David Hume, an 18th-century Scottish philosopher, said that human reason doesn’t actually direct motivations and behavior — rather, feelings do. Hume discovered this by observing his own mind in action, but since then, science has proven that he was right.
For example, Joshua Greene, neuroscientist at Harvard, has extensively studied the interconnectedness of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, known as the …Read More
Many B2B marketers make the mistake of focusing too much on one stage of the buyer’s journey. Some produce most of their content for the top of the funnel — prospects who have just begun exploring their problem. Others have almost nothing to offer these awareness-stage prospects and go heavy on case studies and sales sheets.
Another common mistake is overlooking the …Read More
Startups and product designers know how important it is to validate a product idea before building it out. You must find out if your assumptions are accurate. Basing a product strategy on guesswork is a recipe for a failed launch. It’s just as important to validate your personas for the same reason — if you’re simply guessing, you’ll end up …Read More
Human beings are wired to avoid loss. We fear change because it involves risk—a potential for loss. For this reason, many B2B buying decisions get put off (or worse, permanently tabled). A buying decision involves change. There’s inherent risk. If a purchase doesn’t work out well, the decision-maker could lose a promotion—or lose a job.
So how can you motivate prospects …Read More
Does having a UVP that communicates how your product or service is better than others translate into more sales?
As it turns out, a company’s UVP typically isn’t enough to motivate prospects to choose it over a competitor. In a survey sponsored by Think with Google, only 14% of buyers perceived enough meaningful difference between the value of competing B2B brands …Read More
It’s the Age of Big Data. Everything is tracked. Everything is measured. Everything is analyzed.
A 2016 study of 316 executives from large global companies, conducted by Forbes Insights and sponsored by Teradata in partnership with McKinsey, found that 90% of organizations report medium to high levels of investment in big data analytics, and about a third call their investments “very significant.” Another study last …Read More
“Storytelling” is one of the marketing’s industry’s biggest buzzwords. Every marketer knows that telling stories is a powerful way to communicate. It’s been true since the dawn of the human race. People have used stories to warn each other of danger and to relate epic adventures throughout generations. People connect with stories on an emotional level, and for that reason, …Read More
Salespeople are tenacious. They send email after email, make call after call, meet with prospect after prospect, then get up morning after morning and repeat. Salespeople work hard. But hard work doesn’t make sales — at least not efficiently.
Most B2B companies now understand the role that content plays in marketing, to generate leads. But many companies are still relying on “hard work” methods …Read More
You’ve probably heard the parable of the blind men and the elephant. This story first appeared in the Buddhist text Udana 6.4, dating around the 1st millennium BCE. If it’s been awhile since you’ve read it, the parable goes like this:
A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to their town. None …Read More
Everyone is drawn to a good story. Why? We love to imagine ourselves as the protagonist, overcoming the odds and winning. Stories are inspiring. Stories help us understand how the world works.
Ultimately, stories give us clues about how to solve our own problems in the real world. And stories are attractive because they’re concrete. They’re visual, easily pictured in the …Read More