Category Archives: Access

Blogging Gets Serious

– By Steve Robins

Younger Readers Flock to Facebook

Who’s reading your blog?  According to a recent NY Times article, Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter, younger bloggers and readers are moving from blogging to more social and easier to use platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Continue reading

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Content Marketing: 5 Things You Should Know

– By Steve Robins

Jon Kranz Speaks at BPMA

Content marketing is a core part of the educate and engage phase of the SIVA or SEVA model.

5 Things You Should Know - The Solution Marketing Blog

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to hear Jon Kranz present at BPMA (Boston Product Management Association) Content Marketing.  I’ve heard Jonathan present before and once again, he didn’t disappoint, adding new insight to content marketing (i.e., marketing using content).  I recommend two of his eBooks, the eBook eBook (seriously) and The Content Marketing Playbook (coauthored).  If you’re a solution marketer, sooner or later you’re going to need to use content marketing.  Here are 5 things that you need to know about content marketing:   Continue reading

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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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Happy Birthday YouTube

– By Steve Robins

YouTube and Solution Marketing

YouTube presents a great opportunity for solution marketers.  But what exactly is the solution marketing opportunity?  Viral videos?  Product pitches? Video marketing?  Read on for more.   Continue reading

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The Solution Marketing Blog: One Year Later

– By Steve Robins

Celebrating a year of blogging on solution marketing

First, thank you to everyone that reads this blog day-in and day-out – it’s been a great ride since February 2009. Thanks also to everyone who expressed interest in solution marketing at Product Camp Boston #1 and #2, and on the LinkedIn group and elsewhere.  And thanks to those who’ve helped to make this a great blog.  As they say, the best is yet to come.

In celebration of this milestone, following is a solution marketing recap from the last twelve months.

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Developing Your Social Media Strategy

Social Media Strategies for Solution Marketing,
Part II

By: Steve Robins

The solution message and corresponding social media strategy are critical elements of the Information component of solution marketing (SIVA: Solution – Information – Value – Access).  

In Part I of Social Media Strategies for Solution Marketing, Who Really “Owns” Your Message?, we discussed the need for a strategy to influence the influencers.  Now we’ll take a look at the key steps to develop a social media strategy as part of your broader solution marketing plan.   Continue reading

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Go Where The Prospects Are

By: Steve Robins

Rather than pushing product, solution marketing is all about solving customer problems.  And to do that, you need to share INFORMATION and engage in a two-way dialog with those customers to demonstrate how you can solve their problems.  In most cases, you’re going to need to do that on the customer’s terms, not yours.  So you’ll need to follow a key tenet of solution marketing: “Go where the prospects are.” Continue reading

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