September, 2011

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

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Is Your Sales Team Losing Out On Opportunities To Your Competitors?

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

One of the primary goals of any sales team is to find all potential buyers in their target market(s). There are 2 key areas to look at to ensure your company is finding these buyers before your competitors are getting to them: 1) Are ALL marketing generated inquiries followed up on EFFECTIVELY? How persistent and effective is your team at getting a response to marketing inquiries? 2) What does your team’s outbound call strategy look like? Are you confident that your team is reaching ALL of the potential buyers in your target market that didn’t get pulled through your marketing team?

For Sales: Practice Makes Perfect

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

I’m often surprised at how few sales professionals practice their craft. Did they not listen to their parents when they told them “practice makes perfect”? Or do they think that they don’t need to practice? In my experience 100% of sales people can improve, a full 80% need to improve. Perhaps they think showing up to work everyday is enough. would agree if I saw most sales people succeeding, however that is not my experience. (My sales team excluded, of course). Just showing up, and even working really hard is not enough. formula for success inside and outside of work.

Why Inside Sales Reps Shouldn’t Say Goodbye To Cold Emailing

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

I have heard several people in the sales world toying with the idea of getting rid of cold emailing techniques recently, and I couldn’t disagree more. The most common argument is that teleprospecting teams should be focused on having live conversations only, and not emailing back and forth with prospects before they have an initial conversation with them over the phone. Is cold emailing dea

3 Tips To Simplify Cold Calling For Greenhorns

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Being new to inside sales tends to be a bit intimidating. I’ve found that many inside sales reps I’ve trained over the years can be hesitant to pick up the phone because they don’t feel fully prepared. We can put all the prep work in that we deem necessary, but from what I’ve seen there is no better way to learn than to just get knee deep in the muddy cold calling trenches.

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Finding Your Groove In Teleprospecting As A New Hire

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Sales Prospecting Perspectives in pleased to bring you a guest post from one of our newer BDRs, Kim Staib. My first day at AG was over four months ago and I have learned a lot since then. For instance; energy drinks rank very high on AG’s hierarchy of needs, get to the kitchen early on pizza day if you want a slice of meat-lovers and always have a sweater on hand as the office is very well air conditioned. OK OK… so I’ve learned more than that. Overall these last few months have been a continuous learning experience in a field I had a lot to learn about prior to joining AG.

Know Less About The Product & You’ll Pass More Leads (I Swear It Works)

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

I talk to a lot of marketing/sales executives that have no idea why their inside team’s lead numbers are down. The call number is in between 80-90 per day, they are having conversations, they know the product inside and out and they are hungry for leads, so what could be the issue? I’ll then look at their conversation reports and possibly listen in on some calls and find out they have a lot of over educated inside reps. Sometimes this is facilitated by management and other times the inside rep shoots themselves in the foot. Learning the difference is key. Thank you so much!

Challenge Creates Happiness

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

I recently heard from one of my regular readers who challenged a premise I made in my most recent post, For Sales: Practice makes perfect. I was thrilled to hear from Bob Terson , who is an accomplished sales guy and author, for two reasons. First, I was happy to know that I actually had a regular reader, and second I love being challenged. said “there is no such thing as a born salesperson” in my blog, but that’s not entirely true. Bob’s brother returned to music once he had reached his financial goals through sales. learned this lesson from another Bob. Life was good.

How Do You Inspire A Demotivated Inside Sales Rep?

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

With summer behind us, those of us in the inside sales game realize it’s time to focus. No more excuses about having a difficult time getting decision makers on the phone. Guess what, they’re in the office and all you need to do is just to take the initiative to pick up the phone and sell. So let’s assume the playing field is level and the team has every tool at their disposal to be fully productive. Your job is done, right? Well from what I’ve seen it’s more than just giving your team what you perceive they’ll need to be successful.

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Are You Investing In Fun?

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Just had our 11th annual summer party. What a blast! This year several of our team members stepped up to organize the event. It's amazing what happens when you give your people the freedom and flexibility to be creative. What they came up with was an “Olympics” theme. The company was divided up into 4 teams competing with each other in events such as home run derby, latter ball, egg toss and horse shoes. The finale was a “Rap off” where team members created a rap about working at AG Salesworks, then competed by performing it live. Absolutely hilarious!

Do You Know What Really Motivates Your Inside Sales Team?

