White Paper, A Blanco Business Term

by mikemonty on April 3, 2013

Have you heard the term “white paper” or “white papers”? This term is generally used in two arenas, the government and business to business marketing. A strange combination, but it’s true. The government version was coined in the late 1930’s, but my version or our version for business was coined in the 90’s! The term basically just means communication. It can mean marketing communication of a companies products or services, but primarily I see it now as sort of the INFO page on large corporate websites. It is not the blog, it really is important info a company wants you to know about it’s products and services. At least that is what it has trended to. Wikipedia says: While some[who?] list dozens of different types of B2B white papers, there are essentially three main types: Backgrounder: Describes the technical and/or business benefits of a certain offering from a vendor, either a product, service, or methodology. This type of white paper is best used to supplement a product launch, argue a business case, or support a technical evaluation at the bottom of the sales funnel. Numbered list: Presents a set of tips, questions, or points about a certain business issue. This type is best used to get attention with new or provocative views, or cast aspersions on competitors, especially by using FUD. Problem/solution: Recommends a new, improved solution to a nagging business problem. This type is best used to generate leads at the top of the sales funnel, build thought leadership, or inform and persuade stakeholders.[7] I like their new fun term “thought leadership” what? more terms to learn, so here I go. Anyway, if you hear the term White Papers you know really it just means we are communicating with you, this is marketing, this is us, we are awesome, here is some info. so it really sounds like it is the actual company, if it were a person, it would have a blog and it would be white papers. More from your Marketing Nerd later.


Boise Chamber Mega Marketing Recap 02/22/2013

by mikemonty on February 22, 2013

Boise Chamber put on a great event today, it’s called Mega Marketing. Have you ever been to a Mega Marketing event? Well the history of this event in IDAHO actually comes from the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce leader, Theresa Hardin. She came to Idaho from a TEXAS chamber of commerce and brought the event with her! She worked at the Boise Chamber and then now runs the Caldwell Chamber. Are you confused, well don’t be, the simple matter is that this event is awesome for you to get in front of 25-75 other business representatives and owners and give your company overview and vice versa. It’s been called the SPEED DATING of business networking. Next week the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce has one, you should call to see if they have any spots left, the number is 208-459-7493 talk to Theresa or Stacey. The reason this event works is you literally get 1.5 minutes each sitting in front of each other to explain what you do. You have the full attention of that person across the table from you. You may think that the time will fly and there is no way it will take 6-8 hours to get through just 25+ persons, but it does. Also lunch is provided at most of these events so that takes 30-45 minutes. There are no breaks at this event so go potty before, at lunch, or after! They really keep it moving the entire time. This builds a pretty good start to a long term business relationship and has other advantages such as not getting stuck in a long term conversation on how you need to quit your business and join an mlm like you might otherwise encounter at a networking event. You get to move on. You only have to hear a minute and a half, and you have to also share your info in that time frame. There is always one or two persons that can’t shut up, but that is par for the course. they HAVE to move once both times are up so you still arent caught up in a never ending conversation. I would say overall Mega Marketing is an effective way to meet and get to know other potential clients. 4 out of 5 stars!


Integrated Marketing – Connecting the Pieces of your marketing plan

January 29, 2013
Integrated marketing is the tactical implementation of the marketing strategy of your marketing plan, which reinforces your organization’s core message. It connects the various pieces that comprise your marketing plan to achieve your organization’s marketing and business goals. The purpose of integrated marketing is to bring together all forms of your marketing communications to achieve […]
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Data Driven Marketing is HOT!

January 17, 2013
With the rise in recent years of social media, data driven marketing has exploded on the business scene. But the truth is, it is not a new concept. Although, the data driven marketing tools have been available for decades, most brands have not adopted a data driven mindset yet. Now consumers are in the driver’s […]
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Social Media Strategy #1 Multimedia User

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Based on the success of social media marketing, the basics of running a campaign is now understood by the majority of business owners. In the beginning the measure of a successful campaign was seen by an increase in fans following a business page, but now that social media marketing is the basis for almost all […]
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