SUMMARY of Rob’s Remarks:“Strategy & Growth in 2011.”December 2, 2010 Bulldog founded as a “demand marketing laboratory” with a belief that marketing initiatives have a direct mathematical equation with sales. Companies that use marketing best practices such as real-time lead scoring and lead nurturing generate 5.2X more results. Maximize the time your team has to sell thru an effective strategy. Step #:1 Set Business Objectives for all and make marketing directly accountable for sales including consequences. If you cannot measure it then don’t do it! Step #2: Think like your customers. Understand and map (develop Buyer Personas and Message Maps) that answer: why change, why now , why us? Orient your company and its culture to answer the following; Why does the customer need my service/product? Why does the customer need this product/service from me? Why does the customer need my product/service now? Step #3: Do lead routing and nurturing and sales support in real-time. Utilize lead scoring, real- time routing and nurturing programs. Q: Where do you start?A: For CEO’s the place to start is with the business objectives. Make marketing accountable throughsalary, bonuses, and consequences, for ineffective performance.Key Takeaway #1: Every organizations marketing and sales message must answer these threequestions: 1. Why does the customer need this product or service? 2. Why should they buy now? 3. Why buy from me or my company?Key Takeaway :#2: If you cannot measure it; do not do it!
Program Summary Recap for Houston TeXchange Meeting II: Strategy & Growth in 2011.The following is a recap of the Houston TeXchange meeting held December 2nd, 2010 presented by theHouston TeXchange Board of Advisors with guest speaker Rob Solomon, CEO & Founder BulldogSolutions presenting “Strategy & Growth in 2011”.SUMMARY of Rob’s Remarks: Strategy & Growth in 2011. Bulldog founded as a “demand marketing laboratory” with a belief that marketing initiatives have a direct mathematical equation with sales. Companies that use the following marketing best practices generate 5.2X more results. Have a Strategy, Measure Everything & Use an Integrated Approach: Creating Buyer Personas and Messages Maps:
“Growth Options & Expansion Strategies”Houston TeXchange Event Recap Summary for Thursday February 24th, 2011.Key Takeaway: Focus on your core business before expanding or acquiring revenues.Panel Summary Recap Notes:Lessons Learned from Jack Barry: a) The major point was "Master your Core Business"; do this or you cannot change or grow and as we all know, change or die. Grow organically. b) Get the right people in the right positions in your company – never can be reminder of that enough times – follow your hiring process and stick to your position profile c) Make sure that your customers know your playbook d) Differentiate by focusing on your customers need and, as this need and ultimate use of your product may be different than what you imagine, you have to seek that information through careful customer interview and examination. e) Think long and but act short: accomplish 5 year plans with 6 month tactics that watch cash and personnel always changing (differentiating) to meet customer need rather than holding stubbornly to the wrong model be it product, pricing or people. f) As yourself: What cannot be duplicated? This is the key to growing. g) Jack’s 3 Principles: a. The customer is your greatest asset. Know them better than they know themselves. b. Strength is integration of all your people, resources, employees, customers, stakeholder’s suppliers. c. Stakeholder’s deserve a return.Lessons Learned from Houston Lane: Once a business has mastered its core business, it has three options for growth including numerous acquisition options. Numerous acquisition opportunities can help you branch out into new products, solutions, customer segments or markets. Good executives maintain and manage their cores. If you can “take off 2 days” to expand then you should evaluate your expansion and acquisition opportunities; otherwise focus on your core business.Lessons Learned from Bill Leake: Whether you go Direct or Indirect via channels should be driven by both your customersyou’re your maturity; but keep in mind that you want to “Exploit market opportunities.” Only do marketing that is measurable. New sales rep is going to cost you $250k a year, you can do a lot of effective direct and indirect marketing for the price of one sales person. Killer Marketing Tactics: Use Behavioral Targeting to pursue visitors to your website. Index retargeting as a strategy for visitors to your website is a great tool for marketing. Tools such as HubSpot and webstats.com to pinpoint whom is visiting your website and how-to follow-up with them proactively. Book Recommendation from Bill Leake titled “Selling the Wheel”. http://www.amazon.com/Selling-Wheel- Choosing-Company-Customers/dp/0684856018/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298903490&sr=8-1
Maximize the time your team has to sell thru an effective strategy. Step #:1 Set Business Objectives for all and make marketing directly accountable for sales including consequences. If you cannot measure it then don’t do it! Step #2: Think like your customers. Understand and map (develop Buyer Personas and Message Maps) that answer: why change, why now , why us? Orient your company and its culture to answer the following; Why does the customer need my service/product? Why does the customer need this product/service from me? Why does the customer need my product/service now? Step #3: Do lead routing and nurturing and sales support in real-time. Utilize lead scoring, real-time routing and nurturing programs. Q: Where do you start? A: For CEO’s the place to start is with the business objectives. Make marketing accountable through salary, bonuses, and consequences, for ineffective performance.Table Discussion Takeaways & Key Issues to Consider: I. We need to do a better job leveraging the tools and data that we have today as well as add lead routing, analytics, and nurturing of all leads and prospects. It is imperative to build real-time nurturing connections to sales. Utilize tracking scripts and CTAs (call-to-actions) to drive tactical results. If you do not know how to effectively do this get help. II. Growth requires an executive commitment to alignment marketing and sales, as a cohesive activity/function. Nothing drives alignment like compensation, role clarity, accountablilty and consequences. III. Senior executives have to focus on and understand the customers profile and buying behavior. Our manta: Be in the mind of the client. Have to change the mindset from a product centric to a buyer centric approach orientation.The mission of Houston TeXchange is to provide a relevant resource and knowledgenetwork to enable executives of technology businesses in the creation of wealth andshareholder value by building sustainable business models.
