2021

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Axonius nabs $100M at a $1.2B valuation for its asset management cybersecurity platform

Openview

Remote work has become the norm for many businesses in the last year, and today a startup that has built a cybersecurity platform to help manage all the devices connecting to organizations’ wide-ranging networks — while also providing a way for those organizations to take advantage of all the best that the quite fragmented security market has to offer — is announcing a major round of funding and a big boost to its valuation after seeing its annual recurring revenues grow ten-fo

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How Managing Is Done Now

Engage Selling

Too many leaders today are still stuck in a “behind the desk” mindset. They fixate on managing data rather than on managing their relationships with people. That must change because now—more than ever—the quality of your outcomes in sales are … Read More » The post How Managing Is Done Now first appeared on The Sales Leader.

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Future of Machine Learning: Ways ML and AI Will Drive Innovation & Change

Customer Think

Did you know?? By 2022, the global ML market is expected to be worth $8.81 billion. It’s not a surprise that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are two of the top buzzwords in today’s technological world. But, how will the two technologies create innovation and change in the near future? Do you have […].

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56 Inspirational Women Leaders in Business to Connect With

Nimble Business Success

Happy International Women’s Day! March 8th is a globally celebrated day honoring the achievements of women across all industries and from all backgrounds. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. The History of International Women’s Day International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s; a time in which […].

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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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66 Sales Tips to Boost Your Success in 2022

RAIN Group

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a silver bullet that would make you more successful in your sales efforts? Or if there was one thing you could do to really boost your sales results? Here’s the bad news: there’s no silver bullet. Sales success takes hard work and commitment, along with skill and savvy. There’s no shortcut to success.

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Why You Don’t Need an AI Support Chatbot

Help Scout

Artificial intelligence (AI) shows incredible promise in 2021, but the experience of interacting with an AI chatbot is more like talking to a distracted toddler than it is to Tony Stark’s Jarvis. Still, using AI chatbots for customer service makes plenty of sense. Perhaps you’ve read about recent AI breakthroughs, seen a compelling demo, or heard that your competition is installing an AI system.

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Get on the Bus | Why Psychological Safety is vital to building trust

EcSell Institute

Tough road loss. Frustrated coach. After the game, outside the team bus, he stands with the other coaches and “talks smack” about his players behind their backs. The players overhear. And just like that, their psychological safety is gone. Coaches can lose the confidence and trust of their players faster than a toupee in a hurricane. And once those crucial coach-player components go away, it’s like running against the wind to get them back.

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Social Media Tips to Drive Sales for Small Businesses

Strategic Communications

Social media has become a very cost-effective way to connect with, and influence, various audiences including customers and potential customers. In fact, over the years, we have come to rely less on more traditional forms of marketing communications (e.g., print or broadcast advertising, direct mail, etc.) and more on digital channels of communication, like social media.

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Cross-Selling and Upselling: The Ultimate Guide

Hubspot Sales

A customer's revenue potential doesn't immediately end at the point of sale. There's a wealth of opportunity for more business beyond each initial purchase — and practices known as cross-selling and upselling can help you tap into it. Here, we'll take a closer look at cross-selling and upselling, go over the difference between the two, take a look at how to do both, and see some examples of what they look like in practice.

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9 Brilliantly Simple Continuous Quality Improvement Techniques

Kainexus

I often find myself falling into the common trap of believing that if something is worthwhile, it is necessarily difficult. I think we all expect that valuable things are hard. The truth is, however, that sometimes the most effective and impactful things we can do are really quite simple. When it comes to continuous quality improvement, this is absolutely the case.

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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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How Atlanta’s Calendly turned a scheduling nightmare into a $3B startup

Openview

The post How Atlanta’s Calendly turned a scheduling nightmare into a $3B startup appeared first on OpenView.

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Understanding Your Customer

Engage Selling

Is your sales team taking the time to truly understand your customer? Sales, in one form or another, is as old as humanity itself. People have been exchanging goods or purchasing services since the dawn of civilization. And while sales … Read More » The post Understanding Your Customer first appeared on The Sales Leader.

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5 Best Uses for Artificial Intelligence in B2B Sales in 2022

Customer Think

Seventy-five percent of salespeople believe that they could not do their jobs as effectively without current technologies, according to our latest research. Technology is essential in a world that relies on it to evolve and enhance the way sales teams connect and follow up with leads. Now artificial intelligence (AI) has become a key piece […].

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5 Reasons Why Real Estate Agents Need a CRM

Nimble Business Success

CRM stands for “Customer Relationship Management” We like to emphasize the word Relationship as the abbreviation seems to make people run for their life. Think of CRM as a tool that stores information about your leads, clients, and other valuable real estate contacts. CRM can also be used to help you keep track of all […]. The post 5 Reasons Why Real Estate Agents Need a CRM appeared first on Nimble Blog.

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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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33 Tips to Look Professional in Your Virtual Meetings

RAIN Group

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to selling virtually. Projecting a professional image in your virtual meetings is an important (and often overlooked) factor to consider. With a little forethought and preparation, you can make a great first impression with your buyers. Read on for guidelines and tips specifically focused on projecting a professional image in your virtual sales.

