It’s hard to believe the year is almost over and 2015 is right around the corner. At this point in the year, smart marketers know that in order to stay ahead of the competition they must be aware of the anticipated B2B marketing trends for 2015 and adjust their strategies accordingly. Check out these 3 B2B marketing trends to watch for in 2015.
Great white sharks are probably the most recognizable underwater predators because they’ve honed their skills over thousands of years. They’ve spent that time growing and evolving to get better at targeting their food sources. We’re going to teach you how you can target prospects like a great white shark.
Companies need revenue to survive, which means that sales and marketing teams need to excel at targeting the right prospects to feed the bottom line with monetary “food”. Sales and marketing departments need to hone their skills and evolve their selling techniques to avoid sleeping with the fishes!
Do you ever feel like your approach to targeting your best possible buyer is like flinging spaghetti on a wall and seeing what sticks? You’re not alone. Despite the massive amount of analytics available to companies today, many marketers are still misfiring and sending the wrong content to the wrong prospects.
Buyer Personas: Know Your Customers, Know Your Prospects
A good way to sharpen your aim is to create buyer personas, which are detailed profiles about your customers. Creating buyer personas helps you determine who to target and with what message. If you don’t truly understand your customers, you risk:
Determining how to structure your marketing strategy is a complicated task. You’re expected to stay within a determined budget and come up with viable, affordable opportunities to bring in qualified leads. These steps will help you to strategize efficiently and reach most likely buyers:
Sales and marketing are inherently connected. The sales team relies on content and lead generation from marketing and the marketing team needs sales people to carry out marketing strategies. They both share the same overall goal: to increase revenue for the company. The challenge is to align the sales and marketing departments so that they can efficiently work towards that goal.
Big Data encompasses all of the structured and unstructured data that can be found, measured, and analyzed. Where is this data coming from? It can be found through transactions, social media, sensor and M2M data, federal, state, local, and public records, and a variety of other sources. Big data includes all of the information people populate manually as well as the information that can be found about people and businesses. The amount of personal and enterprise information available is growing exponentially in an increasingly technologically-driven world. So what’s the big deal about big data? It isn’t just about dealing with more data than before – big data is characterized by velocity, variety, and variability (the 3 V’s). Continue reading →
Whether you know it or not, business growth opportunities exist within your B2B database. Chances are, your database is full of contacts from years’ worth of trade shows, conferences, and other business events. But beyond knowing where these people came from, do you know anything else, such as who they are, how they engage with your organization, their needs and interests, and where they are in the sales process? Continue reading →
Knowing and understanding who your prospects and customers are is essential to building more profitable marketing campaigns. In addition to knowing names, email addresses, phone numbers, industries, and titles, it’s important to know who these people are, how they engage with your organization, their needs and interests, and where they are in the sales process. Once you understand the data, you can begin to develop buyer personas and better leverage lead scoring. Continue reading →
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Is your sales team spending too much time reaching out to prospects, with little to no success in closing the deal? There’s nothing more disappointing than wasting time chasing after a prospect via phone, email, or other means of communication only to find out that they’re not interested, don’t have the budget, or have no need for your product. As frustrating as this is for the sales team, think about the impact it’s having on your organization’s bottom line. Continue reading →