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7 Truths About Sales and Marketing (That CEOs Need to Know - Part 1)

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Understanding the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results—the first of a 9 part blog series. One of my favorite authors and speakers, Mike Weinberg, says the following about the CEO’s role in companies: “As goes the leader, so goes the organization. The level of the team rarely, if ever, exceeds the level of its leader.”. In his book New Sales. Simplified.

The Whole Truth - Why CEOs Need to Know What Makes Sales and Marketing Click

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Understanding the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results—the final of a multi-part blog series. Many challenges facing Sales and Marketing have been around since the beginning of time. The two organizations don’t understand each other, and often point fingers: Sales says marketing delivers bad leads; and marketing says sales doesn’t follow up. summary: 1.

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Is Your Lead Generation Strategy Broken?

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A broken lead generation strategy could mean trouble for your sales and marketing team, but not just because of the fundamental misalignment between the two departments. More so because an improper strategy can make you miss your goals. If your organization isn’t doing these three things, then you will miss your number. 1. Additionally, avoid outdated techniques for lead qualification.

4 Things a CMO Should Do to Build Their Marketing Dream Team (Part One)

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In a recent interview, I sat down with Matt Heinz to pick his brain. pitched him the question, “What makes a dream marketing team and how should a CMO build one?” Matt was one of SLMA’s 40 Most Inspiring Leaders in Sales Lead Management in 2015 , and his Seattle-based marketing company’s involvement with many CMOs around the country certainly qualifies him for this topic. Matt Heinz.

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150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

The #1 Reason CEOs Should Care About Lead Generation

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I often say that CEO’s don’t care about leads, they only care about revenue. Unfortunately, unless you, as the CEO of your company, start caring about leads you are going to lose revenue and miss your number. The corporate landscape has drastically changed to make businesses earn their audience's attention. It is not just about increasing sales and profits.

4 Revenue Sources Most ROI Calculators Miss (Part 2 of 2)

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This is Part Two of a two-part blog (read part 1 here) about how to improve accuracy in lead/revenue projections in organizations with a complex sales process: To recap part one, simple lead generation calculators miss these four things: They don’t take critical metrics (like last year’s revenue) into account. They have too much confidence in inbound-only strategies. The Lead/Revenue Assumptions.

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What Do You Sell, Who Do You Sell It To and Why Everyone Has to Have The Same Answer

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How to define a lead and gain agreement is the first of 7 Truths about Sales and Marketing that CEOs need to know. This post is part of a series about the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results. Today you’ll learn why lead definition is important and why you, as the CEO, need to be involved in building your own universal lead definition: Shortly after I started PointClear I worked with a company that blew through $100 million because marketing was selling to one audience and sales was selling to another. For whatever reason (was it beneath him?)

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4 Revenue Sources Most ROI Calculators Miss (Part 1 of 2)

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This is Part One of a two-part blog about how organizations with a complex sales process can improve accuracy in lead/revenue projections. Most ROI calculators I see published are flawed. Many of the tools are designed to determine how much revenue an organization needs and where that revenue came from. However, that is overly simplistic and lacks critically important metrics.

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Does Your Sales Team Know How to Follow-Up on a Lead?

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Nurture leads until they’re ready to turn over to sales is the sixth of 7 Truths about Sales and Marketing that CEOs need to know. This post is part of a series about the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results. Set sales straight—it’s a win win. Many sales reps lack insights on the best way to follow up on a lead. Rapid identification of problems.

How the CEO Can Enhance Sales, Marketing, and the Executive Branch

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Someone once told me that CEOs don’t care about leads. They only care about revenue. Unfortunately, as a result of this thinking, marketing spends a ton of money generating leads for sales that are never followed-up. They go into a black hole (sometimes called CRM). It doesn’t have to be that way. Is 60-70% of the buying process over before prospects want to engage with a salesperson? But it isn’t.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

How to Turn Sales Leads into Revenue, Not Just Work

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Even the most ambitious and efficient companies with highly competitive offerings, like GE or Boeing, don’t close 100% of their deals. These companies have a very high demand for their products and services, but they still need strong lead generation and qualification processes. It is unrealistic, even for the aforementioned companies, to think that sales can close every opportunity they receive.

Marketing Needs to Put Skin in the Game

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Make marketing accountable for sourcing revenue is the third of 7 Truths about Sales and Marketing that CEOs need to know. This post is part of a series about the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results. In the last blog we discussed the importance of driving revenue from all sources (inbound, nurture, outbound). Today we will discuss what percent of revenue should be driven by marketing and what percent should be driven from sales. Measuring marketing’s contribution to revenue. Tier 2: Inside Commercial Accounts. Tier 3: SMB/Channel Accounts.

