In the previous post, we’ve talked about the perfect phase one for a Magento B2B initiative. Now, it’s time to find your partner.
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So, we’ve done our homework and narrowed it down to the number above, but still, that is a lot of options.
That’s why today, we’ll give you the guide toward picking the best B2B extension off the market that ensures your Magento performance optimization.
And as always, tips and tricks included!
How to filter Magento 2 B2B Marketplace
Step 1: Know your needs and budget.
There are 5882 extensions available on the Magento Marketplace and no one has time to go through each and every one them individually. That’s why, first thing first, let figure out what you need.
I highly suggest you do an autopsy on your online store and find the point(s) of weakness within the system. Subsequently, you can divide this job into 2 stages:
- Internal review
- External recommendation
Do an in-house check
This part is going to be a mix-and-match between B2B features and control groups. However, if we recall the previous article, there are must-have and nice-to-have features within the wholesales scene.
And just like that, we have our priority. Presumably, you want to put the essential areas to the test first.
So, here is the final matching result:
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As can be seen, you need to consult the IT department as well as investigate rivals for every part of your ecommerce.
Moreover, content, checkout process, and the level of sophistication of your B2B business must gather information from all of the facets.
Now that you know what to ask and who to ask in conducting an internal autopsy, let’s move to the external one.
Ask for the second opinion
Let get this out of the way – it’s always good to have a second opinion. Especially, professional ones.
However, these services are expensive and you don’t always have the budget for it. So, here are my recommendations:
- Only consult agency when you can’t pinpoint the problem yourself.
- Apply for “free audit” and other promotion plans.
- Use your network for recommendations.
Draft your rough budget
It’s important to know what your budget range is ahead of time so you can focus your search on extensions that are a fit.
Once you decide what specific area to improve upon, give it a price spectrum.
Step 3: Know the tag.
On the Marketplace, there are 7 filters you can apply to sort for your wanted Magento performance optimization.
Except for partner type, other options are self-explanatory. Now, let’s learn how to differentiate these partner labels.
As you can see, we have 3 different types of Magento partner:
- Technology partner: Provide extensions or independent service/software that is not embedded in the Magento system.
- Extensions/Solutions partner: Provide customization and optimization through extensions.
- Community Insider partner: Individual certified Magento developers provide extensions/services run on Magento.
Step 4: Check out the demo.
After these two steps, you now have several B2B extensions that solve your problem as well as stem from the preferenced partner. The only question left is how to pick the one.
By checking the demo, I mean evaluate:
- Functionality: What features they claim to have?
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- Usability: How these features work?
- Compatibility: How well the extension integrates with your Magento version and other modules?
- Post-sale program: Is there support for installation, update, and money-back
Step 5: Look for reviews/reference check
There are countless sources for Magento extension reviews: right on the Marketplace, Clutch, GitHub, etc.
The main point of this background check is to get insights on whether this provider has a great ability and good relationship with previous clients.
However, you can directly ask your agencies for references. Any agency that can’t provide references probably should be ruled out.
Pop this question: “Can you please put me in touch with a few clients who are similar to us in needs and budget who can speak about their experience working with your agency?”
Recommended essential features: Magento 2 B2B Community edition
B2B Company account segmentation
With this feature, the Magento 2 B2B Community provides a customizable corporate structure that boosts conversion rates by cherry-picked displaying content, promotions, and pricing to specific customers.
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Just look at the following Magento 2 extensions:
- B2B Registration and Customer Attributes – help with managing and evaluating B2B registrations with the utmost details and insights.
- Force Login and Catalog Permission – BSS offers two modules for wholesale ecommerce to separate and offer exclusiveness for different customer groups;
Promotion & Pricing
Wholesales customers are extremely sensitive to price – this one area can make or break your entire multi-vendor initiative.
In general, you want your Magento B2B pricing to have:
- Hide price/Call for Price: It’s a triple-threat – boost conversion rate + increase purchasing power + tighten buyer-seller relationship.
- Request for Quote: Promote a seamless experience in quoting, both general and negotiable.
Visualizing purchase experience
Everyone loves to review every option available all in one place. It does not only improve UX but also drives sales number and value higher.
This will most likely happen to configurable products. Accordingly, you can choose to show your offering in:
- Last but not least, Grid Table View