Matching Webinar Content to the Buying Cycle

Oracle

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. Marketers’ primary goal is to progress prospects and opportunities from one stage of the buying process to the next.

Shortening the Industrial Buy Cycle in 5 Simple Steps

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Shortening the Industrial Buy Cycle in 5 Simple Steps by Achinta Mitra on June 8, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Search Engine Optimization (SEO) , Website Design & Development The other day I read an interesting article titled “5 Steps To Shorten The B2B Buying Cycle” by Kerry Spellman , Client Relationship Manager at iProspect.

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Matching Webinar Content to the Buying Cycle: Evaluation and Purchase Stages

Oracle

An overwhelming majority (82%) of senior executives said that content was a significant driver of their buying decisions. 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. If designed with the buying cycle in mind, webinars can be an extremely effective method for moving prospects from one stage of the buying cycle to the next.

Content Auditing and Mapping it to the Industrial Buy Cycle

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Content Auditing and Mapping it to the Industrial Buy Cycle by Achinta Mitra on September 3, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Integrated Industrial Marketing These days it is popular to say “Content is marketing currency.” And in a complex industrial buy cycle, things can get well…complicated. Get Engineers Can Sell white paper now.

What is business video content marketing and how to get started

Biznology

If you look at your marketing and sales process you do a mixture of activities like run-advertising and marketing campaigns to build awareness, send out email marketing, create sales brochures, white papers, case studies, and constantly crank out blog posts and new website content. For example, if you realize that 81% of B2B purchase cycles start with a web search , then you probably invest in SEO.

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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. IMPACT : Use ABM strategies to deliver personalized, relevant content to specific buying roles within large accounts.

Report: B2B Buyers Engaging Earlier with Sales

The Point

Well, that very basic assumption, that business buyers prefer to be anonymous and self-directed, and uninterested in engaging with sales until they’re absolutely ready to buy, may be in question. Secondary offers are calls to action – usually placed on a thank you page or in a fulfillment email – related to the action the prospect just took – as in: thank you for downloading our white paper, here’s a recorded Webinar you might like.

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Five Sales Enablement Tactics B2B Marketers Need to Master

Webbiquity

Marketing can use these insights to develop content in the form of a FAQ page, manuals, white papers, blog posts, or other content you can easily share to advance deals. Prospects love this, as research reveals that 87 percent of buyers select a vendor who provided them with relevant pieces of content at each stage of the buying process. Map Content to the Buying Cycle. Guest post by Mary Ade. Sales enablement significantly drives higher conversion rates and revenue.

B2B vs. B2C Marketing: Four Myths, Six Differences, and One Key Similarity

Webbiquity

The next largest expense is usually content production: website copy, blog posts, marketing collateral, white papers, ebooks, video, infographics, social media posts, etc. But nobody buys an iPhone or iPad because Apple’s accountants are so skilled. They buy because of the company’s innovation and, yes, marketing. B2C marketing most typically has only one layer: the consumer buys from a retailer (or in a much smaller number of cases, directly from a producer).

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Variety of Content is the Key in the Early Stages of the.

Industrial Marketing Today

In Needs Awareness and Research phases, the first two stages of the industrial buy cycle (see my earlier post Deconstructing the Four Stages of the Industrial Buy Cycle ) your prospects and customers use a variety of online content to find solutions to their current problems and needs. In this post, I’m going to focus on content for the early stages of the buy cycle. This white paper aims to change that perception of them.

The State of Demand Generation

The Effective Marketer

There are over 20 presentations available, ranging from Social CRM and Lead Generation, to Case Studies and Sales Enablement. Buying cycle control (you need to facilitate the buying process and understand what is required of you as a result). The Customer Buying Cycle Framework. According to SiriusDecisions, buyers go through three stages and six steps during their buying process. You have to be prepared to engage them throughout the cycle.

5 Ways B2B Can Learn from B2C Marketers

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Buying Cycle Conversion Conversion Optimization Customer Customer Experience Personalization Strategy. And it’s obvious why: buying cycles are longer, buyer mentalities are different, and products typically require more investigation before a purchase. But the reality is that B2B buyers are very similar to B2C consumers— whether it’s buying a new car or new enterprise software, consumers want to be educated and informed.

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How to write lead generating white papers?

Ambal's Amusings

White papers are powerful sources of lead generation. We asked our panel of white paper experts "What are the top 2 components of a white paper that is most effective to generate leads?" Jonathan Kantor is the principal and founder of The Appum Group, " The White Paper Company ", and has been producing commercial white papers for the past 11 years. He is also the author of the White Paper Pundit blog. White Paper FAQs.

