"Market Pull results in higher marketing and sales ROI than Market Push and makes everyone’s life a lot easier. Ask B2B business owners which they would prefer, and you’re unlikely to find anyone that wouldn’t prefer to have customers lined up at the door asking to buy their products than having to coax them out of the brush to engage." Market Push Market Push is exactly what it sounds like – aggressively pushing and promoting of your product to any and all that will listen. After all, customers can’t buy your products if they don’t know they exist. So, marketing must become obsessed with “getting your name out there”. Right? Well, not really. That obsession makes Market Push programs expensive and
“Not every customer receives the same level of value from your product or service. It makes sense that those who receive the greatest value are more likely to buy it, pay more for it, be happier with it, tell others like themselves about it and return when they need more. So, if you're launching a new product, why not start there?” I love this photo. It precisely captures the reaction of many clients struggling with stalled sales when they first hear the suggestion that a narrower market focus might be the best way to overcome their problem. Their faces, and sometime their mouths, say, “Are you nuts!? We don’t have enough business now, and you want us to
Just as a frontal assault requires 3 to 5 times more resource to succeed, a defend strategy requires 3 to 5 times less resource to succeed. In business, overcoming a defended position is challenging for many reasons; the defender’s customer relationships and channel are already established, their brand name is already known, their customers’ buying processes and contracts are already established and all the support and service mechanics are in place. That’s a lot of bonds for the attacking competitor to break.
Some small B2B firms never actually do anything about price-driven market challenges. Year after year they eke out marginal success by squeezing their prices and margins, repeatedly trying to sell to the same hard-nosed customers, continually targeting the same markets and agreeing to be victimized by abusive procurement conditions. There are ways to reduce the effects of these challenges
In our previous blog post, “3 Guiding Principles for the Application of Lean in Marketing & Sales”, we offered a trio of overriding Lean commandments. In this post, we point to specific Marketing & Sales targets for Lean that will simultaneously increase customer received value and marketing and sales ROI.
“All economic value accruing to your firm has as its source, the customer’s perception that they will receive greater economic, emotional, political or physical value from your product or service, than it costs them economically, emotionally, politically or physically to acquire and use.” jerry Vieira, CMC
Depending on your market circumstances, Lean has the ability to reduce your marketing and sales expenses, while increasing sales and market share and enabling increases in selling prices and margins. Lean is not too good to be true. The benefits are real and borne out by strategic research and real life success stories.
The Four Boxes of Product Evolution: The figure illustrates the basic four boxes of product development evolution. Along the horizontal axis we have Explicit and Implicit customer needs and wants. Along the vertical axis we have Conscious and Subconscious customer needs and wants. The intersection of these dimensions creates 4 boxes, or quadrants, each defining the level of basic and/or differential value your new product might provide to customers.
Many books have been written on Leadership. I haven’t read most of them. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t worked for and with both good and bad leaders. Based on my observations from a combination of working in both small private and Fortune 100 NYSE corporations, and as a consultant to industry executives over the last 20+ years, I would like to offer my readers, a profile of an outstanding leader.
I am always amazed at the cost and relative uselessness, for small to mid-size B2B firms, of formally published market research reports. Certainly, strategic business decisions must not be made in an informational vacuum, but expecting meaningful, actionable information to come from a general market research report, read by dozens, if not hundreds, of competitors, is delusional. So, where should small to midsize B2B firms look for accurate, current, meaningful and actionable data to support their strategic breakthroughs? Few small-to-midsize B2B businesses avail themselves of the hidden army of market researchers already at their disposal. That army comprises any and all of their employees that have regular interaction with customers or, their customers’ markets. That team includes the sales and marketing team, product designers, quality people, customer service, their suppliers and their procurement people. This army is already there and on your payroll. Take the simple steps to mobilize it.