Marketing Interactions

A Lack of Customer Advocacy Could Make B2B Buyers Walk Away

Marketing Interactions

I was interviewing a client’s customer a few days ago for a persona project and something he said made me stop and think. If there was no customer advocacy, he’d walk away. Sure, I’ve heard customers say that case studies and testimonials are important.

Create B2B Buyer Personas that Inform Content Marketing Strategy

Marketing Interactions

Enable collaboration among marketing, product, sales, and customer service for a consistent experience. Internal interviews are valuable as a baseline for how your organization perceives and understands your buyers and customers. Keep the size of the customer company in mind.

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How to Apply a B2B Buyer Persona to Your Content Marketing Strategy

Marketing Interactions

A Day in the Life” establishes a shared view of the customer across the organization. This level of detail highlights long-tail keywords for top of the funnel SEO, provided you’ve chosen phrases your customers also use.

A B2B Buyer Persona is Not an Island

Marketing Interactions

This means consistently, continuously and across the entire buying process and customer lifecycle. If you know me, you know I’m all about creating and using B2B buyer personas to drive content marketing strategy. I’ve created more than 400 buyer personas over the last four or five years.

Empathy: Your Lead Generation Superpower

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO & Founder of markempa

There has never been more marketing channels to reach potential customers. That's why we need to go beyond rational-logic based marketing to understand how our customers feel. The single biggest issue for B2B growth is effective lead generation: increasing lead quality and quantity.

The Value of ABM Goes Beyond Marketing

Marketing Interactions

Even if we say we’re putting the customer front and center, usually we’re not really walking the talk. But in most of these conversations, the customer becomes the equivalent of a wanted poster. Pushing product: it’s what B2B companies have been doing for years.

The 10 Commandments of Successful B2B Customer Retention

Act-On

It’s the age of the customer. Whether you’re talking about marketing that’s “customer-centric” or “customer first,” or discussing “the. customer experience,” “customer success,” or “customer retention,” there’s no shortage of buzzwords about the customer.

Want More Profits? Focus on Your Best and Worst Customers

Act-On

Does your customer management strategy need an upgrade? Super customers can 16x your profits - and so can firing your "super awful" customers. Customer Marketing customer lifetime value customer management customer marketing

Customer Lifecycle Optimization: Why It Matters And How To Improve It

Act-On

Customer lifecycle optimization is thinking of your sales funnel as a whole, not just disparate parts. Advocacy & Loyalty Customer Marketing customer lifecycle customer lifecycle optimization customer marketing

Seven Things Marketers Need to Know About Lead Generation

Speaker: Douglas Burdett, Host of The Marketing Book Podcast, Founder/Principal of ARTILLERY

Instead of finding customers with mass advertising and email blasts, marketers must now focus on being found and learn to build continuous relationships with buyers.

This is What Customer-Centric Marketing Really Looks Like

Act-On

Customer experience is a top priority for many companies. See how to create marketing that puts the customer first. That’s true customer-centric marketing. Advocacy & Loyalty Customer Marketing customer centric marketing customer marketing expand marketing

4 Myths Preventing True B2B Customer Understanding

Tony Zambito

There is a big problem when it comes to B2B customer research. That is, making their buyer personas about customer research and not confirming existing buyer profiling assumptions. These assumptions can then get in the way of truly understanding their customers.

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

Tony Zambito

Compounding the issue today is the prevalent use of the term buyer persona to describe customer segmentation and buyer profiling efforts. The issue I am referring to is the confusion that can surround distinguishing between customer segmentation, buyer profiling, and buyer personas today.

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. by Yarden Gilboa.

The 10 Best Customer Service and Customer Engagement Platforms

Webbiquity

The emergence and spread of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has dramatically changed the game for both B2B vendors and customers. But it also means a dramatic leap in customer expectations. Professional customers (i.e., Customer Service Management Tools.

Developing a Conversational Approach

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, CEO & Founder of VisumCx

B2B buyers are more sophisticated than ever before, from the customers’ initial discovery, to the moment they commit to buy. With information at their fingertips, the chances are that potential customers have already met you, judged you and have a firm impression on your company and products.

Five Customer Experience Challenges That Must Be Overcome

Type A Communications

November 28, 2017 by Carlos Hidalgo Customer experience continues to take center stage with high-performing B2B organizations. According to a Forbes Insights, EY Study on Customer Experience, 69% of CMO’s state.

Why (and How) Your Team Should Personalize the Customer Experience

Act-On

We all have good intentions when it comes to customer experience and treating our customers well, but sometimes there are disconnects. But some recent research suggests some companies, and their customers, are having exactly that kind of experience. Customers disagree.

Five Strategies for Improving Customer Experience

Webbiquity

As a marketing professional, you understand customers are your firm’s most valuable assets. However, dialing into customer loyalty and determining what it takes to improve customer retention isn’t always easy. Does it encourage customers to stay, browse, and purchase?

Informed Customer Understanding Should Guide Marketing

Tony Zambito

While others portray that if you just do these few things, then there will be a proverbial pot of gold, at the end of the year filled with overflowing coins of new leads and customers. One thing that is clear is the dynamics of markets, customers, and sellers continue to unfold in new ways.

