5 Actions to Fool-Proof Your Sales and Marketing Alignment Plan

What’s holding you back when it comes to sales and marketing alignment?

While shared technology and tools can help, sales and marketing alignment is more about mindsets and skill-sets than it is about tool-sets. Real alignment is forged by process and people, rather than technology. Of course, technology can help automate tasks, create shared reports, and remove inefficiencies and workarounds. But if you don’t have aligned mindsets and goals, with set processes in place, your efforts to accelerate revenue growth by aligning sales and marketing efforts will crash and burn. Read More

7 Sales Lessons Learned from Game of Thrones

Six seasons have already passed, as we’ve followed the epic tale of seven noble families who are vying for the Iron Throne. Now, it’s all about the lucky number seven for HBO’s fantasy hit, Game of Thrones. In recent events, HBO announced that the seventh season will have seven episodes released in the summer of 2017. Though personally, I think it’s unlucky that we have to wait until next year to continue the journey with them.

To help the time go by a little faster, ZoomInfo put together seven sales lessons you can learn from Game of Thrones. Although there is no actual Iron Throne, the business world can be just as mythical as the land of Westeros. And understanding the influence of politics can be just as important as the Hand of the King. Because when you play the game, you win or you die. Read More

How Marketing Can Efficiently Scale Lead Generation Results

With ZoomInfo’s first annual Growth Acceleration Summit only a month away, I’ve been thinking about simple hacks that can help organizations achieve profitable growth.

Now, I’m not a salesperson. I’ve never had a quota or owned a pipeline. But as a marketer, I’m constantly working alongside sales. And whenever growth comes up, without fail, someone will refer to the acronym A.B.C., or “always be closing.”

Meanwhile, my fellow marketing professionals have developed their own spin, “always be creating.” Read More

Going for Gold: What You Can Learn About B2B Sales and Marketing from the 2016 Olympics

The excitement of the Summer Olympics only comes around every four years. So all eyes have been glued to the TV this past week – and for good reason. It requires blood, sweat, tears and a lifetime of training for these top athletes to reach their full potential and compete at an elite level. Thankfully, you can realize your company’s growth potential with a lot less effort. I’ll explain more in the post below. Read More

What Pokemon Go Reminded Me as a Millennial Marketer

It’s Friday afternoon, and I’m going to get real with you for a minute.  I feel like this is a start to a confession, but here it goes…I played Pokémon as a kid. I watched it on TV. And I may have had a few Pikachu stuffed animals around the house (in fact, my dog, Kanupi, resembles Pikachu…did I just recreate this weird childhood reality)? By no means was I as obsessive as other kids, but I had my fair share of card trading and pod collections.

I’m a millennial and I’m a marketer. So when this new Pokémon GO app unlocked and spread as fast as Pokémon pop up nowadays, I realized just how far technology has come and how much of an impact it has had in the world of sales and marketing. And when you combine nostalgia with technology, you create the perfect opportunity. So why aren’t we taking advantage of this as much as we could? Are we placing more of an emphasis on one over the other? I’ll explain more in the post below. Read More

3 Key Metrics to Increase Your Sales Productivity

Sales is a numbers game. And more often than not, those numbers exclusively revolve around revenue. That’s why, when sales leadership looks at their team’s activity to measure productivity, common metrics include:

  • Number of actions (calls/emails) per day: How many times have sales reps tried reaching out to potential buyers?
  • Opportunity creation: How many opportunities, for how much potential revenue, are a result of sales reps’ activity?
  • Closed won/lost business: Looking down the funnel, what’s the aggregate close rate of qualified opportunities?

Here’s the problem with the above metrics: sales productivity should be measured by KPIs that depict both the effectiveness of outreach and the efficiency at which reps perform those tasks. But the analysis, and subsequent insight, gained from these metrics focus too much on effectiveness and largely ignore day-to-day activities, which impede efficiency. Read More

How to Improve Sales and Marketing Alignment through Events

Breaking down the barriers between sales and marketing has always been a challenge. But given that B2B organizations with tightly aligned sales and marketing operations can achieve 24% faster growth over a three year period, it’s one that must be met head-on (source: SiriusDecisions).

So, how do you achieve sales and marketing alignment as a field marketer? It starts with understanding how various marketing strategies can impact the sales process. And of course, events are still one of the most common sources of a company’s ROI. With this in mind, your best bet is to avoid the finger-pointing games, and work together toward the same goals. Read More

How to Solve 4 Marketing Automation Problems Using B2B Data

Marketing automation tools are designed to be simple and user-friendly. So in theory, they should help you streamline the lead generation process from start to finish. But unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.

Maybe you’re sending the wrong content to the wrong contacts. Maybe you’re asking for too much information on web forms. Or maybe you’re facing a different problem altogether, which is hurting the quality of your campaigns, and impacting your ability to follow up with leads until they convert.

We understand these frustrations and are here to help. The experts at ZoomInfo put together this infographic to help you maximize conversion rates by dealing with common issues, such as B2B data decay and partial profiling. Read More