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RAIN Group Shares 3 Easy Ways to Develop Self-Accountability and Achieve More

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Seventy-six percent of The Extremely Productive (The XP) hold themselves accountable for doing what they tell themselves they’re going to do. Only 34% of The Rest hold themselves to this same level of accountability.

In RAIN Group’s new Extreme Productivity Benchmark Report, which includes data from 2,377 respondents, “holding yourself accountable” was the top behavior exhibited by The XP. It was also the No. 1 key driver of Extreme Productivity, and the behavior that represented the biggest difference between The XP and The Rest.

The data is clear: No matter if you’re in sales, marketing, or another field, the importance of holding yourself accountable can’t be understated. If you can master this, you’ll stay focused and achieve greater success.

Here are three ways to improve self-accountability.

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Aligning Sales and Marketing for Shared Success

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Since Jinan Liu’s Fine Needle Shop created the first printed ad in 10th-century China, sellers and marketers have been working together to close deals and grow businesses.

Today, the relationship between sales and marketing is complicated. Ensuring that these two groups work together is vital to business growth. And while there are barriers to alignment, the process of uniting these traditionally independent teams around a shared set of goals is foundational to success in our digital economy.  Modern alignment is a truly interactive process — not a final destination — that requires executive buy-in, shared goals, platforms, and processes to support collaborative initiatives.

However, when only 8% of marketing and sales teams say that they are tightly aligned, achieving this is often easier said than done.

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How Sales Teams Can Help with Content Marketing Campaigns

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Marketing and sales teams may have different goals day-to-day, but they both work toward the same overarching objective: grow the business. When marketers and sellers can put aside their differences and focus on working toward that goal together, great things happen. Content marketing is one such area where marketers stand to benefit from sellers.

Content marketing, which can generate 3 times as many leads as traditional marketing, is a powerful tool in a marketer’s arsenal, and pairing content marketing with sales takes it to the next level. Results improve, leads convert, your data is supercharged — and your business grows.

Take a look at the four ways a sales team can give your content marketing campaigns a boost.

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3 Trends Transforming Sales and Marketing

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It’s a whole new world for sellers and marketers. With the dawn of the digital era and the evolution of buyers, forward-thinking companies are transforming their approach to engaging customers — a transformation that begins with analysis and anticipation.

Reflecting back on a successful past first requires looking forward. Agile companies pivot their approaches based on current trends and educated predictions that will shape the business landscape. Many of these trends will be shared at TOPO Summit 2019, where 2,000 leaders (Highspot included!) will come together to discuss critical topics in revenue.

With the conference around the corner, we dove into three of today’s — and tomorrow’s — hottest topics that are impacting the modern market.

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How to Align Your Sales Collateral with the Modern Buyer’s Journey

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The best sellers use tailored sales collateral — materials developed by their business to support the sales process — to engage prospects at the right time with the right information to close deals faster. Today’s most effective collateral bears little resemblance to the jargon-heavy brochures of years past. In fact, modern sales collateral pivots away from the vendor’s perspective and instead incorporates insight from credible third parties. According to Gartner, “content that features a third party telling or validating a story is inherently more credible and trustworthy than the same story told by a vendor.”

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6 Key Components of B2B Pipeline Generation

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It’s no secret — B2B pipeline generation is a challenge. Finding the perfect potential customer can vex even the most experienced marketing or sales professionals. To help ease the pressure, here are some tried-and-true strategies to maximize your prospecting opportunities and deliver more qualified leads — and, ultimately, pipeline and revenue — for your business.

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Survey Reveals Life Sciences Organizations Need Sales and Marketing Alignment

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For our first Highspot Market Pulse survey, we chose to explore the state of sales and marketing alignment within the rapidly growing life sciences industry. According to KPMG, global annual sales for the medical device industry alone will reach nearly $800 billion by 2030. Our research found that there is a clear opportunity in life sciences for process improvement between sales and marketing teams.

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How to Create Content That Fuels Revenue Growth

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Regardless of what line of business you are in, content-based marketing provides businesses with an effective way to engage audiences while also generating new leads that translate to revenue growth.

The prerequisite to driving high-quality leads into the hands of the people who can capitalize on them is to discover what content your target audience actually wants to see. Creating content that provides value follows a methodical process with a few key steps. Here’s how to get started.

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These 3 Companies Are Maximizing Their Sales Content — Here’s How

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Content is complicated. Marketing often prioritizes creating content and lets evaluating its effectiveness fall to the wayside. Sales, on the other hand, devotes energy to closing deals, leaving little time to uncover new game-changing assets. For many, the constant challenge to create, locate, use, and evaluate content can feel like absolute chaos.

But for some, the answer has been simple: sales enablement. With powerful search capabilities, in-depth analytics, and more, sales enablement platforms have helped businesses maximize their content on every front.

Leading organizations are harnessing the power of sales enablement to solve their challenges and achieve next-level results. For inspiration on how to get the most out of your content, take a look at how these three companies have mastered sales enablement and put an end to content chaos.

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How to Create Marketing Content That Sales Will Love

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Despite all of the effort that goes into creating content, an eye-opening 60 to 70% of marketing content sits unused. This means that a significant portion of the time and resources going into content creation is really just going to waste.

How can you ensure that your sales team will use your marketing content? Here are five tips to create content that your sales team will not only use, but love.

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