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The Definitive Guide to Marketing Metrics and Analytics: Key Take-Aways

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Especially in B2B, with longer sales cycles, you need to acknowledge the fact that there are several stages in the buying cycle. This requires fixed definitions – understood across the marketing and sales organization – based on business rules. What would be the impact on sales closed? Alternately, what would be the impact on sales if the budget was decreased 10%?

How to Turn Followers and Fans into Leads (and when not to)

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What is the definition of a sales-ready lead? Q. One of the most evident goals of a social media program is to grow the fan base. Publish great content, develop a voice, reach out to others in social networks, rinse and repeat. But as social media becomes more accountable, marketers look for ways to generate leads throughout the process. So how do you best turn fans into leads?

Lead Scoring Best Practices

Marketing Finger

Many of us will remember when we used to process raw Excel lists, handing over hundreds of names with job titles and companies to our sales department, only to find that leads weren’t being followed up on. Recent advances in marketing automation and sales CRM software have made it easier to streamline the whole process. Sales and marketing need to come up with the definition together.

Measuring the Value of Digital Marketing

Marketing Finger

And this is especially true for B2B with their typically complex, drawn out sales cycles. Unreasonable expectations of sales impact. Start with the dollar value of new sales and work backwards. Measure the number of sales-ready leads and wins. PDF downloads, newsletter subscriptions, sales leads, e-commerce transactions. Search (PPC and SEO). Email.

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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.

More Sales Less Time

Your Sales Management Guru

More Sales/Less Time. -A book review-. If want to exceed your sales goals this year-read this book…. I am not sure how some people do it?   Jill Konrath has written three other sales related books and now she hits the mark again with More Sales/Less Time published by Penguin books. What you will enjoy about this book is Jill created a story about her own professional sales life, with pipeline challenges, client work and worldwide travel challenges, plus including her active personal life. Accelerate Sales. Need more sales management resources?

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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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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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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.

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.

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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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

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.

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 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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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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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.

3 Reasons Video is a Phenomenal Sales Tool [Infographic]

Vidyard

It was only yesterday that we shared 11 of our favorite free sales tools so it seems timely that today we’re diving into one of the tools with the greatest potential for you to stand out and drive results with your sales outreach. Using video in sales emails has boosted open-to-reply rates by 8x ( Click-to-tweet! ). Blog Field Sales Inside Sales Sales Leadership

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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.

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 […].

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.

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.

Six Ways Marketing Can Shrink the Sales Cycle

Great B2B Marketing

I often talk about how B2B marketing and lead-to-revenue (L2R) can be massively beneficial to enabling your sales team to […]. Sales Cycle Sales Enablement B2B sales cycle

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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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.

[VIDEO] How to Structure a Successful Sales Team

DiscoverOrg

We’ve built required fields and automation of data transfer in SFDC (ie surveys that auto populate the key data, call sheets that tie data to opportunity & account, sales handoff that ties data to account for CSM, etc). Want to Build a Sales Engine? Does this problem sound familiar? Watch the Video Below: How to Avoid the Problem. Specialization. Mid-market Team.

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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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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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How Empathy Will Grow Your Sales & Marketing Pipeline

Type A Communications

Customer Experience Marketing Sales Carla Johnson storytelling Type A CommunicationsFebruary 14, 2017 by Brian Carroll We have more marketing channels and more content than ever before, but it’s become harder to actually connect with customers. Here’s what I mean. read more.

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.

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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How Marketing Automation Changed My (Sales) Life

Salesfusion

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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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