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Survey: European B2B decision maker response to COVID-19 crisis

B2B decision makers are responding quickly, though actions and customer preferences vary by region.

With governments and organizations still working to contain COVID-19 and stem the growing humanitarian toll it is exacting, the effects on customer behaviors are rippling across the B2B landscape. Through a series of regular, global surveys, 1 we are tracking how customers’ expectations, spending, and behaviors change throughout the crisis across multiple countries over time.

Highlights from the B2B Decision-Maker Pulse:

  • Europe B2B decision-maker pessimism relatively low and steady: One-third (39%) believe the economy will rebound in 2–3 months (up from 38% in early April)
  • ~60% of B2B companies have already reduced their budgets; spend reductions in the next two weeks are more tempered (~40% reducing spend)
  • Preference for digital now ~2X more than traditional sales interactions; self-serve, digital ordering methods now prioritized
  • Remote selling is now the norm and perceived to be effective: 97% of B2B companies have shifted their GTM model during COVID-19; 60% believe the new model is just as effective or more than before (up from 48% in early April)
  • Sales model changes are expected to stay: 28% are “very likely” to sustain these shifts 12+ months after COVID-19 and another 50% are “somewhat likely” to do so

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About the author(s)

Liz Harrison is an associate partner in McKinsey’s Charlotte office, and Ryan Gavin, Candace Lun Plotkin, and Jennifer Stanley are partners in the Boston office.

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