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20 Shocking Social Selling Statistics

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What do you know about social selling? Most sales reps haven’t received any formal training in this area. However, utilizing social media can help your team generate more leads, interact with prospects, and speed up the sales cycle. Continue reading

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10 Tips on Improving Your Email Marketing Campaigns

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Email marketing campaigns are an essential component of any marketing strategy. They’re a way to communicate with your contacts, build relationships with prospects, collect important data, and help increase marketing ROI. In fact, for every $1 spent on email marketing, $44.25 is the average return (source: Experian). To execute a successful email marketing campaign, it’s crucial to pay close attention to your target audience and the message you’re sending. A “batch and blast” approach only leads to your recipients deleting your messages. Continue reading

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Improve Your Inbound Marketing Campaigns by Shortening Your Lead Forms [infographic]

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Shorter Lead Forms = Higher Conversion Rates

Have you ever started to fill out a lead form, but got to the point where it was too long and you either gave up or put in fake information? Most visitors are the same way, which can have a severe impact on your marketing campaigns and the bottom line. According to a recent study by Marketo, reducing the number of fields on lead forms from nine to five improved conversion rates by 34%. Additionally:

  • Short (5 fields) conversion = 13.4%
  • Medium (7 fields) conversion = 12%
  • Long (9 fields) conversion = 10%

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How Shorter Lead Forms Improve Conversion Rates

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Name, email address, company. What else do you really need? If your goal is to improve conversion rates, don’t ask for too much information. As a marketer, you want to learn about your prospects so you can create targeted campaigns. However, you can still collect important demographic and firmographic information without asking for it. Continue reading

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Social Selling: What is it and Why is it Important?

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Social selling is more than just a buzzword – it’s a strategy that your sales team can use to increase productivity and generate more qualified leads. In fact, when sales people utilize social media, they can educate and interact with their prospects at different stages of the buying process.

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The Data Behind an Effective Sales Process [infographic]

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An effective sales process is the key to increasing revenue and growing your company. But what makes the sales process effective?

  • Lead response time: You’re 7x more likely to have a meaningful conversation within the first hour of responding to a lead
  • Lead nurturing: Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales ready leads at a 33% lower cost per lead (CPL), however 65% of companies still haven’t established lead nurturing programs
  • The best sales people: The best sales reps are 205% better at qualifying leads and are able to reach decision makers faster
  • Sales and marketing alignment: Companies where sales and marketing are aligned achieve 25% more revenue
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    Sales Tips: 5 Things You Should Never Say to Prospects [infographic]

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    Sales reps are tasked with establishing relationships with prospects and proving the worth of their product or solution to eventually close the deal. The job of a sales rep requires a lot of communication through phone calls, emails, and demos. Regardless of how long you’ve been working in sales, you can still accidentally say the wrong thing, which can cause a big problem.

    In today’s world, prospects expect sales reps to know about their background and company starting from the first conversation. As a sales rep, you should never start a conversation mispronouncing a prospect’s name or send an email spelling it wrong. Asking what their company does is also a huge no-no. Before you pick up the phone or hit send on an email, do your research. You need to know who these people are, what they do, if they’re a decision maker, and as much information about their company that you can gather. Knowing specifics about your prospects allows you to further target your message and sales pitch to their exact needs.

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