Bring visibility to all marketing activities tied to an opportunity and watch skepticism turn into belief.

You’ve heard it before. “Marketing doesn’t get it. I need leads, not messaging.” Or, “The marketing guys don’t do anything for me. If they would just give me their budget, I could hire 15 more salespeople and make the number.” Revenue attribution models give executives a clear line of sight from the corporate strategy through customer touch-points in the company’s product, marketing, and sales strategies. Download our SBI Magazine Special Issue: Revenue Attribution.


Sales VPs can be ruthless. I know. I was one of them and said many of the same things until my CMO explained how her campaigns and content drove revenue. 


I was skeptical at first. But after truly understanding how the CMO attributed revenue to marketing efforts, I supported her revenue attribution model and gave marketing some of my budget to drive even more revenue. What convinced me was the way the CMO tracked revenue and how marketing efforts affected it. 


Focus on Customer Touch-points 


The real need is tying marketing messages, campaigns, and content to specific stages of the customer’s buying process. The revenue attribution model needs to look at the funnel from top to bottom and focus on where marketing contributions touch the customer. 


Show the sales leader how each dollar of revenue booked is traced back to the marketing or sales activities that originally sourced, nurtured, converted, and propelled individual opportunities to a win. 


The first step: Convince the sales leader of the value of marketing. Make sure you both agree on how and when to measure revenue. Otherwise, you may waste a ton of cycles trying to measure revenue in ways the sales leader doesn’t care about. 


The revenue attribution model must benefit both teams. Measure everything from the total number of engagements all the way down to the percentage of revenue that closed with attribution to marketing-sourced opportunities. Continue discussions with the sales leader at a weekly cadence to build trust. 


Keep Sales and Marketing on the Same Page 


Revenue attribution is one of the most important components of a CMO’s job. Sales teams are naturally skeptical because of all the poor marketers they have experienced in the past. Create a mutually beneficial way to track revenue that is attributed to marketing. Make weekly updates to keep you and the marketing team on the same page as sales. 


Would you like a hand with revenue attribution to make marketing more scientific? Plan a workshop with the SBI team of marketing experts in Dallas at The Studio, SBI’s multimillion-dollar, one-of-a-kind, state-of-the art, executive briefing center. The immersive sessions accelerate your adoption of revenue attribution and put you on the right path with a solution and implementation plan. 


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May 2017 SBI Magazine Special Issue: Revenue Attribution

How top-flight CMOs prove that each new marketing dollar they invest drives organic revenue growth.


Ted Grulikowski

Helping Companies Make their Number

With nearly 15 years of experience developing and executing innovative sales and marketing strategies, Ted has partnered with many of the most well respected brands in the world and a diverse mix of hundreds of SMB companies to produce remarkable results.


Ted has developed, launched, and led over 50 direct, indirect, inside, outside, and sales enablement teams across a wide range of industries, serving enterprise to SMB customers, domestic and globally. He has personally carried multi-million dollar sales quotas, led rapidly growing organizations, transformed under-performing teams, served on executive teams, developed long term strategic plans, managed capital investments, transformed demand generation approaches, revamped product strategies, negotiated global partnerships, instituted process discipline, and implemented the latest sales enablement technologies.


As a result, Ted understands the real world complexities of driving lasting change in public and private companies. He provides a diverse understanding of how corporate, product, marketing, and sales strategies must align to produce consistent results.


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