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UNDERSTANDING BUYING BEHAVIOR IN THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

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3 Forces Shaping The Future Of B2B Marketing

Many executives, particularly Chief Marketing Officers, are in constant pursuit of understanding changing buyer behaviors and markets.  Which, for the most part, remains an elusive and challenging endeavor.  In the past ten plus years, we have seen a tumultuous upheaval in both the world of buyers and how marketing is adapting. As business leaders and marketing leaders look ahead to the future, the ever-expanding global digital economy will undoubtedly cause further disruption.  Charting a course for future growth becoming increasingly difficult.  Despite the advent of an overflowing introduction of new marketing approaches, acronyms, and concepts in the past decade, the…

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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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Confusing Customer Segmentation, Buyer Profiling, and Buyer Personas Harms Marketing

In the 15 years since originating the concept of buyer personas in 2001, there has been one issue that continues to plague fully understanding exactly where, how, and why buyer personas can be beneficial.  Compounding the issue today is the prevalent use of the term buyer persona to describe customer segmentation and buyer profiling efforts.   The issue I am referring to is the confusion that can surround distinguishing between customer segmentation, buyer profiling, and buyer personas today. If you are a CMO or a marketer and you find yourself having a sudden realization that perhaps you are not quite sure…

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Are Your Buyer Personas Data Overkill?

As the concept of buyer personas has crept into the conscious of both B2C and B2B Marketing, so has misguided representations of buyer personas become prevalent.  With many touted frameworks and processes being representative of buyer personas in name only.  These misrepresentations have also led to a tendency to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, into crafting buyer personas. For example, an organization I helped recently had previously utilized a framework, labeled buyer persona in name only, which consisted of a matrix of 15 plus categories.  Why do I say labeled in name only?  This approach of having 15 plus…

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5 Ways B2B CMOs Can improve Audience Development With Buyer Persona Research

The term, audience development, has become more ubiquitous in the world of marketing.  A recognition of the growing importance of digital content marketing to overall marketing strategies today.  For B2C CMOs, the concept of developing audiences and communities has been an essential core principle for some time. For B2B CMOs, the idea of audience development and engagement can be perplexing.  Fraught with confusion surrounding questions such as: exactly what constitutes an audience and is there really a difference between buyers and audiences?   Questions I often receive when working with CMOs specific to B2B. Investing in audience development remains a key…

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Overcoming The Content Personalization Challenge With Buyer Persona Research

It is clear that one of the top challenges facing marketing, especially B2B marketing, is the ability to connect with potential buyers on a personal level.  Recent surveys of marketing professionals by Rapt Media, Forrester, Seismic, SAP, IBM, and others all indicate that content personalization remains the biggest challenge for marketers this year and for the foreseeable future. The percentages of marketers indicating this as their top challenge are not measly either.  For example, in a survey of 500 marketing professionals by Rapt Media, over 80% stated content personalization as their biggest challenge.  This coincides with previous studies and surveys…

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