March, 2024

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15 Best Books Every Key Account Manager Should Read

Account Manager Tips

Unlock the secrets of key account management with must-read books that reveal how to master every challenge. To be the best, you have to learn from the best.

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What do you do when your boss is a micro-managing control freak?

Red Star Kim

Sadly, this topic still comes up occasionally during training workshops. Many people have suffered at the hands of a line manager who wants to know in detail what is happening and to control everything. It can be frustrating and disempowering. But there are potentially several reasons for this behaviour – some to do with your manager, and some to do with you.

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Zendesk + Ultimate: Setting a new standard of service with AI agents

Zendesk

Zendesk announced today that it will acquire Ultimate, an industry-leading provider of service automation, to deliver the most complete AI offering for customer experience (CX) in the market. The latest CX Trends data shows that unprecedented demand for AI is driving up the speed and frequency of customer engagement. In this new era of AI-powered CX, AI agents can push beyond traditional bot capabilities to help brands transform service into a competitive advantage.

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Why Are Media Sales Managers Lacking Superstars? With Beth Sunshine

The Center for Sales Strategy

In this episode, we’re once again consulting the latest Media Sales Report by The Center for Sales Strategy. Today, we’re asking the question, “Why are so many media sales managers lacking superstar talent?” Joining Matt to answer that question and more is the amazing Beth Sunshine, SVP/Talent Services here at CSS and the head of Up Your Culture, a division of CSS focusing on company culture and employee engagement.

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2024, The Year of the Customer

2023's struggles fueled a shift: companies are ditching wasteful strategies in favor of data and AI-powered growth. Enter 2024, the year GTC takes center stage. Discover 5 ways a customer-centric approach unlocks new revenue and delivers lasting success.

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The Definitive Guide to Client Onboarding and Positive Customer Experiences

Nutshell

Regardless of your business type or industry, a well-thought-out and structured client onboarding process is the secret to long-term customer retention. It’s where the rubber meets the road, and the initial relationship you’ve built with your customer before their purchase is put to the test. You may think that your welcome and monthly check-in emails are enough to keep your clients satisfied.

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Here’s What a Successful Talent Initiative Looks Like

SBI Growth

If you have been following our podcast and latest blogs, you would have heard many of our experts talk about how talent initiatives are the quickest way to drive growth. This is a particularly good strategy to turn to in situations where a company needs fast returns and cannot afford to wait for longer-term strategies to take effect—for example, with companies that need to manage EBITDA or in companies that are struggling to meet the growth objectives set by their private equity owners.

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Improving Customer Loyalty Through Data Minimization

Customer Think

Despite living in an era data is heralded as the new currency, a counterintuitive movement is gaining momentum among forward-thinking marketers and CX professionals: data minimization.

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5 Ways Sales Professionals Can Leverage Async Video to Crush Quota, According to Loom's VP of Revenue

Hubspot Sales

Time is money, and that’s doubly true when you work with customers. For the last six years, I’ve been an avid user and champion of using async video in my day-to-day as a seller — well before joining Loom to lead its Sales and Customer Success teams. I’ve seen the benefit of async video messages to close deals and build prospect relationships as both a quota-carrying seller and a sales team leader.

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Nurturing a Positive Sales Leader-Salesperson Dynamic

The Center for Sales Strategy

Think for a minute about the very best leader you ever had. Then, think about the worst. Likely, you have definite feelings on both. How did you feel when you moved on from the job with that very best leader? You probably had second thoughts and wondered if you could have made that position work for you despite changing circumstances. What about that worst manager?

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Building the experiences your customers actually want—with Bitly’s Brad Harris

Zendesk

Bitly’s links and QR codes may be everywhere, but chances are you’ll find the company’s Global Head of Customer Support, in one of two places: running support experiments from his home office or collaborating with other leaders in his favorite community group, Zendesk for Startups. “That’s kind of the first place I go to when I’m saying, ‘hey guys, I’m going to test out turning off our chatbot for a bit,’” he said.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Leaders: Here’s Why Your Sellers Are Underperforming

SBI Growth

CEOs want to retain the playmakers and managers that have proven themselves in the past. But for many companies, their talent may now be holding them back. It goes beyond tech augmentations and enablement, it is the fundamental hiring framework that is flawed. How has sales evolved from the past, and what should leaders look for when finding new talent?

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Thrive in the Downturn: Essential Key Account Growth Strategies

Account Manager Tips

Discover how to achieve exceptional account growth with proven strategies, even in economic downturns. Transform challenges into opportunities.

