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Here are some of the ways we’ve recently helped our clients win in the marketplace. Helped a global IT services provider hone its response to an RFP for a multi-million project. Email us at bob@scheierassociates.com or call at (781) 599-3262 and let us brainstorm a way to help

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How Quality Content Is Helping IT Vendors

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Quality content is critical because prospects are paying with their most precious commodity – time. It is advice, tips, observations and insights that help the reader do their jobs better.

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Why Marketing Automation is Floundering (Amen!)

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Trying to Get the Big Mo A recent post by Jeff Pedowitz argues that marketing automation vendors – selling tools that automatically send and track responses to marketing material to target prospects – are floundering, or at least not growing as quickly as they should.

eBook: Content Marketing: Where To Place Your Bets

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With even CIOs doing much of their product research on-line, how can you as a marketeer cut through the clutter with quality content that keeps prospects engaged? Click Image To Download.

Can PR Firms Find Gold in Marketing Automation Services?

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Some of the more forward-looking PR firms I work with are looking to supplement traditional PR offerings with demand generation services, using marketing automation software such as Marketo and HubSpot to track prospect’s actions to “nurture” them with additional content towards a sale.

Selling Your Weaknesses in B2B Content Marketing

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That transforms what seems like an exercise in humility into an opportunity to educate and engage customers and prospects. By raising the potential downfalls of its product itself HubSpot educates and engages current and prospective customers.

First Rule of Content Creation: Don't Say Something Really Dumb

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  2)   Saying the same thing six ways, as in “Reducing inefficiency and boosting productivity helps to reduce costs and enhance corporate productivity by making better use of corporate resources.” OK, maybe some people are so dumb they don’t know a heater gets hot.

What Is Content Marketing?

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Content marketing means using anything from spec sheets to white papers to case studies, Webinars or podcasts to keep prospects interested. What’s new is that the content is distributed over the Internet, and we can track which prospects downloaded or clicked through to which content. That readership history helps identify where each prospect is in the purchase cycle, what follow-on information or offers we should send them, and who are the most attractive prospects.

Software Consultancy: Why MA Is Hot

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Market analyst Lauren Carlson also had an interesting recent post about the major trends pushing customers towards marketing automation software , which tracks prospect behavior to determine which products they’re most likely to consider. It would seem PR and marketing firms can help their customers by delivering the skills, processes and content B2B companies need to make marketing automation software work.

Virtual Trade Shows for Mere Mortals

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SAP talking at them,) but tracked which content prospects viewed to learn about their needs, and will use a content management system to target future info and offers to them based on those actions. Chief Marketing Officer Marty Homlish says that being able to see who viewed what information, and for how long, goes a long way towards helping SAP “capture demand.”. First, get the customers talking to each other and stay out of the way, unless you can really help.

Looking for Good Content? Go for Brains, Not Titles

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These consultants help very large customers with very complex needs install very large, complicated software.   But you draw prospects through content marketing by the quality of your content, not the titles of the talking heads. Journalism isn’t like marketing, and that isn’t just because journalists supposedly seek the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

[VIDEO] How to Get 30% Response Rates with Prospecting Emails

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If you’re getting 30%+ of your prospects to reply to you, you can probably stop worrying about it as much, but if you’re getting less than that, then what I am about to share with you could be a game changer. What Makes a Good Prospecting Email.

Segmentation: 5 Steps to Help You Send Emails That Your Prospects Actually Want to Read

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Here are five easy steps to sending targeted email messages that your prospects will actually want to read: Step One: Truly Understand Your Audience. There really aren’t any concrete rules about what data should be used to help segmentation.

Best Practices for Prospecting with Video

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Personal video messages are a great way to stand out and to boost response rates when prospecting new customers. And we’re helping businesses like yours solve problems A, B, or C.” Based on that, I may be able to help you do A, B, or C.

Lead Nurturing: How a social business strategy can help you move from selling to helping your prospects

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This idea of moving from ‘sell’ to ‘helping your customers buy’ is at the heart of social business. will need help from social media to remain effective. Here are three tips Adriel shared with the audience to help you use social media to aid your lead nurturing efforts.

Prospecting: Fill your sales pipelines now!

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The Telephone Is the Most Powerful Sales Prospecting Tool. By Jeb Blount, author of Fanatical Prospecting. KEN: This blog post is from my friend Jeb Blount, his new book is a must read for your sales book club: Fanatical Prospecting.

How to simultaneously attract new prospects and retain loyal customers

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Though the book was written to help families develop close relationships, I think our customers fall into similar categories. Acts of Service: Reading and sharing their content, participating in their survey or helping them make their company better.

3 Ways to know your prospects as well as they know you!

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How do you get to know your prospects? Or maybe a better question is, are you getting to know your prospects? Today I’ll go through three ways you can get to know your prospects in 2016. What Is A Prospect? 3 Ways To Get To Know Your Prospects With Segmenting.

Exciting new tools for B2B prospecting

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New ways to find prospects continue to come on the scene—it seems like daily. One big new development is the trend away from static name/address lists, to dynamic sourcing of prospect names complete with valuable indicators of buying readiness culled from their actual behavior online.

Tools and Tips for Outbound Sales Prospecting

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Author: Ernesto Castillo In my last blog , I explained why account-based marketing is important in outbound prospecting and how it should be used for account profiling and prioritization. Ultimately, we are making inroads with our top prospects using our outbound prospecting process.

