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Introduction

The buyer’s journey has undergone a significant transformation

in recent years. In today’s digital age, empowered buyers have access to a wealth of information and resources, enabling them

to conduct extensive research before even reaching out to a sales team.

 

It’s crucial for businesses to understand this shift and adapt their sales and marketing strategies accordingly. In this whitepaper,

we will explore the fascinating statistic that

70%

of the buyer’s journey happens prior to engaging with sales, with only 17% of the journey dedicated to interactions with the sales team. Let’s delve into why this shift has occurred and how businesses can adapt to thrive in this new landscape.
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The Empowered Age of Information

The advent of the internet and digital technologies has empowered buyers with a vast amount
of information at their fingertips. Prospects can now research products, services, and solutions
on search engines, visit websites, read customer reviews, and engage with industry thought
leaders through social media platforms.

This wealth of information allows them to educate themselves, compare options,

and form opinions before ever speaking to a sales representative.

As a result, the initial stages of the buyer’s journey are completed independentlyby the buyer.

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Building Trust and Credibility

Buyers have become more skeptical and discerning than ever before. They seek trustworthy
and credible sources to guide their decision-making process. 

By investing time and effort into:

Developing Thought Leadership Content

Educational Resources

Case Studies

Personalized and Relevant Content

To capture buyers’ attention during the early stages of the journey, businesses must create
and distribute personalized and relevant content.

By understanding their target audience’s pain points, challenges, and aspirations, companies can deliver valuable insights and solutions through:

Blog Posts

Videos

Podcasts

Whitepapers

Webinars

This content establishes the business as a trusted advisor, offering valuable information that helps buyers makeinformed decisions.

Sales Enablement and Collaboration

While the sales team’s involvement may occur later in the buyer’s journey, their role remains crucial. Sales enablement becomes essential in equipping sales representatives with the tools, resources, and knowledge required

to engage with prospects effectively. Collaborating closely with marketing teams, sales can align their messaging and value propositions with

the content and insights provided earlier in the journey.

This ensures a seamless transition and a consistent customer experience
from the initial research phase to the sales engagement.

Focusing on Relationship Building

Since the sales team’s time with prospects is limited to approximately
17% of the buyer’s journey, it becomes essential to make every interaction count.

 

Rather than focusing solely on the transactional aspects, sales professionals must prioritize building meaningful relationships with prospects.

By understanding their specific needs, addressing concerns, and providing personalized solutions, sales teams can differentiate themselves and establish

a connection that goes beyonda simple product or service exchange.

Conclusion

The shift in the buyer’s journey, with 70% occurring prior to engaging with sales and only 17% dedicated to interactions with the sales team, signifies the need for businesses to adapt their sales and marketing strategies.

Embracing the empowered age of information, delivering personalized and relevant content, building trust, and enabling sales teams to provide exceptional experiences are all critical elements for success in this new landscape.

 

By understanding and accommodating the buyer’s journey, businesses can position themselves

as trusted advisors, form lasting relationships,

and thrive in an evolving marketplace.

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DemandFactor is revolutionizing performance marketing and demand generation by adding in the missing piece:

We align our success to the success of our leads and our clients.