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TOPO Sales Summit April 7-8, Join Me

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I'll be attending the TOPO Sales Summit on April 7-8 in San Francisco. If you are a sales, sales development, sales operations, sales enablement, or even marketing leader, you should attend. The agenda looks amazing and the attendees are basically everyone in SaaS. The information and networking that will flow at this conference, is unprecedented in our industry. Tell us about the Summit? PERIOD.

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The Sales Development Playbook #PeopleMatter #MustRead

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Trish Bertuzzi and I have known each other for quite some time now. We've been on stage together. We've been with clients together. Green Leads' b2b appointment setting team has even been a client of the Bridge Group. My opinion of Trish as a sales development expert is beyond what I could deliver in this article. Recruiting, onboarding, motivating, retention, managing, and the managers.

15 Reasons Why Every CMO Must Attend #dreamforce #DF13 #in

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If you are a Chief Marketing Officer, or report to one, or aspire to be one, you MUST attend dreamforce. Period. would not normally make such a blanket statement, but I don''t want anyone to miss the point of this article. This week, I was able to speak at dreamforce for data.com , and shared in the frenzy with 130,000 other attendees. Learn - Study new marketing techniques. Networking goodness!

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HubSpot Signals Product Review "She just read the email" (from #Inbound13)

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Last week at Inbound, HubSpot announced a new product, Signals. In simple terms, Signals is a Chrome extension that tracks and notifies you when someone has activity on emails, LinkedIn, Salesforce and HubSpot. You get an on-screen notification, as well as a summary list of activity that you can review. Sales people now have actionable intelligence from the prospect. It''s time to call them.

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

Explore the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves.

@HubSpot Eliminates 2 Billion Cold Calls (from #Inbound13)

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Just prior to Seth Godin stepping on stage, for what was an entertaining and thought provoking keynote, HubSpot CMO, Mike Volpe , announced that " We saved the world from 2 Billion cold calls! " And they did. personally may have benefitted by 1 or 2 a day. Inbound marketing techniques continue to evolve, and HubSpot is the pioneer for Inbound. Things to remember: Scrub the data. Know your history.

Fantasy Football Builds Stronger Inside Sales Teams

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My good buddy and best man, Dave, has been commissioner of the same Fantasy Football league for over 12 years and a few years ago asked if I was interested in taking one of the empty slots. My obsessive-compulsive, statistically driven, multi-scenario-challenged gaming mind was intrigued. Could I possibly put together a team that could beat other experienced teams week in and week out? Every day.

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20,000 Sales Pros in One Place! 80 Speakers #salessummit #in

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This Thursday, starting at 11ET, InsideSales.com his hosting the Sales Acceleration Summit. There will be 80 speakers with topics ranging from Inside Sales and Enterprise Sales to Marketing, Management and Motivation. Join us tomorrow for as many sessions as you can squeeze in. You can register for free. Featured speakers include: Matt Dixon, Author of The Challenger Sale. Steve Young, Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee. Josh James, Founder & CEO, Domo. Jill Konrath, Author of Selling to Big Companies. Grant Cardone, Author of Sell or be Sold. Don''t forget to Register Now

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SiriusDecisions Summit London Notable Quotes #sdsummit

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Having just kicked off, the SiriusDecisions Summit in London will be spanning two days with tons of marketing and sales goodness. I''ll be adding notable thoughts, quotes, and tweets to this article during the two days, so come back! RichardEldh: The relationship with our clients and our prospects is as much digital as it is face to face, if not more. Do this first then pick the tech to do it.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

Sales Ready Leads: Quality vs. Quantity

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The topic of Quality vs. Quantity in demand gen has been a constant debate. Whether it's inbound marketing or outbound marketing there are costs associated with a lead, there are costs associated with the time and effort needed to convert that lead to an opportunity, and there are costs tied to the quality of those leads and how that impacts conversion rates. As David Greenberg, Sr. Quality Vendor.

28 Questions to Ask B2B Appointment Setting and Lead Gen Vendors

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There are so many demand gen vendors out there, and if you are a demand gen professional in sales or marketing, we've probably called you. Outsourcing some or all of your appointment setting or lead generation activity to a third party vendor is a task that shouldn't be undertaken by responding to one cold call. Words of wisdom from two industry leaders: Trish Bertuzzi, Inside Sales Expert , @bridgegroupinc : "Hiring a third party lead gen vendor is like dating… the chemistry is either there or it is not. Cost per lead is a narrow look at the success of a program. Autodialers?

The ROI of Conference Calls vs. Face to Face Meetings

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Ever wonder if your enterprise sales team should be on the road heading to an introductory first meeting with a prospect? I was recently in the UK for business and saw sales reps investing a half day or more traveling for 30-60 minute meetings. Do the results differ if they were to have taken those introductory meetings by phone? Many would say yes, but the data begs to differ.

