Speakers: Mike Volpe | Matt Sharrers, SBI
CMO of Cybereason demonstrates how to replace leads with real opportunities for the sales team through the use of ABM.

Mike Volpe CMO Cybereason - How Marketing Helps Sales Win Must-win Deals


Joining us on the SBI Podcast is Mike Volpe, the Chief Marketing Officer for Cybereason, the world’s most powerful cybersecurity analytics platforms.


Often called the “godfather of inbound marketing” for his work in taking inbound marketing from an idea to a movement of tens of thousands of people, Mike Volpe is one of the most sought-after B2B marketers.


Today Mike is going to demonstrate how to replace leads with real opportunities for the sales team through the use of account based marketing. ABM is the motion performed by both marketing and sales to replace coordinated game plan with integrated actions that drive demand more than either could do on their own. When done right, 1+1 = 3.


Below is a timestamped summary of the show segments and the topics covered. If you’d prefer to watch a video of this interview click here.


Segment 1: When Does ABM Make Sense for a Company? 


  • Determining if ABM is right for your company. minute 3:37
  • Big ABM vs. small ABM. minute 4:46
  • Looking at the target market relative to segments when determining a fit with ABM. minute 6:14
  • The demand generation strategy for you. minute 7:54 


Skip to minute 3:59 to listen to Mike’s strategy for determining what type of ABM is right for different companies:


You want to be hitting multiple personas in different ways. We mapped out all the accounts that are currently in the forecast, and then we identified about six different plays, many of which work against these different personas that we have, and our goal, and marketing’s goal for the quarter is to run at least four plays against every account that’s in the forecast this quarter…”


Segment 2: What a Successful ABM Program Looks Like 


  • How marketing uses ABM to support sales to reach new buyers and influencers. minute 11:05
  • Executing interlock between sales and marketing. minute 13:20
  • Driving sales activity. minute 15:29 
  • Critical ABM roles in sales and marketing. minute 17:50
  • Using connectivity of field marketing to drive content and messaging. minute 20:15
  • How long it takes to build a successful ABM program. minute 21:27   


Skip to minute 18:17 to hear Mike discuss the critical roles needed for your ABM program to succeed:


 “At a high level, sales is really the quarterback for any individual deal, and marketing is more of the offensive coordinator, setting up what the playbook is to help advance the deal. For enterprise sales, for big deals, the sales rep is more like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, and they’re on the field, and they have a huge amount of authority to audible and run the offense…” 


 Segment 3: Aligning Marketing and Sales 


Skip to minute 24:28 to hear Mike discuss the critical roles needed for your ABM program to succeed:


 “Marketing’s role is I think to bring as much to bear and as many great plays to the table as possible, and then work the sales team to try to implement the right tactic so we can all hit that number…” 


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Matt Sharrers

Leads the firm's focus on the CEO’s role in accelerating revenue growth by embracing emerging best practices to grow revenue faster than the industry and competitors. 

Matt Sharrers is the CEO of SBI, a management consulting firm specialized in sales and marketing that is dedicated to helping you Make Your Number. Forbes recognizes SBI as one of The Best Management Consulting Firms in 2017.


Over the course of nearly a decade at SBI, Matt Sharrers was an instrumental early partner guiding SBI as the Senior Partner. Matt’s functional responsibilities included acting as the head of sales where he led SBI’s double-digit revenue growth, and was responsible for the hiring function to build SBI’s team of revenue generation experts.


Prior to joining SBI in 2009, Matt spent eleven years leading sales and marketing teams as a Vice President of Sales. Matt has “lived in the field.” As a result, he is the foremost expert in the art of separating fact from fiction as it relates to revenue growth best practices. CEOs and Private equity investors turn to Matt’s team at SBI when they need to unlock trapped growth inside of their companies.



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