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How to Conquer Imposter Syndrome as a Key Account Manager

Account Manager Tips

Ever feel like a fraud as a key account manager? You're not alone. Get help with this guide to conquering imposter syndrome and banishing self-doubt for good.

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Internal Alignment — The Key to Professional Services Partnership Success

Vantage Partners

No professional service firm partnership works without getting buy-in and mindshare from the partners or account executives who manage client relationships.

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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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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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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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100 Sales Motivational Quotes to Drive Your Team to Greatness

Nutshell

Sales can be tough work. Salespeople constantly put what they’re selling (and maybe even themselves) up for rejection, then deal with the daily challenges of staying motivated and balancing lots of demands on their time. That’s where motivational sales quotes can come in handy. Although it’s rewarding, sales can feel like a marathon—and it requires just as much training, technique, and mental toughness.

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The Ultimate Guide to Rapport Building With Buyers

SBI Growth

The classic sales maxim, "People buy from people they like," is supported by extensive behavioral science research. Dr. Robert Cialdini , a renowned psychologist, emphasizes the principle of liking in his influential book, " Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.

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How to Resolve 7 Sales Team Issues

Brooks Group

Even the most cohesive organizations can experience sales team issues. Sales professionals (in general) tend to be confident, extraverted, and opinionated. Although some of these subjects might seem mundane to those who aren’t in a sales career , there are several topics sales professionals often have strong opinions about. Anything that directly impacts prospecting , presenting, closing , and compensation can turn into an impassioned debate among members of the profession.

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3 Tactics to Move Your Sales Opportunity Forward

Sales Readiness Group

Sales opportunities can easily lose momentum and stall, creating a bottleneck in the sales funnel and leading to lost deals. To overcome this common sales problem, sales professionals must utilize sales strategies that prioritize connecting with senior decision-makers, demonstrating value, and positioning themselves as trusted advisors. Let's dive into the three tactics to move your sales opportunity forward.

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The Ultimate Sales Cheat Sheet Template to Help Boost Rep Success [New Data + Templates]

Hubspot Sales

In my experience as both a budding sales rep and, later on, a team manager, success in selling often comes down to the process. Using a sales cheat sheet has been one of the most effective ways I’ve found to get new employees up to speed, create a consistent experience for prospects, and consistently exceed sales goals. I like using a defined sales playbook supported by tried-and-true templates to build out a repeatable sales cycle that leads to predictable and scalable growth.

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Heartfelt Connections: The Power of Relationships in Business Success

Nimble Business Success

This Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate a different yet essential aspect of our professional lives: networking! Successful businesses thrive on networks of relationships that are built over time, which are crucial for sparking new opportunities, forming partnerships, and driving growth. We’ve connected with industry experts who have shared their insights and personal takes on how effective […] The post Heartfelt Connections: The Power of Relationships in Business Success ap

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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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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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From Typewriters to AI: Leadership Over the Past 60 Years

MDI Training

Photo credits: Jenny Theolin From Typewriters to AI: Leadership Over the Past 60 Years This was our Leadership Horizon Conference of 2024! Click here and immerse yourself in the Highlights. From Typewriters to AI: The Evolution of Technology and Leadership Over the Past 60 Years As we stand on the brink of a new era in technology and leadership , it’s crucial to reflect on the journey that has brought us here.

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Habits of Top Sales Hunters

The Center for Sales Strategy

Habits are routine behaviors that are repeated enough to become automatic. Habits help enhance productivity, build relationships, and increase overall performance. Many AEs need to add new habits to their priorities. Adding some or all of the below will help improve your chances of closing deals and achieving your sales goals. Take a look!

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Beyond NPS: Why Customer Feedback Needs a 360-Degree Revolution

Customer Think

The Imperative for Diverse Metrics and Measurements in Understanding Customer Sentiment Introduction Article Source: [link] Net Promoter Score (NPS) has established itself as a popular metric for evaluating customer loyalty, satisfaction levels, and the likelihood of customer churn.

