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Sales Enablement in Action: DealTrack Sales Team Transformation Achieves 36% Growth Target

Enable was established in 2000 to build custom software to meet specific business needs that off-the-shelf software cannot address.  Their work with companies like Procter & Gamble, Mitsubishi Electric, DHL and the BBC has been varied and largely bespoke in nature.

A couple of years ago, their work with a buying group and a building materials supplier unveiled a gap in the enterprise software market for those companies where rebate claims make up a significant proportion of their revenue.

As a result, the DealTrack Rebate Management System was born.

DealTrack is aimed at companies that have annual rebate claims in excess of £12.5m.  By preventing these companies from missing claims, DealTrack has been proven to add six figure sums to their net profit.

Intellegentia has been heavily involved in both the sales and marketing of DealTrack for over a year.  Here’s what we've done to drive significant revenue for this new software package:

Topics: Lead Generation Sales Enablement inbound sales IT & Telecomms

How improving the relationship between sales and marketing can help close more sales

Times have changed. Today’s buyers are more empowered.  Sales no longer controls the flow of information in the buying process - the buyer does. If buyers have a question about a product or service, they can just search online and receive information instantly, privately, and from a variety of sources. 

This move from a sales cycle to a buying cycle changes the goals posts for both Sales and Marketing teams. It means that Marketing now have much more influence before Sales are engaged, and therefore seamless alignment between marketing and sales processes, no matter what size of organisation is absolutely vital. 

According to the Aberdeen Group companies with good Sales & Marketing alignment experience a 32 % annual revenue growth compared to those that don't. And 38% of CMOs say that aligning and integrating Sales and Marketing is a top priority for 2015 (CMO Council).

Sales and marketing alignment helps Sales and Marketing work together to improve the all the processes for customer acquisition (lead generation, lead nurturing, lead qualification and sales closing).

So what are some of the key ingredients to breaking down the barriers between Sales and Marketing so that they are better aligned and can work together to close more leads?

Topics: Inbound Marketing Lead Generation Sales Strategy

B2B Technology Companies: Is your sales pipeline flabby or fit?

Pipes

I am not going to take the credit for coming up with the title of this blog. Bob Apollo , who I have great respect for, used this term in a really great piece of content about Proactive Pipeline Management. The points raised by Bob regarding the state of sales pipelines which I would like to expand upon I believe will resonate with Sales and Marketing leaders within technology companies.

It's an uncomfortable fact that sometimes when you take off the rose tinted glasses, you discover your pipeline may not look that great.

In this blog we look at what we mean by "flabby" and what can be done about it.

Topics: Lead Nurturing Lead Generation Marketing for Technology Companies

Using your B2B Blog to improve your Sales Pipeline!

Are you dubious about the effectiveness of businesses blogging? Don’t worry, you're not alone - many businesses who use blogging without a clear strategy to move leads through the funnel tend to ask is the effort worth it?  However used correctly, business blogging will increase engagement and improve youe sales pipeline. 

Companies that increase blogging from 3-5x per month to 6-8x per month almost double their leads. (source: HubSpot science of blogging). 

Business blogging is your opportunity to inform and engage potential customers, whilst showing off your brand personality, expertise and providing an edge that differentiates you from your competitors. 

To stay ahead of the game and use your B2B blog to generate more leads and improve your sales pipeline, take a look at our top tips:

Topics: Lead Generation Content Marketing Blogging

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: Inbound Marketing Lead Generation Sales Strategy