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Do You Need a Salesforce.com Implementation Partner or a Consultant?

One of the main decisions an Executive has to make regarding Salesforce.com is who is going to implement and support your solution. I have been in this space since 2001 and, in general, I see two different types of implementation partners: firms that lead with tech and firms that lead with consulting. The question is, which is right for you?

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Topics: Sales, CRM implementation

Are You Ready for Salesforce Lightning?

Salesforce.com has been talking about Lightning for over a year. It is on the way, and now is the time to start planning for it. 

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Topics: Sales, CRM implementation

Salesforce Named #1 in CRM Applications

When Salesforce began in a San Francisco apartment 18 years ago, who would have imagined that today more than 150,000 customers would trust Salesforce to drive sales, service, marketing, and more every single day? In fact, every month, our customers facilitate more than 50 billion interactions powered by Salesforce.

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Topics: Sales, CRM implementation

The CEO as Sales Manager: Asking the Right Questions

In growing small and mid-sized companies, the CEO is often the company’s best salesperson. As the company grows, so does the sales team, but the CEO seldom is able to totally abdicate a role in sales.

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Topics: Sales

Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur: Scalable Sales & Marketing Models

At a recent panel discussion, I was asked to share experiences in sales and marketing with an audience of Entrepreneurs’ Organization accelerator founders, along with fellow panelists Don Davis of Empire Automation Systems and Ron Valentine of ITX.

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Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Strategy, Sales

How to Sell to Medical Device Companies

Opportunities and Challenges

For optics and other component manufacturers, medical devices represent a strong opportunity—especially for those who need to diversify their revenue base from DoD.

The US medical device market growth rate has slowed in recent years; it’s projected at 6.1% for 2017. There are several factors slowing growth and innovation in US healthcare, including:

  • The repeal and reform of the Affordable Care Act, and post-election uncertainty
  • Iterative product innovation to speed product launch, reduce FDA hurdles, and reduce risk
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Topics: Medical Device, Sales

5 Tips to Improve Your Trade Show ROI

Occasionally we hear companies say that attending or exhibiting at trade shows brought them little ROI. The first question we ask is, “How many appointments with prospects did you have set up beforehand?” Frequently the answer is none. Hoping that prospects with a need will drop by your booth during the show, whether or not they are familiar with your company beforehand, is simply not enough.

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Topics: Trade Show Strategy, Sales

Beer & Blog: Data-Driven Decisions in B2B Sales, with Tom McManus

Tom McManus, CEO of KegWorks, has worked to build a global, multi-channel, multi-brand corporation committed to “everything in the bar except the alcohol,” including their Line Logic and Behind the Bar brands.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing Metrics, Sales, Beer & Blog (interviews)

Photonics West 2017: Inbound Marketing for Optics Companies Q&A

Photonics West brings together more than 20,000 optics and photonics leaders from all over the world. SPIE’s industry track of courses is gaining momentum, and this year our team had the honor to teach “The New Sales Model.” There were some exceptional discussions among myself, Launch Team VP of Account Services Sarah Campagna, and sales and marketing professionals the industry. Couldn’t make the session? These attendee questions might provide some insight.

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Topics: Optics, Marketing Strategy, Sales

Global Sales Growth: Consider Video for More Meaningful Customer Engagement

 

Inbound marketing will inevitably expand your company’s geographic reach—the internet is global, after all. It’s important to qualify leads from countries that represent a good fit based on:

  • Industry clusters
  • Competitive pricing
  • Cultural fit
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Topics: Client Relations, Sales