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UNDERSTANDING BUYING BEHAVIOR IN THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

Buyer Persona Story

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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How The C-Suite Can Discover Rich Buyer Insights Through Buyer Stories

CEO’s and their C-Suite teams are mired in quantitative data analysis.  Trying to make sense out of dollars and cents.  Uncertainty reigns on how to shape future company strategic direction.  Frustration exists with research consisting of surveys and data analytics only providing a snapshot of customer and market realities.  Recent customer profiling efforts only telling senior executives what they already know. Sound familiar? Given the amount of technological changes impacting buyer behaviors in the past decade, this is the likely state of affairs in many B2B corporate environments. Frustration Many executives today in marketing, sales, strategy, and operations are frustrated…

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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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CMO 2014: 4 Steps To Rediscovering B2B Brand Equity

Having an instantly recognizable brand is the aim of many Chief Marketing Officers and marketing leaders.  It is one of the most elusive trophies to grab in the world of B2B.  Once achieved, there are tremendous advantages.  Gaining such an advantage has become harder to achieve as companies struggle to be heard above the loud din of digital media. The art of building brand equity may have been lost in the digital shuffle taking place in the B2B space the past few years.  It is an art companies can ill-afford to lose.  With more options available to buyers today, loyalty…

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New Survey Highlights What Is Most Important To B2B Customers. Surprise, It Is Not Content Marketing.

The fanfare has been loud and non-stop.  Drums beating and reverberating throughout the B2B world to jump on board the content marketing train.  As in the B2C world, we are beginning to see a dramatic rise in web-based content, online communities, and video-based messaging.  These are proving to be powerful ways to communicate. There is just one problem. B2B customers are experiencing disconnect between brand as well as content messaging and what they care about most.  According to a recent research study and survey conducted by McKinsey, of 700 global executives, corporate messaging may be having little impact on evaluation…

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Can You Predict When Your Customers Will Buy?

During the past two to three years, there has been much focus on understanding the buying process, buying cycles, or as some call it – buyer’s journey – of buyers.  Due to shifts in buyer behavior towards research and evaluation before sales interactions, we have seen the idea of mapping content to buying stages and buying journeys.  I am not so sure this gets us where we need to go. Mass Confusion There have been many attempts to depict the buyer’s journey and buying process.  We have circles, arches, straight vertical lines, wavy lines, and more.  My hunch is buyers…

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The Gap. Can You Fill It? 3 Ways You Can.

How the world has changed.  Yet, how things remain the same.  One thing remaining the same is the gap.  And, how the gap is filled. What Is The Gap? Customers and buyers, no matter the market or industry, are in constant motion to fill the gap.  You see, they have a gap between what is currently happening and what they desire to happen.  This happens on many levels.  For consumers, the gap can be quite urgent.  If your car broke down on a deserted highway, you will have an urgent need to fill the gap.  A car engine running will…

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The Chief Marketing Officer’s Dilemma

Month after month, Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) are confronted with a question.  It is a powerful question.  If answered with accuracy and in-depth understanding, it can make a profound difference.  So profound, it will change the fortunes of the organization. What Is The Question? The question, if answered correctly, will accelerate a company’s ability to transform and be relevant in the new digital age.  Answered incorrectly, it can put the company behind competitors and start a decline.  What is this question? Who is our customer today? This question may appear simple, yet it is the most challenging question faced by…

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Is Your 2014 Sales Strategy Already Doomed By Lack of Information?

Right around the corner, the laborious and angst filled process of planning for 2014 begins.  2014 will be different.  While economic growth will remain sluggish (according to the Congressional Budget Office), businesses are starting to release the chains put around growth spending.  A lot has changed since the meltdown of 2008.  In these short five years, what we know about buying and selling has been turned upside down. The Revolution Continues What we have learned is a buyer revolution is in full swing with buyers now holding the cards.  We are in the midst of it and the revolution shows…

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Follow the Road to Content Marketing Effectiveness with Buyer Persona Story Mapping

(This is part three of a three part series on the use of Buyer Persona Stories™, Buyer Persona Scenarios™, and Buyer Persona Story Mapping™ to drive effective content marketing strategy.) Getting to see the big picture about customers and buyers today is not easy.  It can be like sitting in an old stadium trying to peak around a su_column to see the field.  When you cannot see the whole field, you are missing the action.  With buying behavior changing rapidly each quarter, not having the big picture on the actions of buyers can set back an organizations significantly. In part…

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