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How GE Uses Human Connection To Empower B2B Corporate Storytelling

“Behind every person, behind every company, behind everything, is a story of how it got there – and the most relevant stories connect on a personal level.” Beth Comstock, CMO of GE. The above comment is a reminder of no matter how complicated or complex a business and its products may be, there is a human story to be told. Offering us the ability to connect on a personal and human level.   GE probably represents one of the most diverse organizations in the world with a portfolio of businesses and products, which can be characterized as complicated, complex, high-tech engineering,…

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The Importance of Understanding Context Before Jumping To Solutions

We cannot wait to offer solutions. We have the thirty-second elevator pitch, content marketing, presentations, lead generation, demand generation, sales training, and sales enablement. All designed to be proficient at offering solutions. Some companies can reach a fervent pitch with their marketing and sales in seeking to tell people or companies they have the solution. Sometimes we rush to provide a solution while at other times, we work on an effort with a potential customer crafting a solution over many months. What we can be convinced of is belief we have the right solution. Just what if? What if the…

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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, and…

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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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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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4 Ways To Make Complex Marketing Human-Centered

As more and more businesses undergo digital transformation, we see more investments pouring into digital technologies.  The aim is to be omnipresent and somehow, someway – get a corner of mindshare with buyers.  What organizations risk is this – the more they automate, the more they become less humanized with their customers. It is a scary thing.  Customers and buyers can amount to nothing more than accounts and fields on a screen.  Recently, I read an article where a customer was referred to as “it”.  You cannot get any less human than this! High Stakes Still Exists In The Digital…

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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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Understanding Who Your Buyers Are Is Not Enough

“We need to know who our buyers are.” I hear this often today.  From Chief Executive Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, Chief Operating Officers, and Chief Sales Officers, the confounding question of – Who are our buyers? –  is asked repeatedly.  Even in mature established B2B businesses, this question is often asked.  In fact, more mature B2B organizations run the risk of realizing too late they have moved distantly away from their buyers.  Like the frog that realizes much too late the water has reached boiling temperature. Guess Who As I have helped many B2B organizations in the past 15 years…

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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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