The Marketing and Sales Benefits of Marketing Automation

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Is Marketing Automation for Sales or Marketing?

According to CSO Insights, companies with mature lead generation and management practices have a 9.3% higher sales quota achievement rate. This is where sales automation platforms like our sponsors at Salesvue have had a dramatic impact on improving both reporting and efficiency of teams utilizing Salesforce – providing a prospecting to pipeline automation solution. It’s not just sales automation that’s assisting sales representatives become more … Continue reading

How You Can Increase Sales Connections by 40%

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How to Increase Sales Connections by 40 percent

Whether you’re in marketing or sales, a core part of your job is to sell something. Marketing is tasked with selling ideas and the brand through intriguing content; sales is tasked with selling the actual product or service through strategic follow up, knowledge and charm. Either way, there is a creative process for both, which require patience and trial and error. Before we can get to the selling … Continue reading

This Single Aspect of Sales Could be Losing Your Company $4 Million Annually

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Cost of Failed Sales Manager

We tend to talk about sales by the revenue produced, but not by the losses when it’s not going well. Sales is a blood sport at most companies and there seems to be little patience nowadays for sales professionals to ramp up, build relationships, and convert customers. The sales manager even has the unenviable position of having to motivate and drive staff to meeting and … Continue reading

Optimizing the Path of Converting a Lead to a Customer

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There’s no shortage of companies that need assistance with customer conversion. We’re all extremely busy and we’ve always been great at developing great products and services, but often fall short on providing a smooth path for a lead to be come a customer. Marketing technology provides the tools to bridge that gap and nurture those leads efficiently. In this infographic from ReachLocal, you’ll take a … Continue reading

The Surprising Science Behind Influence and Persuasion

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I’ve been vocal about my disdain on the latest panacea of how influence marketing is being sold online. While I believe influencers have great reach and some influence, I don’t believe that they have the power of persuasion independent of other factors. Influence marketing still requires a strategy beyond throwing some tickets at an influencer or getting a retweet. According to Dr. Robert B. Cialdini, … Continue reading

Tips to Writing Whitepapers that Drive Sales

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Each week, I download whitepapers and read them. Ultimately, the power of a whitepaper is measured, not in the number of downloads, but the subsequent revenue you’ve attained from publishing it. Some whitepapers are better than others and I wanted to share my opinions of what I believe makes a great whitepaper. The whitepaper answers a complex issue with details and supporting data. I see … Continue reading

You’re Missing 3 out of 5 Elements on Making an Impression

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The 5 Senses

I was in attendance for the launch party of Ex. Ex. Midwest, a print-only publication about the food culture of the Midwest. As I spoke to the team who created, there was incredible pride in both the content, the art and the finished product. The magazine was solid and you could feel the quality of the paper, smell the fresh print, and almost taste the … Continue reading

The Playbook for B2B Online Marketing

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This is a fantastic infographic on the strategies deployed by just about every successful business-to-business online strategy. As we work with our customers, this is fairly close to the overall look and feel of our engagements. Simply doing B2B online marketing is not going to maximize success and your website isn’t going to just magically generate new business because it’s there and it looks good. … Continue reading