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Practical Tools and Frameworks for Customer Management in Business Marketing

Practical Tools and Frameworks for Customer Management in Business Marketing

Practical tools and frameworks for customer management in business marketing
Douglas Bowman


Business marketing is characterized by its complexity. This paper surveys a collection of tools and frameworks that have proven to be useful in practice for dealing with the complexity of managing customers in business marketing.

Characteristics of Business Markets

The complexity of business marketing is well documented in the business marketing literature. Contrasting business marketing with traditional consumer marketing helps make the complexity salient. Table 25.1 presents a characterization of the key differences between business-to-business (B2B) marketing and business-to-consumer (B2C) marketing.


Three aspects of business marketing stand out. First, the distribution of business across customers is highly skewed. Consider a company like Kimberly-Clark, ...

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