It’s still the marketer’s nirvana, but now it feels within reach. As consumers, we can set our own preferences and identify what we like – and not just on Tinder. As marketers, we can personalise through data, neuroscience, behavioural analysis and, of course, through direct application of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in all its guises.
There’s absolutely no doubt that we’re closer to the 1:1 zenith. Buying a pair of trainers has never been more me.
Still, let’s look across the divide to a different world where a company is in the business of – let’s say – building and servicing oil rigs. I’m no expert in the subject, but I suspect there are tens of people involved in the selling and buying process – probably hundreds throughout the supply chain. That’s a whole lot of personalisation.
There are similarities with the B2C or B2B commerce model, but even Amazon would struggle to make deliveries for “people who specified a North Sea oil rig, went on to specify an offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico” and their colleagues exhibiting similar behaviour two months later.
The challenge facing non-transactional B2B websites
B2B organizations who have no online transactional model; particularly in manufacturing, technology and service, are faced with this challenge. Despite huge digital transformation projects happening internally, which are streamlining their businesses, it’s still a massive challenge to serve digital content to all the required audiences at the right time. These transformations often have customer experience as a driver but delivering that experience via the website is just plain tough.
Often these businesses are limited to communicating through owned channels of their website and social handles. To the best of our knowledge there’s no “rate my oil rig” on Trustpilot. You need to place much more emphasis on quality and range of content to engage with these hyper-niche audiences, even before considering the technology needed.
“B2B organizations who have no online transactional model; particularly in manufacturing, technology and service will often have customer experience as a driver but delivering that experience via the website is just plain tough.”
Written in partnership with Episerver.
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