How to identify customer pain points

“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.”

Henri Kaiser

Every customer has pain points (or problems) they are experiencing and would like to solve, in some cases, they aren’t even aware of any problems that need solving.

A marketer’s job is three-fold:

Firstly, to identify a customer’s true needs.

Secondly, to then help them realize these needs if they haven’t already become aware of them themselves.

And thirdly, convince them of the best solution to resolve the pain points they are experiencing (hopefully the one you or your business is offering).

Being able to effectively find and resolve customer pain points not only sets you apart from your competitors but also communicates the value you bring. Identifying the root causes of your customer’s pain points may require you to look at potential problem areas from multiple perspectives.

While each pain point is unique, they generally fall into four broad categories of pain points.

Financial pain points: Your client simply wants or needs to reduce their spending on a specific aspect of their business.

Process pain points: Internal business processes need to be improved to increase efficiency.

Productivity pain points: These are barriers to the effective use of time and being more efficient with it.

Support pain points: Identifying wherein a sales or customer journey additional support may be needed to achieve the desired goal.

But how exactly to go about uncovering your customers’ unique issues? The first thing to do is allow them to fully explain their problem and where they believe the roadblocks in their business may be.

Get feedback from sales or customer support teams. Their interactions with existing customers (and lost ones) will shed light on where pain points may lie.

Conduct surveys of existing customers to see how they feel. Viewing an experience from their perspective often shines a spotlight on a problem that was otherwise invisible from a different point of view.

Look to see what your competitors may be doing differently to you. Studying their strategies may expose flaws in yours.

Then there’s Social Media, one of the quickest and most powerful ways to check what’s being said about your products, services, and brand. Studying comments and reviews is an excellent way to identify common pain points customers are experiencing.

Once a pain point has been uncovered, it needs to be solved. And while there is no instant fix formula that can be applied. Each issue that needs to be addressed must first be fully understood, and the solution offered personalized for each customer. Not only does this show you fully understand their needs but you are the right person to trust in solving them.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

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When should your business consider a rebrand?

“Your brand must communicate the value that you bring to a working relationship.”

Idowu Koyenikan

When should you/your business consider a rebrand?

Like fashion, most brand identities eventually reach their sell-by-dates. Trends, styles, and cultures are constantly evolving – what was hot in the ’90s is probably not relevant today. Similarly, what may have been considered a slick, well-crafted image then, may well be seen as outdated and out of touch with modern culture. When your audience can no longer identify with what your brand represents, you know you’re overdue for a much-needed revamp.

Below are a few compelling reasons to help you decide if it’s time to shake off the old image and update your look.

New direction, new you:  Changing public perception

Most of us are familiar with the adage ‘it takes 30 seconds to make a good first impression’. Well, according to Forbes, you can cut that number down to seven seconds. You heard right – people’s impression of your business is almost cast in stone within the first seven seconds of their interaction with your brand! Your branding acts as that first seven seconds that determines whether you’re seen as an authority or follower in your industry. So, if you feel you’ve reached the proverbial glass ceiling with regards to your pricing, or might not be attracting the kind of talent you deem worthy of your brand, it may be that the image you’re putting out there, is not aligned with the image you have of your brand and business. Time to change perceptions.

You want to attract a new “fan base”

Fortunately, the need to rebrand is not always the result of some crisis or urgent need to shake off a sudden dose of negative association. Sometimes rebranding is the result of what Millennials refer to, as nice life problems. A good example being, your business doing exceptionally well, to a point where it starts to outgrow its initial audience, raising the need to expand to new demographics. Dazzling your new target audience, will require a change in thinking, and adapting your engagement to a “language” that appeals to your new audience. A “language” that can shape their perception to help them identify with your new, evolved brand, and win them over.

Your values have shifted

People change, ideas change, and so do our values. What may have worked in the past, may not work today. As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20, and if your current branding no longer reflects your new outlook, it justifies the need to rebrand. To echo Ashley Friedlein, “Your brand is the sum total of how someone perceives your organization.” If your audience no longer identifies with the outdated values communicated by your brand, it’s time for an upgrade.

