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,
The visual and audio summary of the Business To Business Marketing and Branding seminar and consulting process that I follow may be viewed/listened to in the video below for those who prefer to take in information from an audio and visual perspective :-
For a quick rundown of the sections that we will go through should you employ me to conduct consulting/training in your organization is as follows :-
Differences Between B2C & B2B Branding
Reasoning behind the structure is to first give a grounding in the fundamentals of the topic, to look at some of the terminology and establish the overall framework and methodology for marketing and establish branding excellence to other organizations as opposed to the more common marketing and branding targeted to individual consumers.
It is important to make clear distinctions between the branding and marketing process in terms of the goal of selling products and services to other organizations. Whether your business to business marketing efforts are for the purpose of the partner company reselling your products as a component of their finished product [as part of an OEM business partnership] or; for the purpose of the partner organisation reselling or distributing your product – there are key fundamentals that need to be brought to mind and paid attention to if one organisation is going to be successful selling to another as the success of the selling company and the one selling to the end user are tied.
The Equity of the Brand is explored in the “Branding Dimensions” section and gives the marketer the fundamental business parameters on which to focus on in order to raise the equity of the brand in order to make the selling, marketing of the organization’s products and/or services run more smoothly.
The “Branding Process” section deals with some of the organizational complexities that need to be address if successful B2B Branding and Marketing ongoing campaigns are to be executed within the company. Ownership and management involvement is a key component that is addressed as this is one of the reasons why companies fail to make as much out of the B2B Products & Services as they otherwise could be if they do not adopt some of the structure and process management highlighted within this consulting process.
Finally we look at why some organizations fail in their B2B marketing and branding efforts by examining real life cases in order to extract the key learnings so we make sure that we do not make the same mistakes.
Do get in touch if you would like to discuss receiving some B2B branding and/or marketing consulting and training within your company.
As The Sales and Marketing Process will continue to be at the heart and soul of all businesses – I gave a Business Marketing training session at Westminster Library last week for small business owners, amongst the feedback was this brief email from C Ho who is a fashion designer …
“Hi Stephen : Thank you for your seminar last night. I took away a lot of valuable information and felt you really explained marketing in an easy to understand format. Thank you : C Ho”
… it is my pleasure to be able to break down some of the technicalities and mysteries behind the marketing process in order to enable the business owner to gain some sort of control.
I talk to many small businesses, some are startups and many others have been operating for a few years. One common theme that I see is that when I start to explain about my three month marketing strategy process which includes focussing on Channel Marketing, Internet Marketing, Category Marketing, Market Segmentation, Branding, Supply and Demand and more there is a reticence and reluctance to stop and consider the marketing process.
The point is that so many small businesses and work from home organisations are in love with their product and not necessarily looking out and seeing what is is that the customer actually desires, wants and needs. That is one reason why business do not grow – as they continue to do the same things over and over again.
I find myself explaining that there is a reason why all the large corporates have marketing departments and why people go to university to study marketing. Unfortunately this falls on death ears in many cases and the owners continue to (try to) do the marketing themselves. The skill of business negotiation and communication must be learnt and deveoped over time as with any other skill.
If you are running a small business, whether it be a work from home operation or you have employees in an office. Consider this, where could your business be in say six months time if you stop and spend some time on working on the most critical part of your business which is your marketing strategy. Do not fall in love with your product, fall in love with the marketing process and continually searching out and determining what it is that your customers want. This is how businesses grow, make your business a growth business and consider stategies such as niche marketing on an ongoing basis.
Interested in hearing if you have any comments on this.
Stephen C Campbell MBA, MSc, MCIM, Master NLP Practitioner has recently published at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0018RKXLA and is a no nonsense look at the marketing process which anyone can grasp and utilize within a short period of time.
(EMAILWIRE.COM, May 08, 2008 ) London, UK — Stephen C Campbell MBA, MSc, MCIM, Master NLP Practitioner has recently published (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0018RKXLA) a no nonsense look at the marketing process which anyone can grasp and utilize within a short period of time. The book deals with various aspects of the marketing process such as The Mathematics Of Marketing and Channel Marketing and; has been classified as an outstanding resource for the Small and Work From Home Business Owner as well as the Seasoned Entrepreneur.
Campbell (https://www.stephenccampbell.com/) is well placed to give advice on Marketing Strategies having conducted business in over 20 countries throughout Europe and The United States and the Far East and; now works as an international business consultant assisting businesses to define and improve their marketing processes and strategies. He and his team has developed significant expertise in Internet Channel Marketing – i.e. the skill of using the internet as a primary marketing channel to build the brand of a company, business owner and to drive offline revenues.
Recent reports (PR-USA.net – Singapore, May 5th 2008) states how “Recruit.net’s marketing strategy evolves targeting social media micromarkets with job channels” demonstrates how the internet is continuing to play an ever growing role in the marketing strategy employed by any company. The reports goes on to say “The collaboration with Ping.sg will help Recruit.net to add to its impressive list of places of where job seekers can search for their ideal jobs, across countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and New Zealand.” further demonstrates how Campbell and his team are on the bleeding edge of using the new technologies along with more traditional marketing techniques to drive business forward.
The Marketing Mastery publication (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0018RKXLA) also carries chapters on Building Brands and The Internet (as a marketing channel). The book is timely as many small business still have not set the time aside to develop a coherent marketing strategy and many are still confused when it comes to incorporating the new technologies into their overall business strategies.
… Michael was Inspired by large wins on the crap tables of Las Vegas and then motivated by Nick Mordin’s book ‘Betting for a Living’ and disillusioned by his career back in Aug 2003 then decided to embark on a path to becoming a professional punter.
I met with Michael and guided him through the Marketing Process fundamentals that he should be considering and employing in his business.