Sat.Jan 13, 2024 - Fri.Jan 19, 2024

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Beyond the Pitch: Building Lasting Client Relationships with Pull Strategy in Sales

Iannarino

Push vs. Pull: Key Strategies in B2B Sales There are two strategies that sales organizations use to win a client's business. The first, and the most dominant of the two strategies, is a push strategy. An example of a push strategy is when a person sends you an InMail with a pitch about their company and their solution, which is often followed by a link to schedule a meeting.

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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.

Negotiate 146
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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.

Up-sell 138
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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.

Retail 136
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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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Outdated Strategies in Sales Training: Ineffectiveness in Modern Sales Environments

Iannarino

Revitalizing Sales Training Methods for Today's B2B Markets Many sales training companies continue to train salespeople using strategies and tactics that no longer hold effectiveness in today's dynamic field. Despite having developed a multitude of methodologies, there's often a lack of interest in evolving these methodologies to suit modern sales environments.

Sales 215
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How to Align Multiple Functions Around Your Sales Negotiation Strategy

Force Management

Many companies mistake sales negotiation as a function conducted exclusively by sellers. We consider negotiation a team effort. In a complex B2B sales environment, it is rare for an individual seller to negotiate an entire deal on his/her own without the support, guidance and active participation from the rest of the organization. There are multiple functions and teams involved in negotiation alongside the sales team.

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Email automation tools for the savvy marketer

Martech

Email marketing is ubiquitous in both B2B and B2C marketing today. Despite the development of new channels and the dynamic preferences of customers and prospects, email remains the best tactic for staying in touch with consumers. But email marketing is not without its challenges. Today’s consumers receive a lot of email across their personal and business email accounts.

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Elevating B2B Sales: Mastering Value Creation for Lasting Client Relationships

Iannarino

Uncover the secrets to transforming B2B sales experiences by prioritizing value creation over mere transactions.

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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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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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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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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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Navigating Client Relations: Why Saying No Can Be a Strategic Move in Sales

Iannarino

Discover the power of turning down the wrong clients to build a successful and integrity-driven sales career.

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The Problem With Algorithms

Partners in Excellence

Our lives seem dominated by algorithms. Sign onto Amazon or any other shopping site, and we are pummeled with recommendations, all based on what we’ve bought and recent searches we may have made. Many of our news feeds present content based on that which we have read and consumed in the past. Facebook, LinkedIn and other social channels are (in)famous for feeding us content based both on our interaction with the content and their insight into activity on other sites.

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Marketers fume as Google Ads’ customer service hits ‘all-time low’

Martech

Google Ads customer service has plummeted to an unacceptable all-time low, according to marketers. From incorrect account suspensions to sales calls “aggressively” pushing automation to confusion over the platform’s products, advertisers are exasperated by the lack of help from Google. And the problem only seems to be getting worse. A ‘brutal’ process Mike Kelley, chief marketing officer at Sylvan Learning, has been working in marketing for almost 20 years.

Service 114
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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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Don’t Be a “Woe is Me” Founder. That’s Always a Recipe for Failure.

SaaStr

This is the time of year when I have a few “Woe is Me” conversations with founders: “It’s so hard” “It’s not our fault” “Well, we’ll try” “No one wants our product” There’s always some truth in this, especially how hard it is. Every founder that is successful knows how hard it is.

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Harnessing Human Advantage in the Age of Automation: A Critical Insight

Iannarino

The email showed up in my inbox. The salesperson was pitching me for a meeting. I deleted the email, as I had no need for what the salesperson was selling. Two days later, the salesperson was in my inbox again, with a new message, the first one below it. Still lacking any need or interest, I deleted the email. I didn’t hear from the salesperson for two more days, and on the third day, I was greeted with another email with both first two emails forwarded below.

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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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Jay Mandel: Looking forward with AI

Martech

Jay Mandel spent about 20 years in corporate America with brands like MasterCard and IBM. “I was about to turn 40 and I didn’t believe that corporate America could give me what I needed.” Instead, he built a new career around speaking, authorship, teaching and what he calls “consulting in a coaching way.” His message? Use AI but don’t let it chip away at your respect for the skills of marketing.

