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The WARC Guide to rethinking B2B marketing
The full deep-dive deck into rethinking B2B marketing is exclusively available to WARC subscribers.
This WARC Guide provides a summary of new thinking and best practice on rethinking B2B marketing, including:
- Why it matters
- B2B and B2C similarities
- Building a B2B brand
- A new generation of decision-makers
Changing channels in B2B
Jorrit DeVries, Global Category Development Officer at Spotify, discusses the future of B2B marketing in the tech and telco space, the trends to watch, and how to adapt for a stronger B2B brand.
Wednesday 28th April, 5pm GMT / 12pm EST / 9am PST
Managing mixed brand portfolios in a time of experimentation and flux: a case for the Masterbrand
Author Remona Duquesne
B2B or C, the answer should always involve Creative Publicity
Author Wiemer Snijders
Company The Commercial Works
Why is B2B marketing so irrational? Buyers have feelings too
Authors Sonia David and Bill Zengel
Revisioning your B2B campaign for China: Strategies, tactics and tools
Authors Mike Golden
Marketing to accounts, marketing to industries: A B2B perspective
Author Kevin Arsham
How B2B brands are successfully making the shift to selling online
Authors Susie Sroka and Marcus Lambert
Networking and conferences in a post-covid world
Authors Lena Petersen and Brett Kassan Smith
Getting ahead of the curve amid the consumerisation of B2B marketing
Authors Rafael Martin and Staffan Holgersson
How Lenovo shaped marketing strategy for its service-led transformation
Author Bhaskar Choudhuri
Cracking the code of Inspiration: An inspiring B2B brand is always on the consideration list
Author Nina Mullen
Company Wunderman Thompson
Author Q&A playlist
The complete WARC Guide playlist of Q&As with expert authors.
Read the summary deck on new research in marketing, which looks at how the ‘messy middle’ provides new insight into the role of marketing in an age of e-commerce and the ‘movable middle’ as a useful concept for brands that need to squeeze more from their budget.
Read the summary deck on brand activism in the Black Lives Matter era, which looks at what consumers want brands to do and how supporting Black Lives Matter can underscore a brand’s purpose, if a brand is prepared to acknowledge their truth and make change.
Read the summary deck on marketing in the gaming ecosystem, which looks at the major opportunity in esports and how gaming is changing the rules of brand loyalty – gamification is out; mobile branded games are in.
Read the summary deck on e-commerce and the future of effectiveness, which looks at how e-commerce growth has accelerated globally and the fundamentals of product, packaging and price points.
Read the summary deck on Marketing in the COVID-19 recession, which looks at what we know so far about the pandemic, planning for the recovery and early lessons from China.
Read the summary deck on Structuring for effectiveness, which looks at some of the key structural considerations for client-side marketers looking to invest effectively.
Read the summary deck on creating a sports sponsorship framework, which looks at creating a clear and focused measurement framework, choosing the right sponsorship property and how to approach e-sports sponsorship.
Read the summary deck on digital strategy in healthcare marketing, which includes how to build inclusive healthcare tools, balancing rational claims with emotional branding and building higher levels of trust.
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