Businesses need to learn how to build trust with skeptical, jaded decision makers. In a slumping economy, companies MUST master the art of building trust.
The classic problem between marketing and sales:
The solution to this problem is an agreed definition of a lead and tracking of prospect behavior, so the right content is shared at the right time.
Let's examine some critical insights from the white paper, How to Find New Customers to see how it works. We start with the single most important factor — the customer buying process:
This is the key principle of How to Find New Customers. Marketers simply must develop a strong understanding of their target audience and how they buy in order to be effective.
The real purpose of sales is not what you thought it was — it's not selling refrigerators to Eskimos. Rather it's helping the customer solve their problems through buying and implementing your products and/or services. Thus, the better you know how they buy, the more effective you can be.
Let me share an example of the need to share the Right information at the Right time with actual situation.
Undoubtedly a prestigious award like this typically leads to well-deserved congratulations and flooding the sales team with copies to hand out to prospects.
But there is a critical question that needs an answer. When should we use it? How can we get optimal value from it?
If we go back to the Customer Buying Process and ask some questions, we'll see where it fits.
No. If I don't know I have a problem, why do I care your company won an award?
No. If I have a problem, I'm looking for a fix, not a company.
Perhaps. I'm looking for an answer, so I may be just beginning to consider products and companies.
Yes. Now I'm looking for the best product and company for my needs.
As you can see, this award is best used late in the buying process.
In addition, if you really have a deep understanding and know where they go for information, your marketing can be vastly more effective - as you can use a rifle-shot approach with your marketing dollars (pounds, Euros, etc.)
Now let's examine another key principle learned by readers of How to Find New Customers — lead scoring. But in order to optimally rate leads, we need to understand and measure on-line behavior.
Review this chart from How to Find New Customers. Sit down with your sales organization and review it carefully. What do they consider a lead? Once we assign value, we need to track the behavior. This is where marketing automation products like Marketo and Eloqua come in.
I also recommend you not only focus on search but on landing pages to optimize conversions. A click does nothing unless you can convert the opportunity.
Finally, let's look at a final key principal learned in How to Find New Customers — how to write great content.
We hope these insights from How to Find New Customers was helpful. To download the document in its entirety, please click Download How to Find New Customers.
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