Archive for the ‘Product Development’ Category

Customer-led marketing is your competitive edge

April 8, 2014

Customer RevolutionCountless companies across industries claim to focus fully on serving their customers. Only recently however, has the balance really shifted, putting customers firmly in the driver’s seat.

Whether they are consumers or business buyers, today’s customers are often more tech savvy than the companies that serve them. They have increasing access to insightful, comparative information on suppliers and their offers; they now have the ability to express satisfaction or shout out their discontent to friends and peers and they are ready to switch providers when needed.

To serve today’s generation of consumer and business customers, companies must accept that customers are now in charge, and winning their business means creating a customer-led marketing culture. (more…)

Tech companies: Sell customer value rather than products

July 22, 2013

Sell customer value propostions rather than productsDuring our recent interactions and discussions with various technology firms in the software, Web and telecoms sectors, it seems that when commercializing their products and services, the majority focus on either promoting the features and characteristics they offer clients (e.g. A cloud-based file sharing services that syncs across mobile and desktop devices), or on the practical benefits that clients get from buying their offers (e.g. Simple, secure file sharing from anywhere).

While many companies offer leading edge, technology-based products and services, a large number end-up with a ‘me-too’ approach.

Such products and services usually lack a clear set of measurable advantages that come from using the offer as compared to the next best market alternative, including the unique value provided to prospective customers.

Does this really matter in our quickly-evolving technology marketplace? (more…)

How a market-focused approach leads to products that customers value and will pay for

May 21, 2013

Products customers love

Innovation and new product development are hot topics in today’s market, especially in technology sectors like IT, software, Web, telecoms, and related areas.

Every organization has its own approach for developing new offers to bring to market. Today’s firms invest up to 15-20% of revenues on R&D, depending on the sector, for creating, testing and trialing new technologies and new products.

At the same time, when it comes to developing new products, what matters is not just the amount of resources allocated to new product initiatives, but how they are applied. (more…)

Externalize marketing? Why it makes business sense

May 6, 2013

Externalize marketing? Why it makes business senseMarketing has become more specialized and strategic than ever. Customers are more vocal and increasingly deal with companies on their terms; New companies can serve clients in new markets and compete with established ones more easily, and companies have an increasing range of ways to create and deliver targeted value to their clients, while precisely measuring the effects.

To thrive in this ever changing, high-stakes world, business leaders must invest in professional marketing capabilities to better serve clients and compete.

So what what does this mean for today’s technology firms? (more…)

Young tech companies must operate less like products and more like client-driven businesses

March 19, 2013
Satisfy client needs

Focus on satisfying client demands

Today’s technology sector is a very innovative, fast-changing and competitive area, where dozens of new multi-device services come online daily.

In this setting there are many early-stage companies – particularly in Web, Software and devices – that have become quite good at designing elegant and useful products to serve their initial clients.

However, to thrive early-stage companies need to operate less like product development houses and more like businesses. (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…)

Marketing helps light the path for today’s CEOs

January 30, 2013
How marketing lights the CEO's path

How marketing lights the CEO’s path

The economic backdrop of the past decade has been filled with volatility and uncertainty. To get through it, companies from all sectors, including technology, have had to become more resilience by quickly adjusting to today’s shocks, while taking pre-emptive measures for the future.

In its 16th Annual Global CEO Survey, PWC, the world’s largest professional services firm, asked over 1300 CEOs worldwide what they saw as today’s critical business challenges and opportunities.

Within this volatile environment, more than ever, a marketing approach is helping to light the path forward for CEOs by providing key insights on markets and customers, and by helping to direct strategy to better satisfy client needs, while fighting off competitive threats.

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Become indispensable to clients by helping them control costs

January 23, 2013

Become indispensable to your corporate clients by helping manage costsIn the current business environment, controlling the total cost of ownership or TCO of a new technology investment is high on the agenda of most business leaders.

This is especially true for companies that rely on hardware and/or software-based systems to deliver commercial products and services to their end-clients.

However, given the increasingly complex and disruptive nature of technology today, this is becoming a complicated and difficult task. Technology suppliers that can help their clients manage costs are well-placed to become indispensable to the success of their clients. (more…)

13 Marketing Trends for 2013

January 10, 2013
Major Marketing Trends for 2013

Adobe’s Major Marketing Trends for 2013

With another year getting underway, many folks have been busy making varied sets of predictions for the year.

One set of predictions that we particularly like comes from Adobe: 13 major marketing trends for 2013 (more…)

How social media creates value for B2B companies

September 28, 2012

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Based on the growing number of companies and the ways that they use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, there is no doubt that social media has become a must-have for B2C companies, enhancing their overall digital customer touchpoint experience.

For many B2B companies however, the use of social media is still in its infancy due to a misunderstanding of the uses and the value it can provide in the B2B context. (more…)