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Redefining Modern Sales Enablement

Modern sales enablement solutions make their predecessor versions unrecognizable.  Not because they’re solving different problems, but because they present radically improved approaches to delivering what sales reps need. 

Today we’ll illustrate the significant limitations of legacy solutions, as well as the fragile characteristics of platforms claiming to be modern. For sales and marketing teams evaluating technology alternatives, understanding the evolution from legacy to truly modern is essential to making informed decisions.  It also provides a view into how Highspot has rewritten the definition of modern sales enablement. 

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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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What Amazon.com Teaches Us About Sales Enablement

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Amazon is incredible at helping you find the right product among its catalog of 200 million items.   Within minutes Amazon will have you looking at relevant products, reading reviews, getting recommendations, and seeing related items.

Your sales enablement platform should perform the same magic.

So how does Amazon do it?  There are four foundational capabilities that work together to produce the magic of Amazon. As the saying goes, the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. Start removing one or more of these capabilities and the results quickly break down.Continue reading article ›

Sales Enablement Software Reimagined

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The winds of change are blowing rapidly through the sales and marketing hallways of your company. Technologies come and go, and some, like the mp3 player, take a few iterations and some macro-level changes in order to get right. Sales Enablement technology is one of those.

While the efforts of sales enablement—helping sales professionals be more effective and efficient, through better content and knowledge training—have been around for nearly two decades, the technology to support this effort has gone through a series of attempts and misses.

It has been proven, however, when organizations get it right, there are incredible benefits to be gained. Aberdeen’s research shows companies with proper sales enablement can improve sales performance in very meaningful ways:Continue reading article ›

Highspot Announces Content Genomics™

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Today Highspot has announced revolutionary new technology critical for accurate analytics in Sales Enablement solutions. Content Genomics™ tracks the DNA of content as it evolves across an organization and it is the first application of machine learning to marketing and sales content. Highspot was founded with the goal of solving the Sales Enablement problem—to make it easier for sales reps to find the content they need and make them more effective in closing sales. We knew that a holistic solution would rest on 3 pillars, all vastly superior to the content systems of yester-year; (1) intelligent and flexible content management platform that makes it easy for sales teams to find the content they need, (2) powerful and elegant pitching and email systems that make it easy for salespeople to engage customers, and (3) robust analytics that enable sales and marketing to measure what is working and to optimize performance. While all these pillars represent vast improvements over past solutions, analytics is the cornerstone that closes the loop between sales and marketing and provides the data to systematically improve sales effectiveness. Only through accurate performance analytics can an organization learn, improve and optimize. Continue reading article ›

The Sales Content Conundrum

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Where does it come from? How do you measure its effectiveness?  Is it different than marketing content? Salespeople are in a unique position as they deliver materials and messages to prospects and receive real-time feedback on it whether that be via actual discussion or the fact that a prospect moves through the buying cycle as a result. Often they create their own content derived from assets supplied by the marketing team that reflect these learnings as well as their personal spin on things.  In most cases, this feedback fails to make its way back to the marketing team and the problem just reinforces itself including no visibility to the gaps being filled by the salesperson’s own efforts. Continue reading article ›

Why Context Is So Important In Sales Enablement

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Sales and marketing operations have progressed to a point where we can readily access the contact information of those who we are trying to target with our sales pitch or offer.  In best-in-class scenarios, there is an active mapping of buyer personas to the buying journey so an intelligent mapping of who is going to be involved is any decision process is understood.

We even have the ability to “score” these leads based on implied interest like web site visits, email campaign activity like opens or clicks, and downloading of collateral pieces.  There are even advanced scenarios where predictive analytics can be used to intelligently lead score prospects based on their potential interest and match to your target customer.  This is all done in an effort to improve targeting – who should be contacted first, who has the greatest probability of converting into an opportunity and ultimately becoming a customer.

This is fantastic technology for getting the customer to engage and become a sales opportunity.  The signals, activities and demographics that these technologies leverage are great pieces of information to be maintained as the lead is passed to sales.

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The Four Pillars of the Sales Technology Stack

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Companies have made significant investments to date in tools and technologies to enable their marketing and sales processes.  Usually the core of this investment is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system deployed with high expectations of streamlined selling and new insights.  Unfortunately, CRM systems are rarely fully utilized and often fall short of these expectations. Shouldn’t sales technology actually help salespeople sell? Rather than become a chore to update and merely a means to provide activity and pipeline reports to management, why not make an investment in something that actually drives and optimizes sales activity? Companies need to embrace the sales technology stack to truly take advantage of technology-enabled selling. The concept of a sales stack has been around for a while with sales expert Jim Keenan sharing a great post on “The Sales Stack” back in 2012 on his A Sales Guy blog.  His seven layers include both enabling technology as well as rewards, recognition, and compensation programs.  Max Altschuler published a more recent take on it on the Sales Hacker blog titled “Welcome to the Era of the Sales Stack.”  He maps the stack to each stage of the sales lifecycle and highlights some great tools to enable the various pieces of it.Continue reading article ›

Does Your Company Need a Chief Revenue Officer?

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Let’s start with a definition of a “Chief Revenue Officer” and then move on to whether or not your company needs one.

There is a great discussion about this over on Quora where the question “What is a Chief Revenue Officer” was posed to the community.  The answers range from this being a silly, inflated title all the way to this being a strategic, revenue-focused member of the executive management team (essentially the “Chief Sales Officer”).Continue reading article ›

Making Search Work

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We all use different ways to find what we need online.  One of them is to browse through information that has been organized for you.  When you go to the Business section of the New York Times, or you look at the items for sale from a particular vendor, you are using a structure that somebody set up with lists or tags.  It works well for managing content that is pretty uniform and where everything is controlled by a single person or group.  Inside of a company, for example, maybe you have a set of case studies and you organize them based on the product line, geographic region, and customer industry they cover. But as we discussed in the last post, this model breaks down over time when you apply it to all the information in a dynamic organization. Continue reading article ›