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Breathe Life into your B2B Marketing Using Humor

The Content Factor

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

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

The Content Factor

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

The Content Factor

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

The Content Factor

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

The Content Factor

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

The Content Factor

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.

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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

The Content Factor

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.

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

The Content Factor

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

The Content Factor

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?

The Content Factor

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

The Content Factor

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

The Content Factor

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.

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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More Sales Less Time

Your Sales Management Guru

More Sales/Less Time. -A If want to exceed your sales goals this year-read this book…. 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. In this book, Jill shares a highly personal story, sharing a lot of research that ends up providing every executive, sales manager and certainly all salespeople a formula to increase productivity. Accelerate Sales.

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Sales Management Thought Leadership:  efficient effectiveness

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management Thought Leadership: efficient effectiveness. What does this have to do with sales management? Check out our Sales Management Boot Camp, starts May 12 th , 8 weeks of online, interactive training: [link]. Sales Leadership Training Sales Management Training

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 !

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Building Belief for Sales Success

Your Sales Management Guru

Building Belief for Sales Success. Are your sales inconsistent? Does your sales team seem weak compared to those of your competitors? Most sales organizations don’t do any belief-building activities. His blog has been rated in the sales blogs in the world!

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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. I decided to start with a Sales Management End of Year Checklist. His blog has been rated in the sales blogs in the world!

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[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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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

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

The 4 Levels of Sales Intelligence

Your Sales Management Guru

The Four Levels of Sales Intelligence. By Jeb Blount, Author of Sales EQ: How Ultra High Performers Leverage Sales-Specific Emotional Intelligence to Close the Complex Deal. Ultra-high sales performers are smart people.

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Chalk Talks: Personalizing Video for Your Sales Outreach

Vidyard

And smart salespeople know that video isn’t just engaging – it’s also one of the easiest ways you can add personalization to your sales cadence. I’m a Sales Development Manager here at Vidyard! There are two types of videos you can use in your sales cadence.

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. A sales rep should be selling, period.

5 Essential Elements to Include in Every Sales Pitch

Webbiquity

Effectively closing sales is the bread and butter of your business. As such, a great sales pitch is key, but perfecting the art is an ongoing endeavor. First and foremost, ditch the the “sales pitch.” Instead, think: sales conversation. Guest post by Ken Sterling.

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Emotional Sales Leadership

Your Sales Management Guru

Emotional Sales 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. Create an atmosphere of fun : make sure the sales team enjoys their job.

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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.

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? I have a problem growing sales profitably. Sales Management Boot Camp maybe for you.

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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.

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.

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How to Create the Three Parts for Any Sales Funnel

Webbiquity

What is a Sales Funnel? Sales funnels are everywhere. This is the power of a sales funnel that’s ultimately designed to get sales. Sales funnels today are processes that mostly occur online, with the ultimate objective of driving sales.

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.

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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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 epidemic in B2B sales prospecting

Avitage

Sales pipeline quality, volume and conversion rates are both symptom and impact of this condition. This condition is especially evident in companies that are engaged in a complex or solution sale. Sometimes this is called a system or platform sale. The analyst firm SiriusDecisions calls it a “new paradigm” or “new concept” sale. I and others use “value sale” Even companies with a traditional, product selling model are not immune.