A win is a win…or is it

Many times in sports, we hear people say, “a win is a win”. While in sports this is true and measurable, in the corporate hallways of many companies its not always this cut and dry.

The two teams; the sales department, and the marketing department. The objectives are often the same for both departments, increase sales, win market share, customer loyalty etc. Most times they even report to the same management. While we encourage these two groups to work together, we must caution that a win for one is not always a win for the other thus creating confusion on how success is defined.

The age old battle of sales vs. marketing is only getting hotter. We see the marketing team spending bags of money on TV ads, colorful brochures, and pens. Down the hall, the sales team is traveling to conferences, making deals and pushing products. When either don’t hit a number, sales blames marketing, and marketing blames sales. This is because a win for the marketing department is measured with terms such as, impressions, top of mind, brand recognition, views, clicks per minute, etc. The sales department uses different terms; commission, bonus, revenue growth, I’m sure you’ve heard them all.

If sales has a great month, why no shift in market share? If marketing breaks an impressions record, why no jump in sales? Because when either team hits its goals their game is over and they assume they won, not addressing the challenges of other team. Do you really think the sales department worries about clicks per minute, or the marketing department thinks about sales commissions? Bottom line, if only one side wins, both sides are at a loss. So how do you make sure both sides come out on top? SquareBall Marketing does that too…

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