Sat.Mar 09, 2024 - Fri.Mar 15, 2024

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Challenges in Strategic-Level Selling and How to Overcome Them

Iannarino

Navigating the world of strategic selling comes with its unique set of challenges. For those dedicated to mastering strategic-level sales, understanding and overcoming these barriers is crucial to executing a sophisticated approach to selling. Here’s a deeper dive into the major hurdles and how to overcome them.

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How to Respond to Common Sales Objections

Anthony Cole Training

Sales objections typically arise in several key areas during the sales process. The first is when you’re trying to secure someone’s time during prospecting, attempting to schedule a meeting on their calendar and obtain a few minutes of their attention. The second occurs when you are delivering a presentation and seeking a commitment or decision.

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Stop Selling: How Business Conversations Improve Value Across the Buyer Journey

Force Management

If you’re leading an organization that’s selling a solution, whether in an established market or a new vertical, you’re competing for your buyers’ attention. The competition is high – we are all faced with hundreds of sales messages each day. Successful sales organizations know how to consistently rise above the noise and command greater market share.

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Google to replace perspectives filter with forums filter

Search Engine Land

Google is rolling out a change to the perspectives filter, renaming it from perspectives to forums. A Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land the word “forums” is a more intuitive name when seeking out that content. Google also told us that searchers can use this filter to hone in on results from hundreds of forums from across the web.

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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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Why Senior Sales Reps Must Secure New Logos

Iannarino

It is common for large, mature sales organizations to have several salespeople who once acquired new logos, but haven’t signed a new major client in ages. These salespeople won some gargantuan clients because they developed relationships with them and effectively pursued them. Since the contract was signed, these clients have been generating enough commissions that the senior salespeople are comfortable with their income and become complacent.

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Surviving Tough Times….

Partners in Excellence

Slowdowns are impacting many sectors of the economy. We see a lot of uncertainty. Massive layoffs are still happening. Businesses, industries and markets are being restructured, profoundly. Overlay this with disruptions being caused by technologies like AI, global climate changes, and the global political challenges. We struggle with the idea, is there light at the end of the tunnel?

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Google updates its page experience docs to clarify ranking signals

Search Engine Land

Google updated its page experience help documentation to clarify how Core Web Vitals metrics are used as a ranking signal. Google also clarified that other page experience signals are not directly used for ranking purposes in Google Search. What Google wrote. The updated documentation is in the ranking section of the document and it now reads: Core Web Vitals are used by our ranking systems.

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Mastering B2B Sales- How to Outshine Competitors Without Giving Them a Seat at Your Client Meetings

Iannarino

One client answered the call on speakerphone. He wanted to give me the experience he had every day. I wasn’t prepared to hear a competitor trashing my company and explaining how they would do a better job than we were doing. Nothing the caller said made any sense. I was amused. There was nothing professional about his approach.

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“Why I’m So Interested In Selling,” Don Mulhern

Partners in Excellence

Preface : Don Mulhern is a great friend and colleague. One thing that struck me in Don’s contribution is the joy in “doing the work.” Reflecting on other stories, everyone is excited to “do the work.” Another thing struck me: “And I love what professional selling is not. It isn’t the smarmy, pushy approach using sleazy tricks and gimmicks that unfortunately is how it’s still perceived by many.

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Empower Your Sales Team with a Strategic Enablement Function

Highspot

ValueSelling Associates’ Julie Thomas and Highspot’s Kelly Lewis break down how to maximize the impact of revenue enablement Love it, hate it – or do everything in your power to work around it – when it comes to the revenue enablement function, everyone’s a critic. How can enablement be the hero in one organization and the constant scapegoat for another?

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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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What we’re seeing a week into the Google March 2024 core and spam updates

Search Engine Land

We are now just about a week into the Google March 2024 core and spam updates , and boy, has it been busy. In that time, we have seen search ranking volatility, some related to the algorithmic updates and some related to Google issuing manual actions to implement updated spam policies. Not done yet. It is important to stress that these updates are far from over.

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The Strategic Guide to Acquiring 60 Dream Clients and Outsmarting Competitors

Iannarino

There is a logic to identifying and pursuing 60 dream clients. These 60 clients already buy what you sell; in fact, some of your competitors are supplying them now. Because your dream client is already spending a lot of money in your category, you don’t need to qualify them, nor do you need to wonder if they value what you sell.

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“Why I’m So Interested In Selling,” Chloe Wold

Partners in Excellence

Preface: I’m departing from my normal process of introducing a new story about selling. Every once in a while you see something so special, moving, and important, you have to change things. Chloe’s story is just that. I’ve told the story of a variety of others. Some with very distinguished leadership and selling careers. People who have managed 1000s and led multi-billion efforts.

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Here’s How Google’s Cookie Crisis Is Impacting Advertising and Martech

G2

As the latest Google, IAB TechLabs, and CMA cookie drama invites a MarTech crisis, this comprehensive analysis gauges the impact and informs scenario planning with G2 buyer insights and expert advice.

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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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Google SGE could cost publishers $2 billion in ad revenue

Search Engine Land

Google’s Search Generative Experience may result in a substantial loss of advertising revenue for publishers, potentially amounting to $2 billion. The AI-powered search engine is expected to trigger a significant decline in search traffic , ranging from 20% to 60%. Such a steep drop in search traffic for publishers is likely to lead in a sharp decline in digital ad revenue, according to Marc McCollum, executive vice president of innovation at Raptive.

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Valuable Information versus No-Value Information in B2B Sales

Iannarino

One of the differences between the legacy and modern approaches to sales is the type of information they utilize, as well as the information they don’t use, let alone prefer. Not all information is valuable to your contacts, and much of what some representatives use has no value at all.

