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B2B sales, also referred to as business-to-business sales, are sales made from one company to another.
So, in B2B, and unlike selling a $15 chocolate bar in a B2C sales transaction, B2B sales are more complex as they typically have a longer sales cycle and generally have higher-order values.
You can increase B2B sales 3 ways:
An example of a B2B sale is a tech company selling digital marketing software to another company, or a food manufacturer selling 500 pounds of raw cacao to a seller of fine chocolates.
While many companies sell both B2C and B2B in the marketing strategies, one theme is central to both selling methods:
A customer makes a decision to buy.
With recent changes in technology, B2B sales have significantly changed. Making sales has become more sophisticated, and most of the sales strategies that used to work are no longer operational. While many challenges come with B2B sales, there are many opportunities for you to increase your B2B sales.
In this tutorial, we are going to focus on gaining new customers to increase your B2B sales. And at the bottom of this tutorial is a plan you can use as your own.
Regardless of the kind of business you have, whether B2B or B2C, it is almost impossible to make sales if your target customers are not aware of your products.
This is another reason why marketing is so important to be involved in the sales process. Marketing supports sales because marketing knows how to identify the ideal customer, ensure price points are optimized, and know how to do the market research to ensure there is a product-market fit and the sales department is staying ahead of the customer’s wants and needs.
To find new customers and increase your B2B sales, go back to the basics:
Winning B2B customers can be a challenge due to the complicated decision-making process followed by buyers before purchasing your product.
This is why you need a carefully developed sales pipeline and set of follow up procedures. We won’t be discussing the sales pipeline in this tutorial, but you can read more about the sales pipeline and important sales metrics here.
It can be challenging to acquire B2B clients, but it is still possible when the right strategies are applied. To win more customers and increase your B2B sales, follow these 7 B2B sales strategies;
According to research, most customers want to understand how buying your product will solve their problems, which is not different for B2B customers. Instead of pushing your salespeople to sell products, encourage them to understand their target customers, their pain points, their needs, their problems. After this, come up with how they can address them to make your customers buy from you.
With technology increasingly making its way in the business world, many digital customer acquisition strategies are evolving. As indicated in the table below, the use of technology in B2B businesses has highly increased.
Some of the technologies that you can use to boost your ability to acquire customers in B2B business include;
Email marketing campaigns
Social media marketing campaigns
B2B mobile ordering apps
Also, through technology, you can automate mundane tasks such as filling orders, giving your sales representatives time to manage other vital duties. Additionally, technology will help you tailor your offers to satisfy the customers, save time and meet the market demands
If you want to acquire customers and grow your B2B business, then maintaining a great relationship with your customers is one of the best ways to maintain sales and grow. It is one of the ways that you will compel them to refer other people to your products and services. Though maintaining this relationship may sound easy, it is challenging since B2B customers involve a group of decision-makers. However, since trust is the foundation for the relationship between you and your clients, aim to provide them with excellent communication, offer them quality, relevant information, and timely delivery. With time, you will win their trust.
You already know every business, regardless of size or industry, cannot thrive without customers. And that is the primary job of marketing: gaining new customers. Customers are the source of increased revenue, growth, and brand recognition. It is vital to keep your number of customers increasing by attracting new customers. To attract new customers and increase your customer base, become great friends and allies with excellent marketers, like the ones at Your Strategic Marketing Partner.
For more information on specifically targeting new customers, visit out tutorial of the same topic:
Though networking may sound old-fashioned, it is an excellent way of building lasting relationships that will lead to new customers. For effective networking, come up with a networking plan and include your target customers and set goals for each interaction. Additionally, determine the amount of time to spend with each target and the results you expect. This way, your networking will be focused and yield results.
Finding an offer that will lure new customers is a clever way of winning them over. An example is giving a 20% discount on a specific product for new customers. This discount gives them a chance to try out your products at a low cost and keep them wanting to return. Once they come back, find a way of maintaining constant communication with them and keep enticing them to buy your products or services.
According to studies partnering with businesses with a similar customer base will increase your sales. It gives you and the other business room to strategize on how you can target each other’s customers and make sales to each other. An example is a nutrition content website partnering with a gym products website. However, it is wise not to partner with direct competitors as it could bring issues due to conflict of interest.
If you did no other sales campaign than this, you will see great results.
In fact, you’d be light years ahead of your competitors and your customers will love you for this, when it is well done.
For this B2B sales strategy to increase sales, you need to write good sales copy, have a great offer, put in careful tracking mechanisms, and provide excellent service to your customers.
This is why a marketing professional should be your best friend in this process.
With that, here’s what you need.
First, we are going to find a great list of your best customers (or soon to be best customers).
If you have a house list available, segment your customer list this way. If you don’t have a customer list yet, review these two online advertising campaigns to start building your list now: online advertising and LinkedIn.
If you don’t have a plan for this ‘creme of the crop’, you are leaving huge sums of sales revenue and customer goodwill for your competition to scoop up.
Do you think some of these top 500 customers who already know you, trust you and like your product have the ability to buy more from you if given a great offer?
Yes. Absolutely. No doubt.
Let’s start by communicating with just 100 (or less) of this target group.
Here’s what you need:
Here’s your plan. And let’s get you a 50%, 80% or even 100% open rate using highly targeted direct mail.
With this one campaign alone you can easily realize up to a 100% direct mail open rate and multiples on ad spend of 2x, 5x, even 10x!
We’ll review more about these awesome return case studies in other tutorials.
This campaign will absolutely open you up to endless possibilities.And if you need assistance along the way, we are happy to help!