The Demand Generation Strategy Guide

Zoominfo

These are just a few pillars that define demand generation. Learn more about how a successful demand generation strategy can help to nurture the long-term relationship between your brand and customers. What is Demand Generation? Persona building.

Prevent Demand Generation Failure with Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

Recently, Adam Needles, Left Brain Marketing’s VP of Demand Generation Strategy, posted a thought provoking article entitled Why Do (Well-intentioned) B2B Demand Generation Efforts Fail?   Adam gives us a good sense of the numbers and dollars being invested in demand generation and marketing automation.  In the article, Adam lays out three reasons why failure exists: Your plan is not built around your target buyer.

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The State of Buyer Personas 2012

Tony Zambito

This June marks ten years since the first buyer persona development methodology was pioneered and launched by the firm Goal Centric now called Buyerology. The adoption of research-based modeling of buyers that leads to buyer personas has been mixed. The organizations who have embraced the goal-based methodology for research-based buyer personas have seen tremendous success in uncovering new opportunities for revenue growth. Buyer Persona Lifespan.

Why Buyer Personas are a Potential Obstacle to Demand Generation Success

ANNUITAS

What most organizations fail to do is document the buyers approach to the purchase (this is more than just interest, consensus, evaluation, decision). Blog B2B Marketing Buyer intersection points Buyer persona Content Marketing Institute Demand Generation Strategy DemandGen report

5 Reasons Why Your Buyer Persona’s Aren’t Good Enough

B2B Lead Generation

Bad buyer personas. Think about it, your buyer personas are the building blocks of your marketing campaigns. That’s why I’m sharing five easy ways to improve your buyer personas. What is a buyer persona? In the most basic sense of the phrase, a buyer persona is a profile of your ideal customer. Large companies often have multiple buyer personas that span multiple industries, demographics, and product offerings.

Reinvent B2B Sales With Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

Without question, while B2B Marketing is focused on developing its new prominence in the early stages of the buying cycle via content strategy and content marketing, B2B Sales is caught flat-footed on how to adapt to changing buyer behaviors.    What is true is that B2B Sales must go through a period of reinvention and cannot stand idly by as the world of B2B buyers continues to transform with each passing day.  Image via Wikipedia.

Informing Content Strategy with Buyer Persona Development

Tony Zambito

  To inform a content strategy, it strikes me that there are five key areas to evaluate: Buyer understanding :  gaining an understanding of how buyers intend to consume, utilize, and act upon content are the bedrock of a content strategy.    The deeper the understanding, the more targeted and relevant content can be for buyers.    Buyer persona development is a methodology for informing strategy. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Changed Your Buyers. Do You Know How?

Tony Zambito

Without question, your buyer’s lives have changed. For many B2B organizations, recovery and rebound are rooted in how well they know how their buyers have changed. What we are seeing is buyer goals, challenges, psychology, behaviors, and situations are undergoing rapid shifts.

Importance of Context to Understanding the New Social Buyer Persona

Tony Zambito

One of the major outcomes of the recent advances in the social age is the resurgence of contextually-based persona development and its’ role in helping to inform as well as shape strategy.  These strategy areas include content strategy, social marketing, marketing automation, social selling, demand generation, and buyer experience marketing.  Buyer Journeys : we’ve seen a major shift here in what I have referred to as self-directed buyer journeys. 

The Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 2

Tony Zambito

In part 1 of this reflection on the future of buyer personas, I focused on how it is important to leave some of the major misconceptions about buyer personas behind in order to peer into the future.    In part 2, I would like to offer perspectives on why the practice and process of buyer personas, as we’ve known them for the past decade, must undergo significant change to be relevant in the social age.  The Connected Buyer.

Demand Generation Strategies & Tools for 2021

Sharpspring

In business, whether it’s B2B or B2C, the ultimate goal is to create demand, delight customers, and have them coming back for more. What is Demand Generation? But, what is really at the root of demand generation? Demand Generation vs. Lead Generation.

Engage the Social Buyer Persona

Tony Zambito

  As in we are engaging the buyer in the buying process for example.    The representation is still that the seller is in control and is engaging the buyer.    The buyer being the object of engaging.  The underpinning of a new meaning being that of the social buyer “chooses” to engage – as in the buyer chose to engage with ABC Industries.    Social buyer personas today expect transparency. 

Why Buyer Personas Are Not a Waste of Time

ANNUITAS

A recent article on MediaPost raised the question “Are Buyer Personas a Waste of Time?” Based on this and the belief from 48Bricks that you simply cannot understand your customers, the assertion is that putting effort into the development of Buyer Personas is a waste of time. In reading the article that highlights the thoughts from Jaschke, the articles author, John Miller states the following: “Here’s my advice: Build personas.

