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4 Tips for the Busy B2B Salesperson

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B2B salespeople are pressed for time. They have a limited number of hours during the workweek to reach prospects and close deals. With that kind of pressure, it’s no wonder salespeople have trouble staying on top of everything they have to do! Here are four tips to help the busy salesperson be more productive and drive more revenue:

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Get Leads With the Right Sales Pitch

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Salespeople are in a tough spot. They have to inform leads about their products and services, how they will benefit from them, and get them to sign the check. They only get a few minutes to hit each of these points. No matter what you’re selling, your sales pitch can make or break a deal. Here are a few tips to get the conversation started on the right foot:

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Target Leads like a Great White Shark

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Great white sharks are probably the most recognizable underwater predators because they've honed their skills over thousands of years. They've spent that time growing and evolving to get better at targeting their food sources. We’re going to teach you how you can target prospects like a great white shark. Companies need revenue to survive, which means that sales and marketing teams need to excel at targeting the right prospects to feed the bottom line with monetary “food”. Sales and marketing departments need to hone their skills and evolve their selling techniques to avoid sleeping with the fishes!

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How to Increase Sales Productivity & Drive More Revenue

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How much time are you wasting Googling phone numbers and contact information or calling stale leads? Imagine how much your productivity would increase if you had the contact information for all of your leads right at your fingertips.

Use these 5 ways to increase the productivity of your sales team:

  1. Convert stale or incomsales-productivityplete records into productive leads - Regularly cleanse and update your B2B database with email addresses, phone numbers, titles, company information, etc. to prevent your business database from decaying. Did you know 62% of organizations rely on marketing and prospect data that's inaccurate?
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Sales Emails: How to Get Your Leads to Respond

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Sales emails are an important part of the sales cycle. So how do you get leads to read and respond to the emails your sales reps are sending?

Keep Your Sales Emails Short and to the Pointsales-emails

Sales emails need to be short and to the point. No one is going to spend time reading a two page email. Try the following email layout:

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Simple Steps to Empower Your Sales Team

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Sales force compensation is the largest marketing investment for most B2B companies. In fact, U.S. companies spend over $800 billion on it each year. Traditionally, sales teams have been incentivized a bit differently than the rest of employees. They are on the front lines talking to customers, battling to bring in revenue for your company. Their efforts have been quantified based on the revenue they bring in. We often think of sales people as a different breed of employees: competitive, driven, and motivated by money. Continue reading

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The Importance of Sales & Marketing Alignment

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Sales and marketing are inherently connected. The sales team relies on content and lead generation from marketing and the marketing team needs sales people to carry out marketing strategies. They both share the same overall goal: to increase revenue for the company. The challenge is to align the sales and marketing departments so that they can efficiently work towards that goal.

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Data Decay: Is Your B2B Database Full of Rotten Apples? [infographic]

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Data decay happens naturally because of how often people change jobs or titles, companies go out of business, and mergers occur. Because of this, many organizations are working with B2B databases that are cluttered with outdated, invalid, or incomplete contacts. Dirty data impacts all areas of an organization, including marketing, lead generation, customer relationships, and finance.

The experts at ZoomInfo put together an infographic outlining data decay’s costly impact. Here are some statistics for you to pay attention to:

  • 62% of organizations rely on marketing and prospect data that’s up to 40% inaccurate
  • Up to 25% of B2B database contacts contain critical errors
  • 40% of business objectives fail due to inaccurate data
  • 1-10-100 rule: It costs $1 to verify a record as it’s entered, $10 to scrub and cleanse it later, and $100 if nothing is done
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Build More Profitable Marketing Campaigns with Buyer Personas & Lead Scoring

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Knowing and understanding who your prospects and customers are is essential to building more profitable marketing campaigns. In addition to knowing names, email addresses, phone numbers, industries, and titles, it’s important to know who these people are, how they engage with your organization, their needs and interests, and where they are in the sales process. Once you understand the data, you can begin to develop buyer personas and better leverage lead scoring. Continue reading
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Stop Wasting Time! How to Reach Prospects Who Are Most Likely to Buy

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Is your sales team spending too much time reaching out to prospects, with little to no success in closing the deal? There’s nothing more disappointing than wasting time chasing after a prospect via phone, email, or other means of communication only to find out that they’re not interested, don’t have the budget, or have no need for your product. As frustrating as this is for the sales team, think about the impact it’s having on your organization’s bottom line. Continue reading
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