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Over the years I’ve benefited from wearing many hats in the inside sales game. While I’ve been humbled on many occasions, it certainly has allowed me the perspective of seeing the job from a variety of angles. wish I could say that I have it all figured out at this point, but I have got a long ways to go. know its cliché and I’ve said it before, but any good employee or boss knows that it’s never time to stop learning. Any time I was naïve enough to think I had it all figured out, it inevitably bit me in the arse. Guess what, people were still miserable.

3 Reasons You Didn't Pass That Sales Lead

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

I’ve always said that cold calling is like trying to pick someone up that is way better looking than you. You have to put yourself out there, be prepared for a lot of rejection and when you get an opportunity, you had damn well better have a good rap or else you’re going to miss out. The same thing applies to your calling efforts. They are the 10 that gets approached a million times a day and you are the 5 that they shoot down because you’re “like the rest of them” Let’s look at some of the more common mistakes. Holy crap he/she is talking to me!

Thesis vs Genesis – Comparing Premium WordPress Themes

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Over the Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of working on my first website using the Genesis Framework from StudioPress. I say pleasure because it happened to be my husband’s new photography site, and it was the first theme he’s chosen that didn’t lead me to using a string of obscenities that might actually shock people who regularly watch HBO. Thesis vs Genesis. Enjoy! 59.95.

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The Trouble with Klout

Paul Gillin

Estimating influence is a delicate balance of art and science. People are drawn to quantitative methods because scores are easy to understand. The downside of reducing influence to a number, though, is oversimplification. Lately, I’ve been looking at  Klout , the popular new tool that bills itself as “The Standard&# for influence measurement. The more I look at it, the less I like it.

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745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

Why Klout matters. A lot.

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Yes, this is a real invitation. If you hate Klout … and you probably do … try to take a deep breath and read ahead with an open mind. And, unlike every other blogger on the planet it seems, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a very important development. In fact, a historically important development. Never has. Never will. Now, for a different perspective. Even me. Right?

50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Social media marketing has gone well beyond the hype stage and is now mainstream business practice. Still, questions remain: how do I use social media most effectively across the enterprise? Which social media monitoring tools should I use? What should I monitor for? How do I use my time and resources most effectively? What social media developments and trends should I be watching? What to do?

Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards

Digital B2B Marketing

Sharing has ceased to be an endorsement of the quality of content. Social media has created the expectation that we share content, and in the drive to meet the content demands social media places on us, our content standards are falling. …&# or “+100 RT …&# ). As Jessica Northey wrote recently, Don’t Should On Yourself and instead, find what works for you. Forget the Rules.

20 of the world’s most clever Twitter bios

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Last year I started “collecting” great Twitter bios and kind of got hooked. When I decided to publish “The All-Time Best Twitter bios,” and “The 20 Funniest Twitter Bios,”  readers of {grow} seemed to get hooked too!  So here we are with the third edition. These are all real Twitter bios … @MichaelACaruso. I’ve learned I don’t know anything. 

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

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The Ultimate Truth About Klout and Influence

Conversionation

An analysis of Klout, the use of it and the concept of influence from the Klout and social network perspective. Let me start by disappointing you. I do not know the ultimate truth. just wanted to grab your attention. That’s what you do with a post title now and then. However, now that you’re [.]. Opinion Social media marketing Eloqua influence Joe Fernandez K+ Klout Klout score PeerIndex

Three reasons social media marketing favors small businesses

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I’ve spent some time this week attending a few online webinars and catching up on my blog reader and I noticed an interesting trend. The conversations, research, presentations, and case studies focused entirely on large corporations. Look through the success stories in your blog reader. Coca-Cola. And of course the ever-present Zappos. Is anybody paying attention to the little guys?

The Death of Internet Marketing and the Rise of Social SEO

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By Robert Dempsey, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Internet marketing as we once knew it is dead. Gone are the days when a sales page was enough of a relationship to sell a product. Gone are the days when claims of riches tugged enough at the emotions to persuade a sale. Gone are the days when bloated claims could pass as truth and lies went unpunished. Now is the time of social SEO. Then Came SEO.

Can you make money managing social media?

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Now, here’s the next big question … can you make money managing social media for others? My original prediction was based on a statement I heard at many companies: “Can you please just do this social media stuff for me?” ” Of the course the purists will contend that everybody should do their own social media because of the “authenticity” value.  Overseas.

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Measuring the Immeasurable

Paul Gillin

My post last week about the shortcomings of Klout got several thousand views and generated quite a bit of discussion. it also got me several e-mails from companies that claim to have built a better mousetrap than Klout. haven’t reviewed these tools in detail just yet, but it appears that influence is a red-hot topic in PR and marketing circles right now. TopazPartners.com. Just be skeptical.

