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You Ask, I Answer: Switching from B2B to B2C Marketing?

Arryck asks, “What tips do you have for a marketer who is switching from B2B to B2C marketing, focusing on moving a lot of product in store and online?”

Fundamentally, B2B and B2C are the same thing. The question is how complex the sale is. A lot of B2B marketing also resembles mortgages, college educations, etc. – lots of decision makers, long buying cycles. A lot of B2C marketing looks like transactional B2B, like when you buy a software license with your credit card. Beyond that, focus on where customers get stuck, and fix the least well-performing stage in the buyer’s journey.

You Ask, I Answer: Switching from B2B to B2C Marketing?

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In today’s episode arc asks what tips you have for a marketer who is switching from B2B to B2C marketing focusing on moving a lot of products in store and online.

So fundamentally, b2b and b2c at the same thing, right? You’re selling to human beings.

The real question is how complex is the sale now a lot of b2b marketing it is complex sales.

Lots of decision makers long buying cycles.

Emphasis very strongly on relationships.

And there are b2c products that look just like that.

mortgages, car purchases, college education, high risk transactions where someone’s going to have a long time to wait.

A lot of decision makers, a lot of consultation, a lot of checking reviews and things to make sure that Making a good choice.

Now, a lot of b2c marketing looks like transactional b2b, right? You go on to your favorite SAS software provider where you can go and just swipe your credit card and got your software you may not even interact with a human being just get up and go write a short buying cycle, low risk, low budget, and very fast.

So there’s no structural difference between b2b and b2c.

What there is a differences in the complexity of the sale and how complex your company’s products and services are in terms of complexity of sale.

So the first thing to do is find out how complex is the sale of media question comes to mind is how long is the buying cycle from first touch, meaning awareness, all the way to purchase, how many days weeks months years is the product if it is yours, you’re going to have a buying process and marketing technology and all those things.

It looks just like B2B There’ll be an advanced CRM, they’ll be sales agents, nurturing people through the process, etc.

If the product has a very short sale cycle, you know, under 30 days, and you’re going to have things like e commerce, probably, you’re going to have more maybe distributors or resellers in the mix there somewhere.

And you’re going to apply the same strategies you do for any non complex sale, we’re instead of creating a individual long term relationship, you’re probably gonna be working with large audiences and working with segments.

Working with brand awareness overall, getting people to trust the brand, be loyal to the brand, building a large community around the brand, trying to make sure that people stay in touch, keep coming back, and building that recommendation engine or referral engine I should say where consumers who have a positive experience Going back and evangelizing and making sure that you are getting new business from satisfied customers in b2b, or average taking complex sales that’s, you know, very much in a one to one basis in b2c that’s going to be for transactional stuff much more large scale.

So focusing on things like reviews, sites, product reviews, ratings, depending on where you sell, there may be a built in rating system if you’re selling your product on on Amazon, for example, gathering up Amazon reviews, weeding out trolls and robots etc.

No matter which type of sale you’re you are working with in terms of complexity.

The number one thing you need to do when you make the switch from one company to the next is look at the overall buyers journey awareness, consideration, evaluation purchase and However granular your new company gets you I’ve seen some people with operations funnels that look 15 stages of funnel, whatever the organization does, you’re going to map out your key performance indicators, your here your funnel metrics from stage to stage and that funnel and determine at what stage Do you lose customers the most? Is it from website visitor to prospect is from prospect to qualified lead is it from lead to sale.

And again, regardless of whether it’s simple or complex sale, you may have just an audience and go right into a credit card purchase but there will still be stages at which that audience member is giving things like consideration and evaluation plan.

They may not do a whole lot of it.

Right? No one almost no one We’ll spend months researching a pack of chewing gum.

But there will still be that moment of consideration when they come they get up the supermarket counter, you look at it go look at the price, they look at the packaging.


And either they pick it up and buy it or not map out your operations funnel and then start by fixing the least well performing stage in the buyers journey as long as it’s under marketing’s control, it’s not under sales.

It’s not a sales issue.

If the company is that divided and fixed the least well performing stage and marketing the least performing stage that you are responsible for and you will automatically create multipliers of growth everywhere else.

So, if you have awareness consideration evaluation purchase and the transition rate or the conversion rate from awareness to consideration is 10%.

And consideration to evaluation is 2%.

And evaluation of purchases 15% fix that consideration to evaluation phase, if you could take that from 2% to 3%, you’re going to have 50% more sales downstream, right? Because you have increased that stages conversion rate by 50%.

A lot of people tend to focus on what they know best, or what is easiest to fix.

Fix the thing that’s most broken.

And you will see multipliers of of performance down funnel it it’s the one the easiest simplest tactics I can I can recommend.

Now, depending on what the problem is fixing the underlying problem may not be so easy but at least in terms of what’s your first order of business, your first order of business.

And this is true even for if you’re in your job right now.

You’ve been there for I don’t know 15 years.

Do that exercise map out your marketing operations follow map out the stages, from stage to stage and figure out Okay, where are things broken? Where have we fallen down the most? And what can we do to improve that and again, if you can improve conversion rate from one to 2% you’ve automatically doubled the performance of everything thereafter in the funnel because you’re sending twice as much traffic through that stage is like a, it was like kids sand toys with the sands going from stage to stage and rock gets stuck in one of them and clogs it, remove that clog.

Everything else from there on out flows.

So that’s the immediate tip.

Again, regardless of its b2c b2b, simpler, complex sale, map out your operations funnel.

Remove the clogs.

That’s it.

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