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Invest in Your Investment

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So you’ve gone ahead and spent money outsourcing your sales opportunity generation process.  Now what?  Speaking from experience, the one thing that I would tell each and every future customer is this:  invest in your investment. . The most successful partnerships I’ve been a part of have been ones where my clients understand that they are going to get out of a campaign that which they put into it.  They understand that if I need them to fill out an implementation document because that is how we get on the phones for them faster, they do it.  What else do you need?”

Invest in Your Investment

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So you’ve gone ahead and spent money outsourcing your sales opportunity generation process.  Now what?  Speaking from experience, the one thing that I would tell each and every future customer is this:  invest in your investment. . The most successful partnerships I’ve been a part of have been ones where my clients understand that they are going to get out of a campaign that which they put into it.  They understand that if I need them to fill out an implementation document because that is how we get on the phones for them faster, they do it.  What else do you need?”

The Other Half of an Admin’s Title: Assistant

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I’ve often sat in and listened to my reps making calls, and invariably, they always wind up speaking with administrative assistants.  I’m amazed at how frustrated rep’s can get because the administrative assistant on the other line is not helping them.  I’m amazed because the rep has not treated the admin like a person, but rather as an obstacle to get around. . Now my more senior reps know this, but the junior ones don’t understand:  admin’s are there, for the most part, to assist.  They have to, it’s in their title!  We just need treat them as people. .

The Other Half of an Admin’s Title: Assistant

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I’ve often sat in and listened to my reps making calls, and invariably, they always wind up speaking with administrative assistants.  I’m amazed at how frustrated rep’s can get because the administrative assistant on the other line is not helping them.  I’m amazed because the rep has not treated the admin like a person, but rather as an obstacle to get around. . Now my more senior reps know this, but the junior ones don’t understand:  admin’s are there, for the most part, to assist.  They have to, it’s in their title!  We just need treat them as people. .

Just a Thought…

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If you never leave voicemails for the prospects you’re trying to sell to, how are they going to know that you’re trying to sell to them?  And if the voicemails that you do leave offer no compelling reason to call you back, what good are they? . think about the voicemails that I get on my cell phone.  I can see who leaves me a message and who does not.  I’m going to listen to the voicemails of people who I know have something important to tell me.  You’re better than that!  Give your prospect a reason to call you back.  You’ve got to put some thought behind the voicemail game. 

I Don’t Know How You Do It…

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You know, if you’re going to spend money on outsourcing your sales opportunity development, it might make sense to put a list in front of them that isn’t four or five years old.  Now I understand, those names you got from “Software-Tech Mega Expo ‘05” were hot then, but I’d bet that more than 75% of those people are no longer working for the company you think they are.  Hell, I bet many of them aren’t even working , period. You’ve got to have some expectations level-set for you: if the names you want them to call on are four to five years old, you’re not going to get a lot. 

I Don’t Know How You Do It…

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You know, if you’re going to spend money on outsourcing your sales opportunity development, it might make sense to put a list in front of them that isn’t four or five years old.  Now I understand, those names you got from “Software-Tech Mega Expo ‘05” were hot then, but I’d bet that more than 75% of those people are no longer working for the company you think they are.  Hell, I bet many of them aren’t even working , period. You’ve got to have some expectations level-set for you: if the names you want them to call on are four to five years old, you’re not going to get a lot. 

Proper Preparation Precedes Proper Performance

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I once worked with a customer who told me that the easiest way to describe his offering was to tell me that they provided 90% of the functionality that a competitor (who’s name rhymes with “ Bicrosoft ”!) offers at twice the price, and then asked me to find him quality sales opportunities. . Let that sink in for a minute. . If you’re ready to partner with an organization to develop and nurture a pipeline of quality sales opportunities for you, you have to make sure you’ve got all of your ducks in a row.  Don’t believe me? 

Proper Preparation Precedes Proper Performance

The CRAP Report

I once worked with a customer who told me that the easiest way to describe his offering was to tell me that they provided 90% of the functionality that a competitor (who’s name rhymes with “ Bicrosoft ”!) offers at twice the price, and then asked me to find him quality sales opportunities. . Let that sink in for a minute. . If you’re ready to partner with an organization to develop and nurture a pipeline of quality sales opportunities for you, you have to make sure you’ve got all of your ducks in a row.  Don’t believe me? 

Why Blog Now?

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You know, this is a great question.  Why blog now?   The InterWeb is flooded with blogs about everything that goes on in Wall Street to the wild cat-herders of the mid-West.  I guess the reason for blogging about sales prospecting is because I wanted to share what I’ve found to be some best practices on running a lead generation machine that is made up of, at its base level, people; people who can be really funny in ways that completely throw off the unintentional-comedy scale. . What can you expect?  Posted in Blogging.

