2024

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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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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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Zendesk completes acquisition of Klaus

Zendesk

Zendesk today announced it completed its acquisition of Klaus, the industry leading AI-powered quality management platform. The acquisition of Klaus is the latest addition to the company’s existing WEM solutions which includes Tymeshift, a modern workforce management tool built exclusively for Zendesk. “Workforce engagement management is key to not only meeting, but exceeding customer expectations.

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Why is it Becoming Harder to Convert Prospect? With Trey Morris

The Center for Sales Strategy

In this episode, we’re continuing our season-long deep dive into the latest Media Sales Report from The Center for Sales Strategy. Today, Trey Morris, VP/ Senior Consultant here at CSS, is joining Matt to help answer the question, “Why is it getting harder to convert prospects and renew clients?

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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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Building Successful Sales Teams w. Eric van Antwerpen

Account Manager Tips

Explore Eric van Antwerpen's unique approach to redefining success in sales teams.

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How to get ready for the upcoming changes to email authentication requirements

Nutshell

To help improve deliverability and protect against fraudulent uses of email like spam and phishing attempts, Google , Yahoo , and AOL recently announced updates to their email authentication requirements. These updates go into effect in February 2024—it’s important to make sure you’re ready so your emails continue making it to your audience’s inboxes.

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Evolving Conversational AI for Enhanced Customer Experiences: Navigating Ethics, Privacy, Metrics and Trust

Customer Think

This article was originally posted on [link] In the era of Conversational AI, where voice assistants and chatbots have become integral parts of our daily interactions, the evolution of AI conversations plays a pivotal role in shaping enhanced Customer Experiences (CX).

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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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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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Four Must-Have Competencies to Drive Sales in Today's B2B Landscape

FinListics Solutions

Gone are the days of cold calls and generic pitches. Today's buyers are well-informed, conducting thorough research before engaging with sales reps. This means your team needs to operate more as strategic advisors, understanding customer goals and demonstrating the tangible value your solutions bring.

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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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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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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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7 Best Strategy Books to Read in 2024

Envisio

“Books are a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.” ― Toni Morrison A new year, a new chance to shift our perspectives, understand one another and the systems around us, and take our strategic thinking to new heights. At Envisio, we believe in the transformative power of reading … which is why we’ve gathered together a list of the best strategy books!

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Aligning Your Sales Process to the Buyer's Journey

The Center for Sales Strategy

Are you tired of struggling to close deals and wondering why your sales process is not bringing in the results you desire? It's time to align your sales process to the buyer's journey. By understanding the stages your customers or clients go through before making a purchase, you can effectively tailor your sales approach to meet their needs and expectations.

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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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Sales in 2024: The Future of Selling in an AI-Driven Era

Revegy

In 2024, the sales landscape is undergoing a seismic shift, driven by rapid technological advancements and changing buyer behaviors. Sales teams are now navigating a world where digitization, remote operations, and agility are not just trends, but necessities for success. The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in sales processes is revolutionizing the way teams operate, […] The post Sales in 2024: The Future of Selling in an AI-Driven Era appeared first on Revegy.

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How to get ready for the upcoming changes to email authentication requirements

Nutshell

To help improve deliverability and protect against fraudulent uses of email like spam and phishing attempts, Google , Yahoo , and AOL recently announced updates to their email authentication requirements. These updates go into effect in February 2024—it’s important to make sure you’re ready so your emails continue making it to your audience’s inboxes.

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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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Three Cold Email Templates that Generate Meetings, Not Spam Complaints

Customer Think

We’ve all had that neighbor. They’re the one you avoid when taking out the trash or collecting the mail because if you don’t, you’re in for it: the dreaded half-hour update on their prize-winning Schnauzer, a deep dive into their latest hobby, or the most recent gossip on their entire extended family.

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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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7 Sales Phrases That Will Supercharge Your Credibility with Buyers, According to HubSpot's Sales Director

Hubspot Sales

So, like, I’ve been a salesperson for years and, well, I’ve learned kind of a few things. And today, I want to, um, share some of what I’ve learned with you — if that’s okay? If you’re a salesperson and you speak like this, here’s a reality check: It is going to be very, very hard to convince prospects to buy. No matter how much you know, if you don’t speak like an authority figure, you’ll never be treated like one.

