Brand guidelines

Brand guidelines and why they’re important

Brand guidelines

Many of us are mortified when we see pictures of our teenage selves. Weird clothes, strange haircuts, outrageous looks; it’s all part of the process of figuring out who we are.

Your business doesn’t have the luxury of going through an awkward phase as it tries to figure out who it’s going to be. You can make small changes as you evolve to meet market needs but, generally, it’s important to understand who your company is and who your customers are, as well as who your customers expect you to be.READ MORE ›

Data denial

Most marketers grapple with data in all its forms every day. 

It’s flooding in from multiple sources in every organisation and it’s not getting easier to work with – in spite of the rise of marketing automation, salesforce automation, customer relationship management and financial management software.   AI and machine learning will add to the noise, generating more data and insights which need to be assessed and used or discarded depending on the context.
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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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Is your marketing automation platform delivering good ROI?

Is your marketing automation platform delivering good ROI?
By Adam Benson, Outsource Director

The rush to adopt marketing automation technology by B2B firms has delivered mixed results for many companies taking the plunge.

It’s not that the technology is necessarily lacking, it’s the additional knowledge and competencies required of marketers to make them perform at their peak.
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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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