You’ve become a dime a dozen – you’re blending in with your competition

Lastly, if your industry is saturated with competitors, revamping your image may be just what the doctor has ordered to help give your business the edge it needs to stand out from its competitors and reposition itself as an industry leader.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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Social Media Strategy Self Enquiry

“Ones vision is not a road map but a compass.”

– Peter Block

On the surface, building a thriving image with the help of social media looks fairly easy. There are, after all, thousands of examples of personal brands with excellent social media profiles full of great content in every type of niche.

But if you’ve ever tried (for an extended period of time) to run and manage a social media campaign, you would have noticed that to gain the type of following or garner the levels of engagement some successful personal brands do, takes a well thought out strategy and plan.

Without a well-defined roadmap, social media management quickly run into several common problems. Namely; content that doesn’t target their audience, content that varies in its purpose, and publishing content on an inconsistent basis. All this leads to poor results with lots of time, and probably money, invested.

So before diving into content creation, it’s always wise to take a step back and plan your approach. Whichever process you use to create your social media strategy the following points will help you not only define your vision but outline the steps it takes to get there.

What are my online communications goals?

While creating generic goals might be easy, creating specific and measurable goals that you can work towards is something every marketing expert will tell you to do. And they’re right. Document specific goals (and in what time frame) your personal brand would like to achieve them. This will allow you to narrow your focus and push forward with a clear direction. 

Who am I creating content for?

Every product or service has an idea of their ideal customer. By defining exactly who it is you are targeting you can better understand how to align your content with their needs.

You’ll be better able to answer the question, ‘Where will I find my customers and how should I engage with them?’. Having a clear notion of your ideal customer will help you find the right social media platforms suited to your personal brand and audience. Creating the right type of content for the right people is a sure way to get the attention of your target audience.

How will I get my message across?

At this point you have a clear image of who you’re sending your message to, next is deciding on the tone and voice to use in your marketing. Outlining your voice and the tone you use for different audiences and scenarios is what best shares your personality, image, and values.

Create engagement and get valuable feedback by sharing content that speaks to your audience in a format or channel they prefer.

Am I meeting my goals?

When it comes to getting insights into your social media analytics, there is no shortage of different KPIs, metrics, and reporting dashboards to review.

But knowing which ones to focus on, measure, and track is linked to your goals. Review the specific objectives you set yourself at the onset of creating your strategy and use the data that supports those targets.

Knowing when to review your goals or pivot your approach saves you time and money.

It’s important to remember that any social media strategy or content plan usually requires investment at the start. Whether it’s your time or money, the return is worth the resources. In a competitive environment, it could mean the difference between a struggling personal brand and a thriving one.

Knowing how your strategy is performing will help you make informed business decisions.

Are you using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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Personal branding is fun! This is why this 2006 “almost classic” song, “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John created the perfect environment for a personal branding inspiration moment. This and more inspiring song moments are waiting on our Spotify playlist.


Proud, Honored, and Everything in Between

We love awards, especially when we get them!

Adaptation from Ben Gazzara’s quote

We are so excited to announce our winning nomination for the Industrial Social Media Specialist of the year 2020 Spain, by Corporate Vision Magazine’s Media Innovator Awards.

The digital world of social media is fast-paced and continues to evolve in ways that push us to find creative ways to turn challenges into opportunities and shift our mindsets to align with not only the times but a brand’s communication style and goals as well. This award strengthens our commitment to helping Industrial brands overcome the challenges that come with digital marketing. With a conscious strategy, well thought out content plans, and a bit of creativity we believe that any brand can enjoy social media success.

A huge THANK YOU to our awesome clients and collaborators for their trust and support! We couldn’t have done it without you and we look forward to continued success in the years to come.

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Because today we are in the celebration and good vibes mood, we share this super classic by Smashmouth: “All Star”!


