The Key to Channel Engagement: Help Your Partners Help Themselves

It’s a new era in channel engagement. If you are a company that relies on a third party to sell and support your products and services, then you have noticed that your world has changed, and…you are not alone! Your partners face the same challenges as you. Your customers are spending more and more – […]

Don’t Cast A Wide Net, Build the Pond: Taking the Long-View in Customer Engagement

“Fish Where the Fish Are Swimming.” It’s an old, oft-referenced axiom in Marketing. In essence: don’t waste your time casting a wide net. Focus your energy on finding where your customers are, and engage them in the perfect moment to hook and reel them in. Sure, it’s catchy (we’re Marketers, after all). But shouldn’t we […]

Part 7 – Lead Scoring is the Key to Sales Productivity

The core element in creating marketing and sales connectivity is the effectiveness of the lead management and lead qualification processes. Organizations cannot establish trust between marketing and sales if the lead hand off process is broken or ineffective. Marketing must have the ability to qualify leads before passing them to sales in order for the […]

The New Sales Coverage Model – Using Digital & Data to Drive Productivity

In an earlier blog post I discussed an emerging trend we are seeing when we engage with sales and marketing leaders to discuss how their businesses are changing in order to align to new customer buying behaviors. This new trend is a shift in the coverage model from traditional sales resources to digital platforms. As […]

10 Critical Steps to Successful Sales and Marketing Content Alignment

When organizations think of sales and marketing alignment, one of the main things they often focus on is demand generation. Additionally, content has grown as a critical component in successful selling, so companies must now take steps to align around content as well. It is important for sales and marketing teams to gain alignment and […]

Why Isn’t Sales Following Up On Our Leads?

A little over a year ago I was asked to assess the lead generation-to-close process of a large, global enterprise company. Marketing told me that despite their best efforts, with marketing automation the company revenues were not growing as projected. But that was not all. According to Marketing, there had been little-to-no follow up on […]