2020 Content Marketing Trends – Content for the Buyer Journey

Marketing Insider Group

Those insights lead to one of the biggest trends in Content Marketing: we need to develop content for the every stage of the buyer journey. Content that hits across the customer life cycle creates more influence over buyer decisions. And influencing buyer decisionsis what marketing is all about! Then brands need to map content to each stage of buyer journey and fill the gaps. And what does it mean for the customer journey? Buyer recognizes a need.

How to Build the Perfect Conversion Funnel with Content Mapped To The Buyer Journey

Marketing Insider Group

After navigating your complex conversion funnel filled with quality content, they purchase right there on the first visit. The right content nurtures prospects throughout your customer journey and ultimately turns them into loyal brand advocates that keep coming back for more.

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Intent Clues Solve Buyer Journey Puzzle

TrueInfluence

B2B marketers are increasingly turning to intent signals for clues that solve the buyer journey puzzle. Find more thought leadership on B2B buyer engagement at the half-day virtual True Influence Summit on January 21. The Role of Intent in the Buyer Journey: Signals and Clues.

A Complete Guide To The Buyer Journey

bizible

The buyer journey is often described in terms of content needs or customer needs. While these are important, there lacks a clear description of the buyer journey in terms of the goals and role of the marketer. The job the marketer is create revenue, and in order to get there they must succeed at each of the four stages of the buyer journey. In this post we explain how marketers can fully succeed at converting prospects at every stage of the buyer journey.

Your Recipe for Inbound Success

Speaker: Jen Spencer, VP Sales and Marketing, SmartBug Media

And the best part is, it can apply to content for all stages of your funnel! How to secure organizational buy-in (and cooperation!). Recent studies have shown what a lot of B2B marketers already know - it’s hard to build a successful inbound marketing program.

Include video content in your buyers’ journey

Biznology

If the people buying your products/services are NOT busy, then they will have the time to read your paperwork and figure things out, but if they ARE busy, then they would prefer that you have video on your website and as sales collateral (like video FAQs, business video case studies, and corporate profile videos) so that they can quickly understand your products, the culture of your company, and the people who makes your company great. Video FAQs that answer common buyer questions.

14 Visualizations Mapping The B2B Buyer Journey

KoMarketing Associates

Our understanding the B2B buyer’s journey, from market realization to vendor selection, becomes critical in developing a successful online marketing program. But how does the B2B online marketer go about uncovering their buyer’s journey? The place to start is in understanding the different phases of the B2B buyer journey itself. B2B Buyer Journey Basics. The Seven Phases of the Buyer Experience Journey.

5 Tips to Increase Sales with Bottom-of-the-Funnel (BoFU) Content

DivvyHQ

We've talked a lot recently about the importance of creating content for each stage of the buyer's journey. Now it's time to turn our attention to one of the hardest stages: bottom-of-the-funnel.

Key Marketing Metrics for Buyer Journey Conversions

Marketo

In this blog, we’ll take a look at one of those metrics: buyer journey conversions. Let’s step back for a minute and consider that linear buyer journeys rarely take place. As a marketing consultant, I am consistently asked: “how do we see what path is optimal for getting customers to move forward in their buying journey?” As a result, we need a key marketing metric to help measure performance across the journey even when individuals take unique paths.

4 Secrets to Building a Content Marketing Funnel That Converts

DivvyHQ

Building a content marketing funnel can be a complex undertaking, especially one that consistently turns browsers into buyers. But we've learned a few things about how to do this and today, we'd like to share a few of our secrets with you. Let's go!

How to Build Your First Content Marketing Funnel (with Examples)

DivvyHQ

Since consumers will engage with content at multiple stages of their buying journey, it's crucial to make sure you have all your bases (er.stages) covered. So what is a content marketing funnel and what types of content are ideal for each stage? Content Marketing Content Planning Content Strategy Tips & How-Tos audience awareness buyers journey buying stages content customer funnel marketing persona planning stages strategy target audience

6 Different Types of Buyer Journey Maps

Kapost

Organizations that use a mapping program to manage buyer and customer journeys average a 79% increase in cross-sell and upsell revenue, marketing research from the Aberdeen Group reveals. In the new B2B marketing landscape, buyers are in control of their journeys. So understanding what customers are thinking and feeling at each stage of the journey is critical. While there is no single way to create a buyer’s journey map, below are a few that struck our fancy.

Core Difference Between Buyer Journey vs. Customer Journey

Stevens & Tate

You’ve probably heard a lot about consumer lifecycles and the different terms used to describe said lifecycles, such as buyer journey and sales funnel. You might even wonder why some terms seem to describe the same thing, such as buyer journey and customer journey.

Are you using the right messaging for your buyer journey?

Modern B2B

Are you using the right messaging for your buyer journey? On top of this, there is the added complication that a B2B buyer rarely travels this path alone. In today’s hyper-competitive environment, buyers are carrying out research up to 18 months before talking to sales. If you don’t know where your prospect is on the buying journey, the chances are your messaging isn’t resonating with them. Are they ready to buy? These people aren’t ready to buy.

