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What makes B2B sales outreach different for tech companies


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In the intricate world of B2B technology, sales outreach is not merely a process but an art form, demanding a nuanced approach unlike any other sector. Here, the one-size-fits-all methodology finds no foothold. Why? Let’s delve into the unique aspects of B2B tech companies that set them apart in the realm of sales outreach.

Complex products: a double-edged sword

B2B tech companies often offer products laden with features and complexities. These aren't mere tools but potentially transformative solutions that could reshape an entire organisation's workflow. The challenge? Communicating this complexity in an accessible manner. The goal is to convert intricate technology into understandable solutions, ensuring that the prospective buyer grasps not just the product but its transformative potential.

However, this complexity is not necessarily a hurdle but it can also be an opportunity. It necessitates a content strategy that is as educational as it is engaging. Think of content not just as a marketing tool, but as an extension of the product itself, helping to solve problems and illuminate possibilities. This approach reduces sales friction, guiding prospects through the buying journey with clarity and purpose.

The B2B content mindset: educate, don't just sell

The B2B tech market thrives on a content mindset that favours teaching over pitching. It's about becoming a trusted educational resource. This approach does more than just sell a product; it builds a relationship of trust and authority with the target market. By focusing on delivering value and enabling readers, B2B tech companies can position themselves not just as vendors, but as indispensable partners in their clients' success.

B2B sales outreach and long cycles: the journey matters

The B2B tech buyer’s journey is rarely linear. With sales cycles varying greatly among companies, the focus shifts to understanding and adapting to this journey. The modern B2B buyer, empowered by the internet, is more informed and proactive. Studies, like the one from CMI in 2017, highlight that 81% of buyers research extensively before even considering a conversation with sales representatives.

This shift necessitates a balance in content strategy — one that builds awareness while simultaneously educating. The content should cater to different stages of the buyer's journey, providing the necessary information to educate, nurture, and ultimately convert the prospect.

Navigating the sea of decision makers

In B2B purchases, especially in tech, decisions are rarely unilateral. As of 2016, the average number of stakeholders in a B2B purchasing decision was 6.8. This number reflects a diverse range of perspectives, needs, and considerations that must be addressed. The role of the CTO, for instance, has evolved from a sole decision-maker to a collaborator among various departments.

This shift necessitates a tailored approach that addresses the concerns and aspirations of every stakeholder influencing the buying process. A one-dimensional outreach strategy falls short in such a scenario. Instead, sales outreach efforts must be multifaceted, reflecting the diversity and complexity of the decision-making unit.

Intelligent strategies in content creation

Understanding content creation for B2B sales outreach involves employing intelligent strategies to appeal to the right potential customers at the right time. It's a collaborative effort, requiring synergy between sales, marketing, and sales development teams. Content creation should focus on providing valuable and relevant information, including thought leadership and industry-related insights, addressing primary concerns and pain points of potential leads. Understanding the target audience and the factors driving their purchase decisions is crucial.

 

At iBerotech, we know how important it is for any scale-up to have a competent and efficient SDR Salesforce (Sales Development Representative). That’s why, among our commercial services, we offer SDRs on a performance-based model that will help you generate, identify and attract qualified leads in a short period of time.


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