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What the First 90 Days of Customer Success Should Look Like

When sales organizations look back on 2020, one of their main “lessons learned” might be the importance of Customer Success. With so much uncertainty impacting the economy, sales teams are eager for effective ways to reconnect with their customers and bring new ones into the fold. This year and well into the future, Customer Success will be a key differentiator between losing sales and enabling significant growth. 

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What to Expect in the Sales World in 2021

History will remember 2020 as a year that changed the world, including how it has affected how we do business. The chaos created by the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on global business, including B2B sales and marketing. The B2B sales trends you can expect to see in 2021 are going to be a direct result of the pivot that successful companies were able to make to deal with the economic downturn in 2020.

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Pros and Cons of Kicking off an SMB Sales Strategy

There are 30.7 million small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the United States. Taken as a group, they account for 99.9 percent of all U.S. businesses. That’s a huge potential market, especially when you consider that SMBs are expected to spend more than $676 billion on tech in 2021. As a group, SMB sales revenue is too big to ignore, but how do you justify the cost of SMB sales against the ROI?

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How to Lead an SMB Sales Team

Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are a huge untapped market, but many B2B vendors ignore SMB sales because they believe that selling to SMB customers doesn’t justify the return on investment (ROI). Smart sales managers understand that SMB selling is different, and that successful SMB sales strategy requires a different approach that can yield substantial revenue.

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4 Misperceptions About Sales Engineers

As the B2B buying process has evolved, sales teams have had to continually adjust their strategy to best serve their clients’ needs. Today, the sales process is less linear than it used to be, and it requires a new set of dedicated sales professionals, including sales engineers, to get the job done well.

Of all the specialty sales roles, sales engineers are perhaps one of the most misunderstood. However, it’s important to utilize sales engineers fully because they often play an important part in pre- and post-sales support, delivery and installation, deployment, testing, and even Customer Success

Let’s explore some of the most common misperceptions about sales engineers to establish a better understanding of how these sales professionals could fit into your team.

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How Does a Marketing Specialist Benefit B2B Sales?

We all know that B2B sales don’t just happen. Before you can work with prospects and close the deal, you need to have qualified leads that you can convert to sales, which is why the role of the marketing specialist is so critical to the B2B sales process.

The marketing specialist’s job is to generate sales using online marketing strategies such as social media, web marketing, direct email, webinars, blogging, and search engine optimization (SEO). It’s the marketing specialist’s job to add leads to the sales funnel, and that role has become more important as B2B customers have become more self-selecting.

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What Does Sales as a Service Really Mean?

Around the globe, the market for Sales as a Service continues to grow. Today, some of the world’s most successful businesses, including Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft, are augmenting their in-house sales teams with an outsourced model to drive revenue. 

But what exactly is Sales as a Service? The term can feel a bit ambiguous, so we want to take a closer look at what exactly it means and how companies can leverage it.

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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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5 Skills of Successful Internal Channel Account Managers

In order to have a topflight sales organization, you need a strong sales channel. When your sales success depends on distributors and partners, you need an internal channel account manager with the right skills to oversee third-party sales.

If you are used to having a direct sales infrastructure, you may not understand the talents that are required of a successful channel account manager. In addition to understanding sales, you also have to be a sales strategist, trainer, coach, negotiator, diplomat, and referee. When you are managing an internal sales team, the team has a common goal—to drive sales for your business. 

A channel manager’s role is more complex because it requires accommodating the business needs of channel partners as well as the success of the supplier. It’s a balancing act that requires finesse and additional skills.

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How to Build a Sales Team with Specialty Roles

Today’s business-to-business (B2B) sales organizations are selling to increasingly sophisticated customers who are more informed than ever. The B2B buying journey has changed significantly, but customers still need help making the right buying decisions. That’s why we’re seeing a growing number of businesses incorporate new speciality sales roles to meet the needs of B2B customers at every stage of the sales cycle.

In this blog, we’ll explore how to best build speciality roles in a sales team to help your customers make the right buying decisions, while also supporting customer renewals and upselling customers to increase the value of every engagement.

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