Marketing Performance Improvement (MPI) & Sharpening the Marketing Saw for Marketing Leaders, CMOs

Continuous Marketing Process Assessment & Improvement

Continuous Marketing Process Assessment & Improvement

  1. Are you as a CxO so focused on the tasks at hand that you don’t take the time to re-group and assess what is working and not working? Likewise, are you too focused to take the time to determine what in your operations is effective and what corrective action is needed on a ongoing, consistent basis?

  2. Are you “operations bound” whereby your team members are out of bandwidth due to barely keeping up with ongoing marketing, sales, communications and PR production schedules?

  3. Do you find the company getting further and further behind competitors capabilities, effectiveness, market presence as well as sales volume?

  4. Are you behind on learning the latest capabilities and advances in digital asset management, marketing & content management artificial intelligence (AI), and how block-chain can help your effectiveness?

  5. Per question #4 do you know how these advances can improve the effectiveness in your marketing, sales, PR, communications while simultaneously increasing profitable revenue while simultaneously reducing your operating costs?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you are really in need of a Marketing Process Improvement (MPI) initiative and an infusion of a ‘Saw Sharpening” process. The benefit of implementing this continuous improvement process is that your company will increase the chance that it will evolve into the envy of the marketplace in terms of team leadership, capabilities and overall market effectiveness.

The remainder of this blog is a short primer and motivator in getting your company to consider becoming a ‘Saw Sharpening’ organization focused on improving profitability, market share and overall shareholder value improvement.

Marketing Capability Tier Evolution

Marketing Capability Tier Evolution

Complimentary to the first set of questions above:

  1. Have you mapped out how capable your company is in terms of marketing, customer management, sales, etc. such that you can accurately place your company into a capability level as shown in the above chart?

  2. Have you created an evolutionary road-map in order to mature your organization into a more capable and effective organization over time (i.e. lower expenses and increase profitable revenue) in order to leapfrog your competition and gain market share?

Can you accurately assess your competitor(s) capabilities such that you know where they are better than your company and in which specific areas?

Sharpening the Marketing Saw to Transform to attain Intelligent Marketing Enterprise (IME) (i.e. Capabilities, Efficiencies, Effectiveness)

Sharpening the Marketing Saw to Transform to attain Intelligent Marketing Enterprise (IME) (i.e. Capabilities, Efficiencies, Effectiveness)

The last set of questions are associated with answering whether you are aware of the entire landscape of capability improvement initiatives available to assist your company’s marketing, customer management, sales, PR and communications (refer to above chart). These questions are as follows:

  • Are you aware that business rules engine technology can help you automate your marketing campaign management process such that marketers do not have to be as manually involved (i.e. campaign set up, execution and post campaign results analysis)? This technology will save your company time and $$ by allowing your marketers to focus on all important marketing strategy vs. being ‘campaign jockeys’ and marketing production focused most of their time.

  • Are you aware that powerful and real-time analytic engines can help with channel mix optimization such that you are marketing to the most effective and cost efficient customer channel at all times?

  • Are you aware that leading Digital Asset Management (DAM) tools now have artificial intelligence baked right in as to help you manage, find and retrieve your digital assets across marketing, PR, sales, communications, etc. – all saving you time and enabling your content to be more compelling to your customers?

  • Associated with question #3, are you really aware of the benefits of Digital Asset Management (DAM) tools and how it can help you go to market more effectively and cost efficiently?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, then you are not performing adequate MPI or ‘saw sharpening’ to improve your performance longer-term. As an example of what you might be missing in not performing MPI and marketing saw sharpening, I laid out the benefits of adopting Digital Asset Management (DAM) tools which not only helps the marketing department, but also PR, communications, sales, etc. (Don’t read ahead and let me know if you were able to guess all 7 benefits of a Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution):

  1. Eliminates the cost of lost or misplaced digital assets. DAM virtually eliminates the costs associated with losing valuable digital assets due to the robust and highly organized digital asset repository (via a highly logical DAM taxonomy) which enables marketers to find and (re)use digital assets quickly.

