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Ready… aim… We all know that technology purchases, especially at medium and large enterprises, often involve several stakeholders. Yet, often marketers will target one or two particular titles; for example, the CIO or line of business (LOB) professional, as the focus of their efforts to generate demand. A recent Forrester blog post indicated that no one influencer has more that 30% of the total power through the technology purchase process1, shedding light that this strategy may not be enough. What this research indicates is that, as a marketer, you must ensure that you are targeting your marketing programs across all of the appropriate influencers and that you don’t focus entirely on engaging just one or two influencers. But this means having the right data and – to avoid random email blasts - employing some precision marketing to ensure that your message is targeted at the right organizations. Marketers know that proper targeting can increase email marketing results 25% or more and help to reduce program costs, thus increasing ROI. In fact, studies have shown that untargeted programs increase costs by as much as 3.6 times the cost of targeted programs2. Below are five targeting strategies, relevant to technology marketers that will help to refine a targeted list to achieve optimal program results. Of course, you’ll want to fill your database with relevant contacts and ensure that you develop a multi-touch campaign with strong, relevant messaging for each audience. For persona-based marketing teams, this may mean that you are addressing buyers with different pain points, which will change your content strategy. !

Complimentary technology Does your technology rely on a certain hardware, operating system or technology to be present? If yes, build a list of companies that employ technology that your company’s solutions plug into. Perhaps you have a customer that’s used your products in a smart way alongside other technology. Use this as case study messaging for a campaign to companies with similar technology environments. 1 Is it Time for Customer Decision Management, Rob Brosnan, 2/27/2012 2 Relevancy Group, “Realizing the Value of Email Marketing” 2010!

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Competitive technology Ready to go right after the competition? Identify companies with installations of competitive products, especially older versions, to spread the word on your competitive advantage and displace your competition. !

Ready-to-upgrade Do you compete in a marketplace where competitive technologies are older or perhaps no longer being sold or supported? Identify buyers at companies with outdated technology in need of an upgrade and be sure to message your key differentiators, implementation support, and customer service.

Micro-targeting Get down to the nitty-gritty through advance querying across multiple technologies to identify the exact technology environment you wish to target. Combine categories of technology in your search and get extremely specific in your massaging as to why your technology provides benefits in this specific technology environment.

Category marketing Rather than targeting at a technology installation, query by similar technology categories to identify willingness to adopt a like technology, such as companies who adopt cloud-based solutions. This can be very helpful in identifying companies that have overcome resistance to moving into your technology category. You’ll want your messaging to highlight how your product has similarities (such as security, etc.) to other technologies they’ve adopted.

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