Senior B2B execs use social media for purchasing support: Study

According to the study, 75 percent of the business-to-business (B2B) buyers and 84 percent of C-level/vice president executives surveyed use social media to support purchase decisions.

Press Release September 17, 2014 13:01:08 IST
Senior B2B execs use social media for purchasing support: Study

A new IDC study reveals that most senior and influential B2B buyers use online social networks in their purchase process. According to the study, 75 percent of the business-to-business (B2B) buyers and 84 percent of C-level/vice president executives surveyed use social media to support purchase decisions.

B2B buyers most active in using social media to support the buying process were more senior and had 84 percent bigger budgets, made 61 percent more purchase decisions, and had influence over a greater span of purchase decisions than those buyers who did not use social media to support their purchase process.

Senior B2B execs use social media for purchasing support Study

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The study indicates that social media increases decision-making confidence by providing more efficient access to an executive's professional network. In the final stage of the purchasing process, when stakes are highest, online professional networks are the number 1 information resource preference of buyers.

IDC believes that social networks will continue to grow in importance as purchasing tools.

"Senior executives - the C-level and VP-level buyers who demonstrate the greatest propensity to use social networks for buying - set the pace for others in their organisation. Where the leaders go, others tend to follow," said Kathleen Schaub, Vice President of Research in IDC's CMO Advisory Practice.

"As the use of social networks expands, the gap between companies that use social networks for buying and selling and those that do not will widen, creating a significant disadvantage for companies that lag behind," said Michael Fauscette, Group Vice President, Software Business Solutions. "For vendor companies, this transformation may be difficult and will take time; however, new competencies will amplify the value that buyers seek from social networks. This will create an echo effect, making social networks even more valuable to buyers."

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