September 1, 2016
While consumers rule the market, business to business startups are making an impact in ecosystems all over the world. And while marketing to businesses can be tricky, a good B2B marketing strategy can go a long way in helping you see a return on your investments. Fortunately, there are a few tips that can help you get started:
Find Your Target Audience
B2B marketers often think that if their marketing strategy isn’t working, it must be their fault. Fortunately for you, that may not always be the case. If you find your marketing is lagging, take a step back and look at your target demographic. Chances are you haven’t found them yet. Doing so will make marketing a much easier task.
If you seem to be spinning your wheels determining your target demographic, try hiring a research firm to help with this stage of the process. The information gained could be priceless.
Find the Right Balance
Finding the right balance in your marketing strategy can often be the hardest part of marketing a B2B company. You want to make sure that you aren’t relying too heavily on one strategy over another.
For example, while digital marketing can be highly scalable, it doesn’t allow you the key face-to-face time necessary for many. When it comes to your marketing strategy, putting too many eggs in one basket can be dangerous – diversify for optimal results.
Utilize Email Marketing
Email marketing is both a blessing a curse for B2B marketers. On one hand, it gives you the freedom to contact all of your leads with a few taps on the keyboard.
On the other hand, it can really annoy those leads. The key to a successful email marketing strategy is to offer more value than you pitch. In doing so, your email list will soon grow to enjoy receiving your emails rather than dread them.
Use Social Media
Social media is often thought of as a place where businesses go to talk with potential customers. While that is true, it is also an amazing platform to sit back and listen.
Listening on platforms like Facebook or Twitter allow you to get a candid look at what your target demographic is saying about key things, like the climate of your industry, your competitors, and even your own company.
Closed deals start with a relationship. being. If the relationship blossoms and the potential customer ends up trusting your company, it is almost certain that they’ll be buying from you rather than a competitor.
Why is this? Although it may be called B2B marketing or B2C marketing, at the end of the day it’s always P2P: Person to Person. People want to do business with others that they know and trust. In order to build trust, you have to spend time building the foundation of a relationship.
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