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Why We Care About B2C Marketing: A Marketer's Guide

Business-to-consumer (B2C) marketing continues to evolve rapidly to keep pace with changing consumer behaviors and trends driven by our digital world.

B2C marketers must understand the impact of 24/7 internet access on how and why consumers buy what they do, and deliver relevant, personalized content and experiences that keep their Customers get involved.

This article will explain B2C marketing and touch on B2C marketing strategies, the challenges marketers face, and trends for 2023 and beyond. We’ll also learn about e-commerce giant Amazon, one of the giants in B2C digital marketing, and what makes it an industry leader.

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

What is B2C Marketing?

B2C marketing is a strategy by which a business sells its products and services directly to end consumers rather than other businesses. Retail storefronts, e-commerce companies and even online streaming platforms like Netflix all complete sales through B2C transactions.

Business-to-business (B2B) marketing, on the other hand, refers to the marketing of goods and services to other businesses. B2B sales cycles tend to be longer (for example, companies buying software do extensive due diligence before investing in a product). However, B2C transactions are usually instant or near instant.

Dig: Why We Care About B2B Marketing: A Marketer’s Guide

While both B2C and B2B campaigns sell products and services, successful B2C marketing campaigns seek to trigger and leverage consumer impulses to buy and emotional responses to products elicited. This means that as a marketer, you must be able to anticipate what consumers want and be able to deliver to them before they even realize what they want.

Fortunately, in today’s digital world, B2C marketers can leverage a wealth of data to achieve this extraordinary goal and run successful campaigns by:

Carefully track and analyze consumer spending.

Learn how consumers interact with social media Sponsored post interactions and the links they follow.

    Track what they end up buying.

    Note: Direct-to-consumer (D2C) marketing is a type of strategic marketing in B2C. It involves selling directly to consumers, thereby bypassing retailers, wholesalers or marketplaces.

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B2C Digital Marketing Strategy

Content Marketing is one of the most important and effective B2C digital marketing strategies today. Defined as marketing that focuses on creating and distributing online content (i.e. blog posts, articles, videos, etc.), content marketing is used to attract and engage audiences who will buy content generator products.

YouTube, for example, provides a platform for marketers to create video content that drives consumers to online retailers. For example, pet product retailer Chewy created a YouTube video called Chewtorials that combines practical information with product pairings.

One of the most valuable channels for tactical content marketing is social media, where the goal is to leverage social networks like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and even LinkedIn to deliver content.

Have you ever seen a sponsored Instagram reel promoting a particular brand of ketchup or outdoor gear? Or maybe a certain brand’s post links back to its online store? Then you’ve seen social media marketing.

One trend we are seeing is the continued rise of influencer marketing, where brands use individuals with large social media followings to promote their products. But one of the most successful social media marketing strategies is where brands create content that existing users are forced to share with their networks.

In order for customers to share content, in addition to including buttons/icons on your website, blog or email, you must understand your audience and what they are worth. Don’t forget that leveraging emotional engagement works.

Email Marketing is another foundation – and Very successful – B2C strategy. For every $1 spent, its ROI is as high as $36, better than almost any other digital channel.

Marketers can use email in a number of ways, but the key is to deliver relevant, personalized information. If you don’t know what your customer’s preferences are, you won’t be able to deliver email content that drives purchases.

A word about Amazon

No discussion of B2C marketing would be complete without mentioning Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce site, with 300 million active customer accounts and nearly 2 million selling partners worldwide.

Amazon is not only a leader in marketing itself, but also provides marketing support and platforms through which sellers can market their stores and products.

Nearly 30% of Amazon shoppers complete a purchase within three minutes, and half within 15 minutes. That’s because shoppers get what they really want — Amazon understands what it is by looking at browsing and purchase history.

Amazon collects a lot of data (who their customers are, how old they are, what they buy, when, etc.) and uses analytics to provide a customized shopping experience that converts into sales.

Amazon also pioneered the use of peer reviews and ratings, which have been shown to influence consumer behavior.

But its Prime membership program sets the e-commerce benchmark for building and maintaining relationships with consumers. The plan:

    Shopping on Amazon is encouraged. com with free shipping and returns.

    Provides instant access to music, books and other media , with an annual fee.

    Competing with Prime Day, where Amazon’s heavily marketed sales are only available to Prime members, Walmart, Target, Best Buy and even Nordstrom have launched their own online events. takeout? Affiliate programs force consumers to make more online purchases.

    Johanna Marmon B2C Marketing Trends and Challenges

B2C marketers must be flexible. The first challenge is being able to adapt to changing customer behavior. More than ever, customers expect refined, high-level engagement tailored to their shopping habits – but they also expect these events to be delivered on short notice.

Make YouTube videos that are too long or inappropriate for customers to watch or read. Understanding that attention spans are getting shorter will be a challenge for B2C marketers.

Marketers must also be able to keep up with changing markets that are crowded with competitors—all vying for customers’ attention. An obvious strategy is to monitor competitor behavior by using software or products that analyze website traffic, keywords, etc.

But perhaps the most important trend is the continued use of data analytics in digital marketing strategies. Marketers must harness the power of data to understand customers’ online behavior.

While customer data and information about how a marketing campaign performs can be of great help to marketers, mastering it, let alone understanding it through analytics, is a huge challenge.

When done right, data analytics can help you improve your B2C marketing strategy by understanding and understanding customer behavior.

B2C Marketing Stack

B2C marketers are under pressure to execute. The B2C marketing stack is critical to achieving good results, but B2C is so diverse that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Most B2C marketers need e-commerce, content (content management systems and digital asset management), social media and a way to analyze customer data.

The Digital Experience Platform (DXP) category includes vendors that provide some or all of these solutions. Some businesses prefer to combine their own custom stacks from separate point solutions. Recognizing this, DXPs typically offer solution subscriptions within their platform, rather than locking the business into an entire product.

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      Resources for more on B2C

      There is a wealth of information on B2C marketing, including our own ongoing coverage of B2C and D Apple Rose, Cherry Bombe, David’s Bridal, 2C brands such as Lucchese and Paul&Shark. Here are some additional resources:

      B2C Marketing: A regularly updated blog by independent analyst firm Forrester.

      A Marketer’s Guide to B2C Brand Strategy: An overview of topics from independent analyst firm Gartner.

      Adobe Blog: Sure, Adobe is a marketing technology vendor, but it processes trillions of consumer data points and is a valuable source of information on consumer behavior.

      B2C Content Marketing: A deep dive into the most important elements of B2C marketing from agency Grow & Convert.

      B2B vs B2C Marketing: 5 Differences Every Marketer Needs to Know: Take a closer look at the differences between the spaces of online advertising company Wordstream.

      The Ultimate Guide to Profitable B2C Marketing: Another Strategy from Marketing Services Company ReVerb.

      The views expressed in this article are those of the guest authors and not necessarily those of MarTech. The authors of the staff are listed here.

        About the author

        Johanna Marmon

        Johanna Marmon is a writer and editor with over 20 years of experience covering a variety of professional services and industries, including legal, for corporate, trade and consumer audiences. Currently a marketer in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (A/E/C) field, Johanna directs responses to complex RFPs and works with business developers to develop multi-million dollar pursuits and suggested capture strategies. A native of South Florida, she lives in upstate New York with her husband, two boys, and an unruly wheaten terrier named Scout. She never misses a deadline.

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