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

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Marketing fills the funnel (or a demand gen cloud if you’re Mike Damphousse ), and if they’re doing it right, they’re developing content all along the buying cycle to keep prospects engaged.  Tags: B2B Marketing Lead Generation Sales Prospecting Marketing teleprospecting One of the cast members that always had me laughing was Mike Meyers.  What about you? 

Greasing Marketing and Sales

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In the entry, Nigel goes on to make the analogy that inbound marketing and Sales 2.0 Tags: B2B Marketing Lead Generation Sales Prospecting Uncategorized Alignment B2B Prospecting Marketing Sales teleprospecting HubSpot’s blog featured a guest entry yesterday from Sales 2.0 Sales 2.0 is about sales people using Web 2.0 tools and social media to sell more effectively.

Sales Prospecting Lessons from New Jack City

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“Change the product, you change the marketing strategy.&# - Instead of selling cocaine on the streets, Nino Brown and the CMB decided on an entirely new marketing strategy to sell crack.  Make sure that there are open lines of communication between both inside sales and marketing. Where were you in March of 1991? . The lesson here?  What do you think? 

Follow Friday Blog Post, Take Two

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Here’s my list of B2B all-stars that I think you’ll find yourself glad to follow: @mvolpe – Mike Volpe, HubSpot’s VP of Inbound Marketing. Inbound marketing. You’ll also get some good SEO knowledge, great blogging tips, marketing data, and some lead gen stuff, too. Check out Mike’s blog Marketing with Mike for blog articles.

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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

Selling Must Be About Buyers

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I read a great blog article today from Ardath Albee, B2B marketer and strategist.  For marketing, for sales and for customer retention. Tags: B2B Marketing Lead Generation Sales Prospecting B2B Prospecting Sales There were a few facts from the research study that Ardath had some issues with, and I think she makes some great points: “Relationships are the name of the game.

Hiring for Sales and Teleprospecting

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Tags: B2B Marketing Lead Generation Sales Prospecting Tele-prospecting Sales Telemarketing teleprospecting teleprospecting qualities

Management Motivation from Jay-Z

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The job of making phone calls and qualifying sales ready leads is not glamorous, but it is no less important.  It is no less necessary and it is no less needed whether you’ve hopped on the inbound marketing bus or not. Where do you get inspiration from?  How do you get them to do that if you’re feeling burned out yourself?  If you’re a manager of BDR’s, you can’t afford to burn out. 

Keep Your Teleprospectors from Becoming LOST

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If you’ve got an in-house team of B2B lead generators or maybe you’re partnering with a vendor to provide you with sales qualified leads, naturally you want to make sure that the folks representing you and your organization over the phone are as effective as possible.  Ensure they know who they’re calling. Know when to call your prospects. Help them to control the conversation. What do you think? 

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.

Round Two…

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On Tuesday I shared with you a link to lead generation expert The Funnelholic’s The Marketing Hipster Dictionary, Part I.  Trapping the chicken in the courtyard:  A semi-obscure “Rocky II” reference/metaphor describing the relentless and often frustrating pursuit of repeatable marketing and sales success. “I feel like a Kentucky Fried idiot.” — Rocky Balboa (@TLOTL). You can check out The Marketing Hipster Dictionary, Part II  here. Tags: B2B Marketing Lead Generation Marketing Sales strategy My favorite: . Nice work guys!

No Time Today…

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Craig Rosenberg, marketing and  lead generation expert also known as the Funnelholic, has come to the rescue!  Today, Craig posted a great blog article over at his site, where he is creating The Marketing Hipster Dictionary.  Basically, what he’s doing over the course of a couple of different entries (today and next Thursday), is compiling a list of terms that are used not only on his site, but throughout the sales and marketing space.  You can check out The Marketing Hipster Dictionary here.  Hey everybody! Do not fret, though! . What a great idea! 

Before You Build an In-House Teleprospecting Team

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The most logical thing to do would be to build some sort of qualification machine to follow up on all the contacts you’ve got from all of the marketing programs/events/campaigns you’ve run (and more than likely never got around to getting in touch with). If sales prospecting falls under marketing’s direction, you don’t want poor sales follow up to be a detriment to your success, and if you fall under sales’ direction, you don’t want poor marketing efforts to do the same. So you’re thinking about building an in-house teleprospecting team, huh? Have you done it before? 2.

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

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This question came to me today after reading a blog entry in the Marketing Mélange by Mike Frichol. 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.  Nobody wants to be prospected to by an order taker. 

Top 100 Qualities of a Great Teleprospecting Rep – #80: Inventive

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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.

Teleprospecting Lessons from Guns N’ Roses

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Maybe you’ve got a sales or marketing manager who wants to know why there haven’t been any sales qualified leads from that tradeshow list you were given.  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.

Proper Preparation Precedes Proper Performance

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Okay, now that you’re head’s stopped spinning, let’s analyze what you’ve just read.  If the most straightforward way to describe your solution is telling me that it provides less functionality at a greater cost than your competitors, then its time to go back to the drawing board.  As an outsourced sales opportunity development professional, that messaging might make sense to me, but it certainly isn’t one that I can bring to your target market.  To be fair, my client didn’t expect me to share that to their intended audience, but talk about making messaging difficult! . Don’t believe me? 

Proper Preparation Precedes Proper Performance

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Okay, now that you’re head’s stopped spinning, let’s analyze what you’ve just read.  If the most straightforward way to describe your solution is telling me that it provides less functionality at a greater cost than your competitors, then its time to go back to the drawing board.  As an outsourced sales opportunity development professional, that messaging might make sense to me, but it certainly isn’t one that I can bring to your target market.  To be fair, my client didn’t expect me to share that to their intended audience, but talk about making messaging difficult! . Don’t believe me? 

