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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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Trends in B2B Sales Structure: The New Way to Build a Sales Team

The nature of sales is continually changing, and organizations that can spot those changes are the ones that identify new opportunities. In B2B selling, buying habits are evolving, and capitalizing on new B2B sales opportunities means building a sales team that’s structured to address the new B2B customer. Unfortunately, most sales executives have been slow to identify these changes, let alone to react to them. It’s time to take a hard look at your current sales organization and consider building your sales team to meet the needs of today’s B2B buyer.

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[Infographic] In-house vs. Outsourced Sales

Rapid market changes paired with new and increasingly complex product and service offers means one thing for sales: Adapt and evolve if you want to succeed. So, when it comes to the decision to overhaul your sales team for agility and scale, you have two options: Expand internally or partner up with an outsourced inside sales provider.

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What to Consider When Choosing Your Sales Tech Stack

Your expertise is in selling B2B technology to companies that are seeking to improve operations, smooth out their workflows, and generally power new strategies for success. But how do you use technology as part of your SMB sales strategy? Does your sales tech stack stack up and give you access to the data, insights, and analytics you need to unlock efficiencies and increase sales volume?

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15 Statistics To Inspire Your Sales Strategy

Numbers don’t lie, but they can inspire. If you know where to look, you can find thousands of statistics on the web related to sales and selling. Although these statistics can be interesting, they don’t mean much when taken strictly at face value. However, when you start to assimilate data and compare numbers from various sources, you start to see patterns emerge. Then, if you correlate these numbers, some of your findings might make you a much smarter sales rep.

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5 Limitations of Doing Sales All In-House

Hiring and training staff is expensive. SHRM (The Society of Human Resource Management) estimates that the cost-per-hire is $4,129, and that replacing an employee can cost between six and nine months of their salary. When you consider the cost of searching, hiring, and training sales personnel, hiring an outside sales team can eliminate talent acquisition headaches.

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4 Keys to Success in Selling Cloud Services

If you are selling enterprise technology, you are probably selling cloud services. The cloud drives most technology decisions since hosted services are being used to handle data, business applications, development, and virtually anything that supports enterprise-driven businesses. You should include cloud services as part of your channel partner program.

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How Live Chat Is Changing the Landscape of Inside Sales

More companies are using live chat for leads. You are undoubtedly familiar with live chat as a sales and customer service tool. How often have you visited a website looking for information only to see a live chat box pop up in the bottom corner? These chat boxes aren’t sales bots; they are live sales reps looking to provide business-critical information that could turn a curious website visitor into a viable prospect. This is how you apply live chat for leads, and it is changing B2B sales.

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5 Ways to Maximize Partner Relationship Management

One of the fastest ways to expand enterprise sales is by enlisting help from channel partners, but to be effective, you also need a partner relationship management strategy. To make your channel partners effective, you have to provide the tools and support they need for success.

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How Channel Partner Enablement Triggers the End User’s Journey

When you have a channel partner program, you need to rely on your channel partners to manage not only customer sales but also the overall customer experience. In the age of software as a service and recurring revenue models, everyone in the value chain has to assume responsibility for customer success. However, your channel partners are on the front line, since they closed the sale and are the first line of defense for customer fulfillment. Therefore, the vendor’s job is to enable channel partner success in order to optimize the customer’s experience.

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How to Manage Stakeholder Relations to Get Everyone on Board for 2019

 

Change is inevitable; in fact, it is essential for businesses to grow. However, not everyone is willing to embrace change, and even if they are willing to accept change, they may not see things your way. That’s why stakeholder relations have to be a key component of any business or change management strategy. It’s important to have everyone involved on board with the new strategy, policies, and procedures so the entire team is working toward a common goal. When making plans for 2019, you want to be sure that everyone involved shares the same vision and objectives.

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