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Breathe Life into your B2B Marketing Using Humor

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They may see humor as too risky, won’t translate to sales, or will fall flat with humorless technical buyers. Many B2C companies know how to leverage the power of humor in their marketing campaigns. B2B marketing, on the other hand, can be clever and compelling, but is rarely funny.

Sales and Marketing: Let Worlds Collide

The Content Factor

At a recent Focus Roundtable on Sales and Marketing alignment (or the lack thereof), we acknowledged the frequently discussed differences between the people who work in sales jobs and the people who work in marketing jobs. Business to Business (B2B) Sales and Marketing Alignment

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More Cool Tools Applied to B2B Marketing: Video Capture

The Content Factor

Or even make a sales presenation? Since email, as a marketing medium, has evolved past "mainstream" and on to "boring," let's get creative and look at some new ways to communicate to buyers. How about sending videos that show off a new product feature, explain a new research finding, or show how to do a task? read more. Multimedia Tools

Google Fights Back Against Content Farms

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I applaud Google for using its enormous influence to fight back against the content farms, such as eHow and WikiAnswers, which clog search results with weak but heavily search-engine-optimized content to fuel ad sales.

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales

Craft Content to the Buying Cycle: Stage 1, the Unaware Buyer

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The challenge with the Unaware Buyer is that he goes out of his way to avoid any sales pitch, because he doesn’t think he needs to buy anything. Does your prospect need a whack on the head? If he is an Unaware Buyer, he doesn’t care about your product, even if he needs it.

Why Your Sales Force Rewrites Your Copy

The Content Factor

So says a survey covered on MarketingProfs this week, stating that confidence in corporate and sales message is weak. Ever have the nightmare about standing in front of an audience to speak, and having no idea what to say? Evidently that's how salespeople feel every day. To stop the nightmares, they are writing their own content, regardless of what marketing provides them. The article states: read more.

Solving the Content Creation Conundrum

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As usual, Sirius Decisions is spot-on with some of their marketing and sales alignment insights. Here is a recent newsletter on how to solve the content creation issues. At The Content Factor, we have already been ebedding many of these best practices for years

Marketing Success: When Buyers Self-Select

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I enjoyed speaking on the Focus Roundtable a few weeks ago on the topic of sales and marketing alignment, along with Dan McDade of PointClear , Tim Sullivan of Sales Performance International, and Karen Hayward of Centerbeam. B2B Buying Cycle Business to Business (B2B) Sales Support

Case Study Winners: It’s About the Client

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The idea for this white paper was borne from my observation that case studies are remarkably difficult for most B2Bs to generate, yet they are usually the most valuable marketing content a B2B can provide for its sales force. Our new white paper, “Secrets of Case Study Winners,” outlines quite a few specific strategies for B2B companies to create successful case study programs.

Building Trust in the Digital Age of B2B Marketing

The Content Factor

According to this short piece on MarketingProfs last week , B2B marketers should get ready to move their entire sales process to the mobile phone. At least, that's what the synopsis at the end seems to say. Fortunately, the original post by Robert Lesser goes more in-depth. read more.

Craft Content to the Buying Cycle: Stage 3, the Engaged Buyer

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They have landed smack in the middle of your sales funnel. Your suspects have become prospects, and then qualified prospects. They have even met with your account rep and senior executives. You’re on their short list. Does that mean that your work providing marketing content is done? Hardly. read more.

Craft Content to the Buying Cycle: Stage 4, the Invested Buyer

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I feel like I am being taken for granted, and I look for an excuse to “escape” through the bottom of their sales funnel. Have you ever been solicited by a company that you already do business with? It happens to me all the time. Don’t these companies know that I am already part of their value chain? So, why are they spamming and cold calling me? Don’t let this happen to your customers by neglecting their content. read more.

The Call to Action Has Become a Call to Knowledge

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As many have said, the B2B "sales cycle" is becoming a "buying cycle" where the prospect has control over the relationship. Although the graphic of the sales funnel will be with us forever, the days are numbered when Marketing and Sales can claim to be the ones moving prospects through the funnel. In the social media world, prospects move when they want to move. read more.

Enough is Enough. Or Is it?

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BtoB Magazine's recent article "When Enough is Enough" describes how Cisco Systems straddles the fine line between spamming its existing customers, and keeping Cisco top-of-mind.The article quotes John Coe, president of the Sales & Marketing Institute, on the role of content:In fact, Coe said, if your messages bring value to your customers—beyond your company's latest product offerings—there.

