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The Difference Between a Sales and Customer Success Team

As business solutions grow increasingly complex, some buyers require additional assistance to successfully introduce new products or services into their companies. It’s no longer enough for business-to-business (B2B) sales organizations to sell a product or service and leave the customer to their own devices—today they need support and knowledge over the long haul. 

The need for longer-term success is why Customer Success teams are becoming increasingly common in B2B sales organizations. However, it’s important for sales leadership to understand that Customer Success is not the same as other sales functions. Here, we take a look at the key ways in which these two roles are different and why a Customer Success team may be exactly what your organization needs.

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Why Customer Success Should Be Part of Your Plan While the Economy Recovers

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had an incredible impact on a variety of industries around the globe. There’s no doubt that it’s been a challenging year, and we’re still not out of the woods. 

But that means this summer is a great time to reassess your sales approach, determine what’s working and not working, and consider what your customers need, both now and in the future. 

As the economy regains focus amid and after COVID-19, Customer Success in particular should be part of your plan. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of a Customer Success team and how to best implement one in your company.

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4 Myths of Outsourcing Your Inside Sales Team

Sales as a ServiceⓇ continues to grow in popularity, with more and more companies outsourcing key sales processes to help meet their goals. Still, some sales leaders are hesitant to consider it, especially to support their inside sales needs.

We’ve noticed over the years that there are a few common myths about outsourcing inside sales—objections that many sales leaders seem to share. But we’ve seen for ourselves that these myths aren’t true. And for companies that are already leveraging Sales as a Service, these myths have been debunked in the form of a growing pipeline and increased revenue.

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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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How to Reach Out to Sales Partners During a Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis is something we have never seen before, and it is affecting every business across the globe. Operations are far from normal, and in many locations, businesses have closed their doors and asked employees to work from home. 

Your channel partners are being affected as well. Deals that were in the pipeline have paused, stakeholders are in a new work environment (WFH), budgets are now uncertain, and everyone is taking a deep breath, waiting to see what comes next.

With normal business on pause, now is the time to step up channel support and strengthen your partner relationships so we can all weather the crisis.

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Why a Customer Success Team Is Essential During a Crisis

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire world has had to change the way it conducts business virtually overnight. Shelter-in-place orders have been issued in states across the U.S., and businesses are encouraging their people to work from home. This is the time when your Customer Success team really needs to step up to reassure customers and keep the revenue coming in.

If you don’t already have a Customer Success team in place, then you should seriously consider creating one. Unlike customer support, which is reactive following a sale, the Customer Success team is proactive, working with customers to understand their business needs and help them to achieve their business goals.

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[Infographic] Driving Impact from Anywhere During COVID-19

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, MarketStar is pivoting to a work-from-home environment through at least May 4. However, despite the current challenges and uncertain times, we continue to launch new teams without delay (6-8 weeks), including recruiting, training, and equipment delivery. 

In this infographic, we discuss how our sales teams are staying strong and our Sales as a Service® model is built to drive results from anywhere.

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How to Remain Productive During the Coronavirus Pandemic

We are living in unusual times. The COVID-19 viral outbreak is the worst pandemic in 100 years, and it is having a dramatic impact on people and businesses around the globe. 

Here in the United States, events from concerts to the NCAA playoffs have been canceled. Movie theaters and restaurants are either closed or empty. State governments are taking steps to protect citizens from contagion. 

Other businesses are also taking steps to protect their employees and their customers. Businesses are closing their doors and, where practical, are requesting that their employees work remotely. Thanks to technology, we are in a better position to not only deal with the coronavirus pandemic, but also to continue to work and support our customers at the same time.

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How to Design a B2B Sales Team and Optimize Coverage

Times are changing, and so is the way that B2B buyers source new business solutions. This means that you need to rethink your approach to building a sales team. Customers aren’t looking to buy specific products as much as they’re looking for ways to solve business problems. 

As a result, sales territories are fading in favor of selling using vertical market expertise. It’s a buyer’s world, and customers are better educated and want more value and better service, and so building a sales team that can offer better solutions requires a new strategy.

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5 Leading Brands That Rely on Outsourcing for Profits

There has been a change in tone to the word outsourcing. What was once considered a controversial way of doing business is now a seamless blend into the typical buildout of a successful company. The biggest reason? Outsourcing, particularly in relation to the sales process, allows companies to focus on what they do best, and leave the rest to a trusted  outsourced sales partner

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