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‘Tis the Season for Setting Goals: 5 Analytics to Track in 2019 that Will Lead to Higher Revenue

Posted by Dean Moothart

December 18, 2018

Most organizations do a pretty good job of tracking basic marketing KPIs – top of the funnel performance metrics like webpage visits, session lengths, bounce rates, and lead conversions. Those are early indicators. They tell us if our marketing is accomplishing its most basic function – attract an audience and generate leads. 

Your marketing, however, should accomplish much more. Ultimately, isn’t the role of marketing to help drive revenue?

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Topics: measurement, ROI, annual planning, goals, marketing strategy, sales and marketing alignment

5 Reasons to Involve Your Sales Team in Your Marketing Planning

Posted by Dean Moothart

December 13, 2018

Many organizations have built barriers between the various functions of their business. Even groups that rely on and support each other’s goals (like Sales and Marketing) are “siloed” in their own worlds and rarely communicate. Breaking down those walls and aligning goals and expectations can be challenging, but there are tremendous benefits as well.

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Topics: sales and marketing alignment, deanmoothart, media, professional services

Lights, Camera, Action:  Producing the Theatre of a Sale

Posted by Dean Moothart

December 4, 2018

A good theatrical performance can transport you to different places and times, and it can help you experience situations that you’ve never encountered before. It can change the way think and feel and provide a whole new way of looking at a situation. Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tony Award Winning Actor, says, “That's the magic of art and the magic of theatre: it has the power to transform an audience, an individual, or en masse, to transform them and give them an epiphanal experience that changes their life, opens their hearts and their minds, and the way they think.”

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Topics: sales playbook, inbound sales, inbound marketing, sales and marketing alignment, sales process

Winning the Sale Starts with Winning Marketing

Posted by Dean Moothart

November 6, 2018

Competition for your prospects’ business is fierce. It’s likely that your competition’s sales team is just as hungry as yours. However, it’s not always the best salesperson that wins the business. According to HubSpot, only 19% of decision-makers want to connect with a salesperson when they are the Awareness stage of their buying journey. The Awareness stage is when the prospect is beginning to explore and first learning about their options and potential solutions. Since they’re not talking to your salespeople, it’s critical that your marketing provides your team with the winning edge. 

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Topics: marketing strategy, inbound marketing, sales process, sales performance

Inbound Marketing Data:  An Often-Overlooked Intellectual Asset of a Business

Posted by Dean Moothart

October 30, 2018

You can’t think of your marketing database as just a list of names and contact information. It’s so much more than that. This data represents what’s possible for your business. It’s your future customers and referral sources. It’s next month’s closed deals and next year’s revenue. A company’s marketing database can be the lifeblood of its revenue growth strategy. Consequently, it should be regarded as a key intellectual asset of the business. As with any corporate asset, there should be a plan to protect it, enhance, grow it and leverage it.

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Topics: inbound marketing, marketing strategy, leads, lead nurturing, sales process

6 Ways Inbound Marketing Tactics Can Reduce Friction in the Sales Process

Posted by Dean Moothart

October 11, 2018

Uber has disrupted and transformed the transportation business because they focused on being easy to do business with. They’ve eliminated as much friction in the sales process as possible. No more standing in line to hail a cab. No more stumbling for a credit card or scrounging for cash. No more stuffing hard-to-read receipts in your wallet. And because Uber is easy to engage and easy to work with, they have experienced dramatic growth.

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Topics: inbound marketing, inbound sales, sales process

Hiring a Rainmaker is Not a Marketing Strategy

Posted by Dean Moothart

August 16, 2018

I spoke with a business owner recently about their revenue growth objectives. They were frustrated because the first half of the year didn’t go as planned, and their new business revenue numbers were lagging behind the goals they set at the beginning of the year. They were very optimistic, however, that the second half of the year would be different. They were confident they would eventually exceed all their growth goals.

When I asked what they were basing this optimism on, they went on to tell me that they had just hired a new salesperson. And this was not just any salesperson. This was someone with deep connections in their industry and a network of relationships that could get them in front of the decision-makers at some of their most attractive target accounts. In fact, this salesperson was even bringing a few deals with them that they expected to close very shortly. They had hired a rainmaker.       

I hope it works out for them.

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Topics: deanmoothart, sales and marketing alignment, marketing strategy, inbound marketing, lead generation

It’s Not Inbound vs. Outbound: 4 Ways Inbound & Outbound Marketing Tactics Improve Each Other’s Effectiveness

Posted by Dean Moothart

August 15, 2018

I often get asked by executives who are seeking to grow their business, “Should I be deploying inbound or outbound marketing tactics?’ My answer almost every time is, “Yes.”

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Topics: inbound marketing, Sales, media, professional services

Reverse Engineering the Sales Process:  A Critical Element to Building A Sound Marketing Strategy

Posted by Dean Moothart

July 26, 2018

It’s obvious that many marketers never served in the infantry or competed in archery. We’ve all heard the edict, “Ready, aim, fire.” Unfortunately, many marketers follow a different directive – “Fire, ready, aim.” They have it backwards. They jump into executing marketing tactics and campaigns before they understand their target. Then they try to adjust and optimize after the fact.

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Topics: sales process, marketing strategy, sales and marketing alignment

3 Ways Inbound Marketing Helps Build a Brand

Posted by Dean Moothart

July 18, 2018

Your company brand is more than your logo and website. Your brand is your company’s identity. It’s how others perceive you. You can’t buy one, borrow one or steal one. You have to build it. You earn your brand over time. Your brand can be built by maintaining consistent one-to-one message communication and value delivery to your prospects and clients over an extended period of time. But if you rely on this alone, the progress of building and establishing your brand will be slow.

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Topics: inbound marketing, marketing strategy, content strategy, branding, sales and marketing alignment

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