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Sales Managers, and Why Yours May Need to Move On

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deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don’t have to! One of my favorite scenes from Office Space is when the Bob’s (you know, the pair of consultants whom Lumbergh brings in to weed out the non-essential employees), meet with middle manager Tom Smykowski.  have people skills! I am good at dealing with people! Can’t you understand that!? Can they get the job done? 

Teleprospecting Teams – 3 Ways to Get What You Need From Them

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You know, I think depending on the age of the person you talk to, they’re always going to tell you that “their&# era of NBC’s Saturday Night Live was the best.  For me, I really enjoy a lot of the different casts that SNL has put together over the last 36 seasons.  One of the cast members that always had me laughing was Mike Meyers.  What do we need inside teams for? 

Sales Prospecting Lessons from New Jack City

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Each time your marketing team changes strategy, make sure your inside team is up on the changes, and vice versa.  As your BDR’s are talking with potential customers, they’re getting first-hand intel as to what your target audience wants and thinks about.  Where were you in March of 1991? . Surprisingly enough, there was a lot to learn from Nino Brown and the Cash Money Brothers. 

Selling Must Be About Buyers

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The post, entitled What’s the Cost When Sales Tries to Do it All? , was found on the Customer Collective website, and in it, Ardath shared some of her thoughts on CSO Insights’ new 2010 Sales Effectiveness Study.  For marketing, for sales and for customer retention. I read a great blog article today from Ardath Albee, B2B marketer and strategist. 

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

for customer service. Customer service teams are the experts on customer pain points. president of global creative and content marketing. “It’s customer-first thinking. A lot. Business Goal Content Objectives KPIs Customer. customers Customer service • Number of service issues resolved using. become customers. Content. Methodology: A Best.

How Do Your Prospects Want to be, well, Prospected?

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Frichol’s article, Are You Selling or Facilitating Buying for Customers? purports that if prospective buyers, Marketing, and Sales were all aligned, the sales cycle might not take so long.  He’s right.  So, while I’ll leave it to the Marketing and Sales experts to help you align those departments with your future customers, I do see three ways that your teleprospecting teams can do all they can to quicken their aspect of the buying process.  Think about your prospects for a minute.  This question came to me today after reading a blog entry in the Marketing Mélange by Mike Frichol.

Teleprospecting Lessons from Guns N’ Roses

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Everything you do, from building scripts to shaping messaging to the emails you send out need to be focused on how your future customers want to be prospected. You know, one that you can just listen to over and over without feeling like you need to fast forward past a song.  I think I have a few, but the first one I ever encountered, where I liked EVERY song was Appetite for Destruction.  I thought I’d try and do something a little different today, so I’m going to relate some teleprospecting lessons through the titles of each of the songs on the Appetite for Destruction album.

Invest in Your Investment

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Speaking from experience, the one thing that I would tell each and every future customer is this:  invest in your investment. . Spend time with them explaining customer success stories, and why prospects need to hear those stories, too.  Posted in Lead Generation, Sales Prospecting Tagged: customer story. Tags: Lead Generation Sales Prospecting customer story So you’ve gone ahead and spent money outsourcing your sales opportunity generation process.  Now what?  What else do you need?”

Invest in Your Investment

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Speaking from experience, the one thing that I would tell each and every future customer is this:  invest in your investment. . Spend time with them explaining customer success stories, and why prospects need to hear those stories, too.  Posted in Lead Generation, Sales Prospecting Tagged: customer story. Tags: Lead Generation Sales Prospecting customer story So you’ve gone ahead and spent money outsourcing your sales opportunity generation process.  Now what?  What else do you need?”

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 ”!) Posted in B2B Marketing, Messaging, Sales Prospecting Tagged: customer story, Messaging. Tags: B2B Marketing Messaging Sales Prospecting customer story offers at twice the price, and then asked me to find him quality sales opportunities. . Let that sink in for a minute. . Don’t believe me? 

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 ”!) Posted in B2B Marketing, Messaging, Sales Prospecting Tagged: customer story, Messaging. Tags: B2B Marketing Messaging Sales Prospecting customer story offers at twice the price, and then asked me to find him quality sales opportunities. . Let that sink in for a minute. . Don’t believe me? 

Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

percent of American pay TV custom- ers overall, including the 25–34 demographic. as sales, employee advocacy, customer service, audi- ence engagement, thought leadership, and hiring. CUSTOMER RETENTION & LOYALTY The “always-on sales funnel” is a mod- ern marketing cliché for a reason. customer. All rights reserved. Introduction 4 II. Why This Guide 6 III. Instead, most.

