December, 2023

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Maximize Your Sales Impact: Read for Your Clients

Iannarino

Most salespeople read books that promise personal or professional development. It's crucial to work on increasing your potential and continually leveling up. There's no better investment than the one you make in yourself, as you are the source of your results. You may have shelves of books that have helped you develop in some important way.

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Sales Success in the C-Suite

Anthony Cole Training

I am enjoying reading the book Selling to the C-Suite by Nicholas A.C. Read and Stephen J. Bistritz. The book is an excellent summary of how selling to C-Suite executives is so dramatically different from selling in the lower levels of a company. As always, I hope you have developed the habit of reading as it allows you to share fellowship with great minds.

Sales 285
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What is Outside Sales? Everything You Need to Know in 2024

Veloxy

The world of sales is vast, and if you’re a sales professional, you’ve likely been exposed to both inside and outside sales roles. However, if you’re considering a transition to outside sales or simply want to elevate your field selling game, you’re in the right place. This blog post will delve deep into the realm of outside sales, exploring effective strategies, essential skills, and tools to help you succeed in this challenging yet rewarding career path.

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Your Brain on Zoom Calls: New Research

Neuromarketing

Yale scientists used brain imaging to compare face-to-face meetings with virtual sessions. The post Your Brain on Zoom Calls: New Research appeared first on Neuromarketing.

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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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2023 In Review: Increasing Impact and Lowering Friction During Challenging Times

Membrain

As we wrap up the final days of 2023, I wanted to take a few minutes to review the year and offer my gratitude to everyone who made this the best one yet. Despite a difficult economy that continues to drag on, we doubled revenues from two years ago, launched several major additions to our product, and got in deeper with our partners to deliver big wins for clients.

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2024 Predictions: Better customer experience is on the way

Martech

Marketers will improve customer experience in 2024 so brands can remain competitive and demonstrate to customers that they matter. Every year the bar gets raised. In 2024, keys to customer success will include better personalization delivered at scale by ramped-up automation and generative AI. And better digital content will surface, if organizations put in place the necessary guardrails for generative AI to fuel the anticipated content surge.

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What to Keep Doing, Start Doing, and Stop Doing in 2024

Anthony Cole Training

As we head towards the New Year of 2024, with volatile world events all around us, it is a perfect time to think about and focus on what you can affect and act on, in your personal and professional life to improve your relationships and results. This idea of reviewing what you should keep doing, start doing, and stop doing is borrowed from a past client of ours so we must give them credit.

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Google algorithm updates 2023 in review: Core, reviews, helpful content, spam and beyond

Search Engine Land

Google launched nine confirmed algorithmic updates in 2023, as well as a new AI search engine, the Search Generative Experience. In 2022 and 2021, Google had 10 confirmed algorithmic updates. Unless Google rolls out a new update this week, Google would have rolled out one less update in 2023 than it did in 2022 and 2021. Google confirmed algorithm update summary We whipped up this timeline documenting all the confirmed Google search algorithm updates in 2023, so you can visualize the updates ove

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Mattel Mindflex Game: Brain-controlled Neuro-Toy

Neuromarketing

Who says neuroscience can’t be fun? The toy giant Mattel makes Mindflex, a toy that lets players control a ping pong ball with their brain waves. I wrote about the toy way back in 2009, and was surprised to find it was still selling. It seemed like a gimmick when introduced, and I didn’t expect [.] The post Mattel Mindflex Game: Brain-controlled Neuro-Toy appeared first on Neuromarketing.

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We Are Efficient, But Are We Effective?

Partners in Excellence

Time is a problem. We never have enough. And regardless what we do, we never will. Whatever time we tend free up, is immediately filled with something else and we become time poor, once again. We have endless tools and technologies, increasingly assisted by AI, enabling us to accomplish more in each hour. The goal of each of these is increasing our efficiency.

