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UNDERSTANDING BUYING BEHAVIOR IN THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

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How The Content Illusion Is Leading Marketing Astray In The Era Of Digital Transformation

In the past five years, the often-unquestioned hymnal has been that to succeed in today’s digital world, businesses must produce content.  Produce high-quality content, yes.  But, produce massive amounts of it to get in front of customers. According to various statistics on the Internet, we are living in a world where every minute over 200 million items of online content is produced.  Where nearly 1500 blog posts are posted every minute.  Whereby over 200 million email message are sent every minute.  The amount of content exploding online is staggering.  Leaving the content dilemma facing many organizations – how to stand…

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Beyond Buyer Profiling To Buyer Personification

Segmentation has been a staple of business marketing and sales for several decades.  The concept of breaking down a potential market or industry into smaller target segments is a standard technique taught in business schools and used by many organizations.  Beginning in the 1980’s and 1990’s, we began to see a shift to individualism.  The understanding of not only the segments and organizations that buys but also the individual that buys. We saw the influence of the Meyers-Briggs Testing philosophy extended into the business world.  Whereby sales organizations, in particular, went through training on how to adapt to the personalities of…

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Looking At The World Through The Eyes Of Your Buyers

One of my favorite visits as a young person was to the House Of Mirrors at the amusement park.  It fascinated me how the mirrors distorted the way we looked and how they reshaped our faces.  Having fun with facial and body gestures to make myself look even more different. Companies today, if not intent on understanding their buyers, can fall victim to their own House Of Mirrors.  Having a very distorted view of buyers than that of reality.  The buyer becoming a reshaped reflection of the way people internally view and think about customers. Corporate-Referential View Of Buyers Corporations…

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The Role Of Emotions And Goals In B2B Buying Decisions

For most of the past few decades, leading up to the advent of the Internet and digital technologies in the 21st century, there has been an accepted paradigm regarding B2B buying decisions.   This paradigm consisted of an unquestioned notion that B2B buying decisions were disciplined, rigorous, process-based, and rational.   In essence, a prevailing belief B2B buying decisions were exclusively very rational and based on comparative options. This is truly not the case – anymore. What we are learning over the past decade, in which the thousands of buyer interviews I have completed appears to confirm, is emotions are very much…

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Why CMOs Need To Embrace Goal-Directed Customer Engagement

One of the recurring themes over the past three years is the yin and yang of attempts to engage customers and buyers through digital and content marketing.  The statistics on surveys from Forrester, McKinsey, IBM, Sirius Decisions, and others have all been surprisingly constant. Reflecting the fact of sixty-five to seventy percent of content goes unread or is found irrelevant.  Yet, in other surveys, consistently, more than eighty-five percent of marketers proclaim implementing digital and content marketing, as well as, marketing automation. It does not take too much thinking or observation to see something is amiss here.  Organizations, including B2B,…

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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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Intervention: Buyer Personas Are Not A Product Requirements Document

Product centricity is still kicking dust up in the perfect storm of changing buyer behaviors and transforming digital technologies. The dust up so thick, most organizations believe they may be responding to this perfect storm, yet, everything they do does scream products. A good case in point is what organizations believe they need to do or are told what to do with developing buyer personas. Unfortunately, companies are being misguided on the intent and methodology behind buyer persona development. Where the end game is still about pushing the product onto a target buyer. Let me illustrate with a couple of…

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