LinkedIn is the top social network for B2B professionals in the world and, arguably, the best channel for B2B marketers to distribute and promote content. LinkedIn now has over half a billion members, with over 60 million senior-level influencers. There’s no doubt that your next customer is on LinkedIn… it’s just a matter of how you find them, connect with them, and provide enough information that they see value in your product or service. Sales
Sales performance is essential to any growing business. With an engaged sales team, they feel more motivated and connected to the organization’s goals and objectives. The negative impact of disengaged employees on an organization can be substantial — such as lackluster productivity, and wasted talent and resources. When it comes to the sales team specifically, a lack of engagement can cost businesses direct revenue. Businesses must find ways to actively engage sales teams, or risk
High-performance inbound marketing teams utilize buyer personas, understand buying journeys, and closely monitor their sales funnels. I’m helping deploy a training lesson on digital marketing campaigns and buyer personas with an international company right now and someone asked for clarification on the three so I think it’s worth discussing. Targeting Who: Buyer Personas I recently wrote on buyer personas and how critical they are to your digital marketing efforts. They help segment and target your
We were meeting with a perspective client today and were discussing what impacts website load speed. There’s quite a battle going on on the Internet right now: Visitors are demanding rich visual experiences – even on higher-pixel retina displays. This is driving larger images and higher resolutions which are bloating image sizes. Search engines are demanding ultra fast pages that have great supporting text. This means valuable bytes are being spent on text, not images.
Quite a few people wonder how I’m able to find such a wide array of sales and marketing technology platforms and tools out there that they hadn’t heard of yet, or that may even be beta. Aside from alerts I have set up, there are some great resources out there for finding tools. I was recently sharing my list with Matthew Gonzales and he shared a few of his favorites and it got me started on
When businesses are analyzing their sales funnel, what they’re trying to do is to better understand each phase in their buyers’ journey to identify what strategies they can accomplish two things: Size – If marketing can attract more prospects then its plausible that the opportunities to grow their business will increase given that conversion rates remain steady. In other words… if I attract 1,000 more prospects with an advertisement and I have a 5% conversion
Every interaction that’s required between a prospect with an intent to make a purchase and the ability for your sales team to help them convert is likely to reduce the chances of conversion. That includes time to respond, number of clicks, number of screens, number of form elements… everything. The sales professionals that I know just want to get in front of the prospect. They know that once they can speak to the prospect, identify
As I continue to work with clients on their marketing campaigns and initiatives, I often find that there are gaps in their marketing campaigns that prevent them from meeting their maximum potential. Some findings: Lack of clarity – Marketers often overlap steps in the buying journey that don’t provide clarity and focus on the purpose of the audience. Lack of direction – Marketers often do a great job designing a campaign but miss the most