An introduction to B2B social media strategy

An introduction to B2B social media strategyWhen you say social media a lot of people still think Facebook and Instagram. Depending on what your B2B company sells these platforms may be of little use to you, but there are other platforms out there which you can use to increase brand awareness, share your marketing content, and reach potential new customers.
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Are you making the most of your marketing automation software?

Are you making the most of your marketing automation software?
By Adam Benson, Outsource Director

I’ve reviewed marketing automation implementations inside companies many times as part of our strategy work only to find the system has been relegated to a very expensive one-dimensional email delivery platform.

Email is the one function most people can make work relatively easily and there are some useful statistics to be gleaned, but all the other benefits are being missed, making the ROI horrific.
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Marketing Development Funds

Marketing Development Funds?
In 2013 and 2014 Outsource Channel Consulting Director, Kit Craig, lead the channel marketing team for IBM’s software business in Australia and New Zealand; a team with an annual MDF budget of around $1M supporting an overall channel business of just over $50M. Kit’s team was one of only three in IBM worldwide to fully utilise its MDF budget every quarter for those two years. While doing so, his team grew IBM’s software channel revenue derived from MDF by 85% in 2013 and 120% in 2014, and was recognised by IBM for leading two of the top three MDF campaigns worldwide.

In this blog he discusses the thorny problems many vendors and channel partners face in utilising vendor marketing development funds.
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How selling your sofa could help with your B2B sales strategy

How selling your sofa could help with your B2B sales strategy

By Adam Benson, Outsource Director

My family recently moved house. We were packing up and trying to find a home for a few surplus items of furniture that won’t fit in the new place. As a result, I got the job of wrangling with eBay.

As I was trawling through my ‘selling’ list of larger, more costly items, it occurred to me that there are some good lessons to be learned when comparing this experience to lead generation for B2B companies.
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CompTIA: uniting the channel’s team of rivals in Australia and New Zealand

CompTIA, the information technology (IT) industry association, hosted its first Australia and New Zealand Community meeting in Sydney on 18 August 2015, bringing together more than 90 local IT industry stakeholders to talk about, among other things, what challenges the local channel faces and how to overcome them.

The attendees represented a mix of resellers, solution providers, vendors, and channel associates based in Australia and New Zealand.

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The lament of the drowning channel marketing manager

Outsource Blog: The lament of the drowning channel marketing manager

When we meet with vendor channel marketing managers who are responsible for MDF or COOP funds three common themes emerge:

1. Partners don’t apply for funds.
Partners don’t apply for the marketing funds they’ve accrued, or they’re entitled to. Prodding from CAMs, content-rich portals and ‘do-it-yourself’ campaigns-in-a-box make little difference.

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How to target the C suite more effectively

Outsource Blog: How to target the C suite more effectively

Many organisations talk about targeting the C suite, or top level management in an organisation. After all, they are usually the ultimate decision-makers and can open doors to other top-level connections. Yet most people will agree that it is very difficult to get the attention of a C-level executive because they are the most highly-protected and time-poor people in any organisation.

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