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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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Breaking down data silos: Overcoming obstacles and planning for the future

Martech

This is the second of two articles exploring data silos in marketing. Part one can be found here. Every company has issues with siloed data. Many companies know this but continue to use systems that provide information to various parts of the organization. This is where organizations face their most significant obstacle — lack of leadership with vision.

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Mastering Modern Sales: Beyond Pushiness to Consultative Expertise

Iannarino

There are people who talk about sales as if salespeople still sell like they would have in the 1970s and 80s. Those who believe salespeople are generally pushy, self-oriented, and have no real concern other than winning a deal have never experienced a true hard sale, nor will they have experienced the manipulation and pressure strategies that are long forgotten.

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Raising Venture Capital in 2024? The Air is Very, Very Thin Above $200,000,000 Valuations

SaaStr

If I had to summarize venture capital today, it would be like this: There is Very Little Oxygen Today Above $200m Valuations What do I mean? It’s still a weird world in venture: Firms are both shutting down and raising new funds. More entrepreneurs are doing direct investing themselves than ever. Unicorns are hurting, but — Nasdaq is at an all-time high.

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Marketing giant ‘admits it listens to your conversations to sell targeted ads’

Search Engine Land

Leading U.S. marketing company Cox Media Group (CMG) has reportedly admitted to monitoring conversations for the purpose of targeted advertising. Working with renowned brands like CBS, Fox News and ESPN, CMG has allegedly been promoting its ability to eavesdrop on consumers through microphones in smartphones, TVs, and smart speakers. The agency has coined this capability “Active Listening” and has been actively pitching this service it to advertisers, showcasing the feature on its we

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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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Building a Copilot? Start with Basics of Conversational AI

Salesforce

Generative AI and LLMs (large language models) have turned the world of conversation design upside down. People were already on the fence about automation and chatbots. And now, they’re also learning about autonomous agents. When experimenting with conversational AI, it’s easy to get lost in the innovation and forget the principles behind it. That’s when resources, such as our recently launched Conversation Design Guidelines for Salesforce Lightning Design System (SLDS) can provide direction in

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The “Recipe” Is Just The Starting Point….

Partners in Excellence

Recently, just to try something different, I signed up for a cooking class. The family is getting together for the Holidays, I knew we would be spending a lot of time cooking. Usually, my task is to supply the wine and wash the dishes. I wanted to contribute to preparing the meal, so I decided to take a cooking class. There was a group of about 10 of us, with varying degrees of experience.

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6 ways to use generative AI for your marketing

Martech

Generative AI is revolutionizing digital marketing by altering how we create, analyze and optimize marketing strategies. This technology leverages artificial intelligence for tasks like content creation, data analysis and customer engagement. Understanding and harnessing its capabilities allows marketers to achieve new levels of efficiency and creativity.

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Building Unshakable Credibility: The Key to B2B Sales Success

Iannarino

In the realm of B2B sales, credibility isn't just an asset; it's the currency that powers success. There are many ways a salesperson can earn credibility—and there are even more ways to undermine it. To prove to clients that you deserve their trust, consider the following ways to demonstrate your credibility.

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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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We End the Year at All-Time Lows for SaaS Growth. A Buying Signal — Or The End of an Era?

SaaStr

So 2023 wasn’t a rough year for everyone. Shopify, Canva, Monday and tons of other SaaS leaders less focused on tech and startups had big years. And broader Cloud players had great years too, from MongoDB to Cloudflare to Azure, if not quite as crazy as at the peak of 2021. But overall, overall … well SaaS and Cloud growth hit record lows per the BVP Cloud Index: As you can see, even though 2022 was a tough year in the public markets and for valuations, revenue growth still held up

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Google officially drops Mobile Usability report, Mobile-Friendly Test tool and Mobile-Friendly Test API

Search Engine Land

Google has officially sunset the Google Search Console Mobile Usability report, the Mobile-Friendly Test tool and the Mobile-Friendly Test API today. Google told us back in April 2023 that this would happen on December 1st and Google announced today on December 4th that it has been done. “Today we’re sunsetting Search Console’s Mobile Usability report, Mobile-Friendly Test tool and Mobile-Friendly Test API.

