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Author: Andrew Dalglish

  1. B2B market research – 10 unique features

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    Is B2B market research really that different from B2C?  Well in a nutshell, yes.  In this blog post Circle’s Andrew Dalglish explores the 10 key differences that make B2B research unique. Share your thoughts on Circle Research’s Twitter page.

    As you go about your daily business it’s unlikely that you’ll come into contact with many people who think that a pair of jeans and a nuclear power plant have a lot in common. And with good reason. Both can keep you warm, but there are some blindingly obvious differences such the physical features and the level of danger (although some of those skinny jeans can be quite hazardous if one lunges unexpectedly).

    The example is tongue-in-cheek, but the point is quite serious. There are fundamental differences between B2C and B2B markets.  In fact, as illustrated in the infographic below, there are 12 key features which make B2B markets unique.

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  2. The 19 B2B brands in the Klout 50 ranking

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    There used to be a debate about whether social media was relevant in B2B. Just four years ago, less than one quarter (23%) of B2B marketers described it as ‘highly relevant’ to their brand (source: B2B Barometer). Now, those holding out against the social tidal wave are few and far between. Indeed, many B2B brands are social media pioneers.

    Lithium Technologies recently published Klout 50 study is testament to this. The study ranks the 50 most influential brands on social media. As you’d expect the list includes big-hitters from the consumer world. Brands like Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Nike. But more surprising is how many B2B brands are featured. Nineteen of the 50 brands listed have a significant or exclusive B2B focus to their business*.

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  3. Time to get with the programmatic

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    Here’s my attempt at a bit of Derren Brown-esque trickery.

    If you’re a B2B marketer, annual planning is on your mind.  Events, email and content feature heavily.  Two fifths of your budget is allocated to digital channels.  How did I do?

    If I got close to the truth, it’s not clairvoyance but just educated guesswork.  In particular the B2B Barometer suggests that, on average, B2B marketers spend 39% of their budget on digital.

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  4. It’s official – in B2B, content is king

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    It’s official.  Content is king.

    The latest B2B Marketing Benchmark report  produced in association with Circle Research reveals that 71% of B2B marketers consider content marketing to be a critical activity.  Last year less than half (43%) held this opinion.

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  5. B2B social media – a two horse race?

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    Social media is time consuming.  The average B2B marketing department spends 17% of their time on it. And if you believe in the wisdom of crowds (or self-fulfilling prophecies) then the latest B2B Social Media Benchmark report reveals where you’re likely to get the best return on this effort.

    It seems that social media, in B2B at least, is a two horse race.

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  6. How Big Data will shape the researcher of 2020

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    A new report from Circle Research and dnx confirms the view that Big Data is the next revolutionary force in marketing.  43% of marketers are already mining petabytes of customer data to uncover hidden insights into behaviour; a further 40% plan to embrace Big Data’s benefits in the next three years.

    Here’s the good news for the market research community.

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  7. Big data is big news

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    We’ve all heard the hype.  Big Data is the next revolutionary force in marketing.  By mining the petabytes of information which sit on our corporate servers and elsewhere, we can uncover hidden insights into customer behaviour.

    And a new report from dnx based on a survey by Circle Research of some of the UK’s top B2B marketers suggests the hype is fast becoming reality.  Eight in ten marketers already use Big Data (43%) or plan to (40%) in the next three years.

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  8. Branding is bullshit

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    “Branding is marketing bullshit. Only FMCG firms who need to build aspirations and desire worry about stuff like that. B2B is different. The relationship is with me – the sales guy – not the corporate brand. Even if it wasn’t, buyers are rational and put emotions to one side.

    And anyway our brand is just fine, the logo is great.”

    Sound familiar?

    As a marketer you no doubt recognise the value of a strong brand.  77% of the 100 B2B marketing leaders we recently surveyed for the B2B Leaders Forum went so far as to describe branding as critical to their company’s future growth.

    So you might be convinced, but how do you persuade others who see branding as ‘marketing bullshit’?
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  9. Which B2B brands do you most respect?

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    Which B2B brands do you most respect?

    We recently posed this question to 100 marketing leaders in B2B companies. Two brands emerged head and shoulders above the rest: IBM and Salesforce.

    My interest piqued, I asked Xabier Ormazabal (Salesforce’s head of UK marketing) and Paul Smith (VP EMEA Salesforce Marketing Cloud) what the secret of Salesforce’s success was.

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