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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

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

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

Four Reasons Sales Needs to be Onboard with Your Inbound Marketing Strategy

Posted by Dean Moothart

July 3, 2018

The most common mistake marketers make when designing and executing an inbound marketing strategy is attempting to do it all by themselves. Doing anything solo usually adds additional risk. Team efforts almost always prevail over one-man shows – just ask Lebron. Batman had Robin. Ben had Jerry. Lewis had Clark. And Lennon had McCartney. Heck, even when I was 12 years old, I was told to never go swimming in the lake without a “buddy.” So marketing needs to team up with sales to mitigate risk and increase the likelihood of success.

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

15 Key Components of a Solid B2B Marketing Campaign Plan

Posted by Shaye Smith

June 26, 2018

There are some key components of marketing that fit together to create a solid B2B marketing campaign plan that drives results and delivers desired business results. Ensure you are utilizing each of these when planning your B2B marketing campaign plans. 

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Topics: marketing strategy, marketing, sales and marketing alignment, inbound marketing, digital marketing, content marketing, shayesmith

Why Is It Important that Marketing Automation be Integrated with a CRM?

Posted by Dean Moothart

April 13, 2018

Advancements in technology have provided businesses the opportunity to dramatically improve the efficiency and productivity of their marketing and sales organizations. Marketing automation software helps marketing teams design and execute marketing campaigns that attract and nurture more qualified leads with fewer resources. CRM software helps salespeople manage their day-to-day sales activities; enables an efficient sales process that accelerates leads through the sales funnel; and gives management improved visibility into the pipeline and more accurate forecasting. 

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Topics: marketing automation, crm, salespeople, Sales, sales performance, sales and marketing alignment, deanmoothart

Sales Enablement Tools Are Bridging the Gap Between Sales and Marketing — and Winning More Sales

Posted by Dean Moothart

January 25, 2018

 

“Sales enablement” is a term that seems to get thrown around quite a lot. I’ve found, however, that many sales and marketing professionals really don’t understand what “sales enablement” is or why it’s important. My definition is pretty simple. Sales enablement is any tool or process that supports the sales function—helping salespeople guide their prospects through their buying journey—from exploration to evaluation to final decision making and close.  

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Topics: deanmoothart, sales and marketing alignment, sales enablement, Sales

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