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highspot emea expansion

Occasionally, an opportunity presents itself that intuitively feels right. And when that opportunity promises to disrupt a market, and when the people you meet are smart, energetic, and passionate, and when the company is deeply aligned around an inspiring vision, you jump on board — quickly!

Joining Highspot as the new managing director of our EMEA operation felt like discovering a family I didn’t know I had and being immediately welcome. Alignment is an oft-used word that has lost some of its meaning through years of corporate messaging, but real alignment is still a brilliant thing to see. I’ve never experienced a company so deeply aligned as Highspot.

United by the core company value to transform the way that millions of people work, Highspot’s talented team keeps customers at the heart of everything. It has been this way since the beginning, when the product was developed to remedy a pain point that the co-founders personally experienced in their careers.

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reasons to do a hackathon

For an entire day, dozens of my colleagues and I came into work and didn’t do our jobs. None of us got fired. Rather, it was arguably one of the most productive and eye-opening days we have had all year. Allow me to explain.

I lead Highspot’s product marketing team. Typically, I spend my time developing go-to-market strategies, talking with customers, preparing sales teams, creating marketing content — you name it.  On this day, however, I had the opportunity to participate in Highspot’s first annual competitive hackathon.

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strategies to drive sales productivity

Prospecting, pitching, tracking engagement — there’s no question that modern technology solutions have made it easier for sellers to complete these essential tasks. But even as the tools have improved, selling has become more complicated as buyers’ expectations have risen. With increased access to information, buyers today do more of their research independently and invite more internal stakeholders into buying decisions. To capture and win buyers’ attention, sellers must now research and present insightful solutions tailored to multiple decision makers’ needs. The result is that reps end up spending more time trying to keep up with increasingly complex sales processes, impacting overall sales productivity.

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maximizing sales content

Content is complicated. Marketing often prioritizes creating content and lets evaluating its effectiveness fall to the wayside. Sales, on the other hand, devotes energy to closing deals, leaving little time to uncover new game-changing assets. For many, the constant challenge to create, locate, use, and evaluate content can feel like absolute chaos.

But for some, the answer has been simple: sales enablement. With powerful search capabilities, in-depth analytics, and more, sales enablement platforms have helped businesses maximize their content on every front.

Leading organizations are harnessing the power of sales enablement to solve their challenges and achieve next-level results. For inspiration on how to get the most out of your content, take a look at how these three companies have mastered sales enablement and put an end to content chaos.

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highspot 2018 review

Rome wasn’t built in a day — or a year. But when each day brings progress, achievements soon follow.

Reflecting back on the last 12 months, we are both proud and humbled to note the strides that Highspot has made with the support of our employees, customers, partners, and investors.

In just 365 days, we have witnessed incredible change:

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sales onboarding

Think back to the times you’ve gone through a new employee onboarding program (NEO) — chances are you got a pretty good feeling for how much the organization invests in its employees just from those first few days. Sales onboarding is no different. 49% of high-performing sales reps identify the availability of onboarding as “very to extremely important” when considering a new position, according to SiriusDecisions.

Sales onboarding not only matters to top sales talent, but to sales and executive leadership as well. Sales and executive leaders are responsible for ensuring that the company is hitting its quota targets; therefore, they need to ensure that they are preparing enough quota-carrying reps to be out in the field at any given time. Unfortunately, on average, new sales hires spend 10 weeks in training and development and only become productive after 11.2 months, according to Sales Management Association.

As a leader, how can you make the most of every chance to improve the sales productivity of your reps? Here are five important opportunities to keep top-of-mind.

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sales effectiveness

What is sales effectiveness?

There isn’t one single answer. Some might say effectiveness comes down to performance against goals, while others might define it in terms of revenue or profit. Sometimes, it even gets conflated with sales efficiency. While both sales effectiveness and sales efficiency relate to the improvement of sales performance, efficiency reveals how fast sales reps complete tasks — but not whether they’re performing the right tasks. That’s the focus of sales effectiveness.

Because sales effectiveness is variable and unique to each company, it can be difficult to assess your sales team’s efforts. But without a clear definition of sales effectiveness, it’s impossible to get started measuring and, most importantly, improving.

To help with this conundrum, we’ve written a guide to provide a straightforward explanation of sales effectiveness and the metrics that matter. Read on and we’ll walk you through the process of identifying, measuring, and improving your sales effectiveness.

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sales operations

In the early days of sales operations, sales ops professionals measured financial analytics, conducted reports, and predicted sales forecasting. Mainly, they were problem-solving number crunchers.

These days, they do all that and much more.

Modern sales ops professionals play a vital role in the success of a sales organization by staying ahead of problems and enabling the sales team to focus on selling. When implemented alongside strategic training, tools, and engagement techniques, sales operations can help sales teams become more productive and efficient and have a positive impact on both the top- and bottom-line performance.Continue reading article ›

marketing content that sales will love

Despite all of the effort that goes into creating content, an eye-opening 60 to 70% of marketing content sits unused. This means that a significant portion of the time and resources going into content creation is really just going to waste.

How can you ensure that your sales team will use your marketing content? Here are five tips to create content that your sales team will not only use, but love.

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