The ‘Virtual’ Future of Industrial Events

In a world that is constantly changing, it is to our advantage to learn how to adapt and enjoy something better.

– Kenneth H. Blanchard

Covid-19 has had a profound impact on numerous industries around the world, with the tradeshow and events industry being one of the hardest hit. For those in the industrial sector, these important annual events provide the chance to interact with other industry professionals, analyse national and international trends and developments in various fields, discover new and exciting innovations on show, as well as build and strengthen relationships.

While many of the restrictions and concerns for live in-person events seem set to stay for the foreseeable future, the shift to virtual events has seen a dramatic increase. With advancements in technology and the mass adoption of connecting through video socially and for work, the internet and event platforms have opened new doors to what’s possible with virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

Until now, holding any large event online has always taken a backseat to the real thing. But 2020 has proved just how responsive and adaptable the virtual landscape can be and that it’s here to stay. The virtual events space offers companies, organisers, and attendees several appealing advantages over face-to-face events.

Virtual events have a global reach, allowing planners to engage with more people no matter where they live. They have lower operating and marketing costs, allowing companies with smaller budgets to successfully host online events. The digital nature of the events also allows companies to integrate their brand strategy in new and exciting ways.

Planning and managing virtual events is simpler and more time-efficient, with no staff to manage, logistics and accommodation to arrange, or food and beverage to monitor. Planners can focus on delivering a positive and smooth experience for everyone.

As with any event, it’s what happens after that is most important. Virtual events allow exhibitors to get more feedback using various digital tools, allowing them to make the most of follow-up contact. It also allows planners access to new metrics, so they can collect more accurate information about engagement and activity, helping them plan better events for the future.

For attendees, it cuts out costly travel expenses and delivers more value with on-demand video content, VR, and other new experiences.

With many countries now rolling out vaccine plans, it might not be long before we can safely attend live events again. But with so many advantages being offered by virtual events a mixture of the two known as a hybrid event will most likely become the norm. Allowing for the benefits of face-to-face networking sessions while still offering inclusivity to a wider audience. Advances in technology and AI will further strengthen the possibilities of bringing future virtual events and experiences into our homes.

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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.

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What Can These 5 Branding and Social Media Quotes Teach Us?

“The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.” — Issac D’Israeli

In an age of consumerism, fuelled by extravagant marketing and influencers, the importance of branding and social media engagement, as a differentiator, has never been more apparent.

With product relevance seemingly dictated by perception more than actual value, business survival has become a game of “Survival of the Fittest Brand!”

Here are 5 quotes to help you understand the importance of branding and social media for your business:

Brand is the sum total of how someone perceives a particular organization. Branding is about shaping that perception”

Ashley Friedlein – CEO and founder of Guild

Now, unless you’re the new kid on the “novelty” block (think Uber or Airbnb), chances are, there’s plenty more where your product or services came from. Simply put; your target market is already spoilt for choice. With all the noise and information overload, who your clients pick, almost always comes down to branding. People don’t buy products, they buy the promises, expectations, values, and feelings communicated by your brand. It is up to you to shape that perception.

“Your brand is a gateway to your true work.”

Dave Buck – CEO of CoachVille

If eyes are the windows to your soul, then your brand is not only the window too, but the soul of your business. While your products and services pay the bills, branding sells what you’re offering. When consumers choose your products, their choice is influenced by what your brand promises to deliver. It is through that promise, that they identify with your true work.

“Social media will help you build up loyalty of your current customers to the point that they will willingly, and for free, tell others about you.”

Bonnie Sainsbury Founder and CEO of Social Media Smarter

The age of social media upon us! Not only is it here to stay, but has single-handedly revolutionized marketing communication – almost rendering the spray and pray approach of traditional media obsolete, with its targeted approach. After your website, your social media platforms are usually the next go-to places for clients looking to engage. How you engage with clients shapes brand perception. And, when consumers get excited about engaging with, or about your brand – that’s social media done right.

“A brand is a voice and a product is a souvenir.”

Lisa Gansky – Ex CEO and co-founder of Global Network Navigator

As mentioned before, people buy brands, not products. In the days of information overkill, the reality is, you could be sitting on the best and most superior product in your niche. If consumers can’t identify with it, quality won’t matter. Why? Because the feelings associated with your products, and the perceived needs they meet, are what they ultimately buy.

“You can buy attention (advertising). You can beg for attention from the media (PR). You can bug people one at a time to get attention (sales). Or you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free.”

David Meerman Scott – Online marketing strategist

Meerman’s statement about the advantages of social media is quite self-explanatory. Besides cost-effectiveness, the modern-day consumer (a whopping 72% to be exact), according to SmarterHQ, only engage with personalized marketing. Social media’s ability to let you handpick your audience, at little or no cost, trumps any exposure traditional marketing can ever hope to offer your brand.

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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.

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