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First Annual Sales Enablement Stars

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Recently, we put out a call for nominations for a program launched just this year to recognize stand-out members of the sales enablement community. Interest was over-the-top, and I’m excited to share the details on our very first Sales Enablement Stars!

Still a relatively new field, no two organizations define it the same way, but one thing is certain—sales enablement is critical to sales success. With the sales cycle becoming increasingly complex, it’s up to sales enablement pros to bring together sales and marketing to help drive more effective customer engagements. It’s a challenging role that requires process management, people skills, creative thinking, and an understanding of current technology. It can also be a thankless job, and we wanted to do something to change that.Continue reading article ›

Sales Reps Love Highspot

At Highspot, we take pride in customer feedback.  It’s our version of candy hearts in mid-February.  Today we’re especially grateful for the Love shown by our customers.  We wouldn’t be the sales enablement industry’s leading platform without it.  

Every sales rep knows the difference between Like and Love.  Like is nice.  It’s optimistic, an opportunity in the making.  Love, on the other hand, is essential.  Lyrically speaking, “All you need is Like” won’t start any sing-alongs.  And business-wise, no customer ever selected a product they Like over an alternative they Love.  Continue reading article ›

New Research by Highspot and Heinz Marketing: State of Sales Enablement 2017

Sales enablement is giving businesses the competitive edge they need.  As illustrated in this year’s State of Sales Enablement Report, critical performance advantages have emerged at companies investing in this high-growth category.

Fundamental sales enablement strategies and tactics are now in place among a broad cross-section of companies.  From smaller sales teams just getting started to larger and more complex organizations, sales enablement has become a strategic commitment with significant upside.  Continue reading article ›

Defining Sales Enablement Roles and Responsibilities for Organizational Success

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One of the great things about being in an industry that is still defining itself is that there are no real boundaries. When it comes to sales enablement, the sky is the limit because we’re all defining what it is and what it means to our individual organizations.

Conversely, this freedom can also cause confusion or friction when determining “who does what” to empower sales. As a sales enablement professional, it can be difficult to understand where responsibilities start and stop, when to enlist other teams, and what may be overlooked as being done already (but isn’t).Continue reading article ›

Defining Success with Sales Enablement

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What is Sales Enablement?

Sales enablement is becoming more and more of a common term in organizations big and small. But, just as no organization is the same, no definition of the concept of arming sales to succeed is exactly the same. Some see sales enablement as a role (or team) within the organization, some see it as the technology that does (or should) power content distribution and management, and some categorize it as a hybrid of the two. And, there are many degrees of differences along the spectrum.

At Highspot, we define sales enablement as a strategic, ongoing process that equips sales teams to have consistently effective engagements with prospects and customers throughout the buyer’s journey. In other words, it’s the teams, tools, and technology used in the ongoing quest to help sales close more deals, faster. For what it’s worth, the teams that “do” sales enablement may not have the term in their titles—it could be the marketing team, a dedicated sales enablement team, or even members of the sales team itself who are most involved in activities and deliverables to empower sales.

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Connecting Your Sales Process to The Buyer’s Journey

Road trips are a great way to get to know someone.  They reveal compatibilities, interests, and perspectives on everything from the best route to worthwhile stops.  These rites of passage are similar to shared expeditions of buyers and sellers.  Both require clear understanding of the ultimate destination, open communication, and eagerness to engage.  

Still, buyers and sellers are different.  On one side there are needs to fulfill and benefits to derive; on the other, revenue goals and customer satisfaction.  What is a journey for buyers is a process for sellers.  Successful sales and marketing teams manage both paths to mutual advantage while accelerating the results they care about most.

From then to now

We hear many stories about how the buyer’s journey is changing.  How it’s becoming more fluid and dynamic, and how buyers have more control than ever before.  All true.  What’s not true but remains broadly perceived is that the journey is now a random walk.  That buyers are less likely to follow a well-worn trail and more apt to advance from one stage to another with little predictability.  High-performing sellers know better.  Today we’ll share how they remain proactive – and how sales enablement helps establish strong links between the sales process and the buyer’s journey.   Continue reading article ›

Make This Your Best Sales Kick Off Ever—Five Areas of Focus

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As we’ve all settled back into life the first few weeks of 2017, there have been plenty of water cooler conversations about holidays, trips, and new year’s resolutions around the halls of Highspot. We’ve also talked a lot about what we learned in 2016, and how we plan to apply those learnings in 2017.

Sales Kick Off (SKO) is often one of the best places to put together a structured plan for applying new learnings. By planning ahead for what your reps truly need to succeed after SKO, you can have your best sales year ever.

Put a little focus on these five areas, and you’re bound to see long-term success from this year’s efforts.Continue reading article ›

Making a Difference in Our Community

Community spirit runs deep at Highspot.  It’s a driving force of our culture and a personal attribute we value.  After a massively successful year, our ADR team recently put their energy to work at Food Lifeline in Seattle, where they packed 3,790lbs of food, providing 3,158 meals for people in need.  It was the least they could do to help others make big strides of their own.      

Neighborhood connections deepen awareness of challenges too often overlooked.  They help us keep our eyes on what matters and encourage us to make the largest impact we can.  In this and more, volunteering is a two-way street with upside for everyone involved.  Continue reading article ›

Sales Enablement for Challenger Selling

Strength and flexibility are hallmarks of best-in-class salespeople and sales technology.  They are also at the core of what makes Challenger Selling™ so impactful.  Today we’ll highlight how sales enablement is helping companies optimize their Challenger™ sales model and deliver superior results for their customers. 

The Challenger Sale has upgraded solution selling by showing salespeople how to take greater control over conversations and demolish their quota.  It has also transformed the ways sales teams leverage content to guide prospects through each phase of the buyer’s journey.  By helping companies better organize, find, customize, share, and analyze their sales content, modern sales enablement platforms are integral to making the most of Challenger selling.Continue reading article ›

Sales Enablement for Inside Sales: Webinar Recap and First-Hand Perspective

Product insights are gifts that keep on giving.  They shape our priorities, validate decisions, and light our path.  At Highspot, these nuggets of real-world context are helping us deliver the features and value sales enablement pros need.  

Our sources range from industry leaders and customers to our very own team.  Today’s guest post is from Olivia Long, one of the Account Development Reps at Highspot.  Olivia brings a wealth of first-hand perspective to her role and is here to share a portion of it with you.  Her topic: how sales enablement has transformed her approach and results.  Continue reading article ›