The lines between a product and a service are blurring, making ‘stickiness’ more about service and experience than just product features alone. Breaking through the clutter is no longer about simply scaling a sales force or partner network to cover more customers and therefore product revenue, but rather enabling that coverage to deliver superior service.
Today’s companies are investing large sums of time and money in product superiority and differentiation, sometimes losing sight that long-term enterprise value is far more commonly created by go-to-market excellence. Through 25+ years of experience supporting go-to-market strategies, we’ve found that companies who focus on go-to-market and thoughtfully match their product-markets with well-designed and operated channels generate more value over the long run.
In this article, I’ll walk through the history of customer-centricity, and how digital technology has ushered in a new era of customer-first marketing and support—at least potentially. I’ll then walk through some of the technological and people-related challenges companies typically face as they attempt to become truly customer-centric, and the solutions that we’ve seen work to get to real results.
In an on-demand, 30-minute webinar, Mike Kelleher and Brice Chaney, our technology vertical leaders, provide summary commentary and discussion around our report “5 Emerging Strategies to Win in the Subscription Economy.”
In a previous article, we discussed the rise of ‘platforms-as-a-channel’ and the implications for companies across all industries. While there is a multitude of factors driving the rise of platform marketplaces, the underlying driver that makes it a sticky trend lies with the customer. Customers are looking to streamline and reduce friction in their purchasing processes (whether […]
Customer centricity has never been more important to the success of both B2B and B2C companies. In just a few clicks, today’s customers have the power to shop around for the best price, compare features and even consult customer and influencer testimonials. The shift in power over the last decade is pronounced. Customers may have […]
Today’s companies are investing millions in marketing and customer analytics to seek out a competitive edge. But realizing ROI on that investment requires behavior change in your sales channels. We’ve seen three common barriers that impede successful…
For many Tech enterprises, the move from on-prem hardware/software sales to a subscription-based model has sales and marketing teams rethinking their go-to-market methodologies. To identify which strategies will move the needle, you need in-depth market research on top tech contenders, market issues and pressing challenges.
Defining the Traditional Channel Partner In 1997, MarketBridge’s CEO Tim Furey published The Channel Advantage. It became a best-selling business book, and a go-to resource for executives looking to navigate a new world in which technology was lowering the cost-per-touch every year. Smart companies realized that they needed to move away from expensive, one-on-one direct field sales if they wanted to compete […]
Offering a health plan is no longer enough. Today’s employers are adding dental, life, long-term disability and other innovative ancillary benefits in order to attract and retain the best talent in the tightest labor market in years. This means brokers and carriers need to follow suit for immediate and longer-term revenue opportunities.