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Rithika Merchant (b.1986) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design, New York in 2008. She has exhibited extensively since her graduation. Recent exhibitions include a duo show “Reliquaries: The Remembered Self” at TARQ, Mumbai; “Language of the Birds: Occult and Art” at 80WSE Gallery, New York; and group shows at Summerhall, Edinburgh and Artry Gallery, Kochi. Her work has been included in multiple group shows at Stephen Romano Gallery and The Morbid Anatomy Museum, New York. Born in Mumbai, she now divides her time between Mumbai and Barcelona.
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The usage of mobile in B2B marketing has been on the rise over the past two years. However, the intention of using mobile as a marketing tool by B2B companies is very different from what B2C companies expect from their mobile marketing initiatives. For starters, B2B marketers do not expect direct lead generation from their mobile campaigns, as is the case in B2C marketing.
We talked to Sanjay Chaudhary, Head, Segment Marketing at a leading cloud solutions company, on the increase in use of mobile tools for marketing by B2B companies. He believes mobile marketing in B2B is more of a relationship-building activity done by engaging customers, understanding their needs and providing solutions based on that. “It’s not merely engagement with customers around transactions,” he said in an exclusive interview with Digital CMO Digest.
If you see in B2B marketing, with or without mobile usage, engagement does not lead to quick purchase, as is often the case in B2C marketing. The stakes are also not as high, and there is often a personal touch involved in selling products.
Things have slowly started changing with the advent of cloud computing. With the adoption of cloud computing, mobile marketing, online marketing and telephonic marketing will increase more in the B2B space. Mobile is increasingly becoming important in this space. The sheer possibility of things we can do with mobile has triggered its usage in the B2B space. Using mobile you can reach your customers through an app, a micro site or a QR Code. Mobile also provides you with contextualized iformation, like where the customer is, and what he is looking for. You can leverage this information to give them contextually-relevant content and guide them towards the right product.
Retail companies are using these features much more than B2B companies. However, B2B has leveraged mobile to get more out of their events, conferences and talks. I have seen companies developing apps for events to engage attendees, share more information and other such activities.
There is a lot of focus on content marketing and it will play a big role in driving mobile marketing. It depends on companies; how they leverage this opportunity. As far as users are concerned, they are consuming more and more content on their mobile devices. The market is also changing with a lot of start-ups entering the B2B space. They are more open to pursuing newer ways of engagement, including mobile, and quick in adopting newer technologies.
It is very difficult to generate revenue using mobile marketing for now. Unless you are doing something like an event where you can attribute your lead directly to it, you can never completely attribute the lead to a mobile strategy. There are fundamental changes that have happened in the customer’s buying journey. Customers now go online to check about the company, they go through social channels, and they follow their trusted advisors (also called industry influencers) much before they reach out to the marketing or sales team with their inquiries. As per some industry reports, buyers are almost 60% through their decision before they even talk to someone in sales. During this time, buyers form or reinforce perceptions and build loyalty toward the company.
Marketing teams are now not only tasked with sourcing or creating new demand but also influencing the buying process. To engage the customers and nurture them effectively (during the initial 60% of the buying cycle), marketers are leveraging mobile to send the right content at the right time in the buyer’s journey. Mobile is increasingly becoming a tool to access information and in educating the customer; to get customers to think about things differently. It has become a tool to make them realise the problem and encourage them to take the next step of looking up possible solutions.
State of B2B mobile marketing 2015
The world is going mobile, but B2B marketers are still lagging behind. According to the ‘State of B2B Mobile Marketing 2015’ survey
Mining mobile marketing
Vishal Tripathi, Research Director, Gartner India, talks about the challenges of mobile in B2B marketing
Do you trust me? Brand's credibility heralds success of its mobile marketing
Mobile phones, unlike any other device, blur the line between personal and professional.