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The silver lining of the B2B media buying cloud

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Ad revenue is down, publications are suffering, and many ad sales people are fearing for their jobs. Right now, B2B media owners have got it tough. No point pretending otherwise. Luckily for you, you are probably not a media owner. But as a B2B marketer, you have your own problems and getting the most out of your (shrinking) budgets isn't easy.

Who is the social media voice for your business?

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You don't often hear phrases like "305% ROI" attached to discussions about social media, so I was delighted to read, via Kipp Bodnar , about Forrester's recent research into "live chat" as a sales tool. Basically, the point of the research was to show that having a "live" person manning the chatroom, fielding enquiries from prospects, is a sound investment for 'big-ticket' B2B sales.

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.

Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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.

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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.

Changing Your Sales Mindset

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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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Emotional Sales Leadership

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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.

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?

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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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.

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?

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.

How Empathy Will Grow Your Sales and Marketing Pipeline

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Neuroscientist, Antonio Damasio stated, “ We are not thinking machines that feel, we are feeling machines that think. ” In our rush to obtain leads, drive opportunities and move the sales needle, it’s too easy to forget that we need to address the emotional needs (fears, hopes, wants, and aspirations) of our customers. Check out  How Empathy Will Improve Your Marketing & Sales Pipeline.

Sales Management & Discipline

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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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3 Good Questions to Align Strategy, B2B Marketing, and Sales

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Have you intentionally linked your sales, b2b marketing, and strategy? . thought Frank had a practical approach to aligning sales and marketing. So, I reached out to him and interviewed him about what he’s learned through his research for his most recent book Aligning Strategy and Sales (Harvard Business Review Press). know something about sales. Frank Cespedes.

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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How Marketing Automation Changed My (Sales) Life

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The post How Marketing Automation Changed My (Sales) Life appeared first on Salesfusion. Marketing Automation Sales and Marketing Sales Sales Pain Points

Steal This Technique for Your Next Sales Email

The Point

As the saying goes, he who hesitates is lost. I was reminded of this principle earlier today when a colleague forwarded an email received from a inside sales representative at a technology company looking to partner with our agency. B2B Marketing Cold Calling Copywriting Creative Demand Generation E-mail email marketing inside sales lead generation Offer Strategy Sales 2.0

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Sales Enablement Danger

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Although marketing automation is now almost fully embraced by marketers, sales organizations are still not completely accepting of the technology benefits, nor are they trusting of marketing’s motives. Enter, the era of Sales Enablement. Sales enablement is a universal challenge. Is the target now a naïve Sales Enablement buyer?

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How to Influence B2B Sales Prospects (Without Annoying Them)

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Use the 6 Principles of Influence in Sales Development. In the same way, a sales rep can interrupt sales prospects'' mental workout throughout the day with untargeted calls and emails that turn out to be giant wastes of time. So it’s important to be extremely sensitive when conducting B2B sales calls with prospects. Teleprospecting Sales Prospecting Sales Messaging

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.

Selling to Sales – Like Cooking for Chefs

DiscoverOrg

For years we’ve provided in-depth intelligence on the IT, Engineering, Marketing, and Finance departments of companies, but we wanted to talk to Sales Departments and specifically the leaders there. So, we’re selling to sales – that creates some unique challenges for us. Aligning Sales & Marketing. Sales Tricks for Salespeople. All Roads Lead to Sales Numbers.

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10 Tips to Align Your Sales and Marketing Teams

B2B Marketing Insider

Sales and marketing alignment is key to driving success regardless of your industry. The marketing team is expected to generate as many leads as possible, while the sales team is under pressure to turn […]. The post 10 Tips to Align Your Sales and Marketing Teams appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Sales Alignment

The Human Element of Sales and Marketing

DiscoverOrg

This could teach us a lot about a human approach to sales and marketing. While most marketers and sales professionals may not think of themselves as change agents, they would be mistaken.  In fact, when we ask someone to invest in our product, we are asking them to embrace and champion change within their organization. Why a Rational Approach to Sales Isn’t Enough.

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The Sales Development Playbook #PeopleMatter #MustRead

Smashmouth Marketing

My opinion of Trish as a sales development expert is beyond what I could deliver in this article. Just last week I attended her launch party for her new book, The Sales Development Playbook (amazon link) and she fielded a few questions that pointed directly to the underlying theme of the book, that sales development is all about the people. sales books reviews sales managers

How Marketing Software Benefits Your Sales Team

Salesfusion

The post How Marketing Software Benefits Your Sales Team appeared first on Salesfusion. Lead Nurture Sales CRM Website Tracking

3 Magic Questions a Sales Manager Must Know

Your Sales Management Guru

Three Magic Questions a Sales Manager Must Know. One of the main roles of a Sales Manager is to help train your salespeople on how to stay on track during a sales cycle. During any sales opportunity coaching sessions consider asking these three questions with any sales opportunity: Why do anything? Sales Leadership Training Sales TrainingWhy now?

Are You Practicing Sales Enablement or Sales Disablement?

Great B2B Marketing

Sales Enablement Service Level AgreementWe marketers like to think we are making a big contribution to revenue, but in fact, we may be doing […].

Sales and Marketing Automation

Salesfusion

The post Sales and Marketing Automation appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion. Best Practices Nurture Marketing Sales CRM

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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Lead Generation That Converts Leads into Sales Opportunities

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Unfortunately, as little as 5 to 15%  of all marketing inquiries (aka leads) turn out to be truly sales-ready opportunities. Marketers who really want to help Sales perform better will focus on higher-quality leads, which have better odds of converting into pipeline opportunities and customers. It creates sales-ready leads and nurtures the leads that aren’t sales-ready.

The Myth About Sales Pipeline

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Most sales managers or Sales VPs will tell you that in order to meet their quota, they must have a pipeline of X.  Whether it is a three X, five X or seven X pipeline, these sales people have a formula that they follow that knows what they need to get them to their stated goal.  Sales management was no longer worried about a “five x multiple” (the goal they had previously). 

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5 Sales Tips My Kids Learned from Watching Shark Tank

The Point

But there’s another side of Shark Tank that I appreciate, and that is: it’s great sales training. As someone who’s attended a few sales training classes in my day, I have yelled advice at the TV a few times during the show (often along the lines of “TAKE THE DEAL FOR PETE’S SAKE”), much to my kids’ embarrassment. One is sales (revenue). inside sales Sales 2.0

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

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And even though you may keep your offices heated at a level that stimulates sales productivity, the constant snowfall and bitingly cold temperatures outside can affect your sales development team’s productivity if you''re not keeping a close eye on your team. Read on to learn how our sales development teams creatively motivate their reps to exceed expectations this month!