Buyer Personas

5 Actions Chief Marketing Officers and Chief Sales Officers Can Take to Bridge the Big Insight Gap

On the minds of most executive leaders for B2B organizations is two pressing objectives.  They involve two additions – increasing customer acquisition and increasing customer retention. From a customer lifecycle and buying cycle perspective, it means getting more in the front end and less leaking out the back end.  At the most basic level, it …

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Who Should We Interview When Developing Buyer Personas? (Find Out Who Matters)

When it comes to buyer persona development, recruiting and interviewing the right people matters.  I get this question frequently.  It may sound like an easy question to solve.  It is not and has a way of raising more questions. Avoid the Easy Route Typically, I have heard the response of getting started by going to …

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3 Steps B2B Chief Marketing Officers Need To Take To Survive The B2B Buyer Revolution

The CMO’s of today are facing the challenge of surviving in a new world.  This new digital age has marketing in the throes of a buyer revolution.  Like any revolution, organizations, and institutions are going to topple. I was recently asked what I believed was the next “hot thing” in marketing.  I have been thinking …

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5 Obstacles to B2B Market Research and Actionable Customer Insights

The idea of market research has been around for a very long time.  Conceptually, market research is a strong component of overall business strategy.  A key element of market research is the gathering of valuable buyer and customer insights.  Ideally these insights will result in competitive advantage, innovation, and market leadership. Sounds good.  Except there …

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Is Your Organization Listening To Your Buyers? (How It Can Using 4 Stages of the Buyer Insight Maturity Model)

We hear it all the time.  The mantra of being customer and buyer focused.  Every year it shows up in one document or another.  It is widely announced at the beginning of each year.  The national meetings and celebrations fire up the troops.  Then, like a slow warping LP record in the hot sun, it begins …

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How Many Buyer Personas Do I Need? (The Answer You Need To Know)

I get asked this question – a lot. I read many incorrect answers – a lot. The right answer matters – a lot. Confusion Reigns This is one of the most asked questions I have encountered since creating the buyer persona concept a dozen years ago.  What concerns me today with the rising interest in …

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Do You Know What Your Buyers Value When Making A Purchase Decision?

The importance of knowing what buyers value is unmistakable.  Yet, trying to understand what they are can be fuzzy.  Buyers are not always clear in articulating, which makes our ability to understand challenging. Understanding buyer value drivers is important to developing a compelling value proposition.  You need to balance both sides of the coin to …

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How to Find the Critical Buying Path of Your B2B Buyer (Using the Buyer Decision Model)

Lately, attempts to visually show buying processes or buyer journeys have come in all shapes and sizes.  They have ranged from the traditional funnel to circles, galaxies, maps, rings, and whatever Lego type shapes can be mustered.  Names for the different phases and stages seem to be – well – all over the map.  I …

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How Buyers Decide When They Don’t Care About Your Competitive Advantage

In today’s emerging digital age, understanding buying behaviors is becoming job one for many B2B organizations.  Faced with relentless new demands from customers and buyers, B2B leaders must map out a course of transformation.  This transformation involves being relevant in today’s complex marketplaces by an equally relentless focus on customers and buyers. End of Sustainable …

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Latest Report: Why B2B Content Marketing is Failing B2B Buyers

The report is staggering.  After spending millions of dollars on content marketing, B2B marketing appears to have taken a few steps backward. The report I refer to is the 11-page report, produced by the CMO Council and Netline, entitled: Better Lead Yield in the Content Marketing Field.  While this report focused on new content ROI, it …

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