Monday, October 29, 2018

The Power of Influencer Marketing in B2B

When many of us hear the term "Influencer Marketing" we immediately think of B2C examples involving celebrities on Instagram with exaggerated appendages hawking wares, but what about influencer marketing in a B2B context?  I've recently had the privilege of learning from and interviewing many experts on the matter - including the Global Head of Influencer Marketing at SAP, Ursula Ringham.  Influencer marketing is about showing that other credible people, outside of your company, have similar views of the world.

Influencer marketing in B2B often involves a company reaching out to associate themselves with a recognized person in an industry or market that has a high level of credibility, respect and positive influence.  Astute companies surround their brands and messaging with influencers that share similar views.

Influencers are not just important in a marketing context, but companies have long chose influencers to join their board of directors, and/or become company advisors, because of the credibility that travels with them. 

Employing influencer marketing is often far more subtle than found in the B2C arena.  Often an influencer simply shares a similar view of industry trends, company values and required strategies.  For example, the bestselling author Nir Eyal was recently invited to speak at SAP's CX Live 2018 conference in Barcelona.  Nir advocates purposefully designing products to be habit forming - his book is titled Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.  I doubt he has any experience or interest in using SAP's enterprise software or cloud solutions, but Nir and SAP both share an interest in creating great customer experiences.

Influencer marketing can be used to bring credibility to many different things:
  • Companies
  • Leadership teams
  • Business plans
  • Projects
  • Initiatives
  • Products
  • Product direction
  • Specific innovations
  • Methodologies
  • Technologies
  • Strategies
  • Values
  • Brands
  • Business model
  • View of the future
  • Events
I spent several years working for the large consulting company, Cognizant.  I worked in their think tank, the Center for the Future of Work.  The purpose of the Center for the Future of Work was to bring credibility to Cognizant's view of the world, the future, emerging business trends,  strategies, etc.  They recruited a team of influential technology analysts, academics, authors and speakers to be influencers on their team. 

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In Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work, we found the more customers and prospects would read the books our group members published, the research reports we wrote, and videos we filmed, the more Cognizant's credibility as a digital transformation thought leader increased and we closed more business.  It was a great market and branding success for Cognizant with a multi-billion dollar ROI.

Today at Regalix, where I serve as SVP of Solution Strategies, we also believe and invest in influencer marketing.  In fact, we have even invested in a specialized influencer marketing platform for sharing thought leadership videos, and the insightful opinions of industry influencers in a manner that maximizes its presentation, flexibility and social media reach.  I will share more about Regalix.tv soon.

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Kevin Benedict
SVP Solutions Strategy, Regalix Inc.
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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Deep Dive into Influencer Marketing and Strategies with SAP's Ursula Ringham

In this interview I recorded with SAP's Ursula Ringham, she shares her insights and experiences operating in one of the largest and most sophisticated influencer marketing organizations anywhere. She details SAP’s thinking around influencer marketing and how it operates. If you are a marketer wanting to organize an influencer marketing effort, this interview is for you.

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Kevin Benedict
SVP Solutions Strategy, Regalix Inc.
Website Regalix Inc.
View my profile on LinkedIn
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Digital Intelligence
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Deep Dive into Identity Verification in the Digital Economy with Socure's CEO Tom Thimot

This is a great deep dive interview with the brilliant CEO of Socure, Tom Thimot.  We dig into how digital transformation and digital commerce makes it mandatory to authenticate humans in order to conduct business on digital platforms.


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Kevin Benedict
SVP Solutions Strategy, Regalix Inc.
Website Regalix Inc.
View my profile on LinkedIn
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Digital Intelligence
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Interview with Patrick McCarthy, SVP and GM of SAP Ariba - World's Largest Business Network

In this episode, we take a deep dive into the world’s largest business network and marketplace. We explore the value of digital transformation, cloud based procurement, standardizing processes around sourcing, supply chains, payments, contract negotiations, compliance and much more. We then discuss the power of networks and how the larger the network the larger the value.  We then get tactical and explore SAP’s strategies for marketing and selling SAP Ariba. I find this subject fascinating and hope you will too! Enjoy!

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Kevin Benedict
SVP Solutions Strategy, Regalix Inc.
Website Regalix Inc.
View my profile on LinkedIn
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Digital Intelligence
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.