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1 WHITE PAPER CRM and Marketing Automation Integration for the Ultimate ROI

2 The B2B sales and marketing landscape has changed tremendously. Marketers no longer gather copious amounts of leads and hand them off to sales without as much as a backward glance. Not only do today s professionals have to navigate an increasingly competitive marketplace, but they also have to figure out how to reel in smarter, savvier, and more empowered prospects. Fortunately, by using technologies like CRM and marketing automation, companies can equip their teams with tools to simplify workflows and drive efficiencies. In fact, the number of companies using marketing automation will increase by 50% by 2015, according to research from Sirius Decisions consolidated report on the MAP market. 1 What s more, a recently published Gartner report, titled Gartner Forecast: Enterprise Marketing must deliver value with every interaction to create meaningful dialogues that result in sales. Software Markets, Worldwide, , 2Q13 Update, shows CRM increasing to a $36.5 billion worldwide market by These estimates illustrate how quickly behavioral and predictive analytics are transforming the market. But are they enough to tackle today s complex B2B sales and marketing landscape? In the following pages, we ll explore how the integration of CRM and marketing automation can enable organizations to capture high-quality leads, find untapped business opportunities, and gain market share. The New 21st Century B2B Buyer The purchasing process used to go something like this: a buyer would identify the need for a new product or service, compile a list of suitable vendors, collect what little collateral was available, contact a short list of vendors, conduct a trial period, select a vendor, negotiate price the slow and arduous process went on and on. Fast forward to today, and the B2B purchasing cycle looks entirely different thanks in large part to the Internet. Now, the buyer holds all of the cards. They no longer reach out to representatives for information, but rather educate themselves and take control of the sales cycle. In fact, 41% of buyers said they waited longer to initiate contact with B2B vendors than they did a year ago, according to Demand Gen Report s 2014 B2B Buyer Behavior Survey. 3 Prospects are proactively scouring the Web turning to companies websites, social channels, and third-party industry analysts reports to learn about a company and see how it stacks up to its competitors. However, just because buyers have access to a wealth of information doesn t make decision-making any easier. Indeed, the sheer amount of data available makes it challenging for buyers to filter through to determine what s credible and useful. In addition, budgetary constraints require buyers to make a strong business case to get money to proceed. So what does this mean for sales and marketing professionals? 41% of buyers said they waited longer to initiate contact with B2B vendors than they did a year ago. Because salespeople aren t entering the cycle until after buyers have formulated much, if not all, of their opinions on a product or service, marketing now owns a much larger piece of the lead-to-revenue cycle. As a result, marketers need to attract and keep the attention of influencers by providing content that motivates. They also must work more closely with sales to meet expectations and drive meaningful, measurable results. However, the strategic readjustments necessitated by these changes present a slew of difficult challenges

3 Top Challenges Troubling Marketing and Sales Teams 1. Lead Scoring: It s no longer acceptable for marketers to generate leads, hand them off to sales, and call it a day. Today, lead quality is all about finding the right buyers expediently. Yet with the majority of B2B purchases involving multiple decision-makers, it has become increasingly difficult to attract and convert the right buyers. In fact, 73% of all B2B leads are not sales-ready, according to MarketingSherpa s 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report. 4 As a result, marketing often feeds sales poor-quality prospects that aren t in a position to make important purchasing decisions or, worse, are not a fit for the product or service being sold. 2. A Lack of Sales/Marketing Alignment: It s not uncommon for sales and marketing departments to have complex, contentious relationships. While both sides must work together to meet respective goals, the teams often operate in silos. However, as marketing focuses more on delivering targeted messages and sales becomes centered on personalized attention, the need for these two to work together increases. Companies that have alignment are 67% better at closing deals and generate 209% more revenue from marketing, according to Marketo s 2013 Sales and Marketing Alignment Study Dirty Data: More organizations are turning to data-driven marketing to reach today s buyers. However, most marketers forget that quality data is the foundation for success. Without complete and accurate business records, effort and dollars are wasted. Despite this, the level of inaccurate data floating around is high. According to industry experts, an overwhelming number of marketers don t perform data quality control on a weekly or monthly basis, while many can t even recall the last time they cleaned their data. With marketing automation and CRM integration, marketers are able to capture buyer behavior, turn it into actionable intelligence, and put it to work. Winning and keeping consumers requires modern day tactics. Marketing must deliver value with every interaction to create meaningful dialogues that result in sales. On the flip side, sales representatives have to be primed to provide unique expertise beyond what competitors can offer. To do so, however, organizations need to provide both departments with real-time access to up-to-date consumer data. Enter marketing automation and CRM integration. Marketing Automation and CRM: Better Together CRM and marketing automation are not bitter rivals. Rather they re complementary tools that work better together. Combining their power can help solve the biggest challenges facing companies including poor lead quality and a lack of sales/marketing alignment. It can also unlock potential at every customer touch point. But the synergies extend further than that. Let s take a look at the chief benefits of such integration as it relates to each department. Companies that have alignment are 67% better at closing deals and generate 209% more revenue from marketing

