Tom Webster Asks,'Is Confusing Sales And Marketing Dangerous?'
August 2, 2016 at 3:55 AM (PT)
EDISON RESEARCH VP/Strategy TOM WEBSTER too to the blogesphere to write about, "The Dangerous Confusion of Sales and Marketing."
He wrote, "Some time ago, I had the pleasure of attending a keynote speech by DANIEL PINK, author of "To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others," at THE INBOUND CONFERENCE in BOSTON. In his speech, he asked an audience of roughly 14,000 marketers, 'How many of you sell?' Nearly every hand went up. It seems like a reasonable thing to agree with these days, right?
"PINK went on to talk about how sales used to be in the days prior to the Internet by giving the example of the used car salesperson. Twenty years ago, if you walked into a dealership, the salesperson had all the information -- what the invoice price was, how much the options really cost, how much your car was worth, and so on. The buyer, however, had little information. In short, it was a time of information asymmetry, which resulted in a profitable situation for the seller.
"Today, however, a car buyer walks into a dealership with near total information -- sometimes more than the salesperson! So how can the seller succeed? PINK argues that salespeople need to become 'servant sellers,' providing helpful information, answering questions, and generally providing a good experience -- before any sale is made. Sounds a lot like content marketing, doesn’t it?"
Read the full post here.