5 Outbound Calling Best Practices

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Dialing the phone all day is a task. have one guy who calls it panning for gold. He'll say he just swished the phone 20 times, found 4 shiny objects and none were gold. Then an hour later he'll yell "Eureka!" when he does successfully set an appointment. Track things like Time Zone, Direct Dials, Admin Names, Dialing Tips (press 0 for the operator), etc. Validate lists prior to dialing. Don't.

13 Top Books for CMOs - Recommended by The CMO Club

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Pete Krainik of the CMO Club posted thirteen books that members of the CMO club have recommended. Great list : Breakthrough Marketing Plans: How to Stop Wasting Time and Start Driving Growth. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant. Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur. Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. Leading Change. Marketing Champions: Practical Strategies for Improving Marketing's Power, Influence, and Business Impact.

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Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

Selecting a Marketing Automation platform can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, your success with Marketing Automation depends on selecting the platform that best fits your needs.

Lead Generation Tips - Take 3 Hour Lunches

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There were days in my lead gen life where I could have easily left for lunch and not come back for four hours. MIT data shows that that might have been a good idea! Gerhard Gschwandtner of Selling Power just highlighted last year's MIT / InsideSales.com study of outbound prospecting lead conversion. It got me thinking. Layer the times together and stagger them for time zone.

5 Things My Father Taught Me About Selling

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Today is fathers day, and my kids lived up to the holiday tradition by surprising me with a baked french toast casserole and bacon. The joke was (for the big guy that has one stent in place already) that they were out to kill me. We're heading up to my sister's house today to visit with my dad, Roger Damphousse ("Pepere" as the kids call him), and eat again. Dad, here's to you.(see,

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Lead Gen Tips from Yogi Berra

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Yesterday I was using ConnectAndSell as a training tool and had one of our BDRs (Business Development Reps) live and working a list and three others listening in and critiquing. This, btw, is one of the many benefits of ConnectAndSell. You can train with 5-10 pitches in an hour versus 1 or 2. You can see the Smashmouth ConnectAndSell product review here.) He had o bjection after objection.

C-Level Prospects - Make the First Appointment By Phone

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When I was recently at the Sales 2.0 conference, I had several conversations and debates about the value of Face-to-Face meetings versus Con-calls/Web-meetings. Being that b2b introductory meetings is Green Leads ' business, we have noticed a trend over the past several years. It has become pervasive, and respected, to do business this way. 42% Face-to-Face. 58% Con-call/Web-meeting. 16% Somewhat.

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust.

Event Marketing Works, but ONLY if Vendors Add Value

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I've recently been on the conference circuit, speaking and tweeting whatever sales and marketing goodness I can find. One topic that came up at each conference was the quality of the content presented by the various speakers. Some sessions were brilliant; some were nothing more than veiled commercials. The key as an attendee is to be able to pull the brilliant content out of the commercials. The key as a presenter is to avoid the commercials and present brilliant content. Simple, right? Let's face it. And as attendees, we kind of owe it to them to listen. That said, we want to hear value.

Building a Demand Gen Tribe: The Seth Godin Lead Gen Program

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I was fortunate enough to be asked by Gerhard Gschwandtner , of Selling Power to speak this week at his Sales Leadership Conference in Philadelphia. The highlight of my day was listening to Seth Godin, blogger and author on topics b2b sales and marketing folks devour. One part of Seth's talk was on building a tribe. happen to be a member of that tribe. It got me thinking, though. LinkedIn Groups.

Inside Sales Managers: 4 Ways to Motivate Your Team

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You'd think that in today's economy, a steady paycheck would be enough motivation to get the best out of people, right? Not always the case, nor should it be. Part of any manager's role is to make the people around them better. Whether it's mentoring someone to take over your role when you ascend the corporate ladder, or taking a rep with just enough potential under your wing, ultimately, the job of a manager is to improve his or her team. The Sales Manager is always looking for better performance from a team, and in order to get that, you've got to give a little. Believe me, it works! 3.

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A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey.

Inbound Marketing Gurus -- Where's All The Outbound Marketing Goodness?

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Inbound Marketing is all the rage these days, and why shouldn't it be? It works, right? At least, that's what HubSpot clients are saying (and we're clients, so I can vouch for it). Inbound Marketing's goal is to pull potential customers in by all different methods, whether it's compelling content, savvy SEO execution or community interaction via social media. While inbound strategies are effective, augmenting them with outbound marketing strategies can add to that success. Where do you turn? Be it appointment setting , lead qualification, or email marketing, where's all the goodness at?