Great Web Content: Aligned Throughout Deliverables

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Read the full white paper, or view all the blog posts in the series.Hallmark of Great Web Content #3: Great Web content is aligned throughout all deliverables.Think of alignment as a security blanket that goes with prospects as they move through the sales cycle. Here's #3 of a 10-part series on the "The 10 Hallmarks of Great Web Content."

Thought Leadership: A Spirit of Generosity

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One, in particular, describes the dilemma marketing departments face: How can we prevent our thought leadership efforts from being interpreted as sales propaganda?The We've received some interesting questions in response to our white paper, "Is Anybody Following Your Thought Leadership? Five Best-Practices." The answer lies in the fact that thought leadership isn't built, it's nurtured. It is up to.

[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?

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22 Potential Touchpoints for Your Next ABM Sales Play

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When designing sales plays as part of your Account-Based Marketing (ABM) strategy, it pays to start with a few key questions: 1. Touchpoints in an ABM sales play can be almost any form of communication: email, phone, social media, direct mail, even in-person outreach.

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 Communications

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. A sales rep should be selling, period.

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. The post Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

What Is “Sales Enablement”?

Aberdeen CMO Essentials

What organization can say no to “sales enablement”? Who in the C-Suite would ever look you in the eye and say, “We don’t find sales to be all that important. Such is the beauty of the term “sales enablement.” Enabling sales is something every organization should do.

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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.

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.

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. Blog Field Sales Inside Sales Sales Leadership

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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.

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.

7 Best Practices for Optimizing Sales Enablement

Act-On

Marketing and sales have traditionally had a bit of a contentious relationship in many companies. And out of that contentious relationship, a new role was born: sales enablement. Sales Enablement is a strategic, ongoing process to equip the sales team with the tools, resources and skills to make them more efficient, and ultimately improve sales execution and drive revenue. Communications (sales newsletters). Integrate sales enablement across the business.

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

How Marketing Software Benefits Your Sales Team

Salesfusion

The post How Marketing Software Benefits Your Sales Team appeared first on Salesfusion. Lead Nurture Sales CRM Website Tracking

Sales and Marketing Automation

Salesfusion

The post Sales and Marketing Automation appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion. Best Practices Nurture Marketing Sales CRM

Steal This Technique for Your Next Sales Email

The Point

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.

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Why Lead Nurturing Success Means Not Asking for the Sale

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I was left a voicemail earlier this week by a sales rep that I talked to (briefly) about 6 months ago. If you set that bar too high, i.e. if the threshold is “are you ready to talk to sales?”, Why #leadnurturing success means not asking for the sale via @spearmktg.

Sales Enablement Danger

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Although marketing automation is now almost fully embraced by marketers, sales organizations are still not completely accepting of the technology benefits, nor are they trusting of marketing’s motives. Enter, the era of Sales Enablement. Sales enablement is a universal challenge.

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The Myth About Sales Pipeline

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Most sales managers or Sales VPs will tell you that in order to meet their quota, they must have a pipeline of X. Whether it is a three X, five X or seven X pipeline, these sales people have a formula that they follow that knows what they need to get them to their stated goal.

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Myth Busters: 3 Sales Intelligence Assumptions Dispelled

DiscoverOrg

Sales and marketing teams that buy into myths about data providers miss out on serious business value. Myth 1: Contact lists = sales intelligence. Fact: Sales intelligence is more than a list of names and numbers. In the same way that “chocolate muffins” are really just cupcakes, contact lists might be “data,” but they’re not sales intelligence. Sales intelligence includes a depth of information that is both accurate and predictive. It’s sales intelligence.

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6 Mega Trends in Sales, SaaS, and Video from HubSpot’s Chief Sales Officer

Vidyard

Recently, Hunter Madeley, Chief Sales Officer at HubSpot, sat down with our CEO, Michael Litt to discuss all things sales, SaaS, and video! The purpose of sales and marketing continues to be on creating credibility, momentum, and trust. Although technology has changed the way businesses communicate externally, Hunter highlights how the ultimate goal of a marketing or sales organization has remained the same. How video impacts the sales cycle from a process perspective.

Why That Bargain Contact List You Bought is a Sales Dead End

DiscoverOrg

Here are just a few ways that unverified bargain contact lists can lead to sales drought rather than providing that rainmaker resource you wanted. When email deliverability is weakened , your whole sales funnel loses its impact and unverified contact lists get email campaigns off to a bad start. It’s been around the block and has been mined by other sales and marketing teams looking for leads. You can’t afford not to know in today’s competitive sales climate.

The Sales Development Playbook #PeopleMatter #MustRead

Smashmouth Marketing

My opinion of Trish as a sales development expert is beyond what I could deliver in this article. As it pertains to a sales development team - your people are your only true asset. There is a ton of sales development goodness. People DO Matter when it comes to sales development.