Buyer Personas Require Qualitative Research and Contextual Inquiry

Tony Zambito

Buyer Persona Development and the qualitative research methodology applied to creating buyer personas have proven to be an effective means for B2B organizations to reach a deeper understanding of their buyers.    They have helped companies to gain insights into market opportunities, find out why challenges exists, depict buying processes, and how to map critical sales and marketing strategies to the goals of buyers

Why Demand Generation Should Be Perpetual

ANNUITAS

This is the second year that ANNUITAS has conducted its Enterprise B2B Demand Generation Survey with the goal of gaining better insights into the approach that enterprise organizations take to demand generation. There was a lot of information to be reviewed from the responses, but once again, what aspect stood out was the tactical approach that marketers are taking to demand generation. Strategic demand generation also seeks to educate buyers.

Study Confirms Importance Of Qualitative Research To Success With Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

A recent survey conducted by Cintell*, entitled 2016 Benchmark Study On Understanding B2B Buyers , indicates that high performing organizations utilized qualitative research for their buyer personas. The study focused entirely on the use of buyer personas for understanding B2B buyers. Findings also found that 70% of companies who missed their revenue goals did not conduct qualitative research for their personas. State Of Buyer Personas 2016 Survey.

Dear Marketers, Buyer Personas Still Need A Makeover

ANNUITAS

There are a lot of misguided, well-meaning marketers working on beautifully crafted, useless personas. Now, I’m not joining the persona naysayers (you know who you are). It’s true that there are a lot of less-than-actionable personas being built, but we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. And, speaking of babies, even though no one likes to hear that theirs is ugly, unlike babies, those buyer personas aren’t going to get any cuter with age.

What Is Demand Generation?

ClearVoice

What is demand generation? Demand generation encompasses a wide range of sales and marketing initiatives designed to develop interest in a company’s products or services and convert leads into customers. What is demand generation?

5 Marketing Challenges Solved with Buyer Personas

Marketing Insider Group

We had an excellent conversation about the need for buyer personas, and the role they play as a foundational component of a B2B marketing strategy. Shannon’s firm helps companies ranging from emerging startups to Fortune 1000 enterprises facing various marketing challenges in demand generation, content, messaging, strategy and more. In many cases, the need for buyer personas manifests itself in the form of common marketing challenges. Demand Generation

A Deeper Look Into B2B Demand Generation

Oracle

We just completed our third annual B2B Enterprise Demand Generation Study , which evaluated the maturity of the demand generation function within enterprise organizations. While the results are showing incremental improvement overall, it is clear that organizations are still looking to master the art and science of demand generation. Only 1 in 5 Organizations Are Highly Effective In Achieving Their Demand Generation Goals.

Social Media Demand Generation: A Q&A

Zoominfo

B2B marketers have long since understood the benefits of social media—yet many still struggle to leverage its full potential as a demand generation tool. In fact, 49% of B2B marketers rank social media marketing as the most difficult lead generation tactic to execute ( source ). Although demand generation and lead generation aren’t the same, they do go hand-in-hand. What is social media demand generation?

How Ready is Your Organization for the New Social Buyer Persona?

Tony Zambito

  The new social buyer is an outcome of this evolution and it has forever changed the dynamics of the seller and buyer relationship. Buyer behavior most certainly will continue to undergo major transformations each time a new technology is introduced that alters the seller and buyer relationship.  This issue and the surrounding complexities call into question, for organizations today, their readiness for adapting to the new social buyer persona

How B2B Buyer Personas Influence Online Marketing Campaigns

KoMarketing Associates

The most significant challenge B2B marketers face is in effectively communicating with target audiences and prospective buyers. While we all have goals and objectives for lead generation, brand development, and customer experience as examples, the overarching challenge is making the right decisions to achieve them. What Are B2B Buyer Personas? The Seven Phases of the Buyer Experience Journey. B2B Online Marketing Blog Demand Generation

Dear Marketers, Buyer Personas Still Need A Makeover

ANNUITAS

There are a lot of misguided, well-meaning marketers working on beautifully crafted, useless personas. Now, I’m not joining the persona naysayers (you know who you are). It’s true that there are a lot of less-than-actionable personas being built, but we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. And, speaking of babies, even though no one likes to hear that theirs is ugly, unlike babies, those buyer personas aren’t going to get any cuter with age.

B2B Marketing Rock Stars: Data Is Driving Modern Buyer Personas

Crimson Marketing

Traditionally, B2B marketers have created buyer personas from customer hunches, not factual customer data. “As a result, a vast majority (83%) of B2B marketers say that their buyer personas are only ‘somewhat’ effective, according to a study from the ITSMA. While 80% of respondents expected to see higher conversion rates with buyer personas, only 39% saw their conversion rates increase.” Source: Demand Gen Report.

