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Think Like a Martian

The value of a fresh perspective

All of the recent news around the NASA’s New Horizons mission and Pluto has me thinking of… Martians.

think-like-a-martianLet me explain.

How would you approach a solution marketing problem if you were a Martian, complete with a fresh perspective and unencumbered with what earthlings already knew?

A fresh perspective

The father of Nobel physicist Richard Feynman (1918-1988) employed this mode of thinking with his son, asking, “Supposing we were Martians, and we came down from Mars to this Earth, and we would look at it from the outside.”  In other words, Feynman was encouraged to consider ”a way of looking at something anew, as if you were seeing it for the first time.”

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Build a Winning Solution Marketing Strategy – ProductCamp Boston

– By Steve Robins

ProductCamp Boston

Practical Advice on Building a Solution Marketing Strategy

Session abstract: What is solution marketing strategy and how does it differ from product marketing strategy? Solutions go beyond product to solve business problems. During this session, you’ll learn how to assemble a compelling solution marketing strategy. We’ll look at segmentation, personas, competition, solution portfolios, the solution maturity model, and marketing strategies.

Thanks to everyone that attended the ProductCamp Boston session, Building a Winning Solution Marketing Strategy.  Following is additional information. Continue reading

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The Solution Leader? You Betcha!

– By Steve Robins

Solution Leadership Has Its Privileges

Let’s call it a leadership statement. You know, the boilerplate that shows up on home pages, at the bottom of press releases, and just about everywhere else a company hawks, er, promotes its wares: We are the leading provider of widget solutions.  We….

Just for kicks, search for “the leading provider of” on Google.  It seems like every solution marketer wants to claim leadership in their space.  But is it possible?

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Think Like Your Customer

The Key To Solution Marketing: Understand the Customer

By: Steve Robins

I came across a great blog post, How to Use the Secret Desires of Your Customers on Michael Martine’s Remarkablogger.  While the post is about blogging, it also applies to solution marketing.   Continue reading

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Elements of a Great Solution Demo

By: Steve Robins

The Solution Demo Series, Part III

This is the third part of the Solution Demo Series.  Check back for additional posts (see end of post for complete list).  Also, be sure to check out the last post, Strategizing The Solution Demo.

Now that you understand your audience, the business problem being addressed, and the goals of you and your audience, you can begin to build and deliver the actual demo. Following are several tips, based on my own experience and that of experts like Peter Cohan, that will help you to develop and deliver great demos.

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The Skinny: Solution Taglines

By: Steve Robins

A major part of solution marketing is, well, marketing the solution.  And a very small part of marketing (tongue in cheek) is the tagline.  Actually, the tagline is not really so small.  The tagline succinctly describes the value of your solution.  The tagline attracts attention.  It creates interest and draws people in to learn more.  And it’s memorable.  

But do taglines really matter for solutions?  If you want to attract attention, create interest, and have folks remember your solution, taglines can definitely help.  Think of the tagline as the simple, attention-grabbing statement at the top of your collateral, at the start and end of a slide deck, as a header on your website.

At the same time, if you want them to be taken seriously, solution taglines shouldn’t be too clever or fluffy.  Focus on the business value of your solution, without distracting from it.

For more on taglines, check out this great (and succinct) post from the Kherize5 blog: 9 Tips for Creating Great Taglines.

Update: The “9 Tips…” link has now been updated (2/1/2010)

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It’s Never Just a Demo

Lessons from WebInno22

A few weeks back I attended WebInno22 in Cambridge MA, founded by David Beisel of Venrock.  The gathering of 500+ technorati – entrepreneurs, investors, potential customers, analysts, press and others, is designed to showcase the work of innovative Boston area Internet and software firms through 5-minute demos.  And those 5-minute demos provided some great lessons.   Continue reading

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