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Serve Your Community Not Just Buyers

The notion of the buyer’s journey was used to describe the path that your potential customer would take when making a purchase. However, today’s customers are sophisticated, savvy consumers who do their research. They vet companies by scouring their websites, reading online reviews and putting feelers out to their social networks. By the time consumers reach a salesperson, they are fully acquainted with your company’s product features, options and prices. They have done their due diligence and narrowed down their options.

As a result, the old ‘buyer’s journey’ has given way to more realistic models that takes into account this new reality. The journey buyers and prospects take is no longer linear or even neat, it’s more unpredictable and fluid which poses a big challenge to marketers. As we enter 2018, we will continue to see these models get updated.

Marketers “should be thinking in terms of “buyer’s community” or “buyer’s network.”” Keep in mind, “buyers aren’t always buying but they are always learning” and “we shouldn’t only be targeting buyers.”

Today’s informed buyers get better at their jobs by building “trust networks” of experts inside and outside of their company.

Seek areas where clients have questions, and strive to provide the single-best resource available to address their inquiry.

Savvy companies realize that the best thing they can do is to serve their community, irrespective of whether or not someone is in a buying cycle. When you deliver consistent value, you engender trust. Then, when they are actually on a buyer’s journey, you are already a trusted resource for them.