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5 Fast Ways for Sales Enablement Leaders to Modernize for 2018

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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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New Sales Readiness Capabilities with Highspot + MindTickle

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Highspot and MindTickle have partnered to deliver a state-of-the-art solution for sales enablement and readiness. By combining the best of MindTickle’s sales onboarding and coaching with Highspot’s end-to-end sales enablement platform, this integration provides easy access to MindTickle training in context of sales assets from Highspot, when and where reps need it.

As MindTickle puts it, they aim to “empower your reps with the knowledge and skills to win.” At Highspot, we share a similar mindset. We’re passionate about helping reps win by having the right content for every conversation and the analytics to know what’s working and what’s not.

That’s why we are excited about this latest integration that further extends the end-to-end enablement capabilities of Highspot, so customers can achieve new levels of success.

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LearnCore + Highspot Integration to Provide Access to Content, Coaching, and In-Context Learning

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According to Mark Lindwall of Forrester: “The onus is on sales leaders, sales trainers, and other sales enablement professionals with responsibility for training the sales force, to revamp current development practices and realign salespeople to their buyers’ needs so that buyers experience more valuable conversations that make it easier to buy.”

That’s why we’re excited to announce our new partnership with LearnCore, the innovative video coaching and learning solution for sales and customer success teams. Through this integration, we’ll work together to focus on helping sales teams better leverage their training within the context of their content and daily sales activities. By combining LearnCore’s innovative approach to sales rep learning, testing, certification, and coaching with the power of Highspot’s sales enablement platform, the integration provides reps with one-stop access to the tools they rely upon for effective customer conversations.

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Old School Meets New School — How Top-Performing Sales Organizations Onboard New Reps

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Classroom training.

Those two words can make even the most seasoned professionals cringe. After all, by the time we’re entrenched in the business world, we think we’ve long since left the classroom behind.

But the fact remains that there is still a place for classroom environments in some business scenarios — and immersive sales training is one of those areas. In fact, SiriusDecisions recently released its State of Onboarding 2017, and 73% of top-performing (and even 73% of less-than top performing) organizations still rely on classroom training to onboard new sales reps.

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Highspot and Brainshark: A New Standard in Sales Enablement

Ask any sales leader to point out the difference between success and failure. Chances are, they’ll mention content and training before you can count to three.    

Just as a good plan is only as useful as a team’s ability to execute it, so too an optimal sales enablement platform is a direct reflection of how it delivers the full range of what users need.  The partnership between Highspot and Brainshark is built upon this premise.  

Starting today, customers of both companies have seamless access to the features that make each unique.  For Highspot customers, the power of Brainshark’s sales training solution is now available within the Highspot user experience.  For Brainshark customers, the content authoring, training, and coaching they rely upon may now be accessed via Highspot’s industry-leading sales content management, customer engagement, and analytics platform.  It’s a partnership that rewrites the scope of modern sales enablement capabilities and helps sales teams overcome their most daunting effectiveness challenges.       Continue reading article ›

Make This Your Best Sales Kickoff Ever — 5 Areas of Focus

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As we’ve all settled back into life the first few weeks of 2017, there have been plenty of water cooler conversations about holidays, trips, and new year’s resolutions around the halls of Highspot. We’ve also talked a lot about what we learned in 2016 and how we plan to apply those learnings in 2017.

Sales Kickoff (SKO) is often one of the best places to put together a structured plan for applying new learnings. By planning ahead for what your reps truly need to succeed after SKO, you can have your best sales year ever.

Put a little focus on these five areas, and you’re bound to see long-term success from this year’s efforts.

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Sales Training Content Management with Highspot

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Olympic athletes and leading sales reps know the value of training. They invest in it heart and soul. Today, we’ll share how Highspot is helping reps outperform the competition with training options mapped to the unique demands of your business.

In a recent survey of more than 400 B2B sales reps, marketers, and sales enablement leaders, improving training was cited by over 60% as among the top five categories positively impacted by sales enablement. Sharing best practices was of nearly equal importance and just behind easy access to content and increased efficiency. This is in line with research from Aberdeen Group indicating that 54% of best-in-class sales leaders support standard sales training with additional sales education activities.

Customer conversations indicate the importance of sales training will only increase, and with it the need to dramatically improve how training gets done today.

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