Latest from the Intellegentia Blog

Sales Enablement Tools

What is sales enablement?  What sales enablement tools are out there?   What are the sales enablement best practices? 

Sales Enablement is a hot topic and to help sales leaders cut through the noise, we have compiled a list of key points to help you understand if sales enablement is applicable to your business and some pointers as to how to implement it, what tools are out there, and where to start.

Topics: Sales Enablement Sales Strategy

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

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

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: Inbound Marketing Sales & Marketing Alignment Sales Strategy

How Inbound Marketing will help you tear up your Sales Presentation

We’ve all been there: sat through a sales presentation that tells us how great a company is, what they’ve done and how superior their product or service is. By slide number 3, you’re already starting to check emails on your phone.

The reality is, presentations that simply relay what your brand does and the solutions it provides are a waste of time. The prospect will already be well aware of this information, having moved from Marketing Qualified Lead (MQL) to Sales Qualified Lead (SQL), after reviewing your website, downloading your content, reading your blog posts and comparing you to other vendors.

The presentation needs to focus on value and establishing credibility; not product specs.

Topics: Inbound Marketing Sales Strategy