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3 Soft Selling Skills I See In My Best Sales Development Reps

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I was having an interesting discussion with my Director of Marketing the other day about her perspective on hard vs. soft sales skills. From what she has seen working with experienced sales guys and gals over the years is that they rely far too much on their hard skills to get them by. And they definitely like to be heard. Empathy. Respect for a prospect''s time. Tone and cadence.

How AG's Sales Development Managers Motivate Reps in February [Part 2]

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Sales can be a daunting task, filled with highs and lows, and it is important to recognize your team’s victories, big and small; whether they be a small deal in a saturated market, or a large opportunity for the hottest solution on the market, any win that puts your team closer to their end goal should be recognized. Steven Malcolm - Positive Reinforcement and Skill Building.

How to Influence B2B Sales Prospects (Without Annoying Them)

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In the marketing and sales community, “experts” and “gurus” abound, but only the truly influential make great thought leaders. If you’re selling something, you need to be persuasive. But you don’t need to be annoying. Case in point: I was at the gym the other day, in the middle of a sweaty elliptical workout, when a trainer came over and asked if my name was Christine. Reciprocity. Liking.

5 B2B Sales Thought Leaders Share 2014 Trends and 2015 Predictions

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Also, stay tuned for next Tuesday, when we’ll be sharing the marketing edition of this post. The biggest trend we are seeing is the rise of target account marketing/selling. The idea here is we are coming off years of giddiness around inbound marketing and digital demand generation. That is target account marketing/selling and it is HOT right now. It’s January 6.

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The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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

A Breakdown of the Top 5 Sessions for Content Marketing at INBOUND14

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It was my first time at HubSpot’s INBOUND Conference, and as a content marketer just starting my career in marketing, there was certainly a lot to take in. One factor I noticed across the board was the focus on the ever-elusive future - the future of CRM, the future of B2B marketing the future of storytelling. Why was everyone so preoccupied with the future of marketing?

3 Steps to Stellar List Building

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Gathering valuable information enables you to build targeted niche lists, track emerging companies in specific markets, and segment larger sectors or lists. To identify your market, consider their key locations, industries, titles, company size, etc. Targeting your audience means being able to: Better tailor your sales pitch and marketing message to their needs.

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5 Voicemail Tips Every Sales Development Rep Should Be Using

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Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest blog from Greg Klingshirn , Content Marketing Manager at SalesLoft. Greg is the Content Marketing Manager at SalesLoft , one of the fastest growing startups in Georgia. Cold calls are the bread and butter of successful sales development reps. But what about the times you call and don’t get an answer? Be Intriguing.

3 Important Sales Trends & Predictions for 2015

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B2B sales and marketing leaders will need to decide whether they’re going to invest in content creation as a way to make noise or as a way to add value for customers. In terms of the social activity of sales reps, it’s worth noting that being good and thoughtful curators of content allows individual reps to help advance their organization’s content marketing goals.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. Marketers need to take the. content.

Your Guide to Google Plus B2B Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

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This infographic describes why Google Plus is the future of B2B Marketing, and why businesses need to stop neglecting its presence. Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Russel Cooke , journalist and business consultant. The rollout of Google Plus in the summer of 2011 was nothing short of mighty. This, for businesses in particular, works particularly well.

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10 Things Master Salespeople Do to Sweep Away Skepticism and Close Sales

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The principle is simple: If a company incorporates trust and credibility in its marketing, skepticism naturally fades. Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest blog from Demian Farnworth , Chief Copywriter at Copyblogger Media. To close a sale, a prospect needs to commit to buy (plus a few other steps, but that commitment is crucial). Read the full article here.

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My 4-Step Process to Marketing Research for Content Creation

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If you’re a content marketer, you know how important it is to produce interesting and relevant content. If you’re a content marketer for the B2B space, you know how important it is to produce content that’s also fact-driven and referral-worthy. Let’s talk about the first process in my content marketing efforts: research. hesitate to call this marketing research.

