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Future-Enabling Buyers Will Be Key In 2021 And Beyond

The new year is almost one-month-old.  In less than three weeks, the country has experienced a time like no other.  Where the degree of uncertainty about our future has intensified.  The chaos surrounding the vaccination rollouts and the political climate has altered the degree of hoped-for certainty.  Such a turn of events has an impact.  Particularly on B2B buyers today.  Here are three buyer insights on impacts buyers are experiencing B2B organizations should consider today: 1 – Choices and Decisions When uncertainty is introduced or intensified, as it is now, this stymies the ability of buyers to make choices and…

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B2B Buyer Content Fatigue Is A Very Real Thing And A Big Problem

The global COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the effect of fatigue on people from all walks of life.  We are feeling pandemic fatigue from vigilant following of guidelines.  Business professionals are burning out from Zoom meeting fatigue.  Our courageous frontline health care workers are nearing collapse from the fatigue of long intense hours.  Single mothers and families are faced with virtual school fatigue.  Fatigue, it seems, is everywhere.  A key buyer insight coming out of the pandemic is B2B buyers are experiencing content fatigue. Who as a group, are undergoing the greatest barrage of content since the digitization of content began. …

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Building Buyer Confidence More Important Due To COVID-19

In sports, confidence is often mentioned as one of the key ingredients to winning.  I saw this firsthand with my daughter and her competitive experience in gymnastics.  She attended the same gym as Amy Chow, the U.S. Olympic Gold and Silver Medal winner in the 1996 Olympics.  And a team member of the 2000 Olympics.  One Saturday, while waiting for my daughter, I watched Amy do a small portion of her routine on the balance beam.  Repetitively turning and jumping on the beam for an hour.  When she was done and walked by, I asked her about what she had…

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Will Pre-Pandemic Buyer Assumptions Prevent Recovery And Rebound In 2021?

Over time, we can build assumptions about how things work.  How things are supposed to be.  Or we cement assumptions about what people think. Or how we expect people to behave.  Oftentimes, we can create an over-reliance on past data and experiences to shape our assumptions about the present and the future.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations will need to ask these critical questions:  Are we relying on pre-pandemic assumptions about buyers to plan ahead?  Are we challenging and validating these assumptions?  Will the assumptions we have about our buyers prevent recovery and rebound in 2021? The year…

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Why B2B Organizations Fail To Turn Buyer Insights Into Growth Opportunities

We have all encountered times when we offer wisdom or counsel to a loved one or a friend – and they fall on deaf ears.  The stubborn teenager comes to mind.  As parents, no matter what advice we share does not seem to get through.  The same may occur with a friend during troubling times.  Where they ask for help but seem unwilling to accept it or see it. Sometimes, B2B organizations can act and behave in the same way.  Not even aware that they are. Since 2016, various surveys have shown that approximately 70% to 75% of CEOs in…

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The Intrepid Buyer

When I was a young boy, I was fascinated by the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition that began in May of 1804.  An exploration to chart and explore the Louisiana Purchase Territory at the behest of President Thomas Jefferson.  Lewis and Clark spent the fall and winter of 1803-1804 in preparation. Requisitioning supplies and recruiting 41 brave men for the expedition.   Gathering supplies such as compasses, camping tools, weapons, maps, and more.  Including items to trade with Native Americans such as beads, knives, and mirrors.  The expedition lasted until their return in the fall of 1806 to Washington…

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Changed Your Buyers. Do You Know How?

The surge.  The wave.  The apex.  The spike.  The spread. These terms and expressions have become part of the vernacular describing the COVID-19 pandemic.  A foreboding and ominous context.  Our country is entering the third significant reckoning of the pandemic.  More widespread than at any time.  Yet, it is a time to hang onto the hope of promising news on the development of high efficacy vaccines. In the midst of these wild swings from despair to hope, people’s lives are dramatically changing.  Family life, social life, business life, and work-life have all been affected. No area of everyday living has…

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How To Increase Your Value To Buyers And Create Unshakable Loyalty

“We are in this together.” Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have heard this refrain quoted quite often.  As we did with other moments of despair and tragedies.  We saw with 9/11, the financial crisis of 2008, and the numerous natural disasters of hurricanes and floods neighbors helping neighbors.  People from all walks of life getting to know each other for the first time.  Neighbor meeting neighbor for the first time.  To the point where we heard more of this: “I can’t imagine leaving my neighborhood now.  Not after all we’ve been through.   We’re all helping each other out.  It’s…

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Redefine Your Buyer Personas For A Winning Recovery In 2021

Some of our all-time favorite movies involve an actress or actor transforming into a character that made them entirely unrecognizable.  Through the use of make-up, prosthetics, and costumes, an actor and actress can perform as a historical or fantastical figure.  A most recent example is the 2019 movie, Judy.  Which was about the life of the late actress and singer Judy Garland.  Renee Zellweger portrayed Judy Garland and earned an Oscar from the Academy Awards for Best Actress.  The movie also was nominated for Best Costume and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.  Zellweger’s transformation to look, act, and sound like Judy…

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Buyer-Enabled Selling: The Next Progression In B2B Sales

Social progress has often been a marker defining history.  In the last one hundred years, there are many examples.  Women earning the right to vote.  The civil rights movement of the 1960s.  Legalization of same-sex marriage. These are just a few of many.  Each with a narrative arc progressing from resistance to eventual acceptance.    In modern B2B sales, we are witnessing the story arc of selling progressing from seller-directed to buyer-directed.  The bending of the arc towards the buyer accelerating during the past two decades.  And, now, especially so as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is felt globally.…

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