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Mapping Buying Experiences: Creating Growth Through Aligning With Buyer Goals

Tony Zambito

Engaging new buyers and repeat customers are the lifeline to achieving growth. Causing many to rethink long-standing practices on customer acquisition and customer retention. In order to learn how to create distinctive buying experiences, businesses are embracing new means and approaches. Towing a company line of “our customers have always done it this way” mentality.

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Confusing Customer Segmentation, Buyer Profiling, and Buyer Personas Harms Marketing

Tony Zambito

Compounding the issue today is the prevalent use of the term buyer persona to describe customer segmentation and buyer profiling efforts.   The issue I am referring to is the confusion that can surround distinguishing between customer segmentation, buyer profiling, and buyer personas today. Customer Segmentation. Buying criteria and risk factors. Buying team structures.

14 Megatrends In Buying

Buyer Insights

You don’t need to be taken by surprise – that is because it is relatively easy to predict changes in how your customers buy. Selling To Procurement The Buying Revolution Buying Revolution Mega Trends in BuyingThe Rising Tide of Procurement Sophistication The tide is rising in terms of the overall level of procurement sophistication. 

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7 Elements Of Customer Understanding The C-Suite Must Master

Tony Zambito

Changes in customer and buying behaviors continue to rock the very foundations of many industries. According to recent surveys by PWC, Forrester, IBM , and McKinsey, disruptive trends in customer and buying behaviors are expected to continue over the next five years. What remains cloudy for CEOs and their C-Suites is what comprises deep customer understanding.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. And they expect an optimized customer experience from end to end.

3 Ways To Gain Executive Buy In

ANNUITAS

So, how can you share ideas and influence change within your organization and gain the often elusive executive buy in? Understanding the value and keys to of obtaining executive buy in is timely as event season is just about to kick-off. You see and experience when the market, customer or partnership are ready for change through direct contact and intelligence gathering.

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Informed Customer Understanding Should Guide Marketing

Tony Zambito

While others portray that if you just do these few things, then there will be a proverbial pot of gold, at the end of the year filled with overflowing coins of new leads and customers. One thing that is clear is the dynamics of markets, customers, and sellers continue to unfold in new ways.  by Anton Scherbik. If it were only that simple…. What Should Guide Marketing? Choosing Wisely.

Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?

Tony Zambito

For example, in one organization I helped recently, they perceived there were 7 stages for a generalized buyer’s journey of their target customers.  Increasing Content Engagement Through Customer Understanding. There are 3 measures an organization can take to transform their content and customer engagement.  by Juan Pablo Bravo. Sometimes more is truly less.  Main Culprit.

Use Buyer Persona Research To Improve B2B Customer Experience

Tony Zambito

Customer experience has been and will continue to be one of the major influences on how buyers make choices.  Recent research by SiriusDecisions found that for 80% of B2B buyers surveyed, customer experience counted as the top significant reason why they chose to work with a specific provider over another.  State Of B2B Customer Experience Is Unhealthy. by Creative Stall.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. And they expect an optimized customer experience from end to end.

New Report: Improve The B2B Buying Process With Social Proof Marketing

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In fact, the 2015 B2B Buyer’s Survey Report (sponsored by DemandBase and Demand Gen Report), found the top three resources that buyers rely on when researching potential vendors were: In addition, access to all of this information is making the buying cycle longer. Successful customers will be happy to write you glowing reviews, so make sure your education efforts are up to par. 3.

So You Think You Know The Customer’s Buying Process?

Buyer Insights

However, in winning the sale it is important to look beyond the buying decision to see the customer's broader business and procurement goals. Buying Process Featured Buying Decision Buying Research Procure To Pay Cycle Procurement Process Sales ProcessSellers are naturally focused on the purchase order.

Are Your Buyer Personas Data Overkill?

Tony Zambito

Enabling analytics and reports on profiling attributes and activities of buyers and customers as gleaned from a database. When it comes to data on buyers and customers, the old saying “too much of a good thing” comes to mind.  Unknowingly, organizations can be afflicted by data creep and process creep as they enter a new era of collecting data on customers.  Data Overload.

Programmatic Ad Buying: What Does It Mean for B2B Marketers?

The Point

You could make the case, as I will, that of all the new technologies to enter the marketing technology landscape of late, the two with the potential to have the biggest short-term impact for B2B marketers are Predictive Analytics and Programmatic Ad Buying. What do people mean by “programmatic ad buying”? (AF) Simply put, programmatic ad buying is the automation of media buying and selling.