How to create personas for B2B companies

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

Zig Ziglar

A massive 72% of B2B buyers expect personalized engagement from vendors, tailored to their needs – this, according to research by US software giant, Salesforce, titled State of the Connected Customer. Even more interesting, or perhaps unsettling for business owners, is how 76% of the customers surveyed, feel it’s never been easier to take their business elsewhere, thanks to technology.

In today’s fast-paced digital era, the old saying; time is money has never rung truer. The average B2B buyer has no time for the one-size-fits-all sales pitches of the pre-technology days, or to sift through a minefield of information to find what they need.

Today’s buyer wants customized solutions and expects you to understand and meet his needs.

So, how do you “get into” your clients’ minds to understand their needs? The simplest way is to create buyer personas, or archetypes, in layman’s terms.

Personas are detailed profiles of your ideal clients, based on your team’s combined research, and data: Designed to help you understand their needs to tailor your solutions accordingly.

Now, there are no shortcuts to creating high-value personas, but a carefully crafted profile can be invaluable to your marketing strategy. Done right, it could increase your conversions by 73%, according to Aberdeen research. To do so, you need to consider these factors:

1. Buyer demographics

First and foremost, you need a proper understanding of your buyers’ background. This includes:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Education
  • Income
  • Geographical location
  • Interest
  • Job title and role
  • Career goals
  • Job-related challenges
  • Challenges and,
  • Necessity points

2. Their company’s DNA and what drives them

Dealing with B2B buyers often means you’re dealing with multiple decision-makers. To understand what drives your buyers, it’s imperative to have a detailed understanding of their firms, as well as the industries in which they operate.

You need to learn about:

  • Their company sizes
  • Culture
  • The average day of a typical employee
  • Reporting structure
  • Relevant decision-makers

Equally important, you need to find out about the industries the companies clients belong to, and what products or services your buyer’s firm provides for them. Bear in mind when dealing with multiple decision-makers, you’ll need to create multiple personas to help give you a better understanding of the personality traits involved.

3. Influences

These include questions about how your buyers absorb information, their preferred platforms, and sources of information. To do this, you’ll have to consider the social media platforms they use and other networks they’re on, popular keywords and language used your buyers’ circles as well as the type of publications they’re interested in. Simply put, if your buyers are all on LinkedIn, there’s no use trying to engage them on Facebook. You need to go where they are.

4. Challenges and deal breakers

Lastly, you need to learn about your buyer’s challenges, as well as those faced by his organization. The more you know about these, allows you to optimize your messages for maximum conversion.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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Don’t restrict your B2B social media strategy to One Social Network

A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is – it is what consumers tell each other it is.

Scott Cook

If you’re a B2B company chances are your current online presence is restricted to your website and just one social platform. Which would make sense, because social media is for B2C companies… right?

Finding new clients and growing your network is important for B2B companies, but employing a social media strategy that only focuses on these points loses out on one of the key benefits of social media: Branding.

Using social media to build your brand and share your business’s story will allow you to shape your online image and attract the clients you want.

Twitter is a great example of how a B2B can communicate in real-time with its audience, answer questions, and actively participate in conversations in their industry to both inspire and educate.

To become recognized as a go-to authority for expertise on a selected area of specialization, B2B’s must share high-quality content that clients, intermediaries, and even competitors recognize as valuable. On the right social platform, this can become a powerful and viral tool in building engagement and a brand’s name.

With not all content being suitable to be shared everywhere, B2B companies need to decide on the type of content to share on their chosen platforms. Having the ability to post different types of content (think videos and curated content for Facebook, company news and professional content for Linkedin) to different channels gives B2B companies the freedom to showcase a side of their personalities and culture that would have otherwise remained hidden to both potential customers and jobseekers alike.

By creating a voice on more than just one platform, B2B’s get to benefit from the unique advantages each has to offer, which ultimately strengthens and supports the main marketing strategy by creating brand awareness and advocacy.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success.

