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12 Quick Content Marketing Tips and Trends

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The frigid cold along Route 128 the other morning didn’t keep a standing-room-only crowd from Schwartz Communications’ Breakfast Roundtable on content marketing (using information shared on the Web to drive sales.)

It's Official: Forrester Says B2B Buyers Hate Confusing Jargon

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And, as Forrester points out, you need to develop sales content geared to the needs of individual industries so buyers in each of them can understand why they should care about what you’re selling. IT marketing IT sales and marketing

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Unsure if you have the time or in-house skills to produce the quality content you need to drive sales? By creating compelling white papers, case studies, blog posts and other content based on an in-depth understanding of your competitive differentiators.

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About Us

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Bob Gallagher is head of Funnel Impact , a marketing services firm that provides content creation, sales support and marketing automation to companies that sell complex products or services, including Software, Hardware, Hosting and Cloud Computing.

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

Maintenance Fees, a Cash Cow for Vendors, Under Attack From Users

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With so many software sales coming from new, emerging economies with less experience with enterprise apps, maintenance agreements aren’t going away completely anytime soon.

Selling Your Weaknesses in B2B Content Marketing

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The post goes on to suggest “Reach, leads and sales should be some of the tangible metrics that are measured as part of social media marketing strategies.”. I’ve long argued that admitting your product or service isn’t the right hammer for every nail is an effective way to sell.

Using Online Games To Sell Complex B2B Software

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But is asking prospects to spend the time playing an online game good for all parts of the sales cycle? I have to give IBM points for even trying this: They’ve developed an online game that walks players through a (BPM) Business Process Management) exercise.

To Sell A Conference, Give Away Last Year’s “Takeaways”

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So even if you don’t get the prospect for the conference, you might have a lead for a product or service sale. What great, usable content is sitting around your organization you could be using to attract conference attendees – or sales leads?

What Is Content Marketing?

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By focusing your expensive sales efforts on the right prospects at the right time, we boost your revenue while reducing your costs. The most critical steps, though, are getting marketing and sales to agree on how to score leads and setting up new workflows so marketing has a better idea of which leads to send to sales, and which leads it should instead keep and “nurture” with more content till they’re ready for a sales call.

Software Consultancy: Why MA Is Hot

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Among the main drivers she listed: Buyers’ desire for quality content; an aversion to sales calls (especially before prospects are ready for one), the need for marketing to prove its value to the business and the fact that sales cycles are longer in a down economy. Software consultancy Software Advice has a good business model: Give away a certain amount of information about software, then charge for more detailed counseling.

Virtual Trade Shows for Mere Mortals

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You share (as SAP did) the information about which customers and prospects viewed which events with your sales force. That, of course, is the whole aim of content marketing (to help the sales force,) and if a trade show or customer conference isn’t an exercise in “content creation” I don’t know what is. SAP appears to have done a bang-up job with its combined physical and virtual customer conferences, according to B2B Magazine.

Just Say No To "Social Media Press Releases"

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And why not, since they focus on tweaks in management, distribution, product wins, sales or product features in terms that are more critical to competitors than customers? To succeed, the “social media press release” must focus more on content than Web bling.         Catherine Marenghi , senior PR manager at Cognizant Technology Solutions (a client of mine) read my recent post asking if it’s “Time to Kill the Press Release?

Looking for Good Content? Go for Brains, Not Titles

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The bigger and more complex the sale (and thus the more interesting for my client) the more likely it is a consultant is involved, not merely as a reseller but as a provider of critical, industry-specific expertise. Journalism isn’t like marketing, and that isn’t just because journalists supposedly seek the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Reporters and editors take an extremely pragmatic, “whatever and whoever it takes” approach to getting good stories.

Study: Top Execs DO Use Social Networks

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Social networks are another, complementary sales channel where the emphasis is on useful, honest information. But not to talk about the new appetizer they just tried at a trendy restaurant. A new study shows decision-makers, such as business buyers, are increasingly using social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter to make buying decisions. Trade publishers have tried, unsuccessfully, for years to build such on-line communities which they could control and mine.

[VIDEO] How to Structure a Successful Sales Team

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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

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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”?

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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

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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

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“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]

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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

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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

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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

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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

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How Marketing Software Benefits Your Sales Team

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Steal This Technique for Your Next Sales Email

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

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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.

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

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

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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

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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.

5 Sales Tips My Kids Learned from Watching Shark Tank

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But there’s another side of Shark Tank that I appreciate, and that is: it’s great sales training. Here are the top 5 sales tips my kids have learned from those outbursts: 1. One is sales (revenue). Maybe it’s the end of the quarter and you need that one sale to make quota.

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Changing Your Sales Mindset

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Unfortunately, most sales professionals focus primarily on learning sales techniques. Adopting a better sales mindset might be what’s required. With the typical sales mindset, techniques might be even be experienced by prospects as gimmicks.

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The dangerous confusion of sales and content marketing

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Pink went on to talk about how sales used to be in the days prior to the Internet by giving the example of the used car salesperson. Because it sounds like what sales has become, only without a commission. pieces of information prior to a sale, a little bit too close to heart.

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