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Recent Posts by Amy Wilde

 

Amy leads MarketStar’s strategic content efforts. She supports the client teams, as well as the Business Development and Marketing departments, with the aim of contributing to organic and new growth through content designed at providing action and sparking discussion.

As an 18-year veteran of MarketStar, she has contributed to our success for two-thirds of the company’s history. Amy built the Geographic Information System process, developed complex coverage modeling solutions, conducted in-depth customer demographic analysis, and built the client business review engine for the sustained growth and success of our clients.

Amy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in GIS from Utah State University. She is a published author and motivational speaker.

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Our Top 24 Free SaaS Brands Picks

Native cloud software is here to stay, and a surprisingly large number of software as a service (SaaS) offerings are free. Free SaaS applications can be invaluable, especially if you need to solve a problem in a hurry. In fact, many free SaaS applications are outstanding tools to increase productivity, address business challenges, and make it easier to work remotely, which is extremely useful with more employees working from home thanks to the coronavirus.

There are free SaaS solutions for almost every business need. We have collected a few of the most popular SaaS tools with free offers:

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How to Avoid the Quarantine 15

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an incredible amount of disruption in our day-to-day lives. More of us are working from home, the gyms are closed, and summer travel plans have been put on hold. Meanwhile, we’re all experiencing plenty of newfound stress.

All of these changes have had a rapid and profound impact on our lives—and for many of us, our waistlines. A WebMD survey found that 47 percent of female respondents said they have experienced quarantine-related weight gain. For men, that number was 22 percent. 

But your new work-from-home schedule doesn’t have to equate to a more sedentary lifestyle. Here, we explore some of the top ways to avoid “the quarantine 15” while still leaving plenty of time to excel at your sales job.

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Why Brand Reputation Is So Important to Your Growth in Uncertain Times

Times of uncertainty present challenges to all of us, but they also present new opportunities. During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is anxious about their health, their family, their job, their company, and the future. 

No one can predict what’s coming, but you can help secure your company’s future by solidifying your brand reputation. It’s an excellent time to build brand recognition and customer loyalty.

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Why Sales Amid and After a Crisis Is Essential

In times of crisis, you need to plan for the future at the same time you address the challenges of the present. These are certainly interesting times, when the global COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis and turned everyone’s operations upside down. 

For many, work has stopped, resulting in 21.5 million Americans filing for unemployment. Businesses across all sectors have been affected by the pandemic, and sales have stalled waiting for the crisis to abate. Now is the time to revisit your sales programs and lay the foundation for sales during and after a crisis.

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How to Stay Motivated in Sales During Summer Months

Even during a typical summer, staying motivated and focused on work can be challenging. After all, the weather is warm, kids are out of school, and vacations are looming. This year, motivation can be even harder to come by. Because most people are still working from home, activities are still somewhat limited, and we’re all yearning for a change of pace. 

But despite this summer’s unique challenges, it’s still important for your sales team to hit their goals and keep their momentum up. Read on for five ways to motivate your sales team through the dog days of summer:

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How Your Sales Team Can Support Small Businesses During a Crisis

There is a reason that the Centers for Disease Control calls COVID-19 a novel coronavirus. We have never seen a virus like this one before, nor have we seen a global pandemic this severe in more than a century. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us, especially small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and your SMB customers need your help more than ever. The challenge is finding the best way to help them through these unusual times.

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How Our Sales Teams Continue to Deliver Results During COVID-19

As many economies around the globe have slowed because of COVID-19, businesses are working to adapt quickly until the worst of the pandemic is over. 

In many industries, sales have fallen as both consumers and businesses have cut back on spending. One study found that of the businesses seeing decreases in their sales pipeline, 64 percent are reporting moderate decreases and 16 percent are reporting significant decreases. The top reasons for shrinking sales opportunities are canceled events, travel restrictions that have eliminated face-to-face meetings, and new work-from-home requirements.

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5 Best Books to Motivate Your Sales Team

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people to spend much more time at home, many are taking the opportunity to get caught up on their reading list. In stressful, uncertain times, picking up a new book or two can be entertaining and even calming. For your sales team, this could even become a time of learning and self-improvement.

We are always on the lookout for interesting perspectives on sales strategies—particularly when most employees are stuck at home and looking for some motivation. Here, we count down five great books to motivate your sales team:

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How to Empower Your Sales Team From Home

The coronavirus pandemic has sent shockwaves across the country, grinding our economy to a standstill and forcing many employees to work from home. In these unprecedented times, establishing a new routine with your sales team can feel challenging. But rest assured: They need your leadership right now. 

Although this crisis has put many industries on hold, others are still as busy as they were before it, in some cases, more busy. In the midst of all this stress and confusion, your team may very well be expected to keep making sales calls, focusing on Customer Success, and hitting their numbers. If that’s the case, then they are likely craving clear, confident guidance to help establish some sense of normalcy—and inspire them to keep up the great work

Here, we explore five ways to empower your sales team from home:

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Why SMB Is a Niche Your Sales Team Should Focus On

For every big customer you land, there are dozens of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) out there that are looking for products exactly like yours. However, most enterprise companies ignore SMB sales, assuming that SMBs are too difficult to sell to and too expensive given the size of their typical contract. 

If you are among those who are overlooking SMB sales, then you are ignoring an untapped market that is hungry for technology.

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