Marketing and Sales are clearly different. Â In marketing, you get your name out there, make prospects aware of you, and generate leads. Â In sales, you close the deals. Â But how can the two functions work more closely together?
I love to build marketing messages based on sales objections. Â You already know what issues people bring to the table and how to answer it, so do so before they even get there! Leading with those objection-answers gives you a chance to show you do understand your customers and why they should make the call. Â These can be done as a series of emails, a series of blog posts, testimonials that give the reader insight into why the customer was skeptical and how you overcame it, or voice mails that are left for prospects. Â Here’s an example of how to work this:
I recently met with a client who’s prospects don’t trust them. Â There are some unscrupulous people in their industry and they are always fighting an uphill battle to overcome those concerns. Â We developed a list of what other companies have done wrong, and used it as our messages. Â We did an email marketing series as well as used them in voice mails. Â We pointed out that there are some companies who have experienced X. Â We don’t do that – we do this. Â It was extremely effective and yielded 40% more inbound contacts.
It was tough for this customer to come up with marketing messages in the past, but now that the sales team is giving them objections and answers, the possibilities have really opened up. Â Try this technique and then let me know how it goes!