June, 2024

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SAMA Honors Professor Noel Capon with Lifetime Achievement Award

Strategic Account Management Association

The Strategic Account Management Association (SAMA) honored Professor Noel Capon with a lifetime achievement award at the 2024 SAMA Annual Conference. The award recognizes Capon’s unparalleled legacy and his enduring commitment to transforming the practice of strategic account management. The post SAMA Honors Professor Noel Capon with Lifetime Achievement Award appeared first on Strategic Account Management Association.

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Can a salesperson achieve a Work/Life Balance?

Software Sales Guru

Can a salesperson achieve a Work/Life Balance? Common wisdom suggests that if you want to succeed as a salesperson, you must be working 24/7. Prospect wants to talk at 8:30 on Friday night? You better take that call! But the truth is most top performers are not workaholics. They squeeze more out of the same 24 hours we all have. I’ve interviewed many top software.

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Enhancing Product Design with AI: A Journey of Creativity and Customer Experience

Customer Think

Image Rights for ECXO: Generated by MidJourney and DALL-E The Transformative Power of AI in Physical Product Design: Enhancing Creativity and Customer Experience Article source: [link] Introduction The advent of generative AI is reshaping the landscape of physical product design, driving innovation, practicality, and enhancing the customer experience.

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Essential People Management Skills for Sales Leaders

The Center for Sales Strategy

Sales leadership is not just about driving numbers and closing deals; it's fundamentally about people management. The success of any sales team hinges on the ability of its leader to manage, motivate, and mentor their team effectively. Although many things contribute to your team’s overall success, there are five essential people management skills every sales leader must master to build a successful and motivated sales team.

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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 End Of Competitive Advantage With Rita McGrath

The SAMA Podcast

Joining today’s episode is Rita McGrath, a bestselling author and distinguished faculty member at Columbia Business School, where she’s the Academic Director in Executive Education. Rita's groundbreaking book, The End of Competitive Advantage, challenged traditional thinking and offered a new playbook for navigating the ever-shifting business landscape.

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KPIs vs Metrics – Tips & Tricks to Performance Measures

OnStrategyHQ

Understanding how you’ll measure success in strategic planning is one of the most pivotal elements of a successful and actionable strategic plan. But, we’re going to let you in on a little trade secret – measuring the right performance metrics and KPIs can be downright tricky, especially if you’ve been using them interchangeably without realizing they are different tools.

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Maximize ROI in Finance Operation

Aepiphanni

To capture a positive ROI in their finance operations, growth stage companies must address both compliance and strategic financial considerations

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How to Develop a Comprehensive Employee Experience Program to Boost Your Company

Customer Think

Image source ECXO.org How to Develop a Comprehensive Employee Experience Program to Boost Your Company “Start with the needs of employees first. They may not stick around for long“ The article source: – [link] Introduction Developing a comprehensive Employee Experience program is essential for driving positive business outcomes.

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Improving Sales Performance: Are You THAT Kind of Coach?

The Center for Sales Strategy

Professional athletes have coaches. Oscar-winning actors have coaches. Pop icons have coaches. Wait!? Even people who have been in the business for a long time? Why do they need coaches? That’s easy! Top performers, whether they are professional athletes, Oscar-winning actors, pop icons, or sales professionals, are not content with just being good. They strive to maintain their edge, stay on top, and climb even higher.

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SME Strategy supports Cascadia Partners with their fleet electrification Marketing strategy

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Explore how SME Strategy partnered with Cascadia Consulting to develop a successful marketing strategy for fleet electrification.

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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 to Sell a Sales Initiative to Your Board

Force Management

For revenue team leaders, no objective looms larger or more urgent than meeting aggressive revenue goals and satisfying the growth imperative. Recent studies show that the average tenure of CROs in SaaS startups lasts between 1.5 and 1.9 years. For commercial CROs, the average tenure jumps to two years, but the point remains: if you want to make a splash, there isn't time to spare.

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How This Swag Startup Made $3.3 Million in Year One

Hubspot Sales

Welcome to Trends , a weekly newsletter with the zestiest business trends and actionable insights for entrepreneurs. This story was originally published in 2021 and updated with new data. Trendster Michael Martocci went to school to study finance. Instead, he ended up with a side project that would eventually make him millions. “My buddy and I wanted to get custom flags and shirts made to promote a location-based social media network that we were building on campus, and it just seemed super expe

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The World’s Best Note-Taking Apps to Maximize Productivity

Nutshell

Without note-taking apps and tools, there’s a good chance we’d forget important details and that many of the world’s most brilliant ideas would simply vanish. Thankfully, no such dystopia exists, and note-taking software is very much alive and thriving. In fact, there are so many note-taking apps on the market today that dating a Kardashian may seem more achievable than testing them all to find the perfect one for your needs.

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CX ROI Handbook: Connecting Customer Experience and Employee Experience ROI

Customer Think

What is the employee experience and customer experience ROI connection? Let’s take a look at all the players and definitions. Business value is: — Created primarily by ALL non-customer-facing employees and suppliers. — Communicated by Marketing and Sales employees. — Fulfilled by Operations and Service Delivery employees and partners. — Rescued by Service Recovery employees.

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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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Unveiling New Business Success: The Top 6 Essential Talents for Hunter Sellers and Why

The Center for Sales Strategy

Achieving excellence requires more than just closing deals—it demands a unique blend of talents that propel individuals to greatness. As sales managers strive to curate their roster of business superstars, identifying candidates who embody the following six key talents, known as the "hunter themes," is paramount to new business development.

