Edwin was determined to set up a commercial team within TÜV Nederland that was fully equipped to attract more new customers, while utilizing the possibilities of the digital era.
Edwin: “It was very clear to me that measurable lead generation had to become the most important focus of Marketing, if TÜV Nederland wanted to stay relevant in the future. At that time, we did not have a solid strategy or roadmap on how to achieve this goal. But the insight alone was very valuable to us! Also, I knew that at one point, Marketing and Sales needed to fully integrate their processes. In order to close the gap, Sales needed to adapt a way of working there they would add value to potential customers very early on in their buying journey: sell the way the customer buys today. But we weren’t there yet.”
As they had to start somewhere, TÜV Nederland decided to kick off with Marketing. Edwin: “I assigned my colleague to think about a 5-year strategy. Naturally, the upcoming new website was the most tangible starting point. In order to collect valuable input to fuel our new approach, we collected insights from almost all Business Units within TUV Nederland. We asked BU managers one simple question: ‘what do you need from our Marketing department?’ With the answers we shaped a gap analysis.”
Edwin was very aware of the fact that he needed to find a way to work with the IT systems like ERP systems that were already in place within TÜV NORD group. Also, his current Marketing and Sales team needed to be willing to change their skill-and mindset to make things work. And, most importantly: the commercial team had to re-evaluate and reshape their current processes to bridge the gap: a new approach on how Marketing and Sales work together and how leads are being attracted, nurtured and handed over between them.
Edwin: “We wanted to become the number one Certification Body online. To achieve this ambitious goal, we realized we had to do more than the resources that were provided to us from the international organization TÜV NORD group. So we took a bit of a bold move: TÜV Nederland started a pilot. This way we were able to achieve our goals, while moving within the existing framework of the international organization.”
“The implementation of an Inbound Sales approach caused a systemic improvement in agreements between the Sales reps as well as an integration between Marketing and Sales.” - Edwin Franken — Managing Director of TÜV Nederland