The reason behind this difference in language really is about audience. Sales and marketing typically have a different target. It’s similar to the different skill sets used by a good conversationalist versus a good public speaker. There is also a difference in the objective sales and marketing is trying to achieve.
Usually marketers are trying to sell ideas, concepts, or visions, while salespeople are trying to sell a product or service. You would never want a salesperson to say something like “Customer, I think we have a significant value proposition in our product because it uniquely addresses the concerns of decision-makers similar to you in this addressable target market.” However, this terminology is completely normal and appropriate for a marketer to use as we discuss our sales strategy.
In addition, good salespeople know that they must adjust their language to fit their customers. If you sell in healthcare, there is a language. If you sell in tech, there is a language. If you sell in construction, there is a language. Every industry has a language that is unique to it and good salespeople know how to tailor their message using that unique vocabulary.
What organizational leaders need to do is create a common agreed upon language when sales and marketing work together so that everyone is clear about what we are talking about. This will avoid confusion during the hand-off between sales and marketing and also enable better accountability. What is a sales-qualified lead (SQL)? What is a value proposition? What are customer segments? Words matter.