4 Integration: The Benefits for Sales and Marketing Marketing: Prospects access content from a variety of channels. As a result, it s important for marketers to understand the consumer journey and engage across all of these touch points. With marketing automation and CRM integration, marketers are able to capture buyer behavior, turn it into actionable intelligence, and put it to work. The chief advantages integration offers include: Better Targeting: Buyers are demanding a more personalized experience. In fact, 77% of people want different, targeted content at each stage of their research, according to Pardot s 2013 State of Demand Generation study. 6 Marketing automation technology tracks and collects behavioral data such as website visits, whitepaper downloads, and webinar participation which allows marketers to provide more targeted content and offers. For example, they can send drip s that are personalized to buyers preferences and stages in the purchasing cycle. Highly-targeted campaigns not only help boost engagement levels, but also increase conversion rates. With marketing automation and CRM integration, marketers are able to capture buyer behavior, turn it into actionable intelligence, and put it to work. When automation is coupled with CRM technology, reps get access to critical insight that enables them to get in the door quickly and prepared once they re inside. Clean, up-to-date data: Marketers rely on accurate and current data to develop campaigns. When automation is integrated with CRM, contact record information is synced across both platforms, eliminating duplicate or incomplete entries. With more complete business records, marketers have greater options for segmentation. For instance, having demographic and firmographic information for a contact allows for vertical-specific messaging for outbound marketing. Improved lead nurturing: When dealing with long sales cycles, it s easy for leads to fall through the cracks. Salespeople can t adequately follow up with each and every prospect. Automated lead nurturing takes the onus off sales by nourishing prospects who aren t yet ready to talk to a salesperson. Besides staying in front of non-sales-ready leads, automated nurturing can be used to mitigate churn rates and find hidden opportunities. Automated lead scoring: Poor lead quality is a problem that s all-too-common for sales and marketing. In fact, a number of leads that are funneled directly to sales are not qualified and do not convert. Using behavioral data collected from a marketing automation system, marketers can accurately score and grade leads, passing only the most qualified ones to sales and nurturing those that aren t sales-ready

5 Sales: Salespeople no longer hold the cards, so now they must add value to the discussion. When automation is coupled with CRM technology, reps get access to critical insight that enables them to get in the door quickly and prepared once they re inside. The chief benefits of integration for sales are: Improved preparation: The more a representative knows about a potential buyer the better. Not all lead intelligence is gathered through a CRM system, though. The juicy information is often housed within marketing software. When sales uses an integrated platform, the department is able to access all contact information in a single place and act quickly and accurately. Access to detailed information reduces research time, shortens the sales cycle, and enables sales to engage in more meaningful conversations. Better alignment with marketing: Sales and marketing each have numbers to hit each month. But at the end of the day every organization s main goal is to drive revenue. When both teams operate using an integrated system, they work with the same set of data. Sharing lead information in real time ensures that both departments are presenting the best messages to the right prospects at the right time. Visibility into the sales pipeline: A lack of visibility into the sales pipeline has plagued representatives for some time. With CRM and marketing automation integration, however, salespeople have access to advanced analytics to help improve visibility and forecast more accurately. More importantly, better visibility enable sales to identify demand and pinpoint other revenue-generating opportunities as well as spot potential bottlenecks before they cause problems. The Ultimate Revenue Team While the Internet has transformed the traditional B2B consumer into a more powerful and knowledgeable buyer, it has also made the purchasing cycle more transparent. Organizations can now track every online interaction and gather a wealth of critical data that can be used to improve sales and marketing processes. However, this information is wasted if it s not shared across both departments. With CRM and marketing automation integration, however, salespeople have access to advanced analytics to help improve visibility and forecast more accurately. Marketing automation and CRM integration houses data in one centralized location, helping to decrease inefficiencies and boost revenue. Through automation, marketing departments can create more targeted campaigns that yield only quality leads to help sales improve close rates and deliver more predictable revenue. D&B360, D&B s CRM integration tool, takes integration to the next level turning data inside CRM systems into valuable insight that helps your team discover new opportunities and create meaningful conversations. The solution combines trusted company and contact insight from Dun & Bradstreet, together with sales tools in an easy-to-use interface. With integration and D&B360, sales and marketing have everything they need to become the ultimate revenue team. 5

6 About Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB) is the world s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, enabling companies to Decide with Confidence for 172 years. D&B s global commercial database contains more than 220 million business records. The database is enhanced by D&B s proprietary DUNSRight Quality Process, which provides our customers with quality business information. This quality information is the foundation of our global solutions that customers rely on to make critical business decisions. Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) 103 JFK Parkway Short Hills, NJ For more information, please visit Dun & Bradstreet, Inc All rights reserved. (DB /14)

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