Mapping Buying Experiences: Creating Growth Through Aligning With Buyer Goals

Tony Zambito

In order to learn how to create distinctive buying experiences, businesses are embracing new means and approaches. While in B2B marketplaces, these approaches may represent first-time efforts brought on by rapid changes in digital technologies and buying behaviors.

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Why Buyers Buy

ViewPoint

There are no basic needs or psychological needs (needs on Maslow’s hierarchy) to be satisfied by buying an opportunity to improve. Instead of leading with how many gigabytes of storage the device had, Apple led with “1,000 songs in your pocket.”. There are benefits that are reasons people buy things for their company that are driven by company goals; and there are benefits that are reasons why people buy things for their company that are driven by personal goals.

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B2B Marketers Are Buying Customer Data Platforms. Here's Why.

Customer Experience Matrix

To build some suspense, let’s first review who else has been buying CDPs. And, while I don’t have firm data, my impression is that online-only retailers have been slower to buy CDPs than their multi-channel cousins. That quest leads directly to CDP.

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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. It has happened to all of us.

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Why Lead Nurturing Success Means Not Asking for the Sale

The Point

But don’t equate “staying in touch” – or lead nurturing success – with simply asking the prospect over and over whether he or she is ready to buy. Are you ready to buy yet? The post Why Lead Nurturing Success Means Not Asking for the Sale appeared first on The Point.

Top 3 Media Buying Mistakes B2B Marketers Make

Digital B2B Marketing

Particularly with “lead guarantee” programs, where a publisher contracts to provide a certain number of contacts meeting specific criteria, marketers fall into the trap of believing their content isn’t critical. No, that doesn’t mean they want to buy from you.

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3 Problems You Need to Solve Before You Buy New Marketing Technology

The Point

But no company that I know of paved their way to marketing success solely by buying software. Ineffective Lead Response. It’s alarming to see how many companies still rely exclusively on telemarketing to follow up on new leads.

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Sales Lead Management Leads to the Most Efficient Media Buy

ViewPoint

They may make money, but the world is loaded with companies holding the 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th place in market share, while the 1st, 2nd and 3rd leading firms spend what it takes to gain market share and manage the leads that their programs produce.

The Real Cost of List-Building: Buy or Build Your Own?

DiscoverOrg

Your sales team is doing double duty: They’re selling to the leads delivered by your marketing department—and they’re de facto researchers. It’s not just about targeting accounts, it’s about targeting the best-fit accounts with a high propensity to buy now. Without verified data and deep intelligence, sales reps spin cycles on accounts that would never buy your services. Generation and qualification of quality leads remains a major concern. Total leads per month 1200.

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Why Buying Stages Are Really Investment Stages

Modern B2B Marketing

It all started with one simple question: What types of content resonate with what types of leads? In other words, does the early stage content you have work for early stage leads? Or would it work better for late stage leads? In every database, there are three types of leads.

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What Can You Buy With A MQL?

Modern B2B Marketing

Some marketers are so dialed-in to lead flow, they can control it like water exiting a fire hydrant. 46% are poised to buy, but they have a variety of other things to do and focus on. Try new marketing programs that map to the sales/buying process. What Can You Buy With A MQL?

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Beware the Siren Call of Pre-Qualified Leads

The Point

There is a growing trend in the content syndication space, and among Cost Per Lead (CPL) programs in general, for media vendors to offer B2B clients the option of pre-qualified leads. Naturally, you pay a big premium (in the form of a higher CPL) for pre-qualified leads.

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5 Reasons Your Sales Reps Aren’t Getting Enough Qualified Leads

The Point

Though the marketing team was doing a great job generating raw inquiries at the top of the funnel, the sales reps weren’t receiving the number of “sales ready” leads they needed to hit their pipeline targets. The lead funnel is obsolete.

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.  A funny thing is also happening along the way to this transformation in B2B Buying.  Image via Wikipedia.

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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?”. So yes, by all means offer demos, free trials and late stage content to ensure that prospects who ARE in a “buying mode” find, and engage with, your company.

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Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?

Tony Zambito

My interaction with buyers, via hundreds of B2B buyer interviews in multiple industries, leads me to believe this outcome is a correlation as opposed to a paradox. The buyer personas identified use a different buying process for each specific scenario. by Juan Pablo Bravo.

List Buying: 6 tips for buying the most effective lead list

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Editor’s Note: Buy, build or both? Sometimes there isn’t the executive buy-in, and the budget that comes with it, to carry out the kind of inbound marketing campaigns that attract every prospect to opt in. This doesn’t work well for ongoing lead generation.

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Winning Executive Buy-In for Martech Investments

Captora

They’re responsible for prospecting, nurturing leads, supporting sales development, winning loyalty after the sale, and turning loyal customers into advocates. Lead-to-opportunity conversion rate. Average cost per lead. How will it impact lead volume?

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How to get 67% more revenue opportunities using LinkedIn and not just leads that go nowhere

Biznology

How sales, marketing professionals, and social media lead generation companies are focused on only 3% of the target market. They’re focused on lead generation even though most leads go nowhere—when the focus should be on prospect development.