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Build, Test, and Ship Your AI App — A Roadmap for IT Managers

Salesforce

You have managed systems rollouts and cloud migrations. In the last decade, you have modernized legacy systems, connected and disconnected applications, and amped up cybersecurity. And now AI is in the public domain and in your industry. AI isn’t news to you or your IT team. But are you prepared to build AI apps that your business is asking for or are your teams’ hands tied with systems integrations?

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Our Unique Value Proposition

Partners in Excellence

As sellers, we always talk about the importance of our “Unique Value Proposition.” For decades, we have thought about our value proposition in the context of our products/solutions. And we focused on our differentiation to determine our uniqueness. We would go through endless detail about the unique and differentiated capabilities of our products and solutions.

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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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Top tips for building a successful brand strategy in 2024 and beyond

Martech

In this two-part feature, Jade Bunke offers a step-by-step guide to building a successful brand. A brand is an organization’s most valuable asset. The art of capturing the hearts and minds of your customers starts with crafting a brand strategy that evokes emotions and behaviors that benefit your company. Brand is more than a collection of logos and colors — it’s the personification of your organization.

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Navigating the Evolving Landscape of Sales Communication

Iannarino

Recently, I read a story on LinkedIn that begins with the writer's friend complaining that a salesperson called their cellphone. The friend was outraged that a salesperson would call his mobile number to pitch him. The writer of this story suggested that it is difficult to reach people at their work phone, and that email no longer works. This leaves us with the question of how exactly one should sell using no form of communication.

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My App Stack: Udi Ledergor, Chief Evangelist at Gong

SaaStr

“My App Stack” is a new series where we dig in with top CMOs, CROs, CTOs and CEOs on just what apps they’re really using to run their business. I always learn a lot from these — they are in essence a best practices list from each leader. Last week we had a great one with Jack Moberger, Director of Enablement at Algolia, check it out here. This week we have Udi Ledergor, Chief Evangelist at Gong!

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Why brand mentions are the future of backlinks

Search Engine Land

“Stop building links; build your brand.” These six words should be plastered on the desks of every SEO in the world. In this article, I’ll explain why brand mentions are the new backlinks. Let’s dive in. Back to the brand future Nearly 10 years ago, Rand Fishkin was talking about brand mentions. That wasn’t a typo; it’s been nearly 10 years!

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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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Building Trust in AI Needs a Human Touch

Salesforce

As more generative AI innovations become available, the question of what’s trustworthy becomes more acute. Salesforce Research & Insights recently conducted research that shows AI is more trusted and desirable when humans work in tandem with AI. The team collected more than 1,000 generative AI use cases at Dreamforce and hosted deep-dive conversations with 30 Salesforce buyers, admins, and end users.

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“Information, Information Everywhere, But Not A Bit To ………”

Partners in Excellence

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner has a famous line, “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink… ” There’s another saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink… ” I’m reminded of variants of these sayings as I see the glut of tools/techniques leveraging the latest generation of AI and generative language tools.

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Email marketing 101: The five basics

Martech

Inboxes are overflowing and attention spans are shrinking. Crafting emails that resonate with your audience and drive conversions is more challenging than ever. To stand out and build lasting connections, you’ll need to make them as personalized as possible. At the same time, repetitive tasks can take 10 or more hours per week. No wonder many companies go for automation.

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B2B Sales: Embracing a Client-Centric Approach for Modern Success

Iannarino

There are some who believe that B2B buying and selling have not changed over the last two decades. An unwillingness to face these changes head-on has caused sales organizations to continue using the legacy approach. The legacy approach has lost its effectiveness, and buyers complain about what they describe as a poor sales experience.

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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