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 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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TIBCO CMO Shares His Secret For Launching A Marketing Rocket Ship

TIBCO CMO Shares His Secret for Launching a Marketing Rocket Ship

Thomas Been, CMO of TIBCO, was recently named Marketing Executive of the Year by PR World Awards. We recently spoke to Thomas about the role customers play in his award-winning strategy.   Tell us about TIBCO and your role at the company. TIBCO provides businesses with connected intelligence. On one end, we allow businesses to connect their systems and get data they can use in their applications and processes. Then we enable them to use that data to augment their intelligence by putting insights into the hands of the right people, like business users or data scientists, and into the…

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Strategy Spotlight: How To Turn Your Customers Into A Powerful Asset

Strategy Spotlight: How to turn your customers into a powerful asset

Bill Lee is the founder of the Center for Customer Engagement, where he has built a community of top-tier corporations that includes Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Salesforce, HubSpot and Oracle. We sat down with Bill to discuss how customers can become a valuable resource for today’s technology companies. Why do you view customer engagement as such an important driver of business growth? One of the most innovative areas in business today is finding ways to engage your customers that provide extraordinary value beyond just clearing their checks. Existing customers are helping to educate buyers as they make their purchasing decisions.…

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Do You Know The Shelf Life Of Your Reviews?

Do You Know The Shelf Life of Your Reviews?

Our recent research has shown how B2B buyers are using reviews to compare products, build their short and long lists, and validate vendor claims — all crucial steps in the evaluation process. For reviews to be impactful at these stages, buyers say they should be authenticated, in-depth, balanced and representative. How recently a review was written can influence all of these factors. Additionally, buyers view recency itself as an explicit indication of how useful a review will be. So it is no surprise that when they are reading reviews, buyers pay attention to the review date. Based on our new…

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Why Content, Not Scores, Should Drive Your Review Strategy

Why Content, Not Scores, Should Drive Your Review Strategy

If you work for a software vendor, you probably already know that your buyers are using TrustRadius.com and other review sites to compare products. According to our latest survey, that’s how 82% of buyers on TrustRadius.com are using our site. As they build their long and short lists, reviews and ratings give them a helpful view of the "competitive environment," as one buyer put it. Here’s a breakdown of the various reasons your buyers are using TrustRadius. On average, respondents selected 2.2 use cases, meaning the vast majority of buyers compare products on TrustRadius and have one additional use or goal.…

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