What does that really mean? As a leader in your organization, you need to lead by example and embrace the framework of design thinking. In my experience, executives may love this concept when it is presented but lack the fortitude to actually follow through or believe in the process. This is the number one mistake you can make, and it will only lead to failure.
Traditional methods of developing an organizational strategy are (or should be) dead. Today’s world is moving too fast for a group of executives to sit in a room and plan the year ahead based on the way business has been done before. If you’re not fostering a culture geared toward exploration and deep customer relationships, you’ll never excel beyond where your organization is today. After all, if you’re not investing time to understand your customer, how do you expect them to invest in you?
When it comes to business challenges, especially large and complex ones, you need clearly defined priorities and a timeline that you can actually stick to. Easier said than done, right? There are bound to be a lot of opinions from different areas of your company, not to mention plenty of unexpected dependencies and surprises along the way.
Different stakeholders. Different business units. Different processes. All of those factors can make it difficult to define business priorities, align common goals and demonstrate the value of changes. One key to alignment is mapping a vision.
If you’re a marketer at a manufacturing company, chances are you’re positioning your company for growth. After all, the global manufacturing economic outlook looks very good.
Imagine a world with a store stocked just for you. Everything you need is on the shelves. It caters to your styles, favorite colors and lifestyle. Because this store is customized just for you, it isn’t cluttered with stuff you don’t need or stuff you have no interest in, so you can focus on what you need.
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Four years ago, B2B marketing was in a state of flux. Content marketing was on the rise, but marketers were still trying to convince their bosses that it could work as well as – or better than – traditional marketing at a fraction of the price. Mobile devices were just beginning to be factored into marketing strategy. And no one was quite sure how to measure the results of a successful (or not so successful) marketing campaign in the new media environment.
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Working in the manufacturing industry? You’ve got a tough job. In this episode, learn more about partnerDRIVEN – a manufacturing solution designed to simplify your partner marketing, lead management, funding and a lot more heavy lifting.
Customer journeys are the hot trend in marketing – for good reason. Journey maps can outline everything from specific touchpoints to the people and technologies needed to support those interactions. The best journey mapping activities also try to account for customer actions and attitudes.
Earlier this year, Ad Age published an article entitled “Seven B-to-B Marketing Trends That Will Shape 2015.” In the article, Adam Kleinberg, CEO of Traction, said, "We need to realize that B-to-B customers are people. They go home and watch American Idol and they sit in traffic on the way to work. They have the same humanity and cultural insights you see in consumer work.”