You Ask, I Answer_ How to Speak to Buyers In the Customer Journey

Sandie asks,

“How do I speak to my buyer at the right stage in the journey?”

This is a terrific question that has three parts.

  • First, we must categorize all our customer communication in each stage of our buyer’s journey and run text mining analytics on it to understand what they say at each stage.
  • Second, we sequence our customer journey by channel using software like Google Analytics.
  • Finally, we map the language used at each stage with the channel sequence so that we’re using the right words at the right time.

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On today’s you ask I answer Sandy asks, How do I speak to my buyer at the right stage in the customer journey.

This is a great question. This is a more complicated question than you would think you’re going to need input from your buyers from your prospective customers that you have identified at the various stages in the customer journey. What does this typically look like you’re going to need principally email, although social media will also help what you’ll need to do

is get

the data that you have for your customers at each stage of the journey

into some sort of repository a database of big spreadsheet, whatever it is,

and you’re going to categorize all this input. So let’s say your customer journey is the standard awareness

consideration evaluation purchase the

very, very straightforward. You have these four stages,

you will have to categorize each set of emails each set of social media posts blog posts whatever correspondence in each bucket. So you have say let’s let’s you see me as an example. Sandy is in the first stage of awareness, she sends us some emails, where she asks us a question on social media and that goes in this awareness bucket and then

she asks comebacks and it comes back in a week or two weeks and asks a question.

She’s showing consideration

possibly of the problem or even

specific jargon around the problem comes through evaluations you starts asking about us. How do we rate against our competitors. What is our unique selling proposition all these things and then finally at purchase.

She says, I’m ready to do the deal sign the contract, whatever

you have to categorize all the input so that you know how people speak at each stage in the customer journey. Remember when we want to speak to the buyer. We have to do our best to speak to them in their own words and their language. And so if we’ve categorized all this input into these four buckets, then you run text mining. So for those of you who don’t know, we recently released a white paper on using text mining for employee

engagement or the same exact technology, the same techniques apply to this you’d use this text mining software machine learning software to

analyze

and and tell us what is in the awareness bucket. Once we’ve got all the emails and social media posts and stuff like that and made a phone call conversations have been transcribed if you have a customer service line or sales line

what’s, what are the words the phrases. The key phrases, the terms that are the most important in the awareness bucket and then you’d Repeat this process on each stage in the customer journey. And by the way, after purchase in terms of post purchase happiness loyalty evangelism. You don’t forget those stages of the customer journey, either

as you run the software, you’ll see the language change from bucket the bucket and once you do that, then you know to extract that language and start using it in your sales pitching and your sales and marketing language.

For example, if in the evaluation phase

you know that people always ask about pricing, but they don’t say the word price they ask about value, how much value or what’s my ROI, you know, that’s an evaluation question based on your experience

and then you map that to your digital channels. So if you’ve ever done customer journey mapping and Google Analytics, you can sequence out the channels by stage from awareness to consideration evaluation versus

if pricing is the word that you know

you shouldn’t use but value is that where you should use and you know say in Google Analytics says organic searches is your evaluation states at the stage where people start to cross over into evaluation, then you know that all the content that you use for SEO has got to use the word value in it.

So that’s the secret. That’s the process

awareness consideration evaluation purchase the words in each bucket and then you take the channels in Google Analytics that are sequenced out and you make sure that you’re using the right sets of words each segment of the channel and in each channel so social media is the awareness on this channel for you

and you know value and pricing or the evaluation words, maybe you don’t use them in social media right see what words people using social media or in in awareness that indicate they’re just becoming aware of you or aware of the problem and use those words in social media so really good questions. Andy how you speak to your buyer. It’s knowing what words to say and then knowing how each channel is sequenced in the buyers journey so that you’re using the right words at the right time. Thanks for asking. As always please subscribe to the newsletter and the YouTube channel and I’ll talk to you next time. Take care.


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