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UNDERSTANDING BUYING BEHAVIOR IN THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

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How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content

The explosion of content in the digital world is an unprecedented phenomenon just a few could have predicted twenty-five years ago.  Content is ubiquitous in all phases of life and in business.  In fact, it is getting harder and harder to find a slice of time where content is not invading precious personal or business space. The voluminous nature of marketing and sales content is making it harder for organizations to get through to customers and potential customers today.  In several hundred qualitative buyer persona research interviews conducted last year, I heard firsthand about new behaviors related to filtering, managing,…

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Why CMOs Should Not Focus Only On Content Marketing

Soon, two thousand plus marketing directors, managers, coordinators, and marketing specialists will descend on the content marketing Mecca event called Content Marketing World.  The largest content marketing oriented conference of its kind.  These teams flushed with CMO approval in hand to attend eighty plus available sessions in the hope it will result in improved effectiveness. Effectiveness.  This is the dilemma and conundrum facing many senior marketing executives on the role of content marketing.  While we have seen a rise in spending on content marketing, we have seen a correlating rise in conferences and services designed to improve effectiveness.  Despite this correlation,…

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Gaining The Attention Of Buyers In A Hyper-Connected World

As we have all experienced, our hyper-connected world is becoming more chaotic with more mediums vying for our attention.  Advanced digital technologies have meant more channels to hear, see, and search for information.   For many consumers as well as business buyers, the overwhelming availability of choices can create anxiety-laden confusion.   Causing a seemingly straightforward effort to turn into an exercise fraught with indecision. When we strip away the layers and boil down to the kernel, what most businesses are vying for is the attention of buyers.  Attention is, nowadays, a very precious jewel organizations strive to possess.  Gaining the attention…

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4 B2B Marketing Trends To Plan For In 2015

The classic novel A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens begins with these most famous words and phrases: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness……… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…we had everything before us, we had nothing before us… These famous words and phrases may very well describe how many B2B organizations as well as marketers and sellers felt in 2014. The year 2014 displayed unabated rapid changes in buying behaviors and in how B2B…

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#BMA14 Takeaway: The Rise Of Humanizing Business Marketing

Last week, at the Business Marketing Association (BMA) 2014 Conference, the theme was “where b2b’s going!”  After three days, it became clearer where.  Business marketing, B2B, is crossing the chasm from cold hard facts-driven marketing to establishing emotional human connections with customers and buyers.  Driven by the evolving digital economy, we are seeing the “humanizing” of business marketing starting to emerge. I was privileged to speak on the first morning of the conference.  My focus was on understanding the modern buyer in the digital age.  Of which, I covered the need for a human-centered approach to marketing.  This approach is…

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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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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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4 Steps To A Compelling B2B Brand Story

One of my favorite authors is David McCullough.  His award winning books, some winning the Pulitzer Prize, have included 1776, John Adams, Truman, and The Greater Journey.  He has become an American treasure and true master at historical storytelling.  David McCullough is one of America’s most revered authors and historians.  Captivating millions of readers across the globe. What has made David McCullough special is his meticulous research and narrative storytelling.  Going at great lengths, taking years, to research historical events as well as to interview people who were there.   Combing through and reading stacks of letters.  As well as finding…

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Why B2B Should Invest In Branding (And What Happens When You Do Not)

When the financial crisis hit in 2008, a certain word went missing in business.  And, another word became all too powerful.  The word, invest, and the inertia behind it lost traction in B2B business.  Rocked by the financial crisis, many plans were shelved.  Collecting dust.  The word, cut, became dominant in business vocabulary. A few short years later, B2B business leaders in the C-Suite are waking up from this slumber of cost cutting and extreme focused on tactics.  For some, it was a matter of necessity in order to survive.  Having to resort to the proverbial cut their losses and…

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4 Initiatives Chief Marketing Officers Must Get Right In 2014

The pace of change is accelerating.  Last year, most Chief Marketing Officers faced the tasks of making significant changes to how marketing operates.  Soaking in one buzzword after another as they try to make sense of the changing world swirling around them.  While the whirlwind of change will continue, CMOs will begin to sharpen their focus. A Clearer Picture The picture of the changing world of B2B buyers, while still hazy, is providing glimpses of clarity.  Allowing CMOs the ability to be informed as well as be responsive to dynamic changes.  New buying behaviors are beginning to take root.  Unclear…

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