January, 2024

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Letting Our Customers Ask Us The Wrong Questions!

Partners in Excellence

It’s SKO season, yesterday I was leading a discussion with a great sales team. One of the sellers asked a question about dealing with customer questions and queries about the products, particularly deeply technical questions. As we spoke, it struck me how we revel in these questions. Customers asking us about the product capabilities, drilling deeply into what the products and solutions do.

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Mastering the Art of Modern Sales: How Innovative Strategies are Reshaping B2B Sales Dynamics

Iannarino

Wait until you see the massive research project I am working on now, involving comprehensive strategies for improving B2B sales performance. Right now, it involves reading, research, and data analysis to understand the implications of different strategies. But for now, our purpose here is to measure the impact on sales and understand why sales organizations and their teams lose deals they could have won if they had performed better in the sales conversation.

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Alternatives to third-party cookies: The state of play

Martech

“I’m actually shocked because I really just thought they were going to be regulated away, but yes, they started out with 32 million folks, so it’s happening.” Tara DeZao, product marketing director for adtech and martech at Pega, was reacting to the news that Google had finally begun phasing out third-party cookies. After multiple delays.

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Start the Year Strong: Resolutions for Each Member of Your Revenue Team

Force Management

There’s no doubt that the way sales organizations and their customers interact has shifted in the past few years. From a new remote-first approach to rapid digital technology advancement, the customer journey is new and requires active participation from more than just your sales team. The companies that succeed in 2024 will be those who adopt a cross-functional revenue mindset , equipping every customer-facing role to articulate and negotiate on the value of their solution.

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How to Improve Email Deliverability and Optimize Each Send

Learn how to optimize email deliverability and drive greater email ROI. What lands your email in the customer’s inbox? Understanding those factors, otherwise known as email deliverability, is critical to getting the most return on your campaign investments. But the “rules” around which factors land you in the spam folder aren’t always easy to keep up with.

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Humans prefer AI-generated copy, survey finds

Search Engine Land

Humans are more likely to prefer content generated by AI than written by a human, according to a surprising new survey. Why we care. While AI can’t entirely replace humans in content creation, clearly generative AI can create content that resonates with consumers. Generative AI 6, humans 0. In six AI- vs. human-generated content battles, the generative AI version “won” each.

Product 145
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What Is a Customer Service Star? Find Out What Top Trailblazers Told Us

Salesforce

When you’re a customer Service Star, staying ahead of the curve isn’t just an advantage — it’s an absolute necessity. You get the pivotal role technology plays in shaping the future of customer service. And you understand the need for building community with others who know what it’s like to walk in your shoes. If you’re looking for new ways to connect with your peers, the Salesforce Service Trailblazer Community is a great place to start.

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A New Year Story

Iannarino

My friend Darren called me to tell me that I needed to take a shower and get ready for a party in the Valley at Miko's house. Both Darren and Miko were attending the Guitar Institute in Hollywood, even though Darren was already a shredder.

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2024 Predictions: Social media’s evolution

Martech

Marketers will continue to engage with audiences on social media through advertising and organic social campaigns. The space continues to diversify, with more user-generated content inspired by the emergence of TikTok in recent years. And for consumers with money to spend, there are new ways to shop through social commerce. How will these opportunities shake out in the upcoming year?

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Venture Backed or Bootstrapped? There’s a Third Way. Just Raise One Round.

SaaStr

There’s so much debate on social media and elsewhere on bootstrapped vs VC. Bootstrapped you maintain control, and the unit economics. But many see it as so much harder. And it’s almost always longer. VC can let you go faster, but it can become an addiction. And the dilution all-in generally ends up being 60%-70% by the time you approach an IPO.

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94% of Google SGE links are different from organic search results, study finds

Search Engine Land

The AI-generated answers in Google’s Search Generative Experience (SGE) do not match any links from the top 10 Google organic search results 93.8% of the time. That’s according to a new Authoritas analysis, which focused primarily on commercial keywords. Why we care. Google SGE is expected to reduce organic traffic significantly to websites for many keywords because searchers will be able to get the answer directly in Google’s AI-generated answer.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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How To Build the Email List of Your Dreams

Salesforce

If you build it, they will come. That famous quote from Field of Dreams refers to a baseball field for ghosts, but can it also be applied to an email list? It sure can. According to our research , email remains the best way to connect with customers. A good email list brings in new prospects, increases engagement with your community, and provides you with valuable customer and performance data to keep refining your efforts.