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Lead Nurturing – How to Develop a Solid Process for B2B Lead Management

Webbiquity

Understanding that not every lead is ready to buy right away, but that it’s less costly to convert an existing lead than to generate a new one, you may be asking yourself, “ I need to do lead nurturing right—where do I start?”. Ask yourself and answer these questions: Do I understand my buyers’ buying cycle? You need to be able to map out your typical buyer’s buying cycle. Confirm your thoughts on the buying cycle with them.

The Biggest Challenge in Creating and Marketing White Papers

Ambal's Amusings

Business decision makers don't read white papers just because a product or service is "cool" They have real business problems they are trying to solve. We asked white paper experts: " What is the biggest challenge in creating and marketing a white paper? Jonathan Kantor is the principal and founder of The Appum Group, " The White Paper Company ", and has been producing commercial white papers for the past 11 years. White Paper FAQs.

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What is an Interactive White Paper?

The ROI Guy

An Interactive White Paper dynamically customizes the content of a white paper for prospects based on the prospect’s registration profile (if available), and inputs to a few profile questions. Based on the profile, the white paper content intelligently fine tunes itself to be more relevant and personalized for a prospect’s particular research and needs. interactive smart content interactive white paper Demand Generation Pisello Alinean

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15 B2B case studies show how content marketing drives ROI

Biznology

Here are 15 B2B case studies. Use specific content solutions to impact different stages of the buying cycle. ADP : Developed a content marketing campaign to connect and engage with their target audience on a ADP solution using white papers and a diagnostic assessment tool. This campaign targeted C-level prospects in financial institutions with $1 billion or more in assets across the buying cycle.

Killer Questions to Ask Before Starting a White Paper Project

Ambal's Amusings

How can you create a white paper that serves it purpose - create high quality leads, provide useful information to potential customers etc. Well, like Stephen Covey said, "You begin with the end in mind" We asked our panel of white paper experts "W hat are the 3 key questions you ask before starting a white paper project? Jonathan Kantor is 14-year white paper marketing veteran. Generating More Leads with Video White Papers. Buying Guide.

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How to enhance information absorption for your white paper?

Ambal's Amusings

Many companies are producing video white papers as online presentations based on information that would normally go into a printed white paper. We asked our panel of white paper experts "In what scenarios should video white papers be used? What are components of a good video white paper?" " A video white paper combines information with a real person to create a very unique delivery mechanism " Michael Stelzner's Bio. White Paper FAQs.

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ClickInsights: What is the ideal length of a white paper?

Ambal's Amusings

How do you concisely convey the information you want to present in your white paper? How long should a white paper be to convey information and yet hold readers interest from start to end? We have invited White Paper Experts to shed light on the following question: "What is the ideal length of a white paper?" " We have invited White Paper Experts to shed light on the following question: "What is the ideal length of a white paper?"

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The White Paper Question: To Gate or Not To Gate?

Ambal's Amusings

We asked white paper experts: " How should marketers balance the need for free content (helpful for prospects decision making) Vs. the need to have content that produces a steady flow of good leads (that can directed to sales team)? Jonathan Kantor is the principal and founder of The Appum Group, " The White Paper Company ", and has been producing commercial white papers for the past 11 years. He is also the author of the White Paper Pundit blog.

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If You Want Better Leads, Set Your Content Free

Industrial Marketing Today

Traditional lead generation tactics usually involves creating some valuable marketing content such as a white paper to use as a giveaway for the purpose of collecting names and email addresses. Setting your marketing content free may sound like a radical idea for those who continue to believe in the old mantra “hand over your contact information if you want my white paper (or other content).” See White Papers: Lift Your Barrier? ).

How does Alinean decide which customer profile data points to use in order to personalize the Interactive White Paper?

The ROI Guy

Typically for an Interactive White Paper , as a rule of thumb, you don’t want more than 4 or 5 profile questions. Second, buyers expect that an interactive white paper will be customized to match their relevancy needs. From our research of what buyers want, the relevant dimensions to pivot on, in priority order are: Role in buying decision (persona) Stage in buying cycle (discovery, consideration, selection) Pa in points / opportunity / analysis I ndustry Size Geographic Location.

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Can different call to actions in the Interactive White Paper be recommended based on the customer profile information?

The ROI Guy

Often, based on the user’s role and stage in the buying lifecycle, the call to action within the Interactive White Paper can be custom configured to provide proper / better guidance. For example, early in the buying lifecycle, executive decision makers could be guided towards a diagnostic assessment, to help pinpoint opportunities and provide prioritization advice / build urgency. interactive smart content interactive white paper Demand Generation Pisello Alinean

White Papers are Influence Kings, But Need Personalization to Retain Crown

The ROI Guy

Internet Fuels IT Buying Cycles According to a recent survey of 500 technology decision makers and influencers, Internet access to content is changing the way IT solutions are purchased, with buyers using on-line research to drive substantial portion of the decision making cycle on their own. In a do-more-with-less environment, IT buyers view on-line content as essential to the buying process, a facilitator to help make better decisions more quickly.

