One of the programs that I run in companies and in public seminars is that of Business To Business Branding [Marketing & OEM Development]. Why is this topic so much in demand ? Because in the interconnected world and economy that we live in, more and more business are dependant on selling their Products and Services to other businesses. That is to say, the bulk of the marketing activities are focusses on individual customers within other companies as opposed to final end user individual consumers.

The point to be highlighted is that there are specific differences and complexities when it comes to the branding and marketing process as related to selling to other companies. Most marketing material and branding specifics are based on targetting end user consumers.

Let’s briefly explore this further in terms of the sale of television sets.

Business To Consumer : The electrical outlet store is focussed on selling A TV to the couple, student or individual – they may focus on how they television will look in their home, how easy it is to use and how they can maybe spread the cost over a period of time.

Business To Business : Or OEM [Original Equipment Manufacturer] situations where a TV manufacturer is selling its TV sets to other businesses, they may rebrand and sell to the end user or sell as is to the end user on a distribution basis. The focus of the branding and marketing efforts are on the needs of the BUSINESS that is performing the rebranding or that will be distributing the televisions regionally, nationally or globally. The sale quantities will be in the 1000s or 10000s, focus will be on supply chain, on time delivery and of the quality of the Tvs. The decision whether or not to purchase will depend on group decisions within the purchasing company – as opposed to the individual who purchased the television for their living room.

These basis distinctions above is fed into the Brand Equity equation and we work through this throughout the training based around Business To Business Marketing And Branding.

Hope you found this useful, feel free to get in touch if you have any comments or if you would like to take on some Business to Business Consulting or Training within your organisation.

To your business to business marketing and branding success,

-Stephen C Campbell

PS : For a summary of the Business to Business Marketing & Branding seminar and            consulting process that I employ visit Business Branding & Marketing Consulting Process.

mobile marketing traffic

Mobile marketing can be very powerful if it is used properly, but most people have no idea how to use it for the most profit. The vast majority of people aren’t using mobile marketing at all, and those that do are typically not using it correctly.

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As I mentioned earlier, it’s a bad idea to send direct marketing messages. People aren’t going to want to pay for a text message that is nothing but a sales message. That’s why it’s important to provide value in your messages.

Text Message “Subjects” One of the most important things you can do to increase the amount of traffic you get from your text messages is to use really compelling lines to open your message. This is the first thing people will see before they even open the message, so it’s important that the first line be really good.

Think of it as your headline, or like the subject of an email. It needs to grab attention and get people to read the rest of your message. Use a Clear Call-to-Action It’s vital to include a clear call-to-action in every message. You can’t expect people to read your mind. Let them know exactly what you want them to do.

If you want them to visit a web page, tell them to. If you want them to come by your store, give them directions and tell them to come on down. If you want them to reply to your text message, tell them so!

Too many marketers forget to include a call-to-action in their marketing material, and they just sit around wondering why their campaign didn’t work! Don’t forget this incredibly vital component.

Encourage Viral Buzz Viral marketing is something that is incredibly easy to perpetuate in mobile marketing. If you have an offer that is really one-of-a-kind or special in some way, don’t forget to ask people to tell others about it.

It’s very simple for someone to text a message to a friend when they find something interesting, so be sure to encourage this. It will help you get the most out of your text campaigns.