The Importance of Buyer Personas to Lead-to-Revenue Management

Tony Zambito

A tough assignment for B2B marketers today is getting a handle on how buyers progress through the buying and selling cycles.    As Sirius Decision and CSO Insights have reported on often, buyers are progressing through 70-80% of the buying and sales cycle before engaging directly with sales.    Understanding what buyers are doing in the lead generation to sales cycle gap is proving to be a competitive difference maker.

Buyerology Trend: Think Demand Fulfillment vs. Demand Generation

Tony Zambito

This is the third article looking at buyer trends that will influence marketing and sales in the near and foreseeable future.    This article looks at how buyers are seeking fulfillment in their efforts to achieve goals and what this means to the future of demand generationBuyer Trend: On A Quest to Be Demand Fulfilled. The conventional as well as social buyers of today can be said to be on a quest to have their demands fulfilled. 

Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 5 (6 Essentials To Embedding Into Your Organization)

Tony Zambito

This is the fifth and final part of a series of reflective articles on the future of buyer personas in the social age.    In this final reflection, I offer 6 essentials to embedding buyer personas into your organization.      In part 4, I described a new role of Social Buyer Behaviorist and Anthropologist that can reside in a framework of researching buyer behavior through anthropological means. 

Boost Demand Generation Using Target Ready Buyer Models

Tony Zambito

Recently, I published two articles related to 5 ways buyer behaviors are affecting B2B sales , and 5 ways they are affecting B2B marketing. Without question, changing buyer behaviors are also impacting how we think about Demand Generation or as it has been conventionally called – lead generation. Contrary to hyped notions of sales going away to wither in the desert – lead generation and the new label of demand generation are more important today than ever.

6 Components of a Perpetual Demand Generation Program

ANNUITAS

What makes Demand Generation perpetual ? One key component (other than a decreased reliance on tactical, campaign-based activities to drive demand) is its adaptability. A company needs to be able to anticipate a buyer’s needs, and then adapt as their needs change. The buyer’s journey is no longer linear, so your marketing programs need to be able to change with the customer’s needs. Developing a “perpetual” demand generation program is no small undertaking.

How to Create a Demand Generation Funnel – Strategy+Examples

Outgrow

How to Create a Demand Generation Funnel - Strategy+Examples. The ultimate goal of a marketing strategy is to make the buyer’s journey and the demand generation funnel smooth. Thus, different strategies are employed to escalate the demand process.

Modern Demand Generation, Demystified 

Televerde

This is often the case for many marketers when it comes to demand generation. However, before you freak out and start questioning everything you thought you knew about demand generation, take a deep breath! We’re going to show you how you can execute a demand generation campaign based on what’s working for thousands of companies right now! . Like many concepts in modern B2B marketing, every company has their definition of demand generation.

3 Demand Generation Trends to Watch in 2019

ANNUITAS

Data Driving Personalization and Account-Based Marketing While Protecting Buyer Privacy. Adobe announced that consumer demand for personalized content reached an all-time high in 2018, a theme that underscored some of the most prominent trends of the year. In this new world where 42% of buyers become “annoyed” by non-personalized content, adoption of account-based targeting strategies and innovative marketing technology solutions is growing rapidly in marketing organizations.

Account Based Marketing – An Important Aspect Of Demand Generation Channel

Only B2B

It’s efficacy as a marketing strategy has observed it gain traction among businesses in recent times, and managed Demand generation companies very efficiently. Today, in this post we will share how ABM proves an important concept for demand generation funnel.

8 Key Demand Generation Strategies to Capture & Convert High-Quality Leads

Single Grain

On the face of it, lead generation is not a complex concept. But conventional lead-generation tactics can be quite time-consuming and, at times, impractical. That is why companies should focus on their demand generation process first. What Is a Demand Generation Strategy?

B2B Demand Generation: Rethinking Strategies To Scale

LeadCrunch

According to a recent IDG white paper on lead generation , 61% of B2B marketers say increasing demand is the top challenge they face today. In theory, scaling a B2B business just requires boosting demand. In actuality, however, demand generation is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge for B2B marketers to meet. How do you generate high quality leads, consistently? On one hand, B2B buyers are becoming much savvier.

Enterprise Demand Generation: How Are You Doing?

ANNUITAS

There are a few B2B surveys and benchmarking studies that I refer to again and again … DemandGen Report’s Buyer Behavior Survey and Content Preferences Survey and the Content Marketing Institute’s Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends to name a few. There are some great studies out there focusing on content strategy (specifically) or buyer behavior, but nothing that really shines a light on how large companies run Demand Generation … with an emphasis on large.