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  • Is Your B2B Sales Follow-Up Just All About The Benjamins?

    Digital content marketing delivers an abundance of actionable data on buyers that is built on a common foundation of information that boils down to a person who has engaged with a piece of marketing content. It you're on your game, it includes the person’s name, where they work, their title, geographic location, the content they accessed, and their contact information. And therein lies the problem. Sales teams, and marketers too, fixate on the contact information like a heat-seeking missile.

  • Could Generative AI Be An Over-The-Horizon Storm For B2B Marketers?

    Generative AI, in the form of ChatGPT and other technologies that retrieve information and help create content using prompts, has B2B marketers excited and at the same time fearful that it might make them obsolete. 

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  • When creating your customer persona there are two main camps that organizations fall into. Those that have customers and those do not have customers or at least very few. If you fall into the group with customers that is great, but it still does not mean you are finished, in fact it could be the recipe for disaster. 

  • Business-to-business sales professionals are no strangers to innovation. The last decade has seen a shift to Zoom meetings, the rise of hyperscale data vendors, and modern RevOps. The days of smiling and dialing and wining and dining aren’t over, per se, but things are markedly different. Enter the next disruptor: artificial intelligence and ChatGPT in particular.

  • Today it seems that every business is engaged in some sort of content marketing initiative, which means that in addition to pitching products or services via traditional marketing methods, companies also are producing content to help inform, educate and even entertain their audiences. But because there’s some confusion about what content marketing actually is, many businesses aren’t as effective as they could be in their content marketing efforts. 

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  • Customer-Centered Content Marketing - Part 2

    It is important to understand that potential buyers are on a journey to solve problems, not necessarily buy something. If you want to be considered as a solution provider, you must be a helpful participant in their problem-solving journey, the entire journey.

  • Customer-Centered Content Marketing Part 1

    Here is the problem that many of us have. We define the B2B buyer’s journey in three stages: awareness, consideration, and decision. And we define awareness as when a buyer becomes aware of us and our solutions. We then develop content strategies focused on our own products and services which is what buyers seek in the late stages of their journey. We miss the opportunity to build trust with buyers when it is most critical. What we need is a content-marketing strategy that is aligned with the real buyer's journey.

  • The Real Buyer's Journey

    The single force that has disrupted the way B2B solution providers market and sell is also the most critical to business success, buyers. As buyers discovered and embraced on-demand, digital content to help them solve problems, not make purchasing decisions, they pushed long-held B2B marketing traditions aside, rendering them obsolete.

FYB METHOD

  • Life Science Connect, the parent company of Follow Your Buyer, has had a front row seat for the past several decades for the evolutionary transformation of the buyer's journey. Here is what we learned!

  • The single force that has disrupted the way B2B solution providers market and sell is also the most critical to business success, buyers. As buyers discovered and embraced on-demand, digital content to help them solve problems, not make purchasing decisions, they pushed long-held B2B marketing traditions aside, rendering them obsolete.

  • Here is the problem that many of us have. We define the B2B buyer’s journey in three stages: awareness, consideration, and decision. And we define awareness as when a buyer becomes aware of us and our solutions. We then develop content strategies focused on our own products and services which is what buyers seek in the late stages of their journey. We miss the opportunity to build trust with buyers when it is most critical. What we need is a content-marketing strategy that is aligned with the real buyer's journey.

  • It is important to understand that potential buyers are on a journey to solve problems, not necessarily buy something. If you want to be considered as a solution provider, you must be a helpful participant in their problem-solving journey, the entire journey.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

  • Digital content marketing delivers an abundance of actionable data on buyers that is built on a common foundation of information that boils down to a person who has engaged with a piece of marketing content. It you're on your game, it includes the person’s name, where they work, their title, geographic location, the content they accessed, and their contact information. And therein lies the problem. Sales teams, and marketers too, fixate on the contact information like a heat-seeking missile.

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS & REVIEWS

9-27-23 Selling to the c-suite

 

At the top of our list of valuable, must-read books for B2B leaders, marketers, and sales professionals is “Selling to the C-Suite” by Nicholas A.C. Read and Stephen J. Bistritz. Here’s why we recommend it.

Selling To The C-Suite, Not Your Typical Sales Formula Book