The Buyer’s Journey Will Transform Into The Buyer’s Quest By 2020

Tony Zambito

Funnels, stages, paths, journeys, and more labels that suggest some form of a linear line of thinking has dominated marketing and sales for decades. In vogue the last few years is the idea that the buyer’s journey is the best way to view how buyer’s get to a decision. Mapping such a journey is very helpful and can reveal what steps and processes the buyer is going through. Is The Buyer’s Journey The Right Perspective For 2020?

Breaking Down the B2B Buyer’s Journey

Heinz Marketing

As we continue delving into the foundations of a modern B2B demand generation engine, the next thing we need to think about is the B2B buyer’s journey. What is the B2B buyer’s journey? What are your buyers actually doing when they make a decision? The buyer’s needs.

How to Build Your First Content Marketing Funnel (with Examples)

DivvyHQ

Since consumers will engage with content at multiple stages of their buying journey, it's crucial to make sure you have all your bases (er.stages) covered. So what is a content marketing funnel and what types of content are ideal for each stage? Content Marketing Content Planning Content Strategy Tips & How-Tos audience awareness buyers journey buying stages content customer funnel marketing persona planning stages strategy target audience

How to Build Your First Content Marketing Funnel (with Examples)

DivvyHQ

Since consumers will engage with content at multiple stages of their buying journey, it's crucial to make sure you have all your bases (er.stages) covered. So what is a content marketing funnel and what types of content are ideal for each stage? Content Marketing Content Planning Content Strategy Tips & How-Tos audience awareness buyers journey buying stages content customer funnel marketing persona planning stages strategy target audience

5 Roadblocks Your Content Strategy Needs to Avoid in the Buyer's Journey

Oracle

The B2B buyer’s journey consists of the actions that a prospect takes from discovery of the product to purchase of the product, and your marketing content has a great influence on that journey. Consider these two points: 67% of the buyer’s journey is now digital. Today’s buyer can be up to 90% of the way through their journey before they personally reach out to sales. Often, these stages are discussed as top, middle, and bottom of the funnel.

Recognizing the Importance of the Buyers’ Journey Across Your Sales & Marketing Efforts

Fathom

Buyer personas and buyersjourneys are typically understood as content marketing territory. But, the value of creating buyers’ personas extends beyond the marketing side of a B2B company. When mapped throughout the entire buying process, buyersjourney mapping can positively impact sales and close the gap between sales and marketing. First, make sure your sales & marketing teams work together on mapping the buyersjourney.

The Power of Multi-Touch Attribution: Mapping Buyer Journeys To Enhance ROI

Walker Sands

In today’s digital world, the B2B buyer journey is increasingly complex, with a growing list of channels and touchpoints to track and measure. Understanding the Buyer Journey. Whose buy-in do they need to move the purchase process forward?

Integrating mobile video branding into the auto purchase funnel

Biznology

Today’s buyer now makes only two showroom visits after months and several stages of discovery. The What to Buy Moment (Top Funnel). It also provides the marketer with more creative latitude to tap into the buyer imagination. Moment (Top Funnel). Let’s continue with the lower funnel moments most of today’s targeted CTA’s are created for and where dealer branding is still largely absent. The Affordability Moment (Mid Funnel).

Aligning your Video Strategy to the Buyer Journey

Vidyard

For B2B marketers, especially, we’re both on a long complex journey, but we are not afraid to take bold steps. Video is a perfect medium throughout a long, complex buying process. We know that today’s buyer journey is long, complex and involves a lot of consumption of marketing-created content through digital channels. Which makes video the perfect medium for engaging buyers. Video allows us to connect with buyers on a rational and an emotional level.

The Difference Between Buyer Journey vs. Customer Journey

Stevens & Tate

You’ve probably heard a lot about consumer lifecycles and the different terms used to describe said lifecycles, such as buyer journey and sales funnel. You might even wonder why some terms seem to describe the same thing, such as buyer journey and customer journey. Don’t be fooled–the buyer journey is very different from the customer journey and it’s important that you know what the difference is.

TOFU, MOFU and BOFU: The Sales Funnel Explained

SmartBug Media

Today's buyer is more informed than ever, and as sales and marketing professionals, it’s our responsibility to educate and provide relevant information at each step of the buyer’s journey. Once your buyer enters the sales funnel—the buying process that will bring him or her from lead to customer—it’s critically important to qualify and nurture him or her along the way. Let’s break it down: Top of the Funnel (TOFU). Middle of the Funnel (MOFU).

Tactical video for technology sales and marketing

Biznology

I’ve adapted this model to show how different kinds of tactical video might serve to advance the kind of buyer’s journey typically encountered in technology businesses. Some different styles of tactical video that provide meaningful content thoughout the technology buying team’s journey. What all these different styles of video have in common is that they are designed to increase engagement by focusing on what the buyer wants to know.