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Five Ways Customer Advisory Boards Drive Customer-Led Growth Initiatives

Customer Think

In talking to fellow customer marketers at the recent CustomerXCon 2023 conference held in Boston, it became clear that our charters and roles as marketers continue to evolve and change.

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5 Pieces of Advice Every Sales Leader Needs to See in 2024, According to Modern Sales Leader 25 Winners

Hubspot Sales

Welcome to “The Pipeline” — a weekly column from HubSpot, featuring actionable advice and insight from real sales leaders. This week‘s post comes from five winners of HubSpot’s Modern Sales Leader 25 award. Recently, HubSpot presented the inaugural Modern Sales Leader 25 award — a distinction recognizing 25 sales and revenue pioneers, working at the forefront of their fields.

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1st, 2nd, and 3rd Party Intent Data: Which Is Right for You?

How do 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party intent data compare? 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party data each have specific advantages and disadvantages. It comes down to four factors: accuracy, cost, control and quantity. This infographic explains the pros and cons of each and helps you understand which one is best for meeting your business objectives. Intent data can be a great way to fill your pipeline and close more deals.

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The Manager’s Journey:  Navigating the Path to Professional Growth

The Center for Sales Strategy

Navigating the path to professional growth requires a mix of thoughtfulness, strategy, and accountability. Your growth is dependent on many things in life – your natural talents, the right career choice, the right leadership to support you, and your ability to create a growth plan for yourself. With today’s vibrant and competitive landscape, the role of a manager grows more challenging every day.

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Maximizing Sales Potential: A Roadmap to Your Ideal Sales Enablement Software

Revegy

In today’s competitive business landscape, optimizing sales processes is essential for driving revenue and sustaining success. Sales enablement software offers a strategic advantage by empowering businesses to streamline operations, track performance, and make data-driven decisions. However, with a myriad of options available, finding the right solution can be daunting.

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Navigating the New Sales Landscape: Strategies for Accelerating Your Sales Cycle

SBI Growth

In today's dynamic commercial environment, accelerating the sales cycle is not just a goal but a necessity for thriving in a competitive market. The landscape has evolved, with buying behaviors becoming increasingly conservative and consensus requirements reaching new heights. The challenge? Many sellers find themselves poorly equipped to navigate these changes effectively.

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24 Sales Tips to Refine Your Skillset

RAIN Group

Selling is about the whole experience from the first conversation to signing on the dotted line. One wrong move or poor interaction can drive buyers away. The best sellers strive to deliver value in each interaction, leaving the buyer wanting more and turning to them for advice. What’s more, the best sellers tend to have strong skills across the sale cycle.

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How to Leverage Intent Data for Better Outcomes

Speaker: Susan Spencer, Principal of Spencer Communications

Intent signal data can go a long way toward shortening sales cycles and closing more deals. The challenge is deciding which is the best type of intent data to help your company meet its sales and marketing goals. In this webinar, Susan Spencer, fractional CMO and principal of Spencer Communications, will unpack the differences between contact-level and company-level intent signals.

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24 Ways 2024 Customer Experience is Smarter: CX = EX (Part 3 of 4)

Customer Think

Employee experience (EX) goes hand-in-hand with customer experience (CX). It’s like the chicken and the egg: which comes first? Neither. Both rely upon one another for existence. EX and CX are immature fields of practice. That’s true in every industry and nation.

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4 Powerful Pricing Tactics That Have Nothing to Do With Discounts, According to Yocale's CEO

Hubspot Sales

Welcome to “The Pipeline” — a weekly column from HubSpot, featuring actionable insight from real sales leaders. This week's installment comes from Arash Asli, CEO of Yocale. Want more “Pipeline” Content? Subscribe to our newsletter. Research shows there is a weapon you can use to increase your sales performance — a sales strategy that's effective no matter where you work or what you sell.

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Unleashing the Superstar Potential: Bridging the Gap in Sales Teams

The Center for Sales Strategy

The word “superstar” has a wide range of meanings for all of us. It might bring to mind a famous athlete or celebrity or someone we consider at the top of their game and well-known for their track record of success. But if there is one common thing every organization needs for success, it’s to have at least one sales superstar on their team. These are the sales stars who not only meet targets but also exceed them.

