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elevate customer conversations with industry-first smartpage technology

We’re humans — not robots. A common thread that connects us all is our desire for genuine and meaningful interactions, which is why we’re proud to share that our new release is focused on exactly that.

Today marks our Fall ‘19 Release, which introduces industry-first SmartPage technology, designed to provide go-to-market teams with interactive and mobile-ready guidance alongside content so they can have the most effective customer conversations. We’re also introducing the SmartPage Marketplace, offering SmartPage templates, frameworks, best practices, and other expert content from dozens of our Sales Acceleration Partners.

SmartPage technology directly addresses what we’ve heard from our customers: giving sales reps access to great content isn’t enough. Customer-facing teams need guidance — which we define as “what to know, what to say, and what to show” —  at the moment of action to provide the most value in every unique situation, with every individual customer.

We created SmartPage technology as the first platform to deliver extensible capabilities that bring together content, data, and web apps to help go-to-market teams turn strategy into sales action. In the short time that SmartPage technology has been available in beta form, our customers — including Verizon, PitchBook, SAP Concur, Twitter, and hundreds more — have already created 80,000 SmartPages.

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highspot launches industry-first smartpage technology to turn sales strategy into action

Fall ‘19 Product Release Introduces New SmartPage Marketplace, Data Slices and Web Apps, Enabling Go-to-Market Teams to Elevate Customer Conversations

 

SEATTLE, September 17, 2019 — Highspot, the sales enablement platform that reps love, today announced its Fall ‘19 Release introducing the general availability of SmartPage™ technology, which gives go-to-market teams context alongside content so they can have the most effective customer conversations. SmartPages offer extensible capabilities across content, data and web applications that drive customer engagement, sales performance and revenue growth.

“If every customer-facing employee knows what to say, show and do with prospects and customers, you have a true competitive advantage,” said Robert Wahbe, CEO, Highspot. “Compelling conversations are the foundation of great customer experience. Our AI-powered guidance pairs content with context at scale, helping everyone on your team become a trusted advisor who delivers real value.”

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sales ai

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be coming for your job. But debating AI’s impending (or not) domination is blasé and ultimately unimportant for business leaders responsible for driving revenue and growth. Instead, we need to focus our attention on AI’s potential to transform how we sell.

AI is already making waves in sales, from intelligent content recommendations for reps to sales pipeline insights. But an area of significant, untapped opportunity lies in unlocking one of the biggest problems facing salespeople and marketers — “No Decision.”

Forget the shock and awe headlines. The frontlines of shifting buyers from complacency to action is where AI’s potential gets interesting.

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can a real lunch break boost your productivity?

Productivity. For the modern worker, it’s more than a buzzword — it’s a lifestyle. There are productivity role models, apps to help you work smarter, and a plethora of services designed to eliminate the inefficient habits of unproductive people, like grocery shopping or leisurely eating.

But is all of this really making us more effective employees? In our new blog series, “Worksmart,” we’re putting so-called productivity “best practices” to the test to see what really works and what advice you can forgo.

Eating Through Lunch Could Hurt Your Performance

 

First up — lunch. What was formerly a sacred hour for friends and food has become an unfortunate casualty of our nine-to-five (or seven-to-seven) hustle. Recent studies have shown, however, that working through lunch can negatively impact performance.guilt, perceived judgement, and stress can all keep us tied to our desks

In an interview with NPR, Kimberly Elsbach, a professor at the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management, who studies workplace psychology, explained the correlation between breaks and the type of non-linear work most of us do: “Staying inside, in the same location, is really detrimental to creative thinking. It’s also detrimental to doing that rumination that’s needed for ideas to percolate and gestate and allow a person to arrive at an ‘aha’ moment.”

Most of us know this instinctively yet struggle to step away when tasks start piling up. The reasons why vary. Guilt, perceived judgement, and stress can all keep us tied to our desks.

Could just a 30-minute break and the productive, refreshed mind it promises be enough to make up for lost time? For one week, our test team took a real lunch break every day to find out.

