Most of us grew up learning the Golden Rule in life – "do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” When it comes to building and sustaining a successful brand, the thought is the same. Your brand strategy should focus on your audience and how they feel you are treating them, that you are there to help them. Much the same way you want to be cared for when you hire a company or buy a product.
When Atomic Revenue met the AIE management team in 2019, the company was facing a myriad of challenges, including, but not limited to, the fact that most revenue was tied to one client who was contemplating a reduced contract. AIE, also known as Alternatives in Engineering, also had a confusing brand identity, a website security issue, a longer sales cycle than most, trade show spend that was not paying off, and a multi-generational family leadership team taking over the company. Then the pandemic hit, and their largest client did, in fact, minimize their service contract.
Are you refreshing your B2B company’s go-to-market strategy (GTMS) because the market has changed, or your offerings have evolved? Maybe you’re launching a new product or service or building an entirely new line of business?
Most consumers understand the value of branding. When asked, people can point to their favorite brands and say why they like them and are loyal to them. With the uncertainty of COVID, people are relying on the brands they trust, not only as sources of information and products that can help them get through these difficult times but also for emotional support.
Are you one of those? Are you just like all the other marketing companies? Engineering firms? Technology companies? CEOs or business owners? To the untrained, public eye, all businesses are clumped together in categories without differentiators – there is a magical ripple effect of sameness from one marketing company to the next, one tech company to the next, and so on.