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Buying Triggers and Why They Matter

ANNUITAS

As consumers, if we are not in an active buying cycle, we are in a passive buying cycle. Like it or not, in the course of our daily lives we are exposed to and consume so much information and content that buying something or acquiring something including experiences, goods, food or resources is always on our mind. Understanding the triggers –. External or internal triggers-.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. And they expect an optimized customer experience from end to end.

B2B Email Lists Buy Guide

Lead411

Are you looking to buy a b2b email list for sales & marketing, but want to make sure you receive high quality data? Best Practices for Buying Email Lists. Our customers don’t have time to waste on bad data and they want access to Unlimited Email Lists. When I first founded Lead411 I could count on my hand which companies sold b2b email lists. Which is scary! ZoomInfo.

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9 New Ways To Nudge Your Customer To Buy

Buyer Insights

Buyer Psychology Featured Buying Process Nudge Nurturing risk Short Term Benefits Social Comparison Solution Selling Using Psychology To Sell More information is simply not enough to get the buyer to across the line - we all know that. If it was then we would write longer proposals and provide more detailed product sheets.

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How Customers Decide to Buy: Debunking Common Marketing Myths - Part 1 of 4

Cloud Potential

Customer's Buying Process How Customers Buyread more.

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Don’t Just Sell: How To Make Customers Buy

B2B Marketing Insider

Almost all businesses today say they want to focus on customers’ needs and delight them with great offerings in order to make them buy. However, only a handful of businesses in each industry successfully manage to make customers buy their products. The post Don’t Just Sell: How To Make Customers Buy appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

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The Business Case for Buying Facebook Likes

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The business case for buying Likes. But I’m wondering if it is irresponsible and out of step with reality to keep a customer from buying Likes to match a competitor that is already doing it.  If I only built an organic following for this customer, it will put them at a competitive disadvantage … and at the end of the day somebody coming across their page won’t care any way.

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4 Ways The B2B Buying Process Has Changed in 2015

Crimson Marketing

Improving and creating effective marketing strategy means marketers need to thoroughly understand the B2B buying process and how it is evolving. Let’s explore the four key ways B2B buying is changing: 1. The Buying Process Is Growing More Complex. B2B buyers…find their buying decisions influenced by information from hundreds of different sources. As

IgnitionOne Buys Knotice, Prompting Many Deep Thoughts

Customer Experience Matrix

Both vendors are listed in Raab Associates’ Guide to Customer Data Platforms in the “audience management” category. But the extract below from the CDP Guide also shows how they complement each other: Knotice does “fuzzy” matching of names and addresses and sends email, while IgnitionOne buys online media and selects best customer treatments.

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Quit Obsessing About the Customer Journey

The Point

These days it seems to me that you can’t read a marketing blog, attend a marketing conference, listen to a marketing podcast, without hearing someone drone on about the customer journey. Suddenly, we are led to believe, the customer journey is all that matters. Lead nurturing , for example, must now coddle the buyer through every step of his/her journey to customer nirvana.

Why We Need to Shut Up and Let Our Customers Buy Something

B2B Marketing Unplugged

We’ve all had that business of how much more it costs to acquire a customer than to retain one and, since June of 2012, we’ve been dealing with the apparent end of solution selling. That’s okay too because the buying and selling processes are asynchronous, right up to the point where the deal is finally done. Goodness. Just like that? Where do you think it went? .

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The Emerging Importance Of B2B Ethnography To Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

Better, deeper, insightful, and well-rounded understanding of customers and buyers is on the top of the list for many CEOs and CMOs today. This is still a narrow buying process perspective designed to view the buy/sales cycle to a  “win” as opposed to a “loss”. Content, which suggests finding out basic demographics, pain points, personalities, and buying criteria.

Winning Executive Buy-In for Martech Investments

Captora

Marketers occupy more and more real estate in the customer lifecycle every year. They’re responsible for prospecting, nurturing leads, supporting sales development, winning loyalty after the sale, and turning loyal customers into advocates. This cycle of advocacy and accountability will help you get leadership on your side and create faster consensus for future buying decisions.

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Turn B2B Buying Into a Social Experience

Tony Zambito

  In others, there has been a mix of complex buying and selling cycles put into play to ultimately reach a purchase transaction.    The key lies in how well you and your organization are responding to the most transformative changes in B2B buying we’ve seen in several decades at least. funny thing is also happening along the way to this transformation in B2B Buying

It’s All About the (Challenger) Customer

ANNUITAS

We were invited in to be part of a roundtable discussion on the trends we are seeing in the industry and also discuss the forthcoming book from CEB, The Challenger Customer. The dialogue during the event was incredibly rich, as are the contents of the book that explores the concept that the buyers are driving today’s buying cycles and that these cycles are being driven by buying committees.

