All Marketers Are Created Equal

Regardless if you are a B2C (Business to Consumer) or B2B (Business to Business) marketer we hold these truths to be self evident.

Any capable Enterprise or Mid-Market vendor should allow you  _the Marketer_ to integrate to systems in a sophisticated manner with work-flow and every need that addresses the B2C and B2B business need across messaging channels (Email, Mobile, Apps, Display and yes Print as needed).  It is 2014, and marketers not only require these operational constructs regardless of audience, but also the measurement to understand the attribution of their marketing spend across channels.

While our team at The Relevancy Group sits with clients seeking new ESP (Email Service Provider) omnichannel (err that would be cross-channel, multi, omni?) solutions to discover, optimize and remove challenges.   Last year The Relevancy Group represnted 18 billion email marketing messages out to bid.  Want to do an RFP, talk to us.

When we published The Relevancy Ring – ESP Buyer’s Guide, 2014 we found that unfortunately for some vendors they are still projecting all about us and them, versus just speaking about the the merits of their own business. Read the free excerpt of The Relevancy Ring – ESP Buyers Guide with the free subscription to The Marketer Quarterly.  Understand the ESP contenders and leaders, while all were invited in a solid methodology of innovation and invitation – see who is missing. Every vendor paid the same nominal fee to cover data and survey cost – this unlike my previous employer, our approach underscores that for inclusion all pay the same regardless of the grand relationship.   We and I always have been objective, did I mentioned I walked out of my previous green screen employer (I’ll save that for the next book),  but read the report – it is the most comprehensive research and combined along with Chris Marriott and Nick Einstein we scored different aspects and didn’t know the combined score until we did that.

Some vendors think they do not need outside objective validation, and many are not in touch with their clients.  There are some believe that B2C marketing is so special that their company can keep a separate company to solely address B2B marketing.   That notion is so curious, in that in so many businesses that I have worked for as well as our current market clients, well this fake wall of a separation of “church and state” seems well – so foreign and reminds me of my 1980’s and that “tear down the wall” quote.

So unless you are Roger Waters – you should never invest in a Wall.  And yes for the music folks out there Waters sang and performed in Berlin after _that_ wall came down, for the record with heroes such as Levon Helm and other Band members.

It simply surprises me, the arrogance of some vendors that do not realize that there is a common ground of production, of targeting, the dynamic content tools, the workflow that necessary, the scale and delivery – between B2C and B2B – really you want to make these silos larger by different solutions and brands?  Shameful.  WOW – you vendor want me to choose which role I play? I am talking to B2B, tomorrow I am talking to B2c, well that might be a nuances, production reality, but really if you separate and make me select two platforms to do this, well then … it isn’t going to work out well in the end.  So vendors, don’t ask clients to select a side of the wall.  Think back anytime there is a wall or silo between applications and tasks – EVERYDAY VENDORS if that is your dream, I ask you to just think Berlin.  Think East and West, Think B2B, B2C, thing of operational empowerment.  Then Think ALL MARKETERS ARE CREATED EQUAL

Regardless of your role, it is about your BRANDS client experience and we don’t take off our behavior when we shift from work (business) to consumer and as a marketer.   So if you believe that, well then why wouldn’t you need the same tools and if you had to purchase them from two separate companies, well that is just silly.

Integrate and do it eloquently without the promise of tomorrow, but what is actually available today. REST JSON just saying.

Interested in hearing more – well subscribe to this free digital magazine The Marketer Quarterly that will provide insight on how B2B/B2C CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) from the Red Cross deal with and include such separation – hint: see every subscriber regardless of business type attribute as one!  Your brand will be better for it!

Don’t settle for legacy and #failed innovation – be equal  – Learn more with free research, content and discovery at The Marketer Quarterly

All the best,

David

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