Opinions, best practices and research into B2B marketing strategy and practices

How to gain credibility in CSR reporting

Tiger in the water in a jungle

It’s a jungle out there. Today, we’re inundated with sustainability propaganda in a climate where more companies are turning to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports to make their statements – but is it all just greenwashing? The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting standards is one way to gain credibility.

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Engineering speak meets marketing magic

Long road bridge disappearing into horizon

The bridge between product development and bringing a product to market can be a tricky one to cross. Without due care, the hard work of engineers can be lost in a sea of marketing messages. Technology expert Mogens Abel-Bache shared some insights with me into how marketers can help tech companies get their products into the hands of the people it’s designed to serve.

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6 ways to strengthen your content marketing in 2019

Strong and toned trainer climbing over a wall

It’s nearing the end of February and that new year resolution to get fit is starting to fizzle. But the year is still young and it’s not too late to start planning your next content marketing move. Here are six handy tips to help flex your content marketing muscles.

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Five ways clear ‘opt-outs’ encourage subscribers to opt-in

Red exit sign giving users the option to opt-out

Many companies are still reeling from the tightened requirements for subscriber consent in marketing. The turbulence that accompanied the full implementation of GDPR has prompted some less-than-ethical marketers to devise creative ways to prevent users from opting out or unsubscribing. The assumption being that un-willing subscribers are better than reduced list sizes.

But making it simple to leave is part of the equation for convincing people to stay.

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Your company’s sustainability story needs a powerful strategic narrative

mousetrap with cheese

Have you heard the saying, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door”? The theory is that all you need to do is produce something innovative and people will come running to buy it. But that’s simply not true – as many businesses know.

In fact, there are over 5,000 patents registered for mousetrap designs – and lots more that don’t get registered for one reason or another. To become a success, your innovation needs a powerful, well-structured story – what we call a “strategic narrative” – and the exact same goes for sustainability innovations, too.

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Why every B2B company needs a strategic narrative

The starting point for many of cylindr BBN’s engagements with its B2B clients is often the construction of a ‘strategic narrative’. And over the past year or two, it seems that these two words have become a hot topic – almost as much of a must-have as the better known concept of a ‘value proposition’. But what exactly is a strategic narrative? And why is it now perhaps the most important element of a B2B branding strategy? Continue reading