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B2B Digital Marketer
B2B Digital Marketer
Breaking Bias and Uncovering the Emotional Truth Behind Customer Purchases

Navigating the Challenges of Perspective in Digital Marketing


In this episode of B2B Digital Marketer, John Gumas shares valuable insights on unlocking success in digital marketing. He emphasizes the importance of aligning your message with your prospects for maximum impact. John highlights the need to break free from assumptions and truly understand your audience’s needs. He also stresses the significance of being present when customers are ready to buy, surrounding them with your brand’s message. Thought leadership and targeted marketing campaigns are key strategies for success. By developing a unique position and delivering a compelling message, businesses can stand out in a crowded marketplace. Overall, John Gumas provides practical advice for effective B2B digital marketing.

In this podcast episode, you’ll learn: 

  1. The significance of being present when customers are ready to buy. 
  2. How to avoid assumptions and gain a fresh perspective in marketing.
  3. Breaking biases and transitioning to the growth phase.
  4. Uncovering the emotional truth behind customer purchases through unconventional questioning.
  5. Harnessing the power of thought leadership to sell without selling.

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Timestamps to Key Moments
  3. Key Tips and Takeaways
  4. Pros and Cons
  5. Memorable Quotes
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Conclusion
  8. Episode Links and Resources

Timestamps to Key Moments

  • 00:54 – Being present when customers are ready to buy is crucial.  
  • 05:31 – Avoid assumptions in marketing and understand the challenge of perspective.  
  • 09:12 – Break biases and transition to the growth phase for success.  
  • 13:06 – Uncover the emotional truth behind customer purchases through unconventional questioning.  
  • 21:13 – Harness the power of thought leadership in marketing to sell without selling.  
  • 24:26 – Stand out by discovering your unique position and essence.  
  • 28:05 – Extract valuable insights through different questioning techniques.  
  • 31:23 – Identify and target three key audiences for effective marketing campaigns.  
  • 33:53 – Unlock the power of search strategy to turn prospects into best clients.  
  • 37:10 – Always be there for your prospects when they’re ready to buy.  
  • 40:21 – Understand the difference between sales and marketing as conversation starters.

Key Tips and Takeaways

  • Understand your audience’s needs and motivations to effectively communicate with them.
  • Break biases and assumptions to gain a fresh perspective in marketing.
  • Uncover the emotional truth behind customer purchases through unconventional questioning.
  • Utilize thought leadership to establish credibility and initiate conversations.
  • Always be present for your target audience when they are ready to make a purchase.

Pros and Cons


  • Emphasizes the importance of understanding customer needs and motivations.
  • Provides strategies for breaking biases and gaining a fresh perspective.
  • Highlights the power of thought leadership in building trust and initiating conversations.


  • Limited discussion on specific marketing tactics and techniques. 
  • Could benefit from more in-depth examples and case studies.

Memorable Quotes

“Everybody’s trying to be a thought leader, everybody’s trying to challenge the oracles of the world and the sales forces of the world. At what point do I get into the exact same scenario that you’re talking about?”

“We’re not asking, you know, which product do you like? We’re creating emotional conversations because emotion is where the truth comes out.” 

“You have seven seconds to tell them that they’re in the right place. Seven seconds to convince them that you’re worth their time.”

“What makes you unique from your competitors? And the big question, the last question is what’s in it for them.”

“You don’t want to be just another white sheep in the field because that’s an expensive proposition.”

“The discovery process is probably the most important thing that a company will ever do because you will figure out and break through all that clutter.”

“We believe in what we call the seven-second rule. If you don’t capture their attention in seven seconds, they’re gone.”

“You might have 10 to 20 customers, really, that’s all we need to statistically get what we need. You see trends, you start to see real obvious trends.”

“If you can get those buzzwords that need to be put into everything from the elevator pitch to the tagline, then you have a strong messaging strategy.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I effectively communicate with my B2B audience?

To effectively communicate with your B2B audience, it is crucial to understand their needs and motivations. Ask yourself if you truly know what your audience wants to hear from you, and tailor your messaging accordingly. 

How can I break biases and gain a fresh perspective in marketing?

Breaking biases requires questioning assumptions and seeking alternative viewpoints. By challenging your own assumptions and embracing diverse perspectives, you can gain a fresh outlook and develop more effective marketing strategies.


Thank you for joining us on this insightful episode of the B2B Digital Marketer podcast. Remember, being present when customers are ready to buy and understanding their needs are key to successful B2B marketing. Take the time to break biases, uncover emotional insights, and establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry. Implement these strategies and watch your brand and sales flourish. Don’t forget to visit our website at for valuable resources and to connect with John Gumas.

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