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Three Tips for Easy Editorial Calendars

Agile B2B Copywriter

Most companies do promotional marketing, even if it’s only in the form of monthly sales promotions. Tweet We’ve all heard it. I see the reminders practically every week in one form or another. And they all say the same thing. Get an editorial calendar. Now if your first thought was “editorial, schmeditorial,” you’re not alone. And I have to admit, it’s tempting. But it’s also a mistake.

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K’s Top Five for the Week – March 27

Agile B2B Copywriter

How Content Strategy is Transforming an Entire Marketing and Sales Organization via @b2bleadblog. It’s an awesome checklist and one that everyone should use to build some quick wins and keep the website doing its job – pulling in leads and sales. Tweet This week, my list of top five picks focuses on how to help you improve your content. Enjoy! That’s double the industry benchmark.

K’s Top Five for the Week – February 20

Agile B2B Copywriter

There’s also advice on how to know when your marketing needs a makeover and how build a great sales-win story. really cool case study from someone who’s read eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale and then applied the techniques. Traits of Sales-Win Stories by @casey_hibbard. Great article from Casey Hibbard on the importance of sales win stories. Enjoy! Tweet This!

6 Keys for Creating Compelling White Papers

Agile B2B Copywriter

Done well, white papers can mean the difference between a prospect engaging in the sales process with you, rather than the competition. They’ll realize the content isn’t about them and their needs, but your need to speak to everyone involved in the sale. Contact a sales person. What was at the top of the list? White papers. Of course not all white papers are created equally.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

K’s Top Five for the Week – November 5

Agile B2B Copywriter

The sad thing is that large companies aren’t alone in this. I’ve even heard of companies not checking an email address set up to handle sales inquiries for days at a time. Tweet Sorry for the long absence! As most of you know, I’ve been working on moving my website both to WordPress and to a new domain. I’m happy to report I’m finally finished, and the new site is working beautifully. Yikes.

B2B Technology Marketers Find Out What Works

Agile B2B Copywriter

The vast majority of content is consumed either pre-sale (i.e. before RFPs or discussions with vendors) or in the initial sales process (i.e. Far less content is consumed during the mid-sale and ending sales process. This report also showed the top three measurement criteria for content marketing success as web traffic, direct sales and lead quality. Tweet This!

3 Ways to Get the Most from Case Studies

Agile B2B Copywriter

And getting your customers to talk about their experience with you not only influences prospects to do business with you, it can even trim the sales cycle. Here’s just a few more ways to get a lot of mileage from your case studies: Handouts for sales people (specific to the client). Tweet What’s one of the most valuable pieces of collateral you can have in your B2B marketing toolkit?

3 Reasons Why You Need a Creative Brief

Agile B2B Copywriter

sales, lead generation, brand awareness, etc.). More than once I’ve gotten answers like “because the competition has it” or “because our sales manager wants it.” Ok. I get the motivation, but basing your marketing strictly on answers like these is.well…crazy. Do you know why the sales manager wants the piece? And that’s ok. Many won’t start a project without one. It’s not.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

The B2B Value Sale is Actually Three Distinct Sales

Avitage

Companies trying to execute a B2B solution or value sale must overcome selling problems that start at the prospecting stage and persist to the end. Symptoms include too few quality additions to the sales pipeline, protracted and lengthening sales cycles, and low win rates. But even with active buyers there are opportunities for B2B sales professionals to up their game.

Slammed! Sales Management Book Camp

Your Sales Management Guru

The New Sales Manager Boot Camp. We have too much to do, we don’t have time to build a sales organization. I am frustrated with my sales team, do I have the right team? have a problem growing sales profitably. My pipeline is full, but nothing is closing. I don’t think my compensation plan is working. I am unsure what metrics to use to measure sales effectiveness.

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Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

The Point

For a long time, “ lead nurturing ” was thought of as something you did with the leads that sales didn’t want. The theory was: leads come in, the sales team gets the hot ones, and the rest go to lead nurturing. It’s when a prospect first expresses interest that nurturing can help highlight hot leads, filter out the junk, and increase the rate at leads engage with sales.

Sales Management End of Year Checklist

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management End of Year Checklist.  . Depending upon the person and the conditions in their sales organization each article may or may not be pertinent. decided to start with a Sales Management End of Year Checklist.  If you have other ideas or suggestions please comment within the blog so that all of our readers can benefit. ?       Evaluate your sales team. 

