B2B Sales: The Changing Face of the Landscape
22 Dec 2017
How is the B2B sales landscape changing? We are currently experiencing the biggest shift in buyer behaviour that the world has ever seen as a result of the internet changing the way we buy!
Now more than ever, marketing and sales teams need to come together to respond to the changing face of the B2B sales and marketing landscape.
Fuelled by new technology making it easier to get online, changing buyer habits, and business growth expectations. Marketing Automation is one strategy that has captured the imagination of the B2B industry.
Think back to a few years before the internet. The way businesses marketed and sold to customers was entirely different – through telesales, TV adverts, exhibition stands, brochures, leaflets and flyers. This material was all designed to get the customer to pick up the phone, fill in a form, or pay a visit to your showroom or shop.
B2B Sales: 70% of the buying decision is now made before a buyer even picks up the phone
Today’s buyer does not appreciate a hard sell. In fact, 70% of the buying decision is made before any contact with your salesperson. Because they’ve already been online and learnt what they need to know to make an informed decision.
So why is this important to your sales and marketing strategy?
With 70% of your potential customers making their own mind up about whether or not to buy your products or services without any input from you, you need to find ways of delivering valuable content that influences their opinion of you and creates awareness and trust in your abilities.
Without a fully integrated digital marketing and sales strategy, your business cannot amass the number of sales-ready leads that you need to grow your sales turnover.
Digital Marketing Automation (MAP) is a game-changer. It changes a buyer controlled sales process into a sales controlled sales process
If your business wants to generate more sales-ready leads without a hefty investment in outbound marketing tactics. Inbound marketing, which includes Marketing Automation, could be right for you.
Marketing Automation software lies beneath your website. It gathers intelligence about the people visiting. Over time, as profiles build, you will start to understand what people are interested in. You can see what they are downloading, which pages they are looking at etc, so you can connect on a level that they both want and understand.
An approach based on the latest scientific findings
This intelligence can then be used in tandem with your CRM system and content strategy, to provide personalised user experiences. Taking this approach will lead to healthier conversion rates, as prospects move through the sales funnel.
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