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Sales Enablement: The Largest Gatherings. Ever.

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The last few weeks have felt like a sales enablement whirlwind!

A few years ago, when I joined the sales enablement community, it was difficult to find a place where I could connect with other sales enablement peers, practitioners, and thought leaders. In fact, I can’t think of a single one!

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Sales communications features launch in the November release

Sales teams are bombarded with new information all the time: new products, new features, new promos, new content. It can be hard to know what to prioritize. The latest release of the Highspot sales enablement platform is designed to help marketing and sales cut through the noise and share information, content—and content updates—with ease. Let’s take a look at two of the key features of this release.

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The Sales Enablement Guide to Dreamforce 2017

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It’s one of our favorite times of the year: Dreamforce, as you know, is always exciting, informative… and something of a spectacle, with more than 171,000 people registered last year.   #DF17 next week will surely surpass that.

Dreamforce isn’t the only reason we’re looking forward to next week: this year we’re once again giving our sales enablement-focused brethren an opportunity to get even more out of Dreamforce, at our free all-day event at the Four Seasons, which has become an annual tradition.

Are you ready for next week? Probably—and it can’t hurt to get even more ready. If you’re interested in sales enablement, we picked out a few things you’ll want to check out while you’re in San Francisco for the event:

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SiriusDecisions Technology Exchange Recap: Creating the Business Justification for Technology

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This week we were in Austin for SiriusDecisions Technology Exchange. It was a great opportunity to learn about new tech trends in the sales and marketings space from the many sessions from SiriusDecisions, as well as the case studies that were presented with vendors. Here are the highlights from the week:

Creating the Business Justification for Technology

Gil Canare, Senior Research Director at SiriusDecisions, went over the steps to creating the business justification for technology investments. In the live poll from the presentation, over 80 percent of attendees said that their organization’s most common purchase driver is capabilities related. The need for new capabilities and to do more with technology is an ever-present issue for today’s fast-changing buyer needs.

Gil noted that with each technology purchase, there are there are internal and external purchase drivers, impacts to the business the technology will introduce, and ultimately a justification for the purchase. Internal and external drivers can help you to paint a picture of why you need a certain solution at a given time. Are there new capabilities that the company needs? Is there competitive pressure and your organization needs to implement new tools to keep you? Outlining exactly what the drivers of the purchase decision are is the first key step to justifying a new technology purchase. Continue reading article ›

Looking back at the CEB Sales and Marketing Summit 2017—Finding Sales and Marketing Alignment

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Gone are the days when selling was a linear path: Locate a lead, nurture it with a set of marketing materials, go on a sales call (or series of sales calls), and close the deal.

In today’s B2B selling environment, the sales funnel is more like an infinity loop that flows from marketing to sales and back again until the buyer is ready to engage.

Last week at the CEB Sales and Marketing Summit, I attended several great sessions. Two in particular stood out to me because they focused on something near and dear to my heart—sales and marketing alignment.Continue reading article ›

Customer Obsession: Recap of Forrester B2B Marketing

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B2B marketing is evolving rapidly thanks to technologies and a new focus on what matters most. So the Forrester B2B Marketing event in Austin last week was an exciting event, particularly to the eye of a product or content marketer. If you missed it, here are some highlights:

Conference Theme: Customer Obsession

On the surface of it, the event theme of “customer obsession” does sound a lot like what we’ve been hearing for the past few years. They brought a new spin, discussing technologies and working to keep us thinking about really innovating around the customer. John Bruno of Forrester talked about the simple but revolutionary innovation when Heinz literally turned the bottle upside down, solving a big pain point for their customer. Is there anything we should be doing… that we’re not doing because conventional wisdom says no?

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New Sales Readiness Capabilities with Highspot + MindTickle

Highspot and MindTickle have partnered to deliver a state-of-the-art solution for sales enablement and readiness.  By combining the best of MindTickle’s sales onboarding and coaching with Highspot’s end-to-end sales enablement platform, this integration provides easy access to MindTickle training in context of sales assets from Highspot, when and where reps need it.

As MindTickle puts it, they aim to “Empower your reps with the knowledge and skills to win.” At Highspot we share a similar mindset. We’re passionate about helping reps win by having the right content for every conversation and the analytics to know what’s working and what’s not.

That’s why we are excited about this latest integration that further extends the end-to-end enablement capabilities of Highspot, so customers can achieve new levels of success.

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Highspot Loves Reps (and Marketers)—Announcing quarterly customer awards

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At Highspot, we’re focused on empowering sales and marketing with easy-to-use content management tools, leading-edge customer engagement, and superior analytics.

Earlier this year, we were curious what sales reps and marketers think about our platform and services, so we kicked off an effort to find out. In the end, we were thrilled to confirm that #RepsLoveHighspot! Highspot gets high marks across our customer base time and again, which isn’t something we take lightly. In fact, our adoption numbers of more than 90% make us proud!

But, the love isn’t a one-way street. #HighspotLovesReps (and marketers and sales enablement pros too!), so we’re honoring our customers who have excelled on the platform in the last quarter. Based on data-driven insights from the platform, we can see who is on the sales enablement leader board—and we want you to, too.Continue reading article ›

LearnCore + Highspot Integration to Provide Access to Content, Coaching and In-Context Learning

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According to Mark Lindwall of Forrester: “The onus is on sales leaders, sales trainers, and other sales enablement professionals with responsibility for training the sales force, to revamp current development practices and realign salespeople to their buyers’ needs so that buyers experience more valuable conversations that make it easier to buy.”

That’s why we’re excited to announce our new partnership with LearnCore, the innovative video coaching and learning solution for sales and customer success teams. Through this integration, we’ll work together to focus on helping sales teams better leverage their training within the context of their content and daily sales activities. By combining LearnCore’s innovative approach to sales rep learning, testing, certification, and coaching with the power of Highspot’s sales enablement platform, the integration provides reps with one-stop access to the tools they rely upon for effective customer conversations.  

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