"The Growth Blog" - A resource for B2B Business leaders & marketers

How to win at B2B sales in 2018

If you are a B2B salesperson you might be rather worried about some of the research data that's being widely quoted by "the experts."  Here is a selection:

  • "Customers rate the salesperson as the least influential interaction in the buying process" - Gartner
  • "Death of the B2B salesperson: 93% of buyers say they prefer buying online rather than from a salesperson" - Forrester
  • "57% of the buyer's journey is complete before a customer's first contact with supplier" - Corporate Executive Board
  • "67% of the buyer's journey is now done digitally" - Sirius Decisions

Salespeople would be forgiven for thinking they'll all be out of work in a few short years! Yet the reality is nothing is further from the truth.

But there's a catch...

Topics: sales and marketing alignment sales strategy b2b sales Inbound Sales

5 Best Practices to Align your Marketing and Sales Teams

Sales and Marketing alignment is difficult for most organisations causing many internal and external challenges that affect the bottom line. Now more than ever, fundamental changes in your buyers behaviour are increasingly creating misalignment between these two functional areas. Misalignment breeds inefficiency. This misalignment causes propose to close rates falling, the quality of leads falling and the cost of acquisition increases.

Topics: lead generation B2B marketing strategy sales and marketing alignment

Why You Need to Renovate Your Sales and Marketing Teams Processes

For the next couple of months we’ll embark upon a series of articles that will take you through ways you can work towards smart, profitable and sustainable growth for your small to medium sized business. How? By redeveloping your sales and marketing teams processes. Too often business leaders don't take the time to regularly review which sales and marketing processes need tweaking in order to deliver optimal results. We're all guilty of a 'set and forget' mentality sometimes. So let's work through this together, and see what could do with a bit of a renovation. 

Topics: b2b marketing buyer personas marketing roi B2B marketing strategy sales and marketing alignment buyer centricity b2b sales marketing teams, leadership CEO Tips for CEOs, website design

Why you need to align your sales and marketing teams

Those of us in the inbound world know that the buyer’s journey has drastically changed. Buyers today have more control than ever before ­– they are self-educating and empowered by the information they can find online. The salesperson doesn’t dictate the sale anymore – buyers connect with brands when they’re ready and on their terms. This change in buyer behaviour means that now, more than ever, it’s imperative that the sales and marketing functions are aligned.

Topics: sales and marketing alignment

How to solve the world's oldest B2B marketing problem

Whenever we rebuild a B2B go-to-market strategy for a client, or run a course for B2B marketers the one issue that never fails to raise its ugly head, is the misalignment between marketing and sales. Delegates shake their head or shrug their shoulders as if to say “what can we do, it's just the way it is, sales and marketing are like oil and water." But it doesn’t have to be this way. In order to get your marketing and sales aligned, you need to set a common framework that both functions can align around and then set the corresponding KPIs.

But where do you start?

Topics: b2b marketing sales and marketing alignment b2b digital marketing b2b sales

The role of technology in sales and marketing

The marketing department has long been labeled the department to always spend money, unable to prove whether what they’re doing is effective. In turn, the sales department is left to wonder what business the marketing department is actually bringing in? In a previous career, that blended sales and marketing, I was exposed to exactly this situation. We’d purchase newspaper and magazine ads, design and distribute brochures, write editorial for publications, send out email blasts to our database, sometimes even send out snail mail (ugh!), all of the typical outbound marketing techniques you can possibly think of. We never really knew exactly how well any of our efforts worked. Now, 6 years on I have witnessed the industry evolve and it’s so exciting to me to see how much sales and marketing technology has advanced and how much it revolutionises the marketing function and allows for better synergy between the teams.

Topics: sales and marketing alignment b2b marketing sales sales strategy

3 Essentials for Sales and Marketing Alignment

 

According to a study by MathMarketing and Marketo, aligning your marketing and sales can improve your business drastically. In numbers this means your business can:

  • Get 67% better at closing sales;
  • Enjoy 108% better lead acceptance; and
  • Generate 209% more from Marketing.

Sales and marketing alignment is great for your business. But in order to be able to practice it successfully, you need to understand what this alignment demands. In this blog, we’ll help you understand exactly what you’re meant to align within your business to achieve best results.  

Topics: b2b marketing sales and marketing alignment b2b digital marketing sales strategy b2b sales

5 Ways to Align Your Sales and Marketing Teams

Alignment between Sales and Marketing has been a challenge for organisations through the ages. Now, fundamental changes in your buyer's behaviour are increasingly creating misalignment between these two functional areas. Misalignment breeds inefficiency. Propose to close rates fall, the quality of leads fall - cost of acquisition increases.

Topics: lead generation B2B marketing strategy sales and marketing alignment

The 5 Must-Haves for a Successful B2B Marketing Plan for 2014

Topics: marketers b2b lead generation business owners B2B marketing strategy b2b marketing plan sales and marketing alignment

Is your business' lead and revenue generation at boiling point?

I was at a business planning workshop last week given by the Equus Group where we watched a short 2 minute video called 212 Degrees that set the scene for the day’s events.

Topics: lead generation marketers b2b marketing b2b lead generation B2B lead generation strategies sales and marketing alignment