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B2B marketing tip #120: Meeting “lite”

B2B Marketing Tip of the WeekMake your meetings faster and more productive by limiting attendance. Use the time for discussion and decisions—not progress reports.

For cross-functional groups, ask a single person to represent each department. Issue summary notes to keep other stakeholders in the loop.

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It’s time to replace that kitchen window

Three strategies to boost marketing productivity

While we are enjoying a blissfully mild Minnesota winter, there’s always a certain amount of seasonal weather-proofing. One of my least favorite chores is sealing up the drafty window in our kitchen, a project that involves about 20 feet of rope caulk, sheets of see-through plastic, a stepladder, several awkward angles and just a few four-letter words. I’ve done this every year since we bought our house in 1999.

This December, it suddenly it dawned on me, wedged precariously into the sink and behind the light fixture: we could replace our 60-year old window with something better fitting and more energy efficient.

We could eliminate the tedious workaround and solve the problem once and for all.

But we’ve always done it this way …

It’s no surprise that it took me twelve years to reach my a-ha moment. Going about our day-to-day tasks, we focus on checking off items on the To Do list, not analyzing whether the way we accomplish completion is the most efficient or effective. We fall into the trap of “because we’ve always done it this way” and simply stop seeing the issues—or the possibilities.

Every marketing department has more on the wish list than resources allow. Identifying and reducing your workarounds is one of the best ways to work smarter and improve capacity.

Find your MacGyver opportunities

Start your marketing overhaul by recognizing your MacGuyver opportunities—those operations held together with chewing gum, old gym socks and good karma. Where do systems lack integration? How often are you re-entering data? Which tasks take seven steps when three should do?

Use these three criteria to address your top issues:

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B2B marketing tip #41: Maximize your meetings

B2B Marketing Tip of the WeekBefore clicking “invite” on your next meeting request, take time to set clear expectations and use everyone’s time wisely. Define the meeting objective in one sentence and make sure it can be accomplished in the time allotted. List the take-aways you want to collect from the group discussion.

Lastly, identify a clear role for each participant. Limit attendees to active contributors; use a summary email to inform others of meeting findings or status updates.

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B2B marketing tip #14: Tally your productivity

B2B Marketing Tip of the WeekTrack your time and activities for two weeks, then use this information to improve efficiency, better forecast your availability for future projects, or to justify additional resources. Note where urgent requests and administrative tasks prevent you from accomplishing more strategic activities.

List your major activities in a spreadsheet, such as “Plan fall tradeshow,” “Generate monthly leads report,” or “Route newsletter copy for review.” Log your time against these activities in 15-minute intervals. Avoid broad categories like “Miscellaneous” or “Meetings.”

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.

B2B marketing tip #6: Hit the road

B2B Marketing Tip of the WeekTired of nagging product management for ideas for the next webinar or blog post? Wasting valuable time reminding sales to review and approve campaign materials? Create a better working relationship by proactively attending your stakeholders’ weekly department meeting.

Ask for time on the agenda, then optimize everyone’s time by getting team input during time they’re already set aside for collaboration. Consider a short presentation to educate your counterparts on the marketing process.

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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