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Sales Prospecting Lessons from New Jack City

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Your Marketing team should have buyer personas for each of your potential customers, and those personas should be shared with your inside team.  It’s important to get that information into their hands because it’s going to make them better at their jobs – they’re going to be able to sniff out prospects better because they’re better informed at who your company targets.

Interview with David Meerman Scott

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Starting in 1997-98 I was VP of Marketing for a couple of different technology companies.  We had great websites built on content.  We were doing online newsletters and press releases to get into search engines.  The company that I was working for, Thompson, fired me in 2002, and I’m like, “Damn it!  There were a couple of professors, though, who really early picked up on it. 

Thoughts on the Death of Cold Calling

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Matt makes the common observation that all that is heard today is that all a company needs to do is focus on their inbound marketing and social media efforts, and they’ll be all set in regards to lead generation.  So I feel like there’s been a lot of blogs lately stating that cold calling is or is not dead , and today I read another one.  Not For B2B Appointment Setting. 

Selling Must Be About Buyers

The CRAP Report

How is it possible that so many companies still fail to “get&# this? How is it possible that companies still haven’t woken up to the fact that selling is really all about BUYERS and providing whatever they need to make the purchase decision in your favor?&#. I read a great blog article today from Ardath Albee, B2B marketer and strategist.  You should check it out, too. 

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. customer/stakeholder goals of my company, and what do I need to make. company sales rep, it becomes even more vital that both groups understand the buying process from. There will be more companies developing SLAs between sales and.

I Don’t Know How You Do It…

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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.  Having a targeted list is going to be the difference between a database full of sales qualified leads and a bunch of names who are no longer working for companies that no longer exist. 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. 

I Don’t Know How You Do It…

The CRAP Report

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.  Having a targeted list is going to be the difference between a database full of sales qualified leads and a bunch of names who are no longer working for companies that no longer exist. 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. 

Top 100 Qualities of a Great Teleprospecting Rep – #63: Tenacity

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Now this guy is in some pretty decent company; the best of the best of all Naval fighter pilots are surrounding him, and without skipping a beat, Maverick replies, “Yes sir.”  He’s confident, he’s determined, and he’s tenacious.  If you’re going to have great teleprospecting reps (TPR’s), they’ve got to be tenacious , too. . In an effort to bring you what I believe are the Top 100 Qualities of a Great Teleprospecting Rep, I’ll be doing so in random order, starting today with #63. Tenacity in teleprospecting really does mean that you don’t take “no” for an answer. 

Top 100 Qualities of a Great Teleprospecting Rep – #63: Tenacity

The CRAP Report

Now this guy is in some pretty decent company; the best of the best of all Naval fighter pilots are surrounding him, and without skipping a beat, Maverick replies, “Yes sir.”  He’s confident, he’s determined, and he’s tenacious.  If you’re going to have great teleprospecting reps (TPR’s), they’ve got to be tenacious , too. . In an effort to bring you what I believe are the Top 100 Qualities of a Great Teleprospecting Rep, I’ll be doing so in random order, starting today with #63. Tenacity in teleprospecting really does mean that you don’t take “no” for an answer. 

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. customer/stakeholder goals of my company, and what do I need to make. company sales rep, it becomes even more vital that both groups understand the buying process from. There will be more companies developing SLAs between sales and.

One Company | One City | One Lattice

Lattice

Let’s start from the beginning – I had five months to find an awesome city with an amazing venue to pull off this awesome event that our company had never experienced before. Every great company kick-off needs to have an inspirational theme. Not just any culinary challenge – this one involved marketing and selling your food to the rest of your company. San Diego – check! Check!

12 Noteworthy Examples of B2B Companies on Instagram

KoMarketing Associates

So, what does this mean for B2B companies? This is the key element I am referring to: Instagram allows companies to tell their story without any interruption. As I previously mentioned, Instagram is a key social media platform for B2B companies to start and/or strengthen their brand storytelling. Instagram is a social media platform unlike any other. Microsoft. HootSuite.

Email Marketing for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies

Industrial Marketing Today

He considered marketing emails to be nothing more than […] The post Email Marketing for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today. Email marketing often gets a bad rap because most people are fed up with the deluge of promotional emails they receive every day. This is only a content summary.

