Technology is finally taking over fashion. B2B Sales is an area experiencing one of the biggest changes and for a reason. This model hasn't changed for almost half a century. Luckily for us, technology has developed steadily in recent years and brands have many options to digitize their B2B sales experience. Following the trend feels easier now, but only if you understand why you'll be able to keep up the pace in the future. These reasons will make you want to go digital in B2B, B2C and anywhere in your business.
If you are digitizing your B2B sales experience, sales teams need to be part of it. This kind of process requires such a change for your salesforce, that whatever you do, do it together with them. There will be learnings along the way that can't be deciphered without sales teams in the mix. When going digital, sales teams become more productive in 3 ways:
A digital b2b Sales Experience doesn't need a physical space. This helps buyers access your brand in more ways than just one, removing the requirement to visit a physical space to do so. In addition, this encourages brands to think of the best b2b sales strategies across each customer segment.
Physical showrooms aren't discarded in today's digital sales. They are being upgraded using digital tools and content. This creates a more cohesive experience for b2b buyers, transforming showrooms from a "show of racks" into a "show of stories".
Implementing technology isn't the first step in digitizing the B2B Sales Experience. Sales teams must be involved first so when technology comes they can make the most of it. They can create value. When sales create value using technology, their relationship with technology changes. They become digital and that's where growth accelerates for fashion brands. A digital mindset accelerates growth in 3 areas:
Traditional B2B Sales aren't sustainable and that's mostly due to producing physical samples. Samples are short-lived, inefficiently produced, and almost never a representation of the final product. Going digital in the B2B sales experience opens the door to produce fewer samples, reducing waste and carbon emissions.
Going digital is key to reduce carbon emissions by producing fewer samples and also by shipping fewer samples across the world. A digital b2b sales experience can be accessed by customers anywhere and that means fewer carbon emissions due to travel. Digital and sustainability are more than ever tied together.
In recent times we've seen brands shifting to a direct-to-consumer model to regain control of their positioning. Not every brand has the ability to keep a relevant digital presence without partnering with wholesale and marketplace brands.
Digital can help become omni-channel beasts thanks to digital content. Brands can create B2C-like campaigns that hook B2B customers and that translates into more cohesive, brand-aware buys. Brand-driven assortments mean marketing campaigns are more relevant in B2B channels, giving end consumers a better experience no matter where they buy.