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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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Looking At The World Through The Eyes Of Your Buyers

One of my favorite visits as a young person was to the House Of Mirrors at the amusement park.  It fascinated me how the mirrors distorted the way we looked and how they reshaped our faces.  Having fun with facial and body gestures to make myself look even more different. Companies today, if not intent on understanding their buyers, can fall victim to their own House Of Mirrors.  Having a very distorted view of buyers than that of reality.  The buyer becoming a reshaped reflection of the way people internally view and think about customers. Corporate-Referential View Of Buyers Corporations…

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Intervention: Buyer Personas Are Not A Product Requirements Document

Product centricity is still kicking dust up in the perfect storm of changing buyer behaviors and transforming digital technologies. The dust up so thick, most organizations believe they may be responding to this perfect storm, yet, everything they do does scream products. A good case in point is what organizations believe they need to do or are told what to do with developing buyer personas. Unfortunately, companies are being misguided on the intent and methodology behind buyer persona development. Where the end game is still about pushing the product onto a target buyer. Let me illustrate with a couple of…

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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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The Importance of Understanding Context Before Jumping To Solutions

We cannot wait to offer solutions. We have the thirty-second elevator pitch, content marketing, presentations, lead generation, demand generation, sales training, and sales enablement. All designed to be proficient at offering solutions. Some companies can reach a fervent pitch with their marketing and sales in seeking to tell people or companies they have the solution. Sometimes we rush to provide a solution while at other times, we work on an effort with a potential customer crafting a solution over many months. What we can be convinced of is belief we have the right solution. Just what if? What if the…

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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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Use Buyer Personas To Humanize Your Content Marketing

All businesses and people within businesses become enamored with, process, at some point. Process is good. Process can also be bad. Bad to the extent doing the process becomes more important than meeting the end goal. When it comes to content marketing today, it just may be too much process is actually preventing a human connection with customers and buyers. The same can be said for buyer persona development as well. Misperceptions about the intent and value of buyer personas have resulted in too much process. Most common is the force fitting of buyer personas into buying processes, sales cycles, and…

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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 Reasons For Poor Buyer Personas Steering Marketing In The Wrong Direction

This July marks the 13th year since the first drafting of the concept and methodology of buyer persona development.  Notably, in the last three years, we have seen an increase in awareness of buyer personas.  Coinciding with the rise in content marketing, marketers seek to use buyer personas to help guide content strategies and tactics.  With this rise in awareness also come pitfalls in having buyer personas steer marketing efforts in the wrong direction. I raise this point due to the proliferation of content on buyer personas over the past few years.  Some helpful but the majority, in my opinion,…

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4 Principles For A Human-Centered Approach To Personas in Marketing

Often studied in psychology, is the phenomenon of what people say and do is not always what they mean.  Lurking in the sub-conscious as well as on conscious levels are guarded perceptions, defense mechanisms, mental images, prejudices, and etc.  Often needing in-depth qualitative studies in social psychology to determine how groups of people think, behave, and make use of language. In social psychology, archetypes are often used to help communicate the social psychological dynamics of people.  Helping psychologists to translate their qualitative research into meaningful insights and portrayals of people in a social context. In the business world, marketers and…

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