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Apr 23, 2021

In this episode, Mike talks with Jen Spencer about the role of sales and marketing in demand generation and her new role as CRO at SmartBug Media. 

Key Takeaways:

  • You have to make hard decisions when it comes to demand generation, having data helps. 
  • Organizations struggle when they don’t have that data - it becomes an emotional decision when data is absent.
  • Use data to tell a story.
  • Failure comes when you’re not aligned across the board.
  • We are still in the early days of the CRO role in organizations, it will change things. But, we are in the early adoption stage of that philosophy.
  • Cross-functional collaboration among teams is starting to emerge.
  • Most people are sitting on a ton of data and they don’t know how to access it or organize it in a way that is useful.
  • Initially it seems hard to justify carving out time to set up data gathering/documenting correctly, but it is worth it to spend the time upfront. Lay the foundation as early as you can. 
  • Job shadowing work - members of the team participating in some of the conversations they might not otherwise, offers great insight and the ability to ask different types of questions of the client. 
  • We don’t sell alone. Leverage members of your team to set better alignment. 
  • Everything needs to roll back up to company goals and initiatives. Then it is about pulling the right levers. 

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