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Are Strategic Account Sales and Inbound Marketing the Dream Team?

Selling into strategic accounts has always required a high degree of planning, a rigorous opportunity assessment process and the best (and most expensive) sales reps who can articulate your company’s strategy, vision and distinctiveness whilst distinguishing your products and services in the mind of the customer.

In many ways strategic marketing support has taken a back seat to the process of identifying the influencers and decision-makers, anticipating each stage of the buying process, analysing the competition and tuning into the buyer’s political issues. If the sales processes and planning are not executed correctly then firms whose market consists of only a handful of high profile companies will fail to achieve their objectives, waste vital opportunities and burn a lot of cash. Marketing can sometimes be viewed as a bit-player, playing second fiddle to the sales machine.

Why is it important for marketing and sales to be aligned?

Topics: Sales & Marketing Alignment Sales Enablement Inbound Marketing

The Importance of Digital Body Language in Complex Sales Cycles

Understanding body language is a wonderful tool when it comes to selling. Sales professionals can quickly determine the type of buyer a prospect is by observing their body language, the way they defer questions or ask them, who shows an interest in what topics and so much more subtle evidence is provided unsuspectingly by the potential customer.

In boardrooms, face-to-face meetings, business lunches and conferences that’s easy to assess!

Topics: Sales Enablement Inbound Marketing B2B Lead Generation

5 Signs That Your Sales & Marketing Alignment Could Be Better

I presume you got to this page because you want to know more about sales & marketing alignment.  Perhaps you’re interested in a quick audit – some gem to prove your suspicion that your team simply could do better?

That’s OK, most business people feel the same.  We take up the mantle of sales and marketing jobs because we want to make things better – whether you’re on the sales side focused on more and bigger sales, or on the marketing side wanting to make a bigger impact and drive more leads.

Oops, I said it….

I mentioned “two sides” – the sales side and the marketing side.  Well, that’s how it is in most companies, and that’s what needs fixing. MarketingProfs stated that “Companies that have sales & marketing alignment have 36% higher customer retention and 38% higher sales win rates.”  And we’d all like that, wouldn’t we?

Topics: Sales & Marketing Alignment

Lead management: The key to improving the quality of your leads


Are you frustrated with the amount of time you’re spending on qualifying and weeding out your genuine buyers from the time-wasters?

Sifting through and identifying your genuine leads can be an incredibly arduous task that eats into expensive sales time which, in turn, ultimately detracts from revenue. It can also result in some genuine opportunities being lost.

Unfortunately, it’s a common mistake we’ve seen many businesses make over the years. But it’s a mistake that can easily be rectified if you have the standards and processes in place to enable you to properly nurture and manage your leads.

Topics: Sales & Marketing Alignment Sales Enablement B2B Lead Generation

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