Using A Third Party In Business-To-Business (B2B) Communication: Towards A Terminology Framework
Source: University of Birmingham
The emphasis of this paper lies in the discussion of communications messages in which a third party is used to enhance the effect of messages transmitted by the business marketer to their target audience - this might be via direct exchanges between a salesperson and customer representative or involve more indirect and impersonal communications. In many cases the third party might be an existing customer, but it could also include experts, suppliers, previous employers, shareholders, board members, etc. Terms associated with customer-related messages include referral, reference, customer reference, endorsement, third party (customer) endorsement, testimonial and recommendation.