sales intelligence

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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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30 Apr: 3 Ways AEC Firms Can Improve Sales and Marketing Alignment

As the unrelenting wave of digital transformation washes over nearly every business, the movement has finally reached the notoriously traditional architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry and its customers, as well.

At the same time, the growth of omni-channel and transmedia marketing engagement strategies further complicate how marketing and sales teams nurture and engage customers through a journey to purchase.

The former aims to provide a seamless customer experience, regardless of channel or device or stage of maturity. While the latter is all about storytelling that “transports” a customer into a brand’s world, to forge a personal connection…

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23 Apr: Beyond Physicians: Growing Pharma Sales Using Relationship Maps

Times are changing for the U.S. pharmaceutical sales market. Companies and sales teams are challenged with the controversy of the opioid epidemic and the advancement of marijuana legalization. And while a big chunk (42 percent) of sales continue to go through doctors’ offices, the on-the-rise areas of focus are government agencies, managed-care organizations and the patients themselves.

This change in prospect focus is top of mind for executives, with one survey even rating their concern with the shift ahead of new product development.

Branching out into new sales areas means seeking out and building new connections with an…

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30 Nov: Dreamforce 2017: 5 Key Takeaways and Lessons From the Trail

Dreamforce 2017 was all about blazing trails. With a theme that focuses on innovative change, many industry leaders shared their trailblazing advice at Salesforce’s big annual conference. Our own favorites ranged from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff’s keynote covering IoT, AI, and the customer experience to sessions tackling data security and account based selling.

If you didn’t have the chance to attend this year, don’t worry. While we weren’t able to attend all 3,200 sessions, we still learned many valuable lessons from this year’s speakers, panels, and events. Check out our favorite takeaways from the trail down below.

1. Prepare for…

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08 Aug: Is CRM Automation the Missing Link in Your Marketing and Business Development Departments?

Sophisticated organizations call upon both marketing automation and CRM systems to power their marketing, business development, and sales efforts. However, many organizations overlook an easy way to amplify the impact of these technologies. Read on to understand how CRM automation serves as the linchpin of modern B2B marketing and business development departments.

What is CRM Automation?

As the name implies, marketing automation is designed for use by marketers. Customer relationship management (CRM), on the other hand, is usually the system of record for sales teams. In most organizations, it’s used to capture and manage an organization’s information about prospects and…

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07 Dec: 4 Statistics that Show Why We Must Bridge the Gap between Collecting Customer Data & Actually Using It

I have a challenge for you: Ask your sales or business development professionals how many sales they’ve won because of your CRM system.

Chances are, if you’re like most organizations, you’re going to hear crickets or maybe even spy the slightest eye roll.

We base our hypothesis on a study by CSO Insights. They report that more organizations than ever have CRM systems. In fact, it’s almost ubiquitous considering 80% of the more than 1,000 companies they surveyed have a CRM solution. But only a third have adoption rates of at least 90%, this is almost a 10% drop…

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07 Dec: 4 Statistics that Show Why We Must Bridge the Gap between Collecting Customer Data & Actually Using It

I have a challenge for you: Ask your sales or business development professionals how many sales they’ve won because of your CRM system.

Chances are, if you’re like most organizations, you’re going to hear crickets or maybe even spy the slightest eye roll.

We base our hypothesis on a study by CSO Insights. They report that more organizations than ever have CRM systems. In fact, it’s almost ubiquitous considering 80% of the more than 1,000 companies they surveyed have a CRM solution. But only a third have adoption rates of at least 90%, this is almost a 10% drop…

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23 Nov: My Answer to 5 Common CRM Automation Questions

I get to spend a good amount of one-on-one time with clients, consultants and analysts in the legal, financial and professional services industries as part of my job. I say “get to” because I truly relish it – it’s a great opportunity to learn from people who shape their respective industries. From a selfish standpoint, this facetime helps to ensure Introhive is positioned to serve the future needs of our clients.

We discuss a wide variety of problems and solutions, but if there’s one recurring roadblock that prevents firms from making their “good to great” leap, it’s a lack of…

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22 Nov: Data Driven by Default [eBook]

Today’s sales and business development teams sport some scary stats:

67% of sales pros don’t hit their individual quotas More than half of all salespeople close at less than 40% Only 50% of salespeople feel like they can access key players

What’s a revenue producer to do when faced with stats like these?

Let’s use sales intelligence so we can laugh our way past quota (and keep laughing all the way to the bank). Click through the SlideShare below to learn how.

If clicking through slides isn’t your thing, and you’re more the scrolling type, here are a…