If you are a business-to-business (B2B) company, your website audience is quite a bit different than a company who targets consumers (B2C). To get the most of your business website, you’ll need to account for these differences in both your design and content.
Website visitors to a B2B website are people from other companies who are also trying to do business. Their intent with visiting your site is to help them make money – by purchasing your products or services, gathering information, etc. The B2B audience is usually online from their workplace, so time is valuable.
Small, targeted audience
The audience for B2B sites is usually much smaller than B2C, but is much more targeted. Keep your targeted audience in mind when designing the site and writing content. You have an opportunity to reach just the audience that you want – your customers.
Because they are using your website for business decisions, the B2B audience will be focused on finding the information they need to make those decisions. If they can’t easily find it, they’ll quickly move elsewhere. However, B2B visitors are also looking to build relationships with companies and people they can trust. If you provide valuable information, products and services, there is an opportunity for long-term partnerships.
Your B2B visitors are experts in their field and expect the same expertise in potential partners and vendors. They probably know your products or services better than you, so website content and layout needs to focus on this sophisticated audience.
The buying process in B2B is much longer and more involved than in B2C. B2B customers are making rational purchase decisions based on business value. They want products that will help their business be successful. B2C customers make emotional purchase decisions based on personal value. Information about your products and services needs to focus on business value and information necessary to make a rational purchase decision.
Value of Sale
Purchases made by B2B customers are typically much larger than B2C customers, so there is a great deal of value in the sale to your company. It is worthwhile to put the time and effort into providing your customers exactly what they need to succeed – they will reward you with sales.
Because your B2B customers are experts in their fields, they are a valuable resource to your company. Listen to what they have to say about your products, services and website. Since they are looking for long-term relationships, they are often more likely to spend the time to help you improve. Your B2B website should include opportunities to interact with your customers and for them to interact with each other. You’ll find valueable information that usually comes with the high costs of a customer research firm.
If you have a B2B website, how do you use your website to reach your B2B audience?
For more information:
- B2B Audiences
- B2B Usability Basics – Introduction
- B2B Usability Basics – Part 2 – Layout
- B2B Usability Basics – Part 3 – Testing
- Good vs. Bad B2B Websites
- Website Content for the B2B Audience
- B2B Website Design