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How to Build a Strong Customer Service Culture

Help Scout

Your customer service culture is not what your fancy “Customer Guarantee” promises, and it’s not whatever you say it is in your new employee handbook. For proof, compare this 2014 customer promise from Comcast — “We are committed to providing Comcast customers with a consistently superior customer experience” — to this recording from the same year. Your culture is the set of beliefs held by your employees about your company: who and what it is for, what it values, and how they act in response to

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Listening Well: The Key To Providing A Premier Customer Experience At Every Touch Point

Sandler Training

Remember the childhood game of whispering a phrase to someone and asking them to pass it on? By the time it reached the fourth or fifth person, the meaning of the original phrase was lost! Then, it amused us; in customer care, it can be costly. The post Listening Well: The Key To Providing A Premier Customer Experience At Every Touch Point appeared first on Sandler Training.

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Where Mental Health and Leadership Meet

EcSell Institute

Photo by Hattie Kingsley Photography. Uncertainty has been running rampant for quite some time, and leaders have likely watched their team members struggle with anxiety, burnout, depression and much more. There's no doubt that today's events are taking a toll on our mental health. In a study of global employees it found that the mental health of almost 42% of respondents had declined since the Covid outbreak began.

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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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From Guessing to Guided as Told in Memes

Xant

The consumer experience has changed significantly. When smartphones hit the scene, data was used to understand our behaviors and provide more relevant content, and we, as buyers, became more independent with endless information at our fingertips. Of course… the data isn’t always spot on. B2B buyers are completely digital and in control. Buyers are used to having the information and resources they need to build their own criteria.

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The 7 Key Qualities That Define the Entrepreneur Mindset

Hubspot Sales

Some salespeople are just built differently. They demonstrate exemplary tendencies and particularly productive tactics — reps that put another degree of effort and strategic thought into their day-to-day responsibilities. These model reps' approach to their work is shaped by something known as the entrepreneur mindset — a special frame of mind that separates certain salespeople from their peers.

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The Benefits of Using an X-Matrix for Strategy Deployment

Kainexus

Hoshin Kanri, sometimes called "strategy deployment", is an approach that helps companies achieve breakthrough goals over a three to five-year time horizon. The methodology is effective because it allows leaders to keep their eye on the long-term objectives that will change the game, without losing sight of the day-to-day improvements that can add up to significant benefits.

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Effective Tips for Powerful Insurance Social Media Marketing

ReviewTrackers

Insurance and Social Media. Social media marketing for insurance is experiencing major growth. According to a report by consultancy firm ITDS: 100 percent of 20 major global insurers are active on Facebook. 100 percent are also active on LinkedIn and YouTube. 95 percent are active on Twitter and 75 percent are using Instagram. But there are challenges.

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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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Your Success Mindset in Uncertain Times

Engage Selling

The big mistake repeated far too often by sellers throughout the global pandemic—and in any period of abrupt change—is believing that if you wait long enough and keep on working the way you always have, things will eventually get back … Read More » The post Your Success Mindset in Uncertain Times first appeared on The Sales Leader.

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The Three Levels of Artificial Intelligence – We’ve Only Just Begun

Customer Think

Artificial Intelligence (AI) – the capability of a machine or piece of software to display human-like intelligence – permeates our daily lives, often in ways we do not notice. It touches us in myriad ways. Advanced technology operates behind the scenes, powering and optimizing smartphone apps, transportation, healthcare, retail, and more. In the words of […].

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Remote Selling Viewpoints with George Donovan of Allego

SBI

Remote Selling has become an important focus for every sales organization. Digital sales technologies, by default, are what enables remote selling. In this interview series, we ask executives at leading salestech companies to describe how their customers are leveraging technology, what metrics are now possible, and more. . Q: What are your customers doing to adapt to - or leverage - the trend towards distributed sales teams and remote selling?

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4 Steps to Overcoming Sales Objections

RAIN Group

The word "no" can be a tough pill to swallow. In selling, when you're trying to meet a quota, squeeze in an extra deal before the end of the quarter, or get your bonus, the word "no" is too often interpreted as a sign to run for the hills. Worse, some salespeople see most objections as a call to battle. With this attitude, it’s no wonder they handle sales objections poorly.

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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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11 Types of Bad Customer Service (and How To Avoid Them)

Help Scout

Sometimes the customer service teams who are supposed to be solving problems somehow manage to make them so much worse instead. These are their stories — along with some tips to help you avoid ending up on this list next time we update it! 1. Running from responsibility The root of many terrible customer experiences is a company that is happy to collect money from a transaction but not to accept responsibility when things go wrong.

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20 Strategic Planning Models to Consider

ClearPoint Strategy

Strategic planning tools, or models, are designed to help organizations’ develop their action plan to achieve their goals. There are a lot of strategic planning models out there. We know. Which is why we pulled together a list of 20 of the most popular ones and describe the scenario that they are most useful.

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3 Ways to “WOW” Your Customers and Exceed Expectations

SuperOffice

Today, h aving a great product isn’t enough – you need to have great customer service and support to match. Almost every single customer (96%) is said to consider customer service an important factor in their choice of loyalty to a brand ! So, what kind of service do customer s want these days? As our lives become increasing ly digital , both the way businesses provide customer support and what customers expect from brands have changed.

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Through the Eyes of the Customer: Ideal Customer Experience in 2021 [eCommerce and Beyond]

Tidio

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world economy in a variety of ways. For one, it has significantly accelerated the process of digital transformation. No wonder. Especially, when you consider that at a certain point almost all social and economic interactions moved online. This has forced lots of businesses to channel their resources towards delivering better online experiences.

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The Essential Guide to the Buying Experience of the Future

Your buyers’ lives, preferences, and expectations have changed. Over two-thirds of buyers prefer remote or digital interactions — and they expect those interactions to be substantive and valuable. They hold sellers to a high standard, and that means the buying experiences of the past — in-person meetings, transactional conversations, and linear sales funnels — no longer deliver.