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Crossing the Divide: The Art of Closing the Sale

Everything Technology Marketing

We see it again and again: professional services sellers misread the real desires and priorities of their buyers, and consequently stumble in the art of closing the sale. The top three factors that correlated with successful sales also predicted buyers’ satisfaction with the purchasing process and intent to continue buying services from the seller.

The Top-5 B2B Marketing Trends for 2012

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This flood of leads overwhelmed sales and distracted from the selling part of the job. Segmentation is critical as vendors evolve from technology-focused business models to customer-needs driven product development, sales, marketing, and operations. Happy New Year! It is time again for our annual B2B Marketing "predictions". The benefits of segmentation are substantial.

A Simple B2B Marketing Framework

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Business Strategy Layer The next layer up is "Business Strategy", taking into account the insight derived from the Market Knowledge layer below and deciding what business model is best suited for generating value in the market environment, what products and configurations to take to market, how to go to market from a marketing and sales perspective, etc.

The Top-10 B2B Marketing Trends for 2011

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It was difficult to tell lead quality and impact on sales pipeline, so in the absence of real quality indicators, more was considered better. This flood of leads overwhelmed sales and distracted from the selling part of their jobs. And all other things being equal, an educated and motivated sales force and their consultative selling skills will be the ultimate differentiator.

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.

Developing Your Marketing Analytics Strategy - A 3 Step Approach

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About the Author: Glenn Facey is the VP of Business Development and Marketing at Claraview , where he achieves business growth through his deep cross-functional experience in consulting, sales, business intelligence (BI) and analytics, marketing, organizational effectiveness, and working across organizations to ensure that business value is delivered to the organization Guest post b y Glenn Facey We live in a new age of information superabundance: the burgeoning era of Big Data analytics. So how do you go about setting the stage for an effective marketing analytics strategy ?

Top-7 Challenges for B2B Marketers

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Especially the top-3 challenges have grown significantly from 2009 to 2010: 1) Generating high-quality leads (from 69% in 2009 to 78% today) - Today's B2B marketers are tackling this issue with processes and technologies such as marketing automation and lead scoring in an attempt to only deliver qualified, truly sales ready leads.

A Framework for B2B Customer Segmentation – Part 1: Why Segment Your Market?

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This way, vendors can optimize their product offering, marketing, and sales approach to meet the specific requirements of the segment better and more cost efficiently than the competition. Segmentation is critical as vendors evolve from technology-focused business models to customer-needs driven engineering and development, sales, marketing, and operations.

The Brave New World of B2B Marketing - Are You Ready?

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Today's prospects filter out most attempts by companies to interrupt them with vendor and product focused marketing messages and sales pitches. While this situation can create a crisis in many marketing and sales organizations, it also offers a great opportunity. Your B2B markets are changing rapidly. It is now harder than ever for B2B vendors to get the attention of our audiences.

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.

5 Steps to B2B Marketing Success

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In the “old days”, the mainstream marketing approach was to interrupt and engage prospects, educate them on the vendors offering and move them through the sale cycle towards a transaction – a very vendor and product centric approach. Build a simple matrix of messages, marketing collateral and sales tools mapped against each phase of the buying cycle. Time to get ready

You Have No Metrics for B2B Social Media Measurement? (Survey Sneak Peek)

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Take a look the chart below to see the popularity of various social media metrics for measuring activity, followership, engagement, leads, and sales results (click chart to enlarge | n = 210). Something tells me that B2B marketers will get away with this only for a short time until investment in social media comes under increased scrutiny.

Don't Miss These Great B2B Marketing Webinars

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For B2B marketers, webinars are not only a great lead generator and essential part of a solid content marketing strategy, they can also offer a great educational opportunity to learn what other marketers are doing to drive awareness, engage prospects, and generate revenue. Here are a couple of new marketing webinars you might enjoy. For a complete list of B2B marketing webinars, check out the B2B Technology Marketing Channel on BrightTalk. Thank you, Holger Schulze

New Report: Alliance Marketing Trends 2014

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Here are the Top-5 Trends in Alliance Marketing (for more details download the report ): Revenue generation (87 percent), demand generation (72 percent) and joint sales engagement (66 percent) top the list of alliance marketing program goals. The results from our new study on Alliance Marketing are now available! Download it here. Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey.

