2023

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The Upside of Churn: Why Losing Customers Can Be a Good Thing

Account Manager Tips

Think losing clients is bad for business? Think again! Find out how strategic customer churn can be a game-changer for your business growth.

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How ClearPoint Revolutionized Strategy Management in 2023

ClearPoint Strategy

Welcome to the new era of strategic management with ClearPoint.

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5 Important Lessons Every Hiring Manager Needs to Learn

The Center for Sales Strategy

Have you ever hired someone who seemed perfect on paper, but ended up being a terrible fit for your team? What about someone who blew you away during the interview process, but then turned out to be a totally different person once you brought them on board? If we each had a crystal ball to gaze into, the hiring process would be so much easier. Instead, hiring the wrong person is oftentimes a tough learning experience.

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How to Score Deals in the Final Quarter [Data & Expert Backed Tips]

Hubspot Sales

It’s here, the biggest sales quarter of the year. The very moment deal-seekers everywhere shoot their shot, turn prospects into buyers, and score buzzer-beating slam dunks that accelerate the business to record-breaking sales. Q4 sales are often the most lucrative of the year, but successful sales don’t come simply because of the season. Sales professionals who are doing their best work in Q4 are executing their sales processes to perfection.

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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 Top 5 Leadership Tips Learned from Past Recessions

Customer Think

While people are hesitant to accept the likely reality that we are heading into a recession, we’re seeing higher interest rates, less venture capital funding, and widespread layoffs in the tech industry. Despite the uncertainty, there’s some good news: even if we are facing a recession, these moments are temporary.

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Rethinking Enablement for the Future: The Power of Commercial Effectiveness Integration

Mike Kunkle

Introduction In today’s fast-paced and challenging business landscape, maximizing organizational success hinges on seamless coordination across various functions. Nowhere is this truer than with the commercial organization. At the core of this synergy lies a concept that wields immense influence in driving revenue and ensuring organizational performance – cross-functional Commercial Effectiveness.

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Introducing AppConnect, Nutshell’s Newest Add-On for Powering Your Integrations

Nutshell

Keeping your company’s contact information up-to-date and workflows synced across your tech stack is critical for success. That’s why we’re excited to introduce AppConnect , our new add-on to help your business connect your CRM data with the apps you already use and get more out of Nutshell. Nutshell already provides a library of native integrations and thousands more middleware integrations through Zapier.

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The Complete Guide to Sales Forecasting and Pipeline Management

RAIN Group

Assume you’re a sales manager for a mid-sized enterprise. You’ve just received a call from your chief revenue officer who wants to know how much revenue you expect your team to produce between now and the end of the year. You pull up your spreadsheet and start reviewing the numbers, but the forecast just doesn’t look right. Sales have been consistent, but there are so many variables at play and it’s hard to predict what the future holds.

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Maximizing Sales Forecasting Accuracy: Innovative Strategies for 2024 and Beyond

Revegy

Navigating the intricate landscape of sales forecasting can often feel like solving a complex puzzle, especially for savvy business professionals. This challenge is highlighted by a striking statistic from the CSO Insights 2017 World Class Sales Practices Study: only 40% of respondents stated that their ability to close deals as forecasted either met or exceeded expectations. […] The post Maximizing Sales Forecasting Accuracy: Innovative Strategies for 2024 and Beyond appeared first on Rev

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Liddell Hart’s 8 Maxims of Strategy

Flevy

Sir Basil Henry Liddell-Hart (October 31, 1895 – January 29, 1970) was a British strategist, historian, and one of the world’s foremost military thinkers. B. H. Liddell-Hart was a prolific writer and wrote extensively on military strategy and tactics. Liddell-Hart’s work titled “ Strategy ” is considered one of the most important works on military strategy of the 20th century.

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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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6 Sales Performance Metrics that Drive Revenue

Brooks Group

In the dynamic world of sales, where every decision can make or break a deal, harnessing the power of data is critical. As a sales leader or sales manager, your ability to navigate the complex terrain of market trends, team performance, and individual contributions hinges on a crucial tool—sales metrics. Recently, Michelle Richardson , Vice President of Sales Performance Research at The Brooks Group, spoke with Alice Heiman , Chief Sales Energizer and host of the Sales Talk for CEOs podcast, abo

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Living and Loving With Chronic Lyme Disease

Sales Gravy

On this episode of the Sales Gravy Podcast, we are switching things up to take on a very important topic— Chronic Lyme Disease. Jeb Blount (Sales Gravy) and Fred Diamond, co-founder of the Institute for Excellence in Sales (IES) discuss Fred's latest book, Love, Hope, Lyme and his personal journey supporting a loved one with Chronic Lyme Disease. You'll learn what Lyme Disease is, the devastating effects that Chronic Lyme Disease has on hundreds of thousands of people each year, why prevention i

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5 Ways AI Will Help Sell More

The Center for Sales Strategy

Whether you think the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Wall-E or The Terminator, the reality is that AI is going to change the way that you sell. According to Crunchbase, there are nearly 10,000 AI startups. 10,000 new AI companies in the last year are a staggering number of people focused on how AI can help your life, business, and organization.

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8 Mistakes That Destroy Credibility With Prospects (& How to Avoid Them)

Hubspot Sales

The average buyer in this day and age is shrewd — naturally skeptical of salespeople and having certain standards reps have to measure up to. That makes establishing credibility central to the success of any sales effort. But maintaining that kind of trustworthiness and legitimacy over multiple sales conversations can be easier said than done — a lot of reps run into hitches, hiccups, and human errors that undermine their credibility with prospects.