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4 Questions Worth Asking on International Women’s Day

Planview

Nearly 115 years ago, Clara Zetkin set a vision: that every country, every year, would celebrate women on the same day. The group that Zetkin rallied in Copenhagen then — about 100 passionate women from 17 countries — has grown exponentially. In fact, International Women’s Day (IWD) is now an official holiday in more than 25 countries, with thousands of marches, debates, concerts, and talks taking place each year.

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The 2023 Supply Chain Crystal Ball: Challenges and Solutions

Speaker: Olivia Montgomery, Associate Principal Supply Chain Analyst

Curious to know how your peers are navigating ongoing disruption? The supply chain management techniques that dominated the last 30 years are no longer supporting consumer behavior or logistics and manufacturing capabilities. So what’s working now? What should your plans for 2023 include? By researching the supply chain challenges and solutions that businesses – especially small and midsize businesses – are currently experiencing, we’ve learned what’s working and what’s not.

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Former PepsiCo COO Grace Puma And Former Nike President Of Consumer Direct Christiana Smith Shi

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

What factors are really holding women back from moving forward in their careers? More importantly, what can you do about it if you find yourself in that position? We talk about all these things and more with our high-caliber guests who promise to deliver nothing but goodness. PepsiCo COO Grace Puma and former Nike President of Consumer Direct Christiana Smith Shi are the authors of the book, Career Forward: Strategies from Women Who’ve Made It.

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Stop Selling: How Business Conversations Improve Value Across the Buyer Journey

Force Management

If you’re leading an organization that’s selling a solution, whether in an established market or a new vertical, you’re competing for your buyers’ attention. The competition is high – we are all faced with hundreds of sales messages each day. Successful sales organizations know how to consistently rise above the noise and command greater market share.

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QuickBooks or a CRM? Why SMBs need to consider both

Customer Think

Integrating a customer relationship management (CRM) system with QuickBooks, an accounting solution, can greatly benefit small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The integration can provide a centralized platform to manage customer relationships and sales processes, track expenses and generate financial reports.

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8 of the Most Difficult Types of Prospects (& How to Deal With Them), According to Real Sales Leaders

Hubspot Sales

Welcome to " The Pipeline" — a weekly column from HubSpot, featuring actionable advice from real sales leaders. Want more content like this? Subscribe to our newsletter! Are you ready for a shocking, next-level revelation that's going to turn your world upside down? Here it is: Prospects aren't always easy to deal with. Boom! That's the kind of astute, game-changing insight you can only find here at The Pipeline , baby.

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The Truth About Sales Agility: Separating Fact From Fiction

Speaker: Michelle Vazzana

Every sales organization wants their sales force to be agile. Why? Because the world is rapidly changing, becoming more complex, and making the salesperson’s job harder. Organizational leaders are unsure of the best way to equip sellers to succeed in this new reality. Should they change their sales methodology? Should they adopt better technology tools?

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Renewal Realities: Navigating the Challenges of Client Retention

The Center for Sales Strategy

The 5th Annual Media Sales Report asked salespeople where their jobs are getting easier and where they are harder. 31% of salespeople responded that renewing clients is more challenging than ever before. It's indeed crucial to recognize the evolving dynamics of client renewals in today's market landscape. With the increasing options available to clients, retaining them has become more challenging and important than ever before.

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How to Align Sales and Marketing to Close More Deals

Revegy

According to John Arnold, Principal Analyst at Forrester, technology and business decision-makers in sales are almost twice as likely as their marketing counterparts to say that marketing teams work independently of other internal functions. Furthermore, a mere 10% of sales and marketing leaders report that their sales reps receive high-quality leads.

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Explore the Top 5 Advantages of Incorporating OKRs into Strategy Planning

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Incorporating OKRs in strategy planning provides an effective framework that drives growth, aligns your goals, and tracks your progress.

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Creating Connectedness in a Hybrid Environment

MDI Training

Creating Connectedness in a Hybrid Environment Prefer to listen to the article? Click below to access our AI speech-generated audio. However, if you want to read it as usual, keep scrolling. Creating Connectedness in a Hybrid Environment In his new Rise Course, our trainer and partner Peter Grabuschnig shares all his knowledge on Hybrid Leadership. It offers a reflective look at your leadership behavior in times of new work, work location, and increasing flexibility.

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Negotiate Larger Deals More Quickly

What if there was a better method of changing the conversation with your customer from delivering pricing to delivering value solutions? A method that would help keep you in control, manage the uncertainty, and close larger deals more quickly for you and your company? There is.