April, 2024

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Required for Sales Success Today – A Strong Sales Technology Competency

Anthony Cole Training

Technology is transforming businesses and disrupting entire industries, including the world of selling, which has traditionally been categorized as primarily a “people business”. From prospecting to closing, today’s mobile, social, big data, and cloud technologies are revamping the sales process in ways that would have been inconceivable a few decades ago.

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The End of Cold Outreach As We Know It

Iannarino

I made my first cold call when I was 15. I was given a list of phone numbers of community groups. I called each number to ask the community group to conduct a charity bike-a-thon to raise money for a charity. I was the only person to get a group to raise money. In fact, I organized two events, which was more than the rest of the people making calls.

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Google March 2024 core update rollout is now complete

Search Engine Land

Google’s March 2024 core update is now done rolling out, it started on March 5, 2024 and completed 45 days later on April 19, 2024. This was a big core update, where Google said that this core update is more complex and involves changes to multiple core systems, while also ending the standalone helpful content update. Google did not tell us until April 26th, 52 days after the rollout began, that it finished on April 19th.

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It’s The Little Things That Count….

Partners in Excellence

It’s human nature to focus on the big things. Whether it’s a BHAG, a closing presentation for a major deal, a big job opportunity, a critical event. We obsess about how we succeed. We develop strategies, contingency plans, prep and rehearse. We are driven to succeed for those big things. We treat the little things differently. We may skip them, thinking they aren’t important.

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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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Decoding generative AI: Top LLMs and the app ecosystems they support

Martech

I’ve been writing about marketing tools for over a decade, and some of my earliest published articles were about the new breed of social media monitoring tools. Looking at those pieces today, two insights struck me: The basic approach and strategy of selecting technology tools to help us with marketing tasks hasn’t changed much (the good news). Everything else has changed dramatically (the not-so-good news).

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Discount Dilemmas: How to Stand Firm on Your Fee

SalesProInsider

Have you ever tried to buy something with a verbal promise? Or deposit a compliment in your personal or business bank account? Of course not! You would be laughed at! Yet, that’s what can happen when discussing fees for service with prospective clients. Never Accept This Payment: Promises Won’t Pay Your Bills True story: An advisor in NJ had two great conversations with a prospective client who could not believe the services they would receive working with him compared to another option.

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Eliminating Waste and Boosting Efficiency in B2B Sales Strategies in 2024

Iannarino

As your win rates increase, and your team’s ability to win deals also increases, you can add additional opportunities without the cost of the waste of using your team’s time and energy that produces only wasted opportunities.

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Google and world’s largest ad group announce landmark AI collaboration

Search Engine Land

The world’s biggest advertising group announced a major collaboration with Google that will see it utilize Gemini AI to help produce its ads, including: Ad narration. Voiceover script generation. Product image creation. The landmark partnership with WPP means that Google’s robots could potentially end up creating ads for some of the biggest brands in the world, such as the Coca-Cola Company, L’Oréal and Nestlé.

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Simplification…….

Partners in Excellence

It’s trite to say we live in worlds of growing complexity. The rates of change and disruption seem to be accelerating. Global competition, new technologies, new business models, new market opportunities both create challenge and opportunity. Workloads seem to sky rocket as do demands on our time. Distractions whether device based, app based or self inflicted consume our time.

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It’s time to turbocharge our path to email innovation

Martech

Back in 2017, I wrote an article for MarTech, “ Message to email marketers: Show me something different in 2018.” It popped up again while I was preparing a presentation, so I scrolled through to see if anything I advocated back then had become standard practice. The answer is, sadly, not much. Here’s what I was looking for: Stop depending on batch-and-blast.

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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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Why Founders Leave After Acquisitions

SaaStr

Why do founders leave after their companies are acquired? There are many nuanced answers, but in the short and medium term, it’s incentives. Acquirers use 3 incentives to get founders to stay: Sticks. If you leave, you lose X% of the consideration. Acquirers try to put 30%-40% of the founders’ consideration at risk, if they can get away with it. This sort of works, but it leads to “rest-and-vest” behavior if not thoughtfully combined with Carrots (next point).

