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
Account based marketing (ABM) is a buzzword, plain and simple. It’s a hot, trending topic. But, ABM has been around a lot longer than you think. It just happened to go by other names: named account strategy, full funnel approach, target account selling, key account marketing, etc. Sales teams all over have been running these strategies for years, so why the sudden interest in this kind of approach now? Read More
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
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
Bob Peterson is the Research Director in the Account Based Marketing category at SiriusDecisions. On September 13th, at the Revere Hotel in Boston, MA, he will be presenting at ZoomInfo’s first annual Growth Acceleration Summit. In anticipation of his keynote, we sat down with Bob to talk about everything account based marketing.
In a general sense, where is ABM at today?
As a strategy, account based marketing (ABM) is still in its infant stage. That’s not to say organizations are not already experiencing tremendous success from its implementation, though. From opportunity creation, acquisition, and even existing customer relationships, our conversations with sales and marketing leadership indicate astounding proof of concept. For some color, one organization has told us that since implementing ABM, they’ve seen their pipeline grow by 200%. Another said the strategy has led to a 20% increase in average deal size. Read More
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
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
How can you determine if a lead is truly sales-ready? If you’re not sure, it’s time to adjust your lead management strategy. After all, putting together killer lead generation content isn’t enough. Without an effective follow-up process in place, your hard-earned leads will just sit in your CRM, gathering dust. And by the time you think to reach out again, it will already be too late. So what can you do? Read More
Love it or hate it, email marketing is not going anywhere any time soon. In fact, it’s still one of the best and most cost-effective ways to generate high-quality leads for your sales team. That is, as long as you have the right strategy in place.
And while we certainly don’t recommend sending out the same cookie cutter email to all your potential buyers, there are a few best practices, which can be applied to almost any campaign. Read More
Driving a lot of traffic to your landing page might seem impressive. But if no one actually fills out your lead form, what’s the point?
Remember, conversions – not clicks – are the end goal, here. So if you want to improve lead generation efforts, you need to ensure that all landing pages have been optimized for your target market.
With that in mind, here are three tips to help you improve lead generation with marketing data: