The latest data on the B2B e-commerce market shows that mobile devices are being used for both research and purchases. This infographic by Usablenet highlights the latest data for 2015, and gives us a look into the future of the B2B e-commerce landscape.
Explore Instagram’s usefulness to B2B marketers as part of their engagement process. So you’re in the cloud. Your marketing is automated, your campaigns coordinated, your customer information connected. You feel your metrics are meaningful and the insights they deliver are solid. So what happens when you throw Instagram into the mix?
When it comes to making decisions about what to buy, people go with their hearts more often then their heads. 31% of advertisers report gains from emotional campaigns, while only 16% report gains from campaigns that appeal to people’s rational side.
55 percent of readers stay on a web page for less than 15 seconds. That's not a lot of time to grab their attention. But it's critical you do. Your B2B website is a key component of how you sell your services to clients. It's often the first stop potential buyers make when evaluating your firm. Attracting a potential new client is hard work no matter what, so the last thing you want is to have your website turn those prospects away.
Lead generation at all stages of the sales and marketing funnel isn’t easy. There are many different approaches, strategies, tactics, and techniques and no one person has all of the answers. However, the basic B2B formula online looks like what we call inbound marketing today. That’s all and good, but with the plethora of businesses adopting inbound marketing, it’s never been harder to drive leads online. There is a silver lining, however. Inbound marketing can be augmented with acceleration driving technology and tactics.
With B2B products and services - the element of trust needs to be far higher. Consumers are more willing to take a personal risk and try out new brands and services for themselves, but when it comes to making a business purchase, buyers are far more cautious. A bad business purchase can put people into a very precarious position in the eyes of their company and those that they report to.
If you’re in the professional services industry, you already know that the competition today is fierce. What many executives don’t know, however, is just how critical a B2B website is in helping professional services firms stand out from the rest of the pack. So, how important is it? The Hinge Research Institute has found that 80% of professional services buyers check out a firm’s website to evaluate them as a potential provider.
A lot of B2B companies in boring industries are intimidated by content marketing or just skip it all together. So what if you’re not writing about the newest tech gadget that appeals to the mass market? Here are 3 B2B content ideas and examples from my time working with a "boring industry" client that I found gave us the best traction.
Business-to-Business thrives on the simple basic principle of buying and selling. With all the hoopla over the past few years regarding digital technologies and social media, it is easy to lose sight of this most basic principle, which has existed for centuries. The impact of digital and social technologies on the nature of buying and selling, however, cannot be understated. They have changed how businesses interact and engage in the acts of buying and selling.
As a B2B marketer, you probably spend most of your time on direct marketing activities like lead generation programs, content creation and trade shows. But there is a key aspect that many B2B marketers ignore – influencer marketing. Rather than marketing directly to your customers, influencer marketing means creating relationships with thought leaders, who in turn influence your customers. Done well, this is an incredibly powerful marketing strategy, since you are in effect recruiting industry experts that your customers trust.