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April 19, 2024

Connecting Sales and Marketing Teams

Aligning sales and marketing is essential to ensure both teams share goals, messaging, and effectively target customers.

We’re operating in a time where traditional job descriptions are rapidly changing. New technologies and social media networks have changed the way companies market their products and how they deploy their internal teams. For some, content falls to the marketing team. Others hand it to the internal communications, investor relations, or public relations teams.

This blurs the lines between jobs -- and even departments -- within the organization. Making it work means management must connect teams from different departments more effectively than was required in the past.

Creating a strong link between sales and marketing teams, for instance, is crucial for the success of any company. This has been true for a long time, even though so few companies do this very well. Now that some responsibilities are being shared or assigned elsewhere, it’s more important than ever.

Achieving synergy between teams on the sales side of the company enhances communication, aligns goals, and ultimately drives revenue growth. If you start anywhere, start with sales and marketing.

The Importance of a Strong Sales-Marketing Link

The alignment between sales and marketing is a strategic imperative. It ensures that both teams are working toward the same goals, using consistent messaging, and targeting the right customers with the right solutions at the right time.

The benefits of this strong link include:

Increased Efficiency

When sales and marketing teams are aligned, efforts are not duplicated, and resources are used more effectively. Marketing can generate high-quality leads that are more likely to convert, while sales can provide feedback to marketing about what customers are saying on the ground.

Enhanced Customer Experience

A seamless transition from marketing to sales helps in providing a consistent customer experience. This consistency helps in building trust and credibility with potential customers.

Improved Revenue Growth

Companies with strong sales and marketing alignment see higher conversion rates, more successful product launches, and faster growth. According to a study by the Aberdeen Group, companies with strong sales and marketing alignment achieved a 20% annual growth rate.

Strategies for Creating a Strong Connection

Many companies struggle with this imperative. Marketing operates in its own silo, using its own research for conclusions that often do not align with what the sales team is hearing from prospects in the field.

At the same time, the sales team is out in the field doing what they think is necessary to win deals instead of using the targeted material the marketing team has developed, which can lead to over-promising and unbelievable claims.

Here are some strategies for pulling these two important teams together.

  1. Develop Shared Goals and Metrics

Start by establishing common goals and metrics that both sales and marketing can work towards. These goals could include revenue targets, lead generation quotas, or customer retention rates. By having shared objectives, both teams can see how their work contributes to the overall success of the company.

  1. Foster Open Communication

Open and frequent communication between sales and marketing is essential for alignment. Regular meetings, shared dashboards, and collaborative tools can help keep both teams informed about their activities, challenges, and successes. Encouraging an environment where feedback is openly shared and acted upon can lead to continuous improvement and innovation.

  1. Create Integrated Campaigns

Develop marketing campaigns that are integrated with sales activities. This could involve marketing working closely with sales to create targeted content that supports the sales process, or sales providing insights into customer challenges that can inform marketing strategies. By working together on campaigns, both teams can ensure a consistent message and a unified approach to the market.

  1. Leverage Technology

Utilize technology to bridge the gap between sales and marketing. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, marketing automation platforms, and analytics tools can provide both teams with access to real-time data about customer behavior, campaign performance, and sales activity. This shared data can help in making informed decisions and tailoring strategies to meet customer needs more effectively.

  1. Celebrate Shared Successes

Recognizing and celebrating the successes that result from sales and marketing collaboration can reinforce the value of working together.

The link between sales and marketing teams is not just beneficial; it's critical for the success of any company. By aligning goals, fostering communication, integrating campaigns, leveraging technology, and celebrating shared successes, companies can create a strong connection between these two essential teams. This alignment not only drives efficiency and revenue growth but also ensures a cohesive and compelling customer experience.

By Alison Flaig, Head of Marketing at Mortgage Cadence 

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Mortgage Cadence: 
Alison Flaig 
Head of Marketing 
(919) 906-9738