Marketing B2B Technology

Napier‘s take on the world of B2B marketing and PR, with a particular focus on Europe. For more information about Napier and the services we offer B2B technology clients visit www.napierb2b.com.

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Episodes

Friday Jan 05, 2024

Chris Rack, CEO of MRP, a demand generation solution, joins Mike Maynard to discuss intent signals, lead generation, and how MRP can help accelerate B2B businesses' demand generation activities. 
Chris explains the benefits of aggregating different intent signal sources and why this can work better across different industries and services. He shares why direct mailers may be the best strategy when targeting C-level personas and why sales remain a vital ingredient in the sales/marketing mix. 
About MRP MRP is a demand generation platform connecting assumptive and deterministic engagement signals to help brands identify target accounts with the highest likelihood for conversion. 
Time Stamps [00:39.0] – Chris discusses his current role at MRP and his career journey.[01:18.1] – Chris dives straight into what MRP delivers for its customers. [07:45.4] – Chris offers his insights into how to target the bottom of the sales funnel.[14:05.0] – Sales is here to stay – Chris gives his thoughts on the vital role sales continues to play.[17:38.3] – Chris discusses how MRP approaches its own marketing. [20:55.8] – Chris shares some marketing advice.[22:33.6] – Chris’s contact details.
Quotes “Most of the conversations happening in B2B sales and marketing are about tactic... but those things are generally irrelevant if you have good timing.” Chris Rack, CEO at MRP.
“If you happen to know that a company is really, truly interested or has a challenge that your product can solve and you reach out to them - if your timing is good, your conversion rates are almost always good.” Chris Rack, CEO at MRP.
Follow Chris: Chris Rack on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherrack/ MRP website: https://www.mrpfd.com/about-mrp/  MRP on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mrpfd/ 
Follow Mike: Mike Maynard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemaynard/ Napier website: https://www.napierb2b.com/ Napier LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/napier-partnership-limited/ 
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to our podcast for more discussions about the latest in Marketing B2B Tech and connect with us on social media to stay updated on upcoming episodes. We'd also appreciate it if you could leave us a review on your favourite podcast platform.
Want more? Check out Napier’s other podcast - The Marketing Automation Moment: https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/the-marketing-automation-moment-podcast/id1659211547 

Tuesday Dec 19, 2023

Nathan Schlaffer, CEO and Founder of MarketMate AI, joined Mike to discuss his generative AI marketing automation platform that enables B2B marketers to connect with their buyer personas.
Nathan delves into Marketmate’s unique features, and how users can create buyer personas on the platform, which enable them to refine messaging and use generative AI which is tailored directly for the persona. He also shares practical advice on how to use AI to enhance marketing strategy and execution.
Listen to the podcast now via the links below:
About MarketMate AI
MarketMate AI is an AI marketing solution specifically for B2B. The software is unlike any other AI platform and is a marketing solution which tailors content for the clients wants and needs.
About Nathan
As the CEO and Co-Founder of MarketMate AI, Nathan is an advocate about the use of AI to connect marketing and sales. He brings ten years of expertise in aiding B2B SaaS firms in revenue growth and marketing team expansion.
Time Stamps
[00:42.00] – Nathan discusses his history and MarketMate AI.
[05:02.00] – Find out how to use AI to generate content for marketing campaigns.
[09:37.00] – Nathan discusses creating buyer personas with MarketMate AI and refining messaging.
[14:52.00] – Learn how MarketMate AI can be used for branding
[15:50.00] – Nathan shares the story behind MarketMate AI.
Quotes
“If you can take an AI model and train it on that market knowledge and insight, imagine the productivity gains you can get for having a new hire learn from the AI and have it write content.”
Follow Nathan:
Nathan Schlaffer on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathanschlaffer/
MarketMate AI website: https://www.marketmateai.com/
MarketMate AI on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/marketmate-ai-llc/
Follow Mike:
Mike Maynard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemaynard/
Napier website: https://www.napierb2b.com/
Napier LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/napier-partnership-limited/
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to our podcast for more discussions about the latest in Marketing B2B Tech and connect with us on social media to stay updated on upcoming episodes. We'd also appreciate it if you could leave us a review on your favourite podcast platform.Want more? Check out Napier’s other podcast - The Marketing Automation Moment: https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/the-marketing-automation-moment-podcast/id1659211547

Friday Dec 01, 2023

Asaf Darash, CEO of Regpack, and Kirsty Dawe, CEO of B2B website personalisation software Webeo, join Mike to discuss their collaborative project and how Webeo's software enables Regpack to increase website conversion rates and enhance the customer experience.
A great success story, the project demonstrates the impact personalisation can have on lead quality and Asaf and Kirsty share their advice on undertaking similar projects.
 