Connecting the customer experience

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Enabling great customer experiences and optimizing processes and interactions across all touchpoints in a consistent and human, customer-centric way leads to marketing and business success. The customer experience is the sum of all contact moments (touches) the connected customer […]. Integrated marketing customer experience single customer view

4 Myths Preventing True B2B Customer Understanding

Tony Zambito

There is a big problem when it comes to B2B customer research.  According to various studies over the years (by credible institutions such as Harvard) regarding market and customer research, approximately 80% or better of B2B customer research is conducted to reinforce current assumptions about customers.  Thus, inundating customers with non-relevant content.

Use Buyer Persona Research To Improve B2B Customer Experience

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Customer experience has been and will continue to be one of the major influences on how buyers make choices.  Recent research by SiriusDecisions found that for 80% of B2B buyers surveyed, customer experience counted as the top significant reason why they chose to work with a specific provider over another.  State Of B2B Customer Experience Is Unhealthy. by Creative Stall.

7 Elements Of Customer Understanding The C-Suite Must Master

Tony Zambito

Changes in customer and buying behaviors continue to rock the very foundations of many industries. According to recent surveys by PWC, Forrester, IBM , and McKinsey, disruptive trends in customer and buying behaviors are expected to continue over the next five years. What remains cloudy for CEOs and their C-Suites is what comprises deep customer understanding. by Yarden Gilboa.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

And instead of relying on disruptive banner ads, brands are start- ing to get smart about targeting customers with original content. their most important marketing goal, lifetime customer value and. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.com By Jordan Teicher Study: How Much of Your Content. Marketing is Effective? What’s working—and what’s not—for over. content.

How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content

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The bar has now been raised for marketers to make it through the eye of the needle of customer attention.  The novelty of content has worn off its shiny coat for many customers and potential buyers.  Out Of Alignment With Business And Customer Goals. Compounding this issue, is the overriding benefit of content as seen by customers and potential buyers.  Related articles.

Informed Customer Understanding Should Guide Marketing

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While others portray that if you just do these few things, then there will be a proverbial pot of gold, at the end of the year filled with overflowing coins of new leads and customers. One thing that is clear is the dynamics of markets, customers, and sellers continue to unfold in new ways.  by Anton Scherbik. If it were only that simple…. What Should Guide Marketing? Choosing Wisely.

Marketing: New architects of the customer experience?

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There seems to be a theme emerging on {grow} over the last few months and it is this: How can be effective marketers and have any influence over what has become a very strange and complex The customer journey (my friend Krista LaRiviere of gShift called this the “ dark funnel “). The customer journey is more tangled than the power cords in my computer bag. Now what?

Marketers Are Struggling to Keep Up Customer Expectations: Here's Proof

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How pitiful is this: My wife left me alone all last weekend and the most mischief I could get into was looking for research about cross-channel customer views. Let's start with a truth universally acknowledged – that customers have rising expectations for personalized treatment. So, yes, customer expectations are rising and failing to meet them has a price.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

customers to reimagine GE on the cutting edge, which. they end up becoming customers of Moz, that’s great, too, but that’s a side benefit. list that could include: its own investment trends data, data and queries gathered at its customer call center, the expertise of its financial advisors and other internal. Playbook No. 2: Strategy and Roadmap Copyright © 2015 Contently.

Psychology and marketing: respecting and failing the customer

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As organizations focus more on customer service, the customer experience and, well, anything that’s customer-related, there’s also an increasing attention for the psychological dimension of business (workers) and customers.

10 Ways To Show Your Customers Love

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little bit goes a long way to delight, so we put together a list of 10 ways for you to demonstrate appreciation and value to your customers. Happy customers make supportive advocates, so always aim to help, enable, and support. Showing a little customer love doesn’t require big, strategic efforts. commitment to customer success and service can start small. Check

Strikedeck Adds Automation to Customer Success Management

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I first started paying attention to “customer success management” systems when I realized they were assembling data from multiple sources to build a consolidated customer view – something that could potentially serve other departments throughout the organization. This made them a fifth subtype of Customer Data Platforms (CDPs), along with systems based on marketing, lead scoring, sales advisory, and tag management. Strikedeck is aiming squarely at the same market as customer success leaders Gainsight and Totango but includes more automated execution of recommended actions.

Using Customer Contact Data to Tell Better Marketing Stories

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If the stories are true, there was a day – long ago – when marketing with your gut and creating general, positive experiences was enough to draw customers into your lead gen flows. You already have everything you need – your customer contact data – waiting in your CRM. Shaping Customer Data into Stories. When product sheets and face-to-face meetings closed deals.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

platforms, and customer relationship management. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.comBy Jordan Teicher Content. Marketing. 2016 STAFFING, MEASUREMENT, AND. EFFECTIVENESS ACROSS THE INDUSTRY 2Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry I. Introduction II. Methodology III. Key Findings IV. Results and Analysis V. But brands.

Understanding Known and Unknown Customers

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Simply put: The Known Universe – is people that we know, they might be customers or they might have signed up to an email list without ever purchasing. Want to make sure these people are not current customers (within your known universe), sure thing, exclude them from your audience. Customer Acquisition – Sales down for the quarter? Great! So now we know, phew.

