B-to-B Marketers Gone Wild!

All text and no fun makes Jack a dull B-to-B marketer.

What’s fun about shopping online is that B-to-C retail sites often use video to make their products look more interesting and provide more information than you’d see in a static picture.

Since B-to-B brands often sell a service, solution, or product that’s not easily demonstrated in a video, there will be reams of product information to convey, white papers and/or case studies to read. And who declared they have to be all text and dull, dull, dull?

Whether you’re targeting IT managers, security administrators, hospital executives or CFO’s, no one asks you to present your information in the dullest way possible.

Let’s look at 3 simple, but effective options:

  1. Design product sheets, white papers and case studies to be visually pleasing. Eye tracking studies prove that site visitors spend most of their time looking at visuals—faces in particular. And common sense tells us that when something is visually attractive, it will garner more attention. Which of these two B-to-B white papers would you rather read: All text or visually compelling?
  2. Use flash animation to liven up statistics and tell the story. Or if it’s too complicated, use animation to “hit the highlights,” then give readers a deeper understanding with a text/PDF option. Here are some fun examples to see flash in action.
  3. Add a simple involvement device to engage your site visitor: Online calculators let them see how much they could save, or determine what your product might cost given a few variables. For example, this is a simple but engaging one for college students to determine whether or not they should skip class today, while this data loss calculator demonstrates the negative financial impact an organization may face as a result of a data breach or theft of identity data. This one for a BtoB insurance product helps you see how much income is at risk if you became disabled, and ultimately helps calculate how much the insurance product might cost based on your age and other factors.

A blog that challenges B-to-B marketers to learn, share, question, and focus on getting it right—the first time. Carolyn Goodman is President/Creative Director of Goodman Marketing Partners. An award-winning creative director, writer and in-demand speaker, Carolyn has spent her 30-year career helping both B-to-B and B-to-C clients cut through business challenges in order to deliver strategically sound, creatively brilliant marketing solutions that deliver on program objectives. To keep her mind sharp, Carolyn can be found most evenings in the boxing ring, practicing various combinations. You can find her at the Goodman Marketing website, on LinkedIn, or on Twitter @CarolynGoodman.
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  • J8000

    "#2. Use Flash Animation" Not a good idea. Apple products don’t support Flash so your point will be lost.

  • P.J. Naughton

    Think about it, cavemen were the best marketers. They drew simple pictures without complex flowcharts, graphs and tons of text to communicate their message.

  • Carolyn Goodman

    @P.J. Naughton: Great point about cavemen. But that, too, has become a lost art.

    @begre: You’re spot on with your advice about a knowledgeable programmer. Thanks!