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Why the Deprecation of Third-Party Cookies is Inconsequential for G2 Buyer Intent Users

G2

The depreciation of third-party cookies will impact the different tools and channels that are part of the typical B2B marketing mix. Because G2 does not use third-party cookies to track buyer Intent activity, customers using this solution will not be affected.

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Overcoming the Fear of Leading Clients: Proven Strategies for Assertive Sales Leadership

Iannarino

The Challenges of Establishing Authority in Sales Workshops The group in the workshop I was conducting wasn’t quite ready for the two topics I was teaching. The first obstacle was the concept of being One-Up, and the corresponding need to be an expert and an authority. It took a little time to help them recognize how much more they knew about what they sold compared to what their clients knew about it.

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Google Chrome IP masking could radically impact search advertising

Search Engine Land

Google is developing a two-hop proxy to enhance privacy for Chrome users, which has three big implications for advertisers: For ad location targeting, you’ll only have the option to target regions designated by Google, which won’t be accurate. Because Google Chrome will use a proxy to connect to websites, it will mask users’ identities, meaning advertisers cannot distinguish between genuine and bot traffic.

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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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Change, Do We Really Understand It?

Partners in Excellence

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s a trite saying, but “The only constant in life is change……” Let me go through a few more just to get them off my chest: Be the change you want to see in the world… Nothing changes if nothing changes… Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end… Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine… Thanks for your patience, I need to get those out of my system.

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The effectiveness crisis in B2B marketing: Why MOps must shift focus now

Martech

In our zeal to harness the tech part of martech, the ops part of MOps and the automation part of marketing automation, MOps professionals have failed to accomplish the most important part of the equation — marketing. B2B marketing is suffering from an effectiveness crisis, having chased efficiency gains for years. Effectiveness should be mastered and constantly invested in ahead of efficiency.

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Build an Online Portfolio to Demonstrate Your Salesforce Skills

Salesforce

When a job opportunity knocks, it can be difficult to prove you’re the one to hire. A one-page resume and a carefully crafted cover letter are important, but they can only go so far to help you get noticed. But hey, you have tech skills. You’re learning Salesforce skills every day. It’s time to create your own website and showcase a your professional portfolio of projects, resume, demo videos, and much more.

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Dear SaaStr: What Are The Top 5 Things I Should Know Before Starting a SaaS Startup?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: What Are The Top 5 Things I Should Know Before Starting a SaaS Startup? My Top 5: It will take you at least 24 months to really get anywhere. Everyone mentally budgets 10–12 months. It’s never enough. At least, not to get enough paying customers from Code Zero. A little more here: [link] A co-founder not equally committed will blow up on you, and best case, is a disaster you will have to clean up later.

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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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Unlock the Joy of Selling: Top 10 Reasons Why Selling Is More Fun Than You Think

Iannarino

Discover why selling isn't just a job; it's an adventure that keeps on giving! Some salespeople don’t look like they are having fun selling. If you believe that selling is fun, you may feel bad for salespeople who are not enjoying it. Occasionally, you see a salesperson who is making too much of selling. If you are an extrovert, spending time talking with people is your nature.

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Google CEO says AI overviews are increasing Search usage

Search Engine Land

Google has served “billions of queries” with its generative AI features and plans to “expand the type of queries we can serve our users” even further. That’s according Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking during the Q1 2024 Alphabet earnings call. AI overviews, which Google introduced in the U.S. in late March and the UK earlier this month for a small slice of queries, are also increasing Search usage, according to Pichai: “Based on our testing, we are

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The Interview….

Partners in Excellence

It’s Friday, it’s been a busy, but great week. Sometimes, my mind starts turning into jelly and goes to weird places. I imagined myself interviewing for the CRO position in a high growth start up. Dave: Thanks for the opportunity to speak, I’m sure I can have a great impact in driving growth in your sales organization. CEO: I’m excited to speak to you.

