CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 05/29/14 -- EPiServer, a global software provider for innovative eCommerce and digital marketing solutions, released the findings of a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of EPiServer on the importance of B2B commerce to drive sales, attract and maintain new and existing customers and gain a competitive market advantage. Forrester surveyed 100 companies in the U.S. to evaluate their experiences and best practices in implementing B2B eCommerce systems and key revenue metrics around those systems.
The study found that the respondents achieved impressive financial success attributable to their eCommerce implementations and used best practices to contain and manage the cost of implementing the solution. Some of the key findings included:
According to the study, until recently, arguments were made against selling through online channels for B2B corporations. The technology was mostly made in-house and was ill-equipped to deal with the complexity of selling online. Additionally, the results of eCommerce systems were mainly unproven for B2B, and the process of implementing these systems was considered complex and costly. However, reality has moved beyond this outdated view and B2B eCommerce solutions have transformed to offer an experience that connected consumers have come to expect, equaling that offered by digital leaders in B2C markets.
"We believe these findings highlight the evolution B2B eCommerce has experienced. Commercially available technologies are available today that help businesses solve daily challenges of attracting and retaining customers, driving sales and lowering average costs per order," said Bob Egner, VP of Product Management at EPiServer. "This is a call to action for businesses to step into the quantifiable benefits B2B eCommerce can deliver today."
For detailed survey results, please visit http://www.episerver.com/Forrester-B2B-eCommerce
EPiServer connects ecommerce and digital marketing to help business create unique customer experiences which generates business results. EPiServer's platform combines content, e-commerce and multi-channel marketing capabilities to work full-circle for businesses online, from intelligent optimization, lead-generation through to conversion and repeat business.
Sitting at the centre of the digital marketing ecosystem, EPiServer empowers online and IT professionals to create superior customer experience for more than 20,000 websites worldwide. Built on .net, and supported by a pioneering partner network of over 715 partners in over 30 countries, EPiServers platform gives customers the ability to deliver the right content to the right person in the right format at a time that suits them. This approach means customers can maximize their investment in digital marketing and increase ROI. The company was founded in 1994 and has offices in the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Spain, UAE and the United Kingdom. EPiServer is controlled by the IK2007 Fund. IK Investment Partners is a European private equity firm with Nordic roots, managing EUR 5.7 billion in fund commitments.