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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 What B2B Buyers Crave

    Modern B2B Buyers Expect To Be Treated As Partners, Not Targets
    May 4, 2020 | Steven Casey, Lori Wizdo

    The evolving environmental factors driving fundamental changes in B2B buyers' behavior have reached an inflection point — and now pose an existential threat to all organizations. It's more than a...

  • Webinar Understanding Ecosystems And The Trifurcating Partner Channel

    April 29, 2020 | Jay McBain

    We are in the middle of a major transformation of how companies go to market — in fact, 76% of business leaders agree that current business models will be unrecognizable in the next five...

  • 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 Research Overview: Strategic Message Management

    A Guide To Getting B2B Messaging Right
    February 10, 2020 | Laura Ramos, Lori Wizdo

    Savvy CMOs know that communication can become muddled as different stakeholders (marketers, executives, sales, and customer service) engage prospects and customers without the connective tissue of...

  • 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 Predictions 2020: B2B Marketing And Sales

    Accelerating Response To The Great Expectations For The B2B Buying Experience

    We are approaching the end of the first half of the age of the customer. Over the past decade, we've seen business buyers become increasingly self-reliant and self-directed. But we're now seeing...

  • Report Gauge Your Customer Lifecycle Marketing Maturity

    Assessment: The B2B Marketing Playbook
    August 20, 2019 | Lori Wizdo

    To help you assess the maturity of your customer lifecycle marketing (CLM) practices, we've developed an assessment framework, comprising 20 criteria across five competencies — strategy, structure,...

  • 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 Beyond Marketing And Sales Alignment: Calibrate To The Customer For Optimal Buyer Experience

    Vision: The B2B Marketing Playbook
    May 1, 2019 | Lori Wizdo

    B2B marketers know they need to operate across their sales and marketing silos to connect with buyers via content, channels, and tactics that deliver the best buyer experience. But the diversity of...

  • 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...

  • Webinar Predictions For The Technology Channel In 2019

    March 14, 2019 | Jay McBain

    We have seen more disruption in the channel in the past 18 months than we saw in the past 37 years combined. Explore six major trends shaping indirect sales channels and strategy over the next...

  • 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...