Get Your Sales Sh!t Together: Why Sales and Marketing Go Hand-in-Hand


There’s nothing quite like synchrony to get the revenue flowing.

The worlds of sales and marketing often seem like two different universes, and in many businesses, they get completely siloed. Nothing could be more damaging to both teams.

In literally every business, developing and maintaining deep synergy between sales and marketing is not just beneficial but essential for driving growth. 

While clear, intelligent processes are crucial for long-term success in both sales and marketing, these two arms of your revenue-generation efforts are inherently related—if your sales and marketing processes are interwoven, if each team supports the other, both will thrive.

No matter what you do, they support each other anyway—that’s just the nature of sales and marketing. The question is whether this support is planned out and strategized or haphazard and random. Let’s dive deep into how you can fine-tune these processes to ensure they’re not just functioning but flourishing.

Distinguishing Between Marketing and Sales

While both departments aim to boost revenue, their core functions and strategies differ significantly.


This team sets the stage. They’re tasked with generating leads through a wide variety of methods. Their goal is to create an environment primed for engagement, educating and nurturing potential customers.

Marketing teams measure their success by revenue generated, but they also measure how many leads they generate, how many impressions their content gets on social media or your business’s blog, and how people think and feel about your brand (whether they’re customers or not).

Importantly, marketing is less focused on direct contact with customers—that’s where the sales team comes in. Their job is to get people to the sales team in the first place so that sales can work their magic.

They generate interest, ensuring that, by the time sales gets ahold of a prospect, that prospect is primed to buy—they just need someone to answer their questions and walk them through the purchase process.


This team takes the leads from marketing and works to convert them into paying customers. Their tactics involve direct interactions, understanding customer needs, and providing tailored solutions that close deals.

Sales can do a lot, but they can’t do anything without leads in their pipeline—it’s marketing’s job to fill that pipeline. They also rely heavily on marketing to ensure those leads are primed to buy. 

If marketing hasn’t hyped up customers properly or answered their questions ahead of time by providing well-thought-out content, sales now has to spend time convincing prospects to buy and giving them the info they should have gotten from marketing.

In many cases, sales relies heavily on marketing to provide informational and/or promotional content that they can give to prospects as needed. Each prospect needs something different—maybe they just need product specifications, or maybe a case study would help, or possibly an in-depth brochure.

Marketing needs to make sure sales has these materials on hand to give out as needed, ensuring that prospects don’t leave the funnel and quickly get the information they need. However, it’s up to sales to close each deal, to push prospects toward the right action—marketing can only give them the tools they need to do the job.

Both teams must understand their specific roles but also how these roles interact and depend on each other. This understanding is crucial for creating a cohesive journey for the customer while ensuring both sales and marketing are getting what they need from each other.

Remember, marketing measures success based on revenue generation. If they’re creating a massive amount of leads but sales isn’t closing like they should, they’ve got a problem. Marketing inherently depends on sales for success, and the opposite is true—sales is dead in the water without a full pipeline.

Understanding the Sales Funnel

The sales funnel (sometimes called the buyer’s journey) is a fundamental concept in both marketing and sales, but there are about a thousand variations out there (depending on which marketing pro is trying to sell you their unique take).

For the sake of simplicity and clarity, here is the sales funnel breakdown we focus on:

  1. Awareness
  2. Discovery
  3. Evaluation
  4. Negotiation
  5. Purchase
  6. Renewal

However, what’s most important to realize is that every business has a different funnel. One stage might be much longer for your customers than another. You might have an additional stage that’s not represented here. Your funnel might be much wider or narrower than your competition.

On top of that, every target customer and/or product/service has its own funnel with unique variations. What’s important is that you evaluate each product, service, and customer to see exactly what your unique funnels look like. This allows you to invest wisely in your marketing efforts and point sales in the right direction.

Each stage of each funnel requires specific strategies from both sales and marketing to move a prospect to the next level efficiently. The real magic happens when these strategies are not just aligned but seamlessly integrated.

Leveraging Content Strategically

Content is often seen as a marketing tool, but its impact stretches well into the sales process. Strategic content can be used to educate and nurture leads. Detailed how-to guides, webinars, and case studies can help move a prospect from interest to decision by providing valuable insights and clarity on features and benefits.

In a world where customers spend over 7 hours a day staring at a screen, content is king. Content can be used strategically for more than just education—it can build credibility and trust. In fact, in the modern world of business, content is one of the most powerful branding tools in your toolkit.

By consistently providing high-quality, relevant content, a brand establishes itself as a thought leader while simultaneously spreading brand awareness, both of which enhance customer trust—a crucial factor in the decision-making process.

Finally, as mentioned earlier, marketing content supports sales interactions. Sales teams can use content as a touchpoint or a follow-up tool to keep the conversation going and address any concerns or questions that may arise.

The Crucial Role of Process

Having a defined process for both sales and marketing is non-negotiable. Chaos in these areas can lead to missed opportunities, wasted resources, and diminished returns. For most businesses, the difference between stagnation and growth is whether they have clear, well-funded marketing and sales strategies in place and defined processes that each team is following and optimizing as necessary.

Each department should have a leader responsible for overseeing strategy, execution, and adjustments based on performance and changing market conditions. Both sales and marketing should collaborate regularly, ensuring that marketing is always providing sales with what they need.

In many ways, marketing plays a support role, one that sales can’t function effectively without. Mapping out a strategy in advance is the best way to ensure both teams are working together in harmony.

What you really want to avoid is each department being run without any process other than the one in the sales and marketing managers’ heads. Written processes—like the Standard Operating Procedures we write for our clients in our custom marketing strategies—ensure standardization, which makes life easier for everyone in each department, and continuity if someone critical in the department moves on.

Collaborative Strategy Development

To truly integrate sales and marketing, a deliberate strategy that encourages collaboration and communication is essential. Here are a few things you can do to keep them out of silos and in a synergistic relationship:

  • Regular Strategy Meetings: Both teams should meet regularly to share updates, discuss strategies, and adjust plans based on real-world data and feedback from ongoing campaigns.
  • Unified Metrics and Goals: Define common metrics that reflect the performance of both sales and marketing. This might include lead conversion rates, the effectiveness of specific marketing campaigns in driving sales, and overall customer acquisition costs.
  • Feedback Mechanisms: Implement systems that allow for constant feedback from the sales team to marketing (and vice versa). Sales insights can provide invaluable information that helps marketers adjust campaigns and content to better meet the needs of potential customers, and marketing can help sales to better understand the prospects that are coming to them each day.
  • Joint Content Development: Marketing should work closely with sales to develop content. This ensures that the content not only attracts leads but also addresses the specific needs and pain points that sales teams hear about every day.

Do You Have Your Sales Shit Together? No? Let’s Talk

If you’re like most business owners, your marketing and sales teams probably need some love—even if they’re great. It’s easy to get in a rut, get stuck in the weeds, and not follow an overarching strategy.

That’s where we come in. We’ll look at the big picture and help you create a strategy for both departments that weaves them together while simultaneously ensuring all your sales and marketing efforts are moving you toward your vision for yourself and your business’s future.

We do that by walking you through the Vision Value Model™. It helps you identify what matters most when it comes to PiPP (people, impact, process, profits), and then develop a clear, detailed marketing strategy to make that happen.

Learn more about the Vision Value Model™ here.


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