In the past, B2B transactions occurred in face-to-face meetings as a sales professional worked a product demo, business luncheon, or boardroom presentation to influence a customer – and close the deal. Today, however, B2B stakeholders perform much of their product and service research online. In fact, 93 percent of B2B buying starts with online searching, according to a Pinpoint Market Research study. This research occurs long before a customer engages with sales.
As your prospects research and evaluate your offerings, they leave behind valuable clues to their intent. Understanding these clues – cracking the code – can help you tailor your messages to them, thereby providing them a more tailored, relevant experience. As a result, business-savvy marketing and sales departments have embraced marketing automation platforms, so their respective teams can work together on one common platform, reach B2B customers online, and drive revenue.
Marketing automation platforms automate repetitive manual tasks for email campaigns, web forms, and landing pages, thereby freeing your marketing team to be more efficient, productive, and strategic. Equally important, marketing automation can align marketing.