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Best Practices in Sales Enablement: Content Mapping Made Easy

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If you’re like me, before you go on a trip to a place you’ve never been before, you take some time to look over a map of the area—either on paper or on your phone. I like to know the major roadways, potential construction zones or slowdowns, and the general direction I need to head to get where I’m going. In a lot of ways, deploying a Sales Enablement solution is like taking a trip to a place you’ve never been before. Instead of mapping highways and byways, it’s a good idea to map out your organization’s content before you take the trip.

We work with our customers to build a content map as one of the first steps in the implementation process. I thought it would be helpful to share a little insight around what a content map looks like, how to create one, and how it fits into the Sales Enablement design process.Continue reading article ›

Four Steps to Turn Sales Enablement into Revenue

Recently, we co-hosted a webinar with SiriusDecisions called Connect Sales Content to Revenue. This session was chock-full of research-backed advice to help you turn your sales enablement efforts into measurable revenue contributions. If you want to take sales enablement to the next level, there are a few important steps to consider, and we’ve outlined them below from the webinar discussion.

It’s important to note that before you get started, you’ll want to meet with sales finance to obtain your organization’s revenue plan. Measuring sales enablement’s impact on increasing revenue is the key to ensuring your efforts drive the greatest impact on business value, and you need the revenue plan to do it. This step often gets missed, and that’s a shame because sales enablement loses out on its “seat at the table” as a result. Don’t lose your seat at the table! Start with sales finance and then use the four steps below to start turning your enablement efforts into revenue.Continue reading article ›

Five “Must Haves” to Ensure Your Sales Enablement Platform Gets Adopted

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Sales enablement technology is continuing to take hold as an important investment for organizations of all sizes. In fact, sixty-eight percent of sales executives plan to invest in sales enablement technology to improve sales process and productivity.

While that’s an impressive stat and shows the importance of a measurable, structured approach to sales enablement, without a plan to drive adoption amongst sales reps, technology can only do so much. According to a study from CSO Insights, just over half of all organizations lack a formal sales enablement vision.

The fact is, in order to maximize the value of a sales enablement platform, you need both the right technology and the right plan to drive and maintain adoption. Here are five critical components you should consider when searching for a sales enablement platform to improve adoption.Continue reading article ›

Highspot Integrates 3rd party BI Solutions

High-performing sales organizations quickly adjust to the buying environment of their customers and the dynamic needs of their business.  Now more than ever, they rely upon data to accomplish their goals. With new 3rd party BI integration capabilities, Highspot is bringing deeper insights to business leaders by enabling the combination of sales data with other company data.  

The catalyst is Highspot’s BI Kit™, which permits sales data to be seamlessly imported into 3rd party BI solutions and data warehouses and combined with data sets from other teams, such as finance, HR, and operations. This ability to include sales, content, and customer engagement data from the Highspot platform with other company data will provide business leaders with valuable insight to improve sales and go-to-market performance.

Our most recent integration is with Microsoft Power BI.  Announced this morning at Build, Microsoft’s premier event for developers, the combination of Power BI and Highspot will provide 360-degree perspective into content performance and its impact on business goals.  This will allow sales teams to monitor results and optimize effectiveness as never before.

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Sales Enablement Pro Series: Tips for Embarking on a Successful Sales Enablement Rollout

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As the leader in sales enablement technology, Highspot is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of sales reps. Today we are introducing a new chapter in this pursuit, the Sales Enablement Pro blog series.

The Sales Enablement Pro Series is designed to convey insights from sales enablement experts. These are forward-thinking leaders whose job depends upon connecting the dots between marketing and sales and ensuring the best available content is in the hands of those who need it.

Our series will showcase the practical application of not only sales enablement technology, but also the strategies and tactics for achieving higher sales conversions. We hope you find these conversations useful in the quest to optimize your own sales enablement goals.Continue reading article ›

SiriusDecisions Helps Navigate a Noisy Sales Asset Management Market

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Today’s technology empowers marketing and sales teams to work together to improve sales effectiveness, and they do so in ways that were unfathomable just five years ago. The thing is though, there are a lot of solutions on the market claiming to be “sales enablement”, and while you may know your organization needs a sales enablement solution, finding the right one for your company’s unique needs can be a confusing process.

SD-Sales-Asset-Management-Report-Landing-Page-290x175-03042016Recently, SiriusDecions published a report that compares the leading vendors in Sales Asset Management—the foundation of Sales Enablement—and calls out specific capabilities you should look for when selecting a solution. Continue reading article ›

Announcing Email Integration with Microsoft Outlook and Automatic Language Filtering

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At Highspot, we’re committed to continual product updates and enhancements in our quest to make sales reps’ jobs more effective and efficient. Last month, I shared that the Highspot Sales Enablement solution now offers inline editing within Microsoft Office 365,  and today I’m excited to unveil two more important product advances: Integration with Microsoft Outlook and automatic content filtering by language based on machine learning capabilities.

The Outlook integration is a “best of both worlds” scenario, as sellers now have the option to decide if they’d like to send content directly from Highspot’s sales content management system or from their corporate email client.Continue reading article ›

Turn your Content into a Reliable Revenue Driver

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What if every time your marketing team produced a piece of content, you knew its inherent value? If every one-sheet, white paper, presentation, and infographic was so measurable you knew if it worked or didn’t? Imagine the productivity improvements and bottom-line impact (not to mention employee satisfaction) that could result in such progress.

In a recent post on the SiriusDecisions blog, Sharon Little explains how using revenue as a North star for content production can transform an organization’s quality and performance of sales content. She argues that this approach saves time, minimizes production of unnecessary content, and creates more value for both customers and the sales team. Continue reading article ›

Empower Your Field with Customizable Sales Content

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As a marketer, I’d like to think that the content I produce for sales is always 100% spot-on and customer-ready… that every word on the page or graphic in the PowerPoint presentation is perfect as-is. After all, marketing knows the customer, knows the product and knows what is best for sales, right? Therefore, sales will take what my team provides and use it verbatim, right?

Wrong.

First of all, we don’t always get it right. But regardless of “right or wrong,” any sales rep who wants to meet their numbers is going to take the standard sales presentation and enhance it to customize for their customer. Continue reading article ›

Sales Enablement is a “Must Have” for Sales Content Management

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Content.

‘Content’ comes in many forms and is used in many ways throughout the marketing and sales processes, but one thing’s for certain: Content is the backbone of the sales conversation—it’s the starting point of most conversations and you can’t close a deal without it.

And yet, 65% of content created for sales is wasted and the biggest complaint from sales with respect to content is that they can’t find it.Continue reading article ›