2022

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How To Recruit Top Sales Talent

Iannarino

If you look at any leader with a high-performing team, be it a college football team, an orchestra, or a sales organization, it is likely that they prioritize recruiting.

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Ten Truths That Will Increase Your Sales Effectiveness

Membrain

I want to share with you the ten principles on which we developed our platform. These are also available as a download in my Sales Effectiveness Manifesto.

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8 x Construction Sales Tips To Close Easier

The 5% Institute

In this article, we’ll explore 8 x construction sales tips to help you close easier and more consistently. These tips are commonly used by the top five percent of sales performers all around the world. Many people think that what they’re able to achieve is from pure luck. We’ll explore how this isn’t the case, and what you can do to improve your sales process , as well as your closing rate. 8 x Construction Sales Tips To Close Easier.

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Order, Seller, Or Buyer Centric?

Partners in Excellence

Are you order, seller, or buyer centric? Sadly, too many are focused only on the order. In this world, the ideal thing is the customer has educated themselves, is knowledgeable, may have a few final questions and issues (price is always the key one), and the customer makes a buying decision. We do everything we can to position our products favorably, but the reality is the customer has probably made up their mind.

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Empowering Retail Associates to Enhance the Customer Experience

Speaker: Andrew Regan, Managing Partner at BlueSeed Retail Ltd.

Did you know that 70% of new retail technology fails to deliver expected benefits and can often decrease customer value, service, and experience? With that in mind, how can we empower our store associates to leverage new technology to optimize the customer experience and boost productivity? This exclusive webinar with Andrew Regan will dive into strategies to empower retail associates for success with new technology.

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Close More Deals With This Strategy

Engage Selling

If you want to close more deals faster, it’s important to make your buyer part of the solution. Confused about what this means, exactly? Let me explain. Primarily, they want to co-create the solution with you and be a part … Read More » The post Close More Deals With This Strategy first appeared on The Sales Leader.

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Upselling and Cross-selling: 8 Examples and Why They Work

ConversionXL

Users can access Spotify’s extensive music library for free, yet their Premium subscriptions grew 15% in 2022. Meanwhile, ecommerce marketing software Privy is generating 10% higher average order value for Shopify users with their related product recommendations add-on. These tactics are upselling and cross-selling (respectively). While both effectively drive revenue and enhance the customer experience, upselling is ideal for companies with a single product or freemium model.

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Dear SaaStr: What Were Some of the Toughest Lessons You Learned About How to Build a Successful SaaS Business?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: What Were Some of the Toughest Lessons You Learned About How to Build a Successful SaaS Business? Some of the toughest lessons I’ve learned … and continue to re-learn: Even very talented co-founders may leave. You need to also make sure they are 110% committed. Very mediocre VPs are often very good at talking the talk. Mediocre execs often talk the talk even better than the best up-and-coming ones.

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The Man Who Broke Capitalism

David Meerman Scott

David Gelles new book The Man Who Broke Capitalism is an account of how Jack Welch gutted the heartland and crushed the soul of corporate America - and how to undo his legacy. I learned a ton from this book, and it made me think a lot about the different ways that businesses can be run.

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Why we care about AI in marketing

Martech

To engage customers in a personal way, at a very large scale, AI or machine learning is essential. Chatbots and intelligent assistants are already leading client interactions, and AI-generated content is around the corner. AI also enables the analysis and interpretation of data at a speed and volume beyond human capabilities. Algorithms are continuing to improve as well, accelerating optimization in near real-time.

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10 Email Marketing Don’ts to Avoid

Heinz Marketing

By Lisa Heay , Director of Business Operations at Heinz Marketing. We’ve been in a tough economy in recent months. Companies are wary of an uncertain market and budgets are tight. Deals may be taking longer to close, and as a result, maybe you find yourself planning your next campaign without the benefit of paid ads and digital marketing—instead relying on the old stand-by—email.

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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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The Five Root Causes of Poor Sales Results

Iannarino

It isn't easy to be a sales leader or a sales manager. There is an unrelenting need to create new opportunities, win new deals and the net new revenue that fuels a company's growth. There are a lot of variables to sales success, including the individuals in sales roles and the nature of their work. Two people in accounting in two different companies are not engaged in a contest to see which of them will win a third party's business, but this is exactly what salespeople do every day.

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Don’t Brake While Going Uphill - What Sales Teams Should Do To Prepare For Tough Times

Membrain

Here’s why you should think twice before you lay off salespeople, cut sales training, and lower investments in sales strategy, process, and technology.