4 Lessons Learned After One Year as an Inside Sales Manager

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She is also responsible for managing client relationships, completing daily reporting and project analytics, and planning strategic marketing campaigns. Next month marks an important milestone not only in my career at AG, but in my career in general. This October I will have completed my first year as an inside sales manager. Lesson 1: Learn to prioritize your tasks. How to do this?

3 Tips for Nurturing Prospects in Inside Sales

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In a recent study, Marketing Sherpa found that “73% of all B2B leads are not sales-ready… not receiving the experience they desire.” Not many people buy right away; in fact, most of them take the time to research what the market is offering. Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a post from Taylor Lacey, a Business Development Representative at AG Salesworks.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. Marketers need to take the. content.

4 Steps to Content Curation for Inside Sales Reps

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healthy content marketing mix involves a significant portion of 3 rd party content sharing in addition to original thought-leadership pieces. Having started from humble roots as a doorknocker in Australia, Dave quickly excelled over his decade long sales and marketing career to hold several VP and Director level positions. Step 1: Create a List. Step 2: Find Content.

6 Email Prospecting Tools Every Inside Sales Rep Should Be Using

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You’re inundated daily by messages from clients, prospects, marketing, and more. If you’re a HubSpot user, Signals offers integration with HubSpot, which can be immensely helpful for email marketing and prospecting. Allison Tetreault is the Marketing Content Coordinator at AG Salesworks. Tips for Improving Open Rates for B2B Sales and Marketing Emails.

The Evolution of the Sales Role

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Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Sean Jones, business writer with a primary focus on the marketing sector. As concepts such as marketing and publicity took form in the last half of the 20th century, the s alesperson’s role started to change, as well as the role of the buyer. In the time of the snake oil salesman, the salesman himself had agency.

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Timeliness Matters: 3 Ways to Stay Ahead in Sales

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Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Amanda Maksymiw , Content Marketing Manager at Lattice Engines. Ensure Tight Alignment with Marketing. An issue with sales timeliness may be a symptom of poor alignment between marketing and sales organizations. Back in 2011, the Harvard Business Review educated us on exactly what timely manner meant.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. Marketers need to take the. content.

3 Key Metrics to Track When Managing Your Inside Sales Team

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Auto-dialers along with marketing automation really eliminate the time spent on manual activities, leading to more and more time for inside sales reps to focus on what they do best – talking to prospects live. (And Call Volume is Not One of Them). The problem with placing such a large emphasis on the number of activities is that doing so confuses the purpose of teleprospecting. Lead Rate.

Obscurity: The Biggest Challenge in Sales

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From marketing campaigns to advertising, the goal has always been to generate enough awareness so that a sale can be made. Amar Sheth is a consummate business development, sales and marketing leader with a passion for social media technologies. Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Amar Sheth , Principal at Sales for Life. Ideas are Powerful.

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Where do B2B and B2C Sales and Marketing Overlap? What Lessons Can We Learn?

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Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Beth Cohen King, Director of Marketing at Ve Interactive. At the top of the list was: “Answer the one question that matters most, and that is, ‘Why should I care?''" As sales and marketing professionals, this should always be our number one concern. Why should our prospects/leads/customers care about what we do?

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How Marketing Can Collaborate with Sales to Create Engaging Content

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Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest blog from Sharmin Kent , Marketing Content Specialist at TinderBox. An organization''s marketing team is usually responsible for creating sales content, and communication and collaboration between the two departments can be rare. And how can sales and marketing teams create a method that works every time?

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The Rise of the Customer Marketer

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

Why Some Companies Are Giving Up On Content Marketing (And Why You Should Double Down)

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Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Matt Heinz , President of Heinz Marketing. This applies to many facets of life these days, but particularly for B2B sales and marketing professionals. believe many companies have invested in content marketing with good intentions, meaning they understand it’s a longer-term investment. They’re giving up.

Needs-Based Marketing for Executive Buyers Today

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Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Cari Zoch , Marketing Manager at Avention , a company that offers real-time, actionable B2B data to deliver 21st century business info, solutions for sales, marketing and research. So how do you close that gap between what the buyer wants and your solution set? 1) Focus on the right market.