Understanding the Stages of Your Sales Funnel

PureB2B

Think of a sales funnel as a device you can use to create customers. Simply put, a sales funnel conceptualizes the process of turning prospective leads into loyal customers. Paying attention to your sales funnel can improve marketing performance because it provides an ideal process for a customer’s life cycle. A consistent flow of leads into the sales funnel’s pipeline keeps the sales cycle steady and reliable. Stages of a Sales Funnel.

Marketing 101: Flywheel vs Funnel

TrustRadius Marketing

If you’ve been in marketing for a while, you know funnels inside and out. Funnels are the mechanisms that convert leads into customers. Over the past few years, the relevancy of the funnel has slowly died out, leaving room for a new, digitally-informed strategy to take its place. Here we discuss: The Marketing Funnel (and why it may no longer be relevant). Your Old Pal: The Marketing Funnel. The funnel is as classic as a tool can get in marketing.

Marketing 101: Flywheel vs Funnel

TrustRadius Marketing

If you’ve been in marketing for a while, you know funnels inside and out. Funnels are the mechanisms that convert leads into customers. Over the past few years, the relevancy of the funnel has slowly died out, leaving room for a new, digitally-informed strategy to take its place. Here we discuss: The Marketing Funnel (and why it may no longer be relevant). Your Old Pal: The Marketing Funnel. The funnel is as classic as a tool can get in marketing.

Intent Data: A Direct Line into Prospects Ready to Buy Your Product or Service

SmartBug Media

It’s not as simple as a magical button on your browser homepage—but it is a very real set of data analytics based on consumer behavior across the web (not just on your website) that: Gives you a front-row seat to live buyer activity, shows you the buyer’s pain points. By the time the average B2B buyer connects with any particular vendor, they’re already more than 70 percent of the way through the Buyer’s Journey —and 67 percent of that journey is digital.

The 3 Stages of a Typical Buying Process (i.e. The Buyer’s Journey)

SmartBug Media

What is the Buyer’s Journey? It is the journey or buying process that consumers go through to become aware of, evaluate, and purchase a new product or service, and it consists of three stages that make up the inbound marketing framework : awareness, consideration, and decision. Analyzing the Buyer’s Journey through the inbound marketing lens allows marketers to conceptualize the path of a prospect as a framework. Originally written on June 10, 2016.

Slow Death of the Funnel: Why Buyer Choice Matters to Revenue

Tony Zambito

IT Buying Process © All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. This is part 1 of a limited series on why buyer choice modeling is the new view B2B Business must adopt to improve revenue performance and develop long lasting relationships with buyers. . Finding the keys that unlock improving revenue performance and achieving growth is becoming harder and harder as we go from a single buyer model to that of more interdependency among ecosystems and networks by B2B buyers.

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The Types of Videos to Use at Each Stage of the Marketing Funnel

Single Grain

If you’re serious about investing your marketing dollars into strategies that get results, building a sales funnel with tailored video messaging should be a strong part of your business growth plan. Video is not only the most powerful content medium that can effectively move your target audience along the stages of the sales funnel to become buyers, but it helps forge a connection and build a bond with potential customers. Sales Funnel Review.

What is Predictable Pipeline and How Does the Sales Funnel Play a Role

Heinz Marketing

Recently, I was doing some SEO keyword research, and it showed people are confused between the sales funnel and sales pipeline; many people believe they are the same based on search behavior. Companies will spend many resources to fill a sales funnel with leads, but forego the fundamental elements that create a predictable pipeline. What is the difference between a sales pipeline and a sales funnel? Importance of understanding the sales funnel.

AnalyticsToday Podcast: How To Transform Your Marketing Funnel Using Content Consumption Data

PathFactory

That’s a huge focus for us here at PathFactory and what our service really revolves around because it’s quality insights that allow you to best serve your buyer—to remove the friction slowing down their buying process and really enable them to self-educate and progress through their journey. We spent 1-hr nerding out about B2B marketing data and how to use it to transform your marketing funnel from top to bottom (and even beyond the close.)

Are your marketing personas your sales market segments?

Biznology

I’ve talked in the past about how you better make sure that the steps in your marketing Buyer Journey matches the phases of Sales Funnel. That way, when you learn which content is moving prospects in the Buyer Journey, you can suggest the same content for sales people to share with their clients for offline sales. while personas describe individual people that comprise the buying team (HR partner, C-level executive, plant manager, etc.).

Why Taking A Full-Funnel Marketing Approach Is Critical

bizible

If you’re a B2B marketer, you are more than likely familiar with the buyer funnel. In its simplest form, there is the top of the funnel (TOFU), middle of the funnel (MOFU), and the bottom of the funnel (BOFU). Marketers are most successful and organizations get the best results when the marketing team does full-funnel marketing. To capitalize on this potential, marketing organizations must develop full-funnel strategies. Full-Funnel Paid Media.

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