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The Value of Value

By Steve Robins

Value is Key to Solution Marketing

You might think that the most important aspect of marketing a solution would be what goes into it.  What goes into a solution are just a bunch of pieces, products, or components.  But value is about the benefit and cost of those components to the user or buyer.

Value is equal to the difference between perceived benefit and total cost

More specifically, value is equal to the difference between (1) the benefit as perceived by the user and (2) the total cost of the solution.  By perception I mean that the user or buyer must appreciate and want the resulting benefit.  In fact, if they don’t perceive it as a benefit to them, it’s not a benefit but is instead just a useless feature.

Value is interesting in many ways, some of which are counterintuitive and not so obvious.  Following are a few important examples – both obvious and not so obvious. Continue reading

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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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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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Solution Marketing Best Practices – Presentation at ProductCamp Boston

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Learn from Leaders Including Intuit, PowerAdvocate, HubSpot, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce.com, Among Others

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Breaking Blogger’s Block

By: Steve Robins

Your solution marketing strategy should include “information,” the process of informing, educating and engaging with your customers, prospects, and key influencers.    In many cases, social media, such as blogs, will form a key component of the “Information” element.  But how do you get started?  What should you write on?  And how can you break “Blogger’s Block?”   Continue reading

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