Five steps to establish a content-creating company culture

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I’ve worked with a number of large and small companies to help them develop a culture of content creation and there seems to be a few common themes that enable success. Here are some steps that launch a company toward a vibrant culture of content creation: 1. The first question many companies ask is, “Where is all of this content going to come from?”

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. customer/stakeholder goals of my company, and what do I need to make. company sales rep, it becomes even more vital that both groups understand the buying process from. There will be more companies developing SLAs between sales and.

How to change your company culture for marketing success

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I used to work for a big metals and mining company called Alcoa. It might make more sense if you knew that the company was the subject of the most famous lawsuit against a corporate monopoly in U.S. Alcoa actually lost the suit, leading to the break-up of the company into smaller parts that eventually grew into the company’s competitors. Company culture rules.

Three companies using IT for dramatic transformation

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I used to work for a big global company. ” We discussed the fact that in many companies, the IT Department is still a “cost center” and not strategically integrated into marketing and sales functions. Technology is kind of the blood coursing through our company’s veins these days. used to work for a big global company. It is a necessary evil.

Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?

The Point

Analyst David Raab reports that for companies under $5 Million in revenue, marketing automation penetration is a miserly 5 percent. Even at mid-size companies ($20 Million – $500 Million), the figure is only 10 percent. Which begs the question: is marketing automation right for every company? However, specific factors make certain companies better candidates than others.

5 Steps to Successfully Build Your Company's Sales Development Efforts

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Who is responsible for qualifying inbound marketing leads and identifying new, short-term sales opportunties for senior sales executives in your company? Whether you’re launching a new SDR effort for your company, or seeking to improve its effectiveness and success in the New Year, here are five steps to get you off on the right track. 1. Do the math. Build a process. How often?

How to Protect Your Company’s Reputation on Social Media

Modern B2B Marketing

Companies well-versed in social media marketing have taken all these steps to grow and establish their brand’s online presence, but are they doing enough to protect it? Monitoring Every company that engages in social media marketing needs to uphold a strong and credible reputation while looking for ways to continuously improve it. Unsupervised Content Publishing. Account Hacks.

Study shows social media usage surging at large companies

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The University of Massachusetts released its annual survey of social media usage at Fortune 500 companies and the trend continued to heat up, although these mega-companies continue to lag INC 500 companies, non-profits and universities in their application of social media to marketing efforts. Eight of the top 10 companies (Exxon and Berkshire Hathaway do not). Tweet.

5 Reasons companies are bringing their marketing in house

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Here’s a significant trend described in a very fine digital marketing  research report from SoDA — in the past year there has been a dramatic spike in the number of companies who no longer work with outside marketing agencies — 27 percent, up from 13 percent in the previous year. The shift in North America is a little higher — 28 percent. have a few thoughts about it. One

Why are America’s fastest-growing companies killing their blogs?

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Are America’s fastest-growing companies shifting away from blogging as a primary social media platform?  ”Maybe” could be a conclusion based on new research examining the INC 500 from The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts. 500 is Facebook with 74% of companies using it. Only 24% of the companies have a formal social media policy.

Five Videos Every Company Needs

Act-On

What comes to mind when you think about companies using video? Many companies also use video to sell. But video can do even more for your company. Here are five videos every company needs in 2016. The post Five Videos Every Company Needs appeared first on Act-On Marketing Blog. For many people, the Dollar Shave Club video is high on the list. Again, great!

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The 10 best big company blogs in the world

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There seems to be a lot of noise about the “death of the company blog.” Important? A few years ago, I did a comprehensive study of the best company blogs in America and I thought it was time to re-consider this channel. What is the state of the art in company blogging? What are the best company blogs today? The blog shows the authentic heart of the company.

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5 Tips To Promote Your Company Blog

B2B Marketing Insider

The post 5 Tips To Promote Your Company Blog appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. The competition is fierce out there. There are 58.6 million new blog posts each month on WordPress alone. Everybody, in other words, has clued into this content marketing thing. How do you ever get your work noticed? Is it even worth it?

12 ways to achieve emotional marketing for your B2B company

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” In Mark Schaefer’s book,  Social Media Explained , he asks companies to ask a critical question: What does our company do that NO ONE ELSE does? While there’s validity to each of the common complaints above, there are solutions to help ease companies into adding emotional marketing to the mix. By Brooke Ballard, {gow} Contributing Columnist. Psychographics.