Why Blog Now?

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You know, this is a great question.  Why blog now?   The InterWeb is flooded with blogs about everything that goes on in Wall Street to the wild cat-herders of the mid-West.  I guess the reason for blogging about sales prospecting is because I wanted to share what I’ve found to be some best practices on running a lead generation machine that is made up of, at its base level, people; people who can be really funny in ways that completely throw off the unintentional-comedy scale. . What can you expect?  Posted in Blogging.

Sales Prospecting Lessons from New Jack City

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Additionally, in that same report, Trish shares that Training falls to sixth (from fourth in 2009) in terms of top challenges that face Inside Sales leaders face. Where were you in March of 1991? . That month, New Jack City , was released to theaters nationwide, and I had to be there to see it.  Surprisingly enough, there was a lot to learn from Nino Brown and the Cash Money Brothers. 

Interview with David Meerman Scott

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Steve Quiggly at Boston University is one; Karen Russel at University of Georgia is another.  A couple of rogue professors started to use the book, and then I started getting emails from these students who, like in 2008 and 2009, who said, “I can’t believe I went through four years of education and I never learned any of this stuff.”  There were actually people in tears!  You needed a .edu

2009 Big List of B2B Marketing and Sales Blogs

Proteus B2B Marketing Blog

With all the micro-blogging, I’ve often wondered whether the number of bloggers who actually create original, substantial content is decreasing. Don’t get me wrong, you can create meaningful thought in 140 characters, but it’s a lot easier to write 140 characters (no matter how well crafted) than it is to consistently create original content for [.].

Sales Ready Leads: Quality vs. Quantity

Smashmouth Marketing

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.

2009 Junta42 Golf for Autism Another Success - $30k in Proceeds in 3 Years

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  Our original goal for 2009 was $12,000. 2009 was our first year and we have every intention of participating next year. It was another perfect day for an amazing cause.    On August 14th, nearly 100 golfers and over 80 sponsors and contributors came together to raise more than $10,000 to help get children with autism get speech therapy services. All proceeds for the event go to Easter Seals Northern Ohio. By late 2008, it was apparent that this year was going to be much more challenging. All told, we feel pretty good about surpassing the $10k level. Thanks Joe!

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6 steps to writing a better Request for Proposals, a primer

Confluent Forms

We believe strongly in Requests for Proposals (RFPs) as a tool for companies to find the best products and services at competitive prices, but also as an evaluation method for finding that elusive "best fit". However, too often the RFP process is run by people who have never experienced the process before, either from the issuer or vendor side, and essentially don't know what to say or what to ask.

Winners of the 2009 Markie Awards

Digital Body Language

It was a great night last night in San Francisco with the Markies awards gala being the show highlight at Eloqua Experience. The competition was intense this year with submissions from all sizes of companies, all industries, and all regions of the world.

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What Exactly IS Digital Body Language?

Digital Body Language

I've been using the term "Digital Body Language" on this blog quite a lot for obvious reasons. However, I have not really taken a moment to define the term, as I realized recently after a presentation on the topic. So what is it? What we are referring to when we talk about Digital Body Language is the aggregate of all the digital activity you see from an individual.

Fire your Director of Social Media!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

At a recent ANA conference I was interviewing Brian Wallace VP of Digital Marketing and Media for RIM when I heard him say “2 years from now- if I still have a Director of Social Media – I should be fired!&# and after thinking about that I can’t help but agree with him. Said differently how do we make social part of the very DNA of the firm? What’s your view? Tweet This! Digg this!

Top 20 CRM Blogs of 2009

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Read Forecasting Clouds' Top 20 CRM Blogs of 2009 Forecasting Clouds ranked the top 20 CRM blogs based on their content, readability and frequency of posting. I'm honored to have been included on the list. As I read over the list of blogs, I discovered some new ones worth reading along with a number of bloggers I already follow. Here's a partial list of the CRM blogs on their list: PGreenblog and CRM: The Conversation – Paul Greenberg. Beagle Consulting Blog – Denis Pombriant. Brent’s Social CRM Blog - Brent Leary. Think Customers: the 1 to 1. Jeremy Nedelka. Carfi. Blog - Michael Maoz.

5 Secrets of Creating Successful Marketing One-Sheets

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. One of the networks I belong to, ProVisors , advocates the use of one-sheets or one-pagers that describe each member’s differentiators and the benefits of the service(s) they provide. See samples at the end of this post.) These one-sheets are important, because in each ProVisors meeting there are about thirty different service providers giving their elevator pitch to the group. The Grabber.