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Humans Emulating AI/Robots….

Partners in Excellence

There’s a lot of concern, wherever one turns, about AI and Robots becoming more “human.” Usually, it’s stories of AI or robots taking on human characteristics, mostly the bad characteristics. We reflect back on movies like “Terminator,” worrying about AI and robots taking over the world. Daily, we see examples of various forms of AI based plagiarism, some unintended, some malicious and intentional.

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Mastering Competitive Sales: A Comprehensive Guide to Winning Over Your Competitor's Clients

Iannarino

Discover innovative strategies for competitive displacement in sales and learn how to secure the largest clients in your territory.

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How to transform customer experience with AI

Martech

Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a game-changing force for revolutionizing customer experience (CX). With the ability to process vast amounts of data and drive automation at scale, AI empowers brands to deliver personalized, seamless CX journeys that foster loyalty and satisfaction. This article explores how leading companies leverage AI across three key areas — clear messaging, frictionless interactions and tailored experiences — to shape customer experience. 1.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Look, No VC Wants to Fund a Startup With So-So Growth. Except Maybe Your Existing Investors.

SaaStr

Ok some of this post I’d hope would be blindingly obvious. But it isn’t, so I’m going to try to help by being brutally direct: No VC on Planet Earth Wants to Invest in a Startup with Mediocre Growth None. No one. I can’t tell you how many emails a week a month that go something like this: “It’s been a challenging year with 30%-50% growth, but with some funding, we can grow much faster next year!

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Google is shutting down websites made with Business Profiles

Search Engine Land

Websites made with Google Business Profiles will be turned off in March. Customers attempting to visit your website will then be automatically redirected to your Business Profile until June 10. Beyond this date, visitors will encounter a “page not found” error, Google announced. Why we care. Businesses wanting to maintain their own website must create a new site using alternative tools, then update their Business Profile with the new site address before the deadline to ensure a smoot

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From Leads to Sales: How Drip Marketing Email Campaigns Work

Salesforce

Influencing an audience to take action is tough business. Often, leads aren’t ready to buy, and when they are, it’s a challenge to keep them engaged. Thankfully, email makes it possible for you to gain influence with your desired audience over time. And with drip marketing, emails don’t have to live on an island unto themselves. A marketer’s job is to find and understand high quality leads, then help convert them to sales.

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The Growth Opportunities Are Stunning, Why Aren’t We Capturing Them?

Partners in Excellence

My friend, Matt Heinz, posted a fascinating article which reminded me of some market analysis I’d forgotten. It’s from Gartner analysis, now about 3-4 years old, but still relevant. Summarized, at any point in time, as we look at B2B companies (To help us understand it, let’s imagine the total market size is 1000 companies): At any point in time, 3-4% of companies in an industry are actively engaged in a buying effort.

Growth 126
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1st, 2nd, and 3rd Party Intent Data: Which Is Right for You?

How do 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party intent data compare? 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party data each have specific advantages and disadvantages. It comes down to four factors: accuracy, cost, control and quantity. This infographic explains the pros and cons of each and helps you understand which one is best for meeting your business objectives. Intent data can be a great way to fill your pipeline and close more deals.

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Anthony Iannarino's Six Essential Sales and Leadership Books: A Comprehensive Guide to Success”

Iannarino

Explore the groundbreaking insights and strategies in Anthony Iannarino's series of six books, revolutionizing sales and leadership.

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3 keys for email marketing in 2024: AI, change, learn

Martech

Welcome to 2024! A new year is like a new car — it comes with that amazing smell of promise unsullied by life events. So, let’s look at what we can do to make this new-year smell linger as long as possible for our email marketing efforts. Everything in this new year should be about setting goals for the year, creating aspirations and deciding what we need to accomplish — like how we will reach that seemingly impossible sales number our boss gave us because we smashed our goal in 2023.

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SaaStr + 20VC: Why 2024 Will Be Better, But Only So Much, For SaaS. And A Few Worries.