Outbound Calling Tips from Johnny Bench

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When I was in college, one of my roomates used to watch The Baseball Bunch. It was designed for kids, but I loved it. You had Johnny Bench, All-Star Hall of Fame catcher for the Cincinnati Reds, teaching a group of young kids how to be better players, and each week they also got professional tips from guest ballplayers like Jim Rice, Pete Rose, Cal Ripen, Jr, and even Ted Williams! What I loved most about the show, though, was the advice that each guest shared with the team. felt like I was getting a one-on-one coaching session with an All-Star right in my dorm room. This stunts growth!

Smashmouth Review - LeadLander - Who's Really Visiting Your Site?

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We thought it might be interesting to augment our thought leader interviews with some demand gen product reviews. We are keeping the reviews independent--actually using the products/services, and then critiquing them. I had heard about LeadLander from a competitor (surprisingly, not all competitors are enemies.that's another blog post). It touts the ability to provide to you all the standard website visitor stats, along with one huge differentiator - the names of companies that visit your website. They meet their promise. The following took place in the last 3 days. Day 1. Day 2. Day 3.

We Are All Our Own CEOs - Chris Brogan On #Owner Magazine

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As a business owner, I manage my tasks, take care of clients, look at my numbers, work hard, attend to quality, work with my team.you name it. Does that sound much different than a sales or marketing professional? Tasks, Clients, Quotas, Energy, Perfection, Peers. You all own your own businesses! Congrats. So now that you own your own business, where can you go for some advice and inspiration?

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful.

Green Leads Acquires Target 250 – Forms Fastest-Growing B2B Demand Gen Company in North America and Europe

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Merger Provides Global Enterprise Software and Technology Companies with Deeply Integrated, Quality Pipeline Generation Services. SCOTTSDALE, AZ (Marketwire – May 4, 2011) – Today, at the SiriusDecisions Summit, Green Leads announced the acquisition of Target 250 to form the fastest-growing pay-for-performance demand generation company in the industry. and Europe.”

B2B Marketing Experts Have a Chance to Give During the Holidays

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B2B Marketing Experts have an ideal opportunity during the Holiday Season to do some old fashioned "feel good" marketing and help some folks along the way. Green Leads ran two internal contests that resulted in charitable giving. Toy drive. We ran a contest last week during a one hour ConnectAndSell session. Kiva Microloans. This now makes 15 loans. And don't forget to have a little fun.

Sales & Marketing Rap: G-Ice #sm20

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During the opening of the Sales & Marketing 2.0 Conference this week, Gerhard "G-Ice" Gschwandtner promised that he would perform a RAP to close the event Tuesday night. He did just that with comic Jeff Applebaum during the Sales & Marketing 2.0 Awards Ceremony, of which Green Leads was a finalist in two categories--Sales & Marketing Alignment and Social Media.

B2B Lead Gen Numbers Do Improve With the Nintendo Wii

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I got a bit carried away recently with my niece and nephews' Wii Bowling game. Even when I thought I had done my best and had enough, I would take a breather and come back and SWING! would put up better numbers. It was addicting. wanted to beat my best score, and. wanted to beat their best scores. It was all so gratifying, and it was all about the numbers! It's addictive. It's energizing. Contest.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

Leverage customer engagement and advocacy to drive brand, demand and profitable growth.

Inbound Marketing Summit Speakers: Twitter List #IMS10

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Today I'm attending New Marketing Lab's Inbound Marketing Summit at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro (killer spot for a conference, btw). Highlight of the day is always Chris Brogan's down to earth, almost "stand up" quality talks. He is always insightful, practical, and spot on with his delivery. thought it would be useful to create a Twitter List of the #IMS10 Speakers. Here you go: [link]. digiphile.

Be a B2B Tweeter, Not a B2B Twit

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Sometimes I think George Lucas just didn’t “get it” when he made the Star Wars prequels. You know, the “other” Star Wars movies? He had made the greatest trilogy in the world in Star Wars , The Empire Strikes Back , and Return of the Jedi. To fans of the original trilogy, Lucas fell woefully short with Episodes I-III. SHAMELESS. What does that mean for you?

The Demand Gen Capital of the World: Andover, MA

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Lead Generation is an "industry" in New England, going back to the early days of the Route 128 Technology Highway. At one point some entrepreneurial soul spun off from one of the big companies, such as Digital or Wang, and there you have it -- an industry was born. The following competitors all call New England home. AG Salesworks. By Appointment Only. Call Center Services. Chameleon Group. Impole.

3 Great B2B Demand Gen Articles from Last Week

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It's amazing that there's so much great content out there surrounding demand generation and B2B sales and marketing! Here are a few that stand out to the Smashmouth crowd from last week: Are Your Inside Sales Reps Good Detectives? guest post on AG Salesworks' Sales Prospecting Perspectives blog provided an interesting comparison to inside sales reps and detectives. But, everything adds up.".

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.