The Problem with Kids: How Your Products and Services are Truly Perceived

Kids PlayingI adore my kids. Three boys – 17, 14, and 11. Great kids. Want to watch my videos or flip through our family photos?

Of course not. You don’t know them and you’re happy for me, but you could not care less.

Welcome to the real world of Business to Business sales and marketing. No one cares.  If you are looking to do B2B lead generation, stop thinking like a parent.

Comparing kids to a company’s products and services works.  When David Meerman Scott said to his boss at Thompson, “No one cares about our products and services.” what his boss actually heard is “Your kids are ugly.” David was fired.

No one likes to be told his kids are ugly. But David was right.

Herein lies the conundrum for business to business companies. They’re proud of their fine products and services. But no one wants to watch the videos or view the photo albums of their “kids” – products and services. Unfortunately, that is what 98% feature on their websites. “We’re the leading provider of ……………” “A multi award-winning search marketing firm.”

No one cares.

Look at it from the point of view of the buyer.

Let’s say I’m going on vacation and I need our lawn mowed. Your kids might be perfect, but I’m not looking for a kid – I’m looking for lawn mowing services.

This is why Ideal Customer Profiles, Buyer Personas and Mapping Content to the Buyer Variables (Title, Buying Stage, Industry) and Content Marketing are critical in business to business marketing today. Focus on what buyers need and not what you have to sell. That’s the best way to do b2b lead generation.

You must take time to carefully plan your approach for success today.

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Jeff Ogden is President of Find New CustomersLead Generation Made Simple” Check out the online show every Friday at 11am ET, “Laugh and Learn with the Fearless Competitor.” Find New Customers is one of few lead generation companies in New York.

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