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Sales Enablement Society: April Meeting Recap—The Calm in the Chaos

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The second Sales Enablement Society Seattle meet up took place in probably the coolest building in downtown—at least for a history fanatic like me—The Smith Tower. Built in 1914, it was considered the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Stepping into the antique—serviced—elevators was like going back a century in time to the “good old days.”

As I walked into the meet-up, my first observation was that our newly-appointed Chapter President, Chuck Marcouiller, had the words “Chaos Imperative” scrawled across the whiteboard. Continue reading article ›

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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Sales Enablement Society: First Inaugural Seattle Chapter Meet-Up Recap

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Did we tell attendees what to expect? No.

The meet-up description was rather vague, simply a promise that it wouldn’t turn into a “vendor” discussion. Frankly, we had our brand value to hold up, so we wanted to ensure that our first inaugural Seattle Sales Enablement Society meet-up was truly centered around the core mission of the society: To elevate the sales enablement profession.Continue reading article ›

Sales Enablement: Best Practices for Best Practices

When asked to share the secret of their sales enablement success, most high achievers answer similarly: position your team to make the most of every conversation.  And the surefire way to accomplish this?  Know the difference between what works and everything else.  A dedicated approach to best practices is a great place to start. 

Learning and Doing

At many companies, identifying and sharing best practices is a learned skill.  One reason is that specific strategies and tactics that may have outperformed in one environment aren’t always neatly transferable.  Another is that cross-team alignment and expectations can vary dramatically.  Today we’ll illustrate how sales enablement leaders can set themselves up for success by leveraging the power of best practices.  Continue reading article ›

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 ›

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 ›

First Annual Sales Enablement Stars

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Recently, we put out a call for nominations for a program launched just this year to recognize stand-out members of the sales enablement community. Interest was over-the-top, and I’m excited to share the details on our very first Sales Enablement Stars!

Still a relatively new field, no two organizations define it the same way, but one thing is certain—sales enablement is critical to sales success. With the sales cycle becoming increasingly complex, it’s up to sales enablement pros to bring together sales and marketing to help drive more effective customer engagements. It’s a challenging role that requires process management, people skills, creative thinking, and an understanding of current technology. It can also be a thankless job, and we wanted to do something to change that.Continue reading article ›

Sales Reps Love Highspot

At Highspot, we take pride in customer feedback.  It’s our version of candy hearts in mid-February.  Today we’re especially grateful for the Love shown by our customers.  We wouldn’t be the sales enablement industry’s leading platform without it.  

Every sales rep knows the difference between Like and Love.  Like is nice.  It’s optimistic, an opportunity in the making.  Love, on the other hand, is essential.  Lyrically speaking, “All you need is Like” won’t start any sing-alongs.  And business-wise, no customer ever selected a product they Like over an alternative they Love.  Continue reading article ›

New Research by Highspot and Heinz Marketing: State of Sales Enablement 2017

Sales enablement is giving businesses the competitive edge they need.  As illustrated in this year’s State of Sales Enablement Report, critical performance advantages have emerged at companies investing in this high-growth category.

Fundamental sales enablement strategies and tactics are now in place among a broad cross-section of companies.  From smaller sales teams just getting started to larger and more complex organizations, sales enablement has become a strategic commitment with significant upside.  Continue reading article ›

Connecting Your 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.  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 ›