Author: Grant Gooding

Expert Advice, January 2022, Marketing

Why You Can’t Repeat Your Best Customers

Quickly, define your target market. Say it in your head … now. OK, how many demographics did you identify in your definition? Did you identify an industry? A role? Gross revenue? Employee count? Gender? Age range? Household income? Identifying demographic characteristics is an easy way to filter and segment your best potential customers based on a combination of assumptions and historical data. However, many of us fall into a mental…

Market Research, December 2021, Expert Advice

Emotional Data: The Future of Measuring Your Customers and Prospects

Understanding the motivations and emotions of your customers and prospects may be the most important thing to figure out at your organization — and equally the most challenging. Things like CRM systems, analytics, digital funnels, surveys and other tools gather data to try and help us understand customers, but they all fail to address one very simple and critical thing … “WHY?”  At their very best, these behavioral aggregators can…

November 2021, Expert Advice, Marketing

Is That a Lion? Yes, and It’s Keeping Your Business from Growing.

Ever watch one of those nature shows where you see a herd of gazelle that gets spooked by a lion and they all take off running together? In the ensuing chaos, the camera always follows that one gazelle that breaks from the pack. Why do they follow that one gazelle?  The correct answer is “good TV.”  That gazelle is about to meet the business end of the aforementioned lion. Regardless…

October 2021, Expert Advice, Marketing

Marketing Math: The Odds of Getting Your Campaign Right

With seemingly unlimited places to spend your marketing dollars, clients ask us if we can nail down three things in almost every study we do: What is the right message to win over customers? Which customer segments should I be targeting? Which mediums should I be using to maximize ROI? And they should be asking these three questions if they want to close more business. Just getting close on any…

September 2021, Expert Advice, Marketing

Value Proposition Units – the Value Behind Your Value

How often do you talk about “quality” at your organization? What about “customer service”? How many times do you talk about the importance of “trust,” “technology” or “value”? All important things. I bet many of you have these words in your mission statement, your core values and in your sales and marketing communications. But there’s a problem with things like quality, customer service, trust, technology and value: THEY DON’T EXIST.…