The Man Behind the Curtain: Content Marketing's Role in Sales Enablement
The Man Behind the Curtain:Content’s Role in the SalesEnablement ProcessCarla JohnsonPrincipal@CarlaJohnson
SALESENABLEMENTEnsuring that every seller hasthe righttools, information, skills andprocesses they need to makethe most of a conversationwith a buyer.
THECONVERSATIONWe create tools thesales team asks for andthey never use them.We send qualified leadsthat fall into a blackhole.We are trying tocreate meaningfulconversations, andmarketing’s tools aren’trelevant.We continually have totell customers that ourproducts don’t do whatmarketing and salestold them they would.MARKETING SALESPROFESSIONALSERVICES
Marketing determines what tools salesneedsMarketing often fails at telling how asolution -• Achieves a goal• Solves a problem• Satisfies a needMARKETING AND SALES
20% of an organization’s salespeoplegenerate 60% of its revenue (CSO Insights)Misalignment between sales and marketingcauses the typical company to underperformby 10% in annual revenue (IDC)MARKETING AND SALES
Thinking of your initial meeting, what percent ofreps were:ExtremelyPrepared16%Very Prepared27%SomewhatPrepared31%Not Prepared26%Source: IDC Customer Experience Panel, January 2009CUSTOMERCONVERSATIONS
“The conversations field salespeopleor channel partners have withprospects and customers may bethe last bastion of competitivedifferentiation in today’s rapidlycommoditizing markets.”- American Marketing Association
Delivering the right information to the rightperson at the right time and in the rightplace.MARKETING AND SALES
CASE STUDY• Handwriting Recognition Software(1996)• Serviced postal markets and checkprocessing – declining industries• Needed to move out of siloed marketsand provide technology for moreapplications
CASE STUDY• Needed better market and partnerrecognition• Needed to provider partners and endusers with more tools to becomesuccessful• Believed sales tools and leadsparamount as they built partnerprogram
CASE STUDY2012 – Foundational Year• Refreshed branding• Persona development• New website/refresh collateral• Content audit• Mapped content to persona/buyers’journey• Began email communications• Partner portal
CASE STUDYIn 2012, Parascript commissionedresearch with AIIMResults• Hundreds of registered downloads andwebinar attendees• Blog content• Media coverage• Interviews with nearly everytechnology analyst firm• A year’s worth of storytelling andinternal reinforcement to position ourproducts that continues to evolve
CASE STUDY2013 – Build Leads• Estimated outbound leads 50%• Bigger focus on content marketing forother 50%• Because of budget, needed prospectsto find Parascript and self-qualify
CASE STUDYIn 2013 they refreshed the research, inan easy-to-read infographicResults• Hundreds more registered downloadsexpected• Instant media coverage resulting inmore downloads of the completestudy from our website (all tracked inHubspot)• More blog content
CASE STUDYStudy and Infographic continue toprovide content opportunitiesAdditional Benefits• Foundation for a recent channelwebinar and upcoming end-userwebinars, anticipating several hundredmore prospects• Top-level content for our nurturingcampaign
CASE STUDYKey Learnings –Content helped validate a new marketUsed content to generate a storyarcand extended that seamlessly into salesenablement
FINALTHOUGHTS• Think: Buyer Enablement• Commit to culture change• Find your common purpose• Go beyond information – createinsights• Make it easy to give content “legs”
Carla Johnson, PrincipalType A Communications(720) 344-0987carla@goTypeA.comwww.goTypeA.comType A Communications@carlajohnson
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