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Leading & Sustaining a Hyper-Growth Company

Sales Gravy

On this episode of the Sales Gravy Podcast, Jeb Blount sits down with KaTom CEO Patricia Bible to discuss what it takes to lead and sustain a hyper-growth company. Reflecting on her journey with KaTom, Patricia shared insights into the exponential growth of this hyper-growth organization. "It's been a whirlwind of achievements, challenges, and invaluable lessons," she remarked.

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What Business Leaders Should Know Going Into 2024

The Great Game of Business

What Business Leaders Should Know Going Into 2024 Another year is in the books. As we set our sights on 2024, many businesses are starting to feel the effects of the slowing economy. To help you and your team find success through this time, ITR Economics and The Great Game of Business are teaming up to provide you with insight into some essential information all business leaders should know going into 2024.

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The 6 Buyer Personas (and How to Sell to Them)

RAIN Group

Every buyer has personal preferences for how they like to buy. There are multiple buying styles and preferences to consider, but the number isn't infinite. It’s six.

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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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Start the Year Strong: Resolutions for Each Member of Your Revenue Team

Force Management

There’s no doubt that the way sales organizations and their customers interact has shifted in the past few years. From a new remote-first approach to rapid digital technology advancement, the customer journey is new and requires active participation from more than just your sales team. The companies that succeed in 2024 will be those who adopt a cross-functional revenue mindset , equipping every customer-facing role to articulate and negotiate on the value of their solution.

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Best Practices of High-Performance Sales Teams in 2024

Brooks Group

Will business be back to normal in 2024? According to Morningstar experts , this may be the year we finally move past all the disruptions of the pandemic. Supply chain bottlenecks, shortages, and inflation are easing and interest rates, although still high, will drop. This is good news for B2B sales teams that have faced economic headwinds, shrinking customer budgets, and delayed or canceled purchasing decisions.

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Managing a Salesperson Who Consistently Misses Their Goals

The Center for Sales Strategy

Managing a sales team can be challenging, especially when salespeople consistently miss their budget or sales targets. While it's natural for sales professionals to have their ups and downs, it's essential to address performance issues promptly and effectively to ensure the overall success of your team and organization. In this blog, we'll explore strategies and tips for managing salespeople who miss their budget, helping you turn underperformance into improved results.

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Listening, Learning and Leading: Digital Transformation Expert Debra Aizikovitz

Planview

Planview’s platform is designed to empower its customers for success in their digital transformation efforts. However, achieving success in any digital transformation initiative necessitates the alignment of people, methodology, and governance. Clients seeking assistance in ensuring their organizations are well-prepared for success can turn to Planview’s Evolve Advisory Services.

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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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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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Leaders: Here’s How to Drive Seller Productivity in 2024

SBI Growth

Sellers today have an unenviable job: buyers are increasingly conservative, and deals are taking longer to close. A survey from SBI in Q3 2023 shows that commercial leaders are feeling the effects, with a staggering 69% of CEOs seeing lower seller productivity. For sales leaders seeking to escalate growth projections in 2024, it’s time to rethink how sales enablement should be done.

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15 Customer experience predictions for 2024

Customer Think

For the last five years, around this time, I’ve compiled a set of customer experience-related predictions for the coming year. For each article, I gather together a set of predictions that have been sent to me over the preceding month.

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4 Reasons Your Prospects 'Ghost' You & What You Can Do About It, According to Spiro.ai's CEO

Hubspot Sales

Welcome to “The Pipeline” — a weekly column from HubSpot, featuring actionable advice and insight from real sales leaders. Many moons ago, I was pitching a huge deal to Sony Pictures. It was all going according to plan — we had a great initial call, flew to Los Angeles to demo the product, and nailed it. Things were looking good. We sent them a proposal and even flew out for a second in-person follow-up.

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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.