With 800 million internet users and cultural behaviour in development, China is getting more focus on the Digital world than ever. Trust, credibility, and reputation are common factors for companies to be studied by Chinese consumers and future partners.
Also, from now on the modern customer can get access to thousands of online information. Chinese consumers have the possibility to check reviews, comments, forums, articles, official pages, and group discussions to get all the information they need about a brand or a product. And thanks to all that, they have enough information to make up their own idea before buying something.
It’s getting cultural, almost ritual.
80% of customers make their purchasing decisions without needing any advice from a brand representative. A changing behaviour that is forcing our approach toward sales and marketing function to evolve.
The marketing team used to be focus on strategy development while sales were more focus on the operational part. But the purchasing decision transformation pushed marketers to take care more and more about prospects conversions, and therefore encroaching commercials’ function.
And it led us to the following question:
How to optimize sales and marketing in a context of performance requirements and position’s evolution?
At GMA, we are a performance marketing agency comprehensive toward both the Chinese customers and foreign organization’s needs. We are result-oriented and sure that success is closely linked to the adaptability of a company toward the market’s trends and evolution.
We have a multicultural team and therefore a deep understanding of both western and Chinese cultures. Moreover, flexible, we managed to adapt our services and corporate organization to get as a result: outstanding efficiency and ROI in our services.
Of course, as a marketing agency, we provide our clients with the latest marketing tools, trends in China, etc. But more than that, we provide our clients with an effective team of 80 peoples working hand in hand toward success.
The right place, the right price, the right promotion, and the right peoples.
MARKETING TO CHINA AGENCY
We are the top and most visible Web & Marketing Agency for China you will find on the web. Our Services: E-Commerce, Search Engine Optimization, Advertising, Weibo, WeChat, WeChat Store & PR.
That is the fundamentals of our business model.
Making people work together, in the best environment with the best ambiance possible. A new type of management and modern organization that could be resumed as the “Smarketing” model.
What is “Smarketing”?
Smarketing could be resume as a new trend gaining in popularity, especially among companies practicing inbound marketing.
As discussed, the commercial role is evolving. They used to advise consumers and guide them during their purchasing decision process. However, consumers tend to be more and more independent while having the possibility to get access to any information they want on the Internet.
And think about it. Usually, if you take both sales and marketing departments separately you get:
- The commercial: must achieve his objectives in a short-term period. And his income strongly depends on his success. The more sales he makes, the more money he gets.
- The marketer: he needs to achieve mostly mid-term or long-term goals while developing strategies to get new leads and convert prospects.
One side focus on operation and the other one on strategy. Roles tend to be more and more mismatch which could lead to frustration and management issues.
Also, we decided to change this situation, adapt ourselves and reconcile these two main functions of a company. For a couple of years, many companies practice Inbound marketing. It corresponds to a company attracting new customers while giving them targeted information through different online channels. Meaning what, companies don’t need to drag new clients, but they build a system where the client come by itself.
A good way to get quality leads and strengthen the relationship between sales and marketing.
Appreciating this model, we decided to emphasis the mix between “sales” and “marketing”. Filling the cultural gap between these two activities, breaking barriers and joining forces. Taking part in a world where marketer and salesman, two closely related positions, are just one.
That’s the main definition of Smarketing: a sales team and a marketing team joining their strengths and skills to serve the company’s collective intelligence.
As a result, using this model will help you to optimize your corporate organization and speed up your results.
How to put your team together?
As you may imagine, communication between both teams will be essentials. Also, 3 requirements will need to be fulfilled.
Determined common “SMART” objectives.
If you want to make two different teams act like one, you’ll need to show them common interest and therefore common goals. Building a team spirit that will, later on, be translated by “more cash”.
Usually, the marketer’s bonus depends on the global turnover compared to actions performed on a given duration. As for commercials, they only get a bonus based on the contract they signed. A revenue differentiation, that could lead to frustration and tensions.
If commercials don’t manage to get their bonus, they used to put the responsibility on Marketers suggesting they’re not giving quality leads. And Marketers see their bonus decreasing if Commercials don’t reach their goals. They, therefore, accuse them of not converting leads properly.
And honestly, it sounds like a terrible situation that the management team should not handle anymore.
So, how to do?
- Set up a common objective for both teams based on the company’s turnover
- Determined the number of qualified leads to be reached every month.
- The marketing team will work upfront by getting new leads
- The sales team will convert these leads and sign contract downstream
By working on a common goal, you get rid of all competition between both teams and push them instead to work on a global company’s success.
As a reminder, here’s the SMART model to set up your goals correctly. Your objective should be:
Also, we advise you to set up a contract for your objective, establishing both teams’ engagement and missions toward the final goal.
Determine the ideal customer profile (in China)
To reach your goals, setting up a common objective is important but you’ll also have to work on a common target. By establishing the ideal target for your company, a buyer persona, you’re giving your teams the opportunity to give their best on the ideal customer. A suitable target for your marketing team (in terms of needs, research, analysis…) and for your sales team (Barriers, motivation, budget, etc.).
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” H. Ford