What happens to the leads your marketing department generates from initiatives such as white-paper downloads, referrals and trade-show business-card drops? According to research firm MarketingSherpa, 12.5 percent are genuine leads, ready or willing to buy and get moved into the sales cycle, while 17.5 percent get discarded right away because they clearly didn’t qualify or couldn’t be verified. Learn more today!
B2B marketers, like their B2C colleagues, have diligently worked at perfecting the art of shaping customer and prospect perceptions. They have years of experience developing precisely targeted communications comprised of finely tuned content directed at the specific audiences they want to influence. Traditional brand marketing requires the engineering of messages that engender the right impressions about the company’s products in the marketplace. The traditional art of branding has grown and flourished for many years. But that’s all begun to change.
Smaller budgets. Fewer personnel. More pressure to show value. As the recession lingers on, B2B marketers are being called upon to deliver bigger, faster, cheaper results with less resources. But the current economic climate means even companies able to make high-dollar purchases will require more touch points to nurture them through the buying process. Today's business buyers are cautiously working to make smarter, more informed decisions.