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Future-Enabling Buyers Will Be Key In 2021 And Beyond

The new year is almost one-month-old.  In less than three weeks, the country has experienced a time like no other.  Where the degree of uncertainty about our future has intensified.  The chaos surrounding the vaccination rollouts and the political climate has altered the degree of hoped-for certainty.  Such a turn of events has an impact.  Particularly on B2B buyers today.  Here are three buyer insights on impacts buyers are experiencing B2B organizations should consider today: 1 – Choices and Decisions When uncertainty is introduced or intensified, as it is now, this stymies the ability of buyers to make choices and…

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Five Intangible Buyer Behavior Trends To Monitor In 2021

Despite turning the calendar from 2020 to 2021, we find ourselves starting the new year in more turmoil.  A catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic that continues to increase in scope. The hope of the vaccines tempered as the rollout encounters delays. And the disturbing insurrection at our capitol causing national anxiety.  To ignore these in a business context is to be blind to the effect on our society.  Such tumultuous events will have a direct impact on buying behaviors in 2021. Organizations today will need to monitor buying behaviors as they ebb and shift in 2021.  Here are 5 intangible buying behaviors,…

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Building Buyer Confidence More Important Due To COVID-19

In sports, confidence is often mentioned as one of the key ingredients to winning.  I saw this firsthand with my daughter and her competitive experience in gymnastics.  She attended the same gym as Amy Chow, the U.S. Olympic Gold and Silver Medal winner in the 1996 Olympics.  And a team member of the 2000 Olympics.  One Saturday, while waiting for my daughter, I watched Amy do a small portion of her routine on the balance beam.  Repetitively turning and jumping on the beam for an hour.  When she was done and walked by, I asked her about what she had…

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Will Pre-Pandemic Buyer Assumptions Prevent Recovery And Rebound In 2021?

Over time, we can build assumptions about how things work.  How things are supposed to be.  Or we cement assumptions about what people think. Or how we expect people to behave.  Oftentimes, we can create an over-reliance on past data and experiences to shape our assumptions about the present and the future.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations will need to ask these critical questions:  Are we relying on pre-pandemic assumptions about buyers to plan ahead?  Are we challenging and validating these assumptions?  Will the assumptions we have about our buyers prevent recovery and rebound in 2021? The year…

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Tony Zambito And Center For Buyer Insights To Launch Buyer Outlook Insights Study July 1

June 8, 2020 A quarterly monitoring study of buyer attitudes about buying decisions during and after the COVID-19 Crisis, the COVID-19 Buyer Outlook Insights study will bring timely and essential buyer persona-based decision-making about when and how to resume marketing and sales. Introducing Buyer Outlook Insights Study Marketers and sellers have faced an enormous upheaval in how to reach and engage buyers. In talking and sampling with decision-makers, questions are surfacing such as: When and how should we resume marketing and selling? What kinds of marketing and selling strategies will be appropriate? Under what conditions will our buyers begin to…

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Why The Buyer Transformation Is The Only One That Will Matter By 2020

A hot buzzword during the past couple of years has been digital transformation.  It has branched off a few more in the world of marketing and sales: Martech Transformation Sales Transformation CX Transformation Customer Engagement Transformation I am sure there are more.  At the risk of being a buzz killer, there is something amiss about all of this that may not be that great.  Much of these have to do with internal processes within marketing and sales.  The emphasis is on becoming more digitally efficient with one’s marketing and sales efforts as a means of connecting with customers. 2020 Looms…

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How Insights Into The B2B Lifecycle Can Prevent A Blind Spot In 2020

The speed at which changes in buying behaviors and decision-making are occurring is a challenge faced by B2B organizations.  With data and technology as drivers, the time at which insights can serve as relevant is shrinking also.  This phenomenon of speed in changing behaviors will cause a shift in thinking on the gathering of human-centric insights by the year 2020. When I first pioneered the concept of buyer insights research and developing buyer personas seventeen plus years ago, the “sales funnel” was something you could count on not changing that drastically over a few years.  As we have gone through…

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5 Reasons To Prepare Now For The Year 2020 With Buyer Insights

The year 2020 beckons on the horizon.  A pivotal year for organizations as the rapid evolution of a customer-centric world calls for new approaches and new forms of interactions.  While one eye will be on succeeding in 2019, forward-thinking leaders will have another eye towards preparing for a new decade in 2020. What are 5 reasons and key forces forward-thinking leaders will need to gain in-depth buyer insights on for the year 2020? Increasing Complexity In Decisions The simplicity of just a few decades ago, at least perceived, in how choices and decisions were made have given way to a…

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3 Forces Shaping The Future Of B2B Marketing

Many executives, particularly Chief Marketing Officers, are in constant pursuit of understanding changing buyer behaviors and markets.  Which, for the most part, remains an elusive and challenging endeavor.  In the past ten plus years, we have seen a tumultuous upheaval in both the world of buyers and how marketing is adapting. As business leaders and marketing leaders look ahead to the future, the ever-expanding global digital economy will undoubtedly cause further disruption.  Charting a course for future growth becoming increasingly difficult.  Despite the advent of an overflowing introduction of new marketing approaches, acronyms, and concepts in the past decade, the…

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