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7 Big Questions For B2B Marketing Leaders in 2015

Another year and more questions facing B2B Marketing Leaders. We are faced with a rapidly changing digital economy and evolving buyer behaviors. Challenging the best plans and intentions drawn up for 2015.  Each year begets a new set of questions, which confront B2B organizations and B2B Marketing Leaders. Let us take a look at 7 very pressing questions: Do we really know our buyers and customers? A few decades ago, the famed management guru Peter Drucker stated one of the most important question a business has to answer is: Who is our customer? For CMO’s and marketing leaders, this remains…

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State Of Buyer Personas 2015 (Survey Results)

It is now nearly fourteen years since the first-ever buyer persona development methodology was first created specifically for sales and marketing. For trivia and history buffs, Harcourt Education in 2002, a division of Reed Elsevier at the time, was the first organization to ever use research-based buyer personas for marketing and sales. How far we have come and how far we have still to go. Incorporating Survey Data For the first time in this annual reflection of the State of Buyer Personas, this commentary will incorporate responses from a survey conducted this past October through December. The survey consisted of…

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What More Than 100 Buyer Interviews Say About B2B Buyer Behavior In 2015

As we hit the middle of this decade, B2B buying behavior is about to undergo more significant changes.  It will change not only in whom we identify as buyers, but also in how B2B buyers interact to make purchases. Last year, in well over one hundred buyer interviews conducted on behalf of several B2B organizations involved in buyer persona research, noticeable changes began to emerge. As opposed to a quantitative survey, this represents a qualitative narrative on what as well as how buyer behavior in 2015 may be different. And, what B2B marketers and sellers can prepare for. Here are qualitative observations, which…

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4 B2B Marketing Trends To Plan For In 2015

The classic novel A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens begins with these most famous words and phrases: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness……… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…we had everything before us, we had nothing before us… These famous words and phrases may very well describe how many B2B organizations as well as marketers and sellers felt in 2014. The year 2014 displayed unabated rapid changes in buying behaviors and in how B2B…

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How Marketing Leaders Can Lead With Strategic Customer Narratives

Marketing leaders are in continual pursuit to understand customers and buyers. At the same time, they are now being looked at to bring understanding of customers to bear on almost all facets of business operations.  According to a recent IBM CEO Study, CMO’s are increasingly gaining the attention of CEO’s. Whereby marketing is seen as a major driver towards creating a customer-centric organization. Because the forces of change have been so rapid, marketing leaders are put in a position of being a juggler of new types of approaches, services, and technology. Whether they are creating new online capabilities, developing content marketing…

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Beyond Predictive Marketing: Planning With Persona-Based Strategic Narratives

In a recent interview, one of the world’s most compelling management consultant, Tom Peters, responded to a question related to what is missing from today’s discussion about management. In classic as well as vintage Tom Peter fashion, he responded: “My real bottom-line hypothesis is that nobody has a sweet clue what they’re doing.” He went on to say we, in business, should be trying things out at an insanely rapid pace as a result. It is fair to say in the world of marketing, what has been taking place is trying things out at a rapid clip. One of those things…

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Radical Openness And Transparency: A Mandate For B2B Organizations

November 2014 marked the twenty-fifth (25th) anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The tearing down of the barrier separating West Germany from East Germany remains as one of the world’s most momentous events.   The fall of the Berlin Wall continues to send out tremors touching many parts of the globe. What many in the world assumed would be a smoothed unification of West and East Germany has not occurred. For example, the former East Germany continues to suffer from rampant high unemployment, less educational opportunities, and poorer healthcare systems. In the same twenty-five years, we have seen the advent…

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Why The Concept Of Immersion Will Be The Next Big Thing in B2B Marketing

For most of us, when we become immersed with something we care about, like, or even love, we become completely involved. All of our mental faculties are devoted to a particular experience. As an example, when we travel to a foreign country, we can become immersed completely in a foreign culture. Experiencing for the first time how people in other countries go about their daily lives. With the tumultuous changes occurring in the new digital economy, markets, consumers, and businesses can seem quite foreign when compared to a decade ago. These hyper changes occurring are rapidly altering behaviors and how…

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The Danger Of A Single View Of Buyers

Many of us have heard of the term tunnel vision. It is usually described or defined as follows: The tendency to focus exclusively on a single or limited goal or point of view. We have seen extreme points of views in every walk of life. From politics to religion and everything in between we have seen a singular focus on a goal or point of view. Unfortunately, tunnel vision can cause intended as well as unintended consequences. In the world of business marketing, organizations can exert all their resources towards focusing in on a single view of buyers. Doing so…

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The State Of Buyer Personas 2015 Survey

I could use your help. For the past few years, I have put together an annual perspective on the State of Buyer Personas.   This coming year, I will welcome responses to a comprehensive survey to include in this perspective. It is hard to believe nearly thirteen years have passed since founding the concept of buyer persona development. The concept has gone through various evolutions – some good and some not so good. One thing we can count on remaining central is the core concept of buyer personas being part of a human-centered approach towards understanding buyers. While buyer personas have…

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