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Fireside chat with David Jones, Founder&CEO of Instinctive Solutions

Who is David Jones?

A serial entrepreneur with a background in technology but a passion for marketing. I spend my days helping software vendors communicate more effectively with their audience, removing the technobabble and replacing it with engaging, human-focused storytelling. Having spent the last 20 years on all sides of the arena, from vendor to purchaser to advisor, the ability to view any given product launch, press release, or email campaign from multiple angles allows me to cut straight to the heart of what my clients are trying to achieve.    

What’s the story behind Instinctive Solutions?

Instinctive Solutions helps technology vendors communicate more effectively through engaging, innovative content. We have built a small team who have years of experience in B2B technology marketing and who know how to distill any complex software product into a series of simple, engaging, and powerful messages. We then take these messages and transform them into multiple content assets such as infographics, ebooks, and blogs, all tailored for the specific personas, vertical markets, and geographies required by our global client base. One of the biggest challenges faced by software vendors is building a marketing team that can define and communicate their unique message effectively. Finding subject matter experts is easy, finding marketers is easy, but finding a combination of both is incredibly difficult. Instinctive Solutions bridges that gap to deliver instant results.   

What was the most difficult part of your experience in the early beginnings?

As a marketer and a problem solver my natural instinct was to try and help as many organizations as possible get their marketing on track – quickly. What I learned very early is that while we “could” deliver all of the aspects of marketing, focusing on content allowed us to deliver the best value to our clients. Many tech vendors already have great campaign marketing capabilities, strong leaders, and dedicated designers — what they lack is the rich, technically savvy, yet still engaging content to fuel their campaigns and social feeds. By narrowing our gaze to deliver content alone, we have been able to scale the business quickly with a talented team of tech-aware content creators.   

What are you most proud of regarding your business?

I formed Instinctive Solutions about six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and many people thought I was crazy. Sixteen months later we are growing faster than ever and delivering content marketing services to clients across the globe. I am hugely proud of the team that we are building and am constantly delighted with the innovative solutions they come up with day in and day out.

What is your vision for the future of Instinctive Solutions?

Beyond simply providing great content for our clients, I want Instinctive to become a breeding ground for the next generation of technology marketers. We live in an increasingly technology-focused world, yet vendors struggle daily to communicate the real-world benefits of their innovative and dynamic software tools. Our vision is to create an environment where driven marketers can learn from like-minded peers and grow their experience and exposure to the joy and power that effective communication via marketing can deliver.  

What’s your advice for the businesses that are trying to adapt to this economic climate?

Find a niche, and deliver it globally. As a marketer, I’ve been advising companies for many years to practice focus and to identify exactly the niche that they operate in. It’s very easy for software vendors to try and deliver everything to everyone, but it’s impossible to market a million messages at the same time – the business comes across, at best, schizophrenic and at worst completely crazy. Focus is the key — but once that focus has been defined then our modern world allows us to sell and market that niche across the planet. It has never been easier to identify and target narrow segments of potential purchasers — so find your niche, and go big to reel them in.

Please name a few technologies which have the greatest impact on your business.

As an agency that services technology vendors obviously we come into contact with a lot of tech products and we make use of a lot of them. Another aspect of our business is that we are, and will remain, 100% virtual, making effective communication essential. Internally we use tools that allow us to easily collaborate on project management, content creation, and campaign management — namely MS Teams, Canva, and Hubspot. 

What books do you have on your nightstand?

I’ve always got at least 3 or 4 books on the go at any one time, in addition to an audiobook. Currently in progress are “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown, “The Future Leader” by Jacob Morgan, “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek, and “Stillness is the Key” by Ryan Holiday. 

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