You Ask, I Answer: B2B Marketing For Scientific Industries?

Robert asks, “How do I determine what marketing skills need to be my top priority for B2B marketing in fine and specialty chemicals?”

Assuming that why is taken care of, the questions you likely have are what to do and how to do it. What to do is dictated by the 6Ws in many ways. Who is your audience? What do they need? When do they need it? How do they find information? Where do they go for help? Map out the customer journey as best as you can, from the customer’s perspective (not a marketing operations funnel) and then figure out where the biggest gaps are. Remember STEM: strategy, tactics, execution, and measurement. Figure out where you’re weakest and start there.

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In today’s episode, Robbert asks, How do I determine I should he has a really long question here.

Here’s my challenging opportunity.

I’m not a marketer, but my employer wants me to market our products because I know them all.

Well, I see a video like yours and my first reaction is Oh, crap, I know very little of this at all.

Since I am alone marketer for the company, I need to focus on building up my skills in these areas that the greatest ROI of my time and dimes so how do I determine what marketing skills need to be my top priority for b2b marketing and fine and specialty chemicals? That’s a tall ask.

First, I would actually question why your employer doesn’t have a marketing person, maybe not a, who may not be a subject matter expert in what your company does, but can help you do the marketing because marketing is a very different beasts these days.

So we’ll table that because the situation is what it is, the questions you likely have are, what to do and how to do it.

And what to do, given a huge list of potential skills and marketing is dictated by the six W’s in many ways.

Who’s your audience? What do they need? When do they need it? How do they find their information? Where do they go for help you have an advantage, in that you are a subject matter expert in the industry itself, as a scientist, as somebody who is essentially very much like the buyer, you have a good sense of what the problems are, that the company is trying to solve, and that your customers are trying to solve and and what solutions you have that fit those problems well.

So answer those questions.

That’s a good first step, who’s your audience? What do they need? When do they need it? Where do they go for help? How do they find their information, I would assume your why they need this to help do their own businesses.

And that will help you get a sense of who this customer is in more detail.

And the next step for you is going to be building out your customer journey as best as you can.

Digital.

If e commerce is a part of your business, that’s significant, regular if it is there’s a whole bunch of offline as well.

With the customer journey, remember that you’re doing it from the customers perspective, not the marketing operations perspective, right.

And so, that means awareness, consideration evaluation, purchase, ownership loyalty, retention and evangelism.

So, what does your company offer? What do you do or what is actually very question is what does the customer expect from you at each of those phases? When a customer comes to a company like yours, and wants to know more about specialty chemicals? What kind of awareness do they have? Do they have awareness of a specific reagent type? like are they looking for technical raid peroxide? For example, hydrogen peroxide 34% if they are looking, are they looking for your company by name? Are they looking for something very, very specific? There are certain chemicals that you know only some vendors can have for legal reasons, right? I have to go to sigma Aldrich to buy Nandi natured and hydrazine them all.

That’s the very few people this is a cell that at least in the big jar.

So that’s the awareness stage in consideration.

What is the prime consideration? What is it that a customer makes a decision on? Right? Is it it that they are deciding on? price? on quality on shipping on logistics on customer care? chemicals? Are commodities, right, literally are commodities? And so? Is it just pricing? If so, you need to formulate a marketing strategy around that.

When it comes to evaluation, how does that work? Right? Are there things in your marketing that slowed down the purchase RFP or vendor of certifications and things like that other things that you that you know, from a buyer’s perspective, are inconvenient, right? How much paperwork do I have to do just to buy what I need? When everyone in their cousin has this expectation from the consumer side that it’s buying going to be as easy as going on Amazon and getting it? Well, it’s a little harder to do that with certain substances.

And then the purchase process, how do you accelerate the purchase process and make it easier for the customer.

All those things are marketing operations.

The last thing I would say is after you’ve mapped out the customer journey as best as you can remember, the core framework of in marketing and business right stem strategy tactics, execution measurement, figure out where you are personally the weakest.

When you look at all those skills, this is in reference to a recent do something with your marketing video, all those skills are not necessarily necessary for your business, you have to map them to your strategy, your tactics execution measurement, if you don’t know a skill, then obviously that has to be taken out of the tactics section of the choices of what you do.

So look at what’s left, and say, that’s the tactical part where we’re starting.

And again, I want to emphasize that if you have great recent relevant experience, as a buyer as the customer, you have a significant advantage over many marketers, because you know what the customers problems are, and you know, what makes for a good or bad customer experience.

And that can go a long way towards mitigating specific marketing skills, worry about that after you share that.

But the purchasing experience itself is not a miserable experience.

We’ve been working on this one is a nine month certification process to go through and just be able to do business with this one company.

It’s it’s absolutely crazy.

It should not take nine months in an era when again, you can go on your phone and tap a button and you know, mysteriously within hours, some person in a white band drives up and fling something on your porch.

Right? That’s the gold standard.

So map out that customer journey, map out the skills then that you have that map to each stage of the journey, map out the analytics and the metrics of where your company is, in each stage of the journey.

Where are you losing people.

And then that is a good map for this is where you need to increase your own skills.

And this is where you can see the highest impact.

Now a real fun example, lots of fun, not fun.

But back in the old days, when I was working at a company, marketing kept getting requests from sales for ever increasingly crazy number of leads for a SAS based product.

Yeah, 1000 leads a month 2000 leads a month 3000 leads a month like we need 3000 leads this month.

And I was like what are you doing over there that you need 3000 leads a month.

And when we dug around and looked at the data, sales was closing at roughly 1% closing rate, right? So if sales could have just gotten from one to 2%, they would have doubled their revenue.

And instead, they were asking marketing to triple the number of leads it was sending over Well, in this industry, there are only so many eligible customers.

So it was clearly a case where that is the weakest point in that operations funnel.

And that is the point where as a marketer, if you have the ability to influence that part of the business, you should because you’re going to waste a lot of time and money fixing the part of the operation that is not the weakest link, you’ve got to find the weakest link and fix that first that more than anything will fix a lot of problems in marketing.

So good question Robbert.

If you need some help you know where to find us.

Because it sounds like you’ve got your hands really, really fault.

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