Here’s a conversation I have on a regular basis:

“Nobody knows about us. We need to double the number of new Sales Opportunities we’re creating.” — CEO

“Gotcha. In what time frame?” — me

“Now / yesterday / next week / this month / other very very short period” — CEO

For an even more interesting plot twist, add the following: “Oh, and we don’t have a marketing budget or headcount.”

My reply?

“No problem, I have precisely the marketing tactic for you!!! Have the CEO run naked in Times Square. You’ll get a ton of press immediately, for free, with minimal time investment.”

Short timeframe? Check. No budget? Check. No headcount? Check.

And back to reality…

In this post, I’m not going to share a magical (or asinine) strategy for doubling your demand generation volume in a week. Instead, I’ll describe an analytical framework for picking the most effective marketing activities according to constraints like time, money, and headcount.

Here’s a quick example: If you’re short on time, have limited marketing resources (headcount), but a sizable budget — in other words you can “throw money at the problem” — consider content syndication with a few leading industry publications.

Here are more examples of general and specific marketing channels and tactics, and their corresponding attributes.

B2B Marketing Channels and The Five Effectiveness Attributes Map

channel / tactic
Time to results Resource investment (headcount) $ investment Cost effectiveness / ROI Demand volume (how many leads)
Conferences Long
Need to wait for the right ones
Lots of work to do it right
High Medium
The higher your ACV, the most cost-effective these can be. More here
Audience targeting is out of your control
Webinars Short Medium
Creating quality content takes time and can’t be outsourced
Low High High
ABM / list building and outbound email prospecting Short
As short as 2-3 weeks for experienced marketers
With the right tools
Benchmarks and recommendations here
High High
When it works. Sometimes it completely bombs
Content marketing Long
Producing a robust body of high-quality content can take months
If you’re after quality, you can’t outsource
Low High High
Content syndication through industry publications Short Low High Low High
Online advertising (PPC) Short Low
High Low High
“Roadshow” – send the sales team to a city and host a client / prospect dinner Short Medium Medium High Low

To use this framework, explicitly define your own attributes (e.g. Budget = Low, Headcount = Medium), and see which channels and tactics match them.

For example: If you need to significantly and immediately increase demand generation, have decent marketing headcount and limited marketing budget, you should look into webinars.

The tactics above are just a few examples, so you can and should consider additional ones (e.g. co-marketing partnerships, podcast advertising, influencers, analyst research reports, producing your own events, and many more).

Of course, there are other, specific factors to consider: Do you already have good content? Do you have good clients who can be webinar speakers? Are conferences particularly effective in your industry? Do your sales people absolutely despise conferences? All of these should be taken into account. But the five attributes described above are applicable across channels, and thus useful for high-level comparison.

The bottom line

“Email prospecting is amazing.” “Email prospecting sucks.” Neither statement is true or false – it depends on the context and your company’s constraints at a certain point in time.
Using the Five Effectiveness Attributes Framework will help you plan out a marketing strategy that’s most productive for your needs and circumstances. Give it a shot the next time you need to DOUBLE YOUR DEMOS, NOW.

Further reading

Forget Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook: 7 channels to try instead
How to be boring: Our guide to high-performance, low-creativity B2B marketing campaigns
The Best Marketing Calendar for Your Team: a Step-by-Step Guide