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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.

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.

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 Additionally, avoid outdated techniques for lead qualification.

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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150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Three “Lies” That Plague B2B Businesses Today (Part Two of Three)

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Cold calling is dead. 57 – 90% of the buying process is complete before a sales rep needs to get involved. Marketing and sales are aligned. Do you agree these are lies? In late August I asked industry experts that same question and asked them to substantiate their answers. The team of experts includes: Ardath Albee, Marketing Interactions , CEO and Business Strategist. Dave Brock, Partners in EXCELLENCE , President. Deb Calvert, People First Productivity Solutions , President. Ginger Conlon, GingerConlon.com , Chief Editor of CustomerAlchemy.net. Matt Heinz, Heinz Marketing , President.

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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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Three “Lies” That Plague B2B Businesses Today (Part One of Three)

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Cold calling is dead. 57 – 90% of the buying process is complete before a sales rep needs to get involved. Marketing and sales are aligned. Do you agree these are lies? In late August I asked industry experts that same question and asked them to substantiate their answers. The team of experts includes: Ardath Albee, Marketing Interactions , CEO and Business Strategist. Dave Brock, Partners in EXCELLENCE , President. Deb Calvert, People First Productivity Solutions , President. Ginger Conlon, GingerConlon.com , Chief Editor of CustomerAlchemy.net. Matt Heinz, Heinz Marketing , President. link].

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.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

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.

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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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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Marketing is More than Automation

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There is a back story to the development of the process called Account Based Marketing and that story was published in this blog by LeanData, Inc.: “In 2003, Bev Burgess , SVP ITSMA Europe, was the host of a get-together in London. As she sat between two senior-level marketing executives for global companies Accenture and Unisys, the conversation took a fateful turn. They discussed an intriguing idea – creating campaigns specifically tailored toward individual accounts. The rest, as they say, is history. Fast forward to 2016. Account Based Marketing (ABM) is all the rage. Disturbing Trend.

Long-Term Leads Demand Attention Now

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Near-Term Opportunities are Important, But So is Keeping the Pipeline Full. Your sales team likes nothing better than getting leads with a high probability of closing soon. So much so that many reps often ignore every lead they don’t consider hot. In reality, long-term leads often prove to be more valuable than those slated for a short-term decision. It may seem counter intuitive, but there are three key reasons why B2B companies need to pay more—not less—attention to opportunities not yet ready to close: 1. In many cases hot opportunities are already baked. Weigh the cost, weigh the benefit.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

Questions to Ask Before Investing in Lead Generation

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About this time of the year we start to receive calls from prospects wishing to start new lead generation projects ASAP. It happens every year. Our ramp up time for a new program is about four weeks. When prospects hear this their response is always, “That’s just too long. need leads NOW!” The fact is they needed leads before now. Desperation is a bottom feeder’s dream. How many were generated?

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

What is the Minimum Acceptable Close Rate on Leads?

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I posted a question on LinkedIn's Sales and Marketing VP's Group and the results have been fascinating. First, here is the question as posted: "What is the minimum acceptable close rate for leads provided to sales in a complex selling situation (long sales cycle and multiple decision-makers)?". One thing I like about LinkedIn is that there are lots of people who genuinely want to help! Here is a distillation of the scores of responses I received: "To what extent are the leads qualified to begin with?". All you can do is look at the statistics over time. Over time you will raise the gene pool.".

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What Does “Full Funnel Marketing” Really Mean?

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The core idea behind this book is that marketers need to embrace and take responsibility for the entire sales funnel, not just the top half. It’s the new B2B imperative that marketers take full responsibility for the revenue impact of their efforts, that they work closely with their sales counterparts to make them more efficient and help them convert more opportunities into closed deals. The book covers a wide range of “full funnel marketing” areas, including technology, sales enablement, productivity best practices and more. So how do Full Funnel Marketers measure their work? Absolutely.

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.

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.

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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Is Your Funnel Full of Fool's Gold?

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The sales reps at most B2B organizations have two choices: 1) Spend their time culling through leads that experience has shown are overwhelmingly raw, unfiltered, and unqualified. 2) Or, dismiss them outright. In this take-it-or-leave-it scenario, nobody wins. Sales is not as productive as they need to be to meet quota, marketing is wasting its budget generating leads that don’t get followed up, and the company as a whole is not likely to meet revenue goals. So, what’s the best way to rid the funnel of fool’s gold (leads that may look good at first blush, but are actually not worth much)?

B2B Lead Gen: Can you do it cheaper and better inside?

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As a business-to-business marketing or sales leader you have numerous options for lead generation tactics and tools. Top choices include teleprospecting, direct marketing, search engine marketing, website, and trade shows. Even with the growing number of digital routes, outbound phone calling, or teleprospecting, remains a powerful method to engage personally with your prospects. Sales is sales.

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.

A Multi-Touch, Multi-Media, Multi-Cycle Strategy Multiplies Results

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I field a lot of questions about what I call our multi-touch, multi-media, and multi-cycle strategy. Many of the questions I field have to do with number of touches and the types of touches we recommend to effectively nurture a prospect. Nurturing Prospects is Not Easy, Otherwise Everyone Would Do It. touches to engage with a prospect. What Is a Multi-Touch Cycle? You are my conscience.

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.

How to Avoid Wasting 75% of Your Marketing Spend

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Most companies admit to generating only a 10-25% follow-up of their sales inquiries. With so little follow-up, they’re reaching, on average, only 25% of available buyers. This means that 75% of the marketing dollars spent on lead generation are wasted. Why it’s Important. “If your company is average, you are only following up 10-25% of the leads you give your salespeople which means you are wasting 75% of your lead generation budget!”. Sales Lead Management Association. But what if we have a world where: Sales follows up 100% of the inquiries (all inquiries, not just leads). Guest Blogs

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?

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.

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?

Three “Lies” That Plague B2B Businesses Today (Part Three of Three)

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The Three “Lies” That Plague B2B Businesses Today Are: Cold calling is dead. 57 – 90% of the buying process is complete before a sales rep needs to get involved. Marketing and sales are aligned. Do you agree these are lies? In late August I asked industry experts that same question and asked them to substantiate their response. The team of experts includes: Ardath Albee, Marketing Interactions , CEO and Business Strategist. Dave Brock, Partners in EXCELLENCE , President. Deb Calvert, People First Productivity Solutions , President. Matt Heinz, Heinz Marketing , President. Principal. link].

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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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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.