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best sales marketing events 2019

Have you ever purchased a $2,000 event ticket and flown across the country in pursuit of new learnings — only to find yourself trapped in a windowless conference room nodding off to outdated material? If so, you’re not alone. 

There are good conferences, and there are “why am I here” conferences. When these events cost both time and money, how can you ensure you’re making a wise investment?

Let this guide be a beacon — we’ve included a list of the fall events we’ve chosen to attend, from the US to the UK. Between new research shared by the experts to networking hours with the best and brightest, these events are not only worth the jet lag, but will leave you feeling reinvigorated and inspired.

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revenue enablement

The term ‘revenue enablement’ has recently surfaced in our industry conversation, which may raise an eyebrow given the rapidly evolving sales enablement category itself is still emerging. This article offers a perspective on this new term’s definition and aims to establish clarity about its place in our larger category dialogue.

Let’s begin with perspective from our friends at SiriusDecisions:

“An increasing number of sales enablement functions are responsible for supporting not only quota-bearing sales reps, but also additional buyer-facing roles (e.g. customer success, channel sellers, sales engineers, marketing personnel). The common thread among these roles is that they are all part of the organization’s revenue engine — the go-to-market functions responsible for revenue growth. Businesses are starting to recognize new terminology — e.g. “revenue operations” and “revenue enablement” — to align goals, practices, and initiatives among these interlocked buyer- and customer-facing employees.”

–Sales Enablement: Planning Assumptions 2020, August 2019

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the simple trick that will make you a better listener

“You said you’ve been struggling with customer retention for a while,” the sales rep said. “What led you to address it now?”

Great question.

Unfortunately, before his prospect could reply, the rep followed it with three more.

“Did retention hit a new low? Or are you changing your organizational focus? A lot of folks reach out to me after hiring a customer success manager — does that apply to you?”

The buyer seemed a little overwhelmed, and responded with hesitancy in her voice: “Well, I guess you could say our goals are changing, so a change in organizational focus, I guess.”

Did you see what just happened? The buyer simply picked one of the sales rep’s options rather than potentially giving a reason he hadn’t anticipated.

In his rush to fill the silence, this salesperson missed a precious opportunity to learn more about his buyer’s pain.

Have you ever struggled to talk less? Read on for a simple — yet crazy effective — technique for doing just that.

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sales training

Today, most sales organizations are still enabling salespeople with classroom onboarding, certifications, and assessments. These methods are outdated and don’t reflect the dynamic, responsive way that modern sellers engage with buyers. And they’re hurting your bottom line.

Salespeople are hungry for an immersive, interactive learning experience — one that delivers the right content and guidance at the right time through the channels where they live.

And reps have every reason to have this appetite. Technology has transformed the way we sell — so it’s time that technology changes the way we approach sales training, too.

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sales technology adoption

You finally signed the contract on the new sales tool you’ve championed for months. Weeks of research, stakeholder meetings, and contract negotiations are behind you, so the hard part is over, right?

Not quite. Now you need to drive adoption across your sales team. After all, a tool that no one uses is just a waste of money. But sales reps are inundated with more tools than ever, requiring that new solutions overcome skepticism and ingrained habits to achieve high adoption.

All this may make it seem easier to avoid purchasing new tools altogether. But modern buyers demand fresh, digital sales tactics, so doing nothing simply isn’t an option. Follow these three steps to ensure that your sales technology investments are a success.

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sales enablement tool capabilities

Most people who change the world don’t set out to do so. Innovation expert and New York Times contributor Pagan Kennedy has found genius often unexpectedly strikes those “in a position to see a problem that needs fixing in a very personal way.”

The evolution of sales enablement technology follows this pattern. For decades, salespeople have wasted precious hours searching for sales assets while marketers have been beset by countless inbound content requests. Necessity demanded a more efficient way of organizing, discovering, and analyzing content — and those who experienced these challenges first-hand invented technology that is now changing the way millions work.

But not all sales enablement platforms are created equal. Recognizing real innovation is increasingly difficult amidst industry hype and buzzword-laden marketing. So how can you separate a genuinely game-changing platform from the rest? Look for these critical capabilities:

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