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Revenue marketing is essential to increasing sales but another type of marketing — customer marketing — may be even more effective.

Customer Marketing vs Revenue Marketing: Are They the Same?

While there are many different approaches to marketing, one goal remains the same — revenue growth. While 91% of marketers are confident that they’re making marketing decisions that will positively impact revenue, organizations can still benefit from developing strategies where generating revenue is the main focus. This typically refers to revenue marketing, but another type of marketing strategy — customer marketing — may be even more effective. 🤔

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In a PLG world, customer love and testimonials are critical to building a passionate community and UserEvidence can unlock customer reviews.

The Missing Metric in PLG - Speed to Initial Evidence (SpIE)

This blog was originally published on June 8, 2022, on Notorious PLG

It’s been thoroughly discussed recently that PLG does not mean “no sales team” - for most companies, PLG can build a self-serve revenue stream of course, but the bigger prize is the super spicy product-qualified “leads” that are generated from PLG users within larger businesses that be upsold to larger paid/team and eventually enterprise contracts. A slew of businesses like PocusCorrelatedGroundswell, and Endgame have popped up recently to let sales teams know to when to reach out to start a larger sales conversation - but there’s not much guidance/tech out there on what to reach out with - ie what kind of content/evidence are you going to show to convince a buyer to upgrade to an enterprise license? 

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Find out how customer marketing technology can help streamline your previously tedious reference management processes.

How to Evolve Past Tedious Reference Management

Customer evidence, such as testimonials and success stories, is among an organization's most important go-to-market assets. Reference management is the process of collecting this evidence to later use it to amplify marketing and sales campaigns. But with extensive customer lists spanning industries and demographics, this process is time-consuming and full of inefficiencies. Traditional means of reference management are no longer effective in today’s fast-paced world. With automated technology now an integral part of our day-to-day, customer marketers don’t have time to waste on menial tasks.

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Social proof is defined as evidence from previous or current customers that have found value in a product or service.

3 Ways to Leverage Social Proof in Your Marketing Campaigns

Peer pressure isn’t always a bad thing, right? When it comes to effective marketing, social proof can be the tipping point that turns a lead into a customer. Social proof is defined as evidence from previous or current customers that have found value in a product or service. For instance, buyers’ reference reviews, recommendations, and testimonials are all examples of social proof. 

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Customer marketing empowers marketers to infuse points of value into their marketing campaigns and sales enablement content.

4 Customer Marketing Challenges and Their Solutions

Customer marketing is all the rage these days (#3 fastest growing job in the US, according to LinkedIn) and it’s easy to understand why. Offering more than just case studies and testimonials, customer marketing empowers marketers to infuse the voice of the customer into their marketing campaigns and sales enablement content. Throughout the buyer’s journey and even past the point of purchase, customer marketing leverages the voice of the customer to:

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Customer evidence is a persuasive form of sales enablement content that communicates the value of your product through the voice of your customer.

Sales Enablement: Why Customer Evidence is Vital to Sales Success

The purpose of sales enablement is to empower sales with the tools, resources, and skills they need to sell more effectively. One of the biggest problems sales enablement leaders face is having a super limited library of customer success stories with major gaps in representation. Yet, organizations that leverage customer evidence experience a 10x greater year-over-year increase in annual revenue. With a lack of high-impact customer content, sales reps are often inhibited from closing deals and increasing win rates. The solution is simple — sales enablement leaders need to create a robust library of customer evidence across all industries, company sizes, personas, and use-cases. 

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Are you leveraging customer evidence effectively? Discover the most efficient ways to capture and use proof points to attract and convert buyers.

4 Strategies for Acquiring & Sharing Customer Evidence

Today, B2B buyers are sourcing purchase information about new products and solutions on their own. According to Gartner, 33% of B2B buyers want a seller-free sales experience (44% for millennials). This means that sales reps only get a short amount of time with potential buyers — 17% to be exact. With less face time, it’s up to customer marketing teams to communicate value through digital channels and establish brand credibility as early on in the buyer’s journey as possible. To do so, customer marketing managers must gather ample customer stories and social proof points that prove the success and happiness of current and past customers. 

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