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7 Storytelling Tips for Sales Teams

Type A Communications

October 25, 2016 by Carla Johnson The biggest beef I hear from sales teams or sales-driven organizations is that they can’t get people to pay attention, make decisions or quit. Sales Storytelling Carla Johnson sales storytelling Type A Communicationsread more.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

July is Sales Leadership Month

Your Sales Management Guru

July is Sales Leadership Month. As a sales leader you must always have a vision and action plans for a rolling six months, this is why July is the perfect month for anyone that has sales management responsibility—so why not name it Sales Leadership Month !  Ok, it is not an act of government and it is only Acumen’s opinion, but let’s explore why I feel that way.

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The B2B Value Sale is Actually Three Distinct Sales

B2B Marketing Insider

Companies trying to execute a B2B solution or value sale must overcome selling problems that start at the prospecting stage and persist to the end. Symptoms include too few quality additions to the sales pipeline, protracted and lengthening sales cycles, and low win rates. significant cause is sellers haven’t realigned messages, sales conversations, and sales […].

5 Essential Elements to Include in Every Sales Pitch

Webbiquity

Effectively closing sales is the bread and butter of your business. According to researchers at the University of Florida, 20% of all salespeople make 80% of all sales (also known as the 20/80 rule or the Pareto principle ), which makes securing a spot in that top 20% crucial to running a competitive and profitable business. First and foremost, ditch the the “sales pitch.”

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Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

The Point

Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. Perhaps I was an SQL (Sales Qualified Lead) at one point in the conversation, but no longer. I’m also a perfect candidate for lead nurturing. And secondly, and more critically, these kinds of “touching base” phone calls are the worst possible use of a sales rep’s time. But no.

5 Prospecting Strategies for Obtaining Sales Context

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Sales Context is an important part of any conversation, as it directly correlates to the potential of a sale. With 54% of sales reps not making quota this year according to SiriusDecisions, it’s imperative that you teach your team to make the most of Sales Context, the information that can influence a sale. Sales Prospecting Call Strategy B2B Sales Success

3 Important Sales Trends & Predictions for 2015

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Here are three trends I see in the sales world, paired with predictions on where those trends will take us. 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. Sales folks can’t keep up with all of today’s promising new tools. TREND #1: Content Fatigue / Focus.

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Changing Your Sales Mindset

Avitage

Unfortunately, most sales professionals focus primarily on learning sales techniques. Adopting a better sales mindset might be what’s required. With the typical sales mindset, techniques might be even be experienced by prospects as gimmicks. With this sales mindset, you’re going to work every day with an inherently conflict oriented mindset.

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

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Matt Heinz , President of Heinz Marketing. Who is responsible for qualifying inbound marketing leads and identifying new, short-term sales opportunties for senior sales executives in your company? Assuming you have sales stages to begin with, which will your SDRs be responsible for? Do the math.

Emotional Sales Leadership

Your Sales Management Guru

Emotional Sales Leadership. I was recently interviewed on a podcast based in Europe around the topic of the importance of emotional leadership. In retrospect based upon the podcast I came away with even a stronger opinion on the topic of generating the right level of emotion-that is positive emotion into the sales team. HINT: Run an annual sales trip contest.

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New Outbound Prospecting Insights for Your Sales Development Team

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Are you a B2B inside sales or sales development representative looking for a benchmark against which to measure your sales prospecting strategies? Are you a team lead or manager hoping to see where your team stands on the outbound sales spectrum? If so, The Outbound Index™ is a must-read for you as you prepare your B2B sales prospecting strategies for 2015.

4 B2B Sales Prospecting New Year's Resolutions for 2015

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Here are a few resolutions to help kick off your B2B sales prospecting on the right foot in 2015. 1. Include New Year''s in your inside sales messaging, and make sure to follow up on those prospects who wanted to speak at the beginning of 2015. 2. As we embark on the journey of B2B sales prospecting in 2015, it is important to keep in mind that timing does matter.

5 Sales Messaging Mistakes That Will Haunt & Doom Your Sales Process

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Messaging Personalized Messaging Social Selling Email Prospecting Sales Prospecting voicemail Prospecting B2B Inside Sales Sales Prospecting Tips With Halloween just around the corner, you must be prepared to be scared. However, you know what consistently scares me, year round?