How B2B CMOs Can Achieve Customer-Centric Marketing With Buyer Personas

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recent survey by B2B Marketing, in conjunction with the UK-based agency Tomorrow People, indicated only 38% of marketers considered their content to be “very customer-centric.” This mirrors findings of other surveys related to content marketing and customer-centric marketing, which consistently hovers in the 35- 40% range of “very customer-centric” or “very effective content marketing.”.

Content marketing: a customer-centric manifesto

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It is part of a bigger picture, aiming to create business value by creating customer value. It takes a customer-centric and integrated approach to succeed in content marketing. Creating business value through creating customer value using content marketing – and putting […]. Content marketing Customer experience Integrated marketing

Customer Data Platforms Revisited: The Future of Marketing Data

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It’s nearly two years since I introduced the concept of a Customer Data Platform , defined as a marketer-controlled system that builds a multi-source customer database and exposes it to external execution systems. Customer Management Functions CDPs exist because marketers need to coordinate customer (and prospect) interactions across channels. In fact, most do not.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

And they expect an optimized customer experience from end to end. Manage the customer experience: great content alone won't save a lousy product or cumbersome experience. always make more content, their customers can't make any more time. will be forced to value "fit" over "reach" where they target the customers that fit. or current customer is. B2B Marketing.

Why Customer Experience is the Hot New Thing in Marketing

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“The customer experience is the next competitive battleground.”. It’s old-fashioned, but it works: Be good to your customers. Be good from the first time they encounter you to years after they’ve become your loyal, return customer. And even recently we’ve seen several new-ish terms that describe what a great customer experience aims to achieve. And of customer advocates?

Act-On: Powering the Customer Experience

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That’s the proverbial ‘loaded question’, but for now, let’s focus on what can be done to build a high-performing, sustainable marketing department that balances brand awareness, demand generation and customer marketing. Customer Experience. Deliver a great customer experience. Sloppy Growth” is a result of not thinking about your customer. Competitive Advantage?

Customer experience and beyond: customer journey mapping

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The key to creating business value is focusing on customer value. Truly understanding the needs and preferences of customers, as well as their behavior during the buying journey, is essential for your business strategy. Customers buy products and services but also experiences and emotions. The buying decision is connected, highly individual and highly emotional, even […

Optimizing the Digital and Social Customer Experience

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Customer service Relationship marketing Social business Social CRM Social media marketing Touchpoint marketing Bryan Eisenberg customer journey Dion Hinchcliffe McKinsey touchpoints W.H. Since McKinsey first wrote about the ‘consumer decision journey’, the attention for that journey has never been higher. Hank) Brigman

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

And they expect an optimized customer experience from end to end. Manage the customer experience: great content alone won't save a lousy product or cumbersome experience. always make more content, their customers can't make any more time. will be forced to value "fit" over "reach" where they target the customers that fit. or current customer is. B2B Marketing.

5 Ways to Demonstrate Value to Your Customers

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by Amanda Batista | Tweet this The marketer extraordinaire wears many hats, manages a variety of channels, and is challenged to understand the ongoing technological developments changing the way buyers and customers interact with brands. Your marketing has to be ‘customer centric.’ Customer retention is a critical concern for every marketing organization.

Quit Obsessing About the Customer Journey

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These days it seems to me that you can’t read a marketing blog, attend a marketing conference, listen to a marketing podcast, without hearing someone drone on about the customer journey. Suddenly, we are led to believe, the customer journey is all that matters. Lead nurturing , for example, must now coddle the buyer through every step of his/her journey to customer nirvana.

How to Put the Customer First in Lead Generation

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Tweet Putting customers first in lead generation. As marketers, we have more ways to observe our customers behavior and can leverage tools like marketing automation, Web analytics and CRM systems to help us manage all this complexity. That missing piece is customer empathy. To build that empathy, I recommend: Push the acronyms aside and actually talk to your customer.

How to create engagement with customer flow

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Most articles present Customer Journey as a given fact. They presume customers are happy with their purchasing journey. think there is a lot to gain for customers. Why just understand the customer journey? The graphics presented in this article build up to new understanding of the customer journey, what I like to call “Customer Flow.”

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

And they expect an optimized customer experience from end to end. Manage the customer experience: great content alone won't save a lousy product or cumbersome experience. always make more content, their customers can't make any more time. will be forced to value "fit" over "reach" where they target the customers that fit. or current customer is. B2B Marketing.

How Content Drives a Great Customer Experience (and Profit)

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Welcome to the Age of the Customer. Today, customers have more control over their buyer experience than ever before. The tricky part is that different teams within a single organization – social, demand gen, digital marketing, field marketing, inside sales, outside sales, customer support – are responsible for delivering content across various channels to the same buyer.