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5 B2B Marketing Competencies Your Company Needs to Develop

July 6, 2023

Are your business’s B2B marketing competencies strong enough to stand out in the competitive marketplace? With so many competencies to master, it can be challenging to know where to start. 

Developing your business’s competencies requires a strategic approach and a deep understanding of customer needs, preferences, and behaviors. By perfecting B2B marketing competencies, your organization can ultimately achieve long-term growth and increased revenue.

In this blog post, we are exploring 5 key B2B marketing competencies in detail, and providing practical tips for developing them in your own business. Whether you are a small startup or a large enterprise, these competencies will help you achieve your marketing goals and stand out in the competitive B2B marketplace. 

Quick Takeaways

  • The most effective way to improve the customer experience and gain competitive advantage is to develop your organization’s B2B marketing competencies 
  • Marketing competencies enable businesses to identify and engage their target audience, build strong relationships, and achieve sustainable growth
  • B2B organizations can gain valuable insights by conducting market research, analyzing data, using customer feedback, and leveraging technology
  • Creating and sharing high-quality content consistently will help establish your company as a thought leader and improve your digital presence 

Developing your organization’s B2B marketing competencies starts with a strategic approach to understanding your customer needs, preferences, and behaviors.

Why Are B2B Marketing Competencies Important?

In 2023, B2B CMOs are shifting their focus to improving the customer experience and implementing new strategies that give a competitive advantage. The most effective way to achieve these goals is by developing an organization’s B2B marketing competencies.

bar graph shows that CMOs need to focus on developing B2B marketing competencies to achieve goals in 2023

B2B marketing competencies are defined as the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to effectively identify, target, engage, and retain customers in B2B markets. These competencies cover a broad range of areas, like:

  • Research and analysis
  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Customer relationship management
  • Communication 

B2B marketing competencies are crucial for businesses who wish to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. By developing marketing competencies, organizations can effectively:

  • Improve customer understanding. With a better understanding of customer needs, preferences, and behaviors, B2B businesses can develop better products and services, resulting in improved customer satisfaction and loyalty. 
  • Develop and implement better strategies. Marketing competencies allow businesses to identify appropriate marketing channels, create compelling content, and measure the effectiveness of their marketing efforts. 
  • Increase sales and revenue. With a better understanding of customers and effective marketing strategies, B2B businesses can increase their revenue through increased customer acquisition, improved customer retention, and higher customer lifetime value. 
  • Build better customer relationships. B2B marketing competencies also allow businesses to deliver personalized solutions, provide excellent customer service, and communicate effectively, ultimately enhancing customer relationships. 
  • Gain competitive advantage. With a better customer understanding and the development of effective marketing strategies, businesses can differentiate themselves from their competitors and stand out in the B2B marketplace. 

Through the mastery of B2B marketing competencies, businesses can effectively identify and engage their target audience, build strong relationships, and achieve sustainable, long-term growth

5 B2B Marketing Competencies Your Company Needs to Develop

For businesses who want to differentiate themselves from competitors and deliver unique value to customers, developing these 5 B2B marketing competencies is essential.

1. Insights

Insights refer to a B2B organization’s ability to gather and analyze data on customer needs, preferences, and behaviors, in addition to market trends and competition. By developing a deep understanding of these topics, businesses can:

  • Tailor products and services to meet customer needs
  • Increase customer satisfaction and loyalty
  • Understand the competitive landscape
  • Identify opportunities for growth and innovation
  • Create targeted and relevant marketing campaigns 

To gain a deeper understanding of customers and market trends, B2B businesses should:

  1. Conduct market research. Gather data on customer needs, preferences, and behaviors through surveys, interviews, focus groups, and other research methods. 
  2. Analyze data. Use analytics tools to identify patterns and trends in gathered data, and extract insights. 
  3. Use customer feedback. Organizations can also gain customer feedback and insights through customer service interactions and social media. 
  4. Leverage technology. Technology, like AI and machine learning, can help organizations automate data analysis and extract insights more quickly. 

Developing insights is the first step businesses can make towards developing their B2B marketing competencies. Through gathering and analyzing customer and market trend data, your company can develop more effective marketing strategies. Need help? ISBM offers courses and coaching.

