Entries by David Sroka

Produce Reference Customer Content That Stakeholders *Need*

If you’re in the customer advocate practitioner community you already know why developing and curating customer-centric content is a must-have component of your customer advocate program. When it comes to making decisions about technology, B2B buyers value peer opinions above all other vendor-produced content. Setting a quota of X case studies or videos in a […]

Engaging Salespeople in Customer Advocate Programs

Sometimes salespeople act like Greta Garbo―they just want to be left alone to do their thing in peace. That isn’t okay if that includes ignoring or circumventing your customer reference management processes and tools. One of the many responsibilities of a customer reference program manager is promoting, persuading and rewarding reticent salespeople to embrace the […]

Advisory Boards for Customer Reference Programs

Advisory boards are essential for customer reference programs. As a customer marketing/customer reference/customer advocate program manager, you need regular feedback to ensure the program is on track to meet the needs of its stakeholders. Relevance is the name of the game. Your primary objective is to provide the most valuable assets (customer advocates and customer […]

User Adoption of Customer Advocate Programs

Customer Advocate Program adoption by a company’s sales and marketing users may mean different things to different audiences in the company. We think of it in simple terms. The end goal is to make it easy for salespeople to leverage customer advocates through content (case studies, videos, quotes, etc.) and activities such as reference calls, site […]

The Time is Now for the Customer Advocate Consultant

First off, no, I’m not pitching a service. Rather, I’m predicting (and endorsing) a new role in corporate marketing. There is a clear need for a more cohesive approach to customer advocate marketing, customer reference marketing, customer marketing or whatever your company calls it. Various customer reference activities occur today in pockets of your organization. […]

Tips for Launching a Customer Advocate Program

One of the biggest hurdles in launching a customer advocate program is changing behavior, particularly when that program includes using new technology and instituting different processes. After all, most sales and marketing people aren’t technology wonks or process geeks. Many of our customers have achieved truly impressive results leveraging our best practices combined with their […]