B2B


Historically, B2B marketers have focused on converting new customers. But the B2B marketing landscape is maturing, and these marketers are learning from their B2C peers that it's less expensive to keep an existing customer rather than bring in a new one. To do this, marketing teams must align with the sales and accounts teams and take a more holistic approach to the customer journey—together. It's happening in a variety of ways, from engaging in content marketing campaigns and playing in marketplaces like Alibaba and Amazon Business, to leveraging data more effectively and championing the cross-functional CMO.

We estimate that slightly more than half of marketers (50.3%) will use LinkedIn for marketing and advertising purposes by 2021. This year, 49.6% of companies with 100+ employees will use the professional social media platform.

The transformation of technology and systems has given rise to a whole new host of responsibilities for B2B Tech CMOs, but most will tell you that the future of the role is focused on providing a holistic customer experience to ensure growth and loyalty.

Utilizing marketplaces is one way for a seller to expand reach. But for some manufacturers and distributors, that increased reach is not worth the competitive threats that they may face on a marketplace.

Twenty-year-old Chinese ecommerce giant The Alibaba Group is making moves to grow its US B2B business, allowing US-based small and medium-sized sellers to list goods on its B2B marketplace, Alibaba.com.

In this Meet the Analyst webinar, eMarketer principal analyst Jillian Ryan explores insight and best practices for B2B marketers and sellers to create and share content with their audience across the entire life cycle; from the top of the funnel, through purchase and even as part of the renewal stage.

In-person events are a cornerstone touchpoint for many B2B companies, but as the coronavirus outbreak progresses globally, major business events have been cancelled or postponed. This will come at great cost to marketing budgets and can have a lasting impact on revenue and sales.

eMarketer principal analyst Jillian Ryan discusses one thing that summed up 2019 for her, as well as some of her predictions for 2020, focusing on B2B.

As CMO of one of the largest software companies in the world, SAP’s Alicia Tillman believes that quality of experience is at the center of today’s economy. Even in the B2B sector, Tillman focuses her efforts on telling a consumer-centric story, not only marketing to the stakeholders in charge of purchasing technology, but also the employees who use it. She finds that her marketing team does this best when data is successfully interpreted and used to shape a narrative that resonates with consumers of technology within the business.

When a B2B company is starting to build or assess its current marketplace strategy, understanding the different marketplace options is a first step. For our “B2B Marketplaces 2019” report, we analyzed the top three B2B marketplaces in the US—Amazon Business, Alibaba and Thomas—along with an overview of what makes their platforms work for both buyers and sellers.

Most business-to-business (B2B) marketers do some sort of content marketing, but they often do not measure the payoff of their content efforts.