Q: What Are Your Growth Options?A: The Three Wedges of Growth. Double in five years New capabilities, brands, vendor relationships, 20%+% geographies Each wedge 12% ‐ 15% requires New products, new increased customers, or both, aptitude 4% 4% ‐ 6% growth through increased volumes Same products to same customers, growth through price increases “A&I i a recommended strategy f growth is d d t t for th companies that have proven portfolio and distribution.” “A&I Excellence” insures budgeted pro forma forecasts are made into business realizations.”
Q: What is Your Growth Strategy? Should you consider q acquisitions? My organization has No the first two “wedges” down g1. Get financing squared away Yes 1. Identify the strategic initiatives with the lowest cost/risk and 2. Come to a natural stopping Yes greatest benefit place on major projects place on major projects I can tolerate some I can tolerate some3. Put the principles into risk to drive growth 2. Use the “four P’s” to guide practice implementation No 1. Use the “four P’s” to drive continual improvement in the core 2. Be judicious in how hard you push the second wedge
Table Discussion Takeaways & Key Issues to Consider: I. The dramatic change in liquidity is requiring leadership changes and reengineering of the business process. II. “Feet on the street” models are not fundable and do not work as well in this economy. Requires transition to a portfolio driven distribution venue including channel distribution, partnering and strategic alliances.. III. Constant migration points and transition plateaus exist for companies and leaders and must be managed effectively. IV. Executives need to take a BOARD level perspective Get Outside Perspectives. “I don’t want to manage and I don’t want to be managed” will result in failure. View the business as an investor, not from an operators view.Administration RECAP:Chairman’s remarks included, introducing Houston TeXchange, mission, values and thankingthe sponsors. The mission of Houston TeXchange is to provide a relevant resource and knowledge network to enable executives of technology businesses in the creation of wealth and shareholder value by building sustainable business models.Announcement of the upcoming next event:Thursday, December 2nd at The Briar Club at 6pm: “Strategy & Growth in 2011”presented by Rob Solomon, CEO of Bulldog Solutions.Rob will discuss strategy development and implementation best practices including Go-ToMarket Venues and Techniques for Revenue Generation. Rob will address the following threechallenges: 1. How GoToMarket today needs to be different versus years past. i.e. what are the surefire strategies to deploy in 2011 for technology enabled businesses? 2. What are the killer tactics to deploy in 2011? 3. What are the fundamental management skills required for this “New Economy.”
Survey Question: What skill areas are executives most uncomfortable? Success in this “New Economy” will be a result of increased skill and effectiveness of our Executives. Business Processes must remove people dependency and must create scalability i order t i t l bilit in d to increase th probability of success. the b bilit f
Reengineer Your Product Offerings & Go-To-Market• A “Portfolio” of Products Supporting the Strategy is Required Required. – Creates Differentiation in the Market• Develop Marketing Assets. – Profile & targeted customers identified g – Manage & develop marketing assets – Brand equities are key• Develop Processes & Precise Measurements for the “Go -to- Market” Activities.• Must have a “Portfolio of “Routes to Market.” – Alternative Distribution – Channel & Partnering – Direct Sales – Other• Business Models that are dependent on “Feet on the Street” are “Old School.” – Will Accelerate Failure – Unaffordable & Institutional Investors will not fund• Must Develop Recurring Revenues Streams: Contractual Revenues. – A critical element of the business model requirements for the new economy How does your company “stack up”? Change is required to survive!
Optimize & Align Your Business Processes to This Economy Focus & Depend More on Processes: Not People • Process Before People = ↑ Productivity • Process Over People = ↑ Quality • Process Over People = ↑ Business Intelligence & Management Science • Trained & Effective People Over Process = Best of Breed Performance • Process + People + Technology = Wealth Creation • Scalability & Operating Leverage will Attract Institutional Capital Outsource Until Scale is Achieved • What are you outsourcing? Why? If Not; Why Not? Implement Cross Functional Measures: What You Can Measure You Can Improve!! Identify Process Needs and Improvement Areas Implement New Processes for Scalability Connect the ‘CSO’ (Chief Strategy Officer) to Operating Management What business processes are you improving and why? How will you measure the effectiveness of the new processes ? processes.?