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Building a B2B Challenger Brand

Building a B2B Challenger Brand

Welcome back to B2B Needs Draper, where we delve into the art of B2B marketing and chat with industry leaders to gain insights into their strategies. In this episode, we speak with Sumi Shukla, the Vice President of Marketing at Riverbed Technology, to uncover how her team competes in a challenging market against industry giants like Cisco and Dell. Sumi shares her thoughts on the importance of understanding the audience, leveraging new channels like video and employee advocacy, and finding the balance between rational and emotive communications. 

We also discuss:

  • Challenges in maintaining creativity in B2B marketing
  • Embracing video as a key channel for reaching and engaging the target audience
  • Incorporating emotive and opinion-driven content in localized efforts
  • Drawn inspiration from B2C campaigns

Creative B2B marketing Innovation at Cisco

Creative B2B marketing Innovation at Cisco

Welcome back to B2B Needs Don Draper, the show that's as irresistible as Don Draper’s pitch.

Today we are speaking with Emma Roffey, the former VP of marketing for EMEA at Cisco. With a career spanning nearly two decades at Cisco, Emma has witnessed and contributed to the evolution of IP-based networking technologies which have shaped the digital landscape we know today.

Emma's journey at Cisco is a testament to her creativity, energy, and passion for what she does. 

We discuss:

  • Factors contributing to the sea of sameness in B2B
  • The challenges of executing a humor-based campaign
  • The need for questioning and breaking the norm in jargon-filled communication
  • Drawing parallels between B2B and B2C marketing
  • The need for businesses to adapt, be smarter, and maintain their brand value

Fujitsu's Innovative Approaches to Global Thought Leadership

Fujitsu's Innovative Approaches to Global Thought Leadership

Welcome back to another exciting episode of B2B Needs Don Draper, the podcast that brings creativity and inspiration back to B2B marketing

Today we have a very special guest joining us - David Gentle, the Global Head of Message and Insight at Fujitsu. Like Don Draper himself, David is a communication expert with a strong track record of delivering impactful messages. In this episode, we dive into the world of brand marketing and thought leadership at Fujitsu, exploring their journey of transformation and their commitment to innovation and sustainability.

We discuss:

  • Fujitsu's transformation from IT hardware to IT services and consulting
  • Importance of brand marketing during periods of change and momentum
  • Cultural Differences in Advertising
  • Importance of aligning stakeholders
  • Advice to avoid overthinking and trust in creativity

A Human Approach to Marketing Cybersecurity

A Human Approach to Marketing Cybersecurity

Welcome back to "B2B Needs Don Draper," the show that puts the martini back in marketing. 

In this episode, we talked to Kristin Owens, VP Corporate Marketing at Checkpoint Software. Kristin talks about how the leading supplier of cybersecurity solutions is reinventing itself in the ever-evolving B2B market. Kristin shares valuable insights on Checkpoint's approach to brand and demand marketing, and how they are implementing above-the-line campaigns in a historically more conservative industry.

We discuss:

  • The importance of storytelling and humanising the message
  • Results and performance of TV and podcast advertising experiments
  • The importance of personalization in connecting with decision-makers
  • The dynamic nature of resource allocation based on real-time data and measurement

Private Equity and B2B Marketing: Unlocking the Power of Brand

Private Equity and B2B Marketing: Unlocking the Power of Brand

Welcome back to "B2B Needs Don Draper," the show that puts the martini back in marketing. 

We have a special double-feature episode that dives deep into the world of B2B marketing and the often-neglected power of branding.

Our first guest is David Turner, a seasoned expert in the B2B tech sector with a remarkable track record. David has held senior positions in companies like IRIS Group, Netsuite Oracle, and Unit 4, making him a go-to strategist for businesses ranging from SaaS startups to Private Equity giants. 

With his unique blend of problem-solving skills and brand-building expertise, David is here to shed light on the intersection of private equity and B2B marketing.

Joining David is Richard Parsons, the co-founder of True, a leading creative and media B2B agency that has worked with an impressive roster of clients, including industry giants like Adobe, Cisco, and Oracle. 

With over three decades of experience, Richard brings a wealth of insights into the ever-evolving landscape of B2B marketing.

In this episode, we'll explore:

  • How businesses have been pushed down the B2B marketing funnel and the role of commercial objectives in this transformation.
  • Why Private Equity companies don't often prioritise branding and how it can make a difference.
  • An in-depth look at memorable campaigns, including the London Underground takeover by Iris and the creative campaign CODA.
  • The Evolution of Media: How the digital age has changed the way big brand stories are delivered and why some marketers have lost faith in proven strategies.
  • Analysing the shift in marketing practices and the importance of incorporating consumer marketing techniques into B2B strategies..
  • CMO Roles and Brand Valuation: Discussing the changing landscape of CMO roles and how to value B2B brands in today's market.

