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Sales and marketing are essential but different functions within a business or organization. Marketing involves laying the groundwork for the sales process. Sales, on the other hand, is closing the deal.
Not so fast.
Unfortunately, these two departments often compete with many companies instead of working together. And if there is a need for more communication and feedback between the two, the company's-company's success may suffer.
It's more critical now than ever before for these two departments to work together. Although different, sales and marketing are connected and share a common goal of attracting prospects and turning those prospects into permanent clients.
When businesses understand that both functions are critical to the buyer's journey and recognize that they can continually improve strategies and processes by working in alignment, they can produce better results.
Marketing informs people about your business, educating them about how your product or service meets their needs or wants.
Marketing takes the reins in determining the business's Unique Selling Proposition (USP) - what makes your company stand apart from the competition? Marketing researches target audiences, what those audiences need, and how the company's products or services best meet those needs.
Today, the biggest driver for most businesses is online marketing. Several different types of marketing may benefit your company depending on your target audience or buyer persona:
Content marketing: Blogs, ebooks, white papers, and podcasts. Blogging, in particular, is one of the most effective tools in attracting the customers you want and offering real solutions or education around the areas that interest them the most.
Search engine optimization (SEO): This process optimizes website content, including blogs, so your content appears in search engine results. This is particularly useful when attracting people who have carried out searches related to your service.
Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising: Also known as paid search, this involves placing your ad where your customers are searching. An example is Google Ads, where you are charged a certain amount of money every time a user clicks on your ad.
Social media marketing: Such as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, and LinkedIn. Facebook ads, in particular, can help you target those who need (even if they don't know it) your product or service.
Email marketing: This targets specific segments of your audience. Services like Constant Contact and I Contact are available to help with this.
Print marketing: Such as newspapers and magazines, where many different publications offer opportunities for sponsorship and advertising. This can be useful if the publication's readership aligns with your target audience.
These marketing strategies use lead-generation techniques to attract potential customers and, ultimately, new cust.
The most advanced marketing teams combine the above elements and typically segment their target audience to ensure that the right people receive the right messages.
They often use advertising, public relations, and digital tools such as email, social media, and other resources to distribute their carefully crafted message at the right time and place to create opportunities in the best way possible.
Once marketing has generated leads, the sales team is generally responsible for converting those leads into customers.
Though sales are often thought of as the conversation that helps people determine whether or not they will buy from you, there's a lot more to it than that. It includes all the activities necessary to sell your company's-company's product or service, contacting the lead, determining the prospect's needs, pricing products and services, preparing proposals or quotes, and more.
Sales representatives work to build relationships in a more personal, one-on-one way. Their strategies are about developing an understanding of the customer and overcoming objections. Through their more direct and unique approach, they often serve as excellent brand ambassadors for the company while becoming a trusted partner and problem-solver for the client.
There are distinct differences between sales and marketing. Below are some of them:
Without marketing, customers and potential customers might never be introduced to the company. With sales, the company can maintain the necessary revenue stream to stay in business.
The need for both marketing and sales is evident. Today, however, it's more important than ever that the two work together.
Here's the reason:
Customers must be marketed with the right message, time, and place. If just one of those doesn't happen, your content will likely be overlooked or deleted forever.
You're competing with access to information. The web makes it easy to find whatever information you are seeking, including user ratings and product reviews. Many customers make purchase decisions before they even talk to a supplier. That means the buyer'sbuyer's journey is happening without you.
Businesses that tightly align their sales and marketing teams and processes grow faster. According to HubSpot, organizations with good alignment achieve an average of 20% annual revenue growth. Those that have poor alignment saw revenues decline by 4%.