Is Your Marketing and Sales Team Not Aligned? Here’s How to Fix It

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  • Precious
  • May 22, 2024

You’ve heard horror stories about sales and marketing team misalignment. But did you expect it to happen to your staffing firm? Businesses struggle when these two crucial teams aren’t working hand-in-hand. And the results can be devastating – a frustrated sales force unable to close deals, wasted marketing efforts, confused candidates and clients, and a gaping hole in your revenue stream.

If any of these warning signs sound familiar, your staffing company is likely suffering from the headache of marketing-sales misalignment. But don’t worry; both teams can work toward the same goals again. We’ll explore the telltale signs of a disconnected marketing and sales unit and provide a roadmap for repairing the rift to operate as one cohesive revenue-generating machine.

 

Why is Important for Both Teams to be Aligned?

Ensuring marketing alignment between your sales and marketing teams isn’t just about organizing better—it boosts profits. Here’s how.

 

Generating High-Quality Leads, Not Just Leads

Marketing is like a magnet pulling in potential customers. But not every lead is valuable. So, it’s vital to ensure that marketing brings in qualified prospects who are genuinely interested and fit the ideal customer profile. When sales and marketing work together to define these criteria, marketing campaigns become more targeted, attracting leads more likely to convert.

This means resources are used more efficiently, and the sales team is happier since they don’t waste time on unqualified prospects.

 

Seamless Lead Handoff and Nurturing

The journey from a person’s initial interest to sealing the deal involves various touchpoints. This flow gets disrupted when there’s a disconnect between marketing and sales. Picture a lead nurtured with helpful blog posts and interesting social media content suddenly facing a forceful sales pitch.

This sudden shift can create the wrong impression and potentially ruin the chance of making a sale. Marketing alignment ensures a seamless transition. Marketing can provide sales with comprehensive lead information and a clear understanding of the nurturing process, enabling them to tailor their approach and connect more effectively with potential customers.

 

Consistent Brand Message and Higher Conversion Metrics

Having a strong brand image is important. It means people recognize your company and know what to expect.

Imagine if all your advertising, website, and salespeople all said the same thing about your company. That would make a good impression on people, right? They would feel like they can trust your company because you’re always honest and upfront about what you do. This makes them more likely to partner with you, leading to revenue growth.

 

Improved Customer Experience

These days, people want it easy. They expect to find what they need quickly and have someone help them if they get stuck.

When your marketing and sales teams work together, they learn the problems customers face. This lets marketing create ads and information that directly target those problems—it’s like having a secret weapon! Salespeople then use this information to talk to each customer about their specific needs, making the buying process smoother and more personal.

 

Increased Revenue and Growth

The whole point of a business is to make sales. When the sales and marketing team are on the same page, they work together smoothly, avoiding conflicts and making the most of their efforts. Good leads, an easy sales process, and a strong brand image help boost sales and increase profits overall.

 

Signs Both Teams Aren’t Aligned

Here’s how you can tell your sales and marketing teams aren’t in sync:

 

There’s Miscommunication

The lack of consistent and open communication between the sales and marketing teams might lead to misunderstandings and misinterpretations of strategies and objectives. Each team may have its own set of terminologies and data points they follow, which might not be effectively communicated to the other team.

 

Leads Aren’t Converting into Placements

Your inbound marketing efforts generate interested candidate leads. Still, if these prospects aren’t progressing through the sales cycle and turning into actual staffing sales and placements, it indicates a problem with sales alignment.

It could be that marketing is too focused on quantity over quality of leads. Or there may be a mismatch where marketing claims the leads are “sales-ready,” but sales team find they need much more nurturing before being placeable.

 

“Them Vs Us” Mentally Derails the Customer Journey

True sales and marketing alignment begins with having shared goals and a cohesive marketing strategy. When these two teams see their roles as disconnected silos, with conflicting responsibilities to clients and candidates, it’s a clear sign the customer success journey is being derailed. An “us vs them” mentality pitting marketing against sales indicates that your staffing firm’s unified customer experience is suffering.

 

Mixed Messages

It’s a major red flag when clients and candidates receive conflicting information from your staffing firm’s marketing and sales content. If marketing materials hype up your services one way, but sales conversations pitch them differently, that inconsistency can confuse prospects and weaken your brand message.

 

Aligning Your Sales and Marketing Team

So, how exactly do you ensure marketing alignment and get both teams in sync with effective marketing strategies and long-term goals?

 

1. Align on Shared Goals and KPIs for Sales Enablement

The foundation of sales and marketing alignment is having both teams agree on the overarching goals and key performance indicators (KPIs). This means collaboratively setting targets based on marketing data like:

  • Increasing brand awareness and candidate database size by X% (marketing’s goals)
  • Hitting $X million in revenue from new client acquisitions (sales goals)
  • Maintaining an average X% placement rate of candidates (mutual goal)

 

Once unified goals are established, both teams can agree on measuring progress through KPIs like website traffic, cost-per-acquisition, lead-to-placement conversion rates, etc. This closes the loop between your strategies generating leads and the sales team’s success, closing them into placed candidates and clients.

An example feedback loop: If marketing’s campaigns generate many leads but sales struggles to place them, it signals a need to revisit targeting and revise the buyer personas. This continuous sales-marketing alignment adjusts tactics to enable better-quality lead generation.

 

2. Understand Each Other’s World

For the marketing team, it’s crucial to experience a “day in the life” of your sales teammates. Stuff like sitting in on sales calls to hear the real objections and struggles they face. That invaluable perspective allows you to craft content marketing and digital marketing that addresses the key issues prospects are dealing with.

But the sales team needs to be fully looped in on how marketing does its thing, too. We’re talking training sessions where marketing breaks down those all-important candidate and client personas, the scoop on the marketing automation workflows designed to attract and nurture leads, and a behind-the-scenes look at how that killer content marketing helps get prospects hungry before sales go in for the close.

With this mutual understanding, your marketing and sales strategies stay synchronized, giving prospects a seamless, consistent experience from first interaction to signed contract. Plus, sales have the full context to work those piping-hot leads to perfection.

 

3. Generate a Buyer Persona

Who is your staffing firm’s ideal client and candidate? The key is developing detailed personas that capture your target audiences’ key demographics, motivations, pain points, and preferred channels. Your marketing content creation and campaigns can be laser focused.

The sales team understands exactly who they’re selling to and how best to engage them through the sales funnel. This unified buyer view allows your marketing and sales efforts to remain synchronized from awareness to closing, enabling a seamless experience for prospects.

 

4. Align Lead Qualification

Not all leads are created equal. Understanding the difference between Marketing Qualified Leads (MQLs) and Sales Qualified Leads (SQLs) is crucial. An MQL is someone who showed initial interest by taking an action like downloading an ebook or whitepaper from your staffing firm. Meanwhile SQL has indicated sales-readiness by requesting a consultation, demo, or directly asking to speak with a recruiter.

While marketing nurtures the MQLs through email campaigns and marketing automation workflows until they meet the SQL criteria, those piping-hot SQLs get promptly passed to sales because they’re ready to discuss roles and services.

 

5. Craft a Seamless Handoff

There should be a smooth transition when passing leads from marketing to sales. You can create a Service Level Agreement (SLA) to guide this process:

  • Set a timeframe for sales to follow up after a lead is qualified.
  • Define what information should be included when handing over leads.
  • Specify the preferred channels for ongoing marketing-to-sales communication.
    A consistent handoff experience allows timely, relevant, and tailored communications at every stage.

 

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