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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,…

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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 for 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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5 Ways GE Put Human Experience At The Center Of B2B Marketing

Over the course of the past few decades, B2B marketing has been perfecting the art of showcasing products or services.  In the pre-Internet days, the focus was on the shiniest and brightest glossy brochure to make products or services look unbeatable.  B2B companies resorted to showrooms and customer demonstration facilities.  All in the hopes of making their products or services stand out from the pack.  This is still happening today in the digital age. Many of today’s B2B organizations still lead with the proverbial – “we are the leading provider of blah blah technology which enables companies to improve effectiveness…

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To The Modern Buyer, The Human Experience Is Everything

Creating satisfying interaction experiences for buyers today is proving to be more complex than most organizations had guessed.  Various surveys and reports continue to put satisfaction with content and information at or below 35% range.  The translation for me, when factoring in the qualitative interviews conducted with buyers over the past year, is not only is there a lack of satisfying content, but also a lack of meaningful experiences. Value The Human Experience A lesson learned over the past few years is there is a risk of making content and the digital experience too self-referential.  Meaning we create content and…

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Modern Marketing Is About Human Connection – Not Robots

This year, more than any in a long time, I am hearing a strong backlash to the volumes of emails and content buyers are receiving.  In the past eight months, after conducting numerous buyer interviews, this pattern has become so evident; it is as if buyers are screaming at the top of their lungs.    In my opinion, there is a cause and effect dynamic taking place in B2B marketing.  It goes something like this: The hard adjustment to the new digital economy is putting pressure on B2B companies to grow.  Many are jumping on the content marketing bandwagon.  This pressure…

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Three Lessons You Can Learn from Ron Johnson’s Failure at JC Penney

(I am pleased to have as guest author for this article Bob Thompson.  Bob is founder and editor-in-chief of CustomerThink.com.  He is also an authority and thought leader in customer experience.  Most recently Bob published a booked entitled Hooked On Customers, which centers on the habits of leading customer-centric firms.) Several years ago, my first visit to an Apple store was to buy an iPod for my son. Amazing experience. The store had a clean and open design, and the staff was really helpful. When I was ready to buy, I realized something was missing. Instead of a row of…

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