The digitization of the global business economy has been taking place at an unprecedented rate. Consider this. Approximately forty years ago, 83% of the market value of the S&P 500 were tied to tangible assets – physical products. Today, the complete reverse has happened. Intangible assets, such as copyrights, patents, training, procedures, data, digital innovations, and intellectual property, now comprise 84% of the market value of the S&P 500. This startling transformation of the S&P 500 is just one snapshot of what is taking place globally. A new era of business will develop in the next 10 years that will…READ MORE
When the financial crisis hit in 2008, a certain word went missing in business. And, another word became all too powerful. The word, invest, and the inertia behind it lost traction in B2B business. Rocked by the financial crisis, many plans were shelved. Collecting dust. The word, cut, became dominant in business vocabulary. A few short years later, B2B business leaders in the C-Suite are waking up from this slumber of cost cutting and extreme focused on tactics. For some, it was a matter of necessity in order to survive. Having to resort to the proverbial cut their losses and…READ MORE
Having an instantly recognizable brand is the aim of many Chief Marketing Officers and marketing leaders. It is one of the most elusive trophies to grab in the world of B2B. Once achieved, there are tremendous advantages. Gaining such an advantage has become harder to achieve as companies struggle to be heard above the loud din of digital media. The art of building brand equity may have been lost in the digital shuffle taking place in the B2B space the past few years. It is an art companies can ill-afford to lose. With more options available to buyers today, loyalty…READ MORE
New Survey Highlights What Is Most Important To B2B Customers. Surprise, It Is Not Content Marketing.
The fanfare has been loud and non-stop. Drums beating and reverberating throughout the B2B world to jump on board the content marketing train. As in the B2C world, we are beginning to see a dramatic rise in web-based content, online communities, and video-based messaging. These are proving to be powerful ways to communicate. There is just one problem. B2B customers are experiencing disconnect between brand as well as content messaging and what they care about most. According to a recent research study and survey conducted by McKinsey, of 700 global executives, corporate messaging may be having little impact on evaluation…READ MORE