We have compiled research, highlighted trends, and quantified key growth challenges from over 30 studies and reports from world-class sources and present them to you in this benchmarking section in 3 main categories: Sales Effectiveness, Marketing and Integrating Results.


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Trends And Challenges That Impact Sales Effectiveness

B2B selling cycles are 22% longer and have become more complex…

Sales stats

  • Sales cycles are increasingly complex and now include many more people in the decision-making process. According to Sirius Decisions, sales cycles are 22% longer now than they were 10 years ago.
  • 62% of the average company’s revenue is brought in by 20% of the total sales force (Accenture). Effective sales coverage strategies are critical for productivity.
  • World-class sales organizations outperform less disciplined companies by more than 22% in key metrics. The most significant metrics are: Number of qualified opportunities, New account acquisitions, Average account billing, YOY existing customer growth, Quota achievement, Forecast accuracy.
  • 50% of B2B sales staff consistently miss their sales quotas according to Marketo. The most prominent inhibitor in missing sales quotas are reps’ inability to clearly communicate and demonstrate value messages.
  • The average sales person spends only 18% of their time in face-to-face selling time (Sirius Decisions). Furthermore, 71% of reps lack the ability to connect the company offering to the client’s business and 65% say that their reps spend too much time on non-selling activities (“Paths to B2B Growth”, 2014).


85% of B2B Marketing professionals are“self taught”…

Marketing stats

  • According to Sirius Decisions, 85% of B2B marketers describe themselves as “self taught” professionals and more than 51% of B2B companies do not have a marketing department. Marketing is frequently a small “add-on” to the responsibilities of the Sales V.P.
  • 80%-90% of marketing collateral is considered useless by sales reps (AMA). This is symptomatic of the lack of feedback between Sales and Marketing
  • C-level buyers use online search engines early in their decision making process. Today, corporate websites represent 58% of leads generated and by 2015, they will represent 71% of all leads. Marketing has become a shared partner in generating sales (Sirius Decisions).


Integration between sales and marketing delivers 21% more profits…

Integration stats

  • 67% of CEOs now consider marketing and sales alignment as a top priority (according to a Forrester Report).
  • Organizations that effectively integrate sales and marketing outperform those that do not by as much as 24% in average revenue growth, and by 21% in profit growth, as revealed by a Sirius Decisions Study of 500 B2B companies over a period of 3 years.
  • According to a 2014 study performed by the MHI Institute amongst 1155 companies, the ones operating at a world-class level have definite success patterns:
    Business Issues* World-Class Sales Organizations All Respondents(n=1155)
    Collaboration across departments when pursuing large deals 94% 43%
    Understanding customer issues before proposing a solution 93% 48%
    Alignment between Sales and Marketing in what customers want and need 91% 38%
    Getting comparable value in return when giving price concessions 71% 21%
    Leveraging the best practices of top performers to improve everybody else 89% 29%
    A CRM system that is highly effective in enabling the organization to collaborate across departments 61% 23%
  • Alignment can help businesses become 67% better at closing deals.
  • The average sales person spends nearly 19% of their time generating leads and researching accounts. This “soft cost”, which is often greater than the entire marketing budget, means that, one way or another, the CEO is funding lead generation (Meclabs).
  • 79% of leads generated by marketing do not get a follow-up from sales. The silo nature of these 2 Front-End departments means CEOs are funding “waste” in an unproductive funnel management process.
  • According to another source (Aberdeen Group), companies that have successfully implemented alignment measures achieve an average revenue growth of 32%.
  • Executive coaching is a growth accelerator and often used to help leaders promote and implement collaboration and integration:
    • 57.1% of CEOs are receptive to leadership coaching and feedback. This is good news for leaders and shareholders because senior executives understand that the ability to embrace productive change that increases long term ROI could be the difference between a good organization and a visionary one.
    • According to a study in the Manchester Review, executive coaching’s ROI is estimated at 5.7 times the initial investment in coaching.
    • According to 2014 Executive Coaching Survey conducted by Stanford University, more than 30% of CEO’s now have a coach.


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