Strategic B2B Marketing: Building a Marketing Plan


A complete overview of the entire business-to-business marketing process, tools, and practice.

This is a comprehensive “level setting” course, built on significant B-to-B cases, that provides a complete overview of the entire process, tools, and practice of business-to-business marketing. Following the ISBM “Value Delivery Framework,” this course begins with a foundation on understanding value: in your markets, in your customers, in your firm. Tools and techniques for quantifying the total value of an offering in a market, and pricing to value are introduced and illustrated with B-to-B case examples.  It then moves to cover  value based segmentation – approaches for selecting and targeting the most valuable customers for your firm.  And… how to build offerings that serve their needs, and position your offerings distinctly from those of competitors. Communication and delivering value – approaches to Integrated Market Communications and Brand Management in business-to-business markets are part of the course. Managing business-to-business life cycles are covered: product lifecycles, customer lifecycle, market lifecycles.

Recommended for:

  • Business-to-business marketers with a technical background who discover they’re now addressing significant marketing challenges and opportunities.
  • Teams who need to create a “common language”  who need to work better together and with their sales team.


Dr. Robert Thomas

Professor of Marketing, The McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; ISBM Distinguished Research Fellow

Bob Thomas is a Professor of Marketing in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, where he has also been Senior Associate Dean, Director of Executive Programs, Associate Dean for Graduate Business Programs, Founder and Executive Director for the Center for Professional Development and Innovation, and Interim Dean for the School of Continuing Studies. Bob received his doctorate in marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. At Georgetown, Bob teaches courses in Marketing Management, New Product Development, and Market Segmentation. He is also a Faculty Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM).

Bob has over forty publications in the areas of new product development, organizational buying behavior, business-to-business marketing, and forecasting. His book, New Product Development: Managing and Forecasting for Strategic Success, was a featured selection of the Fortune Book Club and his book New Product Success Stories: Lessons From Leading Innovators has been published in several languages. He is on the editorial board of several journals and is an active member in numerous academic associations.

Bob has designed and taught executive education seminars in the U.S. and several countries and has consulted with over fifty organizations in a wide variety of industries and cultures, including both consumer and industrial products and services. He has provided expert testimony before several U.S. regulatory agencies.


Open Enrollment Seminars:

Up to 30 days prior: No fee
Between 15 – 30 days: $100 fee
14 days or less: Full seminar fee
All substitutions within 14 days prior to the seminar will be subject to a $50 administrative fee.