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“Why I’m So Interested In Selling,” John Callies

Partners in Excellence

Preface : I met John Callies in our very first sales training class for IBM. We were at Endicott, New York, where most of entry sales training was conducted. Through our first year, every few months we’d see each other in Endicott at another class. We lost track of each other–John ended up going to senior executive levels in IBM, eventually was the General Manager of IBM Global Finance.

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Ad industry steps up to meet signal loss, privacy challenges: IAB

Martech

The ad industry is making major investments in order to adapt to the new privacy-by-design ecosystem, according to an IAB survey of 500 advertising and data experts at brands, agencies and publishers. The 2024 edition of the IAB’s annual “State of Data” report shows how the industry is addressing the new privacy-by-design ecosystem in which the deprecation of third-party cookies and other privacy-protective measures are expected to lead to significant signal loss.

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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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Brands unknowingly wasting ad dollars on Made for Advertising sites, claims report

Search Engine Land

Hundreds of major brands unknowingly have their ads served on Made for Advertising (MFA) websites. Ads are being placed on these sites through both programmatic and non-programmatic channels, according to a new study by Analytics. What are MFA websites? MFA websites are sites created primarily for profit through advertising and generally provide a poor user experience, potentially damaging the reputation of digital advertising overall.

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Unlocking New Dimensions in B2B Sales: A Comprehensive Guide to Sales Transformation

Iannarino

Over time, the strategies, and tactics we use tend to lose their effectiveness. This doesn’t mean that the older approaches were not right for their time. It does mean, however, that B2B sales organizations and their salespeople need to change how they sell today.

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Grinding It Out….

Partners in Excellence

ChatGPT and its colleagues are, too often, a debilitating cheat for sellers who don’t want to put in the work. There, I said it, I got it off my chest. Don’t get me wrong, these tools are very powerful and helpful. I leverage them constantly through my day, but for very different purposes than the majority of sellers. My feeds are filled with tricks and hacks.

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How Canva is approaching B2B customers with AI-powered tools

Martech

Creative technology company Canva launched its latest campaign promoting a growing number of collaborative and AI-powered tools for businesses. The “What Will You Design Today?” campaign was created with Canva’s platform by an in-house team and depicts real-world use cases for AI tools used by marketers and colleagues across any organization. Why we care.

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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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How to identify and rank for ‘hidden gems’ in SEO

Search Engine Land

The rollout of Search Generative Experience (SGE) will change Google SERPs – that’s pretty much indisputable. Whether AI will dominate the SERPs altogether is up for debate. If you’re reading a few strategically placed Google hints, you know there’s an alternative that makes it clear Google will still respect first-party perspectives and E-E-A-T -rich content.

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A Scale of Sales Status

Iannarino

We are pro-salesperson. We want you to succeed in B2B sales, which requires you to have a high sales status in your client’s view. By possessing a status greater than your competitor, you have an advantage in a contested deal. There are levels to this game, and you will need to move up over time. Common sales levels, from lowest status to highest status, are described here.

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You Are Your Company’s “Value Proposition”

Partners in Excellence

We still have very antiquated views of our “value proposition.” Most of the time, we restrict it to the value that might be realized through the purchase and implementation of our solutions. Ideally, we will have developed a business case for our solutions, perhaps looking at cost reduction, ROI or some other financial return the customer should expect from our solution.

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Data Mesh vs Centralized Warehouses: Choosing the Right Architecture for Your Digital Transformation

The Digital Technology

As companies pursue large-scale digital transformation initiatives, managing the exploding volume of data generated across a proliferating technology landscape grows increasingly complex. This forces many to reevaluate their traditional centralized data warehousing approach. Does it still make strategic sense?

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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.

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Creating Google Ads campaigns with Gemini conversational AI: How good is it really?

Search Engine Land

Earlier this year, Google announced the expansion of its Gemini generative AI model to support more products, including ad campaigns such as Search and Performance Max. “The conversational experience workflow is designed to help you build better Search campaigns through a chat-based experience,” says the article by Shashi Thakur, Google Ads Vice President and General Manager (Search Ads & Ads on Google Experiences).

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How to augment market research and glean customer insights with AI

Martech

Surveys and focus groups are the go-to methods for gathering customer insights to drive marketing strategy. However, they have major flaws like inherent biases, poor predictive power, high costs and responder fatigue. It’s time to move beyond these outdated tactics. Today, AI-powered tools like data mining and sentiment analysis offer a powerful way to augment and improve customer research.

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In Search Of Objections

Partners in Excellence

I don’t know how many conversations I get into on “objections.” Less experienced sellers wring their hands, figuratively, worrying about objections. Poor performers are terrified, often taking objections personally. “How do I avoid or minimize objections?” “How do I best handle them?” “Should I try to anticipate and pre-empt objections?

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The Growth Power Trio: Aligning Sales, Marketing, and Customer Success for Maximum Impact

Heinz Marketing

By Maria Geokezas , Chief Operating Officer at Heinz Marketing B2B purchases are complex, involving multiple decision-makers, each with specific needs. So if you want real, predictable revenue growth, it’s time to forget the one-off quick-win tactics. The days of extracting short-term value from customers are over, and those outdated growth hacking strategies of yesterday won’t cut it today.

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ABM Evolution: How Top Marketers Are Using Account-Based Strategies

In times of economic uncertainty, account-based strategies are essential. According to several business analysts and practitioners, ABM is a necessity for creating more predictable revenue. Research shows that nearly three-quarters of marketers (74%) already have the resources needed to build successful ABM programs.