The New 4 P’s of Marketing

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by Brian Kardon | Tweet this You know the saying: You go to college for an education, and then spend years trying to un-learn everything you were taught. It’s hard to name a field that has faced as much disruption and change as marketing. It’s our attempt to spice up the stodgy principles of marketing. Here are the 4 New P’s of Marketing you’ll see throughout the syllabus. 1. Personality. Physics.

12 Tweetable Statistics Prove B2B Social Media ROCKS

PWB Marketing Blog

Know B2B social media fact from fiction. Fiction: Social media offers limited value to B2B marketers. Fact: 86% of B2B companies are using social media. B2B companies are absolutely using social media to generate leads , connect with customers, and reach business goals. We compiled twelve tweetable facts about the prolific use – and success – of social media among B2B marketers.

The hidden costs of social media conversation

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It’s all about the conversation. Have you heard that a thousand times?  It’s a ubiquitous mantra of the social web to the point where sometimes I think it takes over as the ultimate goal.  It’s not the goal.  The goal of any organization is to increase shareholder value … a.k.a. make money. Even non-profits. In the beginning, there was conversation. The conversation was always there.

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Content Marketing As A Process: Three Rules Before Starting

Conversionation

Content marketing is defined as a marketing technique. However, it’s also  a process that it is very connected – and thus should be aligned – with several marketing purposes and business processes. Note that the definition of content marketing as a technique should not make you focus too much on the content itself. To succeed, [.]. Blog Blogging Content marketing Conversion Opinion AIDAS content marketing conversion customer life cycle customer-centricity lead management metrics ROI

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Why Salespeople Hate Most White Paper Leads

The Point

How is it that a quality white paper on a hot topic can still generate bad leads? It’s got to be the media, right? Wrong. It’s the offer. When embarking on a content marketing strategy, one of the critical first steps is to determine the types of leads you want to generate. Then your offer should have as broad appeal as possible. Choose your content carefully.

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9 attributes of the best thought leadership content

Chris Koch

Some time back, I blogged about the attributes of a thought leader. Lately, I’ve been talking to B2B marketers about the content delivered by these thought leaders and asking, What defines good thought leadership content? Here’s what I have so far. Surely, you have a suggestion that will get us to ten attributes? Visionary. It’s best to address a problem before customers realize that it’s a problem. Provocative. The best thought leadership pieces are bold and attack conventional wisdom. Differentiated. No “me too” ideas allowed. Relevant. Timely. Has a narrative. Demonstrates mastery.

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A broken heart for the social media community

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My friend Trey Pennington , one of the most popular figures on the social web, committed suicide today. have been trying to figure out how to deal with this tragedy.  I’ve been pushing it down, pushing it down.  I want it to go away. But I decided that not writing something would be cowardly and a disservice to a man who has helped me and so many people around the world. In a car. In a bus.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

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Oops! I made this Social Media mistake. How about you?

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By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Many passionate and hardworking social business operatives are making a business-killing mistake. Proud of their impressive Twitter followings, Facebook crowds and Klout scores they are lulled into a false sense of security. The rude awakening often comes when they try promoting their product to their audience. Their error is simple. It’s easy.

Great Content Marketing Case: the Vocus Social Media Strategy Tool

Conversionation

Content is a social object. By that I mean it is defined by what people want and how they interact, not the other way around. Content can take many forms. Often, it’s narrowed down to the types of content we immediately think of such as a blog post, a paper, a presentation, a video, the [.]. Content marketing Social media marketing Beth Harte content marketing case MarketingSherpa Serengeti Communications social media marketing strategy tool social media strategy app Vocus

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Social Media — Just flirt with me, won’t you?

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Guest post by {grow} community member Krysia Hepatica. As a newly-divorced mom, being both back on the dating scene and trying to establish a new career, my life has been anything but dull. Because I was married at such a young age, I missed out on a lot dating and the drama that goes along with it. Yes, I have recently had an a-ha moment.  Rule #1 Get Noticed! Say hi.  Introduce yourself.  Period.

The Blog Tree: New Growth. Fruit for Your RSS Feed [Infographic]

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this A couple weeks ago, I attended Content Marketing World , where I presented on the business value of infographics. Although the conference was chock full o’ content marketing goodness, one line rang most loudly: “You’ve gotta go through the eyes to get to the brain.”. Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner delivered that gem as he riffed on the importance of design.

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