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TOPO Sales Summit April 7-8, Join Me

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I'll be attending the TOPO Sales Summit on April 7-8 in San Francisco. If you are a sales, sales development, sales operations, sales enablement, or even marketing leader, you should attend. The website for the event is: TOPO Sales Summit.

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Five Content Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

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Narrowly focused content tends to be out of step and misaligned with the reality of buying in most companies today. Companies create content for themselves not their buyer. Before you create anything – dig in deep with your current client base and your sales staff, they will give you the insight you need to create really compelling content. Companies are jumping in the raging river of social media and content marketing without a plan or measurable goals.

20,000 Sales Pros in One Place! 80 Speakers #salessummit #in

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This Thursday, starting at 11ET, InsideSales.com his hosting the Sales Acceleration Summit. There will be 80 speakers with topics ranging from Inside Sales and Enterprise Sales to Marketing, Management and Motivation. Featured speakers include: Matt Dixon, Author of The Challenger Sale. Jill Konrath, Author of Selling to Big Companies. I''ll be focusing on how sales professionals need to start thinking like CMOs.

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@HubSpot Eliminates 2 Billion Cold Calls (from #Inbound13)

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In the world of sales, selling doesn''t start until a conversation starts with the prospect. However, unless your inbound lead comes in the form of a calendar invite, date, time and phone number booking one of your sales reps for a appointment, there is still work to do.

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.

Lead Gen Tips from Yogi Berra

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During the session, we connected with the Chief Information Security Officer of an extremely large pharmaceutical company. I would say a majority of insides sales reps may have bailed on this call after the second objection. Don't provide sales drivel in a conversation.

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C-Level Prospects - Make the First Appointment By Phone

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When I was recently at the Sales 2.0 We used this team to target a pool of 600 companies (200 F1000, 200 $100M-$1B in revenue, 200 $50M-$100M in revenue). 37% IT/Technical, 24% Sales/Marketing, 16% Finance/Operations, 23% Other.

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. It doesn't matter if you're at an analyst-sponsored event or an industrywide event with multiple sponsors, the companies buying the hors d'oeuvres and beer want to deliver their messages. One topic that came up at each conference was the quality of the content presented by the various speakers.

Inside Sales Managers: 4 Ways to Motivate Your Team

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The Sales Manager is always looking for better performance from a team, and in order to get that, you've got to give a little. Here are four things you, as a Sales Manager, need to give your team if you want to get more production out of them: 1. That's what having impossible sales goals are like. Putting goals that make our reps stretch, not snap, is one way Sales Manager can motivate their teams. This is an area that many sales managers can improve upon.

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.

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.

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Inbound Marketing Gurus -- Where's All The Outbound Marketing Goodness?

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Here are some sites that share top-notch practices: The Bridge Group's Inside Sales Experts Blog - Trish Bertuzzi and the team over at The Bridge Group are the gold standard when it comes to advice on making your inside sales team greater than it already is. Add to that their annual Inside Sales Metrics and Compensation reports and Bridge's Inside Sales Experts LinkedIn group , and you've got yourself some really fine resources to improve your team.

Outbound Calling Tips from Johnny Bench

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What does all of this have to do with B2B sales and marketing? They really are, in my opinion, the best and the brightest in the industry: Lenny - When calling a list rather than starting at the top with the "A" companies, work the list in reverse starting with companies that begin with "Z". That way you most likely will hit the companies that get called the least. Your job is not to teach them about your product -- that's the sales guy's job.

Smashmouth Review - LeadLander - Who's Really Visiting Your Site?

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It touts the ability to provide to you all the standard website visitor stats, along with one huge differentiator - the names of companies that visit your website. Installed LeadLander on both our company website, www.green-leads.com, and on the Smashmouth Marketing blog. Companies that visited were listed ( Oracle , SAP , and a sizable list of other companies I haven't heard of). Seeing a trend in what pages a company visits gives you specifics on their interests.

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.

Green Leads Acquires Target 250 – Forms Fastest-Growing B2B Demand Gen Company in North America and Europe

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Merger Provides Global Enterprise Software and Technology Companies with Deeply Integrated, Quality Pipeline Generation Services. We are excited to see how this acquisition allows us to combine our best practices for sales targeting and marketing across the U.S

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.

Do You Sales 2.0?

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I'm on the the flight back from SFO after attending Sales 2.0 Even better was to find out that my company is well on it's way to Sales 2.0. As defined by Selling Power , Sales 2.0 is “Sales 2.0 Sales 2.0 What do you do to Sales 2.0?

Sales 2.0 Conference - Nigel Edelshain, the Man Who First Said "Sales 2.0"

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When I first met Nigel Edelshain at the Sales 2.0 Conference back in SFO a couple years ago, I was totally impressed with the fact that his company, Sales 2.0 No presumptions--just Sales 2.0 Mike: Having coined the phrase "Sales 2.0", and speaking at the Sales 2.0

Sales Ready Leads: Quality vs. Quantity

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Executive Summary : Lead gen programs that manage to Quality metrics provide sales ready leads that result in an overall higher ROI. Other costs to consider are the costs to manage the vendor relationship, and the cost to the sales team for attending low quality meetings.

Sales & Marketing Leadership Conference

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I can’t be at the Sales & Marketing Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, on April 11, but I encourage you to check it out. The event features keynotes from John Grosshans of SAP Americas and Justin Shriber of Oracle (the latter will be reprising his presentation from the recent Sales 2.0 There will be a big emphasis on how the many ways sales & marketing can (and should) work together to shorten sales cycles and optimize lead gen.

