Why Buyer Persona Alignment for Sales and Marketing Can Be a Game Changer

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Why Buyer Persona Alignment for Sales and Marketing Can Be a Game Changer by Viveka von Rosen

Why Buyer Persona Alignment for Sales and Marketing Can Be a Game Changer

In Bernie Borges’ recent article on Lead Generation through Content Marketing,  he mentions that sales teams depend on marketing to deliver leads, and when they do, the leads often aren’t qualified. When working with companies that have sales and marketing teams, it’s crucial to get the two to the table in order to get a clearer picture of each other’s needs.  And vital to this process is making sure that the Buyer Personas for Marketing and Sales are aligned.

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It’s a given, right? Not so fast!

The marketing team might have spent a significant amount of money and time creating buyer personas upon which their entire marketing platform and content calendar rests.  But what if the sales team is actually focused on a different quadrant?  What if the content that the marketing team is creating is misaligned with the product or service being sold and the prospects the sales team is targeting? This is more common than you think.  In fact, it might be why 77% of buyers don’t believe that your sales team understands them or their business. (Accenture)

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You can see why it’s key for the sales and marketing departments to be in communication. They both are going to be very attached to their process, so you might need a neutral third party to moderate the discussion.  Find a facilitator—either someone in-house or even hire an outside consultant to broker the discussion. It will be well worth the extra effort.

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These are the steps I recommend:

Marketing:

Sales:

These questions may seem incredibly obvious to Sales, but Marketing might be surprised at the answers.


This conversation is not about who is right and who is wrong, it’s about allowing the two departments to better understand the assets and opportunities available.  We want them to work together instead of against each other.

What if Marketing was under the assumption that the CTO was the crucial decision maker, but in reality, the successful sales person had been working with the DBAs?  If all the content was focused on informing the CTO of their options, but the CTO relied on the DBA, who had no interest in that particular content, then the content marketing campaign could be completely askew!

And what if the sales person was spending hours researching for new content (or worse, using outdated, old content) to prove value to his or her prospect?  There could be up-to-date and powerful white papers, infographics and case studies available for them to use—that they just didn’t know about.

There could be untapped markets just waiting to be explored, that marketing was unaware of.

Sales might discover a whole wealth of valuable resources they were unacquainted with.

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Start with a conversation that results in the creation of content that will provide bona fide leads from people who are either ready to buy or have potential to be buyers in the near future.

Alignment of Sales and Marketing is one of our core pillars at Vengreso! If we can help you accelerate the conversation between Sales and Marketing in your organization, get in touch.

Find out more about creating content that generates quality leads HERE:

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Viveka von Rosen

Viveka von Rosen is a co-founder and the CVO (Chief Visibility Officer) of Vengreso. Known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert”, she is the author of the best-selling “LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day” and “LinkedIn: 101 Ways to Rock Your Personal Brand!” As a contributing “expert” to LinkedIn’s official Sales and Marketing blogs and their “Sophisticated Marketer’s” Guides, she is often called on to contribute to publications like Fast Company, Forbes, Money, Entrepreneur, The Social Media Examiner, etc. Viveka takes the LinkedIn experience she has perfected over the past 10+ years and transforms it into engaging and informational training (having provided over 100K+ people) with the tools and strategies they need to succeed on LinkedIn.

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