With all the buzz around sales and marketing alignment we thought it was time for a sanity check. Analysts, consultants and technology providers have all thrown their weight behind the requirement for sales & marketing to be on the same page. But, having said that, how are we doing in moving towards that goal?
Rather than ivory tower it, we decided to take the question to the people in the trenches. We partnered with Vorsight (a great sales training company) and surveyed 1,150+ B2B Sales Reps. The results were so interesting, we wrote an ebook:
Sales Speaks: Perceptions and Ponderings on Marketing Leads
(Note: this wasn't a witch hunt or a slamming Marketing/Sales session. We took a look at what the Reps had to say and tried to make actionable suggestions for moving the ball forward.)
To wet your whistle, here is what Barry Trailer of CSO Insights has to say:
To give you an idea of the the feedback we received, here's a sample:
On average, sales reps report that only 31% of all leads generated fit their Ideal Customer Profile (ICP). Said another way, sales reps believe roughly 70% of the leads they receive have a low probability to purchase. Yikes!! We are apparently good at throwing darts at the board but seem to be missing the bulls eye on a regular basis.
Lead scoring is another hot topic. I firmly believe that an accurate lead scoring system can dramatically increase the productivity of Inside Sales teams. As the topic is near and dear to our hearts, we asked:
I found it a bit shocking that 40% of the responding companies have not yet implemented lead scoring. Even of those that have, there is still work to be done. I love this comment from Brian Kardon, Eloqua's CMO, as it pertains to lead scoring:
In the ebook we present:
- great data on the perceptions of front-line Sales Reps
- feedback & commentary from Sales & Marketing experts
- our interpretations & advice on what you should be doing within your own organization
We hope you enjoy the report and look forward to your comments, feedback and suggestions. Perceptions and ponderings can be interesting and often lead us to the truth!
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Sales Speaks: Perceptions & Ponderings on Marketing Leads
Research into the perceptions of Sales Reps on the marketing-generated leads they receive on a daily basis.
Based on survey of 1,150+ B2B Sales Reps.