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UNDERSTANDING BUYING BEHAVIOR IN THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

Buying Process

The Pursuit Of Goals Drive Buyer Decisions

Market behavior, in its most simplistic form, is about buying and selling.  As simplistic as it may appear, market behaviors are filled with complex goal-directed behaviors, activities, and choices that ultimately drive buying and selling.  Thus, the imperative for marketers today becomes getting a handle on how buyers do three related things: How do buyers select goals? How do buyers pursue goals? How do buyers make decisions relative to goals? What the C-Suite and their teams are realizing today is the insights needed about buyers and their decisions are lying somewhere in the deep recesses of the buyer’s mind.  Directly…

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Goal-Directed Decision Making Drives B2B Buying And Selling

Business-to-Business thrives on the simple basic principle of buying and selling. With all the hoopla over the past few years regarding digital technologies and social media, it is easy to lose sight of this most basic principle, which has existed for centuries.  The impact of digital and social technologies on the nature of buying and selling, however, cannot be understated.  They have changed how businesses interact and engage in the acts of buying and selling. One constant, research in the social sciences have proven, is the acts of buying and selling are by and large goal-directed activities and behaviors.  These…

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The Importance Of Goal-Directed Behaviors To Buyer Personas

In nearly every walk of life, goals are a major influence on what we do, think, feel, and the actions we take on a daily basis. For example, we may decide to skip the fudge brownie desert in light of health goals we are pursuing. On a much larger scale, goals are at work influencing choices and high stake decisions such as investments in new technology or services. One of the largest influences on the conceptual development of personas has been the body of work and research on goals. More specifically, on what is referred to as goal-directed behaviors. A…

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Digital Buyer Personas: Why Prosumer and Produser Behaviors May Be The Most Important Yet To B2B Marketing

The digital economy continues to expand and reach into every corner of the globe. Digital technology advances have shrunken the world and made it possible for businesses to connect and collaborate on a scale like never before. These advances have altered buying behaviors drastically where conventional thinking about the B2B buyer can no longer be relied upon. Whereby continued outdated focus on the B2B buyer may put an organization at peril. Buying Behaviors Reshaped For some time now, we have had predictions of forthcoming changes in how people will adopt entirely new buying behaviors. Alvin Toffler, the famed futurist, who first…

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The New B2B Buyer And The Collaborative Economy

In the post-WW II decades through the 1990’s – and for many into the 2000’s, the business and world economy was focused on the mass “push-down” economic model. In simplistic terms, B2B was predicated on mass production and how many mass-produced products can be sold through marketing, sales, and distribution. Fortunes rose or fell based on whether B2B organizations were caught with inventory bloat or inability to meet demand. The post-WW II decade’s spawned market research, sales effectiveness, marketing communications, “push-down” hierarchal organization models, and more. All intended to “push-down” harder and faster than any other competitive organization. Fifteen years into the new…

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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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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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The CMO Modern Marketing Guide To Buyer Personas And Buyer Insights Research (Part 3)

Part 3: A Closer Look At Modern Marketing Challenges The transformation to a new digital economy has been rapid.  A force of acceleration hit B2B organizations beginning the first decade of the 21st century.  During the past few years, in particular, we have seen the pace of acceleration quicken.  Causing many B2B organizations to either be caught unaware or be slow in matching the pace of transformative changes occurring. A New Way of Thinking Needed For Modern Marketing Challenges The new digital economy is turning traditional marketing on its head.  Presenting new challenges to CMO’s.  For many CMO’s, adapting to…

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7 Big Questions For B2B Marketing Leaders in 2014

The New Year is underway.  The first quarter is nearing an end.  Some of the best-laid plans have already vaporized due to unexpected events.  While some plans are either tracking on-target – or – will be missed.  Each year, B2B business must meet the challenge of our time – keeping up with rapid new developments in digital technologies and changing buying behaviors. Along with this challenge each year, comes a new set of questions: 1. Should Content Marketing Be Our Number One Priority? According to nearly 2500 marketers surveyed by Adobe and eConsultancy, 36% believe so followed closely by social…

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