About Regpack
Regpack is an online registration, payment, and user management system that enables organisations to register applicants quickly and effectively.
 
About Webeo
Webeo is a software tool enabling B2B businesses to increase website conversions through personalisation.
 
About Asaf Darash:
Asaf Darash is the founder and CEO of Regpack. With extensive experience as an entrepreneur and investor, he has built three successful companies to date. He specialises in product development for the web, team building, and bringing a company from a concept to profitability. His specialties include extreme programming, programming languages, JavaScript, MongoDB, system structures and new media, enabling him to build versatile products based on achievable business models. He holds a PhD in New Media from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has served as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. 
 
About Kirsty Dawe:
Kirsty Dawe is the CEO of Webeo, B2B website personalisation software that delivers a proven solution to the website conversion problem in B2B. Webeo’s software helps B2B organisations increase website leads by delivering a highly relevant, personalised experience to the B2B buyer as soon as they hit the website and tailoring that journey as they move through the funnel. Before Webeo, Kirsty held the role of Managing Director of award-winning agency Really B2B for 15 years. She has extensive knowledge and skills in B2B marketing, website customization, business growth, technology innovation, and full marketing mix in various sectors.
 
Time Stamps
[00:50.02] – Kirsty and Asaf share their respective career journeys.
[05:53.02] – Asaf explains why Regpack needed to work with Webeo to overcome challenges.
[11:24.09] – Kirsty explains how the Webeo platform can personalise website content.
[19:35.05] – Asaf discusses the time and cost investment involved in the project.
[21:14.00] – Kirsty shares the way businesses can ensure personalisation whilst sticking to legislation.  
 
Follow Asaf:
Joe Zappa on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asafdarash/
Regpack website: https://www.regpacks.com/
Regpack on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/regpack/
 
Follow Kirsty:
Kirsty Dawe on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirstydawe/
Webeo website: https://www.webeo.com/
Webeo on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/webeoglobal/
 
Follow Mike:
Mike Maynard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemaynard/
Napier website: https://www.napierb2b.com/
Napier LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/napier-partnership-limited/
 
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to our podcast for more discussions about the latest in Marketing B2B Tech and connect with us on social media to stay updated on upcoming episodes. We'd also appreciate it if you could leave us a review on your favourite podcast platform.
Want more? Check out Napier’s other podcast - The Marketing Automation Moment: https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/the-marketing-automation-moment-podcast/id1659211547

Tuesday Nov 21, 2023

Joe Zappa, CEO and Founder of Sharp Pen Media, is an expert in the marketing technology space and joined Mike to discuss how marketers can maximise the impact of their marketing efforts.
Joe shares his insights into why constancy is important for long-term success, why marketers should dig deeper when developing personas and why he believes the AI generative phenomenon has been overblown.
 
About Sharp Pen Media
Sharp Pen Media specialises in content and PR for B2B companies in the AdTech and MarTech space, including enterprises, start-ups, and marketing agencies.
 
About Joe Zappa:
As an experienced B2B Ad MarTech Journalist, Joe has spent several years creating content for B2B companies. He is now the CEO and Founder of Sharp Pen Media, an agency supporting businesses in AdTech and MarTech.
 
Time Stamps
[01:11.09] – Joe discusses his current role at Sharp Pen Media and his career journey.
[06:06.02] – How do the marketing challenges of start-ups and established businesses differ.
[14:33.02] –Joe highlights some campaigns that have been successful in MarTech.
[17:59.04] – What impact is AI going to have? Joe shares his thoughts.
[24:49.09] – Joe offers the best marketing advice he has received.
[27:27.01] – Joe’s contact details.
 
