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Who Owns Social Selling? Bridging the Divide Between Sales & Marketing

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Digital disruption has revolutionized the sales and marketing landscape--72% of buyers use social media to research before making a purchase, and 81% of buyers are more likely to engage with a strong professional brand. To reach buyers, sales and marketing teams must align themselves to create a compelling social media presence.

Join LinkedIn and Oracle Marketing Cloud as we draw back the curtain and explore how to bridge the divide between sales and marketing.

You'll learn:

--Why social selling is important and valuable to both sales and marketing
--Which team is responsible for owning social selling
--How to implement a social selling strategy across both teams

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Who Owns Social Selling? Bridging the Divide Between Sales & Marketing

  1. 1. Who Owns Social Selling? Bridging the Divide Between Sales and Marketing Wednesday, April 22nd 10:00am PDT Duration: 45 minutes #inSalesChat
  2. 2. Webinar Agenda Speakers 1. Why Social Selling? 2. Who Owns Social Selling? The Case for Marketing 3. Who Owns Social Selling? The Case for Sales 4. Conclusions Dan Green Global Account Manager, Sales Solutions LinkedIn Chris Moody Director of Marketing, Content & Social Oracle Marketing Cloud #inSalesChat
  3. 3. Why Social Selling? Dan Green Global Account Manager, Sales Solutions LinkedIn #inSalesChat
  4. 4. Digital disruption has revolutionized the sales and marketing landscape • The roles of sales and marketing professionals have changed • Buyers are researching - collecting views, reviews and gathering information online • Buyers know what they want and why • Sales and marketing must align themselves to a new shared set of goals to reach buyers “It all starts with listening. If you don’t find those opportunities, being able to execute on those opportunities is irrelevant.” - Jay Baer, Marketing Speaker, author of Youtility #inSalesChat
  5. 5. 72% 81% Buyers use social media to research purchases and evaluate brands. 72% of buyers use social media to research before making a purchase. They’re looking up product and brand information. They’re checking references. They’re asking the opinion of their connections and your customers. Source: DemandGen 2013 B2B Buyer Behavior Survey Your social media presence is your introduction to these buyers. In fact, 81% are more likely to engage with a strong, professional brand. The social selling model ensures that your company’s brand will encourage buyers to seek you out. Source: LinkedIn Global Survey of 1,500 B2B Decision Makers and Influencers, May 2014 #inSalesChat
  6. 6. Multiple decision makers are becoming more prevalent • Single-threaded approach to sales is becoming less effective • Research shows the average B2B opportunity has 5.4 decision makers involved • Social selling enables you to leverage extended networks to find these multiple contact points
  7. 7. Disruption can be a good thing • It’s no longer an option to maintain the status quo • Traditional sales and marketing methods are becoming less effective • Businesses that embrace social selling increase organizational success • Sales and marketing can both use social selling to influence the buyer “The key to digital transformation is re-envisioning and driving change in how the company operates. That’s a management and people challenge, not just a technology one.” - Capgemini Consulting, Digital Transformation Report #inSalesChat
  8. 8. Who Owns Social Selling? The Case for Marketing Chris Moody Director of Marketing, Content & Social Oracle Marketing Cloud
  9. 9. Digital body language How frequently a prospect interacts with your company and content is key to determining true buying interests • Customers are educating themselves online • The handoff to sales is much later and marketing engagement is much longer • Role of marketing is to educate the customer and enable sales with information about prospect’s engagement - Digital Body Language #inSalesChat
  10. 10. Empower your sales team to have intelligent conversations Give sales visibility into their prospect’s digital body language • Integrate your marketing automation system into your sales force automation system • Sales will have more qualified conversations • Use Oracle Eloqua’s Profiler and set-up Alerts “It’s all about reaching the right person with the right one-to-one message.” - Victor Magarino Penalba #inSalesChat
  11. 11. CASE STUDY: Challenges: • Quickly connect with buying committees • Generating lead lists was inefficient and time-consuming • Long sales cycles Social Selling Solutions: Results: • Establishing relationships through shared connections on LinkedIn led to a 30% increase in engagement with key connections. • Sales cycles shortened by 20% due to relationship- building through social networking. 30% increase in engagement with key connections #inSalesChat
  12. 12. Who Owns Social Selling? The Case for Sales Dan Green Global Account Manager, Sales Solutions LinkedIn #inSalesChat
  13. 13. Sales: provide guidelines to maintaining meaningful relationships • Build lead lists with LinkedIn’s Advanced Search • Reach out to extended networks • Send warm personalized InMails • Monitor LinkedIn profiles #inSalesChat
  14. 14. Sales: Transform your team’s online brand • Don’t push the sales angle too hard • Help your team stay authentic online • Develop professional and robust online profiles • Ensure your team optimizes their time on social networks #inSalesChat
  15. 15. CASE STUDY: Challenges: • Deliver better qualified leads to sales • Improve salesperson productivity • Generate net new sales revenue Social Selling Solutions: • ADP aligned marketing and sales to adopt a common definition of a good lead • ADP’s marketing team targeted content to stakeholders at various levels • Automated lead nurturing and scoring to engage leads more quickly • Specialized sales professionals qualified the leads to ensure the sales team was handed only the most likely prospects Results: • Leads worked by sales increased 21% • Win rate of leads increased 103% • Total amount of won deals increased 26% 48% Revenue increased 48% year-over-year
  16. 16. So who Owns Social Selling? It’s a Partnership Dan Green Global Account Manager, Sales Solutions LinkedIn Chris Moody Director of Marketing, Content & Social Oracle Marketing Cloud #inSalesChat
  17. 17. For the Buyer For the Sales Professional For the Marketing Professional 87% 70% 65% of customers had a favorable impression of a salesperson who was introduced to them through their network • Leveraging networks for introductions eliminates cold calls. • Insights gained from social conversation help to personalize pitches. • Prior sales drive 70% of future leads. • Better lead generation and qualification for a more-equipped sales team • More relevant content directed at specific stakeholders • Your brand is viewed as a problem-solving resource, a magnet for customers of customers want problems solved, not to be sold to of buyers agree that a vendor’s content has significant impact on buying decision Source: DemandGen 2014 Buyer Behavior Survey #inSalesChat
  18. 18. Optimizing your teams for social selling primes your business for success Marketing can leverage social networks to find micro markets with targeted dialogue 9.5% Sales reps who respond quickly to trigger events via social media saw a 9.5% increase in annual revenue. 75% It costs 75% less to generate leads via social media than any other channel. Source: Social Selling Reduces the Cost Per Lead, 2014 Source: 5 Qualities Successful Salespeople Share, 2014 #inSalesChat
  19. 19. Q&A

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