Let’s talk!


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The Four Biggest Opportunities in Industrial Social Media Branding

There are no challenges, only opportunities.

Us

It no longer matters if you are a B2C company that sells directly to your customer or a big B2B corporate that sells complex industrial machinery, with the right strategy any type of company can find success and create a winning social media formula with a positive result.

Industrial companies have always had the challenge of how to portray their products and services without making them seem overly complex. The good news is that they can take a few pages out of the B2C playbook and add their own twist.

It’s a good idea to first understand some of the challenges that industrial firms face before brainstorming solutions. Here are 4 challenges to think about:

#1 Sales vs Marketing

Industrial companies generally have a much longer sales cycle, with a number of people involved in the buying/decision-making process. Marketing and Sales departments need to work together to agree on the type of content that will help buyers gather information and knowledge about the company as well as products and services, through every step of the customer’s decision-making journey (awareness, consideration, evaluation, and purchase). Closing the gap between sales and marketing teams means that content is produced with a specific aim or type of customer in mind. Creating content that can inform and engage while forming the building blocks of a relationship should always be the end goal, helping turn prospects into qualified leads in less time.

#2 Creating vulnerability

Releasing the technical overcoat and showing the human side. Vulnerability is a fundamental human condition and something all humans can relate to. By tapping into this universal feeling, industrial companies can stand out from their competitors and create new connections in a way they haven’t before.

#3 Resources and consistency

Limited resources such as time, budget, and backing for content ideas are challenges industrial companies may face when trying to create high-quality content. A social media strategy is essential to successfully plan so that the available resources are used in a way that marketers can consistently share high-quality content and grow the company’s audience. Limited resources can however force companies to think outside the box or focus on a particular segment of their market.

#4 Patience and managing expectations

Good content marketing takes time. Industrial companies need time to grow their online presence and authority with the understanding that producing quality content and building relationships cannot be rushed. Setting and managing expectations early on will help align goals, limit frustration and confusion, and increase the chances of success. 

Is your business using social media’s full potential? At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success.

Let’s talk!


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Why Social Media is a Great Idea for Industrial Companies

Social media is the ultimate equaliser. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.

Amy Jo Martin, Founder and CEO of Digital Royalty

Being in business in the connected age we currently live in and putting social media on the back burner, could mean overlooking your most effective marketing channel. While mastering social media as a company in the industrial sector is a bit trickier, the benefits of investing time and resources into these channels are clear.

Here are 8 reasons industrial companies should have an online social presence to help build their brand and explore the benefits they could gain by developing their virtual identity.

Creating a Virtual Identity

Taking control of your companies’ online identity shouldn’t be ignored. Customers and competitors alike are all participating in online conversations. Crafting your virtual identity on social media channels helps in shaping your brand’s footprint in the eyes and minds of your audience.

Educating and Creating Authority

Creating content for industrial companies on social media calls for creativity, like many others, but these platforms provide an excellent opportunity to educate potential customers on the benefits a company’s solutions can provide. Educating and informing audiences also positions a company as a credible and professional authority, and source of information, which leads to an increase in engagement and potential leads. 

Adding the Human Touch

One area of challenge for many industrial companies is how to add the human component of the company to their technical or industrial image. Social media provides an opportunity to display that human side that would have otherwise remained hidden. Business is ultimately done between people and the less ‘corporate’ you can come across the more potential peers are likely to engage with you. By using storytelling industrial companies can begin a new conversation with their audience, one more centered around people.

Assisting With Sales

Social media may shorten the amount of time needed to close potential sales, by providing audiences with insights into different manufacturing processes, technology, or solutions you could offer them. This gives them a more informed opinion of your business and reduces the amount of time needed to educate peers or customers on your service offerings. Using social media platforms such as LinkedIn is a great way for industrial companies to find prospects and begin developing professional relationships by building trust, providing support, or answering questions.

