Math: 80% of businesses fail 100% of the time.
While it may seem easy, failing at business-to-business (B2B) marketing requires more than just math. It takes a delicate blend of poor judgment and a robust lack of strategy.
But don’t worry. While the internet is crawling with so-called experts spewing complicated strategies for organic, gluten-free lead generation and viral cat videos, we’re here to make it easy.
Our brave new e-book, How to #Fail at B2B Marketing, provides the insights you need for no-results marketing that will tank your sales efforts faster than you can say “where did the leads go”?
The best part? Everything Some things in this guide may have been inspired by true events and a few mishaps we’ve encountered along the way.… Continue Reading >>
#fail: How to Create a Pandemic Marketing Strategy as Tactless as a Maskless Shopper Coughing in the Checkout Line
A global pandemic, civil unrest, out-of-control wildfires, economic disaster, locusts, hurricanes and marathon Zoom meetings: it’s been an apocalyptic year no matter how you spin it.
But marketing rests for no crisis – as they used to say in the marketing department at Pepsi – so let’s wade into some strategies that boldly go where angels fear to tread.
There’s always a “silver lining” if you ignore a substantial percentage of what used to be called “reality” before there was Facebook and the Kardashians.
Here are some tips designed to ensure that your marketing campaign lives up to the standards set by the hot mess inside a dumpster fire wrapped in a train wreck known as 2020.… Continue Reading >>
If you’re struggling to conduct “business as usual” right now, you’re not alone. Whether it’s a global pandemic or a more ordinary hurdle, uncertainty can be crippling.
If you think of your brand as a story, “uncertainty” is your new villain – your nemesis in times of crisis. But there is a path to a happy ending, and we can help you get there.
Here are four steps for growing your way out of uncertainty.
Step 1. Embrace the Situation
Uncertainty is often a product of unexpected change; finding your way out means accepting that things are different. You certainly don’t have to like it. But there’s a lot of opportunity out there—there always is—though it can be stressful as we work through the churn.… Continue Reading >>
Your clients have a lot of things to worry about right now. First of course, is protecting the health and safety of their employees and others around them.
But while that’s the priority, the economic risks are hard to separate from our other worries right now. Your clients, like all of us, are navigating the health threat while also scrambling to keep it from spilling over into a threat to their businesses.
How do you communicate with them without simply adding to the noise, or worse – creating the impression that you put profits ahead of public health?
Here are three recommendations on how to communicate with your customers or prospective customers during this crisis:
Share the State of Your Operations
Your customers need to know if there are changes to your capacity or availability.… Continue Reading >>
As a B2B-focused digital marketing firm with a track record of creating lead-generating marketing content and strategy for a wide variety of businesses, we are proud to have been named to a list of the top marketing and consulting firms serving Chicago.
The ranking, created by Seattle-based research firm Expertise, used 25 variables across five categories that include reputation, credibility, experience, availability and professionalism to establish its list. The agencies on the list were culled from a starting point of more than 600 marketing consultants serving Chicago.
B2B Expertise that Drives Lead Generation
Our president Sean Parnell said the ranking reflects the hard work and specialized expertise that the Innovaxis Marketing team brings to its B2B clients both in Chicago and across the United States.… Continue Reading >>
In T.H. White’s The Once & Future King, Merlyn explains how he predicts the future: “Now ordinary people are born forwards in Time… But I unfortunately was born at the wrong end of Time, and I have to live backwards from in front, while surrounded by a lot of people living forwards from behind. Some people call it having second sight.”
If you want to predict the future of your business, then start by developing your exit strategy and work backwards. Here are three steps for doing so.
Step 1: Create Your Exit Strategy
It can be uncomfortable to explore the answers to questions like, “How long will I live?… Continue Reading >>
Our founder, Sean Parnell, was recently approached by a casting company seeking entrepreneurs in Chicago to take part in a commercial for a major credit card company. They asked some good questions, so we thought we’d share his answers. Enjoy…
Q: Tell us a little about yourself. What do you like to do for fun? Passions? Hobbies?
A: By night, many know me as Chicago’s historic bar expert by night: I wrote Historic Bars of Chicago and Created the Chicago Bar Project. By day, I run a marketing consulting agency that I founded 10 years ago. My wife is from Colombia, so we travel there often with our 7-year-old son.… Continue Reading >>
As you think about strategic marketing planning and budgeting for 2017, I have 3 questions for you:
- Are you happy with the results of your marketing efforts this year and how they translated into lead generation and sales success?
- Are you confident in your ability to execute your marketing plan for 2017 with your current internal and external resources?
- Are you on top of content marketing, and ranking as high as you want for your highest priority keywords?
If not, we should talk.
We know it’s difficult to outsource your marketing for the first time or to change marketing partners,… Continue Reading >>
For the Third Consecutive Year, Clutch Recognizes Innovaxis for 2016
Clutch today announces that Innovaxis has been named a top digital marketing agency in Chicago for the third year in a row.
Agency Selection Methodology
new research by Clutch identifies Chicago-based agencies with
exceptional records of client service in digital marketing. Clutch uses a
proprietary Leaders Matrix methodology that maps each digital marketing
agency’s focus on digital marketing services against their ability to
deliver based on client expectations.
“In today’s digitally
focused market, businesses of all sizes benefit from a strong online
presence,” stated Eleonora Israele, Analyst at Clutch. “Innovaxis has
shown the ability to plan and execute complex digital marketing
campaigns that increase their clients’
Aimless acts of marketing, neither strategic nor holistic, have cost companies selling business-to-business (B2B) millions in missed leads, revenue and profits – not to mention the cost of these failed marketing services.
Seeing the need for B2B marketing that generates results, we launched Innovaxis Marketing Consulting in January 2007. During the recession and subsequent (tepid) economic recovery, Innovaxis has increased client website traffic and lead generation by 300% on average. And it costs nothing because it usually pays for itself in 6-9 months, sometimes sooner. Here’s how…
Marketing = Macro Sales
We believe that the essence of marketing ultimately boils down to strategy and execution. Successful marketing makes it easy for you and your sales reps to get in front of new prospective clients and sell with a shorter sales cycle.… Continue Reading >>