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B2C refers to how services and products are sold between a business and a consumer—a consumer who is also the end-user of the service or product. The popularity of B2C really took off during the 1990s when dot.com exploded. During this time, B2C was primarily used to sell to consumers through the Internet. As a business model, B2C is very different from B2B, or business-to-business.
Initially, B2C referred to shopping a mall, eating out, shopping at small businesses, etc. The idea of B2C was first utilized by Michael Aldrich in 1979. Aldrich used television as the primary way to market to consumers. The Internet facilitated B2C sales, particularly as investor interest in new businesses dropped off, and venture capital funding dried up.
Online B2C quickly became a threat to more traditional retailers who profited from adding a markup to the price, however, Amazon, eBay, Priceline, and many more have thrived, becoming industry disruptors. While there are any number of B2C business models, most companies use one of the five B2C business models below.
Types of Online B2C Business Models
A few primary types of online B2C business models used by companies include the following:
Marketplaces-Sales on Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, etc.
Online “Go-Between” Sellers — Internet sites like Etsy, Expedia, Trivago, etc. fall into this category, as they do not actually own products or services, rather place sellers and buyers together.
Direct-to-Consumer Fee-Based Site-Sites like Netflix charge a fee for access to their content just as large newspapers like The New York Times do
Online community-based sellers — Facebook and other similar sites that build shared-interest communities help sellers promote their product via advertising to consumers who were a part of the community. The demographics and geographical location of consumers will target the ads they see directly to them.
Direct sellers — This is, by far, the most common model where consumers purchase items from online retailers. Small businesses, online versions of department stores, or manufacturers all fall into the direct seller category.
B2C vs. B2B
While consumers buy products for their personal use, businesses buy products to use for their companies. Since large purchases typically require approval from the heads of the company, the purchasing power of a company is much more complex than the purchasing power of a consumer. Further, consumers generally pay the same price for the same products in B2C, while pricing structures can differ significantly in the B2B business model. Businesses tend to negotiate prices and payment terms, while consumers rarely have that option. Think about it like this: Business users must continuously think about how a product helps them better serve their customers; if a B2B buyer sees no benefit in a partnership with a company, there is no chance of winning their business.
This means value propositions must be made clear by speaking to them on their own terms. In B2C business, you are speaking to thousands and thousands of consumers, but also only to one consumer—one single buyer. B2B buyers tend to base their buying decisions on logic and information, while B2C buyers tend to base their buying decisions on emotion. B2B sellers form long-term relationships with their vendors, while B2C sellers are more likely to form a quick, one-time relationship that could possibly translate into future sales, but most will not.
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Considerations for Your B2C E-Commerce Platform
As a B2C seller, you will need to determine which connections from your e-commerce platform to external marketing systems will be required, such as e-mail or CRM. You must decide whether you can build out post-order marking messages and maintain solid customer support throughout the sales transaction and whether the order process is managed through your sales platform.
You must also consider consumer traffic — if Google and other search engines do not know your name, you do not exist to consumers. You must also have a secure, easy way to process payments. Finally, you must ensure your products are “findable.” If your potential customers can’t find a product, they can’t purchase it, so your online store platform must contain usability-related tools to make the search process as easy as possible.
At Lingaro Group Digital Commerce practice, we build our clients’ B2C online business from scratch, migrate enterprises to online channels, and open up new sales markets to them. We expand these stores internationally while increasing their conversion rates. We design and implement stores for the biggest players on the market, creating solutions tailored specifically to your business. We ensure your B2C sales offer an extraordinary shopping experience to your customers while remaining profitable for you. Contact us today!
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