Have you fallen in love with any demand generation myths over the years, or have you heard about companies that have made poor choices based on believing various myths? Unfortunately, many demand-generating marketers fall victim to outdated strategies and unfounded myths, leading to the unraveling of an otherwise successful campaign. To avoid such unfortunate outcomes, it is essential to identify and clear all major myths about demand from your mind before they have a chance to cause any harm to business-to-business marketing campaigns.
Time is of the essence, especially for B2B marketers. It is important to plan an effective demand generation strategy well in advance in order to maximize the benefits within a limited time. The bottom line is: if the strategy is built on false assumptions, one’s path to success is likely to be bumpy and challenging and positive business outcomes may be hampered.
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The Dangers of Believing General Myths of Demand
Here’s one example that might paint a clear picture for you: If your intended destination was New York, wouldn’t it be pointless and unnecessary to follow a map to Seattle, Washington instead? This example applies to faulty demand generation strategies based on myths that can be harmful to business.
To keep up with the increasing number of buyers’ needs and desires, the vast majority of marketers have found creating demand for different products or services to be a huge challenge. The goal of effective demand generation is to identify potential prospects based on their online behavior and then guide them through a nurturing process so that sales and marketing teams can acquire high-quality leads. The end game here is better, stronger buyer engagement and higher conversion rates.
However, achieving these results is not always as easy as one might think. Brands and marketers who confuse myths and facts about demand generation can lead to the following issues:
- Ineffective content in marketing and messaging maps
- Inappropriate resources that do not match buyers’ interests
- Negligence in integrating top efforts with the middle and bottom of the transformation path
- Waste of time and resources with unqualified leads
- Inadequate performance measurement
- Not setting accurate key performance indicators (KPIs)
- Not generating excellent results from content such as blog articles and videos
- High Momentum Rate, Poor Buyer Retention, Low Conversions
Remove these 4 ordering myths from your mind
As we delve deeper into the general myths of demand, it’s time to stop believing these top four to avoid facing the risks and other challenges of B2B marketing:
- Demand building does not require targeting strategies
Think carefully if you think that demand generation is about the brand, not targeting the audience. The goal of order generation is not only to reach the maximum number of users, but also to bring in new leads.
Brands are more likely to see positive results if they target the right audiences at the right time. Targeting the right group of users facing a particular problem that a particular product can solve can improve your ROI.
- The general of the order and the chief brig are Doppelgangers
Do you think you can use order generation and lead generation interchangeably? If your answer is yes, then it’s time to get started. Demand generation is a broader term than lead generation. It is an umbrella term consisting of brand awareness, buyer acquisition, conversion efforts, and the generation of interest in particular products or services.
Both new leads and existing customers can demonstrate potential interest in a particular product and/or service. Whereas, lead generation is intended to obtain contact information from users who show interest in a product. Two examples of this could be downloading a white paper or subscribing to a newsletter.
- The order client can work in a single channel mode
Focusing on a single channel to implement demand generation strategies is unlikely to produce the results that brands seek. For example, account-based marketing (ABM), paid social media, search engine optimization, and various types of content are effective, but they may not be an overall demand generation strategy. Instead, a combination of inbound and outbound marketing strategies and online and offline methods is usually the way to go. Emails, cross-channel campaigns, push notifications, in-app messaging, webinars, and co-sponsored events are all effective demand generation strategies that can keep brands front and center.
- Just the most important things in the funnel
Last but not least, one of the most dangerous myths that many marketers believe can control the buyers journey and all that is required is to focus on the top of the funnel. Generally, demand generation strategies should correspond to the stages of the buyers’ journey. Brands can create a profile for their customers, assign exact buyer personas, and predict a buyer’s journey, but they can never control a buyer. The buyer can proceed in any way he chooses, and it is ideal for brands to have a positive impact on buyers. By doing this, the probability of buyers reaching the final stage of the conversion is very high.
It is also important to design a message map so that brands reach their buyers at every stage of the conversion while adding relevant resources and touch points in the sales cycle. Before moving forward at full speed, remember to be mindful of buyers’ problems and priorities and keep awareness, thinking and creativity.
Wouldn’t you say it’s time to get rid of the old methods of demand generation and stop believing the general myths of public demand? To navigate these myths, first identify any and all misconceptions, measure how implementing the wrong strategies will affect your business, then pivot and use accurate and effective techniques in order to reach your desired goals!
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