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Challenge unwritten norms and redefine whats possible says Nitu Sharma, Iron Mountain India

As a woman leader in the marketing industry, my advice to aspiring women professionals aiming for leadership roles in B2B marketing is to break free from conventional thinking, especially in the digital era. Don’t allow anyone to hold you back with outdated norms or slow-track your progress, shared Nitu Sharma, Head of Marketing, Iron Mountain India in an interactive conversation with ObserveNow.

Below are the Edited Excerpts from the interview:

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, how do you see the role of B2B marketing evolving, especially in light of the growing emphasis on personalized and data-driven strategies?

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the role of B2B marketing has undergone significant transformation. We’ve shifted from traditional mass marketing approaches to more personalized and targeted strategies, thanks to the digital revolution in the industry. Marketers can no longer afford to drop the ball when it comes to leveraging vast data for decision-making.

The emphasis on personalized and data-driven strategies has elevated the importance of marketing within businesses. Brand building, which had previously taken a backseat to sales, is now in the spotlight once again. Marketing is increasingly viewed as a pivotal function within organizations, with the responsibility to drive campaigns and navigate uncertainty by defining strategies for success in this new landscape.

These changes present exciting opportunities for emerging marketing leaders to unleash their creativity and experiment with innovative approaches.

 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are increasingly recognized as critical components of successful marketing strategies. How do you ensure that your team embraces diversity in both its composition and its approach to reaching diverse audiences in the B2B space?

Ensuring diversity within our team is paramount in crafting successful marketing strategies. Just as our customer base is diverse, our approach to reaching them must reflect this diversity.

Thoughtful hiring practices play a crucial role in fostering diversity within our teams. By building teams where each member complements one another, we can create an environment rich in diverse perspectives. Encouraging individuals from various cultures and backgrounds to join our team further enhances this diversity.

Marketing isn’t just about campaigns; it’s about a series of events that require a multitude of perspectives to connect the dots between the strategic business goal and financial outcomes envisioned.

By embracing diversity, we gain the ability to think like our customers rather than simply marketers. This diversity not only brings meaningfulness to our brand but also ensures that our approach resonates with a broad spectrum of audiences. When powered by diversity and inclusion, our marketing efforts become more effective and impactful. 

 

Content marketing continues to be a cornerstone of B2B marketing efforts. Could you share some insights into how your team navigates the challenge of creating compelling and engaging content that resonates with B2B audiences in a crowded digital environment?

In navigating the challenge of creating compelling content in a crowded digital environment, our approach revolves around simplicity and understanding our brand’s DNA. We’ve learned that impactful content doesn’t always require extravagant efforts; with the rise of content marketing in the digital sphere, creativity can thrive even without extensive financial backing.

Once we grasp the essence of our brand, generating engaging content that resonates with our B2B audience becomes more intuitive. An effective strategy involves immersing ourselves in the customer journey and engaging directly with touchpoint individuals. By soliciting feedback firsthand, we gain valuable insights into enhancing the customer experience with minimal effort.

 

As a woman leader in the marketing industry, what advice would you offer to other aspiring women professionals aiming to break into leadership roles in B2B marketing? How have your own experiences shaped your approach to leadership in this field?

As a woman leader in the marketing industry, my advice to aspiring women professionals aiming for leadership roles in B2B marketing is to break free from conventional thinking, especially in the digital era. Don’t allow anyone to hold you back with outdated norms or slow-track your progress.

If you have a vision, pursue it boldly and seek out those who are willing to support and empower you. Embrace opportunities to experiment and ignite the spark that fuels your leadership journey. Be courageous in challenging unwritten norms and redefining what’s possible, rather than waiting for opportunities to come to you.

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