  2. Reduces creative production development cycle times. DAM tools help users quickly create and re-purpose digital assets.

  3. Reduces the time to bring new campaigns to market. Marketers, sales, PR, communication, etc. are able to get campaign related digital out to various markets and customers at the ‘speed of need’.

  4. Eliminates duplication of work. The central asset repository that DAM provides greatly reduces the possibility of costly asset duplication.

  5. Improves collaboration and access to critical assets. DAM tools facilitate collaboration among marketers via a centralized control of digital assets.

  6. Ensures brand consistency and brand integrity.Ensures marketers, sales, PR, communication, etc. have access to the most up-to-date digital assets as opposed to users being allowed to select non brand compliant assets.

  7. Improves Marketing ROI: Enables marketers, sales, PR, communication, etc to use the most effective digital assets that will produce the greatest impact and ROI.

If you answered “yes” to some of my first set of questions and “no” to many of the 2nd and 3rd set of questions and missed the some of the benefits associated with DAM tools, then you are a prime candidate to infuse an MPI or marketing (or overall) saw sharpening process into your company. Based on having helped numerous Fortune 500 companies establish this continuous improvement mindset, approach and process, I suggest the following:

  1. Honestly assess whether your team feels as though your company is as capable as it needs to be – processes not too manual, error prone, ineffective, lagging as compared to competitors, wrong approach and strategy, inefficient tactics, etc.

  2. Set time aside each week for team saw sharpening activities and to discuss initiatives you need to implement to improve capabilities and overall effectiveness.

  3. Benchmark your performance in certain areas like e-mail open and click through rates, sales $$ per campaign, campaign cycle time and/or accuracy, Google ad-words performance, etc., net promoter score(s) and constantly challenge the team to improve incrementally as well as dramatically after the implementation of new capabilities.

  4. Hire an honest, impartial outside consultant to independently assess your capabilities and benchmark these capability areas against market leaders.

  5. Leverage a consultant to help you develop an evolution roadmap over 2-5 years for your company to attain market leader status including business case with investment and capability implementation plan.

Is your organization planning on launching a new brand or optimizing an existing one? If so, give me a call or e-mail me, I can help you implement a MPI or ‘Saw Sharpening’ process that would enable you to surpass your competition and bring your organization or agency to the next level of market effectiveness and excellence.

This is just one article of 42 total I have written on Customer strategy, CRM, marketing, product management, competitive intelligence, corporate innovation, organization excellence & change management – all of which I have significant experience in delivering for Fortune 500 companies.  In fact, my blog is now followed by nearly 158,000+ world-wide and was just named one of the top 100 CRM blogs on the planet by Feedspot, alongside Salesforce.com, Infor, Microsoft, SAS, etc. – Reference this informative site here: https://blog.feedspot.com/crm_blogs/

Advertisements

How to Understand the “Market” in Marketing & How It Is Critical to Your Company’s Long-Term Success

Market Analysis Best Practices

                             Market Analysis Best Practice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Effective marketing must include leveraging an array of holistic market insights

 

Market Assessment Components

                                Market Assessment Components

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Effective marketing leverages multi-dimensional market insights: Challenges, competition, customers, growth & trends, size/capacity, etc.

dfdgdf

fdfsgfsg

The following is an array of insights that I created for a client who represents one of the top luxury resort companies in the world. These insights were designed to accomplish the following:

  • Develop Financial and market Insights to Increase revenue while decreasing costs

  • Increase standing in the marketplace relative to the competition

  • Help understand the market dynamics of the target market

  • Assist in identifying root causes for customer purchases, repeat purchases and the opportunity they have to boost customer loyalty

  • Improve the effectiveness of current marketing efforts by more effectively leveraging market insights

