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The B2B Marketing Playbook For 2020

A Guide To Surviving And Thriving In The B2B Marketing Renaissance

Dramatic changes in buyers' behavior, digitally disruptive business models, and fast-paced technology evolution have changed the business landscape to such a great extent that B2B marketing is now...

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  • Report The Forrester Tech Tide™: Channel Software, Q2 2020

    Seven Technologies Underpin Channel Software
    June 25, 2020 | Jay McBain

    Channel software is increasingly critical to firms' ability to win, serve, and retain their customers and partners. To accelerate performance of their partnerships and channel ecosystems, companies...

  • Report The Forrester Wave™: Through-Channel Marketing Automation, Q2 2020

    The 13 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    April 20, 2020 | Jay McBain, Lori Wizdo

    In our 24-criterion evaluation of through-channel marketing automation (TCMA) providers, we identified the 13 most significant ones — Ansira, Aprimo, BrandMuscle, Distribion, E2open, Impartner,...

  • Report New Partners Won't Thrive In Current Channel Programs

    Augment Tiered Precious-Metal Schemes By Investing In Programs Tuned To Nonreselling Partners
    March 23, 2020 | Jay McBain

    B2B marketers and channel professionals must understand that the tiered precious-metal program, while useful for traditional resell-based partners, doesn't effectively serve new ecosystem partners...

  • Report Unlocking The Power Of Partner Ecosystems Demands Powerful Measurement

    Build A Holistic Set Of Metrics And KPIs That Accurately Reflect Channel Effectiveness
    March 17, 2020 | Jay McBain

    Today's increasingly complex channel environment means once-reliable partner performance measurements such as revenue tiers, profit contribution, certifications, and customer satisfaction surveys...

  • Report The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q3 2018 (Updated)

    The 12 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    February 24, 2020 | Steven Casey

    In our 21-criteria evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 12 most significant ones — Bombora, DataFox, DiscoverOrg, Dun & Bradstreet, Infogroup, InsideView, Leadspace, Orb...

  • Report New Tech: Account-Based Marketing Solutions, Q1 2020

    Forrester's Landscape Overview Of 26 Providers
    February 24, 2020 | Steven Casey

    Account-based marketing (ABM) is evolving from the buzzword du jour to a mainstream strategy that all but a very few B2B organizations are implementing, rolling out, or planning. At the same time,...

  • Report Now Tech: Channel Onboarding, Q4 2019

    Forrester's Overview Of 30 Channel Onboarding Providers
    November 11, 2019 | Jay McBain

    You can use channel onboarding to improve channel revenue as well as partner relationships and loyalty, which correlate to the long-term success of partnerships and require personalized education,...

  • Report Customer-Centered Messaging Helps Boost B2B Revenues By Motivating Buyer Action

    October 24, 2019 | Laura Ramos

    B2B marketers struggle to make their messages customer-centric and relevant. Forrester believes firms must talk more about issues that buyers face, why their current solutions fail to deliver...

  • Report Customer Data Platforms Offer A Compelling Solution To B2B Data Challenges

    The Ideal B2B CDP Offers Rich Data And Robust Reporting, Is Channel-Agnostic And Marketer Friendly, And Creates Unified Profiles
    July 9, 2019 | Steven Casey

    Data fuels the modern marketing engine, but most B2B marketers have low confidence in the quality of their data and their own data management skills. Customer data platforms (CDPs) are an emerging...

  • Report The Forrester New Wave™: B2B Customer Data Platforms, Q2 2019

    The 13 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    June 17, 2019 | Steven Casey

    In Forrester's evaluation of the emerging market for B2B customer data platforms (CDPs), we identified the 13 most significant providers in the category — Arm Treasure Data, BlueVenn, CaliberMind,...

  • Report Partner-Based Marketing Accelerates Elusive Shadow Channel Engagement

    Model Your Partner-Based Marketing Program After ABM Best Practices
    May 22, 2019 | Steven Casey, Jay McBain

    Today's empowered B2B customers demand a new level of specialization and sophistication from third-party firms that assist them. Choosing the wrong partners can have dire consequences on your...

  • Report Now Tech: Channel Incentives And Program Management, Q1 2019

    Forrester's Overview Of 21 Channel Incentives And Program Management Providers
    March 26, 2019 | Jay McBain

    You can use channel incentives to improve indirect sales performance, orchestrate partners' behavior, and engender channel loyalty. But to realize these benefits, you'll first have to select from a...

  • Report New Tech: B2B Marketing Data Management Solutions, Q1 2019

    Forrester's Landscape Overview Of 29 Providers
    January 31, 2019 | Steven Casey

    The foundation of customer-obsessed marketing is the ability to collect, analyze, and manage the customer data to derive insights. But most B2B marketers have low confidence in the quality of their...

  • Report Winning In The Channel Requires Data-Driven Program Innovation

    Leverage Channel Data To Give Partners A Better Experience
    January 2, 2019 | Jay McBain

    Channel partners demand consistent, predictable programs, but indirect sales strategies, teams, and technologies reinforce silos in the partner journey, causing partners' dissatisfaction and...

  • Report The Forrester Wave™: Partner Relationship Management, Q4 2018

    The 12 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    October 31, 2018 | Jay McBain

    In our 26-criteria evaluation of partner relationship management (PRM) providers, we identified the 12 most significant ones — Allbound, Channeltivity, ChannelXperts, Impartner, Magentrix,...

  • Report Superconnectors: Your Channel To The Channel

    Find And Leverage Community Leaders And Influencers To Build Your New Partner Ecosystem
    October 25, 2018 | Jay McBain

    B2B channel and marketing leaders are struggling to find ways to expand recruitment across many new partner types without making significant investments. Superconnectors provide a gateway to...

  • Report The Three C's Of Shadow Channel Recruitment

    Develop And Exercise Ideal Partner Profiles To Engage The Partners You Now Need
    September 26, 2018 | Jay McBain

    In our report "Death Of The Traditional IT Channel," Forrester defined new types of hyperspecialized shadow channels that successfully sell to the new B2B buyer. B2B channel and marketing leaders...