4 tips to take your B2B marketing strategy to the next level

About every six months, it is a good idea to review your B2B marketing strategy. Hopefully, you are already in the habit of checking on your marketing results every month to catch any obvious changes or fluctuations that may need attention.
September 29, 2021

Analyse 6 Months of Lead Generation & Conversions

For many B2B marketers, the strategic goal is to fill the sales pipeline and drive revenue. As such, it’s crucial to take a look at what is generating leads and what is converting leads into new clients.

Questions to ask:
  • What channels are driving leads?
  • What is the lead quality like? (Quality over quantity is best for B2B.)
  • Are certain campaigns driving more leads? Better quality leads?
  • How long/many touches does it take for a lead to convert?
  • How long does it take to sign a contract after the lead is generated?
  • Are there any roadblocks to converting leads?

Estimate Your Brand Presence in the Market

A winning moment for any marketer is when the sales team tells them prospects “heard” about your company from a variety of different places. That’s a strong brand presence. The recommendation is to take a high-level estimation of your brand’s visibility in the market. There are metrics you can determine, but for many companies, this will be more qualitative than quantitative.

Questions to ask:
  • Are prospects familiar with our brand?
  • What is the level of familiarity? (Sales often has good insight here, or you can listen to sales calls.)
  • What increases brand awareness in our market?
  • Is our brand present on all the necessary mediums? (Industry expos, social media, industry publications, etc.)
  • If our brand is new or a going through a rebrand, is branding consistent?
  • Where can we actively expand our brand visibility?

Identify Opportunities

As you evaluate lead generation and brand awareness, you also need to think about opportunities. In some cases, opportunities are identified from failures. In other cases, opportunities are identified from small successes than can become big successes. Marketers need to take calculated risks. For example: Don’t allocate all your budget to an expensive video on a whim, but do set aside a small amount of budget to experiment with video marketing.

Questions to ask:
  • Are there any gaps in our marketing strategy?
  • Is there a campaign or channel we haven’t tried?
  • What is working that we’d like to expand?
  • What is failing that we’d like to rework or pivot away from?
  • What do the metrics tell us?
  • What do prospects and new clients tell sales or customer service?
  • Is there a need in the market that our competitors aren’t addressing?
  • Are our competitors excelling at something we haven’t even tried?

Identify New & Creative Ideas

It’s important to be consistent in executing your marketing strategy to get results and earn the trust of your target market. However, it’s also important to weave fresh, creative ideas into your strategy. During your audit, try to identify new and creative ideas to explore. This can vary widely, from identifying new blog topics your prospects love, to launching new campaigns that really strike a nerve with your target audience, to finding a new channel like email that decision-makers seem to prefer.

Questions to ask:
  • What are the pain points of my target buyer?
  • Has a new pain point/issue popped up recently?
  • What do new clients absolutely love about our products/services?
  • Did a particular blog or eBook perform well?
  • The new salesperson is converting leads at a quick pace, what is her messaging?
  • Are there new ways to share the benefits of our products or services?

Analysing the metrics for your B2B marketing campaigns is crucial for evaluating the success of your strategy, but avoid going down the analytics rabbit hole. Often, marketers lose sight of the bigger picture and context of audits as they get caught up in the weeds.

Source: Business2community

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