  • Develop a 5-year transformation plan to enable new capabilities that allow them to fulfill their future vision state

     

Best Practice Market Trend Analysis

                          Best Practice Market Trend Analysis

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Effective market analysis must include insights into market trends: Growth, Capacity and Expansion

 

Market Capacity Analysis

                                Market Capacity Analysis

Best Practice Market Capacity/Growth Analysis & Insights

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

3_title

Best Practice Market Supply & Demand Analysis

                Best Practice Market Supply & Demand Analysis

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

World-Class Market Supply & Demand Analysis including Market Trend Analysis

 

4_title

Market & Competitor Price Analysis - Comparison

          Market & Competitor Price Analysis – Comparison

Market Competitive Pricing Analysis

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

5_title

Competitive Pricing Analysis

                             Competitive Pricing Analysis

Market & Brand Competitive Pricing Analysis

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

6_title

Brand Pricing Consistency Analysis

                             Brand Pricing Consistency Analysis

Company Net Daily Revenue Analysis

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Target Market Sizing Analysis

                                    Target Market Sizing Analysis

Market Profiling, Sizing & Penetration Analysis Example

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Market & Marketing Loyalty Analysis

                           Market & Marketing Loyalty Analysis

Market & Brand Loyalty Analysis: Likelihood to Purchase Again, Loyalty Opportunity

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Best Practice Marketing Effectiveness Analysis

              Best Practice Marketing Effectiveness Analysis

Marketing Mix Analysis & Marketing Campaign Effectiveness Analysis

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Return On Invested Capital (ROIC) Analysis

                   Return On Invested Capital (ROIC) Analysis

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Return on Invested Capital Analysis (ROIC): Spread Growth, Competition’s Return on Invested Capital, etc.

Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) Competitive Analysis

              Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) Competitive Analysis

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Company & Competitive Margin, Cost of Goods Sold and Selling General & Administrative (SG&A) Analysis

Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) Trend Analysis

                  Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) Trend Analysis

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Selling General & Administrative (SG&A) Projection & Trend Analysis

 

Revenue Target Analysis

                                Revenue Target Analysis

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Historical Revenue Analysis: Budget vs. Actual

Earnings Before Interest & Taxes (EBIT) Analysis

              Earnings Before Interest & Taxes (EBIT) Analysis

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Earnings Before Interest & Taxes (EBIT) Target & Margin Analysis

EBIT Scenario Projection Analysis

                        EBIT Scenario Projection Analysis

Market Strategy & EBIT Analysis

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Best Practice Transformation Plans

                       Best Practice Transformation Plans

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

Best Practice Transformation Plans: Balances Capability Development with Corporate Vision & Reality

 

World-Class Transformation Plan Inputs

                   World-Class Transformation Plan Inputs

{Click on Graphic for clearer/larger image}

A Best Practice Transformation Plan Includes a Multitude of Holistic Inputs

 

Sales Influencer (Power) Mapping

How to Win Key Strategic Sales Deals through Client Relationship Analysis, Management and Improvement – in 5 Easy Steps !

Illustrative of the 5 Step to Power Mapping (Ilustrative - Covered Below}
Illustrative of the 5 Step to Power Mapping (Ilustrative – Covered Below}

Analysis and Management of the key decision makers and influencers in any strategic and long-term sale is crucial for success and for obtaining that BIG SALES CONTRACT WIN. This type of analysis of multi-million dollar & strategic sales deals is a common practice of the top revenue generating firms throughout the world including Accenture, IBM, PricewatehouseCoopers, McKinsey, General Electric, Deliotte, KPMG, etc.  Through this proven sales analysis technique called Sales Influencer Mapping or Power mapping, you can quickly ascertain the following:

  1. How likely you are to win the deal based on the status of your relationships with the various client company team members?
  2. Who at your client company are for or against you and your firm winning this sale?
  3. Who from your client company has a pre-existing positive or negative perception of your company?
  4. What is the nature of your relationship with all of the key decision makers and influencers that must approve and/or condone this sale to your firm?

