Example of Company-Centric vs. Customer-Centric Content

 Krista Moon  0 Comments

Using the wrong content at the wrong time can stall the sales process. Here's when to use company-centric vs. customer-centric content.

Use the right content at the right time.

When I evaluate an organization's blog, I scan through the titles, topics, and articles to find out what type of information is discussed or shared. It's easy to spot company-centric content, which is information about the organization (who they are and what they do), vs. customer-centric content, which pertains directly to the concerns of the target buyer. Here is an overview of each approach and how they relate to the sales process.

Customer-Centric Content

In the age of information overload, it's increasingly difficult to capture prospects' and customers' attention. As much as we'd like to think people want to know about us and what we do, it's a pipe dream. Humans have one thing on our minds: ourselves. So, if we want to appeal to our target buyer, customer-centric content that addresses their questions and concerns will get noticed and pique interest. The focus is on teaching, educating, and helping—not selling.

Customer-centric content is in the Awareness and Consideration stages of the buyers' journey. (If you're not familiar with the buyers' journey, check out this article.) Here are some topic examples:

  • Pain points from maintaining the status quo
  • Potential outcomes from trying something new
  • Obstacles prospects face when making a change
  • Counter-arguments to sales objections
  • Questions prospects ask during the sales process
  • Other educational information about how to improve

This type of content builds trust and credibility with customers and prospects and elevates you as a thought leader. It culminates in a sales library that sellers can use to support their positions and move opportunities forward through the sales process. Having a base of articles that address common issues prospects face creates consistent messaging across the organization and increases sales efficiency. Sales onboarding is much easier, too!

Company-Centric Content

In the Decision stage of the buyers' journey, prospects have identified a problem, found a solution, and are evaluating options for implementation. That's where company-centric content comes into play. Now that your target buyer is familiar with you from the customer-centric content they've read, they will be more open to learning more about how your solution can potentially solve their pain. Here are some topic examples:

  • Product or service web pages/brochures
  • Case studies
  • Company news & PR (new hires, locations, mergers, etc.)
  • Events
  • Tradeshows
  • Testimonials
  • Coupons or discounts

With so much information available online, it's becoming increasingly difficult to cold-sell. Back in the day, it was great—a salesperson could walk in, share great info, and, Bam! Sale. The prospect didn't have the opportunity to easily get information from other sources, so they relied much more on the knowledge and expertise of the salesperson in front of them.

Now, your target buyers can go online and learn all they want about their problems, questions, and concerns without ever needing to talk to a salesperson.

The organization that provides the best content will get found the most. And if you're not creating it, you're leaving the door wide open for your competitors to build relationships with the people you want to do business with.


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