B2B's golden age is now

B2B's golden age is now

Welcome back to B2B Needs Don Draper! In this episode, we dive into the golden age of B2B marketing and why it's an exciting time for businesses in this space. Our two distinguished guests, John Watton, VP of Marketing at VMware, and Richard Parsons, co-founder of True, share their invaluable insights and experiences in the world of B2B marketing.

John Watton, with over 25 years of industry expertise, discusses the dynamic blend of data-driven approaches and brand storytelling, with a special emphasis on sustainability. He explains why there has never been a better time to be a B2B marketer and how the landscape is evolving.

Richard Parsons, a veteran with over 30 years of advertising and marketing experience, provides a wealth of knowledge from his work with leading creative and media B2B agencies. He shares his experiences working with top-tier brands like Adobe, Cisco, and Oracle.

We discuss:

  • Why there's never been a better time to be a B2B marketer.
  • The connection between brand and lead generation in B2B marketing.
  • How channels like Programmatic TV have enriched brand storytelling in the B2B space.
  • Strategies for scaling a brand while maintaining a human touch in B2B.
  • The changing landscape of B2B events and the role of events like "Explore Barcelona" in the marketing mix.
  • The shift from CMOs being 'revenue marketers' to coming from a brand and creative background, along with its impacts.

The Power of Personalization and Sustainability Storytelling in B2B Marketing

The Power of Personalization and Sustainability Storytelling in B2B Marketing

Jose Pepe Gorbea is an inspirational leader guiding HP's pursuit of revolutionizing digital packaging technology across the globe.

Jose is head of Brands, Agencies, and Sustainability Innovation at HP and manages an international team focused on educating and inspiring brands with a human-centric communication framework. 

His team's work revolves around personalization and sustainability storytelling, driving meaningful marketing innovations that lead to increased penetration and growth in ROI.

With a career spanning over two decades, Jose has harnessed his vast experience to successfully navigate both B2B and B2C sectors. 

His primary focus is centered on empowering marketers to co-create distinctive brand assets, fostering strategic global partnerships on sustainability and creativity, and accelerating HP's digital print technology adoption worldwide through personalized, sustainable innovation.

His work has placed HP at the forefront of making other companies better, guided by the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit.

We discuss:

  1. Embracing the power of simplicity and significance in achieving business goals.
  2. How to not just be creative, but be able to sell and market your ideas and solutions effectively.
  3. How to find purpose and meaning in your marketing career.
  4. How to take a proactive approach to problem-solving and making positive changes in the world.
  5. Prioritizing human-to-human connections in marketing strategies.

Inside Intel's creative marketing powerhouse

Inside Intel's creative marketing powerhouse

Carolyn Henry is VP, CMO of Americas Regional Marketing at Intel and is the driving force behind their captivating marketing activations. Leading a team of over 70 marketers, she oversees strategies for consumer, commercial, gaming, and enterprise segments.

With over 20 years of experience, Carolyn has mastered the art of simplifying complexity, delivering results, and leading high-performing teams. Her passion for shaping the future of technology aligns perfectly with Intel's mission to create a better world through advancements in AI, analytics, and cloud-to-edge technology.

We discuss:

  1. The balance between creativity and delivering a clear, compelling message
  2. How to develop creative strategies that resonate with different personas
  3. How Intel tracks and evaluates the impact of creative elements
  4. Creating a culture of innovation and creativity within marketing teams

How SAP is redefining B2B marketing

How SAP is redefining B2B marketing

Kerstin Koder is Head of Marketing EMEA at SAP. SAP was named the most valuable brand in Germany by BrandZ™ and is also recognised as the most valuable brand in Europe.

Kerstin has more than 20 years of experience as a B2C & B2B marketer and leader in the IT, telco, media and retail space.

She is responsible for 120 countries and is currently supporting the transformation in SAP’s own Marketing as well as leading the development of the SAP brand, supporting SAP’s on-premise and cloud revenue in key industries.

We discuss:

  1. The role of marketing at SAP and what the brand means to B2B customers
  2. The channels SAP are using to talk to the CEO/CFOs of the world
  3. Balancing the priorities of maintaining a strong brand vs lead generation
  4. Brand loyalty versus increasing market penetration

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Bio of B2B Marketing Needs Don Draper

"B2B Marketing Needs Don Draper" podcast, a show that explores the timeless marketing lessons from the iconic character of Don Draper and their application in the world of B2B marketing. Listeners will gain valuable insights into the power of storytelling, creativity, and differentiation in today's fast-paced and data-driven marketing landscape.

Hosted by a team of industry experts and marketing enthusiasts, each episode delves deep into the strategies and insights that can elevate B2B marketing to new heights. By going beyond conventional tactics, the podcast uncovers the nuances of finding the emotional truth that resonates with B2B audiences. Drawing inspiration from Don Draper's approach, the show explores ways to break free from the monotony of repetitive marketing and activate the true potential of B2B campaigns.

Through captivating interviews with marketing leaders, in-depth discussions on real-world case studies, and the sharing of practical tips, the podcast equips both seasoned marketers and those new to the B2B journey with the tools to inject creativity and innovation into their marketing initiatives.

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