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Never fluffy and definitely not clickbait.

We’re not full enough to think we know it all; we’re constantly learning. Out of the dozens of articles we read each week, these are the ones we believe you should read. They’re practitioner case studies, new vantage points, and thinking that challenges conventional marketing thought. They’re decidedly not fluffy, “me too” marketing, clickbait.

Developers Have More in Common With Marketers Than They Think

The Iron Horse Insight: As marketers, we often preach personalization in regards to customizing outreach to resonate with potential audiences. In developer marketing, that methodology is even more important to captivate user bases.

In this article by Len Shneyder, he explores the similarities between marketers and developers. He illuminates the fact that both parties share the same objective when it comes to building a relationship- attenuance and personalization of an experience is key to success.

So the next time you launch a developer-focused product ask yourself, “What would *I* want out of adopting this solution?”

Read on DevOps.com Arrow Right

Empathy for the Developer: Making 22 Year Olds Love 26 Year Old Software

The Iron Horse Insight: When reviewing developer content, Iron Horse often finds a disconnect between what brands think developers want versus what developers actually need. As Olja expresses in the transcript, empathizing with developer audiences and providing functional resources was key to success for her developer relationship programs.

At the core of the article, is deep-diving into your target audiences and truly understanding what assets they are looking for at certain points in their development journey. While documentation is always key, it’s important to keep in mind that supporting content should provide an immediate solution for most developers rather than a litany of case studies and/or thought-leadership.

Listening to and empathizing with your constituents is important to providing a streamlined journey and facilitating the consumption and active use of your solutions.

Read on DevRel Arrow Right

Measuring the Impact of Your Developer Relations Team

The Iron Horse Insight: Developer relationship (DevRel) programs are often loosely defined with more qualitative, than quantitative goals. As Ashley points out in her article it is important to find a balance between the two and at a bare minimum establish some baseline in order to compare against.

Aligning activities with basic business goals is crucial to continued DevRel success. As a starting point, Iron Horse often maps business goals to development milestones to understand progress and efficacy.  For example, a typical DevRel goal would be community growth. From a marketing perspective, database growth would be a key metric to follow. From a DevRel perspective, the volume of invitations or community conversations started would be a more appropriate data point to follow showing an increased reach and penetration into community engagement.

Developers are not typical clients/customers. DevRel success will look different than general marketing programs, thus tracking and attribution should also be customized to match the uniqueness of activities and audiences.

Read on Openview Partners Arrow Right

Community and Empathy

The Iron Horse Insight: Establishing strong developer relationships is key to successful developer programs. Advocacy is almost always the true end state and being able to genuinely connect with the developer community will yield dividends. At the core of DevRel is being able to understand developer problems and help solve them. Developers are both end-users and decision-makers from a business sense—so outside influences could affect them more than the average stakeholder. Being compassionate and empathizing with developers is incredibly important within peer-driven communities. Attending to real-world issues, both sociological and technical, will help your brand establish itself as a contributor and a true community partner.

Read on DevRel Arrow Right

Traditional SEO Has A Growing Visibility Problem

The Iron Horse Insight: SEO is about getting the top spot for your key terms when someone is searching on a search engine like Google, right? Wrong. For many search terms, the top organic search result is now below the fold. This means that if your organization isn’t thinking about and actively working on securing featured snippets, paragraph style “best answer” for searches phrased as a question, and the increase of zero-click searches, your organization’s SEO is slowly eroding. Our take is to ensure your marketing team, but also executive management knows why the “SEO of today” is fundamentally different than it was five years ago. It’s important to know what that means in terms of marketing strategy and marketing measurement.

Read on The Local Lighthouse Arrow Right

The Sobering Truth: Why You Can’t Sell to C-Suite Executives

The Iron Horse Insight: According to Gong.io’s analysis of over 39K sales conversations, “asking discovery questions decreases your win rate” when speaking to senior decision-makers (SVP+). Successful first meeting sales conversations “involve only four sales questions on average.” How does this make sense? Senior execs have “discovery fatigue” and most, if not all, discovery questions are beneficial only to the seller. One can see how many sales calls can feel like an interrogation. We’re not ready to say discovery is dead, but we do agree that sales should lead with insights, not information gathering. This is aided by ensuring that sales spends time upfront researching the company, industry, and contact person, before the meeting- because in many cases integration-like discovery calls are a result of lack of preparation.

Read on LinkedIn Arrow Right

Why B2B Lead Generation Is Dying A Slow Death (And What To Do About It).

The Iron Horse Insight: This article resonates with what we see in B2B marketing and sales: the essence of lead generation needs to be rethought. Understanding account-level activity and change in engagement is key, but it is challenging when buyers choose anonymity until their research is complete. Does your organization currently know how many opportunities it’s losing even before a contact is known? Note: The author’s statement that “70% of the buyer journey is complete before the prospective buyer opts in to engaging with the vendor” is a common misperception. This stems from a SiriusDecisions data point that states 67% of the buyer’s journey is done digitally, which in no way indicates that a salesperson isn’t engaged until more than halfway through the buying cycle.

Read on Forbes Arrow Right

Why Market to Developers? Developers Have Influence.

The Iron Horse Insight: While most developer marketing is pursuant to end-user developers, it is important to note that developers can play multiple roles within their company. Developer marketing assets should primarily focus on providing solutions and documentation for the product at hand; however, resources and content should also be provided to developers to help them upsell or inform their supervisors and non-technical roles on their teams to facilitate purchase/adoption.

Business-to-developer (B2D) outreach should blend both technical and sales-ready assets to ensure that developers are properly educated and prepared to make a case for adoption to their supervisors and leaders.

Read on Developer Media Arrow Right

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