The marketing funnel is a concept that has been around for decades. It is based on the theory that a prospective customer needs to be cultivated from the top of the funnel to the bottom, with the most qualified prospects "dropping out" at the end of the funnel. Generally, it was believed that a fairly linear process was involved in pushing prospects down through the funnel.
Today, however, the marketing game has changed considerably. Now marketing experts think more in terms of a "customer journey" which involves various touchpoints along the way that can be more random and create a non-linear path. MECLABS Institute, the parent organization of MarketingSherpa, revisits the marketing funnel with an emphasis on a more contemporary perspective. Senior Director of Editorial Content Daniel Burstein suggests turning the funnel upside down. He writes, "It’s an effort to move your customers along this path, and that effort must be powered by a value proposition that propels your customers up through the funnel. ...This process often isn’t linear, and you may discover that your product(s) essentially has many funnels, based on different buyer types (e.g., influencer vs. decision maker or healthcare industry customer vs. publishing industry customer)."
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