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B2B Customer Experience

Goals Are At The Heart Of Customer Experience And Engagement

When discussions have turned to the importance of customer experience today, it is easy to quickly think of customer experience (CX) as a touchpoint improvement phenomenon.  Garnering up images of consumers, as well as, B2B buyers happily skipping along a mythical journey to the end of a rainbow.  Coming upon particular resting points and encountering an experience designed to wow them! There is a problem with this thinking today. We have been fascinated with the concept of the customer journey or in B2B, the buyer’s journey.   On paper, it worked well.  There is a beginning, middle, and an end to…

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Staying Relevant In An Era Of Disruption And Elusive Customer Loyalty

Customer loyalty continues to be a top-of-mind concern for CEOs, as studies and surveys from the likes of IBM and others have shown.  During the past decade or more, we have seen the use of customer satisfaction surveys, Net Promoter Score, and the rise in customer experience as means for gauging customer loyalty.  The central points being that of keeping customers satisfied and providing great customer experiences will keep customers loyal. In fact, a recent study on customer experience surveying 500 plus executives sponsored by Genesys, showed a very strong correlation between providing high-quality customer experiences and customer retention. Here…

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Why The Concept Of Immersion Will Be The Next Big Thing in B2B Marketing

For most of us, when we become immersed with something we care about, like, or even love, we become completely involved. All of our mental faculties are devoted to a particular experience. As an example, when we travel to a foreign country, we can become immersed completely in a foreign culture. Experiencing for the first time how people in other countries go about their daily lives. With the tumultuous changes occurring in the new digital economy, markets, consumers, and businesses can seem quite foreign when compared to a decade ago. These hyper changes occurring are rapidly altering behaviors and how…

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5 Ways GE Put Human Experience At The Center Of B2B Marketing

Over the course of the past few decades, B2B marketing has been perfecting the art of showcasing products or services.  In the pre-Internet days, the focus was on the shiniest and brightest glossy brochure to make products or services look unbeatable.  B2B companies resorted to showrooms and customer demonstration facilities.  All in the hopes of making their products or services stand out from the pack.  This is still happening today in the digital age. Many of today’s B2B organizations still lead with the proverbial – “we are the leading provider of blah blah technology which enables companies to improve effectiveness…

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To The Modern Buyer, The Human Experience Is Everything

Creating satisfying interaction experiences for buyers today is proving to be more complex than most organizations had guessed.  Various surveys and reports continue to put satisfaction with content and information at or below 35% range.  The translation for me, when factoring in the qualitative interviews conducted with buyers over the past year, is not only is there a lack of satisfying content, but also a lack of meaningful experiences. Value The Human Experience A lesson learned over the past few years is there is a risk of making content and the digital experience too self-referential.  Meaning we create content and…

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The New Face Of Buyers In The Digital Economy

In the mid-to-late ‘90’s, as the first roots of the Internet began to take hold, Don Tapscott coined the phrase The Digital Economy.  Tapscott’s landmark book is entitled The Digital Economy: Promise And Peril In The Age Of Networked Intelligence.  At the time, it was filled with tremendous foresight.  Much of the perspectives Tapscott offered have come to fruition. Global Phenomenon The digital economy has become a global phenomenon.  Intertwined now on many fronts be they economics, political, finance, consumerism, technologies, globalization, and societal.  The digitization and the Internet of everything no longer a far fetch idea but a reality…

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7 Big Questions For B2B Marketing Leaders in 2014

The New Year is underway.  The first quarter is nearing an end.  Some of the best-laid plans have already vaporized due to unexpected events.  While some plans are either tracking on-target – or – will be missed.  Each year, B2B business must meet the challenge of our time – keeping up with rapid new developments in digital technologies and changing buying behaviors. Along with this challenge each year, comes a new set of questions: 1. Should Content Marketing Be Our Number One Priority? According to nearly 2500 marketers surveyed by Adobe and eConsultancy, 36% believe so followed closely by social…

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Why The Differences Between Buyer Profiling and Buyer Personas Matters

Many marketing and sales executives agree the need to understand buyers today is greater than ever.  Markets and industries in B2B are still trying to figure out the impact of changing buying behaviors.  There is heightened attention in customer acquisition – mainly because it has become a guessing game. What many executives are discovering is the search for understanding and insights into changing buying behaviors can be confusing and lead to dead ends.    One problematic area of confusion is the understanding and terminologies related to buyer profiling and buyer personas.  Oftentimes, used interchangeably as if these two vastly different concepts…

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Walk A Mile In Your Buyer’s Shoes With B2B Buyer Ethnography

It began, as history can best record, as a proverb of the Native American Cherokee tribe.   Which said, “do not judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.”  This proverb had been rephrased, reshaped, and reworded many times as a way to communicate.  What matters though, is the truth of this proverb.  To truly know someone, you must walk a mile in his or her shoes. Increasingly today, B2B buying decisions are heavily weighted towards perceptions about a brand’s promise and experience.  Oftentimes, gaining clues about buyer perceptions and experiences with a brand is not an…

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CMO 2014: Is Your Team Executing Content Marketing Or Pitching Content?

The urge is insatiable in B2B.  It is wired in B2B DNA.  To sell.  To market.  To push.  To blitz.  To tell.  To pitch.  To present.  It is like when you turn the key to off on a motor and yet it is still running from the residue fuel and fumes.  To stop takes what seems like insurmountable restraint. As much as we like to believe content marketing is an easy way to overcome the “pitch”, this insatiable urge is creating a candy coating over masked content marketing.  In this case, when a buyer bites into a masked content marketing…

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