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Personalization At Scale: Keep the Human Touch as your Customer Base Grows

Try this to make your B2B customer journey more authentic and effective

Personalization At Scale: Keep the Human Touch as your Customer Base Grows

Try this to make your B2B customer journey more authentic and effective

As a business owner, building strong relationships with customers and leads is a must if you plan on retaining repeat customers. But as your business grows, you might be finding that your once-manageable list of loyal customers isn’t so easy to reach anymore and your sales process is suffering as a result.

You take pride in your business’s ability to offer an authentic customer experience, but individually reaching out to contacts on your list is no longer an option at your stage of growth. You’re trying to figure out how you can keep your loyal customers from receiving irrelevant offers and emails, but that kind of personalization is time consuming. With a growing contact list, you need to be able to streamline your sales cycle so that you can continue interacting with customers authentically, and do so at scale. All business owners reach a point at which they need to balance growth with sales strategies that still feel genuine and personalized for their audience and customers. If you’re feeling like you’ve reached the point in your business when the human element is beginning to get in the way of scaling your processes, you’re actually in an exciting place. 

Ready to achieve personalization at scale?

Learn how you can map out your unique B2B customer journey to start closing more sales.

Ready to achieve personalization at scale?

Learn how you can map out your unique B2B customer journey to start closing more sales.

Customer expectations are rising

If it feels as though it’s becoming increasingly difficult to please your customers, you’re right — it is.

As Gary Beck, Chief Strategy Officer for marketing agency Endai said, “Today’s consumers desire products tailored specifically to their wants and needs. People-based marketing achieves this by customizing communications to consumers based on what is most relevant to them and most likely to create engagement and purchases over time.”

This means that you have to have a way to speak to your audience on their terms. The Ford business model, where “you can have any color as long as it’s black,” is out, and businesses that can’t keep up fall by the wayside. The Harvard Business Review found that “organizations that don’t know what their customers want risk harming relationships and even losing them, rather than driving ongoing value for both the consumer and the organization.” It’s brutal, but it’s happening: Customers will go where they know they’ll be catered to.

Get ahead with personalized customer journeys

There is actually an easy way to improve the customer experience. Implementing a customized and systemized B2B customer journey is essential for setting your business apart from the rest.

According to Mapping and Personalizing Your Customer Journey, “Because each lead and customer you encounter will behave uniquely and have different interests and needs, there’s no such thing as an effective one-size-fits-all B2B customer journey.” When you take the time upfront to set up a personalized sales process, you not only save time down the road responding to your customers and leads’ needs, but you also make them feel cared about throughout their experience with you.

Throughout your entire customer journey, it’s important to sprinkle in human interactions to build and maintain relationships with your leads and customers.

Customers prefer personalization

People like to feel understood and cared about — so much so that 71% of consumers become frustrated when their shopping experience is impersonal, according to a report by Segment. Additionally, 44% of consumers say they’re likely to become repeat buyers following personalized experiences.

By creating a customized and dynamic customer experience that accounts for each stage of the customer journey, and matching your sales offers to the appropriate customers, you dramatically increase your chances of locking in that coveted customer loyalty.

The wisdom of creating a personalized customer  journey

Planning and personalizing your customer journey will allow you to:
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Assess your current marketing and sales processes so you can identify which parts of the customer lifecycle are already giving contacts a personalized experience.
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Match your contacts with categorized product or service so that loyal customers will receive different offers than entry-level contacts.
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Define the different paths contacts will take in your marketing and sales funnels so that they get the most personalized experience possible.
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Decide what to do with customers after they buy your product or service so that they’re more likely to engage with your brand as lifelong, repeat customers.
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Sprinkle human interactions into your sales process where appropriate so that you can strengthen your relationship with leads and customers.
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Replace repetitive tasks in your sales process with automation so that you can free up time for more effective and efficient human interactions.

The wisdom of creating a personalized customer  journey

Planning and personalizing your customer journey will allow you to:

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Assess your current marketing and sales processes so you can identify which parts of the customer lifecycle are already giving contacts a personalized experience.

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Match your contacts with a categorized product or service so that loyal customers will receive different offers than entry-level contacts.

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Define the different paths contacts will take in your marketing and sales funnels so that they get the most personalized experience possible.

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Decide what to do with customers after they buy your product or service so that they’re more likely to engage with your brand as lifelong, repeat customers.

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Sprinkle human interactions into your sales process where appropriate so that you can strengthen your relationship with leads and customers.

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Replace repetitive tasks in your sales process with automation so that you can free up time for more effective and efficient human interactions.

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Ready to achieve personalization at scale?
Learn how you can map out your unique B2B customer journey to start closing more sales.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m new to sales process automation — what is it, and why is it such a big deal?

There are lots of time-consuming sales tasks that Ontraport can do for you automatically. Our sales process automation tools can follow up with your leads, keep your pipeline organized and moving, manage your team’s workload and more. Then you can spend more time doing the work that matters most: actually selling your product or service.

I want to get more conversions, but I’m busy. Does Ontraport have any done-for-you sales funnels?

Ontraport has a whole library of prebuilt funnels, so you can get up and running without learning all the ins and outs of the platform. You can launch an entire sales funnel, follow up with leads, segment your list of prospects and more — and each system only takes minutes to launch. The best part is, you’ll get a Setup Wizard that walks you through every step.

I want to give my leads the best experience possible, even as I grow. Can Ontraport handle personalization at scale?

Ontraport is built to grow right alongside you, so it’s easy to create a personal sales experience for every lead on your list — no matter how big your business gets. Since all your sales data will be stored on one centralized platform, you’ll have everything you need to deliver more engaging, more effective experiences across every channel. 

My business uses outbound lead generation to find customers. Can Ontraport help with that?

Ontraport is great for driving both inbound and outbound sales. We have lots of tools to deliver personal, multi-channel messages and connect you with all the right leads at the right times. Plus, you’ll get all the tracking features and KPIs you need to measure and optimize results.

I want to use Ontraport to manage my B2B customer journey and B2B sales funnels. Will it have all the features I need?

Ontraport is perfect for nurturing B2B customers throughout your sales process. You’ll be able to keep all your deals organized, offer more personalized follow-up, keep your team on the same page and more. And with multiple sales pipelines, you can even view and manage every step of your B2B sales process from one screen.

I like the idea of done-for-you sales funnels, but what if I want my campaign to work differently than the template?

Ontraport’s sales pipeline software and prebuilt funnels were built based on feedback from thousands of business owners, but of course, everyone likes to — and should! — put their own spin on things. You can easily adjust any part of these funnels — the copy, design, automation settings and more — however you’d like. You can also skip these systems and start from scratch to build anything you can imagine.
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