiries, chase up interested parties, and converted those who may have otherwise remained undecided as they’re just stuck with a brochure.
  • Market Research – One of the time-tested uses of telemarketing is market research (often used for product review and customer feedback). However, these days it can be used to cover a full range of both quantity and quality data collection. Using the latest integrated technology, telemarketing interviewers can handle everything from small executive level surveying to nationwide customer feedback.
  • Database Cleansing – The information in your database quickly gets out of date. Today’s telemarketers to work through that data each day to correct, delete or amend the details of your prospects or existing customers. Keeping your data is up to date and accurate increases the success rate of your sales reps. Make your existing data work for you by purging useless existing data.
  • Lead Generation – Generating leads means increased sales revenue and reduction to the amount it costs to close them. When you use telemarketers to generate your leads, you free up your sales teams to do what they are good at.
  • Reselling – Telemarketing provides another successful route to improving sales by selling directly to those that are already using your products or services. Existing customers are much more easily converted because you don’t need to convince them of your expertise, reputation or benefits.