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B2B buyers and marketers agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the buying process: Buyers are investigating more on their own and taking more control, according to recent research from Considered Content.

The report was based on data from a survey conducted in December 2021 and January 2022 among 150 B2B buyers and 150 B2B in-house marketers.

Two-thirds of B2B buyers say they are now "self-serving" more information before contacting vendors.

Some 74% of B2B marketers say they are seeing customers taking more control over the buying process.

Percentages of self-serving B2B buyers taking control

More than half (53%) of B2B buyers say they would ideally like to buy without interacting with a salesperson at all.

One-fourth of B2B buyers say they want to be able to get all the necessary information about a product/service online before contacting a salesperson. However, only 9% of B2B marketers say their firm offers all information online.

How many buyers want information online vs how much marketers offer

Some 52% of B2B buyers say they will never go back to their pre-pandemic way of buying, and 63% of B2B marketers agree that customer behavior has permanently changed.

Percentages of buyers and marketers who will never go back to the pre-pandemic way of B2B buying

About the research: The report was based on data from a survey conducted in December 2021 and January 2022 among 150 B2B buyers and 150 B2B in-house marketers.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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