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About five years ago, I had the pleasure of sitting through sales training with John Costigan. I remember John's opening as he said something like, "How are you?" and got the typical quiet reaction. John went on to say something like, "when I am asked, I say "OUTSTANDING" and you should too. Because to STAND OUT, you MUST BE OUTSTANDING." Fast forward to last week, when I was having a discussion on positioning with a very successful entrepreneur turned VC. He said, "The only way to win in today's markets is to STAND OUT, create something new." Immediately I thought of John and said to myself, "If you want OUTSTANDING positioning, you must STAND OUT from the crowd." When you look around B2B technology providers, those who do stand out usually take one of three fundamental approaches to differentiation, what I call 1+1=3, Embrace and Extend, and Copy and Paste. All ca... (more)

It's Not Just the Cloud - The Re-invention of Everything

Look around and be amazed, everything is being re-invented.  From the tablet computer to the thermostat, from cars to enterprise software, from incubators to light-bulbs.  We are living in an amazing time.  Opportunities abound to capitalize on the biggest industrial change since electricity. While those of us in Cloud and IT tend to focus on a few ideas like Cloud and Big Data,   we are at the the convergence of 6 megatrends, some new, some old, that when taken together create this incredible rush of innovation and opportunity.  The megatrends are: Microelectronics - Moore's Law ... (more)

Breakthrough Cloud Marketing Revolution

Why have I spent the last months writing about Breakthrough marketing?  Isn't there enough written about content marketing and marketing automation?  Can we really transform Enterprise go to market and sales?  Are we just talking about features and benefits?  Well my answers are yes but, yes for sure and no we are not! Figure 1: The Three Stages of Breakthrough Marketing Today's buyer is information overloaded, bandwidth constrained and fiercely independent.  A recent survey by the Corporate Executive Board reported that 57% of the new B2B sales cycle is DONE before the buyer's ... (more)

Glider Bikes to SaaS Success

Owen, my youngest, is a typical 3 1/2 year old boy, energetic, physical and fearless. He's been riding on a glider bike for the last year, and loves to blast down hills with his feet in the air, scaring the daylights out of his Dad. For those of you unfamiliar with glider bikes, it's basically a pedal-less two-wheeler that you propel like a scooter with your feet. I've been watching him scoot around on his glider wondering how he would do with pedals, would he need training wheels at all?? Would he be faster than his three older siblings at getting on a "real" two-wheeler? (They... (more)

The 4th C - How the Cloud Changes Everything in B2B Marketing

"The Cloud Changes Everything" is heard so often that it is a cliché. But then again, distributed energy production and transmission enabled our 20th century manufacturing revolution and the interstate highway systems changed our society. Those of us who practice B2B technology marketing are living in the most interesting time of our careers. Not only is social media changing our communications channels faster than our ability to manage them, but cloud economics and delivery is changing our products and our customers. In order to thrive and succeed in cloudy times, we must be dis... (more)