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Who should SDR/BDRs Report to?

Alright, it's time for the great debate! Who should SDR/BDRs report to? Sales or Marketing?

Who should SDR/BDRs Report to?
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The_Honey_Badger
Opinionated
+5
Account Executive
Personally, I believe that there should be open communication b/w all three roles.ย  In dissecting your territory, each role has something significant to offers.ย  If you're in Tech, I would suggest the same for adding your Sales Engineer.ย  All for one & one for all.ย ย 
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MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
Sales, 100%. People who think Marketing are probably part of an org with a failing Lead Gen program.ย 
poweredbycaffeine
Politicker
+7
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
I have to disagree here. I've seen it work very well with BDRs reporting into Marketing because it holds marketing accountable for generating good leads by putting a traffic cop in place in the form of a BDR. The leads don't get handed over to sales until the BDR qualifies them, making Marketing feel like they've done a good job and it prevents AEs from blaming marketing for bad close rates. The org needs to be set up properly to make this work, but it has been proven to be effective.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
So they should align to marketing to make marketing feel good, like they are doing a good job? I hope I am reading that wrong.
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GrindingSales
Opinionated
+5
Account Executive
If we reported to our Marketing program, we would have the highest turnover!ย  Specifically the way we are structured.
TargetSmasher
Good Citizen
Business Development Lead
Always sales.ย 
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Ive managed both, sales makes sense. If you want to add pipe and have good conversations with sales on why things arent qualifying being in sales org is important. Marketing led, no respect from sales team and we are just flipping all the leads and dont know sales
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Itsabaddaytobeaphone
Good Citizen
SDR
My company reports to marketing and i do not understand the benefits. anyone wanna explain?
thesalesdocrx
Valued Contributor
+5
SDR Manager
Maybe SDRs because they deal with the inbound stuff marketing brings in, but BDRs - never.ย  It's outbound and true sales.
salesnerd
WR Officer
+16
Head of Growth
My opinion on this might ruffle some feathers...ย 

SDRs should report to whichever executive cares the most about it.ย 

If SDRs are an afterthought for your CRO, but your CMO is all about them, it should go to the CMO. If your CRO is enthusiastic about growing SDRs into AEs, they should lead it.ย 

There is no steadfast rule about who owns it.ย 
Archivist
Good Citizen
Sales Manager
Why not both? It is a function of both sides of the house after all...ย 

In all seriousness though it depends a lot on the size of the organization. Sub 20ish sales team members SDRs really are a strong function of the sales team.ย 

Beyond that point you really want a strong SDR team having input into both marketing and sales processes as both have an effect on the role.ย 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
I lean towards sales but I think it's necessary for both.ย 
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