5 Ways to Better Marketing Performance with Marketing Operations

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Contrast this with your sales organization - typically the most measured and performance oriented part of the company. No wonder you get a culture clash between marketing, often focused on activities without clear link to the bottom line, and sales determined to make quota by selling product. Where is the return on the millions of Dollars invested in marketing? Or add 20 percent?

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.

Lead Generation Checklist - Part 2: Sales and Marketing as One Team

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Part two focuses on the chasm between sales and marketing that is common in many organizations. How long has it been since your marketing and sales teams got together for a really productive meeting? In many if not most organizations, sales blames marketing for not producing a sufficient number of truly qualified leads, and marketing points the finger at sales for not following up on the great leads that were produced. Here comes part two of the lead generation checklist series by Brian Carroll. Click here to read the complete post

Leveraging Actionable Customer Data for Revenue Growth

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But does your marketing organization have the ability to analyze this information in a way that provides your sales organization and leadership team with valuable insights into customer behavior? About Laura Patterson Laura Patterson’s marketing and sales career spans nearly 30 years having worked for both large public companies such as State Farm and Motorola and as well as start ups. By Laura Patterson Peter Drucker is attributed to having said, “the purpose of business is to create a customer.” Delving deeper into what matters to your customers is the key to growing revenue.

Lead Generation Checklist - Part 4: Clear and Universal Lead Definition

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This will get sales and marketing on the same page to share a common understanding and treatment of the leads in your funnel. The definition of the lead dimensions also acts as the standard for rating leads and determining whether they are sales ready or need more nurturing by marketing. In part 4 of the lead generation checklist, we take a look at a critical component of lead generation efforts: a universal lead definition. In part 4 of his lead generation checklist, Brian Carroll highlights some of the key points for defining your leads - click here to read the article.

Lead Generation Checklist - Part 1: Conversations, Not Campaigns

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As Brian Carroll in his excellent B2B Lead Generation Blog points out, this way you will become a trusted advisor rather than just another sales person. Lead generation tactis are changing rapidly. The previous transactional approach isn't working anymore, prospects dont want to be sold to but engaged in a conversation about their challenges and learn how a vendor can help solve problems. Think of lead generation as a series of conversations with your audience, not campaigns. Brian has a series of great blogs on lead generation in the 21st century.

Fixing the Crisis in Marketing

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I ran across an interesting blog post " The Crisis in Marketing " by Erik Bower from MarketBright where he talks about current Marketing methodologies not keeping pace with the pressures in today’s business environments: volatile markets, pressure to prove marketing's impact on sales pipeline, reduced budgets and headcounts, new tactics such as social media, etc. Bower takes a page from the shift in software development methodologies (agile development replacing waterfall model, etc over the last years) and applies it to marketing. How are you managing marketing in your organization

Technology Marketing Collateral Trends

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Key findings in the report: • White papers – especially those that are long on expert content and light on sales jargon – continue to be the No. Here is a recent survey report on B2B technology marketing collateral trends from Eccolo Media that you may find interesting: “ Eccolo Media 2009 B2B Technology Collateral Survey Report ”. form of collateral influencing technology purchasers. Video is on the rise in terms of frequency of use by technology purchasers – especially video that features customers speaking about real experience using a product or service

Put an End to Flying Blind: A Ten-Step Process for Creating a Go-to-Market Tactical Plan

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Enabling the sales team for success 9. These three elements will serve as the foundation for every subsequent market sales asset, such as product literature, public and analyst relations material, sales presentations and tools, website content, white papers, educational events, search engine key words and so on. Step Eight: Sales Enablement Often times an organization believes that once the sales organization has been informed of the product’s features, reviewed information about a new market, and been given a set of the tools, they can check sales enablement off the list.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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3 Sales Emails Proven to Boost Reply Rates by 8x

Vidyard

If you’re like most sales reps, you know how hard it is to stand out and get noticed. So how can sales emails cut through all the noise, increase click-through rates by 5x and send open-to-reply rates soaring by over 8x ? This sales email allows you to speak to your prospect directly. The post 3 Sales Emails Proven to Boost Reply Rates by 8x appeared first on Vidyard.

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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.

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

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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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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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