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The Key to Filling in Your Revenue Gap

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Everywhere you look, inbound marketing is identified as the ultimate lead generation tool. While its popularity isn’t without merit, this marketing strategy is not the end-all for lead generation. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why some head executives don’t hit their revenue goals. Don’t let your bottom line fall victim to overpromising and under-delivering inbound programs.

Lead Nurturing: Triple Your Marketing Return

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Nurture leads until they’re ready to turn over to sales is the sixth of 7 Truths about Sales and Marketing that CEOs need to know. This post is part of a series about the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results. In the last blog in this series we discussed how to keep leads from being ignored and going into a black hole by using something I call the judicial branch. Today we will discuss how lead nurturing can triple the return on most marketing campaigns: Nurturing is essential for successful lead generation—both inbound and outbound. No Response.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

Marketing and Sales: Done Well (2015) Do Better (2016) - Part 3 of 3

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This is the third in a series of three blogs about what experts feel companies did well in 2015 and what they would do better in 2016. The panelists include: Ardath Albee – Marketing Interactions. Miles Austin – Fill the Funnel, Inc. Jeffrey Hayzlett – The C-Suite Network. Dave Kurlan – Objective Management Group. Matt Heinz – Heinz Marketing. Mike Weinberg – New Sales Coach.

An Allbound Marketing Approach Closes Your Revenue Gaps

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How to drive revenue from all sources is the second of 7 Truths about Sales and Marketing that CEOs need to know. This post is part of a series about the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results. Today we’ll discuss driving revenue from all sources using something I call the RING formula: Drive revenue from all sources: inbound, nurture and proactive outbound.

Put A Judicial Branch In Place to Eliminate Wasted Leads

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Keep leads from being ignored is the fifth of 7 Truths about Sales and Marketing that CEOs need to know. This post is part of a series about the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results. In the last blog we discussed the importance of cost per: Lead, Sales Accepted Lead, Sales Qualified Lead and Closed Deal. How many were generated? How many are progressing?

How Much Do Your Leads Cost?

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Understand the price you are paying for your leads and then optimize. Document the cost per lead is the fourth of 7 Truths about Sales and Marketing that CEOs need to know. This post is part of a series about the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results. Does this lead meet your industry, organization size and additional criteria required? Has the deal closed?

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Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

4 Things a CMO Should Do to Build Their Marketing Dream Team (Part Two)

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In a recent interview, I sat down with Matt Heinz of Heinz Marketing and picked his brain about what makes up a CMO’s marketing dream team. Matt was one of SLMA’s 40 Most Inspiring Leaders in Sales Lead Management in 2015 , and his Seattle-based marketing company’s involvement with many CMOs around the country certainly qualifies him for this topic. See part one here.). Like what Matt had to say?

Is Anyone Leading Lead Management?

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Sales Lead Management is a complicated process. It needs a leader to pull all of the competing interests and people together to work as a team. Sales lead management is a tough subject to truly get your arms around. There are dozens of outside vendors who say they manage some portion of the sales lead process and more than two dozen internal departments that contribute to the process and the decision making. My point is this—you need a Sales Lead Manager to pull all of the competing departments and managers together to obtain the best revenue per lead for your company. Direct Marketing Agency.

Q&A With Dave Stein and Steve Andersen

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A remarkable new book is changing the way that B2B sales professionals think about, approach, and serve their customers. Co-authored by sales luminaries Steve Andersen and Dave Stein, Beyond the Sales Process: 12 Proven Strategies for a Customer Driven-World upends traditional sales training conventions and provides a clear, logical roadmap for establishing productive long-term customer relationships and for creating real value in a business environment that has undergone unprecedented change. How did the two of you decide to collaborate on this book? A. Relationships matter.

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Account Based Marketing and its Growing Interest Among B2B CMOs

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In his Forbes piece published last month, contributor Daniel Newman shared a quote from Megan Heuer, Vice President and Group Director, Data-Driven Marketing, at SiriusDecisions: “Companies of all sizes are trying out ABM, from expanded efforts in very large global companies to laser-focused go-to-market models in lean startups. Not all that impressive. CMO Corner

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

5 Simple Steps To Turn Readers Into Buyers – Content Marketing That Sells

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Guest post by Tom Hunt. So you have set up a blog and social media profiles…. You are pumping out multiple articles per week and sharing them furiously…. And yes you see some small traffic spikes (though they quickly drop off when you stop posting right?). Trust me, I know, I have been there… multiple times. Understand Your Customer’s Desired Outcome. What does your customer truly want?

