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5 Outbound Calling Best Practices

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Dialing the phone all day is a task. I have one guy who calls it panning for gold. He'll say he just swished the phone 20 times, found 4 shiny objects and none were gold. Then an hour later he'll yell "Eureka!" when he does successfully set an appointment.

Lead Gen Tips from Yogi Berra

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Yesterday I was using ConnectAndSell as a training tool and had one of our BDRs (Business Development Reps) live and working a list and three others listening in and critiquing. This, btw, is one of the many benefits of ConnectAndSell. You can train with 5-10 pitches in an hour versus 1 or 2.

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Event Marketing Works, but ONLY if Vendors Add Value

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I've recently been on the conference circuit, speaking and tweeting whatever sales and marketing goodness I can find. One topic that came up at each conference was the quality of the content presented by the various speakers. Some sessions were brilliant; some were nothing more than veiled commercials. The key as an attendee is to be able to pull the brilliant content out of the commercials. The key as a presenter is to avoid the commercials and present brilliant content. Simple, right?

Building a Demand Gen Tribe: The Seth Godin Lead Gen Program

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I was fortunate enough to be asked by Gerhard Gschwandtner , of Selling Power to speak this week at his Sales Leadership Conference in Philadelphia. The highlight of my day was listening to Seth Godin, blogger and author on topics b2b sales and marketing folks devour.

The Marketing Landscape: Where Data and Content Merge

Understand the importance of good data and good content and how they work together to help your marketing efforts.

Sales & Marketing Rap: G-Ice #sm20

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During the opening of the Sales & Marketing 2.0 Conference this week, Gerhard "G-Ice" Gschwandtner promised that he would perform a RAP to close the event Tuesday night. He did just that with comic Jeff Applebaum during the Sales & Marketing 2.0

B2B Lead Gen Numbers Do Improve With the Nintendo Wii

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I got a bit carried away recently with my niece and nephews' Wii Bowling game. Even when I thought I had done my best and had enough, I would take a breather and come back and SWING! I would put up better numbers. It was addicting. I wanted to beat my best score, and.

Inbound Marketing Summit Speakers: Twitter List #IMS10

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Today I'm attending New Marketing Lab's Inbound Marketing Summit at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro (killer spot for a conference, btw). Highlight of the day is always Chris Brogan's down to earth, almost "stand up" quality talks. He is always insightful, practical, and spot on with his delivery.

Be a B2B Tweeter, Not a B2B Twit

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Sometimes I think George Lucas just didn’t “get it” when he made the Star Wars prequels. You know, the “other” Star Wars movies? He had made the greatest trilogy in the world in Star Wars , The Empire Strikes Back , and Return of the Jedi.

Make No Mistake: How Worst-Practices Derail Successful ABM Efforts

This Quick Study Slide Show from Node identifies the common mistakes of ABM executions and offers practical advice to help teams avoid them.

The Demand Gen Capital of the World: Andover, MA

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Lead Generation is an "industry" in New England, going back to the early days of the Route 128 Technology Highway. At one point some entrepreneurial soul spun off from one of the big companies, such as Digital or Wang, and there you have it -- an industry was born.

3 Great B2B Demand Gen Articles from Last Week

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It's amazing that there's so much great content out there surrounding demand generation and B2B sales and marketing! Here are a few that stand out to the Smashmouth crowd from last week: Are Your Inside Sales Reps Good Detectives?

Sales 2.0 Tips: Discussing Outbound Marketing Stats (Video)

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Last month was the Sales 2.0 Conference in Boston ( my comments here ). I connected with friends and colleagues with similar desires to increase sales and marketing production with no holds barred.

Content Marketing: Accuracy, First Impressions and Demand Gen

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Guest post by Paul Simon , Sharper Content, @paulcontentman. We all form instant impressions when meeting someone new. Guess what? The same thing happens when we read something from someone we don't know - and the proliferation of social media puts an awful of "new" people in front of us.

Sales 2.0 Strategies: Demand Gen Lessons From the iPhone

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Not sure I'm going to pick up the new iPhone just yet. I'm hearing about issues with the antenna, but I'm sure I'll have to make a decision when one of my daughters drops her phone into the pool this summer and I need to sacrifice my current iPhone as a replacement.

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Developing a Conversational Approach

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, CEO & Founder of VisumCx

B2B buyers are self-guiding their purchase journey, consuming more content along their purchase path and involving more stakeholders in the final decision. Therefore, it is necessary for B2B marketing teams to align to this purchase path and to the buying committees. This is not accomplished by creating more content or sending more communication, the key to success is establishing a conversation with your buyers that engages them in a meaningful dialogue and ultimately converts them to a customer.

5 Thoughts About Sales 2.0 Conference Opening Remarks

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This morning's Sales 2.0 Conference lead off speaker was Polly Sumner of Salesforce.com. Although she spoke about Tools, her real message wasn't about tools as much as it was about use, and ways of working.

Inbound Lead Generation: Improving Your B2B Sales and Marketing Blogs

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You want to talk about improvements? You know what needed improvement? The Boston Celtics, that's who. If you're a fan of basketball, or maybe even a fan of rivalries, maybe you, like me, watched the Boston Celtics crumble last Thursday night (June 17th).

ActiveConversion Product Review: Demand Gen Intelligence

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ActiveConversion is a web based solution that allows organizations to identify visitors to their website, to automatically qualify and nurture leads, to get notified when leads become "hot," and to track ROI of marketing campaigns.