Ten tips for customer reactivation

Biznology

Are you looking for the best ways to reactivate dormant customers and reduce churn? Consider which of these may be the most applicable to your business, your customers, and your objectives. The longer a customer is inactive, the more likely an eventual defection.

Experiencing Customers To Deliver Customer Experience

Type A Communications

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How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content

Tony Zambito

The voluminous nature of marketing and sales content is making it harder for organizations to get through to customers and potential customers today. The bar has now been raised for marketers to make it through the eye of the needle of customer attention. by Creative Stall.

The Perfect Customer Marketer Job Description

Influitive b2b

Customer marketing is on the rise. According to Koyne Marketing’s 2017 State of Customer Marketing Report, 93% of organizations agree that customer marketing is important or very important to their revenue, and more than two-thirds are planning to boost their investment in customer marketing over the next year.

Why Customer Experience is the Hot New Thing in Marketing

Act-On

“The customer experience is the next competitive battleground.”. It’s old-fashioned, but it works: Be good to your customers. Be good from the first time they encounter you to years after they’ve become your loyal, return customer. And of customer advocates?

Should Customer Data Platforms Be "Marketer-Controlled"?

Customer Experience Matrix

Thomas Wieberneit argues in a thoughtful blog post that companies need one platform for consolidated customer data, but that Customer Data Platform isn’t it because the CDP is “marketer-controlled” by definition, and thus doesn’t support other departments.

Singing the Customer Data Platform Blues: Who's to Blame for Disjointed Customer Data?

Customer Experience Matrix

Many surveys present a familiar tune: most marketers want unified customer data but few have it. Better tools, like Customer Data Platforms, can help by reducing the expertise needed.

3 Things Customers Expect from Your Videos for Customer Support

Vidyard

Most customers share these sentiments and with the ubiquity of instant customer service options from live-chat to SMS, email, voice, and social, customers have been trained to expect things to just work and if they don’t, they want immediate, seamless support.

Marketers Are Struggling to Keep Up Customer Expectations: Here's Proof

Customer Experience Matrix

How pitiful is this: My wife left me alone all last weekend and the most mischief I could get into was looking for research about cross-channel customer views. Let's start with a truth universally acknowledged – that customers have rising expectations for personalized treatment.

Customer Experience Simplified

Modern Marketing

However, as much as we overcomplicate things, there is no overstating the importance of providing the best customer experience possible each time, every time and across all channels. According to Gartner, 89% of all businesses will compete on customer experience this year.

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. The idea that customer experience is of significant importance has been around for a couple of decades. State Of B2B Customer Experience Is Unhealthy. by Creative Stall.

97 Customer Experience Stats Marketers Need to Know

Type A Communications

December 1, 2016 by Carla Johnson By 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product and the key differentiator between brands. Customer Experience B2B Carla Johnson Customer Service Digital Customer Experience Mobile Customer Experience Type A Communications

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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.

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

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m currently drafting a paper on use of Customer Data Platforms by B2B SaaS marketers. I think the reason is that banks, airlines, and telcos all capture their customers’ names as part of their normal operations.

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Why (and How) Your Team Should Personalize the Customer Experience

Act-On

We all have good intentions when it comes to customer experience and treating our customers well, but sometimes there are disconnects. But some recent research suggests some companies, and their customers, are having exactly that kind of experience. Customers disagree.

BlueVenn Bundles Omnichannel Journey Management, Personalization, and Single Customer View

Customer Experience Matrix

The company offers what it calls an omnichannel marketing platform that builds a unified customer database, manages marketing campaigns, and generates personalized Web and email messages. The system can also look up information about a specific customer in real time if an ID is provided.

The case for customer reactivation

Biznology

As marketing advances, most professionals are well aware by now of the importance of retention and reactivation in optimizing the value of the customer base. Retaining an additional 2% of customers has the same effect as cutting costs 10% ( Davidow and Malone , The Virtual Corporation ).

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3 Tips For Building A More Robust Customer Reference Program

Influitive b2b

In the past 15 years, customer reference usage in marketing and sales has evolved from simply inserting testimonials in ads to a dedicated discipline that drives revenue. Now, many more savvy marketers are looking at the bigger picture: they’re turning to customer advocacy as their “secret sauce” for making a bigger impact on their company’s.

3 Top Trends in Customer Experience

Type A Communications

Business Customer Experience Innovation Marketing Sales Technology Carla Johnson CX MME17 Modern Customer Experience Modern Marketing Experience ModernCX Oracle Type A CommunicationsMay 9, 2017 by Carla Johnson I remember seeing the first Terminator movie.

13 Customer Loyalty Best Practices for B2B Companies

Act-On

Marketers are often laser-focused on one thing: Get new customers. It ends up being such a focus that any other part of the customer lifecycle gets second-shrift. This can cause a bit of tension, as most of us know keeping customers is nearly as important as getting them in the first place. And then there’s the quotes and statistics about the benefits of customer loyalty , aka customer retention. How many of your customers buy from you more than once?