Successful Companies Create Successful Customers

Lattice

Customer success is the hallmark of a great company. For a B2B software company like Lattice, success means our customers are improving the efficiencies of their sales and marketing organizations, and increasing revenue. The post Successful Companies Create Successful Customers appeared first on Lattice Engines. business customer service predictive analytics success stories

Marketing Performance Benchmarks for Software/SaaS Companies

bizible

Today, for marketers at Software/SaaS companies, we compiled some key statistics from both reports, creating a one-stop shop of critical insights for two important digital marketing channels. This is especially true for companies that are using ABM strategies. For B2B software/SaaS companies, this can be extremely powerful for finding the right people. Different Strengths.

How to Solve the Marketing Skills Gap In Your Company

Digital B2B Marketing

A few weeks ago I was talking to Maureen Blandford about marketers, marketing technology, and the need for all of us to move faster. Our conversation turned to skill sets and the current digital and technology skills gap in marketing today. thought I had in that conversation has been gnawing at me since: “Today’s marketers don’t have the aptitude for marketing technology.”

13 Customer Loyalty Best Practices for B2B Companies

Act-On

Existing customers interact with several departments in your company. An example of a survey that is probably trying to access the company’s Net Promoter Score. 4. The Harvard Business Review suggests “Credit card companies would waive late fees for customers who were on vacation when the payment was due… Airlines and hotels would renew status levels for customers who took a hiatus from traveling when they had a baby or were between jobs.”. What could your company do? 5. Our first impressions of people (and companies) frame how we experience them later.

Digital Marketing Strategies Every Company Needs Today

Spiralytics

It’s easy to get left behind in the world of marketing. As the Project Runway host, Heidi Klum, would say it, “ One day you’re in, the next day you’re out. ”. Digital Marketing

How to establish your company’s Social Media Lead Team

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I have written a lot about the critical importance of company culture to social media marketing success. For many companies this is a dramatic and difficult change. One of the most important things a company can do is to create a Social Media Lead Team to help drive the change you need that will support your efforts. There is no such thing as a grassroots organizational change.

Video Tech Company Leverages SEM to Drive Enterprise Leads

The Point

Started in 2008 as the world’s first open source video player, JW Player pioneered video on the Web and today has customers in 193 countries, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual bloggers. The company’s flagship product, JW Player, is live on more than 2 million sites with more than 1.3 billion unique monthly views. Aggressive testing of ad copy. Sewell, Spear President.

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9 Companies That Make Content Marketing Execution Simple

B2B Marketing Insider

The post 9 Companies That Make Content Marketing Execution Simple appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Execution is arguably the most difficult part of content marketing. Don’t get me wrong; a solid content strategy is critical. It’s the foundation of your efforts, and studies like this have proved that documenting it makes teams more effective at content marketing. Content Marketing

Five companies with a human social media presence

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The company is one of the few that is effectively integrating their paid advertising presence with social media connection. Their “spokes cow” has its own social media account, adding whimsy and fun to the company personality. brings the company to life and creates opportunities for social sharing and covnersation. Are there company examples you would like to share?

8 Companies Totally Rocking Their LinkedIn Company Pages

Hubspot

That''s been great news for brands, since it''s given them a new audience to reach with their content, via their Company Pages on LinkedIn. Let''s look at eight that are capitalizing on the opportunity and rocking it -- I think you might be surprised to find that both B2B and B2C companies are working to get the most out of their pages. 1) Coca-Cola. It''s a professional audience.

4 Blogging Best Practices for B2B SaaS Start-Up Companies

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

As a B2B SaaS company, your best bets for social media sharing are LinkedIn and Twitter. I follow a few key topics on Quora , and I try to answer a question over there at least once a week. My inclination is to answer B2B inside sales and sales topics, since AG Salesworks has such an arsenal of resources for everyone. Every blog post looks like a demo! No, no, no! Be smart about SEO.

Should your B2B Marketing Plan Include Company Personas?

Cintell

Part 1 of 2: The Confluence of Buyer Personas and Company Personas (look for part 2 coming soon with our partners at HG Data). wide variety of data types and insight are now being used to develop buyer personas that give us an understanding of the people within the companies we are targeting. If a company had a soul, the purchasing history is a window into it. B2BZone b2c Blo