Jive Talkin for B2B Marketing & Sales Demand Gen Experts

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Today at Enterprise 2.0 in Boston, Jive Software is rolling out a new agenda for social business that is worth a close look. We all wake up on Mondays to a mountain of data, feeds, and emails.

7 Common Marketing Mistakes and strategies to avoid them

This white paper addresses the 7 most common challenges marketers hit when marketing products, solutions, or services and offers proven advice on how to avoid these missteps and improve the success of your marketing efforts.

B2B Marketing and Sales Books: What's On Your Summer Reading List?

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The Catcher in the Rye. Moby Dick. Pride and Prejudice. The Grapes of Wrath. A Tale of Two Cities. If there's one thing those books have in common for me, it's that they were part of my high school summer reading lists. Remember those?

Can Your B2B Appointment Setting Team Stand the Heat?

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So, for a few days last week in Boston and her surrounding suburbs, it was extremely hot. I'm not talking "spring time" hot, like in the upper 70's. I'm talking about temps in the 90's! I'm a big guy, and I can tell you this -- I can't stand the heat. I hate it.

Lead Gen Tips: Use Google to Search LinkedIn

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Since I was spouting all about LinkedIn at Chris Brogan's New Marketing Experience last month, he has recently been on a LinkedIn crusade to find all the tips and tricks burried inside. Although I love taking a little credit, his recent articles have been full of LinkedIn Goodness.

B2B Appointment Setting Experts Getting LOST?

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If you're like me, last night you spent over four hours consumed with watching the finale to the television series LOST.

Seven Things Marketers Need to Know About Lead Generation

Speaker: Douglas Burdett, Host of The Marketing Book Podcast, Founder/Principal of ARTILLERY

If you are a marketer who needs to generate more high-quality leads that will turn into sales opportunities and revenue, register now for this special event that will show you how to get started and moving in a profitable direction.

Lead Gen Tips: Find LinkedIn Names That Aren't In Your Network

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Most sales people today have found that using LinkedIn as a research tool to identify specific prospects has been a fantastic way to find the needle in a haystack of potential leads.

Lead Gen Experts Should Take "Campaign" Out of Their Vocabulary

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Last week, I was out with the team at Focus.com and enjoying "bourbon and proteins" with Craig Rosenberg ( The Funnelholic ) when the subject of campaigns came up from his point in a recent post to " forget campaigns, build a factory. "

@chrisbrogan's New Marketing Experience, aka Inbound Marketing Summit: 5 Tips

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Next week I'll be speaking at Chris Brogan's New Marketing Experience in San Francisco. In a recent post, @chrisbrogan talks about the event: " One thing that’s different with my events than with other events: Every sponsor and exhibitor and speaker is someone we think has something to offer you.

5 Tips For @chrisbrogan's New Marketing Experience, aka: Inbound Marketing Summit

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Next week I'll be speaking at Chris Brogan's New Marketing Experience in San Francisco. In a recent post, @chrisbrogan talks about the event: " One thing that’s different with my events than with other events: Every sponsor and exhibitor and speaker is someone we think has something to offer you.

30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

Appointment Setting Vendors Can Reduce Carbon Footprint

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Someone asked me recently where the Green in Green Leads came from?

Lead Gen Tip for Q2: Face Time

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Measuring the effectiveness of lead gen programs is always at the top of a demand gen expert's list of priorities. One of the gating factors happens to be out of their control -- what does the sales team do with a lead once they start working it?

B2B Demand Generation Boot Camp: Next Gen Inside Sales Training

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Over the past four months Green Leads has been starting new reps on the first Monday of each month. Inside sales seems to be like that, growth and replenishment. In our case, we have pretty stringent criteria for success since we are a performance-based appointment setting company.

Lead Gen Experts Need Disaster Recovery Plans - A Flood of Leads!

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View of the Shawsheen River at Rt 133 from Green Leads' parking lot Those of you living in New England know that the past four days have been brutal, with constant rain, the White Mountains melting and all of it heading downhill towards towns like Andover.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

How to strategically target your content and lead generation campaigns to disrupt the status quo and facilitate the sale.

Demand Gen Experts Should Ask "How's Your Steak?""

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Last night we were at my favorite local restaurant for my oversized salad (mandated by my wife and doctor), when I observed each of the servers checking in with their customers within 5 minutes of serving their entrées, "How's your steak cooked?", "Is the salmon to your liking?"

Appointment Setting: Was I Duped?

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In the collection of appointment setting techniques I've seen before, I've never seen the one that I fell victim to this week. Interestingly, if Green Leads did this for our clients we would soon be one a B2B Appointment Setting Vendor that had a tainted reputation.

Lead Gen Companies Should Not Dictate Your Pace

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On a recent sales call, the prospect told me he is working with a pay-for- performance appointment setting company like Green Leads. The difference, and the reason for the call, is that he wants more meetings per month, but the other vendor is " dictating the pace " at which he gets them.

Marketing Strategy of Going Negative -- Does Mudslinging Pay Off?

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Witnessing the recent Scott Brown senatorial campaign in Massachussetts caused me to question the value of mudslinging -- I'm sure Coakley's staff is analyzing the same.

Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

See how a marketing team demonstrated 10X ROI and increased sales by 35% with marketing automation.