Marketing and Sales Alignment or Integration?

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from David Brock , sales consultant and President at Partners in EXCELLENCE , where this post was originally published. I’m fascinated about a lot of the discussion about B2B sales and marketing alignment. Our marketing and sales funnels basically identify our workflows in marketing and sales activities.

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7 Inside Sales Lessons Learned on The Football Field

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a post from Mike Lipka , Inside Sales Representative at AG Salesworks, and Kenneth McKenna , Business Development Representative at AG Salesworks. Working in inside sales, we’re able to rediscover and uncover value from past experiences that help us prospect better. Sales, like football, is a “contact” sport.

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Successful Sales Coaching Best Practices

DiscoverOrg

Sales is tough and ongoing sales development is a never ending process. Take it from us – our sales and sales development functions are constantly evolving as we look to accelerate our record growth rates over the past few years. Below are the interview answers provided by David Sill, an authority on B2B sales and the SVP of Customer Success at DiscoverOrg.

31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet More often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? The second thing I would ask is, when was the last time you talked with your sales team? Consider having short huddles daily and weekly between the marketing and sales team members. Be honest. The say leads, what leads?

New Sales Competency – Use Content to Sell

Avitage

Sales professionals have been slower to change their sales methods to adapt and align with new buying processes and the expectations of buyers. Those who are not actively and effectively using content to sell are missing an important opportunity to capture a selling advantage, lower selling time and costs, and accelerate successful sales outcomes. “Social selling” while new and popular, doesn’t yet represent a significant breakthrough in the way B2B sales people sell. The digital era has ushered in many behavior changes, especially for B2B buyers.

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11 Free Sales Tools to Pump Up Your Pipeline

Vidyard

That’s why the world of online sales tools has exploded in the past few years – industrious entrepreneurs are finally realizing the inherent struggles of being a salesperson, and responding with a plethora of tools designed to make your job easier. Some sales tools can cost up to $30k per year, and even more if you’re looking to use it with everyone on your team. Streak. LeadIQ.

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6 Awesome Sales Call Conversation Starters

Vidyard

Any B2B or SaaS company’s sales team likely battles to either get prospects to pick up, or move pipeline further—or both. The “RE: we met at X event” email subject or the cold call introduction the receiver knows is a sales call probably won’t work. What sales techniques have you tried recently that have worked for you? Blog Inside SalesWhat does that lead to? Be honest.

To Manage Sales You Must Manage Sales Leads

ViewPoint

“Why,” I was asked, “must you manage sales leads in order to manage sales? Sales lead management is a marketing function, isn’t it?”. It was with a slight hesitation that the sales manager added the second sentence about sales lead management being a marketing function. The responsibility for addressing prospects’ needs remains a major part of the sales job.

Ten 2017 Sales Kick-Off Meeting Ideas

Your Sales Management Guru

Ten 2017 Sales Kick-off Meeting Ideas.  . While working with a client last week it became obvious that we are moving into the time to finalize 2017 budgets, compensation plans and something most sales managers don’t take enough in developing their 2017 Sales Kick Off meeting. However the basics of any sales kickoff event should include the following planning ideas.

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Sales Management & Discipline

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management and Discipline. received a call from a former client that was concerned about the status of their sales team and VP of Sales-it seems that their revenue was off more than $2M over the previous year and below their growth goal! After that conversation I next interviewed the VP of Sales.   The VP of Sales and President failed on one major tenet of sales leadership; they forgot about the need for discipline. Development of a Sales Plan for the new year with quarterly objections/goals. Need more sales management resources?

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How to Motivate Your Sales Development Team through December Holidays

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

December is also a deceptively great month for sales prospecting as outlined in an earlier blog from Craig Ferrara. What December brings to the operations team is an opportunity to come up with some creative ways to manage our sales development team. Below are a few sales motivation tips for your teams in the month of December. Like most people, I love Christmas.

5 B2B Sales Thought Leaders Share 2014 Trends and 2015 Predictions

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Yesterday, you were most likely scrambling to answer all those emails you missed over vacation, rushing to meetings about your sales pipeline, and scrambling to write down your new sales goals. However, did you ever just take a moment to stop and reflect on the year behind you, on the year ahead of you, and on your impact as a sales leader? It’s January 6. Matt Bertuzzi.

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