Automating your marketing through the B2B customer journey: an interview with Rich Herbst

Biznology

The other day, I had the chance to meet with Rich Herbst, founder and managing partner of Ascend Marketing, which is based in Dallas and Austin. His team has developed a breakthrough approach to delivering a custom communications stream to business buyers based on their particular journeys.

How to conduct a business to business survey

Savanta

There are six steps if you’re looking to conduct your own business to business survey. Four, decide whether telephone, online or face-to-face will get the best response rate. After all, how hard can it be to design a survey? Not only is that annoying, it’s doing significant damage to the brands these hapless researchers represent. So let me share a few tips for anyone looking to conduct a business to business survey themselves.

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Business to business market research just 4% of spend

Savanta

In their latest report on the state of the market research industry , ESOMAR estimate that just 4% of research spend is on business to business market research. I took a sample of 400 companies which represent the UK business landscape: The 100 companies on the FTSE 100 Index. This reveals that 45% of UK companies operate in business to business markets (and many more have some business to business component to what they do).

Business to business market research just 4% of spend

Savanta

In their latest report on the state of the market research industry , ESOMAR estimate that just 4% of research spend is on business to business market research. I took a sample of 400 companies which represent the UK business landscape: The 100 companies on the FTSE 100 Index. This reveals that 45% of UK companies operate in business to business markets (and many more have some business to business component to what they do).

The 7 Keys to Creating Successful B2B Marketing Copy

Speaker: Robert Bly, Independent Copywriter and Consultant

Marketers may use the same copy for their B2B and B2C clientele, but these customers should never be treated the same. In this webinar, you will get a clear overview of the 7 key differences between B2B and B2C, so your marketing is more relevant and engaging to business buyers. Join Robert Bly, independent copywriter and consultant, who will walk you through key details of your marketing copy strategy that will make a real difference to your buyers.

How to conduct a business to business survey

Savanta

There are six steps if you’re looking to conduct your own business to business survey. Four, decide whether telephone, online or face-to-face will get the best response rate. After all, how hard can it be to design a survey? Not only is that annoying, it’s doing significant damage to the brands these hapless researchers represent. So let me share a few tips for anyone looking to conduct a business to business survey themselves.

Business-to-business (B2B) pricing strategy research – part 2

Savanta

With the linear raising or lowering of prices, respondents can easily guess what the researcher is doing and may be tempted to ‘game’ the result. Prompting respondents with an initial price point will frame their subsequent responses and thus under- or over-estimate the true price they’d be willing to pay. The Van Westendorp Price Sensitivity Meter overcomes some of these issues by allowing respondents to choose their own price points and share more detail on their reactions.

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New Approaches To Understand Customers Needed In A Digital Transformation World

Tony Zambito

Strikingly, in these same few years, you will also find developing customer understanding also on the list of CEO priorities. What becomes clear considering these surveys is that many CEOs see growth resulting from a strong understanding of customers. Illustration by Nikita Kozin.

What is Business to Business Digital Marketing?

KEO Marketing

Business to business digital marketing is a type of marketing needed by companies who sell to other companies. Why is business to business digital marketing so widely utilized? . Otherwise, they will lose out on potential customers and sales.

New Buyer Insights Needed To Unlock Growth In An Era Of B2B Digital Transformation

Tony Zambito

The digitization of the global business economy has been taking place at an unprecedented rate. Approximately forty years ago, 83% of the market value of the S&P 500 were tied to tangible assets – physical products. Or is Nike in the healthcare business? Business Models.

You probably have too many personas

Biznology

They help us to visualize the audience that we are speaking to. And the goal is to come out with a bunch of personas that help you drive your marketing strategy around. If you are paying a consultant to develop your personas, then why wouldn’t you want more?

Fear of Loss – Understand your customer’s pain points

Fusion Marketing Partners

Guest Expert Contributor Business to Business Marketing Sales effectivenessThe CEO of a large international corporation was asked, “How do you select your professional advisors: lawyers, bankers, auditors […].

Reboot Buyer Insights To Drive B2B Growth

Tony Zambito

B2B companies are faced with the most transformative era in business history. On a greater scale than that of the first Industrial Revolution over a century ago, we are witnessing a technological and digital revolution that will disrupt business-to-business profoundly in the next 10 years.

3 Forces Shaping The Future Of B2B Marketing

Tony Zambito

As business leaders and marketing leaders look ahead to the future, the ever-expanding global digital economy will undoubtedly cause further disruption. The introduction of new approaches on how to perfect marketing has been astronomical in the past decade.

How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content

Tony Zambito

Content is ubiquitous in all phases of life and in business. In fact, it is getting harder and harder to find a slice of time where content is not invading precious personal or business space. Requiring marketers to thus become more precise. Something to be avoided.

Power Account-Based Marketing With Buyer Insights

Tony Zambito

The concept derives from the notion that your best customers are your existing customers. This led to more sophisticated selling approaches, such as Consultative Selling and Miller Heiman. As with any new concept, there can be a tendency to make critical missteps.

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

Tony Zambito

In the 15 years since originating the concept of buyer personas in 2001, there has been one issue that continues to plague fully understanding exactly where, how, and why buyer personas can be beneficial. Customer Segmentation. It is important for the term goals not to be used loosely.

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.

6 Ideas to Create More Relevant Lead Nurturing Emails

B2B Lead Generation

I’ve learned a lot from listening to the sessions and speakers here. As I listened to attendees and speakers, I frequently heard the same keywords, such as: Personalization. Customer focus. But something I wanted to hear more about was relevance.

Taking Care of Business… -to-Business

MLT Creative

This morning, I Googled the acronym "TCB2B" to make sure I'm not stepping on the toes of anyone who might have coined it before me, but surprisingly, no one has - score! Do It : You've thought it through, now it's time to take action. It's not wrong to say no.

