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The Call For Relevance Among B2B Buyers: Insights Into The 2017 Buyer Behavior Study

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Research from the 2017 B2B Buyer’s Survey Report shows that complexity, consideration and the number of stakeholders continue to rise.

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The Call For Relevance Among B2B Buyers: Insights Into The 2017 Buyer Behavior Study

  1. 1. #Bii17 Addressing the Call for Relevance Among B2B Buyers: Analysis and Insights Into the Newly- Released B2B Buyer Behavior Study SPONSORED BY:
  2. 2. #Bii17 Follow This Webinar on LinkedIn & Twitter #Bii17 Demand Gen Report: @DG_Report Andrew Gaffney: @agaffney Demandbase: @Demandbase Lisa Ames: @lisa_m_ames
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  6. 6. #Bii17 How Are We Doing?
  7. 7. #Bii17 Panelists MODERATOR: Andrew Gaffney Editorial Director Demand Gen Report Lisa Ames VP, Demand Generation Demandbase @lisa_m_ames
  8. 8. #Bii17 METHODOLOGY FOR REPORT? What industry are you in?What is your title/role? What role did you play in this purchase? Director C-Level Manager High Tech Business Services Manufacturing Professional Services Other Primary decision-maker Influencer/recommender Part of a team with equal influence on the purchase decision Reviewed and approved terms 35% 13% 12% 11% 10% 28% 24% 24% 58% 31% 7% 4%
  9. 9. #Bii17 RISK AVERSION & COMPLEX BUYING CYCLE say they now have formal buying groups or buying committees in place to review purchases say the number of buying group members increased significantly say purchase decisions are often accelerated or put on hold based on changing business needs/priorities
  10. 10. #Bii17 RISK AVERSION & COMPLEX BUYING CYCLE Once you were at the point of evaluating a set list of solution providers, please rate the importance of these variables:
  11. 11. #Bii17 AVERTING RISK = LONGER BUYING CYCLES How has the length of your B2B purchase cycle changed, on average, compared with a year ago?
  12. 12. #Bii17 FIRST IMPRESSIONS VIA THE WEB The research showed the overwhelming majority of buyer journeys are starting on the web: • 61% said they started with a broad web search • 56% said they started on specific vendor websites Some of the most interesting findings relative to specific behaviors early in the buying journey:
  13. 13. #Bii17 EXPECTATIONS FOR TAILORED EXPERIENCES said it was very important that the site presented relevant content that spoke directly to their company; said it was very important that the website spoke directly to the needs of their industry and the solution provider showed expertise in their area; and of respondents valued vendors that “demonstrated experience with/knowledge of our industry.”
  14. 14. #Bii17 ADS HAVING POSITIVE IMPACT • 63% said they noticed ads from the solution provider they chose during the research phase. • Nearly 1/3 of those respondents said it had a positive impact on their view of specific vendors Did you notice ads from the solution provider you chose presented during your research process and did they influence your perception of that brand?
  15. 15. © 2017 DEMANDBASE|SLIDE 15 FULL FUNNEL ACCOUNT-BASED MARKETING MEASURE Measure actionable insight on how to drive revenue or improve performance IDENTIFY Target the accounts with the most opportunity CLOSE Close revenue with the right buyers and decision makers CONVERT Capture valuable buying signals to convert them into selling opportunities ATTRACT Advertise to them and drive decision makers to your site ENGAGE Personalize your site experience for prospects, customers and partners
  16. 16. © 2017 DEMANDBASE|SLIDE 16 THE ACTUAL BUYER JOURNEY HOMEPAGE Pipeline ROI PAPER CUSTOMER LIST REDISCOVERY CASE STUDIES DEMO FORM LEADERSHIP RESEARCH READY TO BUY INDUSTRY PRODUCT A AWARENESS BLOG PRODUCT B DISCOVERY PRODUCT C PRESS LOST
  17. 17. © 2017 DEMANDBASE|SLIDE 17 YOU WILL GET IT WRONG!
  18. 18. © 2017 DEMANDBASE|SLIDE 22 SITE OPTIMIZATION IN REAL LIFE Here’s what we recommend for Dell
  19. 19. © 2017 DEMANDBASE|SLIDE 23 REAL LIFE RESULTS 39% Exit Rate 467% Time on Site 292% Trial Sign up 254% Pages/Session
  20. 20. #Bii17 BUYERS WANT ALL DETAILS EARLY IN PROCESS The vendor could bring specific details of what to watch out for regarding integration and consulting requirements—they should have a semibaked project plan.” #Bii17 What was your timeline for taking the following steps in your buying process?
  21. 21. #Bii17 INCREASED POWER OF PEERS #Bii17 • When buyers reached the point of evaluating a set list of solution providers, 67% said reviews were a “very important” consideration. • 42% listed peers and colleagues as their top source of information. We have changed the way we do B2B buying by looking at highly regarded recommendations to help influence decisions. This helps the initial determination of purchasing a particular product from a vendor.”
  22. 22. #Bii17 INSIGHTS FOR SALES INCREASES TAILORED EXPERIENCE Please rate the following statements as they relate to the winning vendor versus other vendors you considered:
  23. 23. #Bii17#Bii17 INSIGHTS FOR SALES INCREASES TAILORED EXPERIENCE “Wished they would have been more informative and truly gained an in depth knowledge of how we do business.” “Communicate with me using less technical terms…not waiting for responses from me.” “Could have done stronger demo that included examples of how we could use the product to meet our unique needs instead of generic examples.”
  24. 24. #Bii17 INSIGHTS = BETTER SALES CONVERSATIONS Number of people felt their sales rep was educated about their company and needs and those who said this influenced their purchase decision:
  25. 25. © 2017 DEMANDBASE|SLIDE 29 SALES & MARKETING DIVIDE IS CLOSING OLD MODEL MQL CLOSE IDENTIFY MARKETING SALES MARKETING SALES CLOSE NEW MODEL IDENTIFY
  26. 26. © 2016 DEMANDBASE|SLIDE 30 MARKETERS HAVE AN INCREASED ROLE IN ENABLING SALES Utilize technology to find accounts with highest propensity to close Work with Sales to refine and maintain the Target Account list Provide the best contacts/identify the buying committee Give Sales content to engage prospects with
  27. 27. © 2016 DEMANDBASE|SLIDE 31 ACCOUNT IDENTIFICATION § Recommends high value accounts most likely to buy § Account specific insights § Business landscape § Recommended contacts § Current investments § Personalized news
  28. 28. © 2016 DEMANDBASE|SLIDE 32 ACCOUNT-BASED SALES DEVELOPMENT § Recommended contacts identifies best individuals § Contact specific insights: § Name, title § Contact info § What they’re saying § Talking points § Conversation builder
  29. 29. #Bii17#Bii17 DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT Download the full B2B Buyer's Survey Report. Available in Today's Resource List
  30. 30. #Bii17 How Are We Doing?
  31. 31. #Bii17 Q&A / Panelists MODERATOR: Andrew Gaffney Editorial Director Demand Gen Report Lisa Ames VP, Demand Generation Demandbase @lisa_m_ames
  32. 32. #Bii17 Thank You For Attending Register for more sessions now thru July 28th! Please Join Our Next Session Tomorrow at 12PM ET / 9AM PT http://http://webinars.demandgenreport.com/buyer-insights-and-intelligence-series/2017/

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