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B2B Digital Transformation: Evaluate Your Market

When organizations begin a digital transformation and eCommerce journey, they often focus solely on technology. In reality, there are business decisions to be made and opportunities to explore before technology even comes into play. After setting your objectives, you must evaluate your market. Keeping up with the competition can be difficult in an over-saturated marketplace […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: Understanding the CSR

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. A Customer Service Rep (CSR) is a typical role at both manufacturing and distribution companies and is the center of a B2B buyer’s journey. They support the outside sales team and communicate with customers through […]

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Video: Custom Commerce Capabilities with a Product Configurator

Businesses with highly-customizable products typically have an ordering process that takes place offline, leading to a long sales cycle. In addition, many consumers want to visualize their custom product before placing an order. That’s why we worked with our client Loom Décor, an eCommerce business in the interior design industry that delivers custom home furnishings […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: The Distribution Sales Rep

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. A direct employee of a distributor or wholesale organization, the distribution sales representative is responsible for selling the products her company sells. She is often responsible for a specific territory and the customers that reside […]

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B2B Digital Transformation: Setting Objectives

When organizations begin a digital transformation and eCommerce journey, they often focus solely on technology. In reality, there are business decisions to be made and opportunities to explore before technology even comes into play. The first step is to set your objectives. Start by identifying what you want to achieve. There are the standard business […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: The Direct Sales Rep

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. A direct sales representative works for a manufacturer and represents only that organization. Her role is to meet with customers, support the distribution channel, and sell her organization’s products. It is very common for the […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: The Manufacturing Sales Rep

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. A manufacturing sales representative is an independent seller that represents manufacturers and their products, but is not a direct employee of any manufacturer. He often represents a series of complimentary manufacturers, but generally not competitors. […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: The Field Service Tech

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. You may find a field service technician at your own organization as an internal role, or he may be an external role with your customer. No matter the case, his journey is very important. He’s […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: The User in the Field

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. You never know where you’ll find a user in the field. In fact, he usually doesn’t know where he’ll be on a daily basis. A common role in the trades, he is usually out working […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: Understanding the Senior Buyer

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. The senior buyer has more latitude with regard to ordering, including having decision making power over other buyers. She makes purchases for her company, but she can make larger purchases without approval. She may have […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: Understanding the Buyer

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. The buyer is one of the most common personas in the digital commerce journey. His primary role is to purchase the products he is told to purchase or is responsible for. It’s not unusual to […]

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3 Reasons Why You Need an Order Management System

Personalized order orchestration services have organizations re-examining the fulfillment cycle, and it’s imperative to be agile in supporting both B2C and B2B customers and their expectations. An order management (OM) solution can help you deliver that exceptional experience, improve internal performance, and streamline processes to be more efficient. Streamlined for Synergy The OM system is […]

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Roles of the B2B Buying Journey: Understanding the Researcher

Understanding the customer journey – and your internal team’s journey – is critical in B2B industries like manufacturing and distribution. One of the most important roles in the B2B buying process is a researcher. This person understands their business, and is looking for a solution to a specific problem. The researcher is the subject matter […]

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Delivering a Better Buying Journey as a Distributor

Distributors sit between their customers and the manufacturers they work with, and creating an excellent journey for both sides can be complex. Additionally, as more manufacturers make the shift to selling directly to the end customer, it’s important for distributors to remain a valuable asset for both parties and use their position as the middleman […]

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Building a Better Buyer Journey in Manufacturing

The B2B buying journey is more complicated than the B2C buying journey; there are more decision makers involved, and the entire process is less linear. Nevertheless, buyers have come to expect the same elevated experiences in their B2B buying journey as they do in their B2C experience. So how can you as a manufacturer continue […]

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Facing Business Challenges in Technology Implementations

Businesses face several challenges when implementing technology. Over the last several decades, organizations have built their tech stacks to help them with their business processes, but as time goes on, business needs grow and customer expectations change. Many businesses are now finding they don’t have the funds or technical agility to evolve their technology to […]

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Empowering Sales Teams in a Digital World

On June 28, I will be speaking at IRCE, the commerce industry’s biggest and most influential annual event. Sharing the stage with our client, Geriatric Medical, I’ll explore how B2B businesses can use technology to empower their sales teams and transition their operation into the digital world. In an age of eCommerce, the modern B2B […]

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How Content Supports a Conversational Commerce Experience

What is conversational commerce? In January of 2015, Chris Messina, a former technologist of companies like Uber and Google, coined the term in his Medium post – Conversational Commerce: Messaging apps bring the point of sale to you. He saw an emerging trend, as others may have at the time as well. Andrew Bilak of […]

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Perficient Digital Wins 2019 Magento Imagine Excellence Award

During last night’s Magento Imagine Excellence Awards, Perficient Digital – along with our client Baker Distributing Company – received the 2019 Imagine Excellence award for our work implementing a strategic eCommerce solution on the Magento 2 platform. The award-winning end-to-end solution developed by the Baker internal commerce thought leadership and development team, Perficient Digital and […]

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B2B Passion Play – Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Bear

I remember an experience early in my career when I became passionate about a point of contention in a meeting (I don’t remember now what it was) that someone told me keep emotions out of it. For many years in my ascent of the towers of commerce, I practiced that approach to decision making. Like […]

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