Three Things Smart B2B Marketers Will be Doing in 2016

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What will successful B2B marketers to be doing more of, or differently, in 2016? That question was recently posed to the expert contributors at the B2B Marketing Zone , and two dozen responded with a range of insights about content marketing, measuring results, employee advocacy, customer experience and other topics. Here are three key takeaways plus some additional musings.

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20 Tremendous Digital Marketing Stats and Facts

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Digital marketing budgets continue to rise, often at the expense of offline advertising spend. But digital marketers must continue to evolve practices as they strive to make their content an asset, rather than an annoyance, to prospective buyers. Image credit: MarketingProfs. combined. Spending on digital marketing is projected to increase by 12% to 15% on average. Measurement remains problematic.

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15 Elements Most Successful Blogs Have in Common

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What’s on your blog? You’ve got a few posts of course. Maybe a sign-up box. But are there blog elements you’re missing? More importantly, are you leaving out anything that could be getting you more results? There are a few basic components almost all successful blogs share. These are the widgets, share buttons, and other mechanics of the blog. That’s where the sign-up boxes come in. Why use them?

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Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

The 12 Hottest Tools for Content Promotion

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Content marketing is nothing without good promotion. There are a lot of people furiously writing great blog posts, spending hours a day, hoping that an insane amount of new customers will magically find their content and purchase their app, solution, merchandise or something else. It doesn’t work that way. Promotion was important before content marketing […]. Content Marketing

Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?

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by Juan Pablo Bravo. Sometimes more is truly less.  When it comes to the state of B2B content marketing and engagement, this proverb is on the mark.   According to a recent study by Track Maven , one among a few on this topic, shows both B2B and B2C marketers have increased their publishing of content in 2015 by as much as 35 to 40%. From my perspective, I think you can.  One is causing the other.

10 Digital Marketing Trends That Should Influence Your 2016 Content Strategy

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I wrote a post six months ago highlighting ten marketing trends that should influence your content strategy. While it feels like that was published yesterday, we all know today’s digital marketing trends change with the blink of an eye, whether it’s due to a new channel, updates to search algorithms, or any other factors. Data Management. Source ). Digital is Where the Money Is. Source ). Source ).

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What Microsoft's Acquisition Of LinkedIn Could Mean For B2B Marketers

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Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn holds enormous potential for helping B2B marketers reach their audiences and improve revenue generation. Announcing the reinvention of productivity and business processes, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, explains : As these experiences get more intelligent and delightful, the LinkedIn and Office 365 engagement will grow. But what about Outlook? B2B Marketing

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

33 Thought-Provoking B2B Social Media and Marketing Stats

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As noted in the 2016 B2B Marketing Trends report , B2B marketing strategies and practices are in the midst of significant change, driven by new technologies and evolving buyer expectations for more “consumer-like” experiences. These changes are affecting tactics, budgets, messaging, and metrics as illustrated in the compilation of B2B marketing facts and statistics below. MediaPost ).

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Why Email is Essential for Your Content Marketing Strategy

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Go to any digital marketing event and you’re sure to hear one thing: content marketing is important. But the hot new art and science of being an effective brand publisher is actually more than just a trend; it’s becoming the atomic particle of all marketing. Because it works. In fact according to the Direct Marketing Association, email marketing yields an estimated 4,300% ROI.

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How B2B Marketers are Handling the Digital Content Overload [Accenture Interview]

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When Accenture published its “Content: The H2O of Marketing” report in February 2016, its statistics showed that the majority of marketers have more digital content at their fingertips than they did two years ago. Additionally, 83 percent of respondents said that they expected this amount to increase within the next two years. HOW HAS THE LARGE VOLUME OF CONTENT IMPACTED B2B MARKETERS?

50 Must-Know Statistics to Improve Your Lead Generation Strategy

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With so many brands competing for the same shares of consumer attention and dollars, generating quality leads has become increasingly more challenging for today’s marketers. That’s why having an effective lead generation program is more important than ever before when it comes to achieving your marketing goals. Done right, a successful lead generation strategy will […]. Content Marketing

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

Note to the Nearly Half of US Small Businesses Still Not Mobile Optimized: Get Crackin'

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Believe me, I get it. An inveterate slacker who tends to view any sort of change with a wary eye, I understand how difficult it can be to embrace new technologies, especially as a small business with limited resources. But we’re halfway through 2016 and the world has clearly gone mobile, yet almost half of U.S. small businesses still have not. Web Development and Design