{Click on Chart for a larger/clearer image}:

Map Key Client Sales Team
Step #1 – Map Key Client Sales Team
Step #1 Legend
Step #1 Legend

Directly related to the last bullet (#4) above, the first and key step to influencer mapping for longer-term strategic sales is determining the sales influencer landscape as follows:

  1. Who is the economic buyer(s) that has an allocated budget for the item you are selling and who will ultimately make the final decision for the sale? It is the economic buyer’s budget that will fund your sale of your product/service.
  2. Who are the decision maker(s) who the economic buyer must get to concur (sign-off) that they are selecting the right firm, solution, products for this sale? Decision makers are the people who are putting their reputations and careers on the line for selecting you and your firm for this sale.
  3. Who are the key influencer(s) that will influence the opinions and impressions of your company with both the economic buyer and the decision makers? It is the key influencer(s) who can help or hurt the chances of your sale with the economic buyer(s) and the decision makers.

Take Chart #1 below that represents a strategic sale of over $1.2MM to a potential pharmaceutical client. Our strategic sales team consisted of four of us attempting to sell a strategic roadmap for our client to enable an enhanced direct to consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical marketing model.

{Click on Chart for a larger/clearer image}:

Map Key Client Sales Team
Step #1 – Map Key Client Sales Team
Step #1 Legend
Step #1 Legend

In step one, we carefully analyzed the client company organization and quickly determined that Dan Danilla, as VP of Customer Management, was the Economic Buyer for this sale and had adequate allocated budget to actually buy our services. You will notice the “E” noted below his name in box #1 for Economic buyer per the above power mapping legend.

Gary West was determined to be responsible for the project’s delivery and success, so he was labeled at the Decision Maker “D” in box #1 below his name/organizational box.

Russ Porter was determined as being one of the signatories of the contract, so he is marked with an “A” for being a contract Approver in box #1 below his name/organizational box.

Lastly, since Matt Gandy has a great social relationship with both Dan Danilla (Economic Buyer) and Gary West and is often called for professional advice by both, we marked him as a key influencer for this sales deal with an “I” in box #1 below his name/organizational box.

Chart #2 represents Step #2 in Sales Power Mapping {Click on Chart for a larger/clearer image}::

Assign Logical Client Relationship Building Team Members
Step #2 – Assign Logical Client Relationship Building Team Members
Power Mapping Step #2 Legend
Power Mapping Step #2 Legend

In this step we assign our company team members to effectively manage the key influencer client relationships based on personality matching and previous interaction history.

In the above example, I (Steven Jeffes-SJ) was assigned to cover Dan Danilla (Economic Buyer) as I have had very good previous interactions with him and he seemed to like my ideas/insights.

Likewise Brian Grant (BG) was assigned to Gary West (Decision Maker), Me assigned also to Kathy Pang (Influencer), Mary Bello (MB) to Russ Porter (Approver) and Sam Snead (SS) to Matt Gandy as they head out for drinks together occasionally and have a budding social relationship.

Chart #3 represents Step #3 in Sales Power Mapping {Click on Chart for a larger/clearer image}::

Determine Key Client Sales Team Relationship & Perceptions
Step #3 – Determine Key Client Sales Team Relationship & Perceptions
Power Mapping Step 3 - Legend
Power Mapping Step 3 – Legend

In this step we accomplish two bits of sales analysis as follows:

1)      We determine what our previous interaction with each person has been like and how have they reacted to our team members in the past (on average).  This is represented by box #3 above “Relationship Interaction”.  In box 3 for each client team member, we noted “*” for having a positive/trusted relationship with Dan Danilla, a “+” for having a good relationship with Gary West, a “+” also for Kathy Pang as she has a good relationship with Steve Jeffes, and “-“ with Russ Porter as he has been cool and stand-offish with team members and a “=” with Matt Gandy as he has been neutral in our previous interactions with him.

