Modern buyers demand modern buying experiences, and that means the opportunity to consume as much content as they want — when they want — all in one place. Considering this, many progressive B2B marketing teams are turning to engagement hubs that provide their audience with the information they need on their terms.
There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the goal of B2B campaigns was simply and almost universally to get prospects to raise their hand. The marketing team would be developing some compelling offer of a webinar, white paper or E-book, decide who to target, determine what the call-to-action (CTA) would be as a conversion point (sound familiar?), and then build an inbound/outbound campaign to that CTA.
Seventy-one percent of B2B marketers rate their company’s overall content marketing success as zero to minimal, according to the Content Marketing Institute. The issue, however, isn’t about creating and publishing content, but rather creating the right content that authentically speaks to buyer needs and pain points. Leveraging inspiration from other organizations, as well as incorporating more authenticity and even humor into your messaging, can position marketing teams to create genuine, personal relationships with buyers.
In this ever-evolving B2B landscape, organizations must embrace change and stay relevant with new generations of buyers. This means developing audience-centric content, maintaining a tight knit relationship between marketing and sales, leveraging new tools and technology — such as AI — to gain greater buyer insights and more.
No matter where you work — whether a large corporation or a small, family-run business — sooner or later your marketing team will arrive at the age-old question: does size matter? Once your team has run out of budget, ideas and creative juice, they’ll likely want to consider bringing in a fresh brain to breathe some life into their rinse-and-repeat marketing strategy. And, if results are suffering, or you have astronomical goals to reach, you might even be inclined to say yes.
Millennials have long been disparaged and dismissed as “lazy and self-centered.” But marketers can no longer afford to overlook Millennials, who now comprise the largest generation in the workforce, according to the Pew Research Center, and are positioned to influence B2B purchasing decisions, according to insight from Forrester and LinkedIn. Progressive B2B companies, such as Oracle + Bronto and The Pedowitz Group, are rethinking their marketing strategies to include mobile-friendly, highly-visual content that caters to Millennial preferences.
The demands on a modern marketing team are ever-changing. What hasn’t changed, however, is the need to demonstrate transparency, accountability and impact on the business. These needs are greater than ever.