When it comes to marketing and sales there can be some blurry lines. And when you throw in the idea of funnels and pipelines, the lines can get even blurrier. So let’s clarify some things.
By definition, marketing is the process by which products and services are brought into a marketplace of consumers. I look at the idea of marketing as an umbrella over the entire business, e.g. human resources, advertising, sales, client services, etc.
The practice of sales, which is a marketing function, is the process by which a product or service is exchanged for money, therefore making that product or service a commodity.
And therein lies the key word – commodity.
Marketing an idea through a product or service is not the same as selling a commodity. As such, a marketing funnel and a sales pipeline are two different things. But they are interconnected.
This is the premise of our conversation this week on the B2B Marketing and Sales Hacks webcast, where I welcome back sales guru – Ian Coburn. My guest and I will be discussing the differences between a poor marketing funnel and a quality one, why pipeline management is an essential part of the process, and how practice and repetition can lead to success.
B2B Marketing Hacks Webcast
Airs live on Monday December 9th at 2 o’clock Central (US & Canada)
About Ian Coburn – Author, Trainer, Speaker
Ian is the author of the definitive sales and customer service book, “The Customer is Never Right” [Buy on Amazon]. He has built, overseen, and trained a number of high-producing sales and customer service teams. He is an authority in training, learning and development, instructional design, LMS management, customer service, sales, analysis and recruitment across a variety of industries and departments.
Sales Training Now – Online Learning Development Course
Ian also has created the Sales Training Now e-learning and development course. This 8-hour on-demand training course is packed rich with training modules designed and created to help you succeed in sales.
And the best part is…it’s free. GPA’s online on-demand sales training e-learning and development course is absolutely free. All you have to do is sign up with the B2B Marketing and Sales Hacks Webcast Series and we will send you a link to GPA’s Sales Training Now online course.
About the B2B Marketing and Sales Hacks Webcast Series
The B2B Marketing and Sales Webcast Series is a program intended for those interested in networking and collaborating with other like-minded professionals around the idea of B2B Marketing and B2B Sales. The program is free and consists of periodic webinar discussions like this plus monthly group coaching sessions for those who want to learn more and get practical with the ideas we discuss.
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