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Marketers are the (Re)Builders of Wealth

IStock-534889237Yeah, yeah these are difficult times, but marketers are always faced with difficult times.  It is every marketers job to over-come difficult times, be it market crashes, governments that stop buying, recessions, product failures, competitors, international meltdowns, hurricanes, tornadoes. earthquakes or COVID-19.    As marketers we've been there and done that and always found a way to recover because that's what we do.   That's why we were hired, we perform in the most difficult of times. 

"Nothing happens until the sale is made," is most often quoted as a lead-in to praising salespeople. And the speaker is almost right, but we know that deep in our B2B marketing hearts, it all starts sooner than that.

In B2B, nothing happens until the marketer creates demand. Without the marketer most B2B companies would be regional door knockers; they would not be able to go beyond the reach of their salespeople. Marketing in B2B companies creates Wealth. I mean real wealth. Hardcore, measurable, bottom line profitable dollars that drives the growth of our 8,000,000 plus businesses in the US.

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Why it Matters

On any given day the average marketer knocks on more virtual doors, delivers more messages, and is read by more people, than any sales force could possibly accomplish. Marketers and their surrogates, the agencies (on-line, branding, direct marketing, PR) and telemarketing and trade shows are the hammers by which B2B marketers create wealth.

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Company presidents use, as a common measurement, their company’s performance by the amount of revenue per employee or per salesperson. But if they were to measure the revenue per marketer in their company they would be astounded. For every 100 salespeople there is a single marketer, sitting in a cubicle late at night, rewriting the words that will create a response on the part of thousands of potential buyers.

For every 5000 salespeople there is an agency creative director who is wrestling with an idea that will ultimately bring in millions of dollars in wealth to the client he or she represents.

But the credit for these creators of wealth seldom makes its way to their office door or to the meager paychecks they bring home. The reason is that too many of them cannot measure their contributions to the wealth of the company. And no one will do it for them.

Marketers must not only create wealth, they must prove it to management. This can only happen if they have a system to verify and pursue beyond all reasonable doubt, that the demand they create, the millions of potential buyers who knock on every B2B company door each day have bought something from their company.

There is one simple answer to this conundrum. Marketers must have the best Sales Lead Management System money will buy. The paltry cost for an accountability system is the only way the real creators of wealth, the marketers, can take their rightful place in B2B society.

My challenge to you, the midnight toilers, and the creators of wealth is, when will you decide that enough is enough? When will you measure what you manage?    Will you accept your responsibility to rebuild your business?  Your country?  Will you be yourself, which is the builder of wealth for your company? 


How to Treat Gas, Bloat, Wrinkles and high Blood Pressure Caused by Salespeople

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It’s a proven fact that salespeople can cause premature aging in marketing people.  Wrinkles are the most visible indication that salespeople are stressing out the marketing department.

Doctors tell me that another symptom of premature aging in marketing people is increased blood pressure (usually within 25 feet of anyone from Sales, including sales management).   Other health issues may be gas and bloating; severe snoring and lack of sleep; heart palpitations and migraine headaches between the eyes.  Stomach ailments are also reported when salespeople fail to make quota and complain to Marketing.

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Marketers are the Real Creators of Wealth in B2B Companies

Without the Marketer, Most B2B Companies Would be Regional Door Knockers

"Nothing happens until the sale is made," is most often quoted as a lead-in to praising salespeople. And the speaker is almost right, but we know that deep in our B2B marketing hearts, it all starts sooner than that.

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"In B2B, nothing happens until the marketer creates demand. Without the marketer most B2B companies would be regional door knockers; they would not be able to go beyond the reach of their salespeople. Marketing in B2B companies creates Wealth. Real wealth. Hardcore, measurable, bottom line profitable dollars that drives the growth of our 11,000,000 plus businesses in the US."

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Salary Marketing Communications Manager 2019

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This is another one of those salary levels that I think is way underpaid.   Marketing Communications Managers create wealth for their employers that far outstrips almost anyone in the organization.  If there isn't a marketing communications department and manager  most lead generation activities will be run by presidents, CFOs and gasp, the sales manager.    These people will make uninformed decisions about lead gen and sales will greatly suffer. 

