I’ve been reading many articles on data personalization as it relates to content marketing and I keep arriving at the same conclusion – It’s all about the story. But what story are we actually telling? A person doesn’t just have one story, they have multiple stories. Trying to reach someone when they want to be reached can get tricky. Are we appealing to them when they are working? Or do we try to reach them at home? These are questions data is hoping to help answer.
The B2B Story
You arrive at the office and you’re immediately bombarded with emails that never seem to end. You get called into your morning meetings where someone in the room is trying to ‘sell’ something – an idea, a campaign, a new tool that the company should buy, etc… Before you know it, it’s time for lunch. While at lunch you login to Linkedin and you’re flooded with even more ads – new job offerings, new services, new startups, etc…
Remember the famous quote: “It’s not personal, it’s just business?” While reading an article on B2B content personalization, the core message became clear; before you waste precious time on that powerpoint, find out how your boss wants information delivered. Marketers are presented with the same challenge. When creating the B2B message – find out exactly how the target audience wants information delivered. This will save you ample amounts of time in delivering the right message at the right time to the right person, because after all… time is money.
The B2C Story
You get off of work, and now you’re just an ordinary consumer faced with an amplified amount of places or things to spend your hard earned money. In our last blog, we talked about the importance of data personalization and why consumers want individualized messages, so it resonates as an emotional and relevant message.
If you aren’t familiar with Simon Sinek, he is famous for his Ted Talk on the ‘What’ vs. ‘Why’. He explains the seduction involved in storytelling and describes the brilliance behind Apple’s marketing messaging. Where Apple has the competitive edge over many businesses from access to their unique data asset. They understand their consumers so well, that their messages dig deep to connect with who they are… because ‘It’s all about me”.
The Differences in Constructing the Story
There are two main differences in B2B and B2C data. B2B data is more quantitative or objective in purpose, so it is typically used for lead generation. B2C data is more qualitative or subjective and help marketers piece together profiles to understand who you are, so there is more of an emotional connection. The ultimate goal in marketing, would be one-on-one, aka. personalization. When constructing these stories, it’s important to remember that people don’t become an entirely different person when they bounce from their B2B to B2C roles. To gather all of these puzzle pieces, it’s either ridiculously expensive or the data sets are very jumbled. The solution would be to have a robust platform enabling marketers the flexibility to select the correct data sources to construct the compelling marketing messages that they can apply to their target audience, at the times in which they would like to be reached.Data still has a far road ahead for marketers to reach personalization, but we are slowly crossing the chasm to deliver the optimal value for their end customers.