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UNDERSTANDING BUYING BEHAVIOR IN THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

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State Of Buyer Personas 2016: Strong Correlation Between Effectiveness And Goals

In 2016, we will mark the fifteenth year since buyer personas were first introduced.  The journey, however, continues towards professionals and organizations gaining a true understanding of what buyer persona development entails. What is clear is buyer personas are now entering the mainstream of dialogue when it comes to overall customer understanding.  Incorporating Survey Data I wish to thank the (124) respondents of the State of Buyer Personas 2016 Survey for taking the time to complete the survey.  While there may have been redundancy in previous surveys, this particular survey is devoted to understanding the best practices associated with buyer…

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Study Confirms Importance Of Qualitative Research To Success With Buyer Personas

A recent survey conducted by Cintell*, entitled 2016 Benchmark Study On Understanding B2B Buyers, indicates that high performing organizations utilized qualitative research for their buyer personas.  The study focused entirely on the use of buyer personas for understanding B2B buyers. Findings also found that 70% of companies who missed their revenue goals did not conduct qualitative research for their personas.  While 82% of those who exceeded their revenue goals conducted qualitative research.  These facts from the 137 respondents, from a variety of roles primarily in marketing, shows a strong correlation between the use of qualitative research and the effectiveness of…

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The Missing Link Between Business, Marketing, And Customer Strategy: Buyer Personas

One significant change in the past few years is the top of mind presence of the customer on the part of CEOs. The mandate of “getting closer to the customer” has never been stronger. Various surveys point to CEOs linking business growth to increasing customer engagement efforts, growing their customer base, and improving customer retention. With existing customers and prospective buyers metamorphosing into more digitally inclined buyers, organizations are faced with uncertainty about who represents their buyers. Causing CEOs and the C-Suite to ponder how they should align their overall business strategies with customer strategies.   Linking business growth strategies to…

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7 B2B Buying Behavior Trends To Watch In 2014

Like a runaway train, B2B buyers continue to evolve and reshape their buying behaviors.  Adapting to new channels as well as technologies to solve critical problems, reach goals, and accomplish more.   My conversations with B2B marketing and sales leaders indicating it will be tougher for B2B Marketing and Sales to keep pace in both customer acquisition and retention. After conducting a substantial amount of qualitative research-based buyer interviews in 2013 in several vertical markets, on behalf of B2B organizations, there are trends I see beginning to take root.   Trends which suggest buyers are more inclusive, collaborative, and discerning than…

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Buyers As Usual Is Over

CEO’s and their respective teams are feeling the pinch.  Customer acquisition is a top priority.  Lead generation is a priority.  Effectiveness is a priority.  Survey after survey in the last year or two points to the need to not only sustain but also grow.  Clarity on how is the apparent missing link. Short-Term Many organizations in B2B are driven by the need to meet pressure-cooker short-term objectives.  Meetings after meetings throughout are dominated by discussions about quarterly objectives.  This is causing an inordinate amount of focus on the internal.  Usually, most work efforts are centered on what can get done…

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Do Your Buyer Personas Look Like They Are From 1980?

It is downright scary.  Pressure is building to come out of the recession and light a fire undergrowth.  Marketers and sellers are responding impulsively.  How?  Slipping back into a time warp of the ‘80’s.  A world filled with focus on product centers, product marketing, selling features and benefits, and the buyer was a target – which bought, not engaged. Times Have Changed We know market dynamics, buying behavior, and technology has changed.  Marketers and sellers are in the throes of a buyer revolution.  It is not going to end soon.  The pace of change will accelerate.  It is going in…

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4 Buyer-Focused Strategies B2B Businesses Must Get Right For 2014

The process of planning and budgeting has begun or is about to begin for many senior leaders returning to post-summer planning mode.   Usually, the fixation is on the budget.  An exercise some welcome.  While others loathe. While the quantitative budget process is of importance, so may be getting the organization right about their buyers.  By right, I refer to getting to know them and help them.  Organizations can continue to operate in a vacuum.  Sometimes, losing their focus on their customers and buyers.  Internal issues and the daily operations dominate each day.  Customers and buyers become out of focus. The…

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The Buyer Revolution: 4 Steps To Evolve Or Be Toppled

The rapid changes in technologies and business models continue at breakneck speeds.  Shifting the landscape of buyer behavior along the way.  Fermenting the once dormant ability of buyers to redefine the seller-buyer relationship .  Creating a buyer revolution marching on unabated. B2B business, marketing, and sales leaders are faced with rethinking long-held strategies and redefining tactics.  Confronted with a new reality, which bears little resemblance to just a few short years ago.  One thing has become clear in the buyer uprising B2B businesses face today – they must evolve or they will be toppled. Meeting Demands The buyer revolution is…

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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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The Gap. Can You Fill It? 3 Ways You Can.

How the world has changed.  Yet, how things remain the same.  One thing remaining the same is the gap.  And, how the gap is filled. What Is The Gap? Customers and buyers, no matter the market or industry, are in constant motion to fill the gap.  You see, they have a gap between what is currently happening and what they desire to happen.  This happens on many levels.  For consumers, the gap can be quite urgent.  If your car broke down on a deserted highway, you will have an urgent need to fill the gap.  A car engine running will…

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