Marketing and sales jobs are made to work hand in hand. If the marketers are accomplishing their goals, then salesmen will experience more success and vice versa. However, these two are not usually copasetic the way they were designed to be. Sometimes this is due to corporate decisions (or lack of decisions) that are made. Perhaps it has to do with the company’s culture. Or maybe it is because of a bad manager. Regardless of the reason, the truth remain that division exists in these two fields. In fact, “a Forrester study found that only 8% of B2B companies have tight marketing and sales alignment” (1). Yikes! That is an extremely low number and is reflective of a disappointing trend.
For those employees that are involved in the fields of marketing and sales at their workplace, like we discussed in last week’s blog, you have a choice. Even though the company you work for is most certainly dependent upon your success, you may not have a lot of say in how these departments are run. So, you can put your hands up and think that since you are not the owner, CEO, or even a manager, it’s not really your problem. But as we learned last week, if your company struggles, no jobs are immune from taking the hit right along with the business. The other option is that you can get involved and recognize that your company’s success or lack of success will directly impact you. So you better take this business seriously and help contribute to the positive growth of your company.
One of the ways we recommend this is to find solutions for the problems your company is dealing with. As we have already identified, 92% of business to business companies are struggling with maintaining unity between two of their most important divisions.
So how can a business solve this problem? One of the ways is to make sure that both departments are telling the same story to those that they communicate with. In order to do this, of course, everybody has to know what that story is. This is where branding comes in. Author of “Consumer Behavior for Dummies”, Laura Lake, advises that companies “think of branding as though your company or organization were a living, breathing person. Imagine this person explaining who they are, why they’re valuable, and what they specifically have to offer. As consumers begin to identify with you, your brand will live in the hearts and minds of customers, clients, and prospects, and they’ll connect on an emotional level.” She also adds that a good brand will do the following:
“Clearly deliver a message
Confirm the brand’s credibility in the marketplace
Emotionally connect target prospects with a product or service
Motivate the buyer to make a purchase
Create user loyalty” (2).
How Signs Can Solve this Problem
Having been in the sign industry for over 40 years, we have seen signs come to the rescue for many company problems. Our business owner learned the sign trade from his own father the old fashioned way, through hand-painted letters. And even a business investing in this type of signage, whose impact would be low next to some of the top sign technology of today, saw an improvement in their business. What passer-by doesn’t feel something when they drive by and see the sign of their favorite coffee shop or restaurant? A well-made sign can not only send the right message to your consumers, but it can also get your sales and marketing departments on the same page.
Signs, from Monument Signs to Retail Signs and more, all have the ability to solve the problems that most businesses face. Whether you are an employee that makes major decisions that affect the company or you are merely beginning your journey at that business, caring about how your company does means caring about how you do. Branding is just one area that you can concern yourself with.
Check back in with us next week to learn specifically how your company can use signage to improve branding.
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