Quotes
“I think the generative AI phenomenon has been overblown… I think AI Is ultimately at present more of a tactical tool” Joe Zappa, CEO and Founder at Sharp Pen Media.
 
Follow Joe:
Joe Zappa on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-zappa-6229a4a8/
Sharp Pen Media website: https://www.sharppenmedia.com/
Sharp Pen Media on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sharp-pen-media/
 
Follow Mike:
Mike Maynard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemaynard/
Napier website: https://www.napierb2b.com/
Napier LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/napier-partnership-limited/
 
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to our podcast for more discussions about the latest in Marketing B2B Tech and connect with us on social media to stay updated on upcoming episodes. We'd also appreciate it if you could leave us a review on your favourite podcast platform.
Want more? Check out Napier’s other podcast - The Marketing Automation Moment: https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/the-marketing-automation-moment-podcast/id1659211547

Monday Nov 13, 2023

Mariam Lochoshvili, Global Marketing Communications Manager at Sensata Technologies, joins Mike Maynard for the next episode of our leading B2B marketing professionals series.
Mariam shares how following job opportunities around Europe led her to her role at Sensata, explains the importance of localising campaigns for maximum success, and shares her thoughts on why maintaining a strong company tone of voice might offer an advantage as AI increasingly saturates content across the industry.
 
About Sensata
Sensata is a global industrial technology company striving to create a cleaner, more efficient, electrified and connected world.
 
Time Stamps
[00:49.02] –Mariam discusses her career journey.
[12.39.08] – Mariam shares why authenticity and emotion is important when marketing B2B tech.
[13:49.09] – Why is localising so important? - Mariam and Mike discuss.
[18:09.0} – Mariam discusses the campaigns she is most proud of.
{23:29.01] – Mariam talks about AI and career prospects.
 
Quotes
"Talking about emotions is a new trend in B2B... when you connect to people on that emotional level, only then are you actually generating true interest." Mariam Lochoshvili, Global Marketing Communications Manager at Sensata Technologies
 
Follow Mariam:
Mariam Lochoshvili on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariam-lochoshvili/
Sensata website: https://www.sensata.com/
Sensata on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sensata-technologies/
 
Follow Mike:
Mike Maynard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemaynard/
Napier website: https://www.napierb2b.com/
Napier LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/napier-partnership-limited/
 
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to our podcast for more discussions about the latest in Marketing B2B Tech and connect with us on social media to stay updated on upcoming episodes. We'd also appreciate it if you could leave us a review on your favourite podcast platform.
Want more? Check out Napier’s other podcast - The Marketing Automation Moment: https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/the-marketing-automation-moment-podcast/id1659211547

Tuesday Oct 31, 2023

Matt Swalley, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer at Omneky, an AI-powered ad platform, sat down with Mike to discuss the possibilities of AI in advertising and how businesses can maximise the benefits of AI-generated content in their campaigns.
He also shares why testing is integral to campaign success and why human input is essential when working with AI-generated content. 
 
About Omneky
Omneky is an AI-powered platform that uses state-of-the-art deep learning to create and personalise creative content across customer touchpoints. Machine learning algorithms analyse designs and messaging and these insights are used to generate the content most likely to drive sales.
 
About Matt Swalley:
Matt Swalley is Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of Omneky. Matt brings 13 years of strategic leadership experience and has an undergraduate degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and an MBA from Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida.
 
Time Stamps
[00:46.01] – Matt discusses his career and why he moved from a corporate to a start-up role.
[06:34.08] – What is Omneky? How does it help its customers?
[13:49.09] –Matt discusses the importance of testing ads and campaigns.
[15:22.2] – Matt explains why human involvement is a must in AI-generated content.
[18:02.00] – Matt shares some use cases of Omneky.
[23:23.02] – Matt offers her marketing top tip.
 
Quotes
“The best part about AI is people's jobs are not necessarily being eliminated. They're being changed. People can think much quicker on concepts and stuff.” Matt Swalley, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer at Omneky.
 