SaaStr

So Harry Stebbings and I got back together for the first 20VC of 2024! Will IPO windows open in 2024? Will Stripe and Databricks go public? Did Figma kill the M&A market in 2024? Will LPs allocate to new venture managers? Will many venture firms slowly die? This is the ultimate show with Jason M. Lemkin , Founder SaaStr on what the f happens in 2024 with many predictions… 1.

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Google confirms a search ranking bug where sites disappear from search results over the weekend

Search Engine Land

Google confirmed a search ranking bug, a “very narrow issue,” as Google called it, that affected a “small number of websites” where those rankings would drop out of the Google Search results over the weekend and then reappear during the weekdays. Google’s statement. A Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land this issue has already been resolved and that it only impacted a “small number of websites.” Google wrote: We’re aware of a very narrow iss

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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Insurers: Beyond Transactions, What’s Your People Policy?

Salesforce

The insurance industry is filled with potential, but companies remain stuck in old ways, leaving customers unhappy and disconnected. One in three customers switched providers last year, due to unsatisfactory insurance customer experiences. At Salesforce, we ask, “What do people truly want when they interact with their insurance company?” Extensive research shows that customers, both new and old, want more than just coverage and affordability.

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AI, Salespeople, And The “Last Mile Problem”

Partners in Excellence

AI offers tremendous promise to help sellers become much more efficient. A lot of the tasks that take seller time can be more effectively handled with AI tools. Properly used, with the right prompt engineering, AI can help us better understand potential issues our customers face. We can, for instance, ask it for issues facing certain roles. We can ask it to look at certain industries/markets, or types of companies.

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Transform Your Sales Approach- Aligning with Client Opportunities for Greater Success

Iannarino

Learn how shifting your sales focus to client opportunities can revolutionize your strategy and results.

Clients 249
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Navigating the creator economy: Strategies for brands and marketing teams

Martech

The $100 billion creator economy is changing how brands collaborate with influencers across social media and niche communities. Today’s brands recognize the value of authenticity and targeted reach for online consumers. They’re embracing the demand for relatable content, the power of niche audiences and the unignorable effectiveness of influencer partnerships.

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How to Leverage Intent Data for Better Outcomes

Speaker: Susan Spencer, Principal of Spencer Communications

Intent signal data can go a long way toward shortening sales cycles and closing more deals. The challenge is deciding which is the best type of intent data to help your company meet its sales and marketing goals. In this webinar, Susan Spencer, fractional CMO and principal of Spencer Communications, will unpack the differences between contact-level and company-level intent signals.

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Gartner: 2024 Will be Tougher Than We Thought, But We’ll Still Cross $1 Trillion in Software Spend

SaaStr

So Gartner is cutting back its growth projections for this year a bit. It was previously projecting a 13.8% spend in software spend in 2024 to over $1 Trillion. It’s now cutting that back a bit to 12.7% growth in 2024, basically flat with 2023. But that’s still a lot of growth. To over $1 Trillion in software spend worldwide — for the first time ever.

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Google has started phasing out third-party cookies

Search Engine Land

Google has officially started to phase out third-party cookies. A new feature called Tracking Protection, which restricts third-party cookies by default, began rolling out to 1% of Chrome users globally on January 4, 2024. If you have been affected, you will will receive a notification when you open Chrome on either desktop or Android devices. Why we care.

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Learn to Use the Percentage of Sales Method to Improve Your Forecasting

Salesforce

When forecasting your company’s financial future, the right calculations can make the difference between on-target projections and missed opportunities. You might think you know when your sales are up or down (and how that affects the bottom line), but are you using the right formula? If you’re unsure, look no further: The percentage of sales method is one of the most easiest ways to calculate forecasts, according to Harvard Business Review.

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What We Miss About Value

Partners in Excellence

The majority of sellers don’t understand value. As a result, the only thing they talk about is the product–it’s features and functions, customers using the solutions, how great their company is, and how the product is better than competition. They don’t understand the customer, as a result, can’t translate what the solutions mean to the customer.

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5 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns to Take Yours to the Next Level

Your next big B2B marketing idea starts here. Get inspired with these five successful B2B marketing campaigns. Ready to generate more leads, interest, and revenue with your B2B marketing? In this comprehensive eBook, you’ll get: In-depth studies of five successful B2B marketing campaigns spanning a wide range of industries Key takeaways and lessons from each story to implement in your own strategy Resources to help your own B2B marketing thrive By submitting this form, you agree to have your con