The Marketing Blender Offers 5 Reasons You Aren’t Getting Results from Your B2B Marketing

Is your marketing stuck? Does it seem like all your energy and resources are being wasted on things that just don’t work? Here are some areas to explore to figure out why.

#1 Aiming at the Wrong Problem

This happens when you are focused on something other than the real revenue blocker in your business.

Check Your Aim!

For example, you may be focused on top of funnel when you can’t close the deals you already have in the pipeline. This means you are leaking the opportunities that are closest to the point of delivering revenue (with devastating impact).

Or, you might be focused on short term sales activation that targets only on people ready to buy RIGHT NOW. This sets you up for future failure since you are ignoring the majority of your future market. You might not feel that pain for a while. But it will become apparent when you have no top of mind awareness with tomorrow’s prospects.

#2 Underspending in Relation to Goals

If you underspend, your marketing WILL underperform.

Penny Pinching Doesn’t Deliver Results

It’s easy to put a number on a piece of paper as your revenue goal. But if you don’t understand what is truly required in terms of money, time, and attention (ATM), you are VERY likely to be underinvesting. We see this often with Sales led organizations that are new to Marketing.

Industry benchmarks often come as a shock. It can be sobering to learn that spending 7% of your revenue on Marketing is table stakes just to stay where you are. A higher spend is typically required for growth, especially in markets with large and aggressive competitors.

#3 Using Incorrect Marketing Tactics

Different tactics align with different outcomes on different timelines.

Don’t Run Faster in the Wrong Direction

For example, B2B companies often think organic SEO is a rapid fix for a lead gen problem. It isn’t. However, it is a long-term and very powerful fix for a lack of visibility and web traffic.

Some organizations believe thought leadership will deliver a revenue bump in the near term. It is a great tactic for creating authority, but it has a long tail in terms of impact on revenue.

If you want rapid revenue generation, there are many tactics that DO work (such as reactivating late stage deals, aggressive account based marketing, and live events).

Thinking a tactic “didn’t work” or that “marketing doesn’t work” even when a tactic is highly successful at delivering results is common because of the misconception about which tactics do what.

#4 Ignoring the Imperative to Customize

Your ideal customers (as a group) are unique to your business.

Customization Is Critical for YOUR Buyers

This means HOW you reach them and the experience you deliver MUST be customized to that persona.

If you sound like everyone else in your competitive landscape, it’s no wonder prospects can’t tell the difference.

The buyer journey should be choreographed to be ENJOYABLE for your ideal prospects. It must help them make progress toward their goals. 

Note about Customization in Ad Campaigns: Never simply take the AI advice of Google and other ad platforms about what to do with your campaigns. You MUST bring your own intelligence into those decisions or you will be leaving a lot of money on the table.

#5 Failing to Continuously Optimize

Marketing is never “set it and forget it”, even with campaigns that have done well in the past. You must constantly and proactively seek ways to improve.

Optimization Dramatically Improves ROI

Things that worked even 2-3 years ago don’t work the same way now. New marketing techniques and technologies are continuously evolving, and so are buyer behaviors. It’s important to learn to enjoy the process of optimization, since that’s something you will always be doing if you want results.

Failing to meet people where they are NOW is one common reason marketing efforts go off track. You don’t get to dictate the terms of engagement. If prospects are looking at a problem the wrong way, you need to start with recognizing and engaging where they are. Once you have earned their attention, then you get the chance to reframe and show them a different way to solve their problem. 

These Are Solvable Problems

Don’t feel discouraged if you have faced any of these marketing challenges. At The Marketing Blender, we teach our clients the systems and structures that turn around failed marketing efforts and drive results.

No more throwing tactics at the wall to see what sticks! Ready for a conversation about how to transform your marketing for success? Book a free call with me here.

Shasta Daisy McCarty
You CAN Afford a Fractional CMO ★ Brand Messaging Expert

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Blender is a full-service B2B marketing agency focused on accelerating growth. By building a smarter marketing mix that is aligned to your sales cycle, we maximize your ROI.