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The Framework for a Solid Sales Playbook

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In the old days, a sales playbook may have been nothing more than a fat 3-ring binder with some tabs in it. While talking on the phone to a prospective buyer, a salesperson could tuck the receiver under his ear, grab the playbook off the shelf, and flip through the tabbed sections in it to find the play he was looking for. Then, as now, the sales playbook was a source of cumulative knowledge from the sales team and guidance from sales management, gathered together into a single resource. It spelled out best practices and diagrammed the required steps to lead the prospect through the sales cycle to the desired finish: the sale.

The sales landscape has transformed drastically since then, and yesterday’s playbook won’t cut it anymore. Sales has become more complex than ever. In fact, a majority (70%) of sales reps report that they are experiencing more complex sales processes. This is up from 64.5% last year. The buyer’s journey has taken the place of a more rigid sales cycle so that sellers need to be able to react as the process unfolds and provide personalized responses to prospective buyers at a moment’s notice. In the age of the modern buyer, they come to the sales interaction better prepared and better informed than ever, with expectations for a fully digitized and seamless experience.

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Winning Over the Modern Buyer

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The expectations of today’s buyers have undergone a drastic transformation. Consumer-oriented companies such as Amazon and Airbnb have created great user and customer experiences that have set the bar high for more informed and frictionless buying experiences. These expectations have quickly carried over into the world of B2B buying and changed how marketers engage and influence buyers along their purchasing journey.

In our eBook, which is now available for download, you’ll learn that the modern buyer is more informed, more independent, and more demanding than ever before. But are your sellers equipped to win them over? Continue reading article ›

Customer Success Is a Sales Priority

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Everyone knows that a company’s success depends on customers — and specifically, customers’ experience. However, sustaining customer interest can be difficult. Companies must compete for customer attention in a world where consumers have more options then they have ever had before. In the last ten years, customer experience has become increasingly more important in this new world where customers want to have more of a say in how corporations portray themselves.

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Highspot Hot Shots: Mike Kunkle, Sales Enablement Leader

Highspot Sales Enablement Hot Shots: Mike Kunkle

Sales enablement has become mission-critical to businesses. As part of the Highspot “Hot Shots” series, today we’ll hear insights from Mike Kunkle, a highly respected sales transformation architect and internationally recognized sales training and sales enablement expert. He has spent 24 years as a corporate leader and consultant, helping companies drive dramatic revenue growth through his best-in-class learning strategies and effective sales transformation methodologies. Today, Mike is the VP of Sales Transformation Services for Fast Lane Digital (a new division of Fast Lane Consulting & Education Services) and founder of Transforming Sales Results, LLC.

What do you see as the most critical aspect of sales enablement and why?

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True Sales Readiness Brings Together Learning and Content

Readiness means sales training and content

Thanks to technology, sales is now a new game. Buyers have already researched your product (and the competition) and are much further down their purchasing process before they even meet your sales rep. In fact, 64.5% of sales reps have reported experiencing more complex sales processes. This means that your reps need sales readiness and training to be ready for more complex and advanced conversations in their meetings and demos.Continue reading article ›

Highspot Hot Shots: Ben Cotton, Sales Enablement Leader at HubSpot

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When sales enablement is evolving and growing as fast as it is, it’s helpful to hear how others approach it, and where sales enablement is going next. Today we begin a new blog series highlighting the expertise of “hot shots” of the sales enablement world. We asked questions of Ben Cotton, a thought leader who leads EMEA sales enablement for HubSpot out of Dublin, Ireland. He works at the intersection of sales and marketing and uses deal support, content, data and education to help HubSpot’s sales organization succeed. Ben is passionate about building sales and marketing alignment, as well as helping businesses create predictable recurring revenue.

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Social Selling Made Simple with Highspot

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Every modern seller today has heard of the power of social selling. But not everyone is doing it. Why? There are a dozen reasonsit’s hard, it’s time-consumingand it all boils down to one main obstacle: sales teams can’t determine whether their social efforts are effective or not.

Starting today, they can.

We just announced a new way to track and measure social selling engagement that simplifies sales via social media to the click of a button. Using the Highspot for Chrome Plugin, sellers can now easily share the most effective sales assets directly within any online channel. The tool is designed to fit into sales teams’ existing workflows, empower sellers to meet buyers where they are, and provide engagement data that shows the value of social selling efforts across some of the most popular social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.Continue reading article ›

Sales Coaching: 4 Best Practices from the World of Sports

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What do sports teams, households, classrooms, and sales teams have in common? There’s a coach backing all of these teams who enables and motivates people to succeed. If you take a moment to think about it, you may begin to see coaches in almost every aspect of your life. Coaches can take the form of a parent, professor, mentor, The Voice, NFL head coach, sales manager, or even your friend.

From competing for my high school track team to my job here at Highspot as an account development representative, I attribute my growth, drive, and success to the individuals who have coached me: the coach who helped me perfect my form over the hurdle, and the coach who helped me close my first deal.

These coaches made a huge impact on me personally, and I’ve come to appreciate the skills with which they helped me develop. Coaching has been and always will be about helping your people experience meaningful progress and growth.

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5 Fast Ways for Sales Enablement Leaders to Modernize for 2018

Sales enablement modernization to improve sales productivity

Keeping up with buyers today is exhausting. Their behaviors are constantly shifting, and they do more research up-front and on their own than ever before. According to CEB, the average B2B buyer gets 57 percent of the way through their purchase decision before ever engaging a supplier sales rep.

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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Customer Reviews Make or Break Your B2B Brand

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Hi, my name is Shawnna. And I am a shopoholic.

OK, maybe it’s not that extreme. (Even though my husband, in his battle against my ever-growing wardrobe of shoes, may disagree.)

As an avid online shopper, one thing that has become a must in any of my purchasing decisions is reading customer reviews. Hearing from actual customers that have not only purchased the shoes, but have also tried to walk a mile in them, is invaluable for me.Continue reading article ›