The best of breed are aligning sales and marketing in 3 main areas.
- A common language
- How customers make buying decisions, (the buying process)
- A common sales method
These 3 areas provide the best stability in the alignment of sales and marketing based on a recent study by Aberdeen and were found to lead to 20% sales increases within the best of breed.
Think of these 3 areas as the 3 legs of an old milking stool which was built to navigate uneven ground. Doesn’t it make sense to want a more stable alignment between sales and marketing to tackle the ups and downs of the markets you are in.
In addition to aligning sales and marketing, the best of breed have also moved down the path of how they are nurturing leads. The results demonstrate a well defined nurturing program generates 50% more qualified sales ready leads at 33% less cost per lead.
With these results in mind many companies are considering the alignment of sales and marketing with a strong nurturing program to be low hanging fruit in the current times.