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Sales Hacks – 8 x For Lifting Your Game

The 5% Institute

In this article, you’ll learn 8 x sales hacks for closing easily, so that you can win more sales consistently and effectively. These sales hacks for closing easily are centred around consultative selling. This means that you’ll take a question based, and solution approach rather than purely presenting an option up front. Read on to learn how these eight tips to improve your closing rate will help you win more sales.

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Call Prep, Doing The Work!

Partners in Excellence

It seems in virtually every professional endeavor that the prep work is as important, sometimes, more important than the actual work itself. The singular exception seems to be selling, we seem to have a predilection for one of two things–winging it or sticking to the script. Every professional athlete prepares for the event. It’s not just the normal practice, running plays, practicing serves, working out.

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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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Solution Selling Is Exactly What Today’s Buyer Wants

Sales Hacker

Have you ever walked into a store, told the salesperson what your requirements were, and they pointed you in the direction of the solution that answered your needs? Congratulations! You’ve just been “solution-sold.”. Solution selling gained traction in the 1980s and has been popular ever since. Though the Harvard Business Review prematurely declared it dead a decade ago , today’s top sellers have found new ways to leverage solution selling that speak directly to the attitudes and needs of modern

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Sales Territory Planning: The Five Minute Territory Plan (& Template)

SalesHood

The Five Minute Sales Territory Plan Between sales kick-off season approaching and another year beginning, there’s a lot of talk about self-sourcing pipeline, prospecting strategies, and territory management planning. We believe there’s nothing better than old school, back to basics, sales territory analysis, planning and prospecting. Here's a short talk outlining how [ ] The post Sales Territory Planning: The Five Minute Territory Plan (& Template) appeared first on SalesHood.

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Content ideas may be coming to Google Search Console

Search Engine Land

Google Search Console is experimenting with a new feature named “content ideas.” Content ideas give the content creator, publisher, SEO, webmaster, etc., some tips and advice on what new topics they can write about on their site. Experimental feature. This feature is not live for me in my verified Search Console profiles, but Nicolas Ockier noticed it and posted about it on Mastodon sharing this screenshot: Looks like Question Hub.

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The Challenge with SMB SaaS: High Growth Can Only Mask High Churn For Just So Long

SaaStr

So in theory, SMB SaaS is better than enterprise, at least 9 times out of 10: Deals close much faster. Customers don’t expect as much in terms of security, compliance, etc. Customers often can deploy on their own. There is often just 1 stakeholder to sell to. Often can avoid procurement, RFPs, and so many other headaches. Customers don’t expect you to build a feature before they buy.

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The B2B Sales Leader's Guide for Any Economic Environment

When economic headwinds pick up, sales leaders are the first to sound the alarm — and chart a new course. Longer sales cycles, larger buying committees, increased price pressure, and smaller teams can quickly combine to reduce your margin for error and increase the urgency to find a solution. To thrive in a challenging environment, sales teams need a rock-solid grasp of the fundamentals and the biggest force-multipliers they can get their hands on.

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Attn Elon Musk: The Right to Free Speech Does Not Mean a Right of AI Algorithm Amplification

David Meerman Scott

Elon Musk is reportedly in advanced talks to buy Twitter. Unfortunately, his vision of an unfettered town square with few restrictions on what people can say is an impossible utopia. Social networks ceased being free speech platforms a decade ago when they moved from reverse chronological display (newest post at the top) to one showing content to users driven by AI algorithms.

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10 rules for successful metaverse marketing

Martech

It was a balmy evening in the summer of 2006. A friend of mine had taken me to the house and home studio of Draxtor Despres, an award-winning documentarian, who I was interested in interviewing for a piece I was writing. Immediately I was smitten with this bespectacled, headphone-wearing character who spent much time puttering around his home studio cooking up creative projects.

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Top 12 2022 B2B Marketing Trends to Watch

Heinz Marketing

By Matt Heinz , President of Heinz Marketing. If you missed my LinkedIn series last month , here’s a recap of all twelve B2B marketing trends, investments and focus areas I expect to see from CMOs and teams in the new year. . In Summary: . Change Management . Account-Based Retention . Sustainable Marketing . Target Account Precision . Brand & Community Investments .

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6 Results-Driven Sales Scripts Used by Top Salespeople

Iannarino

Is your close rate where you want it to be? If not, the problem may be in your phone game. In fact, 86% of prospects aren’t satisfied with their phone sales experiences. But a phone sales conversation—especially cold calling — is nothing to sneeze at. I know firsthand just how challenging they can be.

