These days so many B2B marketers rely on data to ‘talk’ with their customers. They measure the number of views they get on their online properties. They set quotas on how many tweets, blog posts, and LinkedIn connections they need to keep a campaign going. If a certain course of action isn’t creating the right numbers, it’s automatically discarded in favor of a different approach.
Meanwhile, you risk forgetting that IT leads aren’t things you find like you would with a metal detector. You don’t ‘talk’ to your audience just by reading the data they generate on a graph. To find your leads, you need a human detector.
Kashmir Hill’s little coverage of Defcon perfectly demonstrates how business conventions and tradeshows aren’t just two-dimensional corporate gatherings. An event can quickly and easily assimilate elements that aren’t hardcore B2B. You have to consider the idea of social going beyond just professional networking. Entertainment itself can make for a lot of surprises.
As such, if your IT lead generation campaign incorporates events on any level, those aren’t possibilities that you can simply ignore. Remember, this is a context where people will have to get up and about, actively engaging all sorts of dynamic marketing content (e.g. booths, freebies, presentations, demonstrations etc). It’s not exactly cut-and-dry so here’s a quick guide to understanding how an event’s non-B2B sides can interact with your campaign: Continue reading →