As I reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving Day, a holiday that is right around the corner for those of us in the U.S., I thought about my "Sales 101" on-the-job learning years ago. I was living in Toulouse, France, in the late ‘80s and was starting to spread my wings in the business world, more by chance than personal drive, to be honest. Our corporate office gave us the mandate to grow, and I volunteered to help.
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When I worked for a large publicly traded company, we had lots of ways we could spend our marketing budget, but no real sense of which activities were responsible for delivering specific sales.
During a recent meeting, a prospective client asked me a simple question:
“Do you have any data on which activities drive lead generation?”
Without knowing it, he wanted to benchmark his company’s marketing activities.
A reason to celebrate - reaching platinum tier status as a HubSpot solutions partner.
So, you've learned all about the metrics that make your marketing count. You've used the marketing calculator to determine the makeup of your funnel that will get you to your sales goal for the year. You have the (sometimes daunting) number of impressions you'll need to get started and to put you on the path for success further down the funnel.
I hope you and your loved ones are well and staying safe.
In this post, I'd like to expand upon the recent Pittsburgh Technology Council One Mic Stand interview I did with Jonathan Kersting (thanks!) on April 14th.
It’s impossible to sugarcoat; things are unsteady for so many of our fellow neighbors, friends, colleagues, communities, and peers right now. The current Coronavirus pandemic is uncharted territory leaving many individuals and businesses in fear for what’s to come and weary of what the future looks like.
You don't need me to tell you that things are changing quickly these days. We're all seeing trade events get canceled and new business meetings moved to video conferences. But one thing hasn't changed: the need to reach coworkers, customers and prospects with specific, meaningful communication, regardless of the channel.
Last week, in my previous blog, I talked about the WHY of Making Your Marketing Count. This week, we’ll dive into the WHAT, and next week we'll look at the HOW.
In my career, I learned a few lessons the hard way:
- Understanding the magnitude of the growth challenge
- Focusing quickly on what I could influence, and
- Developing and executing on SMART objectives.
Below, we'll take an in-depth look at each of those factors.
About seven years ago, at a previous employer, my team and I were leading one of the most significant programs launched in the industry. It was disruptive, utterly different than any other competitor's offering, and aimed at an emerging demographic we weren't used to communicating with at the time.