Innovation Insights explores the impact of new and emerging concepts in sales, marketing, strategy and leadership for CEOs of growth-driven business-to-business companies.
Marketers know intuitively that the ultimate goal of marketing is to make sales happen. And yet, oddly, marketers are often cut off from the information, relationships and connections they need to make that possible -- or they are given tasks that are considered important to the company but don't actually have any clear relation to the sales effort.
Professional selling in the business-to-business (B2B) marketplace has often boiled down to having people on the sell side who know people on the buy side. One sales person's Rolodex is another company's prospect list, or so the saying used to go. Today, however, that no longer works. Buyers and sellers alike change jobs; companies merge, consolidate or close; industry sectors are shifting in focus and growth potential.
The business-to-business (B2B) selling environment has radically changed, but unfortunately many B2B companies have not changed with it. Research shows that today's B2B buyer is more educated, more sophisticated and far further down the decision path when they connect with your sales team than was ever the case before.