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UNDERSTANDING BUYING BEHAVIOR IN THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

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How Marketing Leaders Can Lead With Strategic Customer Narratives

Marketing leaders are in continual pursuit to understand customers and buyers. At the same time, they are now being looked at to bring understanding of customers to bear on almost all facets of business operations.  According to a recent IBM CEO Study, CMO’s are increasingly gaining the attention of CEO’s. Whereby marketing is seen as a major driver towards creating a customer-centric organization. Because the forces of change have been so rapid, marketing leaders are put in a position of being a juggler of new types of approaches, services, and technology. Whether they are creating new online capabilities, developing content marketing…

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Radical Openness And Transparency: A Mandate For B2B Organizations

November 2014 marked the twenty-fifth (25th) anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The tearing down of the barrier separating West Germany from East Germany remains as one of the world’s most momentous events.   The fall of the Berlin Wall continues to send out tremors touching many parts of the globe. What many in the world assumed would be a smoothed unification of West and East Germany has not occurred. For example, the former East Germany continues to suffer from rampant high unemployment, less educational opportunities, and poorer healthcare systems. In the same twenty-five years, we have seen the advent…

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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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How Hologic, A B2B Company, Connects Authentically Through The Human Story Of Breast Cancer Awareness

All across the world, October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month. While we celebrate breast cancer survivors during this month, it is also a reminder for us to pray for the recovery of those suffering from metastatic breast cancer (Stage IV and greater). The hardship women endure from metastatic breast cancer is difficult both for them and their loved ones. During this month, Breast Cancer Awareness is also an encouraging call for women across the world to engage in preventive health practices. The sobering reality today is a person will know of someone with or is personally touched by…

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Global Marketing: The Business Of Choosing

Years ago, before cable TV, you were basically left with three choices on your TV dial. You could choose from the three major television networks on three different channels. And, if you had a good TV antenna, you just might be able to pick-up the PBS station in your local area. Today, we live in a world where cable TV has run amok with one hundred plus channels many of us pay for and never watch. If we contrast how we go about choosing products or services today with how we chose a mere twenty to thirty years ago, it…

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Listening And Empathy: Making Your Marketing More Human-Centered

One of the most pressing questions facing organizations today is this one: How do we connect with the outside world of customers and buyers today? It is not an easy question to answer. Recently, we have had several studies, including those by Forrester and the Content Marketing Institute, which suggests companies have been struggling to connect with their customers and buyers. Finding many organizations and marketers believe their content marketing and B2B marketing efforts are only effective well below forty-percent of the time. The sobering news is the needle of effectiveness has not moved very much in the last few…

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Humanize Your Brand With Buyer Personas

You cannot fake it. You should not even try. What am I talking about? We have plenty of efforts these days focused on humanizing in B2B Marketing.  Which I believe is most definitely a good thing.  However, we also have more savvy and knowledgeable customers and buyers in the digital age.   And, one thing I can share with all of you based on recent batches of in the field qualitative buyer interviews over the last year is this: Buyers and customers can tell when you are faking it. One Constant Missing Link Over the last year or two, there has…

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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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Modern Marketing Is About Human Connection – Not Robots

This year, more than any in a long time, I am hearing a strong backlash to the volumes of emails and content buyers are receiving.  In the past eight months, after conducting numerous buyer interviews, this pattern has become so evident; it is as if buyers are screaming at the top of their lungs.    In my opinion, there is a cause and effect dynamic taking place in B2B marketing.  It goes something like this: The hard adjustment to the new digital economy is putting pressure on B2B companies to grow.  Many are jumping on the content marketing bandwagon.  This pressure…

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