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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 ›

Successful Sales Communication Strategy in 6 Steps

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ABC: The motivational sales shorthand for “Always Be Closing” might as well also stand for “Always Be Communicating,” because sales runs on communication. From opening pitch to closing deal, effective communication supports every step in the buyer’s journey and provides a critical link between sellers and internal teams such as marketing.

But sales communication can be a double-edged sword. While its importance in providing sales with critical connections is undeniable, it has the potential to overwhelm or distract sellers from their goals if there is no strategy guiding it. Quality, not quantity, is the key for sales leaders looking to create effective sales communication strategies for their teams. After all, sending more email updates won’t make your sales team any more informed if they aren’t finding the content relevant, valuable, or easily accessible. The guiding goal of any successful sales communication strategy should be to provide salespeople with the right information, in the right place, and at the right time.

Read on for the who, what, when, where, how, and why of developing a sales communication strategy. With these best practices, you’ll have a framework for communicating with your sales team that will keep them informed, prepared, and focused on the goals that matter.

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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 ›

9 Things All Viral Content Has In Common

Viral Content

What brand and content marketer doesn’t yearn for some viral content? The ROI on viral content through free advertising and its expansive reach can be tremendous. You can’t guarantee any piece of content will go viral, but you can give it a fighting chance by incorporating these tactics and attributes commonly found in content that has made the leap.

Viral content…

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SKO: Planning and Prep for Success

sko planning and preparation

Is there any more exciting time of year for sales enablement pros, marketers, and sellers than sales kickoff? Your company’s SKO 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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Customer Reviews Make or Break Your B2B Brand

G2 Crowd Grid for Sales Enablement 2018

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 ›

Personas for Marketing and Sales Alignment

buyer personas for marketing and sales alignment

In a customer-first world, alignment on buyer personas has never been more vital. They are key in gaining our target buyers’ attention and staying focused on their needs. Being strategic with creating buyer personas gives us a better chance of nurturing the prospect from buyer to customer, and I believe the key to this is through aligning content to the buyer’s journey.

Most companies know the importance of buyer personas and have embedded them into their go-to-market strategies, but the problem is that they don’t know how to use them. Even more troublesome, they don’t have the correct content to present to each of their buyer personas and there’s no way to serve content to the persona at the right stage of their journey.

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Looking Back at the CEB Sales and Marketing Summit 2017 — Finding Sales and Marketing Alignment

ceb sales and marketing summit 2017

Gone are the days when selling was a linear path: Locate a lead, nurture it with a set of marketing materials, go on a sales call (or series of sales calls), and close the deal.

In today’s B2B selling environment, the sales funnel is more like an infinity loop that flows from marketing to sales and back again until the buyer is ready to engage.

Last week at the CEB Sales and Marketing Summit, I attended several great sessions. Two in particular stood out to me because they focused on something near and dear to my heart — sales and marketing alignment.

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Customer Obsession: Recap of Forrester B2B Marketing 2017

Forrester B2B Marketing 2017 recap

B2B marketing is evolving rapidly thanks to new technology and a new focus on what matters most. The Forrester B2B Marketing event in Austin last week was exciting, particularly for product or content marketers. If you missed it, here are some highlights:

Conference Theme: Customer Obsession

On the surface, the event theme of “customer obsession” sounded a lot like what we’ve been hearing for the past few years. But they put a new spin on the idea by discussing technologies and working to keep us thinking about really innovating around customers. John Bruno of Forrester talked about the simple but revolutionary innovation when the Heinz Company redesigned the ketchup bottle to turn it upside down to solve a big pain point for their customer. The question to ask is, “Is there anything we should be doing that we’re not doing because conventional wisdom says no?”

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