Innovation Insights

The B2B Business Growth Blog

Innovation Insights explores the impact of new and emerging concepts in sales, marketing, strategy and leadership for CEOs of growth-driven business-to-business companies.

6 Ways to Stop Throwing Away Your B2B Marketing Budget in 2014

throwing_money_awayIt's 2014. Your B2B company produces cutting-edge products or delivers state-of-the-art services. So why are you still spending on marketing like it's 1999? Chances are, your company is bleeding marketing dollars in ways you didn't even consider, precisely because you haven't had the time to think about how to do things differently. In the absence of a clear new direction, most companies fall on the old, tried-and-true approach…even if it no longer works. And chances are, your marketing is not performing for you at the level it could. As a CEO, here are six ways to stop spending the wrong way on marketing:
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Tags: content marketing, marketing, marketing strategy, brand strategy, Focus Area: Marketing, b2b, inbound marketing, seo, b2b business growth

Supercharge Your Sales: Five Steps You Can Take to Achieve Success

supercharge_your_sales_five_stepsSales is the lifeblood of any business. Achieving and maintaining consistent sales growth is a complex task that requires many elements to successfully work together if you are to see lasting results. As a business owner today, you are faced with many challenges that make selling much more difficult than it was in the past.
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Tags: content marketing, blog strategy, sales process, marketing, marketing plan, marketing strategy, CRM, sales performance, sales training, sales coaching, Focus Area: Sales

How Breakthrough Brand Strategy Can Strengthen Your Business

how_breakthrough_brand_strategyWhy should customers choose your business? That is the most pressing question for any company or organization. How you answer this question will largely determine the level of success (or survival) that your business achieves. If your brand strategy and identity is to stand for something, it needs to be in alignment with the answers to this question.

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Tags: branding, marketing, marketing strategy, value proposition, positioning, brand strategy, brand identity, logo identity, Focus Area: Strategy

Understanding the Elements of a Successful Value Proposition

understanding_the_elements_value_propositionBusiness leaders today are constantly operating in the middle of two extremes. On the one side are all of the tactical demands of the business - tasks, issues, crises and other things that just have to get done. On the other side are all of the strategic demands - the ideas, concepts, strategies, messages and models that are essential to the future of your company. Some CEOs focus too much on the tactical side (working in the business but never on it), and others get wrapped up in strategic thinking but lose sight of day-to-day execution priorities.

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Tags: branding, strategy, sales process, marketing, marketing plan, marketing strategy, value proposition, positioning, Focus Area: Strategy

How to Make a B2B Marketing Plan that Drives Sales Results

how_to_make_a_b2b_marketing_plan_that_drives_salesMarketers know intuitively that the ultimate goal of marketing is to make sales happen. And yet, oddly, marketers are often cut off from the information, relationships and connections they need to make that possible -- or they are given tasks that are considered important to the company but don't actually have any clear relation to the sales effort.

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Tags: content marketing, strategy, marketing, marketing plan, marketing strategy, CRM, Focus Area: Marketing

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