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How to Sell Smarter with AI for Sales Enablement

For sales reps and marketers, survival skills begin with the ability to separate long-term signals from short-term noise.  This influences where reps invest their time, how marketers construct their awareness and demand gen strategies, and the prioritization criteria for sales enablement leaders who need to manage everything from in-context training to playbooks and more.  

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Sales Content Management

Sales content management allows reps to quickly identify the best content for every customer opportunity while consolidating content availability and performance data on a single platform.  With modern sales content management technology like the Highspot platform puts reps at an advantage, and it’s one of the reasons sales reps love Highspot.  

Sales content management has become a pivotal factor in sales enablement purchase decisions and a catalyst in driving higher conversion rates and revenue.  A primary reason is that sales teams increasingly rely upon content to influence target audiences throughout the buyer’s journey.  When sales content is effectively managed, reps are better positioned to act quickly and confidently.  This helps reduce wasted time and maximize the probability of quota-crushing results.  Continue reading article ›

Content: Your Ticket to High-Performing ABM

The business impact of Account-Based Marketing (ABM) cannot be overstated. In just a few short years, it has recast sales and marketing strategies, inspired new technology decisions, and provoked rapid tactical shifts in sales pipeline management. Looking ahead, we anticipate ABM will exert increasing influence over the processes, content, audience engagement, and analytics that drive revenue growth.

Today we’re pleased to announce the availability of Content: Your Ticket to High-Performing ABM.  You can download your copy at the Highspot Resource Library.

As the raw material for ABM, targeted content aligned with the buyer’s journey is a key factor in whether or not audiences respond to marketing activities. We assembled this eBook to share practical tips on managing, customizing, sharing, and analyzing such content to support ABM.

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Resolve the Marketing and Sales Content Dispute

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When it comes to sales and marketing types, they want to like each other. In fact, in my experience, they want to love each other! After all, sales and marketing work towards a common goal — generating more revenue. But the fact remains that as long as sales relies on marketing to help close deals, and marketing relies on sales to get the company message out, there’s bound to be conflict.

Failure to Communicate

Sales wants very specific, personalized content that they can find at a moment’s notice. Marketing feels that they publish volumes of content (and they do — but 65% of it can’t be found), and they’re sensitive to changing content because it changes the company message. In the end, we have two mission-critical groups with a common goal — but different ways of getting there — and mounting frustration.

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A Sales Enablement Game Plan for Marketers

Competitive marketers know how every step they take impacts sales.  They combine boldness with shrewd analysis to win deals and keep customers happy. As sales enablement becomes increasingly vital to their company’s success, these same marketers are again expanding their comfort zone to drive greater top-line impact.  Today we’ll share how and why.  

A larger role awaits

Marketers face daily decisions on the style of offense they’ll play and how long they’ll play it.  Too often, the hyperactivity of a product launch, announcement, or campaign gives way to pursuit of the next new thing.  Ideas and supporting assets are defended rather than fine-tuned and sales teams are given less than optimal support.  By abandoning the offensive too early, many marketing teams shortchange the revenue growth they originally set out to achieve.    

Our recommendation: stay in the game.  

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Marketing and Sales: Connecting the Dots Between Perception and Reality

Sales and marketing often hold different worldviews.  Left unreconciled, they can flatten innovative ideas and the career-making opportunities that accompany them.  Today we’re investing a few minutes in how to identify differences between perception and reality, and use the results as a launchpad for revenue growth.   

The Other Side of the Lens

At one point or another, we’ve all perceived a sales and marketing reality that didn’t exist.  We anticipated a behavior that fell short or an opportunity that didn’t materialize.  In the final analysis, chances are you, too, vowed it would not happen again.  This is about minimizing the probability it will.  Continue reading article ›

Connecting Your Sales Process to the Buyer’s Journey

connecting the sales process to the buyer's journey

Road trips are a great way to get to know someone. They reveal compatibilities, interests, and perspectives on everything from the best route to worthwhile stops. These rites of passage are similar to shared expeditions of buyers and sellers. Both require clear understanding of the ultimate destination, open communication, and eagerness to engage.

Still, buyers and sellers are different. On one side, there are needs to fulfill and benefits to derive; on the other, revenue goals and customer satisfaction. What is a journey for buyers is a process for sellers. Successful sales and marketing teams manage both paths to mutual advantage while accelerating the results they care about most.

From Then to Now

We hear many stories about how the buyer’s journey is changing — how it’s becoming more fluid and dynamic, and how buyers have more control than ever before. All true. What’s not true, but remains broadly perceived, is that the journey is now a random walk, and that buyers are less likely to follow a well-worn trail and more apt to advance from one stage to another with little predictability. High-performing sellers know better. Today, we’ll share how they remain proactive — and how sales enablement helps establish strong links between the sales process and the buyer’s journey. Continue reading article ›

Transform Your Business: Best Practices in Sales Enablement Volume 3

There’s an art and a science to driving sales performance.  The best sales enablement pros know the difference and how to employ both to their advantage.  By using best practices, they’re able to make a bigger impact on sales and marketing than ever before.

Today we’re launching the third and final volume of our best practices guides.  Like others in the series, Best Practices in Sales Enablement Volume 3: Transform Your Business showcases leading techniques for positioning and optimizing sales enablement investments.  It shares high-level concepts and proven real-world experiences, all while looking ahead to what’s next. Continue reading article ›

Managing Your Content: Sales Enablement as Editor-in-Chief

High-performing sales teams have one characteristic in common: active leadership.  With it, the most relevant content for every sales stage reaches its intended target.  Without it, the same content goes underutilized, leaving teams on the wrong side of their prime opportunities. Today we’ll describe how best-in-class companies lead by positioning sales enablement as editor-in-chief.  The benefits: sales content that is easier to find, more consistent in quality, and tightly aligned with business goals.  

As highlighted in our recently released Best Practices in Sales Enablement, Volume 2: Put Your Sales Content to Work, content mapping and validation are two of the most important steps in deploying a sales enablement platform.  Both activities require an editor’s eye and intuition, as well as the decisiveness to highlight what’s most important and remove what’s not.  Continue reading article ›

Want Your Sales Team to Crush Quota? Remove Information Overload

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Recently, CEB posted about a little-discussed correlation in selling organizations — the more burdened a sales team (in terms of content, disparate tools, complex internal processes), the lower their sales conversion rate.

As it turns out, more isn’t always more. According to research, the more we overload sales teams with content, tools, and processes, the worse they have a tendency to perform. CEB reports that 62% of perceived seller burden can be attributed to overly complex internal processes and procedures. In other words, the majority of sellers attribute their job frustrations to their own sales (and marketing) organizations.

Odds are that I don’t have to sell you on this correlation. We ask today’s sales reps to do a lot, and by weighing them down with more, more, more, we restrict them from delivering more of what they really need: sales.

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