business development

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16 Jul: Featured Partner Interview: SalesLevers’ Richard Higham on the Future of Sales

When SalesLevers’ founders Richard Higham, Martin Allison and Alan Timothy, set out to build their U.K.-based sales performance consultancy in 2017, they came from diverse backgrounds. But they all agreed on one thing: the world of sales was changing.

“We see four drivers of sales change,” Higham said. “Today’s sales teams have to sell in what we call a ‘VUCA’ world, where volatility, complexity and ambiguity interact. They’ve got to generate growth in low-growth economies. They’ve got to deal with buyers who are changing significantly in the way that they want to do business. And finally, there’s a whole…

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04 Jul: Selling Into Vertical Industry Sectors

Are you considering selling into vertical industry sectors? Not sure it’s a good fit for your organization? Read on for my take on why organizations should adopt a vertical “go to market” strategy, and how to get started.

1. Customers like it

Every industry thinks they are unique! Buying behaviours throughout the value chain make vertical markets more important. Clients expect their suppliers to work in vertical markets because they have to work in vertical markets themselves.

2. Build on your strengths

You will probably be focussing on vertical markets where you already have a success story. Focus should allow…

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02 Jul: How To Improve Firm-Wide Collaboration Using Enterprise Relationship Management Technology

As technology’s evolution accelerates, the pace of productivity speeds up and clients’ service expectations rise accordingly.

For professional services firms, an increase in clients who require cross-practice, cross-expertise and cross-border work demands an increase in collaboration, which is often at odds with the sectors traditionally relationship-protective partners and consultants.  

However, in today’s competitive environment, improved collaboration is key to profitable growth. Heidi Gardner’s in-depth look at the state of professional services collaboration makes it clear that everyone involved in deeper collaboration benefits. Firms who collaborate more effectively gain a competitive edge, resulting in increased revenues, profitability and improved client…

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25 Jun: How to Topple Accounting’s Top 3 Barriers to CRM Success

CRM software is now the biggest software market in the world and for good reason. CRM success can pay out huge dividends.

Increased tech stack adoption, more targeted marketing, strengthened client and prospect ties, increased cross-selling and even revenue growth are all some of the potential payouts.

But, as I recently shared with Accounting Today, three common challenges stand between many firms and their CRM success stories.

Read on to find out how your firm can use new, integrative technology to overcome these barriers and reach CRM nirvana.

1. Accounting is a reactive industry

Core services lines (like…

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20 Jun: The 10 Cs of Sales Training

Sales training strategy is a vital component of managing a sales team. Here are 10 things to think about as you look at the way your salespeople learn and develop.

Sales Training Strategy Cs: 10 Focus Areas

Challenge: What’s the goal? Be clear about the objective. “Increase market share by 10 percent in a flat market”, “Generate 50 percent of revenue from our top 10 percent of accounts”. “Failure only comes when we forget our ideals, objectives and principles”. Agree what success looks like before going ahead with training.

Clarify: It is essential to have a clear and accurate picture of the…

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18 Jun: Case Study: How to Streamline Data Quality Management in CRM, Eliminate Time-Consuming Manual Data Entry

 

The success of Atlanta-based firm Frazier & Deeter is a case study in the art of the possible when it comes to the power of using artificial intelligence and data automation to streamline data quality management and revenue-generating activities. Read on to learn more.

Frazier & Deeter Seek to Automate Marketing Data Administration

When Frazier & Deeter first turned to Introhive’s relationship intelligence and data automation platform, they were looking for help easing manual marketing processes. Thanks to the platform, the firm not only succeeded in that endeavor but also revealed growth-driving relationship insights.

In fact, the Introhive…

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11 Jun: What’s your digital age competitive advantage?

My answer to that question is that it still lies in the human element, away from algorithms, code, dashboards and data.

Technology has come a long way in the last decade. Its exponential progression has made leaps and bounds in solving business problems across the globe. It’s made businesses leaner, more efficient and armed them with more data than ever before.

Still, every company has access to the same technology, talent, algorithms, media outlets, marketing platforms and prospect lists. So, how do you differentiate? And where can you gain a competitive advantage?

The fact is, people still…

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06 Jun: Five Keys to Cross-Selling Success

Cross-selling success can be one of the keys to organic growth. It can generate sustainable, recurring income, strengthen customer relationships and add value to stakeholders.

But cross-selling can also do immeasurable damage to a business, its relationships and reputation. In my recent post, “Cross-Selling at Cross Purposes,” I looked at how and why cross-selling can go wrong. Here I examine five aspects of cross-selling that I have seen help make it work.

Five focus areas for cross-selling success:

1.    Customer Centricity – It needs to be right for the customer.

2.    Trust – Colleagues need to trust each other to do the…

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04 Jun: Case Study: How to Automate Revenue-Driving Activities, Increase CRM ROI

Like many organizations today, accounting firm Kaufman Rossin wanted to further enhance client experience management across their accounting, tax and consulting service practices by increasing adoption of their customer relationship management (CRM) system. And, at the same time, they didn’t want to add administrative workload to their professionals’ full schedules.

To boost adoption without overburdening their teams, Kaufman Rossin turned to Introhive’s relationship intelligence and data automation platform. But what they ultimately discovered was much more.

Indeed, the platform enabled the firm to:

Increase CRM adoption Visualize client engagement and growth trends Automate intelligent lead generation for business…

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28 May: Break Through the Five Barriers to Insurance Brokerage Success with Enterprise Relationship Management

The climate within the insurance brokerage business is undergoing a significant transformation. And those who don’t evolve risk being left behind. Experts predict that brokers at the forefront of technology will have the greatest success, and I am inclined to agree.

Read on to learn more about today’s top five barriers between insurance brokerages and success in this shifting marketplace. And find out how a new wave of innovative technology, enterprise relationship management (ERM), can help your firm break through.

1. Speed of technological change, digital disruption

Machine learning and artificial intelligence, once science fiction, are now today’s in-demand…