Before, say, 2008, marketing and sales were much more aligned.
In many B2B tech companies, marketing’s role was basically a 50/50 mix of PR and sales support. With a laser-like focus on the long game—penetrating accounts and fostering relationships—enterprise reps would pop in and out in Brooks Brothers shirts, in between golf engagements and steak dinners (okay this was Boston tech—a notorious boys club and pretty conservative).
So what happened?
I’m guessing we all know the answer: technology, automation, and INBOUND.
From about 2008 on, I witnessed a noticeable shift in the relationship between marketing and sales.