For you marketers out there, the notion of using customers to carry your marketing message is not new, but the evolution of social media (AKA social networking) has taken ‘word of mouth’ marketing to a whole new level. I think about this daily in my B2B marketing work and just the other day, I experienced it first hand in a B2C (a web site and blog) turned customer-to-customer (C2C) medium (a personal email with links). A friend of mine told me about a great new store, Nau. Not only did she tell me about it, but she also sent me a link to their website and a link to the blog that introduced her to Nau. Based on her experience with their products, she became a loyal customer and a staunch customer advocate. Plus, I became a new Nau customer without ever leaving my chair. Simple, yet important and repeatable.
Basically, I think our typical B2B content now must be blended with C2C contact methods and content. Interesting, but not difficult. As marketing pros, this opens up some incredible opportunities for us to reach our audience much faster. For traditional marketers, the switch and blending of C2C messages and mediums into B2C marketing campaigns can seem daunting, so here are a few ideas that I have noted seem to help: Continue reading