The Role Of Emotions And Goals In B2B Buying Decisions

By on August 28th, 2015

For most of the past few decades, leading up to the advent of the Internet and digital technologies in the 21st century, there has been an accepted paradigm regarding B2B buying decisions.   This paradigm consisted of an unquestioned notion that B2B buying decisions were disciplined, rigorous, process-based, and rational.   In essence, a prevailing belief B2B buying decisions were exclusively very rational and based on comparative options. This is truly not…

The Cure For The Common Cold Call Is Social Selling

By on August 27th, 2015

Are you coughing up excuses why you missed your sales quota? Are you working at a feverish pace to get through your call list with no luck? Or, are you feeling depressed and alone since your calls and emails go unanswered? If you are experiencing these symptoms which prevent you from making a successful connection with a new sales prospect, then you have a case of the common bad cold…

Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop. Why You Should Stop Selling In Your Content Marketing

By on August 26th, 2015

We often get asked by our customers to help them create content that is more promotional, or that has a direct product tie-in. Or as I've heard some executives huff: "we are in the business of selling stuff ya' know." Stop promoting products in your content marketing for these reasons: Content marketing must help the buyer. And in doing so, you help the business. Brands need to think and act like publishers.…

If You Blog And No One Reads It Does It Really Matter?

By on August 26th, 2015

If you write a blog post and no one reads it, did you really write it? Hmmm. Now that’s a question for a content marketing guru, ninja or king to answer. Many marketers have met the challenge of finding and motivating co-workers, internal thought leaders and executive leadership to write blogs. These subject matter experts (SME) are an excellent reputation-building resources a brand. This blogging ‘win’ is huge, since only…

The Best Way To Convert New Buyers Is To Help Them First

By on August 25th, 2015

I often participate in interviews with people all over the world who are looking to understand the shift happening in marketing today. This latest conversation reflects some of the biggest challenges in content marketing. Which one of these questions and answers resonates with you? How do you build an effective content marketing strategy? A successful content marketing strategy starts with a commitment by the business to shift budget from the…