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Marketing automation follows a small segment of the buying decision path
Wednesday, 25 May, 2011
Marketing automation follows a small segment of the buying decision path

A term the larger marketing automation firms are trying to promote is dubbed ‘revenue performance management.’ What does this mean? Who’s performance are they hoping to monetize?
It’s been fascinating to me that the major players in the field insist they ‘know’ the buyer’s decision path.

Musical sales people: moving sellers to be near buyers is irrelevant
Friday, 29 Apr, 2011
Musical sales people: moving sellers to be near buyers is irrelevant

When I recently heard that a prospect was re-organizing and moving the sales folks into geographic verticals, I was baffled. Across the board, through decades, using any sales model, selling any solution, the sales model closes 7%, plus or minus 2%. Regardless of where the sellers sat.
From what I gather, the thinking behind this is to ‘be nearer […]

Proposal Management: the missing qualification piece
Monday, 25 Apr, 2011
Proposal Management: the missing qualification piece

I recently spoke at my partner Qvidian’s Connect11 User Conference for proposal management folks. As part of my talk, I did homework to understand the issues the field faced so I could help them be more successful. In my research I discovered:
1.proposal managers are responding to literally hundreds of unqualified RFPs annually with no capability of […]

Trying to make a difference in a field that enjoys failure
Tuesday, 19 Apr, 2011
Trying to make a difference in a field that enjoys failure

Years ago, when the marketing automation field began publicizing that it would ‘follow the buy cycle’ and ‘place data exactly where it should be placed in the buyer’s decision path’, I knew that would be impossible, using the sales model. As a solution placement device, sales merely manages the last 10% of the buyer’s journey […]

Buyer Readiness: teach the buyer to qualify themselves
Friday, 25 Mar, 2011
Buyer Readiness: teach the buyer to qualify themselves

Do you know when a buyer is ready to buy? Do you know what they must do to get ready? Do you know who else needs to be involved for them to be ready? Do you know the risks they face when considering bringing in a new solution – and how they will mitigate the […]

Total Sales Performance: Buying Facilitation® plus Sales
Friday, 11 Mar, 2011
Total Sales Performance: Buying Facilitation® plus Sales

We understand sales. We know how to assess need, brand/pitch/present solutions, and design sites to bring in, and follow, eyeballs. We use technology to help us sell. Now it’s time to have total sales performance – putting together all methodologies to help us find prospects and sell our solutions.
At the moment, you’ve got a lot […]