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UNDERSTANDING BUYING BEHAVIOR IN THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

Demand Generation

Are You Marketing To A Buyer Persona Only? Why A New B2B Persona Paradigm Is Needed.

I came across a word recently, which made me pause and think.  It is a word many of us have heard.  Perhaps we have not heard or seen this word in this form but in one form or another.  The meaning of this word, in many ways, appears to be describing an impact of the digital age for B2B as well as B2C businesses. This word is: Intersectional This is the adjective for the word intersection.  We tend to know this word in terms of streets and roads, which intersect.  The rise in digital technologies is changing buying and usage…

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5 Steps To Goal-Directed Content Marketing

Are the goals you think of, consciously and non-consciously, the same as they were five years ago?  Ten years ago?  The chances are, they have changed.  For some, changes may be subtle while for others goals have changed substantially. Significant shifts in buyer behavior as a result of evolving digital technology are causing both buyers and sellers to revaluate their goals.  Some goals are explicit and conscious.  Others are personal in nature and live in the non-conscious.  One thing we can count on is buyer goals are changing.  Another thing we can count on is if information from sellers is…

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Are You Prepared For B2B User Demand Generation?

Frustrated personnel.  Frustrated at not being able to do a better job.  Frustrated at not being able to help customers.  Frustrated at learning there are better ways but no plan in place to improve.  Feeling helpless to do anything about their frustrations.  Which is, until now. The enabling wave of digital technology and the democratization of information is being felt among the end-user communities within organizations today.  Awakening a voice of influence long silent and constrained by traditional hierarchies in place since the 1950’s.  As B2B organizations become more global, flatter, and collaborative – the voice of the user will…

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Why Are 76% of Content Marketers Forgetting Sales Enablement?

24%.  That is it.  At the recent Hubspot Inbound Conference in August, this percentage was mentioned.   It represents the percentage, from Hubspot’s recent State of inbound Marketing report, of marketers surveyed who do have agreements with sales on defining lead responsibilities.  Very surprising and no wonder there have been increasing indications of content marketing ineffectiveness. Half The Story Statistics being statistics let us presume further validation would still be close with a plus or minus 5-percentage spread.  It means it is quite possible nearly three-fourths of marketers are not in alignment with sales on an important issue.  A read into…

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Lead Optimization Study: The Right Prospect, The Right Message, At The Right Time

Generating leads is a big deal.   Acquiring new accounts and customers an even bigger deal.  Getting both of these right is a very good deal.  Getting them wrong – well – can be a very bad deal. Recently, I reviewed the interesting findings from the CSO Insights Lead Optimization Study.  The study’s primary focus was to see how marketing is attempting to generate more demand and how well it supports the efforts of sales to generate revenue.  Over 600 firms participated in a web-based survey.  If I were to pick one word to sum it up, I would pick: struggle. The…

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Improve Effectiveness: A Content Strategy Model Aligned to Buyer Personas and the Persona Buying Cycle

Do you know what your buyers think about?  How they explore options?  What conversations are important for them to have with sales?  What type of information needs they have? For both marketing and sales, getting answers to these questions is becoming critical just to get in the game.  While these types of questions have existed throughout the last several decades, they take on new dimensions in the digital age.  To answer them requires new perspectives and new skills.  Today’s buyers are also changing their own means of getting answers to their questions. Guiding Principles For Chief Marketing Officers, an important charter…

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5 Actions Chief Marketing Officers and Chief Sales Officers Can Take to Bridge the Big Insight Gap

On the minds of most executive leaders for B2B organizations is two pressing objectives.  They involve two additions – increasing customer acquisition and increasing customer retention. From a customer lifecycle and buying cycle perspective, it means getting more in the front end and less leaking out the back end.  At the most basic level, it is fundamental to achieving growth and profitability. For CMO’s and CSO’s – there is a lot riding on both. Answering Big Questions B2B organizations are struggling with big questions.  They are not new.  They have existed since the dawn of business.  The struggle today has…

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Do You Know What Your Buyers Value When Making A Purchase Decision?

The importance of knowing what buyers value is unmistakable.  Yet, trying to understand what they are can be fuzzy.  Buyers are not always clear in articulating, which makes our ability to understand challenging. Understanding buyer value drivers is important to developing a compelling value proposition.  You need to balance both sides of the coin to meet the goals and needs of your target buyers. Influence Begets Complexity Our traditional view of value drivers, through the term we know as buying criteria, has become inadequate in the new digital age.  It is a one-dimensional view, which can be un-insightful.  Buyers today…

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How Buyers Decide When They Don’t Care About Your Competitive Advantage

In today’s emerging digital age, understanding buying behaviors is becoming job one for many B2B organizations.  Faced with relentless new demands from customers and buyers, B2B leaders must map out a course of transformation.  This transformation involves being relevant in today’s complex marketplaces by an equally relentless focus on customers and buyers. End of Sustainable Competitive Advantages One of the byproducts of the emerging new digital age is the equalizing of competition.  One of our brightest thinkers of today is Columbia Business School professor Rita Gunther McGrath.  In her just-released book, The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your…

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Latest Report: Why B2B Content Marketing is Failing B2B Buyers

The report is staggering.  After spending millions of dollars on content marketing, B2B marketing appears to have taken a few steps backward. The report I refer to is the 11-page report, produced by the CMO Council and Netline, entitled: Better Lead Yield in the Content Marketing Field.  While this report focused on new content ROI, it proves to be revealing in several ways.    As I read it, this report indicates a dismal failure for B2B Marketing thus far. My basis for this assessment is by looking at the report from the buyer’s viewpoint.  Not the seller’s viewpoint. Therein lies the core…

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