5 Sales Prospecting Strategies for Overcoming Call Reluctance

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Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Matt Heinz , President of Heinz Marketing. When I execute our own sales process for Heinz Marketing, I ask myself these questions. Matt Heinz is president of Heinz Marketing , and is a frequent speaker and author on B2B marketing and sales strategy. It starts with a hesitation. Are you just calling?

Inside Sales Training: How Invested Should We Be in Human Interaction?

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David Brock is the President at Partners in EXCELLENCE , a consulting and services company that focuses on improving clients'' business strategy, sales strategy and performance, sales channels, marketing, and more. Annually, billions are invested in sales skills training. On top of that, millions are spent on books on sales techniques, thousands of articles are written.

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

Sales and Marketing Alignment Equals More Revenue

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We’re all familiar with the deep-rooted battle between sales and marketing. It goes something like this: sales blames marketing for their inability to produce quality leads, while marketers fault sales for their lack of lead management skills. Below are some tips to help better align sales and marketing. Sales and marketing alignment is crucial to organization success.

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Is There a Perfect Personality Trait for Inside Sales Reps?

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Our Content Marketing Manager recently pointed me to a post from Hubspot that I felt speaks to this challenge: Are You an Ambivert? Does Your Sales and Marketing Management Contribute to the Company? Last week I spoke of a few traits I look for when hiring inside sales reps looking to join the AG ranks. The reverse could be said for the perceived introvert. Diversity is a good thing.

Top 4 Professional Skills Mastered When Working in B2B Inside Sales

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If you are a recent graduate with a background in sales or marketing and are looking to get your foot in the door of the business world, inside sales may be the career for you. Communication: Through teleprospecting and email marketing efforts, inside sales reps are able to mold their written and verbal communications skills, which are often labeled as “soft skills.”

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4 Reasons to Switch to an Inside Sales Model

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These days, it’s common for a prospective buyer to research a brand in Internet forums, read a company’s blog and download marketing content before ever hearing a human voice. Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Howard Brown , Founder and CEO of RingDNA. But now, more and more companies are hiring remote reps, also known as inside sales.

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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

How to Apply The Art of Selling Without Selling & Marketing Without Marketing

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Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest blog post from Andrew Moravick, Content Marketing Manager at Aberdeen. As marketing or sales professionals, we’re often very deliberate in what we do. If I’m creating marketing content, I should be sure to position the brand well, deliver relevant value, and drive toward a measurable conversion. In cases where a buyer or prospect doesn’t want to be marketed to or sold to, overtly communicating in marketing or sales speak isn’t going to pay off.

Inside Sales & the Mobile Workforce: Tips for Managing Telecommuters

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AG Salesworks is pleased to bring you a guest post from Kevin Thornton , Executive Vice President - Sales & Marketing for VanillaSoft. Kevin Thornton is Executive Vice President - Sales & Marketing for VanillaSoft , a cloud-based lead management and appointment setting software provider for Inside Sales Teams. companies and commuters: For Businesses. For Workers. Lead scoring.

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Sales & Marketing Alignment: 3 Ways to Close the Gap

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For sales and marketing teams, reaching across the aisle can be a foreign concept. To be sure, there are salespeople and marketers who comfortably co-exist. But the prevailing opinion is firmly entrenched: Sales and marketing just don’t get along. Sales and marketing alignment is completely possible. How many leads does marketing need to deliver to the top of the funnel?

#ProspectingChat: Perfecting Response Rates with Donato Diorio

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quick overview: #ProspectingChat focuses on issues that sales, marketing, IT and tech leaders want to discuss. After a long hiatus, #ProspectingChat on AG Saleswork''s Twitter account is back this week! We''ll be discussing how to perfect your response rate, replete with with Donato Diorio , CEO of RingLead. Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2014. Time: 1:30 PM EST / 10:30 AM PST. Explain.

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