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B2B marketing tip #106: Make time for strategy

B2B Marketing Tip of the WeekPare down your To Do list and use the time saved to focus on more strategic work that too often gets pushed to the back burner.

Select three items and either delegate them within the organization, outsource them to freelance resources or simply leave these lower priority activities for a later date.

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Five steps to fast-track your marketing plan

Help! The first quarter’s here and we need a plan now

CalendarIf this cry for help sounds familiar, don’t panic. There’s no time like the present to set your course.

Follow these five steps to expedite your marketing roadmap:

1. Start small

There’s no minimum timeframe for planning. What’s important is defining activities that will help the organization achieve its objectives. Tackle the next six weeks or 90 days and work your way up to a six- or 12-month plan.

2. Prioritize

The marketing wish list will always exceed available resources, so be realistic. Focus your plan on your top three channels, products or organizational objectives and how to support them. Sort potential activities into categories: Required, Desired and Nice. Execute programs in the same order.

3. Delegate

It’s marketing’s job to support organizational goals—not to create them. Ask leadership to share their objectives. Use sales targets, revenue plans and product business plans for guidance. This information gathering will speed your timeline and engage the team.

4. Dedicate time

Like oil and water, strategic thinking and day-to-day marketing tasks don’t mix. Schedule 60-minute blocks of uninterrupted time to draft your plan: no email, no phones, no meetings. If you’re in a high-traffic area, work in a conference room. Make a checklist of items you need to complete, and set a reasonable goal for each work session.

5. Expect revisions

Every plan is a working document, one you will likely adapt as market conditions or business priorities change. When this happens, be flexible, involve others and use the plan as a communications tool. Add or change activities with the same Required-Desired-Nice categories used to develop the plan.

As with any skill, the more you plan, the more proficient you’ll become. And, even a small plan trumps a reactive, ad hoc approach.

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B2B marketing tip #18: Keep it clean

B2B Marketing Tip of the Week

The marketing-sales database is like a teenager’s bedroom: it’s never going to stay clean and organized unless someone enforces the rules.

Write up basic standards for data entry, required fields, and how to remove duplicate, inaccurate, or outdated records. Share the rules with all CRM users. Be clear on each individual’s responsibility–then conduct periodic audits to review compliance. Create a recognition program to promote positive results.

Check out the Springboard blog every Monday for the B2B Marketing “Tip of the Week” — a short, practical recommendation to improve your marketing effectiveness. Looking for suggestions in a specific area? Tweet me your request @ThinkSpringMktg or contact me.

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