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Social Media and B2B Marketing Do Pair Well

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Social Media and B2B Marketing Do Pair Well by Achinta Mitra on April 20, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Social Media Marketing , Social Networking For a while, it was difficult to find hardcore data to make a business case for social media. I’m happy to see that’s no longer the case. This white paper aims to change that perception of them.

ClickInsights: How should case studies be used in marketing activities versus sales activities?

Ambal's Amusings

Marketing team within a company works to put together and publish case studies to highlight their solutions and products. We asked case study experts "How case studies should be used in marketing activities versus sales activities?" " We also asked them to share their insights on the following questions: What is Marketing Team's objective in creating a Case Study? How does a Marketing Team use a Case Study? How does a Sales Team use a Case Study?

ShoreTel Infuses Predictive for More Efficient Demand Gen

Ignite Tech

In a recent conversation with ShoreTel’s head of demand gen (and one of Infer’s Top 25 Predictive Sales and Marketing Innovators ), Carolyn Wellsfry Cheng described her company’s demand generation programs, predictive use cases, marketing challenges and cost-per-MQL measurement approach. We first segment our leads by explicit action (like “contact sales” requests or white paper downloads) which are prioritized by intent. Customer Stories Lead Scoring Uncategorized Use Cases

The Risks of Over-Reliance on Late-Stage Content

The Point

Whatever demand gen channels you use to generate marketing leads, there’s value in always promoting a mix of content and other offers that span the entire buying cycle: early-stage, mid-stage, and late-stage.

How to Bridge the Gap Between Sales & Marketing

RockContent

I would download, print, and assign the leads by writing the reps name on the paper lead in the top left corner. As leads were called, I would receive feedback from the reps, often receiving the paper lead back with chicken scratch notes telling me what I did wrong. Case studies.

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The Two Core Elements of B2B Social Media Marketing Success

Webbiquity SMM

Content can be produced in a wide variety of formats: • White papers. Case studies. Of course, in the B2B realm, your content should be targeted at addressing a specific question or concern of a specific type of buyer at a specific stage of the buying cycle (e.g. Remarkable: ask yourself—if I were on a buying team that was evaluating my product or service, is this a piece of content that I would feel inspired to pass along to other members of the team?

A Nurture Strategy for Content Syndication Leads

The Point

However, as much as it has a reputation as a way to generate “guaranteed” leads, content syndication is not a cure-all, and indeed, more than most demand generation channels, is likely to generate sales leads that gravitate towards the early stages of the buying cycle.

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Do You Want Intent Data with That?

The Point

In other words, would you only ever want marketing leads from prospects pre-determined to be actively researching your category, solution, use case, etc.? However, if it’s a prerequisite for anything you ever do in demand gen, you’re doing your company and sales team a disservice by limiting engagement to only those prospects already in the more advanced stages of the buying journey. If you could layer third-party intent data into every lead gen program you run, would you do it?

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Welcome, Gen A: The Age of Automation for Sales and Marketing is Here

Zoominfo

Training wasn’t as immersive as it needed to be, either, says Gupta, who recently co-authored a research paper on this topic for the Journal of Business Research. Before COVID, an executive might have solely made a buying decision for a team.

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Industrial Marketing Content that Helps Buyers

Industrial Marketing Today

Here are some marketing content ideas for helping your buyers move closer to the procurement stage of the industrial buy cycle. I am not minimizing the value of more conventional marketing content such as product data sheets, application notes, case studies, whitepapers and blog posts to name just a few. It is very common to find marketing content from manufacturers and industrial companies that is all about how great their products are or that their technology is innovative.

“Information Overload” Biggest Change Agent for Marketing in Next Decade?

The ROI Guy

One of the best ways we have found to connect with customers one-on-one is through interactive white papers. These interactive white papers ask a few simple profile and opportunity questions, and then intelligently combine qualitative content such as relevant situational analysis, case studies and next steps with personalized quantitative savings and value assessment– all to create completely relevant and compelling content for the buyer.

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Using Content to Move Prospects Forward in the Sales Cycle

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Using Content to Move Prospects Forward in the Sales Cycle by Achinta Mitra on May 5, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , B2B Marketing Collateral , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Sales Strategies We often think of online content as the text on a web or blog page. Your online content needs to play a much more active role in moving site visitors along in his/her buy decision.