The “B” Stands for Boring: Why You Should Rethink B2B Marketing in 2018
B2B marketing is boring. There, I said it. Want to cut through the noise? Stop with all the boring marketing.
You have two seconds (if that) to capture someone’s attention. Your boring banner ads, politically correct copy, and stale social media content (if you are even engaged) will not cut through all the noise that is 2017.
In today’s market, you are not competing with your competitors as much as you are competing with your buyer’s indifference
1. Stop Thinking in B2B Terms
Somewhere along the line we forgot that businesses are comprised of individuals. People are making the buying decision, not businesses. When you are marketing, think like a person, not a business.
2. Be human
Make stuff other humans would like. Let data help support your decisions, but don’t let all these computers and data get in the way of your human instincts.
3. Make Cool Stuff
Seth Godin says, “Marketing is a contest for people’s attention.” You want to capture people’s attention? Make cool stuff that people can’t ignore. Next.
4. Buzz Words Don’t Create Buzz
So, you’re telling me you leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning via APIs to connect back to the internet of things to make data driven decisions and automate your client services? You must be a REAL data scientist! So Disruptive!
Seriously, nobody understands any of this junk, especially your customers. If you want to create buzz, lead with simple messaging that enables your customers to easily articulate your value proposition. Let your customers share your messaging, not your industry jargon.
5. Internal Marketing is MORE Important than external marketing
Brand advocacy starts with your employees. Internal indifference is dangerous. If your employees aren’t excited about your brand, your customers never will be. Your internal marketing should drive the culture and excitement from the inside out.
6. Keep it short
No seriously, nobody is paying attention in 2017. Less words, more pictures, and preferably, more explosions.
That’s it. I dare you to go make cool stuff.