Barbara Winters

Principal Analyst

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Fall Is The Best Time For Planting Seeds And Planning For Growth

Barbara Winters October 8, 2020
Portfolio marketing teams can play a key role in annual planning efforts by analyzing new markets and new buyers for growth opportunities.
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Four Questions to Spark Your Development of Robust Buyer Personas

Barbara Winters March 27, 2020
  • Persona building historically relies on traditional methods and manual data gathering
  • Personas often lack the robust data that makes them valuable to the rest of the organization
  • Portfolio marketers can leverage advanced data-gathering techniques to support persona development
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Why a Team Handshake Is Better than a Handoff When It Comes to Content Strategy

Barbara Winters April 30, 2019
  • Content alignment and use is an ongoing challenge in B2B marketing
  • Portfolio marketing and content teams often work in silos, which exacerbates the problem
  • Effective collaboration requires an understanding of what each team brings to the table, and a willing handshake through key milestones
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Building B2B Buyer Personas: How Personal Should They Be?

Barbara Winters January 15, 2019
  • B2B personas should focus on job roles more than demographics
  • Balance creativity, accessibility and functionality when documenting personas
  • Don’t be afraid to get emotional, as long as it applies to business decision-making
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Dialing Up an Audience-Centric Approach to Marketing

Barbara Winters October 29, 2018
  • Organizations that follow an audience-centric go-to-market approach experience many benefits, including better engagement and response rates and ultimately increased revenue
  • Identifying and understanding target audiences and developing buyer personas are key first steps
  • Transforming an organization to audience-centricity requires alignment across product, marketing and sales teams
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Do I Really Have to Develop All That Messaging?

Barbara Winters October 8, 2018
  • B2B buying decisions are generally made by groups of buyers
  • When creating messaging, B2B marketers need to address each member of the buying group for best results
  • Understanding each person in the buying group and prioritizing his or her role in the decision process provides a roadmap to accomplish the task
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