Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 16, 2005
The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, an elite affinity group of chief marketing executives in the high technology industry, and KnowledgeStorm, the Internet's top-ranked technology content and search site, have partnered to explore the critical relationship between online technology researchers and IT vendors. To give both buyers and solution vendors greater insight into purchase decisions, the CMO Council and KnowledgeStorm are currently fielding a study titled Define What's Valued Online, which investigates where and how IT buying is shaped, influenced, qualified and driven by online content syndication and consumption.
Millions of B-to-B technology buyers gather real-time, relevant data from multiple online sources as they seek to make more informed and complex purchasing decisions. Both business and technology executives are involved in gathering knowledge, insight and third-party validation during the process of sourcing business-critical IT solutions and services.
Both organizations will use their extensive resources in fielding the study. For its part, the CMO Council is conducting qualitative interviews with technology buyers and sellers, and a quantitative survey of its membership to gauge the level of dependence, confidence, trust and value placed on the online content.
At the same time, KnowledgeStorm is utilizing its opt-in user base to conduct an audit and analysis of technology content being sourced, viewed and downloaded across multiple categories and vertical-industry sectors.
The results of the Define What's Valued Online study will guide marketing executives in determining where they should be investing their resources.
The study is currently underway, and KnowledgeStorm and the CMO Council will continue gathering responses until August 21, 2005. To participate in the survey, please click on the following link: Define What's Valued Online.
The study results will be published this Fall.
Founded in 1998, KnowledgeStorm is the InternetÂs top-ranked technology solutions content and search site. With the largest online index of IT solutions, KnowledgeStorm offers technology buyers a free, easy and comprehensive means to match business requirements to a "short list" of technology providers and to stay current on technology topics and trends. This information is available through the KnowledgeStorm Network, which includes http://www.knowledgestorm.com , specialty search sites and syndication partners. Technology vendors use KnowledgeStormÂs efficient, effective lead generation services to fill sales pipelines with motivated and educated buyers. For more information, visit http://www.knowledgestorm.com .
About the CMO Council
The CMO Council is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to high-level knowledge exchange, thought leadership and personal relationship building among senior marketing and brand decision-makers in the global technology industry. Based in Silicon Valley, the Council works to further the stature, credibility, influence, and understanding of the strategic marketing function among business executives, opinion leaders and critical stakeholders in the technology sector.
More than 1,300 technology companies are currently represented on the CMO Council, accounting for well over $500 billion in aggregated annual revenues. These include top decision-makers controlling more than $45 billion in global marketing expenditures for many of the worldÂs foremost computer systems, software, networking, communications, consumer electronics, component, distribution, and consulting brands. For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.cmocouncil.org.
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