Basically inseparable, sales & marketing most often seem to completely misunderstand each other. Marketing, loaded with creative talent, big thinkers and sometimes a budget to back that up, creates tools, information and events that can make or break a brand, a launch, a quarter. Sales, always on the go, focused on low hanging fruit, relationships and quotas provide the revenue that can make or break the company. So how can such a close pairing, like steak and cabernet sauvignon, so often be on completely separate, parallel, uncomplimentary tracks with each other?
The how, when, where, who…
Since I worked first in marketing then in sales in the wine industry, I’m currently fascinated with seamlessly tying the two halves together to function as an successful, profitable wine sales & marketing unit. With input from colleagues and customers, I look forward to a thoughtful and provocative conversation that offers a basic and varied set of solutions here. Digital marketing, social media and e-commerce have changed the way we shop, buy, research and share. Internet opportunities, apps and experiments pop up and multiply quickly so I look forward to evaluating them for the wine industry here as well.
Your comments are essential.
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PS. In the series to follow, data from the Forbes article that also referred to sales & marketing as Mars & Venus (an apt comparison) will be posted and referenced with valuable details about marketing lead generation and sales response time.