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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 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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How Good Talent Can Realize Returns from Customer Success

SBI Growth

Knowing who to hire and what sort of traits to foster across an organization’s talent can go a long way in creating value for customers and seeing the business returns of customer success.

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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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Top Tactics for Selling to a Buying Committee

Brooks Group

Finance, operations, and management, oh my! The B2B buying journey is getting longer and more complex. The average B2B buying committee size is now seven , but groups as large as 20 are not unheard of. Bigger deals usually mean bigger committees, which present unique challenges compared to selling to an individual decision maker or even a small group.

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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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4 Sales Management Strategies to Increase Revenue

Sales Readiness Group

Sales leaders today face a common problem: how to drive increased productivity from their sales teams. While we would all like to find the “secret sauce” to achieve or exceed our revenue goals and increase sales revenue, the reality is that planning for success and executing against our plan is the only way to increase sales as a manager. Let’s dive into the four strategies to do this.

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21 Signs Your Buyer Is a Poor Fit [Sales Process Checklist], According to HubSpot's Former Sales Director

Hubspot Sales

Welcome to "The Pipeline" — a weekly column from HubSpot, featuring actionable advice and insight from real sales leaders. “Buyer beware.” We’ve all heard that expression before, and unfortunately, it’s because buyer-seller relationships haven’t traditionally been great. Old-school salespeople often used aggressive and selfish tactics to win business and then disappeared like Sasquatch in the Canadian mountains, so savvy buyers knew they had to do due diligence to make sure they weren’t being sc

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Planview ERGs Honor Juneteenth, Pride Month, and More in June 

Planview

With so much happening in June, we want to outline important events at Planview with some employee insight. At Planview, ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) play a crucial role in creating connections and involving people in groups that pertain to people’s interests. Our ERGs, such as Planview Kaleidoscope, Pride, and Women at Planview, are actively organizing events and educating employees about their initiatives.

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An Introduction to Using AI in Sales Prospecting

RAIN Group

Unless you’ve been on an extended media break, you’re aware that artificial Intelligence (AI) is making a splash across all industries of business. I’ve seen this as a practitioner. I work closely with client organizations and collaborate with senior executives, and I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about AI. What’s RAIN Group’s position on AI?

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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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Strategic Management Done Right: Set up a Strategic Management Office (SMO)

Flevy

Most organizations struggle with Strategy execution. In fact, numerous studies from top consulting firms (including McKinsey, Bain, BCG) and Harvard Business Review have shown approximately 70% of strategies fail due to poor execution. Furthermore, organizations only realize about 60% of their strategies’ value. Having a Strategic Management Office –i.e.

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You Join the Company, But You Quit Your Boss

The Center for Sales Strategy

The most common reason employees give for quitting their last job is that their manager didn't care about them. 70% of top performers who leave their jobs point to a breakdown in a relationship. Those employees aren’t your strugglers, or even your run-of-the-mill, average players. They are your top performers — those who you worked so hard to recruit, invested time in training and coaching, and who lead to the biggest growth in your organization.

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Exceptional Design – Enhancing Tech Adoption and Customer Experience

Customer Think

Exceptional Design Enhancing Tech Adoption and Customer Experience Article source: [link] In the rapidly evolving landscape of technology, digital product design has emerged as a critical factor influencing adoption rates and overall customer experience.

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Announcing Email Booster 

Nutshell

Love Nutshell’s ability to send templated sales emails to your prospects and customers so you can type less and sell more? Want to be able to use email templates right from your email inbox? Introducing Email Booster, the second half of Nutshell’s Revenue Booster add-on ! Email Booster helps you send and customize Nutshell email templates from Gmail, ensuring Nutshell works where you do.

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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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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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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 Measure Sales Training ROI (and Why)

Brooks Group

You know you should measure sales training ROI. But you wonder if it’s really important. Isn’t the main thing just to get the training done? Yes and no. Step one, you need to train your sales team. But step two should be making sure your training is getting the results you want. You can only know if training contributes to the bottom line when you measure the before-and-after impact.

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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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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.