B2B eCommerce Trends & Statistics​

The B2B eCommerce customer experience has fundamentally shifted due in large part to expectations set by the scale and frequency of B2C experiences. Fluent in the world of online shopping, consumers know what a good buying experience looks like, resulting in an increasing number of B2B buyers expecting the same type of customer experience.

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Thanks to the vast number of resources and competitors readily sourced online, the controls are in the hands of buyers. The journey to checkout is more complex than ever due in part to this increased amount of research used to inform a final decision. With B2B customer experience top of mind, buyers are willing to spend more for a better experience. A staggering 86% of buyers are willing to pay more for great customer experience and buyers are willing to pay an average of 13% more for added features and luxury items when customer experience is high-quality. These B2C buying habits are informing B2B buying habits — making customer experience the linchpin to B2B customer experience success. 

From the importance of self-service tools to how ROI analysis is complicating the customer journey, these statistics give a clearer view of B2B customer experience in 2020.

Omnichannel

The Most Important Factors for B2B Customer Experience

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CX leaders outperformed those lagging in CX on the S&P 500 index by nearly 80%. Additionally, their customers are seven times more likely to return to the company, eight times more likely to try other products or services offered and 15 times more likely to spread positive word of mouth.
According to Temkin Group, companies that earn $1 billion annually can expect to earn, on average, an additional $700 million within three years of investing in improved customer experiences. 
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Specifically, 86% of buyers are willing to pay more for great customer experience.
By the end of 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator. 

CX is considered very important by 86% of B2B CMOs, but 57% of those reported only marginal CX performance. 

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Omnichannel

Omnichannel Offerings and Experiences

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In their 2020 report, PWC found that the number of companies investing in the omnichannel experience has jumped from 20% to more than 80%.
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46% will leave a website because of a lack of message (it’s not clear what the company does), and 37% will leave because of poor design or navigation.
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80% of B2B buyers are using mobile at work, and more than 60% report that mobile has played a significant role in a recent purchase.
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91% of B2B buyer searches are carried out on a mobile device.
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90% of buyers say they’re likely to buy again from a vendor that had a superior mobile experience, compared to just 50% of those who report a poor experience.

Changes in B2B Buyer Behavior

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Customer Journey

The B2B Buyer Journey​

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At least 80% of B2B buyers are not only looking for but expect a buying experience like that of a B2C customer.
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77% of B2B buyers feel that making a purchase is very complicated and time consuming, 90% of survey customers do not follow a straightforward customer journey, often looping back and repeating at least one or more tasks in the buyer journey.
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B2B buying cycles are getting longer and more complex – 58% of buyers said their decision process was longer in 2017 than in 2016 and just 10% said purchase time decreased.
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77% of B2B buyers are conducting more detailed ROI analysis before making a purchase decision, 75% are using more information sources for research and evaluation, and 52% are increasing the number of buying group members.
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More than half of all B2B buyers view at least eight pieces of content during the purchase process, and 82% of buyers viewed at least five pieces of content from the vendor prior to purchase.

What are the most important factors for B2B buyers when buying products online?

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Industry Forecast

The Future of B2B eCommerce​

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Gartner has predicted that B2B companies with e-commerce personalization will outsell by 30% competitors that are not providing a personalized experience.
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By 2025, 72% of sellers expect the majority of their business revenue to come from e-commerce sites.
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Furthermore, 91% of customers would use an online knowledge base, if it were available and tailored to their needs.
Weighed on a 5-point scale, B2B buyers rank the importance of self-service tools at 4.41 and knowledgeable sales reps at 4.35. Coming in for third place is 24/7 service, which scored a value of 4.21. 
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26% of B2B online purchasers think their company’s online purchase volume (total $) will increase in the coming year.

Your Time is Now

As shown by these statistics, B2B eCommerce and customer experience has become top of mind and is here to stay. Make the most of your B2B relationships by making your customer’s job easier and delivering the optimal customer experience.

B2B eCommerce Association of Australia