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Do B2B Marketers Really Care About Branding?


Marketing Horizons: Do B2B Marketers Really Care About Branding? with Drew Neisser, CMO Huddles

B2B marketers who put all their focus on lead generation are missing 95% of the market opportunity, says our guest Drew Neisser, founder of CMO Huddles and author of Renegade Marketing: 12 Steps to Building Unbeatable B2B Brands. “Only 5% of your target audience is likely in the market and ready to buy. It’s essential to build awareness and a positive image among the rest,” he says. Listen in as Drew explains how to get this done, with “clarity and consistency, more than creativity.” Drew also shares three inspiring B2B brand-building case stories from Coupa procurement software, Case Paper and Wasabi cloud storage. Bonus tip: How marketing professionals can make an impact inside their companies by building a side hustle.

Drew highlights three tips for B2B marketing and branding:

  • Compared with B2C, B2B branding supports a longer buying cycle and larger buying groups, so clarity and consistency are key.
  • Create a “purpose-driven story statement” in 8 words or less.
  • At the CMO level, marketers must focus as much on leadership as on marketing itself.

About our Guest

Drew Neisser, Penguin-in-Chief, CMO Huddles

Drew Neisser
CMO Huddles

Dedicated to inspiring B2B marketers, Drew delivers on his mission via community, coaching, and content. CMO Huddles, the community he founded in 2020, is solely focused on helping B2B marketers share, care, and dare each other to greatness. As a coach, Drew works with a handful of senior marketers each quarter. He is also a prolific content creator, having told the stories of over 500 marketers via Renegade Marketers Unite (podcast), CMO Huddles Studio (live-streaming), his Ad Age column, and two books. His 2nd book, Renegade Marketing: 12 Steps to Building Unbeatable B2B Brands was named the top B2B audiobook of 2022 and nominated for the AMA’s best business book of 2023. Drew is ranked among LinkedIn’s Top 15 Voices in marketing and has been a featured marketing expert on ABC, CNBC, dozens of podcasts, and the New York Times. Says bestselling author Jay Baer, “Drew Neisser is among the strongest B2B marketing thinkers in the world.”

Meet the Hosts

Cyndi Greenglass

Cyndi W. Greenglass is a founding partner and president at Livingston Strategies, a data-informed, strategic consulting firm that helps clients develop, execute, and measure their customer communications with a close focus on results. Cyndi has razor-sharp strategic skills matched by impeccable on-the-ground savvy and tactical abilities. She is an Adjunct Instructor in the Data Marketing Communications online master's degree program from West Virginia University.

Greenglass has twice been named into the Top 100 Influential BTB Marketers by Crain’s BtoB Magazine and was the 2012 CADM Chicago Direct Marketer of the Year. She is a member of the Board of Advisors for BRAND United and has taught, trained and presented at over 50 conferences throughout the world.

Ruth Stevens

Ruth P. Stevens consults on customer acquisition and retention, for business-to-business clients. Ruth serves on the boards of directors of the HIMMS Media Group, and the Business Information Industry Association. She is a trustee of Princeton-In-Asia, past chair of the Business-to-Business Council of the DMA, and past president of the Direct Marketing Club of New York.

Ruth was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Marketing by Crain’s BtoB magazine, and one of 20 Women to Watch by the Sales Lead Management Association. She serves as a mentor to fledgling companies at the ERA business accelerator in New York City.

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