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Is Your Sales Team Operating at Just Half Their Potential?

SBI Growth

Based on SBI’s observations, most Sales teams operate at just half of their potential—and yours could be one of them. Data from our Q1 2024 CEO Survey found a significant gap in the percentage of CEOs who deemed talent factors critical to their value creation goals compared to their level of confidence in the ability of their commercial talent to deliver on those goals.

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How to Write Effective AI Prompts for B2B Sales

Force Management

Whether you’re a sales leader, manager, or seller, we’ve all been hearing a lot about the potential of AI for sales. You may already be incorporating some AI-powered tools in your sales stack. Like any new technology, generative AI tools require a learning curve to be most effective. Generative AI tools like ChatGPT, Microsoft Copilot, Google Gemini or Claude in particular can give very different quality outputs depending on the input they’re given.

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Be Ready: How do you secure the first executive sales meeting?

FinListics Solutions

One of the questions—if not THE question—keeping sales teams and leaders awake at night is how to secure the first meeting in today’s challenging business environment.

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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 a Lean Transformation and Framework Facilitate Innovative Business Strategies

Kainexus

In an era where efficiency and agility are paramount, Lean business transformation has emerged as a pivotal strategy for organizations aiming to streamline operations and enhance value creation. By adopting Lean principles, companies can significantly reduce costs, improve quality, and accelerate time-to-market. In today's dynamic business environment, the Lean method is prized for its adaptability across various industries, from manufacturing to services, and its ability to ensure that business

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A Comprehensive Analysis of AI’s Impact on the Employee Experience by Ricardo Saltz Gulko

Customer Think

Image Rights for ECXO.org: Generated by MidJourney and DALL-E A Comprehensive Analysis of AI’s Impact on the Employee Experience As we have explored, AI is fundamentally transforming the employee experience, touching every aspect from recruitment and onboarding to learning, development, and day-to-day engagement.

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Can My Top-Performing Salesperson Become a Top-Performing Manager?

The Center for Sales Strategy

We know that top-performing salespeople are extremely driven to meet and exceed their goals. With that drive also comes the desire to continue to move up the ladder. As a leader, it’s natural to have these salespeople “next on this list” to move up when a position becomes available. But are all top-performing salespeople destined to become top-performing managers?

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Accelerating Sales with AI: Transforming the Sales Process

SBI Growth

In addition to uncertain economic conditions, the rise in the number of stakeholders and the complexity of buying decisions have introduced new challenges and friction for sales professionals. According to SBI’s recent research report, " Revive Commercial Productivity by Easing Buying Friction, " overcoming this buyer friction requires sellers to demonstrate their organization’s ability to understand and evolve with buyers as their conditions change.

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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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Latest Podcasts: Scaling Sales Teams

Force Management

This month's Revenue Builders Podcast guests shared the kind of lessons you can only learn from experience. From startups to enterprise, these leaders have failed and iterated to find what works - and they joined John Kaplan and John McMahon to share the wealth. Dig in below for stories about founding and scaling startups, growing as a sales leader, hiring and implementing new product models, and establishing a winning sales discipline.

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Mastering Executive Sales Conversations: Be Ready to Crush Your Sales Meetings with Insights from Industry Experts

FinListics Solutions

Stephen Timme and Ben Cagle joined The Cringe Podcast to tackle how to handle executive sales meetings head-on with host Adam Clay, CEO of RNMKRS.

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Strategy vs. Tactics: What’s the Difference?

Nutshell

When it comes to setting goals for your business, it’s important to have sound strategy and actionable tactics. Now, that may sound like I’m being redundant, or I’m just filling the air with fancy business jargon. Aren’t strategies and tactics basically the same thing, just different wording? Actually, they have completely different meanings. At this point, you may lean toward one side of the strategy vs. tactics debate.

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Unveiling the Mechanics of B2B Buying Triggers

Customer Think

A recent LinkedIn post by Dale W. Harrison ignited a lively debate about whether marketing can “create demand.” The post has received nearly 500 comments, and there are thoughtful views on both sides of the issue. Harrison observed that there’s an “almost universal” belief that marketers can create demand “out of thin air.

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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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10 Ways to Increase B2B Sales Performance with Successful Feedback

The Center for Sales Strategy

The feedback a sales manager provides can either propel a salesperson to new heights or stunt their growth. Yet, too often, managers fail to give the right feedback at the right times, missing critical opportunities to develop their team's talents.

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Operational Excellence Examples for Business Growth

Kainexus

Operational excellence is the continuous pursuit of improvement in an organization's processes and systems to achieve efficiency, effectiveness, and agility. It involves streamlining operations, reducing waste, optimizing resources, and enhancing productivity to deliver high-quality products or services at lower costs and faster speeds. The impact of operational excellence on business growth is profound.

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Ten Reasons Why Our Sales Training Is Different

Force Management

There are a lot of sales training organizations out there. It can be difficult to cut through the noise and find the solution that is right for your company. IIn case we haven't worked together yet, here's a look at how the Force Management approach is different and drives success and immediate impact for our customers.

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Delivering More Customer Delight, Not More AI Hype

Help Scout

Today we’re announcing two brand new AI features from Help Scout: AI drafts and AI answers. We’re so excited for you to try them, but it’s also important for us to keep it real about what they’ll change and what they won’t.

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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.