3 marketing tips for selling to government in 2018

By Rita Walston, senior director, marketing programs

Marketing to the federal buyer is all about knowing the right timing, methods and rules. The key to this is knowing where each opportunity is in the procurement cycle, who the primary influencers are in each phase and what information is most useful to each group.

At this year’s Government IT Sales Summit, we gathered former top-level federal IT decision-makers to give us answers. During a session moderated by Lou Anne Brossman, founder and president of the Government Marketing University, panelists shed light on how to connect with government agency officials; how to plan and execute marketing campaigns when budgets are tight; how federal buyers consume marketing information before, during and after procurement; and how continuing resolutions, the “new norm” in Washington, impact the federal IT community.

Here are just a few of the tips gleaned from the discussion. To hear more from this session, listen to the on-demand recording:

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Here’s what you’ll get out of this year’s Summit sessions

government, sales, ITBy Rita Walston, senior director of marketing

This year’s Government IT Sales Summit will be a full day of rich, actionable content on Nov. 16. We’ll cover everything from how the public sector is spending IT dollars in FY18 to the latest trends in cloud, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. What makes this content come alive is our speakers, who hail from private industry and government.

We recently spoke to a few of them about their sessions. Here’s a teaser of what you’ll hear:

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The A-Z Guide to Government Marketing – Part Three

Brian Chidester_65x85by Brian Chidester, Manager, Strategic Accounts & Content Marketing

In The A-Z B2G MarketingGuide to Government Marketing – Part One and The A-Z Guide to Government Marketing – Part Two I provided marketing insights for letters A-S that explored multiple marketing niches including content production, automation strategy, digital best practices, and more.

Below is the third and final installment of The A-Z Guide to Government Marketing series — letters T-Z of the ABC’s of Government Marketing:

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The A-Z Guide to Government Marketing – Part Two

Brian Chidester_65x85by Brian Chidester, Manager, Strategic Accounts & Content Marketing

In The A-Z Marketing PuzzleGuide to Government Marketing – Part One, I covered letters A-M, and while most sequels tend to underwhelm, i.e. Ocean’s Twelve or Caddyshack II, I believe the sequel to my A-Z Marketing  – Part One will be equally as impactful.

So, here they are, letters N-S of the ABC’s of Government Marketing:

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The A-Z Guide to Government Marketing – Part One

Brian Chidester_65x85by Brian Chidester, Manager, Strategic Accounts & Content Marketing

Any marketing campaignB2G Marketing has several factors, from strategy to execution that can make or break the campaign; this is especially true in the realm of B2G. In an environment where interactions are regulated and touch points are at a premium, every detail must be considered for your campaign to be effective.

Therefore, what better way to focus on those details than to go back to the basics — the ABC’s of government marketing.

So, here they are, letters A-M of the ABC’s of government marketing:

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4 Steps to More Effective Content and Social Media Programs

photo_Allan-Rubin_65x85Many marketers fall Social Media Stepsvictim to common mistakes that ultimately doom their content marketing and social media efforts. The first step in overcoming these obstacles is to recognize them and plan accordingly. I’m covering these in greater depth on my upcoming panel discussion on November 20 at the Government IT Sales Summit. Until then, here are four best practices you must consider before you put your company’s resources (and your career prospects) on the line.

1) Meet Your Audience Where It Lives

Your Facebook page and Twitter feed are probably bursting with information about how great your company is. But unless you’re consistently giving your customers and prospects something of value, it’s unlikely your audience is paying attention to your messages there (even if they “like” or “follow” you).

To view the full post view the Federal Marketing Insights blog.

Sales & Marketing: It’s Time to “Socialize” Together

Photo of Allan RubinI hear a lot of marketers express mixed feelings on their social media and content marketing programs. They’re excited by what they’ve produced but frustrated by the difficulty in measuring any meaningful impact from their efforts.

One area that is critical to success is closer collaboration between marketing and sales. In a previous blog post I wrote about how reliant marketers are on their colleagues in sales to distribute content and marketing materials. I explored this in greater depth in a new guest blog post I wrote for Federal Marketing Insights and I wanted to share it with you.

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