Death Of A Salesman? Inbound & The Changing Focus Of The Sales Role In Marketing

Posted by Adam Hyland

03 August

Remember the days when salespeople went door to door or picked up the phone to make cold calls to try to win business? Those days are, for the most part, gone. Seismic shifts in consumer behaviour brought on by the omnipresence of the internet’s endless supply of information means people no longer want to be bothered by that interruptive approach from some guy (or gal) who has no idea who you are, what your interests are, or what you might want to buy.

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Topics: Smarketing, Inbound Marketing, integrated digital marketing, sales & marketing, align sales and marketing, new role of sales, sales in the marketing mix

Tips & Tools For An Effective Sales & Marketing Strategy

Posted by Ross Lauder

10 July

By now, you will hopefully have seen my previous blog discussing the chicken and egg scenario when it comes to sales and marketing. If you haven’t, you can see it here, but to summarise: the conundrum is that sales need marketing to generate the leads they can turn into customers, but marketing can only come about when there are enough sales to invest in marketing resources. The solution to the puzzle – both departments working as one to create an integrated ‘smarketing’ approach.

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Topics: Smarketing, sales & marketing, align sales and marketing, tools for increased sales, digital marketing and sales tools, inbound marketing tools, inbound sales, tools in the marketing mix, tools for better sales and marketing ROI

The Chicken & Egg Scenario In The Sales & Marketing Mix

Posted by Ross Lauder

30 June

So, what the hell are we talking about when we talk about the chicken and egg scenario? Well, let’s assume that the egg is marketing and the chicken is sales. Which comes first? Just as the chicken had to come from an egg, so sales will only come about by way of successful marketing. But that egg had to come from a chicken, just as marketing resources are only possible if your business has made the sales necessary to invest in them. Therein lies the conundrum: What comes first, how do you make sure you have both, where should your priorities lie, and what’s the process?

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Topics: Smarketing, Inbound Marketing, ROI of sales & marketing, sales funnel, marketing & sales, chicken and egg in marketing, align sales and mrketing, sales & marketing work together, setting sales & marketing KPIs, sales & marketing


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