When I heard that I was going to be a sales and marketing intern, I had no idea what to expect. I was very excited yet nervous at the same time. I had always been interested in sales but, to be honest, I had never sold anything. I want to take this time to share the 5 most important things I’ve learned as a sales intern and how they will continue to help me through the rest of my internship and career.
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If you’re like me, you enjoy helping people. Knowing you did something that brought joy or relief to someone else puts you on cloud nine. Doing that for a client is just as gratifying. Anyone in the B2B space will tell you that delighting your clients leaves you feeling quite accomplished.
One of the first inbound projects I had the pleasure of being involved with was for a company called
This time last year, I was staring at a spreadsheet. Fun, right?
The spreadsheet contained leads we’d just acquired from the 2013 AMTS (Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show) in Dayton, Ohio. Acadia DOES lead generation and lead nurturing (among other things), so we know just how valuable every lead can be. Last year, I blogged on the importance of following up with all of your tradeshow leads. It can be time-consuming and frustrating!
Speaking of which, I now find myself staring at yet another spreadsheet. This one holds our 2014 AMTS leads. This one got me thinking. We DID generate revenue from last year’s AMTS leads, and will initiate similar follow-up this year (again, see my blog). This is a good thing! But what about the leads from last year that haven’t converted yet? That were interested, curious or just not ready to move forward with our products and services? They’re still valuable!