Business to business marketing and branding is at the heart of society considering that the majority of goods and services that we purchase are in fact a subset of what goes on in the b2b branding and marketing realms. This aspect of business development is being given a lot of attention and for good reason when we consider that in some cases the sales process can take years but – securing a business to business supplier contract could means many tens of thousands of dollars of revenues.
In my training and consulting I have developed a framework from which to move on to craft a business strategy in marketing and branding products and services to another business. Much of this comes from my experience when managing in the OEM [original equipment manufacturer] business unit for Hewlett Packard [in Europe, Japan, the U.S. and S.E. Asia].
Some things to consider :-
- purching frequency
- purchasing quantity
- brand equity
- brand positioning
- brand relevance
… and many other terms which need to be understand and worked on in order to develop excellence as a business to business supplier.
When we consider that the strength of the business that we are selling to is directly proportional to the strength of the brand of the weakest component – we want to ensure that our brand is not the cause of say –
- the production line stopping
- end user customers having to make returns
The above is when we consider product quality but what about sales and marketing ?
Of course we will take steps to market our products to our business partner but whose responsibility is it to create pull in the market place ? Could we take steps to co market our business partners product ? Considering that the more that they sell the more revenue we will generate – depending on our product and/or service, maybe we could move from simply selling product to a business partner and leaving them to perform all of the marketing promotion.
Maybe we could move to education the market place, training our business to business partner and many other specific activities depending on the development of the strategy.
Strategy development can take many months but in the first instance I would typically run a day’s seminar on the topic [anywhere in the world – based on demand]. Hopefully, I have touched on a few points which can serve as food for thought so you can take and use in your business.
Should you wish to make contact to explore working together – do not hesitate to get in touch.
To your business success,
Stephen C Campbell
As a Business Marketing Strategy Consultant and Seminar Trainer – I work with businesses from a wide range of Business Sectors including …
- Frequently Manufactured Consumer Goods
- Health and Wellness
… and have to come up with developing and taking apart and putting back together Business Marketing Strategies and Tactics that corporations make use of to take their business to the next level. In essence I take all the lessons that I have learnt from working in over twenty countries throughout the world and working with companies such as …
- JC Decaux
- Proctor and Gamble
- Amazing Harmony
- Hewlett Packard
- British Telecommunications
…. and conducting business with these companies in countries including …
- United States
- United Kingdom
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
… as well as – reading, reading, reading, reading. I read business books all the time and take from the best Business Marketing Strategies and add to my own personal internal library. The combination and education and experience enable me to comment on the spot and develop strategies for topics such as …
- Channel Marketing
- Ideal Client Profiling
- Marketing Segmentation
- Pricing Strategies
…. and so much more. So there you go, I read and study A LOT with a view to being excellent as an Internet Business Marketing Strategy consultant and; here is a list of ten books that I recommend that you can take and devour to improve your Marketing Strategy skills.
Stephen C Campbell
This is based on a quote which really resonated with me taken from Jack Canfield’s Success Principles lectures. The full quote goes like this :-
“Winners are those people who make a habit of doing the things losers are uncomfortable doing”.
This quote is now embedded firmly in my Subconscious and I use it to remind me of how to proceed when I am looking to move towards some of the ambitious Goals which I have set for myself. It makes me go the extra mile, learn new things everyday, invest in my Self Development on a regular basis, minimise the amount of time I spend in front of the television and be prepared to ‘different as necessary and depart from the Status Quo. This was the decision I made some 7 years ago when I left employment with Hewlett Packard and now I am predicting the future as far as my career is concerned – by creating it. As I study the likes of Bill Gates, Alan Sugar, John Assaraf and Oprah Winfrey I understand that their outstanding success can be put down to the willingness to do the things the majority of the population are not prepared to do. The vast majority of the population are in what I term the “Social Hypnosis” and not really, really knowing what their purpose is or here they are going (as determined by some basic questioning at the start of any coaching session).
So, the question I have for you is, how is your life? are you doing what you love to do? in other words :-
if you knew that you could not fail what is it that you would be doing?
and, when is “now” a good time to change? Hope these few words will serve to prompting you into action. As always, any thoughts or comments – do let me know as they are always welcome.
To your success.