 

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Salary Director of Marketing Communications

6a0147e05adc32970b01bb08d75c74970d-320wiThe following estimates are from three sources on the same day (January 17, 2019).  Actual pay varies greatly by location.  Read the job description. 

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From January 2019 through March 15, 2019 we will be posting up to 21 salary reviews of varying job titles in sales and marketing.

You can see the most recent postings and last year's reviews here.   Salary Reviews

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What You Sell Today Started with Marketing Six Months Ago

This is Part 2 of last week’s post:  January: the Most Important Month of the Year

When sales are flagging and excuses are flying from salespeople failing to make quota, few people understand that the reason IStock-533903997for most quota failures is what Marketing didn’t do three to six months ago.  Today’s sold deal started from Marketing’s ability to find a qualified prospect three to six months ago.  This isn’t my fact, it’s the fact.

Most B2B companies have a 3-to-6-month sales cycle, some are 12 to 18 months.  If Marketing isn’t spending forward with an eye to the future when the forecast comes due, it isn’t doing its job.  That’s why when Sales isn’t making quota in a quarter, most of the leads Marketing creates will have little impact on the failing quarter (but will have an impact on the following quarters). 

Why it Matters

"Today’s sold deal started from Marketing’s ability to find a qualified prospect three to six months ago.  This isn’t my fact, it’s the fact."

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Why are sales professionals afraid of the phone?

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The trend toward "Where's Waldo?" websites that hide company contact information has spilled over into email signatures. Let's take a poll: Who still uses email? Ahhhh, many hands go up. It's not going anywhere. Although more professionals, especially younger ones, skip the entire phone number element altogether, "Best, Cameron" isn't enough and that's not a signature.

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Funnel Radio Line-up August 2

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Today we start at 10:30am Pac: Revenue Rebels with host, Rhoan Morgan and her guest, Michael Sala, Managing Director, Strategic Origination, LLR Partners Topic: How sales and marketing alignment moves the revenue dial. Then Dan Perry hosts Sales Enablement Radio with guest Bill Hicks, Chief Relationship Officer, Ultimate Software discussing if relationships still matter with retention. Matt Heinz's guest, Nick Jordan, CMO of Logic Inbound discusses How to Sell to Larger Organizations with Bigger Budgets. And our season finale for WVU Marketing Communications Today takes us to Integrate WV 2018 with hosts Cyndi Greenglass & Matthew Cummings LIVE from Studio B.



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10:30 am Pac: Revenue Rebels with host, Rhoan Morgan, CEO DemandLab @demandlab

Guest: Michael Sala, Managing Director, Strategic Origination, LLR Partners

Topic: How sales and marketing alignment moves the revenue dial

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11:00 am Pac: Sales Enablement Radio by The Brevet Group

Guest: Bill Hicks, Chief Relationship Officer, Ultimate Software @WEHicks

Topic: Account Retention - Do relationships still matter when retaining accounts?

 https://goo.gl/jWjuMC


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11:30 am Pac: Sales Pipeline Radio with host, Matt Heinz, Heinz Marketing @heinzmarketing

Guest: Nick Jordan, CMO of Logic Inbound

Topic: How to Sell to Larger Organizations with Bigger Budgets

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12:30 PM Pac: WVU Marketing Communications Today 

LIVE from Studio B at INTEGRATE WV 2018

SEASON FINALE -  Hosts are Cyndi Greenglass and Matthew Cummings

 https://goo.gl/nfBKvV


Welcome swag package for new team members.

6a0147e05adc32970b022ad352d12d200c-320wiI was reminded of  a business that sends out random thank you cards to vendors - all signed by everyone in the office and a personalized note on how the vendor makes a difference in the company. No special occasion, sent out twice a year to each vendor.  Guess how often that vendor will remember that company to recommend them to people looking at solutions that same company can provide?

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