Anyone that knows me knows that Positioning is one of my favourite marketing topics. For startups in particular, figuring out how to define a unique piece of the market that you can claim and dominate is really important. Today I’m announcing that Alistair Croll and I are working on a book – Different, Better – A Practical Guide to Superb Positioning in Noisy Markets.
One of the big differences between selling to businesses vs selling to consumers is the buying process. Most Consumer products are lower priced and purchased quickly because if you make a poor choice, you aren’t out much more than beer money. In B2B not only is there more money on the line, buyers often have to justify a purchase to their boss. A poor choice can cost the company big dollars and (often more importantly) damage the buyer’s reputation.
This is precisely why a Buyer’s Guide is such a powerful piece of marketing content. It is designed specifically to meed the needs of a prospect that has been tasked with making a purchase decision. It’s a piece of marketing content aimed directly at the hottest prospects in your pipeline.
If growth is stalled and all of your marketing metrics kinda stink – it might be time to look at your underlying strategy. How you would test the underlying assumptions around which buyers you are targeting and what market you are positioned in.
Startup marketing plans contain 3 key components: The inputs to the plan (Positioning and Messaging), the tactical work plan, and the results/revenue model.
Is it possible that your marketing strategy is killing your startup? It could be. Here are 4 marketing strategy hacks to try to get your startup unstuck.
As a startup you don’t have enough people or budget to sell to everyone. You need to sell to those special few that are willing to take a chance on you right now. Here’s how to find them.