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Steve Jobs once said, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” I think company culture is similar. Culture is not just what it looks like and feels like, but how it works in a way that supports, inspires, and stretches people to do their best work.

Our leadership team actively discusses how we can continue to construct a culture that not only feels good, but works to help people get their jobs done. We’ve made good progress, which recently was recognized with a clean sweep of the 2018 Comparably Awards. The final data set was compiled from nearly 10 million ratings across 50,000 U.S. companies on Comparably.com. Highspot earned recognition in the following categories: Best Company Culture, Best Company for Women, Best Company for Diversity, and Best CEO.

As gratifying as it is to be recognized, it does not mean that the work is over. It is simply fuel for the fire that drives us to constantly improve.

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sales readiness

The term “practice makes perfect” is often associated with coaches and their effort to persuade individuals on their team to train as much as possible during their free time, and it turns out that these coaches were on to something. Studies have found that in order to become an expert, individuals must spend no less than 10,000 hours practicing and honing their skills.

The idea that practice makes an individual better applies to far more than team sports: it is also applicable when discussing the ever-changing B2B sales landscape. Today’s buyers are more informed and demanding than ever and require that sellers are ready at a moment’s notice with value-added insights. Before this can occur, however, reps must be equipped with the proper training and tools to quickly navigate these complex buyer conversations. If not, sellers will find new opportunities at organizations they feel will provide the tools and support they need to thrive and evolve.Continue reading article ›

Why Highspot was awarded 2019 Glassdoor Best Places to Work

Pop the champagne — Highspot has earned a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in the U.S. in 2019!

Every year, companies around the globe strive to achieve the honor of being named a top workplace by Glassdoor. Employees hold the cards with the ranking being based purely on the quantity, quality, and consistency of reviews.

Here at Highspot, we put our people first. Being recognized as a Top 10 Best Place to Work is an incredible accomplishment worth celebrating — but it doesn’t mean that the work is over. Building a winning work environment is not a one-time undertaking, but an ongoing mission that requires zeal, dedication, and constant discovery of employees’ wants and needs. This award provided us an opportunity to analyze first-hand feedback about what makes people excited to come to Highspot every day.

What is the DNA of an award-winning workplace? To crack the code, we examined our reviews on Glassdoor. In between mentions of the best-in-class product and location in the heart of downtown Seattle, a common theme emerged.

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4 techniques for effective consultative selling

To traditional sellers, consultative selling can feel intimidating. Instead of maintaining power in the selling process, the seller must yield it to the buyer. It’s certainly not easy to do, but consultative selling can pay off because it provides the personalized experience that modern buyers have grown to expect today. It requires selflessness and time, but implementing consultative selling techniques can help grow an organization’s sales team, increase customer loyalty, and solve each customer’s biggest needs.

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Jon Perera, CMO at Highspot

Over the course of the eight weeks I spent meeting with venture capitalists, mentors, and more than 12 companies during my career search, one conversation really stood out. An interviewer said to me, “The right opportunity is going to present itself — and when it does, you’ll just know it.”

In the days that followed, I noticed something interesting. In my free time, I was building out business plans for Highspot’s international expansion. I wasn’t working at Highspot yet, but already my mind was churning with ideas for how to help drive the next wave of growth.

What played into Highspot’s impactful impression on me as a candidate? It was more than the sales enablement category growth, the caliber of the leadership team, and the numerous company awards including the SIIA CODiE Award for Best Sales Enablement Platform and the MarTech Breakthrough Award for Best Overall Sales Enablement Solution. Three factors played a pivotal role in making this career decision one I could make with confidence and conviction: the product, the customers, and the culture.

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getting guided selling right

Selling is hard. Doing it well is even harder. On any given day, a seller has to keep track of multiple tasks, diverse objectives, and different layers of information in order to have a chance at making the sale, not to mention meeting quota.

To start, a sales rep has to have the most up-to-date information on products and be trained on new versions, new messaging, and new features and functionalities. Reps have to understand and put into action their company’s sales methodology whenever they engage with prospects. And they must have just the right content on hand, ready with the information their prospect needs to help them progress through the buyer’s journey, taking another step toward making a purchase decision.Continue reading article ›

What can today’s leading companies do to build more inclusive, diverse teams? How can we make real progress toward closing the gender gap in the technology space?

We ask these questions at Highspot because we already believe these challenges deserve our attention and action. It can be daunting to know where to begin, but as Highspot’s head of engineering I contend that with a committed leadership team and a culture of inclusivity on your side, some strategic investments can make a big difference.

One such investment that the team and I are enormously proud to announce is Highspot’s sponsorship of Ada Developers Academy. In sponsoring Ada, we join more than fifty companies including Google, Zillow, Amazon, and others who share a common mission.

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sales pitches

Buyers have had enough. In today’s fast-paced business environment, they don’t have time to sift through bad subject lines, generic follow-ups, sales jargon, or typos. This means that for today’s sales reps and marketers, the struggle to engage buyers is very real.

The truth is, your buyer is more informed than ever. SiriusDecisions states that the modern buyer has already gone through 67% of the buyer’s journey by the time they have their first meaningful interaction with a seller. This means that they’re out there doing independent research and educating themselves before you even reach them.

Since the modern buyer is educated and independent, sales and marketing teams must ensure that their outreach conveys the exact message that their buyer needs to hear at the exact moment that they need to hear it. Now more than ever, landing the right sales pitch that compels buyers to engage with your company is key. But how do you master the perfect balance between controlling the messaging that your sales reps are sending out and giving them the freedom to customize and personalize their outreach?

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What does your Halloween costume say about you? Here at Highspot, our costumes show that we take celebrating as seriously as we take our work.

On the day of the office party, we stepped inside the building to find ourselves in the world of Disney. The space had transformed from rows of desks and computers to scenes from our favorite films — Alice in Wonderland, Up, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 101 Dalmatians, Star Wars, and many others.

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content management and sales enablement

Sales enablement has become a must-have for every company that competes with other organizations for the attention of modern buyers. As a leading provider of sales enablement technology, at Highspot we believe it is our responsibility to share what we know about emerging trends that are impacting this market: what’s working, what’s not, and what “good” looks like in sales enablement.

One of the most important topics for every company practicing sales enablement is content management. It’s a subject that’s near and dear to our hearts because it tends to be a primary pain point for every sales and marketing team that Highspot is uniquely designed to solve.

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