2020 Success: Build Marketing Around The Buyers' Needs, Not Yours

 

The close of 2019 and dawning of 2020 marks several important events, in addition of course to the holidays. Tis the season to be insightful, as the business world launches its annual rite of strategic marketing planning. Deck the boardrooms with white boards and sticky notes! Gotta get that new marketing plan in place and blasted out to the team to start the New Year with a bang.

And everyone will rally behind this brilliantly conceived plan, leveraging its insights and directives as catalysts for driving sales and profits to new heights. Right?

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Topics: business planning, buyer insights, competitive marketing, competitive strategy, content marketing

Gartner says: Sales and marketing influences just 32% of B2B buyer’s journey

buyers journeyI am fascinated by a recent Gartner study about the journey of 700 enterprise buyers across the U.S., EMEA, Brazil, India and China. According to a recent interview with Hank Barnes, Research Vice President at Gartner, the study focused on four areas:

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer interviews, buyer journey, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, Buying Criteria, competitive marketing, competitive strategy, Good Use of Personas, Market Research, market research, marketing plans, sales enablement, Sales people, Technology Buyers

How to Rock Your Content With Just 5 Buying Insights

Given the big investments that companies make in content marketing, you’d think that buyers would be impressed. You’d also expect that company executives would be enthusiastic about marketing results. Yet, marketers continue to struggle for budget, and buyers regularly tell us that vendor-supplied information isn’t helpful.

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Topics: B2B, B2B marketing, buyer persona, Buyer Personas, competitive marketing, content marketing, Content Marketing, content marketing world, Joe Pulizzi, Launch, Leads generation and nurturing, Lee Odden, Positioning & Messaging, Product Marketing Redefined, strategic marketing, Top Rank

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