B2B And B2C Marketing Strategies

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Marketing is an integral part of any business operation, regardless of platform or environment (brick and mortar versus virtual); type of product sold or service rendered and target market. With the advent of Internet technology, new business models or sites such as business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C), have emerged which require the employment of different marketing strategies and tools to attract and retain customers. The following sections will provide a comparison of the marketing strategies employed and tools utilized by B2B and B2C e-business sites. Business owners, members of the management team and key decision-makers are primarily the target for B2B marketing programs. According to Management Centre Europe's website, "B2B marketing is the process by which your company builds and maintains strong and profitable relationships with business customers - by creating value for current and potential customers and then by ensuring a fair price from them in return." B2B companies cater to other organizations by offering products and services that directly benefits the company. Companies benefit from these products/services by increasing the efficiency, organization and profitability (sales and savings) of the company. Such products and services include software, office supplies, maintenance and consulting services. On the other hand, B2C sites allow companies and consumers (public) to interact and conduct business electronically or digitally. There are three main B2C models which include auctions, online stores and online services. Amazon.com, ebay.com and overstock.com are just some of the thousands (if not millions) of B2C sites in existence. Despite having different target customer (busines... ... middle of paper ... ...nces. Retrieved on August 25, 2005 from http://www.pictoucountyconnects.com/?At+Work/Business+Articles/B2B+and+ B2C+Marketing%3A+7+Differences. Business-to-consumer e-commerce. (2001). Center for Virtual Organization and Commerce: Louisianna State University website. Retrieved on August 25, 2005 from http://projects.bus.lsu.edu/independent_study/vdhing1/b2c/. Constantinides, E. (2005). 4S web marketing mix. 12Manage.com website. Retrieved on August 26, 2005 from http://www.12manage.com/methods_constantinides_4s_web_ marketing_mix.html. Essentials of value-based B2B marketing. (n.d.) Management Centre Europe's website. Retrieved on August 25, 2005 from http://www.mce.be/events/print.php?id =2119&format=print. Minett, S. (2001). B2B marketing: A radically different approach for business-to-business marketers. Indiana: Financial Times Prentice Hall.

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