B2B marketing has an unofficial language all its own. Unlike jargon generalized across the field of marketing, these terms don’t necessarily exist to intimidate the uninitiated and keep wages high. Mainly, they serve to relieve stress by way of snark. Now you too can indulge with this insider’s guide.
A subordinate, often identified at the outset of a risky or doomed endeavor, to be expended as necessary to preserve one’s career.
The process of identifying a common need across groups of businesses and proposing a commercial solution.
A case study in which the client is unnamed.
A survey in which the sponsor is unnamed.
A professional model (male or female) hired to mind a firm’s trade show exhibit.
The inevitable PowerPoint slide showing an assortment of client logos. So named for its resemblance to a bug-spattered automobile windshield.
A presentation of 100 or more slides.
B2B marketing content that promises interesting insights but devolves into a crummy commercial; thoughtware gone horribly wrong.
1. Information that is generated and presented in real time, usually by accessing a database. 2. Pompous; egotistical.
A case study, approved by the client, that identifies the client by name.
A principle stating that when two competing theories explain the same event, the more cynical one is true.
A faux lead, i.e. a lead with little chance of resulting in a sale. Often the result of ill-designed marketing activity metrics.
A faux blog, i.e. digital content that looks like a blog but is more or less static.
A principle stating that what is asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence (quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur).
The ability to use a business’ name and logo to identify them as your client, subject to any conditions the client defines.
An article, white paper or book with an improbable number of credited authors.
(point of view) An opinion about what to do or how to do something, usually expressed in a piece of thoughtware.
A slide with text or detail so small it requires strong reading glasses.
(qualifications) In B2B marketing, a documented collection of referenceable client implementations.
A 25-slide presentation.
B2B content that violates Hitchens’ razor.
A client willing to tell others about their positive experience with your business.
A marketing endeavor evaluated strictly by activity measures.
Someone (often an intern) who posts information that advances the interests of their employer in a forum that’s supposed to serve the interests of its users.
A communication channel where the audience can talk back in such a way that it alters your message.
A one-page summary of a B2B product or service’s attributes. Also called a product sheet, sell sheet, at-a-glance and (yes) “battlecard.”
Someone whose ideas fail only in the execution; a visionary without the track record.
B2B marketing collateral that indirectly promotes a business by offering useful insight about a relevant idea, process or technology.
A strategist responsible for a string of business failures.
To adapt English-language content for a US audience.
An ongoing B2B marketing initiative that has lost any objective business benefit.