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UNDERSTANDING BUYING BEHAVIOR IN THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

Buyer Mental Model

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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How To Gain Deep Insights Into New Customer Buying Behaviors

The digital economy continues to evolve at a fast clip.  New technologies are being introduced nearly every month.   Startups are ascending while long tenured organizations suddenly find themselves on shaky grounds.  New services and product introductions are falling flat.   Making the pursuit of understanding why customers are buying or not buying most difficult for many companies today. What we can be certain of is the buying behaviors of customers are changing.  Companies today can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch these changes from afar.  In essence, risking they will be left entirely out of the new digital playing…

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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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4 Things Buyer Personas Are Not

When products or services look similar, are called by similar names, or represented to be the same as, this can lead to confusion.  When it comes to buyer personas, this is more common than it should be.  In helping several B2B organizations directly or in advising recently, I have noticed the confusion become more prominent. The problem with confusion is it can lead to bad assumptions.  When this happens, organizations can find themselves heading in the wrong direction.  Operating by assumptions can become the Achilles’ heel of organizations.  Causing severe set backs and loss time to market.  Making erroneous assumptions…

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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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The Future Of Modern Marketing Is Human-Centered

Before the turn of the 20th century into the 21st century, a movement began.  This movement called for a more user-centered approach, or also commonly referred to as human-centered, to designing products, software, digital interactions, and design concepts.  It is rooted in the belief, which is by understanding human goals and behaviors; we can design concepts empathetic to the user – or humans.  More than a decade later, these concepts are becoming increasingly important to marketing. Modern marketing, as it responds to the overwhelming tentacles of the exploding digital economy, now requires the important element of design thinking.  With the…

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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: Brand Experience Will Matter First Before Content Marketing

For many Chief Marketing Officers and marketing leaders, especially in B2B, there is a seismic shift taking place in how marketing is approached and done.  A staple in yearly strategic planning is the product or service as the central focus of marketing and sales plans year after year.  Product marketing is just as the name implies – all about marketing the product.  If this is the central premise of your marketing plan for 2014, time to go back to the drawing board before it is too late. New Differentiation Decade after decade, marketing and sales focused on touting the superiority…

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5 Core Components of Buyer Persona Development

What exactly is buyer persona development?  Recently, this question came from several who have “done personas” but have met resistance or disappointment.  Our discussion centered on why the buyer personas developed offered little value. Why No Value? In my conversations helping people, there are two reasons why buyer persona efforts have been met with either resistance or disappointment. Buyer personas are perceived as a customer profile.  A customer profile with a picture offers little value. Sales intelligence is misperceived or misrepresented as buyer insights. These two reasons can result in resistance and disappointment.  While a customer profile can help with…

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Are Buyer Perceptions What You Think They Are?

The business world is filled with proclamations.  Usually these proclamations have to do with how businesses describe themselves.  The word “leading” is often used.  You have seen many of them.  Companies often describe themselves as the “leading provider” of something.  Do buyers see them in the same way? Going To Market Going to market today is a harder than ever before.  Plenty of time, resources, and energy are spent to devise strategies, game plans, and tactics to win in the marketplace.  If we were to do a reflective look back on why some succeeded or failed in their efforts, buyer…

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