Reaching the right target group for B2B campaigns on the web is no easy task. Although the desired recipients are online and inform themselves on the Internet, it is difficult to identify them as a focused target group. They are often too heterogeneous for this and the information required for appropriate targeting is scarce. With its audience marketing offer, Messe Frankfurt provides advertisers with a solution for reaching B2B target groups online with minimal wastage. Martina Bergmann, Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt Medien und Service GmbH at Messe Frankfurt GmbH, explains why advertisers should focus on audience marketing, which campaigns have been implemented so far and what is planned for the future.
One of the greatest strengths of digital marketing is its ability to address target groups in a targeted, contextualized and concrete way. Content and messages can be tailored and personalized using targeting as well as recognition of cookies or user IDs. This topic personalization is becoming increasingly relevant in the B2B environment, especially for Generation Y – those born between 1980 and 2000.
One of the largest motors of the online advertising market is programmatic advertising. According to the media agency Zenith it can be expected that there will be an increase in net advertising sales from 39 billion US dollars in 2016 to 64 billion dollars in 2018. So far programmatic marketing has only worked very well in the B2C domain. The right data is essential to enable B2B companies to address their target groups with any precision as well.
Targeting customers and interested individuals has already become common practice in B2C online marketing. But for advertisers it is a real challenge in the B2B domain because there is both a quantitative and qualitative lack of the relevant data needed for addressing target groups. With its Audience Marketing service Messe Frankfurt offers a solution to this. We spoke to Dennis Stritter, Digital Business Product Manager at Messe Frankfurt Digital Services about what Messe Frankfurt is doing in terms of Audience Marketing and how advertisers can profit from it.