2)      Our second step in this phase is to determine what each person’s impressions are of our Firm’s capabilities based on any previous statements. We color the same box #3 with colors Green for Positive, Yellow for Neutral, Red for the person having negative impressions of our firm.  These colors are noted above in box #3 for each client team member – Dan Danilla (Green), Gary West (Green), Kathy Pang (Yellow), Russ Porter (Red), and Matt Gandy (White for undetermined).

Chart #4 represents Step #4 in Sales Power Mapping {Click on Chart for a larger/clearer image}::

Determine Key Client Sales Team Contact Frequency
Step #4 – Determine Key Client Sales Team Contact Frequency
Power Mapping Step #4 - Legend
Power Mapping Step #4 – Legend

In this fourth step we accomplish the following:

Determine the extent to which we have had contact with each client sales team member. This step is critically important in order to be able to develop an effective action plan to help develop better relationships with each client team member.  In addition to noting the frequency of contact, detailed notes must be cultivated from each strategic sales team member to determine the following for each client team member:

1)      What previous concerns has the client team member mentioned when dealing with our team or when our potential solution was presented?

2)      What previous likes or preferences has the client team member mentioned when dealing with our team or when our potential solution was presented?

3)      What type of personality type is this client team member – analytical, introverted, social, extroverted, etc. (Should also be used in matching team members in step #2 above)

4)      What checkpoints or process steps is this client team member looking to ‘check off’ as part of this product/solution evaluation?

5)      Are there any other team stakeholders missing in developing the above organization chart that should now be added?

In the fifth and final step of this process, we perform the following:

A)     Aggregate and summarize the above sales analysis including deal strengths & weaknesses

B)     Develop a Sales Action Plan

C)     Estimate Deal Probability Closure %

The picture that summarizes the sales analysis can be shown as follows {Click on Chart for a larger/clearer image}::

Summarize Sales Deal Key Strenghts, Weaknesses, Action Plan, Closure Probability (%)
Step #5 – Summarize Sales Deal Key Strenghts, Weaknesses, Action Plan, Closure Probability (%)

A)     Summarize Sales Analysis:

The summary of our sales analysis (as depicted in Chart #5 above) for this sale deal is as follows:

  1. We have good and strong relationships with Dan Danilla (Economic Buyer) and Gary West (Decision Maker) putting us in a good position to win the deal.
  2. We have weaker relationships with Kathy Pang (Deal Influencer) and Russ Porter (Deal Approver) and these relationships need to be strengthened via our sales action plan. They also have either neutral or negative impressions of our firm as compared to our competitors.
  3. Matt Gandy (Deal Influencer) has a neutral position in terms of relationships with our team members and impression of our firm’s solutions and capabilities. 

B)     Develop a Sales Action Plan (Sample):

The action plan that aligns to our above sales analysis for this sales deal is as follows {Click on Chart for a larger/clearer image}::

Sales Power Mapping - Action Plan
Sales Power Mapping – Action Plan

C)     Estimate Deal Probability Closure %:

The final step is to estimate, utilizing all of the above insights, as well as major sales deal assets and liabilities, the probability that this sales deal will close favorably (as a win) for our firm as follows {Click on Chart for a larger/clearer image}::

Sales Power Mapping - Sales Deal Summary Assets, Liabilities, Closure Probability %
Sales Power Mapping – Sales Deal Summary Assets, Liabilities, Closure Probability %

The bottom line to sales power (influencer) mapping is that the best sales companies and your most formidable competitors are using this level of sales analysis and action planning in order to win that strategic multi-million $$$ deal.

Your organization will be at a competitive disadvantage if you do not employ this level of rigor in your sales pursuits. Trust me, it works and I have closed many large multi-million $$$$ deals (including this one – YES, the above example was A WIN!) using this technique at many of the world’s leading firms. 

%d bloggers like this: