The Best Way To Do Business With Other Businesses Is To Know Them
The Business to Business or B2B sector is highly lucrative and competitive. It’s a different experience from the general consumer market, where trends and aspirational or emotional marketing campaigns are often crucial to increasing product or service sales.
B2B is almost entirely focused on results, and the reputations of B2B enterprises live and die on the reputation they create among their peers. Profitability in B2B can be high because the levels of quality that products and service operate on is at a premium at this level, but at the same time, there are challenges in this sphere. B2B has more specific needs and doesn’t commonly entertain impulse or recreational purchases like general consumer markets do. Businesses that purchase products and services do so with the intent that these purchases will allow operations to continue or improve.
However, approaching businesses and offering products or services isn’t as simple as making a typical advertisement for a general consumer. Businesses are organizations, meaning purchases are planned and often authorized by specific personnel.
Finding The Right Staff Member
One of the biggest challenges in the B2B sector is knowing whom to approach in a business. Very few personnel have the agency or authority to approve a new product or service purchase. Moreover, the person authorized to do so will vary depending on the organization’s size and the specific product or service offered. For example, financial services at a company may be approved by a manager in the finance department., While office furniture sales go through a different process and arrive at the consideration of a separate decision maker.
This is made even more difficult by the need for more transparency. It is not always clear who should be approached within a company’s hierarchy to discuss product or service offers. In the best-case scenario, this may involve researching and investigating the company to eventually track down the right person. In the worst-case scenario, this can include reaching the wrong person and being forever blocked by the company for future dealings due to an inappropriate marketing offer.
Success in the B2B sphere relies on different strategies that sometimes overlap with general consumer marketing and have other applications. If you want to succeed in B2B marketing, the core strategies involved include:
This, above all, is what separates success from failure. While the old saying goes, “knowledge is power,” in the case of B2B marketing, knowledge is profit or sales. The best way to succeed when approaching other businesses is to gain as much data as possible about your industry, potential clients, and other related areas.
Testing & Optimization
Once you’ve done your research, it’s time to see your results. There’s a difference between theory and practice, and it’s essential to test theories. In the best-case scenario, you try a theory and find your marketing tactics work as planned. However, testing can also reveal that a theory may not work because of variables or factors you hadn’t accounted for. Testing and optimizing after getting results is the best way to determine which promising theories based on research turn into viable marketing practices.
Whereas general consumer marketing strategies can sometimes revolve around generalities, success in the B2B sphere is more about the niche. Businesses want efficient and often highly specialized products or services as solutions. Being able to occupy these niches can, counterintuitively, broaden product or service appeal, especially among businesses that need this.
Businesses are similar to people because word of mouth from trusted sources can often lead to new opportunities. Establishing a good reputation is important because once a B2B business has that, recommendations from other companies are the most effective marketing tool a business can use for itself. This is why good service, follow-ups, and quality treatment are some of the most potent tactics a company can use.
Today’s Marketing Techniques
The way B2B is done today has changed significantly in 20 years and even more recently thanks,s to the “new normal” of the global pandemic. As a result, adapting to how business, technology, and pandemic considerations have created a new business environment with unique marketing needs is essential. Some of the trends that marketing in B2B should consider are:
Millennials Are The New Working Age Group
The “baby boomer” generation is mainly in the retirement phase, while “Generation X” occupies the more senior management side of businesses today. However, by 2025, millennials, or those born between 1981-1996, will represent the most workforce globally.
For marketing purposes, “age-appropriate” material is essential. In the same way that it might not be wise to use marketing material with nostalgic references to life in the 50s and 60s with Generation X managers who will be unable to relate, using 70s or 80s nostalgia on a millennial whose formative years were primarily in the 21st century won’t have the intended effect and may even be alienating.
Longer Buying Cycles Are The Norm
The pandemic and tightened budgets grip many businesses, resulting in much longer buying cycles for companies. What might have once been a recurring purchase for a product or service that happened every few months may now be an annual purchase.
It’s essential for B2B marketing to address this new trend. Products or services that provide a more extended, better return on investment will get more interest from companies than those with a shorter “half-life.” Businesses are now interested in products or services that provide value over a longer haul before needing to make a purchase again. Anything you can do to accommodate this longer buying cycle in your offerings will be a strategic advantage for companies trying to decide whom to give their business to in a B2B transaction.
Talk To The Right People
Once again, it can’t be stressed enough that knowing the relevant decision-maker for what you are trying to offer is crucial. Whether you are working your way up the chain of management by talking to individual employees or using the services of a marketing company, you should never submit your marketing materials until you are sure the right staff member within a company will consider them. Carefully research this aspect to maximize the effectiveness and response of your B2B marketing efforts.
We Can Help
Sprint Data Solutions Worldwide Marketing can help companies market their products or services to businesses with the appropriate need and interests. The company first went into operation in its hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, working within the more traditional direct mail industry marketing field. This resulted in collecting broad, extremely comprehensive lists of companies and individuals for numerous marketing needs. The quality of the work resulted in steady growth, and eventually, operations expanded beyond Nevada to encompass first the entire continental United States, then the remaining states in the nation. Ultimately, the rest of North America was included with Canada, Mexico, and finally, European countries were added to the service for those businesses ready to move onto an international reach.
Through the years, Sprint Data Solutions Worldwide has compiled a sizable contacts database but, more importantly, keeps those lists current. Now, with the emphasis on digital, it’s not just physical mailing addresses that are important. Many communication channels are viable, like telephone numbers for voice calls, email addresses, and cellular phone numbers for text/SMS messaging.
Find The Right Client For You
The biggest challenge of B2B marketing is ensuring that it is a relevant decision maker who is approached for offering products and services. Valuable time is often wasted in reviewing the corporate hierarchy and finding the staff member that would be appropriate for a product or service and then getting the correct contact details. Sprint Data Solutions Worldwide Marketing has a diverse range of business listings, including numerous contact details, whether that is an email address or phone number. More importantly, however, the name and title of the relevant decision maker for different areas are also included to ensure that when B2B marketing is submitted, the person that can best evaluate its merits and make a decision is reached.
Sprint Data Solutions Worldwide Marketing also offers crucial metrics and categorizations for business listings, making for more precise targeting. For example, if a B2B venture provides products and services more appropriate to retail consumer business in the food & beverage industry, those contacts, and related companies will be provided. But if the B2B interest is more focused on industrial activities, such as petroleum, those relevant companies will be provided instead.
Contact details are provided in whatever formats are needed. Direct mail has physical mailing addresses, while digital marketing can use email addresses. Similarly, telephone and cell phone numbers are also available for a personal touch.
If you’re ready to market your products or services to the business out there, Sprint Data Solutions Worldwide Marketing is here to help. Contact us and let us help you achieve your B2B goals.