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Tech Go-to-Market: Embrace Authentic Storytelling That Links Business Value With Capabilities to Engage Technology Buyers

Published: 30 January 2015

ID: G00272805

Analyst(s): Hank Barnes

Summary

Organizations use technology to achieve specific business outcomes, but product features often dominate spoken and written communications from providers. Move to a storytelling approach, which brings facts to life and makes the buyer the focus of the story, to capture interest and build trust.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

  • Help Buyers Understand Your Value With Authentic Storytelling
  • Today's Situation — It's All About the Product
  • The Impact — Buyer Frustration, Provider Consternation
  • The Resolution — Authentic Storytelling
  • A Path to Improving Storytelling

Analysis

  • A Standardized Format Makes It Easier for Anyone to Create Interesting Stories
  • Use Positioning to Guide the Story Development
  • Create Different Stories Based on the Buying Personas and Activity Streams
  • Use Customer Stories to Build Trust and Quantify the Impact Whenever Possible
  • Emotion Makes Stories More Memorable and Shareable
  • Recognize the Importance of Progressive Engagement
  • Tell the Right Stories

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