News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Metrostudy / August 27, 2013
A leading building product manufacturer wanted to move the customer conversation from price to value. Metrostudy delivered an enabling sales solution that elevates the company’s sales representatives from vendors to trusted partners.
In the battle to claim their fair share of orders from a resurgent home construction industry, building product manufacturers (BPMs) are aggressively moving to lock-up relationships with contractors. As a substantial improvement to old school promotional tactics like discounts, rebates, co-op dollars and other sales incentives BPMs use
Vince Giorgi / Hanley Wood Marketing / August 25, 2013
Take a minute and pull out your organization’s marketing plan and budget. Now scan down to the line item labelled marketing testing.What’s that? There is no line item for marketing testing?
That’s what I was afraid of.
With absolutely no data to back it up, I’m going to venture a guess that testing marketing might be today’s most underutilized tool for improving marketing.
I see and read quite a bit of research on what marketers are doing with their strategies and budgets. I can’t remember a time when I’ve read how active marketers are, or how much of their budgets they spend,Read More
Ben Plomion / ClickZ / August 21, 2013
By now it should be obvious: content marketing is hot. In the age of social media, major brands need a steady stream of photos, videos, and articles to stay relevant and bring in new customers. But while some companies, such as Oreo and GE, are clearly excelling at the content game, it’s not always easy to quantify the value of a given piece of content.
What makes measuring the value of content so tricky? Much of the problem stems from the fact that content marketing tends to influence a buyer’s decision process during each stage of the sales funnel. And that means that to understand theRead More
Stephanie Miller / ClickZ / August 19, 2013
We live in an age where the Mad Men of advertising wrestle with the Math Men of marketing analytics. Is the creative the most important element? Is the data? I say, “Pooh” to anyone trying to have this debate. The fact is that data-driven marketing is only successful when both parts of our brain, our teams, and our attitudes are in play.
- Creatives benefit from improved insights, informed (and predictive) personas, better strategic direction, and lots of proof that their brilliance works!
- Quants benefit from real-time data inputs and messaging that engages and feeds the analytics
eMarketer / August 19, 2013
Marketing handles much of the purchase cycle that formerly went to sales
The internet has become a primary source of information, recommendations and reviews when business decision-makers contemplate potential purchases. This places significant responsibility on marketers, who must now guide and nurture these leads via digital through the majority of the buying cycle.
Relying on automated solutions to create and deploy lead nurture programs is not new, but business-to-business (B2B) marketers are eyeing them with a renewed focus, according to a new eMarketer report, “B2B MarketingRead More