Sales 2.0 Strategies: Demand Gen Lessons From the iPhone

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What this means to me (and you) is its connection to Sales 2.0. Sales 2.0 It's about changing the way sales and marketing do our jobs and adapting. Sales 2.0 Is this Sales 2.0? Optimizing it and helping sales and marketing teams take advantage of it certainly is.

Sales 2.0 Conference - Interview with David Thompson of Genius.com

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With he upcoming Sales 2.0 David Thompson, CEO of Genius.com was one of the early leaders of the Sales 2.0 movement and recently co-authored Sales 2.0 In the Sales 2.0 Conference panel I’m moderating, “Social Networking in a Sales 2.0 sales b2b sales

B2B Sales Leads from Data Services - Smashmouth Review

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When we're selling our outbound marketing demand gen solutions, we get asked all the time, where can I find inexpensive b2b sales leads ? We obviously try to sell up to our high level appointment setting service , but not all companies are ready for that. million companies.

Jive Talkin for B2B Marketing & Sales Demand Gen Experts

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That said, you still have hundreds of Google Reader articles to scan, a few new sales enablement presentations to review before publishing them to Slideshare, and two meetings to approve in the Appointment Setting queue. My domain expertise is B2B Marketing and Sales, especially Demand Gen.

Do You Sales 2.0?

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I'm on the the flight back from SFO after attending Sales 2.0 Even better was to find out that my company is well on it's way to Sales 2.0. As defined by Selling Power , Sales 2.0 is “Sales 2.0 Sales 2.0 What do you do to Sales 2.0

Sales 2.0 Panelist Trish Bertuzzi Talks about Insourced vs. Outsourced Inside Sales

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I've known Trish Bertuzzi for years and always find her one of the most knowledgeable experts on inside sales there is. She founded The Bridge Group with a mission to help technology companies build highly successful inside sales teams. Have you seen many companies mix the two?

B2B Demand Generation Boot Camp: Next Gen Inside Sales Training

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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. How do you train your inside sales recruits?

What do CMOs and Sales 2.0 Junkies Have In Common?

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This past week I was lucky enough to attend both the CMO Club Summit in New York, and the Sales 2.0 There was a definite overlap of key discussion points that I believe is critical for all sales and marketing execs to consider. cmoclub sales

Sales 2.0 Conference - Nigel Edelshain, the Man who first said, "Sales 2.0"

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When I first met Nigel Edelshain at the Sales 2.0 Conference back in SFO a couple years ago, I was totally impressed with the fact that his company, Sales 2.0 No presumptions--just Sales 2.0 Mike: Having coined the phrase "Sales 2.0", and speaking at the Sales 2.0

Sales 2.0 Panelist Anneke Seley Talks about Social Media

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This Thursday is the Sales 2.0 conference in Boston , and Anneke Seley from Phoneworks and author of the book Sales 2.0 Use Twitter to personally invite prospects to your company’s events. In innovative, Sales 2.0 This is part of the Sales 2.0 In Sales 2.0,

Lead Gen Strategies: Sales People Should Be Selling, NOT Prospecting

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This past week a prospect commented that she wanted to explore a third-party lead gen program because their sales reps were spending too much time prospecting and not selling. How many sales reps are caught in the prospecting grind and not closing?

Sales 2.0 Conference - Interview with David Thompson of Genius.com

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With he upcoming Sales 2.0 David Thompson, CEO of Genius.com was one of the early leaders of the Sales 2.0 movement and recently co-authored Sales 2.0 In the Sales 2.0 Conference panel I’m moderating, “Social Networking in a Sales 2.0

B2B Sales Leads from Data Services - Smashmouth Review

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When we're selling our outbound marketing demand gen solutions, we get asked all the time, where can I find inexpensive b2b sales leads ? We obviously try to sell up to our high level appointment setting service , but not all companies are ready for that. million companies.

Sales 2.0 Panelist Trish Bertuzzi Talks about Insourced vs. Outsourced Inside Sales

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I've known Trish Bertuzzi for years and always find her one of the most knowledgeable experts on inside sales there is. She founded The Bridge Group with a mission to help technology companies build highly successful inside sales teams. Have you seen many companies mix the two?

Demand Gen's State of The Union Address - If Obama Were a Marketing/Sales Exec

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Last night I heard a few sound bites in Obama's State of the Union Address that brought to mind what I hear from sales and marketing folks daily. This is about Sales and Marketing Alignment. the inside and outside sales team and your outsourced demand gen teams.

What do CMOs and Sales 2.0 Junkies Have In Common?

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This past week I was lucky enough to attend both the CMO Club Summit in New York, and the Sales 2.0 There was a definite overlap of key discussion points that I believe is critical for all sales and marketing execs to consider. Alignment of Sales & Marketing.

Inside Sales, SiriusDecisions Sees Increased Acceptance of Inside Sales

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This past week Joe Galvin of SiriusDecisions released a study titled " The Rapid Rise of Inside Sales." It shows that Inside Sales teams are overcoming the stigma of a support team and becoming more of a front-line, quota-bearing piece of critical sales strategies. What are your thoughts regarding increased investment in inside sales?

Sales 2.0 Panelist Anneke Seley Talks about Social Media

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This Thursday is the Sales 2.0 conference in Boston , and Anneke Seley from Phoneworks and author of the book Sales 2.0 Use Twitter to personally invite prospects to your company’s events. In innovative, Sales 2.0 This is part of the Sales 2.0 In Sales 2.0,