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Anticipating The Next Normal With The Pandemic Persona

Back to normal. The new normal. We have seen these expressions quite a lot in the last few weeks.  We are in an unexpected era of uncertainty.  We are never ever going to go back to normal as we knew it.  Nor can we predict a new normal. Not with any certainty at least. What we can expect is that there will be a next normal.  We, as a nation, have experienced disruptive crises and overcame them.  For instance, after 9/11, our lives changed and new norms emerged. Where does this leave our understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic will…

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How Buyer Behavior Will Change Amid COVID-19

We are living in unprecedented times.  The COVID-19 pandemic has forever altered the global business economy.  There have been crises in the past where disruptive impact rippled through business commerce.   In the last 100 years, the Great Depression, War World II, 9/11, and the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis come to mind.  We now find ourselves in the midst of a crisis where the global economy, as we know it, or now correctly stated, as we knew it, was forced to flick the switch from on to off.  An order of magnitude disruption unlike any other in modern history. While governments and…

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The Buyer’s Journey Will Transform Into The Buyer’s Quest By 2020

Funnels, stages, paths, journeys, and more labels that suggest some form of a linear line of thinking has dominated marketing and sales for decades.  Whereby the notion of awareness, evaluation or consideration, and purchase decision is built-in to these views.  In reality, whatever labels have been applied, there are more similarities than differences. As forward-thinking marketing and sales leaders prepare for 2020 and continuous digital disruption, it is time to alter this line of thinking. In vogue the last few years is the idea that the buyer’s journey is the best way to view how buyer’s get to a decision. …

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6 Variables Making Buyer Insights Driven Sales Transformation Critical By 2020

For the past few decades, solution-based selling was the dominant theme in building sales organizations.  Solution-selling methodologies and training proved to be a big business.   B2B organizations reworked their sales organization and invested heavily to be more consultative with buyers. B2B entities are finding it hard to let go and prepare for sales transformation in the new digital era of commerce.  In the last few years, we have heard plenty about insights-based selling.  This should not be confused with the imperative to undergo insights-driven sales transformation.  Insight-selling places emphasis on sales reps delivering helpful insights to potential buyers.  Complementing existing…

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How Insights Into The B2B Lifecycle Can Prevent A Blind Spot In 2020

The speed at which changes in buying behaviors and decision-making are occurring is a challenge faced by B2B organizations.  With data and technology as drivers, the time at which insights can serve as relevant is shrinking also.  This phenomenon of speed in changing behaviors will cause a shift in thinking on the gathering of human-centric insights by the year 2020. When I first pioneered the concept of buyer insights research and developing buyer personas seventeen plus years ago, the “sales funnel” was something you could count on not changing that drastically over a few years.  As we have gone through…

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Are Companies Ignoring Their Best Source For Buyer Insights?

In the past few years, the data analytics revolution has continued unabated in the worlds of B2B and B2C.  The rise of data analytics is resulting in increased budgets and staff to account for the volume of data that can now be computed and accessed.  This growth in the volume of data has spawned numerous types of data analytics services provided for marketing and sales management to deal with the ever-increasing volume of data. Insular We Have Become While organizations may have decreed that the purpose for all this data crunching is for customer-centricity, something else may be happening unintentionally. …

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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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