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Rethinking Market Strategy In A Digital Economy

The primary course of conversation in the past few years for CMO’s and their marketing teams has centered around customer centricity, customer experience, and content marketing.  For good reasons too.  Customer behaviors have significantly shifted in the last decade impacting conventional thinking on the role of marketing and sales and their abilities to connect with customers. We have also seen organizations struggle with how best to adapt to new market dynamics related to customer behaviors and the role of content in reaching customers. What CMO’s need to be on guard for is falling prey to a myopic view of customers…

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Gaining The Attention Of Buyers In A Hyper-Connected World

As we have all experienced, our hyper-connected world is becoming more chaotic with more mediums vying for our attention.  Advanced digital technologies have meant more channels to hear, see, and search for information.   For many consumers as well as business buyers, the overwhelming availability of choices can create anxiety-laden confusion.   Causing a seemingly straightforward effort to turn into an exercise fraught with indecision. When we strip away the layers and boil down to the kernel, what most businesses are vying for is the attention of buyers.  Attention is, nowadays, a very precious jewel organizations strive to possess.  Gaining the attention…

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7 Big Questions For B2B Marketing Leaders in 2015

Another year and more questions facing B2B Marketing Leaders. We are faced with a rapidly changing digital economy and evolving buyer behaviors. Challenging the best plans and intentions drawn up for 2015.  Each year begets a new set of questions, which confront B2B organizations and B2B Marketing Leaders. Let us take a look at 7 very pressing questions: Do we really know our buyers and customers? A few decades ago, the famed management guru Peter Drucker stated one of the most important question a business has to answer is: Who is our customer? For CMO’s and marketing leaders, this remains…

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5 Reasons For Poor Buyer Personas Steering Marketing In The Wrong Direction

This July marks the 13th year since the first drafting of the concept and methodology of buyer persona development.  Notably, in the last three years, we have seen an increase in awareness of buyer personas.  Coinciding with the rise in content marketing, marketers seek to use buyer personas to help guide content strategies and tactics.  With this rise in awareness also come pitfalls in having buyer personas steer marketing efforts in the wrong direction. I raise this point due to the proliferation of content on buyer personas over the past few years.  Some helpful but the majority, in my opinion,…

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5 Ways GE Put Human Experience At The Center Of B2B Marketing

Over the course of the past few decades, B2B marketing has been perfecting the art of showcasing products or services.  In the pre-Internet days, the focus was on the shiniest and brightest glossy brochure to make products or services look unbeatable.  B2B companies resorted to showrooms and customer demonstration facilities.  All in the hopes of making their products or services stand out from the pack.  This is still happening today in the digital age. Many of today’s B2B organizations still lead with the proverbial – “we are the leading provider of blah blah technology which enables companies to improve effectiveness…

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Modern Marketing Is About Human Connection – Not Robots

This year, more than any in a long time, I am hearing a strong backlash to the volumes of emails and content buyers are receiving.  In the past eight months, after conducting numerous buyer interviews, this pattern has become so evident; it is as if buyers are screaming at the top of their lungs.    In my opinion, there is a cause and effect dynamic taking place in B2B marketing.  It goes something like this: The hard adjustment to the new digital economy is putting pressure on B2B companies to grow.  Many are jumping on the content marketing bandwagon.  This pressure…

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4 Ways To Make Complex Marketing Human-Centered

As more and more businesses undergo digital transformation, we see more investments pouring into digital technologies.  The aim is to be omnipresent and somehow, someway – get a corner of mindshare with buyers.  What organizations risk is this – the more they automate, the more they become less humanized with their customers. It is a scary thing.  Customers and buyers can amount to nothing more than accounts and fields on a screen.  Recently, I read an article where a customer was referred to as “it”.  You cannot get any less human than this! High Stakes Still Exists In The Digital…

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Facts vs. Insights: How To Know You Have Truly Profound Customer Insights

The edge.  When you have it, it is powerful.  It is what many B2B organizations are seeking today.  What is sought is an edge over competitors, which translates into more wins.  How to get the edge is what perplexes many marketing and sales leaders today in B2B organizations. Gaining an edge usually involves uncovering a level of customer insights, which are so profound; it endears you to customers like no other competitor can.  The question many ask when helping marketing leaders recently is – how do we know we truly have profound insights? The Difference From Facts Matters Where many…

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CMO 2014: Achieve CMO and CEO Alignment With Powerful Insights

2013 may turn out to be a watershed year.  According to PWC’s (Price, Waterhouse Cooper) annual survey of CEO’s, nearly 65% view building a customer-focused organization as one of their top priorities.  Along with this top priority comes a willingness to invest time and money into developing customer intimacy and expanding their customer bases.   What this means for CMO’s is the gaze of the CEO’s on the customer health of the business will be stronger than ever. Moving Beyond Lip Service For years, we have heard CEO’s in roundtables, presentations, interviews, and conferences espouse the need to get closer to…

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CMO 2014: Awakening To Buyer Foresight

Achieving competitive superiority is one of the overarching goals for B2B business organizations.  Doing so is no easy endeavor.  It involves keeping one step ahead of competitors as well as building strong customer loyalty.  Many factors contribute to achieving this goal.  One important factor is the ability to predict and to see the road ahead. A Learning Curve Marketing is increasingly shifting focus to making use of data and insights to help their organizations become more predictive.  Adapting analytics as well as insight-based analysis to make better-informed decisions about marketing strategies.  The past two years is proving to be a…

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