Are software developers now the key to selling your high-tech product? According to this article, the selling process has shifted and developers are now a key constituency.
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Quick pop quiz for technology marketers:
1. For which type of purchase do you think IT buyers want more information – a complex technology purchase or a more commoditized one like a laptop or tablet?
2. For which of these purchases – a complex or a commoditized – do IT buyers rely most heavily on peer recommendations?
I’m often asked this question by marketers who embrace the idea of content marketing, but a persistent voice in the back of their head is whispering“Do I need to create this much stuff for ALL our buyers?”
There's lots of information about content marketing out there, but it's a bit harder to find resources that directly apply to or are helpful to technology marketers. Since marketing technology is relatively unique, I've created a list called "Best Content Marketing Resources for Technology Marketers" on List.ly.
Please read it, share your opinions on the resources, and add your own favorites to the list so it continues to evolve into a useful resource.
If you’ve read my blog, you likely know I am a HUGE advocate of regularly interviewing customers or prospects. Here is a real-life example of the outstanding benefits companies can reap if they regularly converse with their customers.
Wouldn’t it be great to pull out a crystal ball and know exactly what your prospective technology buyers DON’T want in your marketing content?
UBM TechWeb recently published an interesting report on what technology buyers want from their vendors’ content. As you might image, it didn’t involve requests for more product datasheets.
Rather they want fact-based, best practices-oriented content that helps them make purchasing decisions. Although this research is focused on the technology industry, the results can be applied to most any complex, B2B purchasing cycle.
(To see the what buyers don't want in your content, visit my post: "Technology Buyers' Biggest Marketing Turn-offs.")
According to Market2Lead, the sales cycle is nearly 25% shorter for nurtured leads.
Lead nurturing is a great method for staying in front of prospects that aren’t yet ready to buy from you. Most of us are aware that some percentage of the names in our database might have a cursory interest in our services, but due to timing, just aren’t in the market yet for a solution. However, if you implement a lead nurturing campaign, you can stay top-of-mind with these prospects so when they ARE ready to buy, they’ll think of you first.
Monday 9 am. The Sales VP is drumming his fingers on your desk demanding more leads for his team.
You have two choices:
1. Fire off an email offer to your entire database.
2. Calmly explain the advantages of quality over quantity.
I’d take #2.
It’s true: buyers want your marketing information. What they don’t want is your sales pitch.
They don’t want cold calls, or your Sales team bothering them just because they downloaded a white paper. It’s a sure turnoff in the sales process and could easily lead them to drop your company from their research.
It will Transform Your Team into Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset
Adele Revella is the queen of buyer personas. I was fortunate, early in my career, to attend Adele’s “Effective Product Marketing” class. It’s where I first heard of buyer personas and their positive effect on your organization, your revenue, and your professional reputation.
I often preach about the importance of deeply understanding your buyers in order to create engaging, useful content. One extremely valuable channel for intimate buyer understanding is your sales team. They’re on the front lines all day long talking to buyers, and they have great insights on what resonates and what doesn’t.
Content marketing is about producing high-value content that addresses your buyers’ concerns and interests. The focus is on education, not selling. It’s also about giving buyers the information they want when they want it – not hitting them over the head with lots of stuff they may not be ready for – because they’ll either ignore it or delete it.
Remember, technology buyers are delaying talking to your sales team – they want to do as much self-service research as possible before they contact you. To help them, you need to align your content with the stages in your sales cycle.
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