Represent 112
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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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Google SGE impact by industry and emerging features

Search Engine Land

Google’s Search Generative Experience (SGE) is having an “extreme” impact on healthcare queries and a high impact on ecommerce, B2B tech, insurance and education. That’s according to new data released by enterprise SEO platform BrightEdge and the company’s new-ish technology, BrightEdge Generative Parser. It’s surprising to see healthcare at the top of the list here, where many queries would fall under what Google would consider Your Money or Your Life (YMYL)

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Mastering B2B Sales Strategies- Guiding Clients Towards Success

Iannarino

Discover how leading rather than following in client conversations can revolutionize your B2B sales approach.

Clients 211
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The Seduction Of “React/Respond….”

Partners in Excellence

We live in worlds of constant interruption. Each morning, our inboxes and feeds are filled. Our attentions are drawn to those, we go through them, dealing with each one. Some one has asked a question, we have to respond with an answer. Someone has raised an issue, we have to address it. Something has happened in our social feeds, we have to jump into the conversation, if only to click a like.

Clients 109
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Why can’t AI content generators just follow the rules?

Martech

“Students in Europe are just now writing research papers versus students in the U.K. and U.S. who start writing them in high school.” This comment was made by a British professor to my son who is a graduate student in Italy. The professor went on to say that, as a result, he and other professors, are more lenient when it comes to plagiarism. The point of view the professor expressed seemed similar to the current state of AI content generators.

Legal 107
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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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The 6 Buyer Personas (and How to Sell to Them)

RAIN Group

Every buyer has personal preferences for how they like to buy. There are multiple buying styles and preferences to consider, but the number isn't infinite. It’s six.

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LinkedIn launches sponsored articles

Search Engine Land

LinkedIn has introduced sponsored articles, providing marketers with an additional tool that may contribute to enhancing brand awareness, increasing engagement, and driving lead generation. Why we care. As LinkedIn users will not have the hassle or inconvenience of having to leave the platform to read the sponsored content, this could result in higher engagement.

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Dear SaaStr: What Are The Most “Evil” Things That VCs Do?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: What Are The Most “Evil” Things That VCs Do? I’ve been on every side of the table, and had challenging experiences with my investors. I think what founders get wrong is not understanding incentives. VCs really do want you to be a big success. They can’t make money otherwise. No one is out to get you. So really, the ‘worst’ things VCs do are simply around incentive dis-alignments.

Price 102
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Real-time vs. batch-based CRM data processing: Key considerations

Martech

When it comes to CRM systems, companies can choose to process customer data in real time or batches. As a marketer, it’s important to understand the differences between real-time and batch CRM data and how each can be used effectively. This article tackles what real-time and batch CRM processing looks like, along with key benefits and strategies for leveraging each approach in your marketing campaigns.

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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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Mastering LinkedIn Growth: 3 Playbook Insights to Help You Grow

Sales Hacker

LinkedIn has exploded as a social channel. You might have even initially heard of my newsletter through LinkedIn. The noisier it gets, the more challenging organic growth becomes. Plus, we’re always at the mercy of the ever changing algorithm. There are tons of ‘hacks’ you can do for social growth, but we always look longterm. “Play longterm games with longterm people”.

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SEO predictions: 5 things we can expect to see in 2024

Search Engine Land

Ever reminisce about the days when sprinkling a few keywords on a page was like hitting the SEO jackpot in the search results? In 2024, the world of SEO is the exact opposite of easy. However, for those of us who love to solve SEO puzzles, it’s an exciting time when we’re faced with new challenges and massive opportunities. This year, it’s all about diving deep into the techy side of SEO, getting cozy with AI tools for content and figuring out how to manage rising costs without breaking th

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5 Interesting Learnings from SmartSheet at $1 Billion in ARR

SaaStr

So there’s a quiet leader in the work management space that’s quietly … blowing the doors off. Everyone knows Atlassian, Asana, Notion, probably Monday. But Smartsheet? You should know them. They’re at $1 Billion in ARR now, growing an impressive 23%. That’s behind Monday, but growing faster than Asana or Atlassian. 5 Interesting Learnings: #1.

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Salesforce announces new tools for retail marketers

Martech

Salesforce is launching new data and AI-powered tools for retail marketers, retail merchandisers and shoppers. The announcement came on the first day of this year’s National Retail Federation show. Innovations for retail marketers include predictive insights into future potential promotion revenues, segment creation based on generative AI prompts, and content creation tools (visual content, email subject lines and body copy).

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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.