Should there be any relationship that badly needs counseling this Valentine’s Day, it is the one between Marketing and Sales. These two separate branches have been going at each other as to who could provide more profit. Needless to say, both should remain equal despite what most people think that Marketing is from Mars and Sales is from Venus. Like in any given relationship, both should come together and try to align their differences in order to gain a long-lasting and fruitful connection.
Here are some ways to foment romance between your Sales and Marketing teams:
#1: Accept and move on
The most difficult yet very significant endeavor couples often face during the first stages of their journey is in trying to accept their differences and shortcomings. This stage marks the point where they could either make it or break it. Once they get through this stage, the journey will most likely be smooth sailing from there onwards. This holds true for both marketing and sales. While marketers call for awareness and salespersons push for more deals closed, both are actually geared towards one common goal – rake in more revenue.
#2: Serve and support
Another essential ingredient that strengthens the bond between partners is the principle of give and take. Each should complement what the other person is lacking. In business, putting all the burden of selling into the hands of the sales team alone calls for a burnout.
This is where your marketing team can prove its worth and provide aid by means of effective marketing campaigns. What this does is it develops and nurtures prospect relationships over time, putting your sales team a step ahead the next time they should make a call.
#3: Speak the same language
The key to a healthy relationship is to know what your partner really wants. Imagine when someone in marketing says they have brought in 100 leads, and your sales team takes this good news as all of the prospects are ready to buy.
This could lead to some confusion. When this occurs, you will definitely find yourself amidst an endless debate, especially when things do not happen according to what one expects. If this is the case, each party should reconsider how to communicate with each other in order to get their message across more efficiently and accurately.
#4: Meet regularly and keep talking
What makes commitments stronger and last longer is not with the things each partner could provide, but it is what both could do together which makes them earn the right to be called a sound couple to begin with. Once you have bridged the gap between your marketing and sales team, be sure to keep them working on the same page. Each party should always find time to come together and discuss about success and how to continue supporting each other to achieve future goals.
Long-term relationships require hard work. “Making it”does not happen overnight, or by accident. Same goes for bringing together sales and marketing. Each has their own defined roles, but definitely needs the other to end up generating more sales and revenue for your company.
Unlike with Romeo and Juliet, each party does not have to go into the extremes just to convey the message across and sustain the unrelenting beat of the core of your business.
Originally posted at Marketing is from Mars, Sales is from Venus
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