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UNDERSTANDING BUYING BEHAVIOR IN THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

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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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5 Ways B2B CMOs Can improve Audience Development With Buyer Persona Research

The term, audience development, has become more ubiquitous in the world of marketing.  A recognition of the growing importance of digital content marketing to overall marketing strategies today.  For B2C CMOs, the concept of developing audiences and communities has been an essential core principle for some time. For B2B CMOs, the idea of audience development and engagement can be perplexing.  Fraught with confusion surrounding questions such as: exactly what constitutes an audience and is there really a difference between buyers and audiences?   Questions I often receive when working with CMOs specific to B2B. Investing in audience development remains a key…

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4 Myths Preventing True B2B Customer Understanding

There is a big problem when it comes to B2B customer research.  And, most B2B executives may be unable to see or recognize the problem.  The scarier notion is some may not even know it exists. What is this big problem? According to various studies over the years (by credible institutions such as Harvard) regarding market and customer research, approximately 80% or better of B2B customer research is conducted to reinforce current assumptions about customers.  Rather than, to explore new concepts, hypotheses, uncover new opportunities, gain revealing insights into issues, and seek new innovative ideas. In my years since launching…

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The Emerging Importance Of B2B Ethnography To Buyer Personas

Better, deeper, insightful, and well-rounded understanding of customers and buyers is on the top of the list for many CEOs and CMOs today. In recent studies by IBM and other research studies on CEO sentiments, customer insight and understanding are identified as a top focus for CEOs.  A majority of surveys also find a growing concern for both establishing and retaining customer loyalty in today’s digital marketplaces. There are two additional concerns CEOs are finding of increasing importance to the growth, as well as, survival in competitive environs.  These two are: CEOs and CMOs have a growing concern about the relevancy…

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