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TriComB2B: Smart. Strategic. Technical. - Technically Focused B2B Marketing Agency - formerly TriCom Marketing & Communications

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more » News / Press Releases TriComB2B Named as 2009 Best Places to Work Winner. We get it. From writing technical bulletins for your sales force to composing a speech for your CEO, our technically oriented staff of engineers, account managers and marketers will produce deliverables that make sense for your business with results you can measure. We are distinctive due to our technical aptitude , industry knowledge and business acumen. Contact TriComB2B to learn how our focus on technical products and services can help make your marketing efforts more effective. All Rights Reserved.

Inbound Marketing University | inboundmarketing.com

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Subscribe by RSS InboundMarketing.com Home News Jobs Forums University Search this site: Home Inbound Marketing University Posted May 5th, 2009 by Rick Burnes Register for IMU | Class Schedule | Professors | Student Tools | IMU Badges | Partners | Student Bulletin Board >>Click here to attend this weeks classes! **By clicking the above link, you will have access to the upcoming and recorded webinars. June 15-19, 2009: Inbound Marketing University Classes June 22, 2009: Review Session and Certification Exam New feature! Program Schedule: ( Cant make one of the classes?

Why Are Marketing Automation Managers So Hard to Find?

LeadSloth

Even though some vendors have been around for almost 10 years, Marketing Automation is still relatively new. According to Forrester, only  2-5% of B2B firms have invested in full-featured Marketing Automation. But that percentage is rapidly growing. Increasingly, B2B companies realize that Marketing Automation software requires skilled operators. But – if you decide to hire a Marketing Automation manager – what should you look for, and where do you find them? New technology requires people with a new set of skills, nothing new about that. But that’s for web analysts.

Lead Generation Tips - Take 3 Hour Lunches

Smashmouth Marketing

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 quick tips to writing better proposals (RFP responses)

Confluent Forms

We're frequently asked for any tips we might have for people writing proposal responses to Requests for Proposals (RFP) that they've received. After finding us through the RFP Database , seeing the abundance of RFPs that it contains, and knowing that all of those RFPs are open competitions, the natural question is "if I'm going to spend time writing a proposal it has got to be a winner". Faced with the situation of having to read 300+ pages of different vendors' proposals many people read the first page and then start skimming, and if they're not skimming, their minds are probably going numb.

5 Things My Father Taught Me About Selling

Smashmouth Marketing

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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10 Most Popular Content Marketing Posts of 2009

Content Marketing Today

In fact, visitors searching our site for the phrase “content marketing” increased by 85% in 2009 over 2008. In 2009, most small businesses do have websites and the term, ‘content marketing,’ has gone from obscure to fashionable. Thanks to everyone for their support in 2009! It’s been a very good year for content marketing. Want to Attract and Retain Great Customers? But now.

Cold calling and the Complex Sale: observations you can learn from (thanks to my daughter)

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I was somewhat shocked to find out that my 14-year-old daughter had searched YouTube recently for any mention of her dear old dad. She stumbled across a video that included a recent mention of my book, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale. Isn’t it just amazing how easy it is in today’s world for our children to get the goods on their parents? But, excuse me, I’m digressing. With it.

13 Top Books for CMOs - Recommended by The CMO Club

Smashmouth Marketing

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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Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?

Sales Lead Insights

I’m probably biased, but I believe the primary objective of business-to-business marketing is driving sales of the company’s products and services. Of course branding and awareness are also roles that can be played effectively by B2B marketing, but from my point of view these are only supporting roles—secondary to the primary objective of helping drive sales. Yet many of these same companies eventually come to the realization that not every prospective customer is ready to buy now. What’s all this have to do with social media? about a survey they recently conducted. Not bad!

Annoucing a new family member

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I seldom write personal posts but I'm making an exception to share my joy. Lydia Faith Carroll was born on 7/8/09. She is 7lbs 6oz and 19 inches long. Mindy and Lydia are doing great! Lydia getting some rest : ). Our first family photo with Lydia. happy family of five! feel very grateful and blessed

My List of Demand Generation Vendors, and Who They Sell To

Customer Experience Matrix

One of the audience members at the B2B Marketing University in Boston asked about demand generation systems for small businesses, and how to distinguish among the vendors in general. My brief answer was that the biggest difference was less functionality than the target markets the different vendors pursue. This has more to do with the degree of personal selling (and after-sale service) than anything else. also promised a blog post on the topic. Here it is. Incidentally, there's one more B2BU session left this year, in Seattle on December 1.