I Don’t Know How You Do It…

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Posted in B2B Marketing, Sales Prospecting. Tags: B2B Marketing Sales Prospecting 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.

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.

I Don’t Know How You Do It…

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Posted in B2B Marketing, Sales Prospecting. Tags: B2B Marketing Sales Prospecting 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.

20 Tremendous Digital Marketing Stats and Facts

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Digital marketing budgets continue to rise, often at the expense of offline advertising spend. But digital marketers must continue to evolve practices as they strive to make their content an asset, rather than an annoyance, to prospective buyers. Spending on digital marketing is projected to increase by 12% to 15% on average. General Digital Marketing Stats. 1. combined.

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Confusing Customer Segmentation, Buyer Profiling, and Buyer Personas Harms Marketing

Tony Zambito

If you are a CMO or a marketer and you find yourself having a sudden realization that perhaps you are not quite sure of the differences, you will be in a lot of good company.  The value of customer segmentation is it can tell you where to point your marketing and messaging.  And, it can help gauge the size of a market opportunity. Confusion by Adam Gale. Customer Segmentation.

The Telltale 8% Drop In Content Marketing Effectiveness

Tony Zambito

The annual Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs B2B Content Marketing Benchmark Study 2016 is quite startling. Perhaps not as drastic as the Dow falling by 8%, but to see the percentage of marketers who believe their content marketing was effective drop to 30% from 38% in one year is a revelation. While, 47% of the least effective content marketers did not.  

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization

Marketing Hacks: 10 New Ways to Use Your Marketing Automation Platform

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True or False: Modern marketing departments are dominantly focused on demand generation activities? While this may come as a surprise to the hordes of demand generation groupies using marketing automation, the truth is that 87% of companies spend more time in other functions of marketing than demand gen. Marketing is easy to overcomplicate. But that’s changing.

Informed Customer Understanding Should Guide Marketing

Tony Zambito

At the start of every year, CMOs and their teams can be besieged by proclamations of the three, four, five, or six things that they must do to succeed in marketing.  One thing that is clear is the dynamics of markets, customers, and sellers continue to unfold in new ways.  For example, one shiny object has been content marketing.  What Should Guide Marketing?

Three Things Smart B2B Marketers Will be Doing in 2016

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What will successful B2B marketers to be doing more of, or differently, in 2016? That question was recently posed to the expert contributors at the B2B Marketing Zone , and two dozen responded with a range of insights about content marketing, measuring results, employee advocacy, customer experience and other topics. Marketing Technology is Worthless Without Training.

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ABM & the Marketing Hype Cycle

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The none-too-subtle implication, of course, was that Account-Based Marketing (ABM) isn’t new, and that B2B marketers have been developing, and executing, Account-Based Marketing strategies and programs for some time, if only in different forms and under a different name (e.g. Say what you want about us marketers, we love our bright shiny objects. Which is true, sort of.

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce

How Industrial Marketing Influences Buyers

Industrial Marketing Today

Industrial marketing precedes industrial sales. Marketing has always provided sales support and not […] The post How Industrial Marketing Influences Buyers by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today. Visit my website for more content on industrial marketing.]. That is the reality today. This is only a content summary.

How Understanding The Goals And Intent Of Buyers Can Transform Marketing

Tony Zambito

But was it something that was going to really transform our marketing?  I don’t think so.”. Doing so provides the deeper level of understanding required to create resonance with customers in all aspects of marketing and sales. Yet, there is context related to goals , such as creating faster delivery of critical components to established customers due to new market needs.

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Fast Growth Marketing: From 0 to 500,000 Users

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How can you drive fast growth with marketing? It’s used by all business professionals, but our biggest participants are sales and marketing folks that really need to keep their finger on the pulse of their competitive grasps. Jim: One of my marketers came up to me as we were naming the company, and we were looking at a bunch of different names like Jigsaw.  I love that name.

No Digital Marketing for Manufacturers = Marketing in the Past

Industrial Marketing Today

Most manufacturers including precision CNC machine shops and fabricators have difficulty understanding the true value of digital marketing for manufacturers. Some that have implemented it, struggle to produce tangible results, meaning a boost in sales that they can attribute to marketing. Visit my website for more content on industrial marketing.].

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

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6 Success Factors for Adopting Marketing Automation

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Are you getting ready to implement marketing automation? Marketing automation is not rocket science, but it does take strategy, planning, and preparation to make it work well and meet your company’s expectations. Six readiness factors for implementing marketing automation. #1: Get your website in order. Marketing automation requires quality content, and plenty of it.

Goal-Directed Marketing: How Marketers Can Help Buyers Achieve Their Goals

Tony Zambito

Many CMOs today are faced with a dilemma.  As digital interactions and media become more intertwined into everyday life, marketers need to respond. Plenty has changed in terms of marketing media in the last fifteen years. The problem faced by marketers is there continues to be a lack of understanding about why buyers truly make choices and decisions. coaching by Gilbert Bages.

What is Predictive Marketing?

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Prior to 2011, the term "predictive marketing" had almost. Since then, the search volume and number of online citations for the term have grown rapidly each year; it's now a hot topic within B2B marketing and sales communities. Predictive marketing is the practice of utilizing predictive analytics, historical data, trends, and patterns to predict future outcomes.

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10 TED Talks to Watch to be a Better Marketer

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Marketing, in its purest form, is also dedicated to storytelling and spreading innovative ideas. And as marketers, we’re highly focused on being able to communicate clearly, exhibit leadership in our organizations, and create unique and disruptive work. Dan Cobley: What Physics Taught Me About Marketing. We all agree that marketing and physics go hand in hand, right?

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