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This week, I’m looking at cybersecurity sales, developer content marketing, and fundraising pitches through a common lens: the importance of understanding your audience and putting it first. — Anna
Bridging the gap between cybersecurity suppliers and buyers
Budget cuts due to the economic downturn have led to a shift in the priorities and mindset of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs). As security professionals begin reporting to boards of directors, they need to understand how to do so and be more business-focused than tech-focused, marketing expert says Daniel Woolf.
Woolf knows CISOs well; Having spent her career in B2B technology marketing, she spent months interviewing cybersecurity buyers for her podcast before starting her own audience research agency, Public 1stto help sellers better understand their purpose.
A key challenge right now is for cybersecurity vendors to adapt to the new buyer mindset — which Woolf says will persist even after the market recovers. “There’s a huge gap right now as vendors add more complexity to the security buyer’s job, and they don’t understand that simplicity is the goal.”
However, simplicity does not mean that you have to use one tool to replace them all. One of the most important things buyers want to hear from a vendor, Woolf told me, is how well you integrate with their existing tech stack. “Because as a buyer I can’t rip out what I have now.”
Read Anna Heim’s Room, originally published on australiabusinessblog.com