Inbound Marketing suffers when B2B marketers don’t know their customers

Inbound marketing is a large part of most B2B marketing’s budget – as it should be. At the same time, the effectiveness of the inbound spend is in question for many organizations and marketing is looking for ways to optimize and monetize this spend.

For me, it begins with knowing your customer and understanding their journey. Understanding why they are looking for your type of solution and understanding what is motivating and driving them in their decision making process. Yet, I also see that many B2B marketers do not know their customers. Time and again I meet with marketing teams to help them build personas, the buyer journey and then create the right content plan for both inbound and outbound campaigns and I am amazed at how often marketing does not know the customer. That’s why I now require sales to be a part of these engagements. It’s interesting that B2B marketers have become so removed from the customer while B2C marketers are the experts on all things related to the customer.

When this knowledge of the customer is not there, it is difficult to have an effective inbound program. I wrote about this for Chief Marketer (https://www.chiefmarketer.com/b2b/focus-customer-inbound-marketing-06082014) and I integrated into the conversation a theory I have recently learned in my PhD program – market orientation. This is a firm-wide capability, led by marketing, that senses and responds to customer changes. Sounds easy and the companies that do this well experience growth in revenue and profit, improved client acquisition and retention, and a competitive advantage in the market.

Read about my thoughts on this topic in Chief Marketer…this is just my opinion based on what I see..what have you experienced?

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About Debbie Qaqish
Debbie is a nationally recognized thought leader, innovator and speaker in Revenue Marketing with more than 30 years of experience applying strategy, technology and process to help B2B companies drive revenue growth. She is the author of the award winning book – “Rise of the Revenue Marketer,” Chancellor of Revenue Marketing University, and host of Revenue Marketer Radio (WRMR). Debbie has been at the forefront of the marketing automation phenomenon, first as a beneficiary, and now as an advocate and expert. She is a frequent speaker and writer on topics related to Revenue Marketing transformation, leadership, change management, sales and marketing alignment, ROI, content, organization, talent and marketing operations. She coined the term “Revenue Marketer” in 2011. As a principal partner and chief strategy officer of The Pedowitz Group, Debbie is responsible for developing and managing global client relationships, as well as leading the firm’s thought leadership initiatives. Debbie is also PhD candidate and her dissertation topic is how the CMO adopts financial accountability in an e-marketing environment.

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