By now, you should know the advantages of inbound marketing in getting more traffic to your website. After employing the engagement and nurturing tactics discussed in this guide, you know how to nurture high-quality leads. These leads can soon be interested in your products and services.
In this chapter, we'll discuss how to close deals. To ensure accuracy and speed, many marketers use a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software. In this last part of our inbound marketing guide, we're going to tell you how to close the sales with CRM.
We briefly touched on the definition of a CRM software throughout this guide, but now we’ll go in-depth.
CRM software is often categorized as a system involving you and your entire team. Using a CRM tool, everybody from customer service to sales and marketing team members can work together and achieve company goals. These goals include finding and organizing leads (often through lead scoring), engaging and nurturing leads, and converting them. You can also use a CRM software to track sales and analyze the success of your marketing campaigns.
A good CRM platform must offer automation tools. You can add inputs and make changes to the software. A CRM software simplifies complicated processes and saves time.
Companies are beginning to favor CRM products now, especially over traditional database management systems.
You can use a CRM software for all the stages of inbound marketing we’ve covered in this guide. Once you have your engaged and nurtured leads, you can rely on the CRM to close the deals as well. This closing part of the sales process is known as the Deals Stage.
The deals stage is often organized as a sales funnel, as oppposed to a marketing funnel. Leads should have been scored and segmented into buckets by now. Each bucket refers to a lead’s stage in the funnel.
Think of a sales funnel like a board game. Some players are at the beginning, others are in the middle of the board, and some are about to finish the game. As your lead moves down the board or sales funnel, the goal is for them to become a buying customer (i.e., finish the game).
While it differs from software to software, here are the general steps you can expect as your lead navigates that sales funnel:
With your lead relationships built and tended to, you now have to close the sales. A CRM software is integral to helping you do so without much manual input. Do remember that not every lead will convert, and that’s okay. With a steady stream of incoming, highly-qualified leads, you can always recover from lead loss. Try to practice all the inbound marketing techniques we've covered in this guide, and eventually you'll find your own unique way of getting good sales.