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Contact vs. Company Intent Signal Data

Contact and company intent data both have their advantages. Contact-level intent leads can be acted on immediately to reach active buyers, while company-level leads improve outcomes for account-based marketing and other programs. This infographic unpacks the advantages of both contact and company data and gives details about how B2B marketers can benefit from both.

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Four Powerful Steps for Generating Referrals

Sandler Training

The referral generation process we are about to share with you can transform your month, your quarter, your year, and your career. It should be at or near the heart of your prospecting plan. Learn it! Practice it! Use it! Share it with your organization! Step 1: Pick Your Referrers. Identify five people, five centers… The post Four Powerful Steps for Generating Referrals appeared first on Sandler Training.

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Qualifying A Lead In Sales Conversations – A How To Guide

The 5% Institute

Qualifying a lead in sales conversations is one of the most important tasks of the sales process. The reason qualifying a lead in sales conversations is so crucial, is because by doing so correctly you’ll save a ton of time, energy, and potentially money. In this guide, you’ll learn the importance of qualifying a lead in sales conversations, how to do so, as well as a list of qualifying sales leads questions to help you with the task.

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On Consensus Buying

Partners in Excellence

We know that most complex B2B buying is a consensus process. Everybody in the buying group has to align around a set of goals in order to make a buying decision. We, also, know the buying group tends to grow. It’s somewhere in the “mid-teens” for large complex buying decisions. As sellers. we typically reach out to as many people in the buying organization as we can.

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7 Key Elements of a High-Converting Sales Funnel

Sales Hacker

Building a sales funnel that aligns with your business goals is essential. Each funnel stage defines your steps to turn prospective buyers into customers, even if they’ve never heard of your business before. I’m the head of Product at Datanyze, specializing in sourcing up-to-date prospect contact info to keep your pipeline flowing and sales funnel fresh.

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The Next Level of Sales Enablement: Sales Content Management

Speaker: Deniz Olcay, Senior Director of Product Marketing, and Jake Miller, Senior Product Marketing Manager

Modern Sales Content Management (SCM) platforms have become table stakes in the world of sales enablement. Sellers need one-stop access where all of their sales content is stored, organized, deployed, and measured. Today’s modern SCM platforms achieve just that. However, these various platforms also have key differences. In this value-packed webinar, Deniz Olcay and Jake Miller will unravel and debunk the top three SCM myths and explain how to get the most from your SCM solution.

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Why Start-Ups Should Nail Down Their Marketing Before Building a Sales Team

Predictable Revenue

Should marketing come before outbound sales? Here are 5 reasons why startups should nail down their marketing foundations before building a sales team. The post Why Start-Ups Should Nail Down Their Marketing Before Building a Sales Team appeared first on Predictable Revenue.

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E-E-A-T and major updates to Google’s quality rater guidelines

Search Engine Land

Google has made significant changes to its Quality Rater Guidelines (QRG) for search. While Google updates this document several times per year, the latest version, updated today , came with notable changes to the structure of the document, with many new sections and tables added and a total of 11 new pages worth of content. . While there are dozens of important details about what changed, arguably the most important change was the introduction of the letter E to the start of the popular acronym

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The 10x Rule: What Raising $1 of Venture Capital Really Means

SaaStr

I originally wrote this post way, way back in the first year of SaaStr and have updated it every 2 years or so, because it’s an important thing to think about as a founder. Especially now in 2022, when venture capital again is scarcer, and more expensive, and far harder to close than it was during the go-go times for SaaS of 2021 and late 2020.

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Don’t Be Boring! Top 10 Ways to Effectively Moderate a Panel Discussion

David Meerman Scott

At most conferences, the panel discussions are terribly boring. In fact, some panels are so dreadful that many attendees use the time to network in the hallways or check emails. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

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Sales Kickoff Beyond the Meeting: How to Plan & Execute a Successful SKO

Speaker: Gerhard Gschwandtner, CEO, Selling Power | Beverlie Heyman, Director of Sales Enablement, Bigtincan | Jared Hibbs, Sr. Sales Enablement Manager, Bigtincan

Sales kickoff (SKO) meetings are a critical time for sales enablement and management teams to drive learning and motivation that (they hope) will last the whole year. Unfortunately, those same meetings can also become long, tedious, repetitive days that cause reps to tune out and turn off. Over the past few years, sales kickoffs have looked very different.