3 Reasons You’re Still Not Aligned with Sales…

3 Reasons You’re Still Not Aligned with Sales…

At Demandbase, we’re strong proponents of aligning Sales and Marketing. So much so, that we’ve spent the last few years making sure all the programs and campaigns Marketing works on have sales involvement. In fact, a majority of B2B marketers are still struggling to align with Sales. At most organizations, Marketing focuses on lead volume—with a goal to generate as many leads as possible—and Sales focuses on companies. When Marketing sends over a bunch of leads that don’t align to Sales priorities, deals don’t close. Your Vanity Metrics Don’t Mean Much We all know difficult it is to actually measure ROI for our campaigns. While the metrics mentioned above provide insight into how our campaigns are performing, they don’t really help us determine the impact we’re having on the broader organization, and more importantly, revenue—which of course, is Sales’ favorite number. To understand your impact on revenue, you need to break your metrics up into two buckets: leading and lagging indicators. But when you work with Sales to to build and target a list of specific, priority accounts, you’ll not only narrow your advertising approach, but you’ll also be able to share metrics like account engagement and lift with Sales, so they can prioritize follow-up. With Sales input, you can determine which regions and cities need the most attention, and focus your event strategy on the accounts that matter.

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At Demandbase, we’re strong proponents of aligning Sales and Marketing. So much so, that we’ve spent the last few years making sure all the programs and campaigns Marketing works on have sales involvement. But this wasn’t always the case, and it’s not always the case for a lot of companies. In fact, a majority of B2B marketers are still struggling to align with Sales. While they understand how important it is for both teams to get along, especially since Sales and Marketing work so closely to drive growth for the organization, they’re often stuck on “the how.”

To really address this problem, B2B marketers have to first figure out what they’re doing wrong. Chances are, it’s one or all three of these things:

You’re Focused On Lead Volume

One of the biggest causes of hostility between Sales and Marketing is lead handoff. At most organizations, Marketing focuses on lead volume—with a goal to generate as many leads as possible—and Sales focuses on companies. When Marketing sends over a bunch of leads that don’t align to Sales priorities, deals don’t close.

But by switching the focus to the accounts that Sales is already investing their efforts on, you’re able to break out of the quantity pattern. And if Sales doesn’t have a set of accounts, you can work with them to build a list of companies, who have the most potential for your business.

Your Vanity Metrics Don’t Mean Much

We all know difficult it is to actually measure ROI for our campaigns. With all the data out there today, it can be difficult to measure and report on the right things, especially when you don’t know what the right things are. That’s why more often…

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