TORONTO, Oct. 14, 2021 -- New research finds that 74% of surveyed marketers can identify the right accounts and 63% can attract them, but only 11% feel confident they can engage their buyer effectively. The research was commissioned by leading cloud-based content experience platform (CEP) Uberflip and was conducted by Forrester Consulting in September 2021. The study focuses on the presence and use of CEPs within enterprise organizations, and finds that marketers believe curated, relevant content experiences play an important role in successful buyer engagement.
"Forrester's research confirmed that B2B organizations generally identify and attract buyers, but fail to truly engage them," said Randy Frisch, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Uberflip. "This disconnect is why we founded Uberflip and pioneered Content Experience. Our platform helps organizations create exceptional content experiences that improve buyer experience and satisfaction at scale, which this study calls out as a real need marketers and really all customer-facing teams have."
The study addresses the impact of the global pandemic on buyer behavior, with 81% of participants calling out the continued shift toward more digital interactions and purchase decisions from face-to-face interactions. This is why curating relevant, valuable content, and offering it in a self-navigated, intuitive and appealing content destination, is so critical to reaching today's buyers. It can further shorten the sales cycle and increase existing customer value.
Additional key findings from the study include:
- Exceptional content experiences deliver a competitive advantage. B2B teams that create a top-notch experience help buyers find the right information and address their concerns and needs, ultimately driving them to develop an affinity for the brand. In fact, 69% of Forrester's research participants agreed or strongly agreed that when buyers can direct their own journey, they could end up preferring [the vendor's] offerings. And, by letting buyers sit in the driver's seat of the sales process, trust increases and deals close faster.
- Content should be used strategically throughout the entire buying journey, including post-sale. Currently, the research showed that 74% of survey respondents can identify the right accounts and 63% can attract them. However, only 11% report feeling confident they can engage their buyer. This demonstrates that marketers, sellers and CX teams will need to deliver more personalized experiences and use content to engage customers through every stage of the journey. Relevance is critical because 63% of respondents reported they will disregard content if it's not relevant to their needs, industry or role.
- CEPs enable companies to scale ABM programs through relevant content curation. Consistently scaling content for ABM programs was listed as the top content marketing challenges leaders are struggling with. They identified that the ability to curate relevant content for specific buyers improves the overall purchase experience and makes ABM more effective.
Forrester Consulting concluded its findings by recommending that B2B organizations consider implementing a CEP to scale demand and ABM efforts, choose technology designed specifically for content experience to reduce IT burden and leverage CEP metrics to demonstrate your content's value. To dive deeper into the contents of the study, sign up here for the webinar Analyst Insights: Marketers, You Have a Buyer Engagement Gap, happening November 9, 1:30 PM ET.
Uberflip is a content experience platform that empowers marketing and sales to create engaging, relevant content destinations quickly for every campaign, audience, and stage of the customer journey. Marketers use our platform to scale how they incorporate content into every touchpoint and remove friction from the customer journey by surfacing the right content at the right time. For more information, visit uberflip.com.