Driving Traffic

The majority of valuable information that might be of interest to customers is usually located on a company’s website, the question is how to get them there? The content shared on social media is generally different pieces of information designed to educate, inspire or inform audiences about a company, but the ultimate goal (besides getting them to follow your social channels and engage with you) is to direct them to your website where they can be exposed to a wider and more detailed array of information that might interest them.

Keeping Your Audience Informed

Technological advancements and innovation move fast, and social media is a reliable way to stay informed about what your potential prospects or competitors might be doing. Likewise, it gives peers and decision-makers insight into the advances and new offerings your company might be launching, keeping them in the loop before you have even made contact.

Discovering More Benefits as You Grow

As your company grows on social media and you discover what works for your business, more and more benefits will present themselves.

Higher SEO rankings as a result of an active social media page. Aligning with other brands on campaigns on social media may allow you to build additional credibility in the market. Building a community online also attracts new talent, making your company an attractive option for future assets.

However, the true value of investing in social media can only be experienced in time. Like any other solid and sustainable relationship, it requires time, commitment, and clear communication. A more engaged community, better customer relationships, and access to new leads can only be obtained if social media is used in a way that educates, inspires, and engages people.

 

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Our Story of Industrial Branding all Through the Years

REVISITING: INTERVIEW SESSIONS WITH WORLD CEMENT

How did you come into the role and how has your position changed since the opening of your own agency?

Leading an online branding project for a traditional engineering firm has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in my career. I have to thank the Corporate Marketing team at Loesche GmbH for their invaluable support and their complete devotion to making this project a reality, and the Management of Loesche GmbH for trusting us completely to represent and promote the Loesche brand worldwide on social channels.

Online branding requires a series of skills to foster the image of a brand in a professional manner while keeping the content relevant and interesting. In addition to having knowledge of the fundamental marketing concepts, I would highlight creativity, time management, decision-making, curiosity and fast learning to keep up with the constant updates on social networking user experiences, market knowledge, brand’s culture, products, and services knowledge, data interpretation, and SEO tactics, among the skills that I consider to be the most relevant for successfully developing online branding campaigns on social media platforms. These platforms are focused on delivering experiences to their users in a leisurely manner, so claiming a spot on each of these platforms is a demanding task that puts our creativity to the test day after day, in order to keep the followers engaged with the brand.

After four years as the in-house social media manager of Loesche GmbH, I had the possibility to open my own online branding agency in Madrid, Brieffin Consulting, and only one year after we were able to offer an integration of online branding services within our portfolio, in collaboration with our team partners. As part of this amazing opportunity, we continued to manage the social media activities for the Loesche brand as external consultants, and eventually, we were able to work with other companies from the industrial market such as A TEC Group, Refratechnik Group, and PrimeTec. [Edited]

As external consultants, we have worked with companies having backgrounds ranging from food to leisure, to technology, to digital agencies, but all through these years we have become closely identified with companies featuring industrial backgrounds, mixing the technical and human experience aspects to establish industrial personalities.

Social media is a constantly changing phenomenon, and the online scene is now very different to what it was in 2014. How have you responded to changes in approach to online platforms and the introduction of new ones? Has your focus changed?

The approach of delivering relevant and helpful content, being consistent and being accessible by opening new channels of communication, has remained over the years. The changes have come in terms of tools and networking strategies, adapting and growing alongside the evolution of the social networks and the new experiences and solutions that each one of them offers.

Although new social networking alternatives appear, the major ones have solidified over the years, offering a reliable place where communities can grow steadily and feel comfortable. This allows for a brand to focus their efforts on the experiences that they wish to create for their communities and to offer specific values.

However, as online branding consultants, we need to keep up with the online marketing trends and stay on top of any changes to improve the promotional and networking experiences of brands and their online communities, developing new ideas, and always being ready to tackle new challenges.

Extract from the interview published on World Cement “World Cement Interview: Loesche – part one”.

Industrial social media specialists of the year 2020 - Spain