What You Get When You Buy Technology

Act-On

“Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.”. As Corporate Visions notes , “In the 1980s, if you had to decide what computer hardware to buy for your company, these words rang through your head. It made your buying decision pretty easy. How to buy marketing technology.

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Value Proposition: What motivates prospects to buy from you?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

What motivates your prospects to buy from you? It’s just another way we can look at trying to increase revenue and possibly generate more leads at the same time. But motivation is arguably the strongest reason people buy something.

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. Marketing automation can support those initiatives by helping you drive more qualified leads, increase lead conversions and improve the hand off of leads between marketing and sales.

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

Influitive b2b

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.

Matching Webinar Content to the Buying Cycle

Modern Marketing

Webinars are one of the most important tools for marketers to drive demand and nurture new leads. 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.

Winning Executive Buy-In for Martech Investments

Captora

They’re responsible for prospecting, nurturing leads, supporting sales development, winning loyalty after the sale, and turning loyal customers into advocates. Lead-to-opportunity conversion rate. Average cost per lead. How will it impact lead volume?

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Social lead validation—the missing ingredient from most inbound LinkedIn marketing programs

Biznology

All sales leads are not equal. I know this is something that most sales and marketing leaders understand and it’s why they put lead qualification and validation into most of their sales, marketing, and lead generation programs. There was no lead validation and qualification.

How Predictive Lead Scoring Takes The Guesswork Out Of Identifying The Leads Most Likely To Buy

Modern B2B Marketing

What I discovered was that they didn’t buy our solution because they had a problem with sending out large files. Lead Scoring & STP – Bringing Marketing Basics To the World Of Modern Marketing. So why are we talking about STP in the same discussion with lead scoring?

B2B Email List Guide: Buy, Rent or Build Your List

Digital B2B Marketing

So should you rent, buy or build an email list? Buying a B2B List. For more information on purchasing lists, see Buying B2B Email Marketing Data: Challenges and Recommendations. Media buying email lists Email email lists list builds List Rental

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Shifts in B2B Buyer Behavior Support New Priorities for Demand Gen Content

The Point

Here are just some of the key findings, along with what I believe these trends mean for demand generation marketers: FINDING : 59% of respondents say they now have formal buying groups or buying committees in place to review purchases.

How Content Impacts the Buying Journey: ABM vs. Demand Gen

bizible

At its core, content is a demand generation tactic used to fill the top of the funnel with leads. The goal is to drive as many leads as possible to your website. Define the personas involved in the buying process and create specific content directed at them.

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Generating a Lead vs. Buying a Lead

Direct Response Coach

I get calls occasionally from people who want to know what I charge for a sales lead. I never know what it will cost to generate a lead for a particular client until after we’ve run some [.]. The post Generating a Lead vs. Buying a Lead appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing.

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Measure Your Way to Lead Nurturing Success

The Point

Demand Gen Report just published “ Top B2B Marketers Measure Lead Nurturing Effectiveness to Boost Performance ,” a special report in which they address the whys, whats, and how tos of measuring lead nurturing’s true impact. the company is generating the wrong type of leads.

How to do lead management that improves conversion

B2B Lead Generation Blog

In this post, I’m going to focus on how to do lead management that increases sales conversion. Here’s why: First, B2B lead conversion to actual revenue conversion is low. According to Forrester, top performers convert 1.54% of leads to revenue. And average performers turn less than 0.75% of leads into closed deals. Have you thought about the experience you want to create for your potential customer so as to optimize your lead management approach?

Why most B2B social media programs fail to generate real leads

Biznology

Here’s some reality: you’re not going to generate many leads this way , and you’re missing a big opportunity–especially on LinkedIn. Why brand maintenance doesn’t generate leads. And, just like in the non-LinkedIn world, a vast majority of those people are going to buy eventually.

Can You Predict Your Ideal Scenarios For Lead Nurturing?

Tony Zambito

"Sales Checking For Leads" © All Rights Reserved Kenny Madden. Depending on which reports you may read when it comes to lead nurturing, approximately 60% or more of B2B businesses do not have a formalized lead nurturing program.

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

Tony Zambito

Customer segmentation lacks in helping you to understand what preferences buyers may have, what they work on, how they engage in buying activities, what their purchasing history may be like, and what initiatives they work on. Buying criteria and risk factors. Buying team structures.

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.

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Lead Qualification: Rethinking BANT in the Modern B2B Sales Cycle

Act-On

In today’s complex B2B sales cycle, it’s important that an organization’s sales and marketing teams create a clearly defined and agreed upon, definition of a qualified lead. In the past, most organizations have followed the BANT model of qualifying leads.

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Introduction to Lead Management

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet If Sales and Marketing were a manufacturing operation starting with raw materials — leads — and ending up with 5% to 20% in deliverable product — won sales — it would soon be shut down to determine what is wrong. Lack of lead management impacts lead conversion and ROI.

Lead Generation: Balancing lead quality and lead quantity

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Lead generation is somewhat like a tightrope act. Generate too many leads, and the rope between Sales and Marketing breaks. If you don’t generate enough leads that turn into sales, your ROI plummets.