2. Segmentation

Segmentation is the process of dividing a market into smaller groups of customers with similar needs, preferences, and behaviors. Here’s why segmentation qualifies as a key B2B marketing competency:

  • Targeted marketing. Segmentation allows B2B businesses to tailor their marketing efforts to specific customer segments, and ultimately create more relevant marketing campaigns that resonate with their target audience.
graphic shows different types of segmentation and areas to research for targeted marketing
  • Resource optimization. By focusing marketing efforts on specific customer segments, organizations can optimize resources and achieve better results with less investment. This also allows B2B businesses to better allocate their marketing budget and achieve a higher ROI. 
  • Improved customer experience. By delivering personalized solutions to each customer segment, the customer experience is improved and customer relationships are strengthened. 

To develop segmentation, B2B organizations should analyze customer data, conduct market research, develop customer personas, and continuously test and refine their marketing efforts. Using each of these tactics to better understand and address the unique needs of each segment allows B2B organizations to better connect with both potential and loyal customers.  

Having trouble getting started? Check out ISBM’s upcoming course and coaching offered with our membership.

3. Value Proposition

A company’s value proposition represents the unique value it offers to customers, and how it differentiates itself from competitors. A strong value proposition should highlight a company’s strengths, clearly communicate value, and continuously meet customer needs over time. 

To develop a strong value proposition, B2B businesses can:

  1. Analyze customer needs. Use market research and customer data to learn about customers’ pain points, and use this information to develop a value proposition that addresses their needs. 
  2. Identify unique strengths. Identifying and defining your company’s unique strengths and capabilities will set you apart from your competitors
  3. Communicate effectively. A strong value proposition must be clear and concise, while effectively communicating the value an organization offers. 
  4. Continuously improve. Your company’s value proposition should be continuously reviewed and refined over time to ensure it remains relevant and effective. 

By clearly communicating value and how they differentiate themselves from their competitors, B2B organizations can develop a strong value proposition that positions them for long-term success. Here is a course in developing winning value propositions to help get you started!

4. Content Management

Content management as a B2B marketing competency refers to the creation, curation, and distribution of high-quality content that is specifically designed to engage and inform an audience. Content management is important because it can help B2B organizations:

  • Increase engagement
  • Develop thought leadership
  • Improve search rankings

To develop your company’s content management, start by:

  1. Defining your content strategy. A strong content strategy outlines goals, identifies your target audience, and defines what types of content you will create. 
graph shows most popular types of content in content marketing

2. Developing a content calendar. A well-developed content calendar is crucial to effectively organizing and planning content creation and distribution. 

3. Creating high-quality content. High-quality content is most effective and best received by search engines and audience members. Create content that is both relevant and informative to ensure high-quality. 

4. Distributing content effectively. Identify where your audience spends most of their time, and develop a strategy for distributing content throughout those channels. This could include social media, email marketing, your website, and more. 

Content management can make or break your organization’s engagement. Focus on sharing high-quality content consistently to establish your company as a thought leader and improve your digital presence. Our upcoming course in B2B Storytelling is one of the best ways to create high quality content.

5. Value Pricing

Value pricing is the practice of setting prices according to the value a business delivers to its customers, instead of only focusing on the cost of production. Value pricing is an important B2B marketing competency because it helps organizations increase profitability, customer satisfaction, and competitive differentiation. 

The most important factors to consider when developing value pricing include:

  1. Analyzing customer needs. By understanding your customers’ needs and preferences, you can better develop a pricing strategy that reflects the value they place on your products and services. 
  2. Determining value delivered. Use market research, customer feedback, and competitors pricing strategies to help determine the value of your products and services. 
  3. Developing pricing strategies. Your organization’s pricing strategy should reflect the value delivered to customers. This can include dynamic pricing, bundle pricing, or other strategies that align with your customers’ expectations. 
  4. Communicating pricing. The key to great value pricing is communicating your pricing strategy effectively to customers. Be sure to highlight the value your products and services deliver, and the benefits of your pricing strategy. 

By developing your organization’s value pricing competency, you will not only build stronger customer relationships, but also increase growth and revenue over time. 

Need help getting started? We’ve got you covered with the best Pricing and Negotiation courses and coaching.

Start Developing Your B2B Marketing Competencies Today​

By developing your company’s B2B marketing competencies, you can improve customer understanding, implement effective marketing strategies, increase sales and revenue, and gain a competitive advantage. 

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