How the Customer Journey Has Changed

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Consumers and buyers expect more than just a great product or service from the companies they will buy from; they want to be educated, impressed and a promotional offer or discount on their first purchase.

 

As a result, the traditional buyer journey is no more. Now, the buyer journey zigs and zags as much as a maze, as seen below.

 

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In fact, the potential customer has taken the wheel. Companies today are expected to offer up relevant, highly-useful content that helps the buyer succeed in their job. The buyer may engage with your company and content anywhere from five to 10 times before they are ready to buy from you.

 

If you are a wholesale distributor, for example, an enterprise customer might test you out by ordering a sampling of items to see how you perform in terms of order acceptance, delivery and shipping. They may want to see your customer portal helps you track their order and shipment online.

 

According to the experts at Accenture, “61% of B2B transactions occur online.” And:

 

 

Keep Awareness High at All Times

 

Whether your customer has already purchased from you or they have yet to do so, be sure to regularly remind your customers you are there when they are ready. There are multiple ways to do this, and a primary method is the use of email marketing to maintain a high level of awareness with your prospects and customers.

 

However, it’s not as simple as just sending a email reminder to your customer that you exist. Instead, do some digging into your data, segment your customers by a specific behavior—such as an abandoned, but full shopping cart—and remind your customers via email that a one-time discount is available on those items in their cart.

 

A friendly reminder that they have a one-time discount or deal available is a great way to convert undecided customers.

 

Another way you can stay in front of your customers and keep awareness high is to regularly produce strong, relevant content and share that on relevant social media channels.

 

Sharing content on social media will remind your customers and prospects that you’re a source of relevant industry information. This will help them trust you for advice and warm them up to buy from you when they are ready.

 

Another important thing to remember—to keep your customer coming back again and again to read your content— is to gate content once and after that, allow your prospects or customers to view all content after they’ve entered their information with you once.

 

Ask Your Customers What They Need from You

 

If you’re having trouble converting prospects or website visitors into customers, ask them what they need from you to move them towards being ready to buy. Simply create a survey, email it to customers and prospects, and ask them what types of content they’d like to see more of. Simple as that.

 

If you’d like to learn how Systum can help you execute a plan that supports the modern customer journey, fill out the form below.

 

Categories: Wholesale Distribution, B2B eCommerce

Tags: customer journey, customer support, customer success, marketing, b2b, wholesale, ecommerce

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Hope Davo

VP of Marketing at Systum, Hope is responsible for marketing, communications and branding. When she’s not building marketing programs, chances are she’s running around after her two kiddos or enjoying an indoor cycle class.

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