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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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Revolutionizing Customer Experience with Digital Transformation

Customer Think

The era has turned digital. So, enterprises around the globe are using digital transformation to drive business success. With the advancement in technology, companies can now engage with customers in more ways than ever. Digital transformation has become the key to improving customer experience.

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Enablement is Hard. Do It Anyway.

Mike Kunkle

Purposefully orchestrating organizational performance improvement is difficult. It requires a wide range of knowledge, skills, capabilities, practices, and mindsets, as well as mental toughness, emotional maturity, and, often, the ability to influence without authority. It’s organizational behavioral change management, for sure, and requires both smart and hard work.

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A 4-Step Process to Develop and Achieve A Sales Vision For Your Team

Sales Readiness Group

For many sales managers focusing on short-term day-to-day results, it is often challenging to think like a leader and focus on achieving a long-term vision. But that is exactly what a sales manager must do to maximize their team's performance. With the right vision, your team can transcend expectations and reach new heights of sales excellence.

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10 Best Survey Apps of 2023: Hear From Your Audience

Nutshell

Surveys are a fantastic way to gather unique data from your customers. But you already know that, right? If you’ve come to this page, it’s probably because you want to conduct an online survey, but you haven’t found the right survey tool yet. With so many options available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you and gathered 10 of the best survey apps for businesses.

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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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How Sales Reps Can Adapt to the Hybrid Selling Environment

RAIN Group

Have you met Morgan? A terrific sales rep. Except recently, Morgan has slipped out of the top tier of the leaderboard and I think I know why: she struggles to adapt to the new selling environment.

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B2B Enterprises and the Rise of Customer-Centricity Software

Revegy

The B2B enterprise landscape has undergone a significant transformation over the years, with organizations placing a heightened emphasis on their customers. With the advent of digital technology, businesses have had to adapt to an increasingly complex environment characterized by more decision-makers, longer deal cycles, higher pricing points, and a plethora of competing channels.

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Design Thinking Driven Problem Solving and Innovation

Flevy

“Design is not what is looks like or feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs Design Thinking: An Introduction Design thinking is a problem-solving approach that is becoming increasingly popular across various industries. It is a user-centric approach that involves understanding the needs, wants, and behaviors of users to create innovative solutions that are both practical and feasible.

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How to Evaluate Sales Performance to Improve Your Team’s Success

Brooks Group

Sales is a numbers game, but evaluating your sales reps’ performance involves much more than looking at a final revenue number. Revenue may be the ultimate performance indicator, but as a sales leader you should investigate the “why” behind a final result to truly improve the success of your sales team. Follow these 6 tips to evaluate the sales performance of your sales professionals and uncover where you can help them improve their sales productivity.

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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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Advancing AI Integration at UNIQA: A Future Focus

MDI Training

Advancing AI Integration at UNIQA: A Future Focus Do you prefer to listen to this article? Click below to access our AI-generated version of this blog article! Advancing AI Integration at UNIQA: A Future Focus Iris Brachmeier , Group Chief People Officer of UNIQA Insurance Group AG since August 2023 and therefore responsible for international HR , provides insights into the company’s groundbreaking transformation up to 2025 in an interview with our colleague Melanie Holzner.

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16 Customer Service Tips to Never Forget

Help Scout

The best customer service tips can only come from world-class teams. Here are 16 tips for delighting your customers.

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12 Common Ways You Undermine Your Chances of Closing (& How to Avoid Them), According to The Virtual CRO's President

Hubspot Sales

Welcome to "The Pipeline" — a new weekly column from HubSpot, featuring actionable advice and insight from real sales leaders. Salespeople frequently undermine their chance of winning sales when they allow value leaks — instances where your email, proposal, word choice, presentation, or body language diminishes the perceived value of your solution — to creep into their sales processes.

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Can customers tell you how to run your business?

Customer Think

If you put what’s important to them ahead of what you think is important for your business, and allow your imagination to take over, customers will begin to drive your business and ultimately, if you let them, drive your success.

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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.

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How to Measure the ROI of Your Sales Enablement Program

Mike Kunkle

In this post, I will offer advice about how to measure the ROI of your sales enablement program. This is a complex topic that is beyond the scope of one blog post, but I will do my best to provide a solid kickstart for you and offer what I hope will be some helpful perspective and good resources to continue to pursue. I do have a video on this topic, from my newsletter, Sales Enablement Straight Talk , as an additional resource.

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Price Conversation when Prospect Wants to Discuss Price Prematurely

Sales Readiness Group

In the sales world, pricing is crucial in determining whether or not a prospect will convert into a customer. However, discussing pricing prematurely with a prospect may not always be the best approach. Doing so can lead to a focus on cost rather than the value of the product or service. So, what should sales professionals do when faced with prospects who want to discuss price prematurely?

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ClearPoint Strategy: The ROI

ClearPoint Strategy

See what makes ClearPoint a vital cog in any organization's financial machinery.

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You're Looking for Sales Productivity in the Wrong Place

RAIN Group

One of the first things sellers learn is to keep it simple. Yet when it comes to a particularly hot topic in our industry, sales leaders do anything but. Rather than apply the K-I-S-S principle to sales productivity, many leaders instead turn to technology, tracking, and top-down governance.

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ABM Evolution: How Top Marketers Are Using Account-Based Strategies

In times of economic uncertainty, account-based strategies are essential. According to several business analysts and practitioners, ABM is a necessity for creating more predictable revenue. Research shows that nearly three-quarters of marketers (74%) already have the resources needed to build successful ABM programs.