It's true that deploying B2B e-commerce platform involves many unique requirements not commonly found in B2C operations, such as incorporating a complex product port-folio, multiple distribution channels, and integrating with third party systems
And yet, it's possible to complete an initial out-of-the-box B2B implementation within three months, if all the right critical path steps are followed. Additional features and functionality can be added after the initial launch, provided that the chosen out-of-the-box platform is designed to be used over the long run.
As deal complexity has risen, so too has customers' risk aversion and the number of stakeholders dedicated to a given purchase. The best companies build consensus among diverse groups by tapping into the right values and fostering an environment of collective learning.
In a B2B era saturated with talk of hyper-informed customers self-navigating the fabled buyer’s journey using multiple interconnected channels and devices, one topic remains steadfastly critical: branding. Despite dazzling new cosmos of B2B marketing, branding more than ever is central to B2B sales.
B2B marketers, like their B2C colleagues, have diligently worked at perfecting the art of shaping customer and prospect perceptions. They have years of experience developing precisely targeted communications comprised of finely tuned content directed at the specific audiences they want to influence. Traditional brand marketing requires the engineering of messages that engender the right impressions about the company’s products in the marketplace. The traditional art of branding has grown and flourished for many years. But that’s all begun to change.
Not long ago, search marketing and branding were viewed as two entirely different aspects of the marketing mix. Like oil and water, they didn't mix. In reality, brand building and search marketing are inextricably linked and actually tend to drive better overall marketing ROI when working together. Get the 5 simple but effective tips to build B2B brands with search marketing.
Learn Facebook’s Rules of Engagement so you can make your content more sharable and searchable – and avoid violating the terms of service. This eBook will give you a thorough understanding of Facebook principles, and the general rules that apply to content and behavior.
Online Marketing Pioneer Larry Chase Offers His Best on Getting a White Paper to the Right B2B Prospects - and Getting Them to Read It.
White papers have been one of the most popular and productive marketing tools for generating B2B sales leads. And Larry, publisher of Web Marketing Digest, has been developing white papers for over two decades now.