The issue of personal or professional rights can sometimes crop up for B2B marketers. One moment you’re explaining to a hostile gatekeeper why they cannot sue you for telemarketing simply because they’re using a registered business number. In another moment, you’re challenging the suspension of your site because you followed all the domain’s guidelines to the letter.
However, there comes a point when just declaring your rights can actually be counterproductive (if not downright infantile).
There used to be a time when B2B marketers worried about the finer points of the sales process. “Did I say the right thing?” “Were these the numbers they wanted to see?” “Do these people trust me?” Today, the first thing they worry about is whether or not the numbers are high enough whether it’s the data churned out by their CRM system, the number of emails they’ve sent, or how the links they’ve peppered across the net.
What’s odd is not just how these things may have little to do with the quality of your marketing messages or whether your prospect is actually all that eager to do business with you. It’s the fact that even tech companies are trying to eliminate these scruples and take everything back to how it used to be.
For serious sports fan, things like half-time shows and ad spots are nothing more than the necessary evils meant to finance their love for a game. But you know, they’re really not the only ones in the audience. It’s not like everyone’s a big fan of the fans either.
But when things like a mom’s favorite afternoon soap or a kid’s regular cartoon gets disrupted by the big ‘ol Superbowl, they really don’t have much of a say compared to the majority of the sporting fanbase. (No offense to all the football fans out there.)
Fortunately, that’s where the second purpose of these little sideshows comes in. They have become what you might call the halftime niche.
What’s more incredible though is that this same niche could include your own target market of business decision makers.
During the early days of SEO, marketers essentially worried more about how the numbers are crunched as opposed to anything more substantial (reactions/response to content, quality of messaging, validity of sources etc). There was a complete divide between this particular style of online marketing and what was still the obscure area that is content marketing.
Today, content marketing on the internet is practically synonymous with SEO. Does this mean that content marketing has become a number crunching game or the complete opposite?
Much like people, brands are sometimes praised for being all hip and new or discarded for being obsolete and outdated.
However, how much of it has really anything to do with the actual age of your business? Your B2B lead generation strategy could actually discover the real deciding factor of how ‘old’ your brand looks.