5 Ways B2B CMOs Can improve Audience Development With Buyer Persona Research

Tony Zambito

Often, buyer persona interviewing advice is skewed towards using a win-loss approach focused on the buying process.  Such approaches reveal very little about the true goals driving and influencing behaviors related to how and why buying decisions are made, as well as, how content plays a role in such decisions. Focus on Customer Scenarios. by Gregor Črešnar. Let us face it. 

How Do We Find People Who Are Ready to Buy Our Product?

The Point

A prospective client asks: “What are the best demand generation strategies for finding people who are ready to buy our product?”. Conversely, if you offer an analyst report that compares different solutions, or an ROI calculator, or a free trial, you’re much more likely to attract and engage with prospects who are further along in their buying process. No it doesn’t.

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Marketers Are Struggling to Keep Up Customer Expectations: Here's Proof

Customer Experience Matrix

How pitiful is this: My wife left me alone all last weekend and the most mischief I could get into was looking for research about cross-channel customer views. Let's start with a truth universally acknowledged – that customers have rising expectations for personalized treatment. So, yes, customer expectations are rising and failing to meet them has a price.

3 Ways CMOs Can Achieve Deeper Insights Into The Customer Journey

Tony Zambito

As CMOs look ahead, gaining greater clarity into how buying behaviors are changing is becoming one of their most important aims. Never more pressing as digital channels expand and become more immersed in the conduct of commerce.  At the same time, the ability of marketing to influence and support the entire customer lifecycle continues to expand. Such pressing concerns have CMOs seeking better ways to understand the entire buying cycle, as opposed to marketing’s traditional concern with building awareness. The stages termed as Discover, Learn, Try, Buy, Use, and Advocacy.

Oracle Buys BlueKai and Puts Marketing Databases In the Spotlight

Customer Experience Matrix

Oracle announced this morning that it is buying BlueKai , a leading Data Management Platform (DMP) technology vendor and operator of one of the largest data marketplaces. What matters right now is that Oracle places BlueKai exactly where I’ve been placing the Customer Data Platform : as a multi-source database that feeds unified customer data to marketing applications.

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Google Buy Button: Retailer’s Boon or Devil’s Bargain?

Synecore

In a much anticipated move, Google is apparently preparing to incorporate buy buttons within some of its sponsored search ads on mobile devices. So how exactly will the Google buy button work? Buy buttons will not appear in organic search results. This time around, though, the tech titan is altering the definition of how they’ll get shoppers to buy. What It Is. Hmmm….

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Matching Webinar Content to the Buying Cycle

It's All About Revenue

As prospects increasingly self-educate through the buying cycle, webinars have become a primary source of information that buyers turn to before making a purchase decision. To be most effective, your webinar content must be tailored to the specific objectives of each stage of the buying cycle. This post is Part 1 of a 2-part series. Awareness Stage. Industry trends. Benchmarks.

Experiential Buying Behavior Takes B2B Center Stage

Tony Zambito

In my previous article, Enhance the Buyer Experience with Intelligent Engagement , I referenced a trend I called Experiential Buying.    Buyer behaviors in B2B marketplaces are shifting tremendously towards more holistic experiential expectations that defy the conventional straight re-buy, modified re-buy, and new buy behaviors of the past. 

3 Steps for Gaining Executive Buy-In for Marketing Automation

Salesfusion

Gaining executive buy-in for any new technology is not unlike pitching an idea in the shark tank. For example, is growing your customer base or increasing revenue on the agenda for your business? The post 3 Steps for Gaining Executive Buy-In for Marketing Automation appeared first on Salesfusion. How many of you watch Shark Tank? Start by focusing on these three areas: 1.

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Buyer Decisions Are Not What You Think

Tony Zambito

Leading to many strategies and tactics devoted to attempts to market or sell to the rationale behind decisions and buying processes.  Of late, the term “buyer’s journey” has come into vogue.  Essentially another name for mapping the buying process.  It is yet another example, however, of the search to understand the process of decision-making. by Gregor Črešnar. Enjoy and learn!).

Customer experience and beyond: customer journey mapping

Conversionation

The key to creating business value is focusing on customer value. Truly understanding the needs and preferences of customers, as well as their behavior during the buying journey, is essential for your business strategy. Customers buy products and services but also experiences and emotions.