Follow Matt:
Matt Swalley on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-swalley-59249533/
Omneky website: https://www.omneky.com/
Omneky on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/omneky/
 
Follow Mike:
Mike Maynard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemaynard/
Napier website: https://www.napierb2b.com/
Napier LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/napier-partnership-limited/
 
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to our podcast for more discussions about the latest in Marketing B2B Tech and connect with us on social media to stay updated on upcoming episodes. We'd also appreciate it if you could leave us a review on your favourite podcast platform.
Want more? Check out Napier’s other podcast - The Marketing Automation Moment: https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/the-marketing-automation-moment-podcast/id1659211547

Tuesday Sep 26, 2023

Jodi Cerretani, VP of Marketing at RollWorks, an Account Based Marketing platform, sat down with Mike to discuss how marketers can use ABM to maximise their marketing efforts and how RollWorks can support this process. Jodi shares why it is more important than ever to focus on intent and how this can set you up for success. She also offers the best advice she has been given and provides her own advice for new marketers starting their careers.
 
About RollWorks
RollWorks is an account-based marketing platform for B2B marketing and sales. Through proprietary data and machine learning, RollWorks helps teams identify their target accounts and key buyers, reach those accounts across multiple channels, and measure program effectiveness.
 
Time Stamps
[00:27.00] – Jodi shared a little about her career journey and what lead her to RollWorks.
[04:20.00] – What is Rollworks? How does it help its customers – Jodi shares her insights.
[08:41.00] –Mike and Jodi discuss integrations and target audiences in ABM marketing
[12:49.00] – What marketing strategies and tactics does RollWorks use itself?
[17:02.00] – Jodi talks about measurement and pricing transparency
[21:47.00] – Jodi offers her marketing advice and industry insights
 
Quotes
“I think you have to be comfortable with a certain amount of ambiguity and instinct. Yes, this matters. Yes, this is going to drive action. Yes, this is worth my time. And it, it pushes the initiatives of a business forward, even though I can't see it in my…revenue.” Jodi Cerretani, VP of Marketing at RollWorks.
 
Follow Jodi:
Jodi Cerretani on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodicerretani/
RollWorks website: https://www.rollworks.com/
RollWorks on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rollworks/
 
Follow Mike:
Mike Maynard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemaynard/
Napier website: https://www.napierb2b.com/
Napier LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/napier-partnership-limited/
 
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to our podcast for more discussions about the latest in Marketing B2B Tech and connect with us on social media to stay updated on upcoming episodes. We'd also appreciate it if you could leave us a review on your favourite podcast platform.
Want more? Check out Napier’s other podcast - The Marketing Automation Moment: https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/the-marketing-automation-moment-podcast/id1659211547

Tuesday Sep 12, 2023

In the latest interview of our leading B2B marketing professionals’ series, Mario Blandini, VP of Marketing at iXsystems, an open-source software storage company, sat down with Mike to discuss his career, how he came to work in the data storage industry and his top marketing tips.
Mario discusses how open-source companies work and the benefits this can result in for both the customers and the business. He shares the campaigns he is most proud of and some advice on how companies can attract young marketing talent.
 
About iXsystems  
iX is an Open Source pioneer and the company behind TrueNAS®, the world’s most deployed storage software. Relied upon by millions in over 200 countries, TrueNAS is an award-winning universal data platform used by a majority of Fortune 500 companies.
Time Stamps
[00:45.06] – Mario explains how he ended up as VP of Marketing at iXsystems.
[08:34.0] – The right time to move from propriety storage to open source.
[11:43.0] – What is open source?
[18:07.0] – How do you promote something that will drive no immediate revenue?
[22:42.0] – Mario shares the campaign eh is most proud of.
[28:09.0] – What is the best piece of marketing advice you’ve been given? 
[31:53.0] – Ways to get in touch and find out more.
 
