New Guide: Everything You Need To Know To Launch A 5-star Review Program

New Guide: Everything you need to know to launch a 5-star review program

Marketing and selling B2B technology isn’t easy. Bill Macaitis, who has led marketing at Slack, Zendesk and Salesforce and is now a TrustRadius board advisor, coined a phrase that instantly resonated with our team: B2B is a tough beast. You’re not selling in one day, you’re selling over months. People have never done so much research, often times before they even reach out to you, and during that process they want to hear from real customers. To the extent you can provide that to them, you are going to build trust. And trust is key, especially for a SaaS company…

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How Reviews Influence Economic Buyers And Buying Committees

How Reviews Influence Economic Buyers and Buying Committees

When it comes to signing on the dotted line for a new tech product, do reviews influence the economic buyer? In short, yes — sometimes economic buyers read reviews themselves, and sometimes reviews bubble up to them through buying committees. Here’s our full analysis, based on TrustRadius site traffic and registrations, market trends, and survey results. Which buyers read reviews? To understand who is being influenced by reviews, let’s first look at who is actually reading them on third-party sites like TrustRadius. (Keep in mind one major caveat: TrustRadius reviews are also consumed beyond our site itself, through syndication to…

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Strategy Spotlight: How To Become Your Own Chief Listening Officer

Strategy Spotlight: How to become your own Chief Listening Officer

Bob London, founder and CEO of Chief Listening Officers, helps B2B companies develop marketing strategies by tuning in to their customers’ challenges and priorities. We sat down with Bob to discuss how vendors can capture the customer’s voice and put it to work in marketing and sales.   When did you realize the value in listening to customers? Over the past 20 years, I have worked with a lot of B2B technology companies as a marketing executive and outsourced CMO. When these companies would share their marketing and sales strategies with me, many of them were very confident that they…

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Executives Vs. End-Users: Who Do Your Buyers Want To Hear From?

Executives vs. End-Users: Who do your buyers want to hear from?

If you’re thinking about a review program, you probably know that your buyers would rather hear from your customers — the people actually using your product — than your marketing team or your sales reps. The next question to ask yourself is, which customers should you ask to share feedback? Many vendors believe that reviews from executives are the most important, and want to focus their outreach on that segment. The impulse behind this executive mindset is understandable. Some think that the more impressive a reviewer’s title, the more influence their review will have on purchasing decisions. Others believe that…

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Lifesize CMO On Customer Obsession & Building A Brand Buyers Love

Lifesize CMO on Customer Obsession & Building a Brand Buyers Love

Tiffany Nels is the CMO of Lifesize, a video conferencing solution that has evolved from hardware-focused company to a robust cloud-based platform. We recently talked to Tiffany about the importance of customers in building a powerful brand. What is the role of customers and customer voice at Lifesize? One of our core values at Lifesize is to “Lead with Customer Obsession,” to focus maniacally on our customers. When companies talk about customers from a cultural perspective, it’s usually about customer success and support. But that lens is too narrow — every single part of your business needs to exhibit customer…

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The Power Of Peers: 3 Key Marketing Insights From The 2017 B2B Buyer’s Survey

The Power of Peers: 3 key marketing insights from the 2017 B2B Buyer’s Survey

Peer reviews have reached a historic level of importance in the buying process, according to Demand Gen Report’s seventh annual B2B Buyer’s Survey. The independent publication polled 283 C-level executives, vice presidents and directors who were involved in a B2B purchasing decision in the past year. They found that as decision makers become more risk averse and purchases become more complex, trusted insights from real users are a critical component of the buyer’s journey. This shift continues to create opportunities for vendors who align with today’s buyers. Here are some of the key data points from the survey and what…

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The Positive Impact Of Negative Feedback In Reviews

The Positive Impact of Negative Feedback in Reviews

With so much riding on their technology stack, B2B buyers need to have a good understanding of a product’s shortcomings before they purchase it. But buyers know that vendors usually aren’t forthcoming about their product’s limitations. To make sure they’re getting the full picture, buyers go straight to end-users instead, tapping into their personal network and consulting third-party reviews. According to our latest survey, 88% of buyers using TrustRadius were looking for negative feedback in addition to positive insights. While most vendors appreciate that critical feedback is essential for building a better product, knowing buyers read that negative feedback on…

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What Bill Macaitis Learned About Customer Voice At Slack, Zendesk & Salesforce

What Bill Macaitis Learned About Customer Voice at Slack, Zendesk & Salesforce

Bill Macaitis has led marketing at some of B2B technology’s most iconic and fastest growing companies, including Slack, Zendesk and Salesforce. He also recently became an advisor at TrustRadius. We sat down with Bill to discuss the new customer voice imperative and why he joined the TrustRadius team. How have you seen the role of customers and the customer voice evolve in the tech space? If you look back through history, the successful companies are always ones that have embraced a customer-centric approach. That being said, within the last 10 years we’ve seen this seminal moment where the voice of…

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