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Mike Broomfield

Mike Broomfield

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5 Key Benefits of Sales & Marketing Alignment for Technology Companies

The relationship between Sales and Marketing is often a shaky one. Marketing captures the leads and nurtures them before handing them to Sales to close the deal, but all too frequently there is a lack of communication and a mistrust between the two departments which can create a rift.

Marketing will complain that Sales are squandering the valuable leads that they've provided by not following up on them.  Sales complain that Marketing are not sending them enough leads or sending them leads are not sales ready.


Creating a solid, long lasting partnership between Sales and Marketing should be an essential goal for any business in order to maximise the return on investment from their inbound marketing efforts, but it is of particular necessity for companies involved with B2B technology. The competitive, ever-changing nature of the industry puts a lot of pressure on Sales and Marketing to communicate more effectively, or else they run the risk of losing out on valuable customers.

Here are five key benefits of sales & marketing alignment for the technology industry:

Topics: Sales & Marketing Alignment Industry Focus - Technology

Deploying Inbound Marketing? You should use an outbound program too!

Why companies employing an Inbound strategy should look to compliment that with an outbound program or in some cases an Account Based Marketing (ABM) Strategy.

For those companies deploying an inbound marketing strategy, there’s a time horizon, often 3-6 months before seeing meaningful results – so it’s important to find ways to reduce the impact of lower lead flows during on boarding and the roll out of inbound marketing (the so called ‘valley of death’).

Companies need to plan out a program of lead generation activities that will keep the sales pipeline filled, which may not be as cost effective as inbound but is necessary in the short term.

Topics: Account Based Marketing Inbound Marketing

Problems with HubSpot – How to Improve the Quality of Inbound Leads

Are you using HubSpot as your inbound marketing and sales software but finding it is not meeting your expectations in all areas?

HubSpot is a great tool for attracting visitors, converting leads, analytics and more. Businesses that used HubSpot's software in 2015 saw their traffic increase by more than 2.5 times (HubSpot). But like any piece of software if you are not using it correctly you may not be getting the full benefit.

One issue experienced by a lot of HubSpot users that we’ve spoken to is that they are getting a large quantity of leads coming through but finding many of these to be of a poor quality, not in their target market or from other countries or industries not relevant to their business.

Topics: B2B Lead Generation HubSpot

Make sure you claim high search engine rankings before your competitors do

There are many good reasons to consider a marketing approach that incorporates inbound marketing and inbound sales, not least because the inbound methodology neatly aligns your online presence with your buyer's journey to find a solution to meet their needs.

If aligning your organisation to the buyers' journey and driving more cost effective growth is not compelling enough, then you should also consider that if you are not "doing" inbound, it's almost certain your competitors will be, if they have not done so already. Here's why...

Topics: B2B Lead Generation Digital Marketing Inbound Marketing

How Inbound Marketing could get you the sales pipeline you need

Sales heaven is having a constant stream of high quality qualified leads landing in a CRM or email inbox on a regular basis. Even better is having not only lead data passed over, but a complete view of the buyers journey – what content they have downloaded, what web pages they have visited, what case study material they have received etc, and the qualification route they have taken before being passed over to sales. We call this ‘buyers insight’, sales should call this gold.  

Topics: Inbound Marketing B2B Lead Generation