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More than two fifths (41%) of B2B marketers are struggling to connect with customers, despite the majority describing it as "very important", according to digital transformation business, Squizz.

Squiz found that a lack of c-level buy-in prevents many B2B marketers from delivering a more customer-centric approach within their organisation.

The study shows that almost half (47%) of B2B marketers struggle to secure the budget required to implement initiatives to improve the customer experience, while a further 14% have difficulty gaining c-level support, with many marketers blaming this on an inability to prove ROI.

A lack of planning and measurement may also be at the root of this problem. Shockingly, only 35% of B2B marketers invest in marketing technology and 73% do not have clears goals and KPIs in place for measuring customer experience.

Confusion over who owns the customer experience also appears to be having a negative impact. Although three quarters (74%) think they are responsible for it, just 46% believe other people in the organisation would agree.

Stephen Morgan, co-founder of Squiz, said: “Our research suggests that most B2B marketers understand the importance of adopting a customer-centric approach, but are struggling to put this into practice due to a lack of budget and c-level buy-in, and confusion over who is responsible for the customer experience within B2B brands. To rectify this, a growing number of businesses have appointed a Chief Customer Officer to lead initiative to improve the customer experience. However, these organisations are few and far between, with research showing that only 1% of FTSE companies have appointed a Chief Customer Officer.

"Put simply, businesses do not need to hire a Chief Customer Officer in order to have a good customer experience. Instead, senior marketers must step-up to the plate and take ownership of the customer experience. There is no better placed person than the CMO to take responsibility for managing and improving the experience of customers offered by B2B brands."