Google only loves you when everyone else loves you first

Wendy Piersall, new media expert

No-one will ever complain that you made something too easy to understand

Tim Radford, Science Editor, the Guardian newspaper

Some helpful analogies for B2B brands (and a potentially offensive warning)

At the end of this post (which was originally published by B2B Marketing Magazine just before the start of Europe’s 2018 football seasons), I’m going to share a few analogies that have always helped me as I’ve sought to build and reinforce B2B brands. But before I get to them, I’m going to share both a warning and, right now, an apology. Some helpful analogies for B2B brands (and a potentially offensive warning)

You can have the best product in the world, but if you can’t market it it’s worth nothing

Touker Suleyman, Dragon Investor – Dragon’s Den

Are you playing with the right marketing toys?

Welcome to the latest in a series of blog posts that tenuously link topical marketing issues to classic movies (e.g. see this past B2B marketing take on Bridget Jones). In this tongue-in-cheek tale (originally posted on B2B Marketing Magazine) I tackle the importance of both short-term and long-term thinking in B2B marketing, while paying homage to the Pixar masterpiece Toy Story. And at the end I’ll explain why I believe long-term brand building holds a key to the success of Account-Based Marketing (ABM) and other sales activation tactics… Are you playing with the right marketing toys?

As long as marketers position themselves as experts in advertising, brand positioning, millennials, etc. – instead of being growth drivers – we’ll see more CMO positions disappear. The message is simple: as a marketer, stand for growth – or else.

Thomas Barta, marketing speaker & former McKinsey Partner

Your marketing sucks – a B2B poem

In this post (originally published on B2B Marketing Magazine), I dedicate a poem to my fellow B2B marketers. It’s a poem about avoiding publishing marketing content that totally sucks. I’ll get to it in about three minutes, but first I thought I’d share with you the disappointing B2B marketing circumstances that inspired me to write it. I have a sneaking suspicion the scenario will be all too familiar to you… Your marketing sucks – a B2B poem

Three basic questions to kick-start the marketing briefing process

“To deliver marketing activity that stacks the odds in your favour of delivering growth, the first step is a great brief. You must challenge and work with the business to understand:

1) where your best sources of growth lie;

2) what is stopping the business from unlocking those opportunities; and

3) how will we know if we’re on the right track?”

courtesy of Stack for Business