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3 ways brands can build trust with privacy-concerned consumers

Martech

Digital marketers are facing an increasingly regulated environment when it comes to reaching the right customer at the right time. And this new environment exists for a reason — consumers value their privacy. A recent study by marketing automation company Marigold and digital marketing consultancy Econsultancy took a closer look at how consumers feel about marketers’ messages and tactics.

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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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Can AI Put an End to Big Data’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams?

Salesforce

Way back in 1914, engineer and data visualization pioneer Willard Brinton observed that while companies went to considerable effort to analyze and catalog their information, most failed to draw useful conclusions from it. “Known facts cannot be marshaled and presented in such [a] manner as to be effective,” he wrote more than 100 years ago. Yes, that’s how long companies have struggled to make sense of and extract value from what’s now called big data — datasets so large they can only be analyze

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Dear SaaStr: A Big Tech Co Launched a Competitive Product. How Can I Tell How Serious They Are About It?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: A Big Tech Co Launched a Competitive Product. How Can I Tell How Serious They Are About It? In SaaS at least, I’ll give you one metric that is fairly reliable: How many dedicated sales professional do they have, just 100% selling the competitive product? If it’s none yet, it’s an experiment. If they’ve just made a “Head of” hire, it’s an experiment, but one that is getting budget.

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Why I Teach the Oldest Sales Approach and Call It Modern

Iannarino

Discover how timeless wisdom and trusted advisors shape successful leadership and sales strategies, transcending centuries.

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Google delays third-party cookie phase-out to 2025 (maybe)

Search Engine Land

Google has postponed the deprecation of third-party cookies in Chrome this year due to multiple challenges and increased scrutiny from the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Why we care. Brands now have extra time to prepare and explore alternatives to third-party cookies. However, this is just another delay. Third-party cookies will eventually go away – just not this year.

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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

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“Why I’m So Interested In Selling,” An Analysis

Partners in Excellence

For the past month, I’ve been publishing stories on “Why I’m So Interested In Selling.” The group is fascinating–both in their stories and in their diversity. Some have had long careers in selling, some are relatively new. Some are or have been senior executives in very large companies, some are individual contributors.

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ChatGPT vs. Gemini vs. Perplexity: The definitive AI chatbot battle of 2024

Martech

“What marketing technologies should a (fill in the industry) company have in their martech stack?” That’s a question I’m asked regularly, likely because all companies are curious about their competitors. So I thought I’d use it to test Google Gemini, OpenAI ChatGPT and Perplexity AI. Gemini (formerly Bard) and ChatGPT returned similar content in a similar format to my query, “What marketing technologies should a luxury retailer have in their martech stack?

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55 Software Development Statistics About the Latest Trends

G2

Engineers develop software that makes our lives easier. A lot goes into their process because they have to focus on so many areas, like frontend and backend functionality and user experience (UX). The software development lifecycle governs this process, from user requirements to final deployment and maintenance.

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Dear SaaStr: How Do You Build a Real Exit Strategy?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: How Do You Build a Real Exit Strategy? First, bear in mind acquisitions are relatively rare. The vast majority of startups will never get one acquisition offer, let alone a good one. Still, it’s not random. I’ve been through it twice as a founder and about ten times as an investor. At a high level, three things you can do that aren’t very hard will increase the odds you have an “exit”: First, build the best product in an important space.

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2 Retail Sectors That Are Completely Changing the Game: FMCG & Q-Commerce

Speaker: Joe Heather, Deliverect GM (UK&I) & Noah Hayes, Deliverect GM (US&CA)

Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Quick Commerce (Q-commerce) are two vibrant sectors that have undergone significant transformations with the advancements in digital technology. With growing internet penetration and the proliferation of smartphones, consumers' purchasing habits have unsurprisingly evolved. They now demand quick, convenient, and seamless shopping experiences, which both FMCG and Q-commerce sectors strive to provide.