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The Next Gen Salesperson: What to Expect in B2B Complex Sales

Imagine a salesperson—what comes to mind? We all likely picture the cliché car salesman who is pushy, "all-knowing", always closing, and solely commission driven. We may even suspect that this is appropriate behavior for a salesperson. Now consider the last time you purchased a car. How much research did you do before interacting with sales? What did you want from that salesperson? Did you care most about the expertise to answer your questions or the willingness to move at your pace?

Although expertise is necessary for a salesperson's success, the strongest next gen salespeople understand where the customer is in the buyer's journey and how to help them continue on that journey. Customers have changed and it is important that your organization keeps up with new buyer needs—whether that means engaging the help of a sales consultant, integrating new sales technologies, or revamping the sales process all together. 

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Topics: Sales, Marketing and Sales Alignment

5 Ways to Improve the Efficiency of Your Meetings

Whether virtual or in person, we’re spending our work lives in meetings that aren’t working. Research shows that 67% of meetings are ‘failures’, and have lost their primary reason–getting things done.

Where have our meetings gone wrong? Over time, the amount of time spent in meetings and number of meetings held has increased significantly. Daily, upwards of 11 million meetings are held in American businesses, averaging a time frame of 31-60 minutes. These longer meetings have led to a 10% increase in the time employees spend in meetings since 2000.

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Topics: Business Insights, Internal Communication, Branding and Identity, Strategic Planning

6 Annoying Tactics to Avoid When Creating Your Marketing Plan

It's safe to say that in 2019 we are exposed to thousands of ads per day. Because of this, many Americans implement an ad blocker into their browser, causing an estimated $9.1 billion in missed revenue in 2019 alone. Getting inundated with intrusive advertisements is bad enough for consumer trust and attention, but when you add on annoying marketing tactics, it's clear why 72% of people dislike online popup ads, and 43% dislike native ads.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Lead Generation, Marketing Metrics, SEO

Reviewing Q1: What Metrics Matter to Your Marketing Plan?

You kicked off 2019 with a well-developed and detailed marketing plan, but now that Q1 is over and revenue numbers are in, it's time to take a look at performance. Your first quarter marketing metrics are essential to answering the questions that will help you have a successful Q2. Key questions to ask include:

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Topics: Marketing Metrics, Strategic Planning

It’s Time: Switch to Salesforce Lightning or Get Caught in the Storm

follow our 3-step process to make the switch to salesforce lightning.

 

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Topics: Sales, CRM implementation

Launch Team's 2019 Commitments

Here’s a few of our long-standing commitments, and what’s new for 2019:

 

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Topics: Company News, meet the team

Salesforce Spring 19 Release: A Little Guide to the Big Updates

The Spring ’19 release of Salesforce is less than a month away. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to browse through the official release notes, here’s a quick rundown of the most important new items for this first update of 2019.

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Topics: Sales, CRM implementation

CRM Implementation: Preparing Your Team for CRM Adoption

Whether you’re choosing your first CRM or transitioning to a new one, it’s a big decision — one that will lead to even bigger impacts on your team. Training your team to use a CRM efficiently is as important as the data that will be kept in it. If they don’t know how to use it comfortably, the transition into a new CRM tool can be a difficult one.

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Topics: Internal Communication, CRM implementation

B2B Corporate Positioning: Start at the Beginning

Corporate positioning is one of the most important ingredients in establishing a company’s position in the marketplace. However, it’s often overlooked because most organizations believe they know what their target audience needs and wants. Strong positioning starts from the beginning and creates a clear path highlighting your product or service in the market.

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Topics: Positioning, Strategic Planning

No Elves Needed: Using Salesforce Campaigns to Build Your Holiday Card List

Client relationships are an incredibly valuable resource for businesses of any size, and the holidays are a perfect time to reach out with warm wishes to all of your contacts. But wrangling a huge mailing list can get overwhelming during a hectic yearend. So what’s the best way to check off your holiday “nice” list? Channel your inner St. Nick and get it all done in a wink using a full-featured CRM like Salesforce!

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Topics: Marketing and Sales Alignment, CRM implementation