Mobile in the B2B Space on the Rise
For a lot of B2C companies, mobile technology is the “shiny new toy.” A lot of resources go into developing mobile technology without a lot of resources going into measuring its effectiveness.
B2Bs tend to be more cautious when it comes to embracing new technology, but according to Forrester Research, 39% of US business owners are using social media on their phones at least monthly. Another Forrester stat says that 45% of B2B marketers believe that mobile marketing’s effectiveness will increase in upcoming years.
Not surprisingly, as with retail, there is also a jump in mobile usage among B2B customers. Although online catalog (93%) and direct sales force (70%) continue to be the key channels customers use for B2B decision making, mobile jumped 10 percent this year to nearly (25%) to take the third most influential spot, according to a 2012 study by Oracle. We also see B2B consumers adopting the multi-channel, multi device habits of the typical retail customers. Compete and Google found that 28% B2B C-level executives in the U.S. used a mobile phone, and 21% a tablet, to research business purchases in a June 2011 study.
The truth is that mobile is just another customer touch point. Your main jobs as a B2B marketer are to acquire customers, retain customers, and give them positive, warm, fuzzy feelings about your brand. You do this with personal interactions on the phone, you do this with an effective, intuitive website, you do this with one-on-one account relationships, you do this with amazing products and customer service, and you do this with a great mobile experience.
Don’t let mobile be a great unknown, uncharted territory. Don’t make it your sole focus, but don’t ignore it, either. It’s just another channel. And if you want to know how your channels are impacting your customers purchase behavior, loyalty, and recommendations, you use a scientific methodology to measure and quantify their experience.
No one can tell you the perfect solution for mobile but you can (and should) begin by asking your customers. Measure success from the customer’s perspective – that’s how you start.
For more on mobile, check out my previous posts containing Tips to Be Mobiletastic, which apply to B2Bs and B2B2Cs just as much as they apply to B2Cs:
- Tips to be Mobiletastic Part One: Welcome Them to Your Mobile Home; Challenge Convention
- Tips to be Mobiletastic Part Two: Measure, Measure, Measure
- Tips to be Mobiletastic Part Three: Performance Kills
- Tips to be Mobiletastic Part Four: Connect the Dots