Follow Mario:
Mario Blandini on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mblandini/
iXsystems website: https://www.ixsystems.com/
iXsystems on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ixsystems/
 
Follow Mike:
Mike Maynard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemaynard/
Napier website: https://www.napierb2b.com/
Napier LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/napier-partnership-limited/
 
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to our podcast for more discussions about the latest in Marketing B2B Tech and connect with us on social media to stay updated on upcoming episodes. We'd also appreciate it if you could leave us a review on your favourite podcast platform.
Want more? Check out Napier’s other podcast - The Marketing Automation Moment: https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/the-marketing-automation-moment-podcast/id1659211547

Tuesday Aug 29, 2023

Personas based on buying data and research can have a huge impact on both marketing and sales, allowing informed decisions to be made based on the needs of customers.  Jim Kraus, President of the Buyer Persona Institute, shares why building personas based on buying decisions and understanding the needs of prospective buyers is so important. He discusses some of the things to consider when building personas and some tips on how to get started.
 
About Buyer Persona Institute
Buyer Persona Institute offers B2B companies’ insight into what their prospective customers need to know and experience before they buy products or services. The institute delivers buying decision insights and persona activation workshops to more than 100 customers across the globe.
 
About Jim
With over three decades of experience managing market research teams, Jim has become a highly sought-after expert on the intersection of marketing, sales, and product strategy. As the President of Buyer Persona, Jim is passionate about understanding buyer behaviours and implementing marketing efforts that understand the "voice of the buyer."
 
Time Stamps
[00:49.6] – Jim provides an overview of Buyer Persona and how he got involved.
[05:00.9] – How do you build a buyer persona? – Jim offers his advice.
[10:45.0] – How should you leverage buyer personas?
[15:20.3] – Mistakes to avoid when developing buyer personas.
[22:01.7] – What is the best piece of marketing advice you’ve been given?
[23:13.4] – Would you recommend a career in marketing? 
[26:21.9] – Ways to get in touch and find out more.
 
Quotes
“You’re not guessing, it’s not anecdotal. That is really the foundation of your marketing sales strategy, your messaging, your positioning, campaigns that you do. It’s pretty powerful when you have those insights.” Jim Kraus, President at Buyer Persona
 
Follow Jim:
Jim Kraus on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimkraus/
Buyer Persona Institute website: https://buyerpersona.com/
 
Follow Mike:
Mike Maynard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemaynard/
Napier website: https://www.napierb2b.com/
Napier LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/napier-partnership-limited/
 
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to our podcast for more discussions about the latest in Marketing B2B Tech and connect with us on social media to stay updated on upcoming episodes. We'd also appreciate it if you could leave us a review on your favourite podcast platform.
Want more? Check out Napier’s other podcast - The Marketing Automation Moment: https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/the-marketing-automation-moment-podcast/id1659211547

Tuesday Aug 15, 2023

Everywhere you look, everything is about AI. But how can AI actually support content generation? In this special episode of the podcast, Napier’s Mike Maynard and Hannah Kelly discuss the capabilities of AI in marketing automation platforms. They also chat about how email signatures can be leveraged by marketers, what to consider when writing subject lines and how companies can grow their subscriber database.
Check out this crossover episode with Napier’s sister podcast, The Marketing Automation Moment, sharing the latest news, views and tips from the world of marketing automation.
Time Stamps
[01:03.0] – Will AI make our lives easier?
[04:44.0] – Can we use AI and generative AI to optimise campaigns?
[10:33.0] – Email signatures – how can marketers maximise their impact.
[12:51.0] – The challenges of growing subscriber databases whilst complying with GDPR.
[17:39.0] – How to write a good subject line.
Quotes
“Do you just want to be average in your marketing automation? Or do you want to create something that is above average? People who are above average will do better than AI.” Mike Maynard, Managing Director at Napier.
“AI can be a great start but if you think it’s going to replace you, unfortunately the good news is you’re job safe, the bad news is you’ve still got to do some work.” Mike Maynard, Managing Director at Napier.
 
Follow Hannah:
Mike Maynard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-kelly-b0706a107/
Napier website: https://www.napierb2b.com/
Napier LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/napier-partnership-limited/
 
Follow Mike:
Mike Maynard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemaynard/
Napier website: https://www.napierb2b.com/
Napier LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/napier-partnership-limited/
 
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to our podcast for more discussions about the latest in Marketing B2B Tech and connect with us on social media to stay updated on upcoming episodes. We'd also appreciate it if you could leave us a review on your favourite podcast platform.
Want more? Check out Napier’s other podcast - The Marketing Automation Moment: https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/the-marketing-automation-moment-podcast/id1659211547

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