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Kate Kirby

Kate is senior content marketing manager at Highspot. She loves all things content, smart strategy and clever turns of phrase. Oh, yeah, and cat videos.

Infographic: What’s the ROI on SKO?

ROI of SKO

You’ve done your annual company sales kickoff… There was sales training, product training, dynamic speakers, team-building social events, food, frivolity—maybe there was even a little role playing to practice those newly formed sales skills. But here’s the question: was it a total waste of time and money? Was it just an excuse to schmooze?

The typical AE spends 2.7 years on the job* and takes 4.7 months to ramp—often more. So, it’s essential to do something to train and keep that AE on track to retire quota. If you’re wondering what the return is on your investment in SKO every year, you’re not alone.

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5 Fast Ways for Sales Enablement Leaders to Modernize for 2018

Modernize Sales Enablement

Keeping up with buyers today is exhausting. Their behaviors are constantly shifting, and they do more research up front, on their own, than ever before. And on top of that, the buying team is bigger than ever. In short, the sales process is more complex than ever. The average B2B buyer is already 57% of the way through the purchase decision before engaging a supplier sales rep, according to CEB.

But ponder this: the modern sales rep doesn’t have a problem with any of that. The top echelon of sales reps is knocking it out of the park even in today’s buyer-first environment. Why? Because they’ve figured out what works. Sales enablement teams have the power to lead a shift across the sales organization to update old school “conventional wisdom” and modernize the way reps work.

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Why We’re Thankful for Our Customers

January may not be the traditional month for being thankful, but we have been overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude over the past few weeks. Why? Because of the outpouring of positive feedback we’ve received from our customers, most notably reviews posted on G2 Crowd over the past year. Success with any technology requires adoption, and adoption only happens when users love to use it.

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SKO: Planning and Prep for Success

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Is there any more exciting time of year for sales enablement pros, marketers and sellers than SKO? Your company’s sales kickoff is inevitably a powerful opportunity for you to make an impact—including gaining alignment around the buyer’s journey across sales and marketing. Your company and products have evolved, and this year’s SKO should reflect that so everyone can jumpstart the year.

2018 SKO should look different from the one you did last year. Why?

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Highspot Ranks in Gartner Market Guide for Sales Content Management

2017 Gartner Market Guide for Sales Content Management

We’re delighted to share that Highspot has been recognized as a Representative Vendor in the 2017 Gartner “Market Guide for Digital Content Management for Sales.”

The report found that digital sales content management applications improve the delivery of internal- and external-facing content to salespeople, or improve engagement with prospects and clients, and even increase win rates, deal velocity and deal sizes.

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Sales Communications Features Launch in the November Release

New Highspot Features: Page Builder and Smart Update

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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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 integration

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

Highspot LearnCore Partnership Announced

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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