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What B2B Marketing Can Learn from B2C Strategies

September 14, 2023

When discussing marketing strategies, there’s often a clear delineation made between B2B (Business to Business) and B2C (Business to Consumer) practices. While there are inherent differences between the two, the gap is not as wide as it used to be. With shifting business trends and buyer expectations, B2B marketers can find valuable lessons in B2C strategies. Here are some key takeaways:

1. Emphasizing the Human Connection

B2C marketing does an excellent job of humanizing their brands and connecting on a personal level with customers. Even though B2B marketing deals with businesses, at the end of the day, those businesses are run by people. Emphasizing shared human experiences, using relatable language, asking the right questions and creating personalized experiences can help forge emotional connections, humanizing the B2B journey.

2. Harnessing the Power of Social Media

B2C companies have long leveraged the reach and influence of social media to engage customers and promote their products. B2B marketers can also take advantage of social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and even Instagram, to showcase their products, share success stories, and engage with potential clients. Research from the IDCshows that 75% of B2B buyers and 84% of C-level or vice-president level executives use social media to make purchasing decisions, making it a ripe opportunity to connect with high-value customers.

3. Prioritizing Content Marketing

B2C marketers have been leveraging content marketing for years to educate, entertain, and engage their audience. B2B marketers, too, can create a wide variety of content—blogs, whitepapers, webinars, podcasts, and videos—that can help potential clients understand the value of their product or service, establish their company as a thought leader, and drive lead generation.

4. Embracing Personalization

B2C companies use data to create highly personalized customer experiences. B2B marketers can apply similar data-driven strategies to customize communications and offer personalized solutions to potential clients. Using CRM systems and marketing automation tools, B2B marketers can segment their audience, tailor messages, and deliver personalized experiences at scale.

5. Implementing Omni-Channel Marketing

B2C marketers have mastered the art of providing a seamless experience across multiple channels, whether it’s online, on a mobile app, or in a physical store. While B2B sales are often more complex, offering consistent messaging and customer experience across various touchpoints—including websites, email, trade shows, and sales calls—can significantly improve customer perception and loyalty.

6. Focusing on Customer Experience

In the B2C world, customer experience is paramount. B2B businesses can also benefit from this customer-centric approach. This includes focusing on customer service, seeking and implementing client feedback, and working to create a seamless and enjoyable customer journey from first contact to post-purchase support. At Manley Creative, we have a robust customer experience model that puts our customer at the center of everything we do: The Manley Way.

B2B marketers who can adapt and integrate these B2C strategies are likely to see stronger customer engagement, improved brand perception, and ultimately, higher conversion rates. The key lies in understanding that whether it’s B2B or B2C, the end goal is to satisfy needs and create value. By adopting a more human-centric, personalized approach, B2B companies can not only reach their target audience more effectively but also build lasting relationships with them.

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