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.
You might think the title is suggesting something crazy but don’t be fooled. Today, everyone is a combatant. You might not see it as you’re sitting there in the comfort of either corner office or cubicle but there is definitely a battle going on.
Because really, you’d be lying to yourself if you think the internet can’t be a very dangerous place for lead generators.
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.
For many lead generators, getting a prospect that is loved by the sales rep is already a noble pursuit. Compatibility between prospect and representative seem to be the decisive factor between a smooth, successful sales process and a department that’s viciously torn in two.
On the other hand, are the same lead generators really making a difference when they’re constantly called match like with like? Are different organizations completely defined by the common interests of just the salesperson in one and the single decision maker in the other?
What if they’re both just in the same comfort zone and aren’t really helping either organization as a whole?
Whether you’re a marketer or currently got some marketing work to be done, how often have you been advised to ‘speak human?’
It sounds insulting at first but really, why is this piece of advice so prevalent? Are B2B marketers truly so detached from the man in the street? Or put it in another way, is the common man so incapable of grasping the complex value proposition of B2B marketers?
Well, in either case, maybe the best way to really speak human is to focus on story-telling.