Archive for the ‘Case Study’ Category

Case study: OneAccess increases B2B client engagement 3-5x with an improved Web-based customer buying experience

December 17, 2014

OneAccess HQMany technology companies still tend to commercialize their products and services based on a combination of the technologies used and the key capabilities delivered to their customers.

Aside from only speaking to the needs of their technically versed client-side users, this approach usually fails to keep up with customers’ broader, evolving needs, especially when new, disruptive offerings emerge or existing technologies become obsolete.

We recently helped one global enterprise IT provider improve it’s Web-based customer buying experience, resulting in significantly greater customer engagement. (more…)

What’s the ideal way to showcase your customer successes?

October 13, 2014

Demonstrate Customer SuccessAs most marketing and business leaders know, to grow your business you need to demonstrate your company’s credentials by showcasing the customer successes that you’ve enabled.

In our previous article we saw that to leverage your past customer successes you need to develop a focused and repeatable way to generate powerful customer references that educate and convince new clients of the value you can offer them.

To showcase your client successes there are various techniques that companies use, each with its own set of merits and practical challenges: (more…)

A successful business is built on customer successes

September 18, 2014

Enabling customer successIn spite of the growing sophistication in technology, not the least of which includes the flourishing area of digital marketing, a new business opportunity is often won or lost simply by whether your prospect feels convinced of the true value that you are offering them.

From the customer’s perspective, in this situation there is often nothing better to help them decide than to hear an honest endorsement directly from another, similar customer.

That’s why it’s critical to properly leverage your past client successes when doing business. (more…)

Analyzing B2B Web behaviour can improve user engagement and boost qualified leads

February 19, 2014

B2B MarketplaceAs e-commerce continues proliferating across all sectors, more and more B2B companies are using the Web not just to provide their prospects with an online corporate brochure and product catalogue, but also as a way to establish and nurture customer relationships, in combination with traditional channels, while driving business.

Marketing leaders at B2B companies that are making the shift to a more Web-centric business model must place greater attention to their clients’ online behaviour in order to gain insights into how prospective buyers choose to interact with them when deciding if and what to buy. (more…)

How Cisco is focusing more on business to better serve its B2B clients

August 20, 2013
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How Cisco is focusing more on business to better serve its B2B clients

While Cisco has continued at the forefront of the IT infrastructure industry with its salespeople continuing to convert leads and gain market share, over the past few years a growing number of deals were being lost on account of not being able to rely just on reputation, but also having to compete on margins or features.

According to Cisco’s director of Enterprise Marketing, the sales teams were no longer just dealing with their traditional buyers – IT Managers, Directors of IT, or Head of Wiring / Operation, but they were increasingly coming face-to-face with their clients’ CMOs and CIOs.

How would this impact their marketing and sales approach? (more…)

B2B Tech Companies: Marketing is about more than just supporting sales

June 5, 2013

Marketing is more than just sales supportLast week, along with 250 other marketing professionals, I had the pleasure of attending the ICT Marketing Directors’ Club (CMIT) annual Forum in Paris.

This association of mainly French-based, marketing and communications professionals from dozens of small to large technology companies includes marketing directors from international firms like Adobe, Alcatel-Lucent, IBM and Sharp.

This year’s forum focused on the main challenges and opportunities in marketing over that past 10 years. In particular, the topics discussed dealt with various outbound marketing activities: Creating market positioning; Generating leads in the digital age; The challenges of channel marketing, and how to manage branding and reputation on and offline.

While the forum was very interesting and informative on the whole, examining the discussions more closely, the topics addressed related mostly to generating sales and business growth; an important yet partial function of the marketing practice.

The main part missing was the key role that marketing plays in generating client and market insights to direct strategy, to in turn create new value for customers, and ensure satisfied, return customers. This is the added value of marketing. (more…)

Web Start-ups: How a customer-marketing approach will jump-start business

April 25, 2013

Customer marketing approach to jumpstart businessThis week I spent an evening discussing product and marketing strategy with a dozen up-and-coming Web-based start-ups, currently hosted by Silicon Sentier’s Le Camping, a Paris-based start-up incubation program.

In general the products and services being developed during this 4th session of the Camping were interesting, well-designed and helped solve a range of practical, everyday issues.

Among them was a product for easily planning and coordinating events among a group of friends, and a pricing recommendation service for e-tailers that are trying to remain competitive without systematically giving away their margins.

In particular, I sat down with 3 chosen start-ups to examine some of their more pressing issues, going beyond product-related aspects. (more…)

Intel: How a tech leader can lose its mojo

April 17, 2013

Intel - How a tech leader loses its mojoAs one of the powerhouses of the personal computing revolution, Intel, along with its partner in crime Microsoft, came to symbolize the Wintel era of increasingly powerful (read energy-hungry) and standardized (read price-driven) desktop and laptop computers.

Despite the rise of smartphones and more recently tablets – both requiring small, low-cost, low-power chipsets – Intel continued to back its PC-driven empire, which continued to crumble at a historic double-digit rate.

Following the release of it’s latest quarterly results on Apr 16, this translated to a -17% decline in net income, its 5th consecutive quarterly fall.

How did this tech leader like go from great to dismal and how could they recover? (more…)

Case study: Creating increased client growth for a new enterprise SaaS offer

February 25, 2013

Creating increased client growthThere are many emerging technology companies filled with talented people with a knack for designing and creating great one-off products and services. However, to stimulate growth such companies also need the ability to quickly create and commercialize competitive, market-driven offers appealing to a broader range of clients.

We recently helped one particular Web firm transform a one-off product into a growing business opportunity. (more…)