Modern Marketing Matters to Sales

Takeaway

Modern Marketing helps sales leaders make their numbers by getting them in sync with their marketing counterparts. Modern Marketing is the combination of things that a vendor does to build relationships with prospective customers via traditional and new forms of marketing communications such as blogging and social networking.

The Revenue Cycle

In the world of Modern Marketing, sales and marketing are linked in the revenue cycle. Before implementing Modern Marketing (MM for short), sales leaders might say that they have no influence over marketing and that marketing contributes little towards helping them make their number. In contrast, modern marketers care about engagement and lead conversion, which is what builds the sales pipeline.

In a B2B world, sales leaders who closely sync with their marketing counterparts have a much easier time making their number than those who don’t. Laura Mashina at Marketo supports this point in her blog post The Marketing and Sales Handshake. She wrote that, with MM, “the traditional hand off from marketing to sales has become a solid handshake.” As a result, MM can serve as a bridge for sales leaders to get a conversation going with their marketing counterparts. This conversation is essential to ensure that the marketing spend produces strong leads that build the pipeline (or funnel, if you are of that persuasion).

Modern Marketing Savvy

Modern Marketing is how companies communicate and nurture relationships with prospective customers during the early stages of the customers’ buying process. These communication touches have a significant influence on whether or not strong leads result.

Modern Marketing might be a new term to you but its effect is something you are already quite familiar if you have ever been offered a live chat session, registered to attend an online or live seminar, downloaded a paper to learn more, commented on a blog, participated in an online community, or googled to research something you wanted to buy.

You are Modern Marketing savvy if you:

  1. Align your marketing messages to your prospects’ interests and point of view.
  2. Establish trust and relationship with your prospects throughout their buying experience.
  3. Ensure your content and service helps your prospects solve their problems.
  4. Use a mix of technology to programmatically touch your prospects.

Use Sales Insights to Develop Prospects’ Trust

A sales orientation is absolutely essential to the success of Modern Marketing. Because the sales team is closest to the customer, they often have the best input for what the customer will respond to. MM programs infused with effective answers to a prospect’s real concerns will create trust with the prospect. When trust is developed at each stage of the buying process then MM generates engagement and drives pipeline growth. This is why Modern Marketing matters to sales.

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