How to Succeed in Sales Today: Start Helping Your Prospects

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What we got was an outpouring of great advice addressing everything from how to talk to a prospect, to the value of leveraging internal resources, to the importance of being dedicated, to constantly improving skills and knowledge. Treat a prospect as if he or she will be your best customer.

The Greatest Prospecting Campaign I’ve Ever Run

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No … this isn’t a Quentin Tarantino movie (though that sounds kind of awesome), this is the story behind the greatest prospecting campaign I’ve ever run. Let’s get to the meat of why you’re here: to read about why my prospecting campaign at Dyn was the best I’ve ever run.

5 Personalized Prospecting Ideas You Can Use Today

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And since I’d bet that every one of your prospects and their dog is bombarded with sales messaging each day, you need a way to stand out. Use a whiteboard with the prospect’s name on it or some other way to personalize the video’s visuals so the thumbnail is personal, too.

6Sense Finds B2B Prospects Using Web Site Activities

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I mentioned 6Sense briefly in a recent post about vendors who help companies find prospects on the Web. Since then, I’ve had a more detailed briefing, which clarified that their scope extends well beyond prospect lists to predictive models applied across all stages of the purchase cycle. 6Sense can also display the information on screen to help guide sales conversations, although it doesn’t (yet) recommend specific talking points.

Lead Nurturing: Build trust, win more deals by helping prospects – not selling them

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I fully realize this is a silly scenario, but it’s really not unlike what sales professionals do when they call prospects every few months to “touch base” and ask “whether they’re ready to buy yet.”. To help pass this test, here are three tips: Tip #1. Help ease the pain.

Engage Prospects with Video Backed by Marketing Automation

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The big picture is that marketers are simply trying to have effective 1:1 conversations with prospects and customers. This means marketers are looking to approach the right person, at the right time, with the right information - without ever meeting the prospect or customer in-person.

4 Measures to Find Out if Your Prospecting is Effective

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4 Measures To Find Out If Your Prospecting is Effective. KEN: We have a guest blog this week, during the past year, our research told us that “prospecting” was the #1 issue facing sales leaders. Once you have these details, prospecting can begin.

10 Creative Ways to Improve Prospecting and Sales Emails with Video

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Optimizing prospecting and sales emails is something you could probably dedicate the rest of your life to. Because, if your sales team can’t stand out in the inbox, grab attention, and ignite a response from their prospects or accounts, how are they going to close a deal?

Druva Chooses Infer to Predict Highest Potential Prospects

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Like many of our customers, Druva has grown rapidly in recent years and needed a better way to evaluate and prioritize good prospects for personalized follow up. We’re always happy to welcome another customer to the Infer family.

3 Factors that Connect Value Prop to Prospects

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If I am you ideal prospect, why should I buy from you rather than your competitors?”. Here are a few examples of poor value propositions from the MECLABS Value Proposition Development Course to help you identify value claims that may need a little work: “We empower you software decisions.”. “I

How Video Helps Sales and Marketing Alignment

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Prospects who view videos of a product are 85% more likely to buy. Marketing will produce valuable assets for the sales team to distribute, while Sales will request specific campaigns or promotions to help them reach more accounts. Filming a personal video for a prospect?

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8 Questions to Help You Decide if Your Content is Good Enough

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The best demand generation campaigns start with content that your prospects want. Here are 8 simple questions to help you decide whether that content is good enough. What’s the problem or challenge that your content purports to help address?

Lead Generation: Does your teleprospecting deliver value to prospects?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Offering exclusivity at the right time to the right person can help your efforts to move from conversation to conversion. Test phone calls to learn more about your prospects. Value Proposition: What motivates prospects to buy from you?

B2B prospecting data just keeps getting better

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B2B marketers typically select targets from prospecting lists based on such traditional variables as industry, company size, and job role/title. In fact, you might say that business marketers now have access to prospecting data as rich and varied as that available in consumer markets.

10 Ways CMOs Can Help Grow Their Companies

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Whether you are in startup mode or your brand is fully established, your overall goal as a CMO is to help grow it into something bigger that solves problems for more people and provides a greater source of revenue and profitability as a return on the investment of your time and money.

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Mining Un-engaged Prospects using a Multivariate A/B Approach

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So with that in mind, and for the purpose of this post, I wanted to focus on the prospects with sometimes big potential. I’m talking about the non-open prospect emails in your email universe. Don’t ignore your unengaged email prospects.

To get the best prospecting data, use a broker

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Here is a seven-step process for finding and working with a data broker who will get you the best data for prospecting campaigns. Data cards provide details about the sources, uses and characteristics of the list, and are very helpful in determining its suitability for your campaign.

Stop Hard Selling, Start Listening to Your Prospects

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How many prospects does your sales team close on average? It all comes down to how marketing and sales are communicating with prospective buyers. Instead, embrace the idea that it’s time to listen to your prospects. Two percent? Five percent?

Target Your Best Prospects by Segmenting Your Best Customers

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The best customers are those that last a lifetime , and by segmenting your current customers and identifying which are the most profitable, stay the longest, expand service, and refer new customers, you can allocate more of your marketing dollars to acquiring similar prospects.

5 Email Metrics to Help Diagnose Your Mistakes

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Analyzing email metric reports is an excellent way to help review and sometimes diagnose issues with your targeting, data, or even deliverability. This metric will help tell you the mailable status of a list, each time you send.

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