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UNDERSTANDING BUYING BEHAVIOR IN THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

Buyer Insight Research

Confusing Customer Segmentation, Buyer Profiling, and Buyer Personas Harms Marketing

In the 15 years since originating the concept of buyer personas in 2001, there has been one issue that continues to plague fully understanding exactly where, how, and why buyer personas can be beneficial.  Compounding the issue today is the prevalent use of the term buyer persona to describe customer segmentation and buyer profiling efforts.   The issue I am referring to is the confusion that can surround distinguishing between customer segmentation, buyer profiling, and buyer personas today. If you are a CMO or a marketer and you find yourself having a sudden realization that perhaps you are not quite sure…

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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 CMO Modern Marketing Guide To Buyer Personas And Buyer Insights Research (Part 2)

Part 2: The Modern Buyer The digital economy and the continued evolution of digital technologies have had a monumental impact on buyers and their behaviors.    At the turn of the 20th century to the 21st century, B2B buying behaviors still existed in a very structured manner.  Supplier and buyer roles were clear, reliance on information from suppliers still prominent, and decision-making hierarchal in nature.  Fast forward to today, the modern buyer is an empowered force in a new as well as flatter digital economy. Emerging New Attributes Of Modern Buyers Post financial crisis of 2008 -2009, we are beginning to…

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Story-Driven Insights Drive Growth

We have a problem.  We are being inundated with facts, data, reports, and charts.  In the digital age, instead of reams of paper piled high on a desk, we have megabytes being stored on a hard drive or in the cloud.  The hope is these deeply stored megabytes will give us the analyses and insights needed to make the next leap over competitors. The dilemma faced by decision-makers and strategists today is the more data is collected and aggregated, the harder it is becoming to make sense of data.  The more arduous the task becomes of connecting the proverbial dots…

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D.I.V.E. Deeper: Getting The Most Out Of Your Buyer Personas

To get the most out of anything worthwhile takes persistence, perseverance, hard work, intuitiveness, and grit.  It is advice we offer to our friends, family, and children.  Often in helpful conversations with marketing and sales leaders, I usually am posed the question of how to get the most out of buyer personas. A common theme is many have invested in buyer personas but are not reaping perceived benefits.  It is a perplexing dilemma for executives who have sponsored such efforts.  Much of the disappointment comes from not attaining new revelations about buyers or as one executive put it to me…

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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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CMO 2014: Achieve CMO and CEO Alignment With Powerful Insights

2013 may turn out to be a watershed year.  According to PWC’s (Price, Waterhouse Cooper) annual survey of CEO’s, nearly 65% view building a customer-focused organization as one of their top priorities.  Along with this top priority comes a willingness to invest time and money into developing customer intimacy and expanding their customer bases.   What this means for CMO’s is the gaze of the CEO’s on the customer health of the business will be stronger than ever. Moving Beyond Lip Service For years, we have heard CEO’s in roundtables, presentations, interviews, and conferences espouse the need to get closer to…

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