So why is it that this same passion for automating the customer experience is not happening in B2B? I have a few thoughts. It could be a fear of losing that personal touch. Or maybe it’s the feeling that their products are “just too complex”. In the end, it often comes down to this guy. He represents the old way of doing things. The primary reason you have not changed is; “because we’ve always done it that way”.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the major differences between a B2C order and a B2B order. I realize that there are some exceptions but, in most cases, you will find that B2B customers are still calling a rep, still using paper and still calling customer service when there is a problem.  This chart outlines a few more…

The good news is that most B2B companies are aware of this issue and are starting the conversations to enact change. A few of them are hiring the talent to make a change immediately and will likely become industry pacesetters. The majority are stuck in a committee trying to plan their “strategy” or next steps.

B2B companies need to realize that the next generation of buyers does not want a phone call. It’s no longer about your great products. Great digital experiences will determine your success or failure with the customer.

If  you are one of the leaders driving change now, I would propose 5 keys to help you transform the B2B experience for your customers:

  1. Personalize – Ensure that the website is built for each user
  2. Easy Search – Intuitive search also recommending products
  3. Easy Purchase – Quick order and ability to reorder asap
  4. Communication – Order updates, new products & promotions
  5. 24/7 Service – Live chat, FAQ and the option for a live voice if needed

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