Tagged 'Sales'

The 7 Tips to Building Relationships, Not Barriers.

Posted by Daniel Alvarez on October 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am

In a sales-driven world, it can be hard to remember that the majority of salespersons are not the run-of-the-mill wheeling and dealing sharks you may have heard of. In fact, the best salespersons are the complete opposite. They have mastered what the stereotypical salespeople have not: listening. Yes, you read that right- listening is the cornerstone to building a business relationship. Hell, it’s probably the foundation for any type of relationship but I’ll leave that for a future post.
Sales drive businesses to improve their offerings, it’s what create competition between companies and it’s the reason the majority of us have a job. Because at the end of the day, somewhere down the pipeline, someone is making a sale. And the creative space is no different.
In our space, creating lasting relationships with clients and potential clients is of utmost importance. The main reason being we’re not in a transactional environment, we rely on ongoing business dealings with the same client rather than a turn and burn approach. In addition, our sales cycle is much longer; we have many meetings prior to the start of a project and finally, sell through education. As you educate your client, you’ll become a resource, an... Read more

'Best of Show' B2B – A Summit Int'l Creative Award Winner (Case Study Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on May 29th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

You've never seen B2B marketing quite like this before.
This initiative just won "Best of Show" for best integrated campaign at the Summit International Creative Awards.
How are you using B2C approaches in your B2B marketing? Share your stories here!

The Click Means Nothing

Posted by Rob Gatto on May 28th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

In a marketer’s world today, click through rate (CTR) is one of most commonly used metrics to determine the success of an ad campaign. The dirty little secret though, is that the click means nothing. As recent as this month on Facebook’s Q1 Quarterly Earnings call, CMO Sheryl Sandberg commented on the need to look beyond clicks. "Our focus for Atlas is on impression-based ads. Historically, a lot of online ads have been based on the last click. As people have begun to look more holistically at all the ad spending they're doing, what they find is that it's all the impressions that lead up to the last click that matter.”
Savvy marketers are realizing that to get “real” results of their ad campaigns, they must identify other KPI’s that matter depending on their campaign goals – brand awareness, retargeting, direct response sales or website traffic. The standard for measurement has changed so dramatically now that marketers are able to leverage insights from all of their data, they have come to realize that all campaigns must be tied to the right KPI.
This concept requires marketers to look at the quality of the “measurement” they are doing, looking across the entire sales... Read more

Is Your Lead Generation Off-Target?

Posted by Tony Zambito on May 13th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Marketo wants to talk revenue cycle and lead nurturing #marketotour (Photo credit: servantofchaos)
A problem facing organizations today is generating more leads.  Making this issue even more challenging is changes in buying behavior.  Depending on which study to reference, buyers are performing different activities for up to 70% of their buying evaluation before sales intervention.
A recent report by the Aberdeen Group on sales performance shows there is a fair degree of dissatisfaction among sales leaders.  56% saying they were not seeing sufficient growth in top line revenue.  Nearly 30% expressed dissatisfaction with lead conversion to sales.  A recent CSO Insights report indicated that only 20% of organizations understood their buyer’s buying process.  These two perspectives combined point to one of the key issues – targeting the wrong buyer.
Looking back on over 12 years of qualitative buyer research and buyer persona development work, I found in 6 out of every 10 organization– a different buyer was identified than the organization had been targeting!  If you are off-target with the buyer – you will be off-target on your demand generation and lead generation.
Getting On Target
Marketing and sales leaders today are looking to increase their percentage of being on target when it comes to lead generation.  There... Read more

5 Buying Behaviors of the Persona Buying Cycle

Posted by Tony Zambito on May 9th, 2013 at 10:27 am

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
― Ernest Hemmingway
The concept of buyer personas, as a means for understanding buyers, has been around now for over a decade.  It is an understatement to say many things have changed in the world of buying and selling since their beginning.
We have witnessed the changing dynamics of the buyer-seller relationship. The dynamics I refer to are buying behaviors and buyer goals.  On the other side of the coin, we see marketing and sales making attempts to adapt.  The concepts of content marketing, lead nurturing, insight-based selling, customer experience, and brand management emphasized.  These practices have been introduced as gateways to connecting with buyers in the new digital age.
Adapting to New Realities
Personas, at their core, were introduced as a tool to communicate the goals and behaviors of users and buyers.  Specifically for informing strategies related to product design and marketing to buyers.  For B2B Marketing and Sales, a clearer picture has begun to emerge around the goals and behaviors of buyers.  Yet, there are many more miles to go.  My endeavor and work with organizations over the past decade lead me to... Read more