B2B Customer Ethnography

Why Marketing Leaders Should Embrace Story Listening Before Story Telling

“What I’ve seen is a leader doesn’t start with storytelling, they start with story listening.” –John Maeda, Design Partner, KPCB During the past two years, B2C as well as B2B marketing leaders have heard much about the concept of storytelling in marketing. With the number one challenge facing marketers today being one of connecting with […]

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How GE Uses Human Connection To Empower B2B Corporate Storytelling

“Behind every person, behind every company, behind everything, is a story of how it got there – and the most relevant stories connect on a personal level.” Beth Comstock, CMO of GE. The above comment is a reminder of no matter how complicated or complex a business and its products may be, there is a

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Global Marketing: The Business Of Choosing

Years ago, before cable TV, you were basically left with three choices on your TV dial. You could choose from the three major television networks on three different channels. And, if you had a good TV antenna, you just might be able to pick-up the PBS station in your local area. Today, we live in

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Listening And Empathy: Making Your Marketing More Human-Centered

One of the most pressing questions facing organizations today is this one: How do we connect with the outside world of customers and buyers today? It is not an easy question to answer. Recently, we have had several studies, including those by Forrester and the Content Marketing Institute, which suggests companies have been struggling to

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Humanize Your Brand With Buyer Personas

You cannot fake it. You should not even try. What am I talking about? We have plenty of efforts these days focused on humanizing in B2B Marketing.  Which I believe is most definitely a good thing.  However, we also have more savvy and knowledgeable customers and buyers in the digital age.   And, one thing I

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3 Phases Of Human-Centered Marketing That Make Your Customers H.U.M.

The concept of human-centered modern marketing begins with empathy for your customers and buyers.  It is rooted in the approach of understanding the goals and motivations of our customers and buyers.  Despite the ever-increasing influence of digital technology in our everyday lives, both business and personal, the need for human understanding in the context of

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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

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D.I.V.E. Deeper: Getting The Most Out Of Your Buyer Personas

To get the most out of anything worthwhile takes persistence, perseverance, hard work, intuitiveness, and grit.  It is advice we offer to our friends, family, and children.  Often in helpful conversations with marketing and sales leaders, I usually am posed the question of how to get the most out of buyer personas. A common theme

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How The C-Suite Can Discover Rich Buyer Insights Through Buyer Stories

CEO’s and their C-Suite teams are mired in quantitative data analysis.  Trying to make sense out of dollars and cents.  Uncertainty reigns on how to shape future company strategic direction.  Frustration exists with research consisting of surveys and data analytics only providing a snapshot of customer and market realities.  Recent customer profiling efforts only telling

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Why The Differences Between Buyer Profiling and Buyer Personas Matters

Many marketing and sales executives agree the need to understand buyers today is greater than ever.  Markets and industries in B2B are still trying to figure out the impact of changing buying behaviors.  There is heightened attention in customer acquisition – mainly because it has become a guessing game. What many executives are discovering is

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