Seven differences between sales and marketing
If any business is going to thrive in the 21st century, it’s vital that we all have a clear understanding of how sales and marketing can work effectively together in our businesses.
For too long, there have been unfruitful turf wars between sales and marketing teams. For too long, too many people have been fooled into believing that ‘sales’ lives under marketing’s mandate. And for too long, too many people have been calling ‘selling’ marketing which it is not.
We need to redress these issues once and for all and properly define sales and marketing. So why have these disagreements and misconceptions been allowed to fester for so long?
So in a 21st century world, what are some of the differences between sales and marketing?
1) Marketing is one to many.
2) Marketing tells the stories (company, product, etc.) to many people.
3) Marketing looks after the brand’s reputation
4) Marketing needs to keep the stories circulating and resonating with the target markets using the company’s plumb line (the business of the business) as its central reference.
5) Marketing analyses the big data. Marketing brings you the average result not the specifics.
6) Marketing studies what experience customers expect when they buy or try a product, service or solution. That means reading their digital footprint and understanding their online chatter as much as it does focus group discussions. Marketing looks for new metrics about consumer clusters and grouping. Online groups are markets of the near future as more and more people cocoon themselves and shop less.
7) Marketing should not promote special prices and discounts, instead replace these with special offers, focusing on delivering greater value – more bang for the buck is the new mantra and greater value with fair exchange is the principle of pricing today – not cost plus as it has been in the past.
1) Sales is about one to one.
2) Sales is where our business becomes real for the client. It is where the stories and brand come to life.
3) Sales develop relationships. It’s relationship-driven.
4) Sales looks after individuals.
5) Sales deals with the ambiguities and the details of each person. It cannot be averaged.
6) Sales analyses the behaviour of the prospects and customers whom they deal with on an individual basis. Sales professionals talk to their customers about the joys of risk free offerings that help them realise their goals and objectives. They tap into their buyers’ Facebook, LinkedIn and other digital pages to gain a deeper understanding of what experiences each individual customers want.
7) Sales moves away from discussing price and discount, instead replacing these with discussions about total cost of ownership which includes price but extends to include deliveries, warranties, support, training and the other contributing things that are delivered as part of the purchase. Sales engages with customers to understand what risks they face when making a purchase and then learns how to position their companies as risk free alternatives.
The one thing sales and marketing must share in common is the company’s ‘plumb line’ and its stories. From many people to the individual, the central plumb line – the business of the business – needs to be consistent and help each customer connect in a meaningful and specific manner that is relevant to their situation and their view of the world.