B2B CMOs are shifting focus to expanded revenue responsibilities, which means they are increasingly being asked to own their numbers with heightened involvement in the customer experience and communication across the organization with strong teams. This requires today’s CMO to transform into a leader that focuses on brand storytelling, strong talent retention and team building, revenue- and customer-focused, as well as maximizing the efficiency of their tech stack.
When you’re looking to buy something, which situation do you prefer? Getting instantly accessible information that’s specific to your needs and decision-making process or sifting through an amalgamation of random content and items? It’s a no-brainer, right?
TOPO’s annual Summit brought hundreds of sales and marketing professionals to San Francisco’s Pier 27 for two days of learning around topics such as marketing ops and tech, sales development and effectiveness, as well as account-based marketing and sales ops and tech. TOPO analysts and practitioners from companies such as Cloudera, ServiceNow, Zoom and more took the stage on April 17-18 to share their insights into the latest trends and best practices fueling modern B2B marketing and sales practices.
Price and quality used to be the top determining factors in B2B and B2C purchasing decisions. However, considering the fact that over half of B2B customers are now shopping online and competition is growing fiercer, the customer experience is becoming more influential on consumer behavior than ever before.
For years, B2B marketing has discussed the “consumerization” of the B2B buyer. However, technology specifically has continued to remain siloed as B2B or B2C point solutions. Adobe has shown that it is positioning itself as the cross-practice cloud ecosystem, especially with the acquisitions of Marketo and Magento, to drive digital transformation that meets buyer expectations of a frictionless, memorable experience.
The B2B buyer’s journey looks more like its B2C counterpart each year, and e-commerce solutions are the newest trend helping B2B marketers create streamlined, consumer-like experiences.
There is one constant variable in the B2B ecosystem: change is inevitable and crucial to the continued growth of a business. This was a major talking point during the opening keynote at the B2B Marketing Exchange, in which DemandGen International CEO David Lewis took the stage to share tips and strategies to promote change within an organization to fuel growth and customer success.