Over the years, we have worked with some great technology businesses that have developed innovative and at times disruptive technology solutions. The issues they faced when marketing their business/ technology were strikingly similar. These issues seemed to arise irrespective of whether the founders were undertaking the marketing themselves, or whether they on-boarded a marketing resource or outsourced to a marketing agency.
At Shaping Business, we meet a lot of technology and professional services firms that have problems converting business opportunities. Many of these businesses claim they have lost opportunities because of the price of their product or services.
Many businesses view their sales pipeline from a sales management and revenue forecasting perspective. They are so focused on meeting their sales targets that they fail to review and analyse their sales pipeline to understand the real performance of the sales and marketing function in their business.
As a B2B marketing agency, Shaping Business has been successfully operating in the heart of Macclesfield for over 13 years. During this period, we have been providing specialist marketing support to clients, both large and small, throughout the UK, Ireland and Western Europe. We have also been heavily involved in running business support programmes to help businesses with their business growth strategy, export marketing plans and lead generation planning. Having worked with a variety of businesses across Europe we have been keen to share our knowledge and experience with local businesses so they can also benefit.
With a heavy focus on generating revenue from clients and using retainers, many agencies operate with the knowledge that they will get paid whether agreed levels of activity are met or not. Fixed-term contracts can also tie clients to restrictive agreements, whereby they aren’t given the scalability they need to grow an agile business or respond to the changing marketing environments.