B2B Data-Driven Marketing: What You Need to Know Today

Biznology

If you’re selling to business buyers, data about your customers and prospects is essential to success. Even with the data on hand, many marketers are unsure of what to do with it. A lively case study of how a tech company used data to fuel its business growth.

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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. Whereas in an age of hard to come by differentiation the actual product or service offering plus price combination accounts for only 20% of buying decisions.

4 Myths Preventing True B2B Customer Understanding

Tony Zambito

There is a big problem when it comes to B2B customer research. And, most B2B executives may be unable to see or recognize the problem. Rather than, to explore new concepts, hypotheses, uncover new opportunities, gain revealing insights into issues, and seek new innovative ideas.

Informed Customer Understanding Should Guide Marketing

Tony Zambito

At the start of every year, CMOs and their teams can be besieged by proclamations of the three, four, five, or six things that they must do to succeed in marketing. Each of these proclamations can come with dire warnings that if you do not heed this advice, then you are bound to fail.

Where is B2B marketing headed now? 7 predictions for 2019

Biznology

I am adding my voice to the chorus of observers who predict various developments in 2019 for B2B marketing. My policy is to avoid reflecting on my past predictions , which are likely unrealized and full of errors. My predictions—7 in all—range from marcomm to data.

Pursuit Of Goals Drive Buyer’s Journey

Tony Zambito

Customer Journey by Rafael Garcia Motta. Admittedly, the app serves very well as a motivator to stop at Starbuck’s versus elsewhere. So that I continue to reach the goal of enough stars to get the occasional free drink plus other offers.

Why Servant Marketing Matters

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet As I talk to marketing and sales leaders, I hear this reoccurring theme: “I want to do something that really matters; I want to feel what I’m doing is really making a real difference.” ” I feel the same way, but I’ve painfully learned that it’s futile to make changes outside before we make changes inside. This requires a different kind of thinking to drive a different way of marketing. The problem with today’s customers.

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Creating a Better B2B Sales Team

Navigate the Channel

There are plenty of new technologies to employ within your current marketing infrastructure. Here are the latest ways to ensure that you have the most efficient, powerful team. Customers Over Solutions. Your sales team also needs access to social media conversations.

How B2B CMOs Can Achieve Customer-Centric Marketing With Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

A recent survey by B2B Marketing, in conjunction with the UK-based agency Tomorrow People, indicated only 38% of marketers considered their content to be “very customer-centric.” Strengthening The Common View Of Customers. I believe there is a host of evidence as to why.

Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?

Tony Zambito

When it comes to the state of B2B content marketing and engagement, this proverb is on the mark. According to a recent study by Track Maven , one among a few on this topic, shows both B2B and B2C marketers have increased their publishing of content in 2015 by as much as 35 to 40%.

Tools I use to amplify social campaigns

Biznology

I am surprised how much of a one-man band I have become through social media thanks to a little help from my friends. Here are the top social media applications I use in order to help lead my clients and my own brand through all the background noise and into the spotlight.

Rethinking Buyer Personas In An Era Of Digital Transformation

Tony Zambito

Fundamentally reshaping markets in five years’ time compared to the fifty to seventy years it may have taken to build up a market. Revenues falling by as much as 40% and many drivers switching to Uber. Understanding Customers Has Changed. by Louis Prado.

Five B2B marketing beliefs and trends debunked

Biznology

In response, for this blog, I’m taking the mantel of “curmudgeon,” and am going to spout off on five currently held beliefs and trends. Here are my top five beliefs and/or trends that seem wrong or wrongheaded, and need someone to shine the light of day on them.

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Marketing Automation: Lessons from 4 case studies

B2B Lead Generation

Lead generation, lead nurturing and determining the time for the handoff to Sales would be extremely difficult without that technology. Add lead scoring and tracking through that final conversion to sale and the task is flat out impossible without automation. Once an automation vendor was chosen, the team decided to bring in an outside consultant to expedite the implementation. Leads were thrown into Mandy’s inbox for her to manually forward to Sales.

What the growth of inside sales means to B2B marketers

Biznology

Turns out, the statement was based on a recent study showing that inside sales is growing 7.5%, compared to field sales at only 0.5%, and that as of 2013, 53% of the B2B sales rep population sells by phone, instead of face-to-face. But where does marketing come in to the mix?

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How Understanding The Goals And Intent Of Buyers Can Transform Marketing

Tony Zambito

Understanding the difference between intent-driven and goal-driven behaviors allows for deeper levels of understanding buyers (customers). Leading to more effective online engagement, content design, and sales conversations. And, it is time to explore alternatives.

Overcoming The Content Personalization Challenge With Buyer Persona Research

Tony Zambito

It is clear that one of the top challenges facing marketing, especially B2B marketing, is the ability to connect with potential buyers on a personal level. This coincides with previous studies and surveys showing content marketing effectiveness continues to be an enormous struggle.

How The Content Illusion Is Leading Marketing Astray In The Era Of Digital Transformation

Tony Zambito

In the past five years, the often-unquestioned hymnal has been that to succeed in today’s digital world, businesses must produce content. But, produce massive amounts of it to get in front of customers. How to cut through the clutter and differentiate?

Why CMOs Should Stop Being Addicted to Pay-per-Click Ads

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Advertising Behavioral Targeting Conversion Optimization Customer Experience Interactive Marketing Lead Generation Online Advertising Online Testing Testing. Better yet, the price was just right, ranging between 15 to 25 cents per click.

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What the slow death of B2B publishing means for marketers

Chris Koch

This cartoon making the rounds online captures the frustration journalists have with their online plight--and reveals the opportunity B2B marketers have to fill the content gap. Marketers always struggle with what to do next. The business model is broken.