"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 the early days of my consulting practice I would give a talk at venues where CEOs convened to hear about specific topics of interest. I would give my talk and folks would walk up to me afterward, hand me a business card, and say, “That’s real interesting stuff. I think it might be able to help us. Please give me a call to arrange a time to get together and talk.” Those introductions led to client engagements. Engagements led to client successes, and successes led to CEO-to-CEO referrals. QMP's business is still largely maintained through talks and referrals.
As an entrepreneurial CEO or owner of a small or start-up company, you probably don’t have the economic safety net to tolerate long term losses or less than adequate speed and growth in the adoption of your new products. You also may not feel you have the time or cash to stop everything, pull the team together, and completely re-visit your base assumptions and offering design. This is where panic sets in. What do you do?
At its purest intent, and to be most effective, a marketing and sales audit should not be to uncover incompetence, to fix blame or to penalize, but rather to discover opportunities to make both marketing and sales more effective. If the motivation of an audit is solely to find a scapegoat or divert blame, the problem is not in the firm’s marketing and sales function, but rather in its culture.
Recognizing the critical role the lead client executive plays in a consulting success, we conducted an analysis of the last ten years of QMP engagements. That analysis brought us to this conclusion: The personality type of the highest client executive involved in a specific consulting engagement, not simply his title or position, is the best predictor of an engagement’s ultimate success and the longevity of economic benefit received by both the client and the consultancy practice.
Where does one begin the search to find new markets? The good news is: new high-potential market opportunities are typically discovered closer-in than you would imagine. Some await discovery hidden in the clutter of your current customer list. Others find you, not the other way around. In either case, your task is to recognize and quickly assess their viability.
After many years of both conducting sales training workshops and personally selling, I have come to recognize six popular misconceptions about selling. And, I must say, every time I broach those myths during a sales training session I get push-back, disbelief, the wagging of heads and several audible "No Way!'s".