B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

We stopped trying to convince people and got triple the results

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

A small thing changed my work in a big way. This is the story of how I started focusing on empathy for customers. About five years ago, someone sent me a video on a Tulsa, Oklahoma business that changed the entire way I approach sales and marketing.

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2 Tips to connect and build rapport immediately for sales success

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

Want to connect better with people on the phone or in person and build rapport today? Over the past few days, I’ve had two readers reach for advice on how to do better outreach.

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7 tips to improve your cold calling and lead generation

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

In spite of the fact that in the past pushy salespeople and poorly trained marketers have tarnished the image of the phone, I still believe that smart cold calling is still a very useful lead generation tool.

8 Getting Sales Enablement Right to Increase Results with Dave Brock, CEO of Partners in Excellence

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

Sales enablement is intended to help raise performance, but a lot of efforts have backfired due to departmental silos. And now there’s growing gap between what salespeople need and what they’re getting to improve performance.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

The Biggest Contributor to B2B Revenue

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

In most B2B companies with complex products or services, marketing-sourced leads rarely account for even half the revenue and often it is much less.

Stop Cold Calling and Start Lead Nurturing

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

I recently was called by the CEO of a small technology company who was wondering how to optimize his lead generation team’s cold calling efforts. He called me after two salespeople just quit, and he said, “I’m about to give up on cold calling and start doing inbound marketing.

How Much is Your Address Book Worth?

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

How much is your address book worth? I know that seems like a silly question because very few people even have a little black book that contains all of their contacts’ phone numbers and addresses.

Lead Generation: Does your teleprospecting deliver value to prospects?

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

Lead generation teleprospecting is the art of acquiring sales-ready leads for a sales staff. When it comes to communicating an organization’s value and credibility, asking the right questions and relieving any anxiety is key to a campaign’s success.

The Lament of Sales Development Reps: Data Everywhere, but Who’s Ready to Buy?

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

As the MECLABS Research Partnership analyst team, my colleagues and I speak with professionals who attend our events (like the next month’s MarketingSherpa Email Summit in Las Vegas), purchase our publications, and want more information about how MECLABS can help grow their business.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

B2B Marketing: 6 essentials for testing your teleprospecting

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

For years, marketers have been testing messages on emails, websites and pay-per-click ads to determine which ones drive the most sales. At MECLABS, we’ve made this a science and have even patented a Conversion Heuristic to analyze the process.

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Inside Sales: Why good call guides are built on storytelling

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

In inside sales, it’s not just about what you “ask” prospects; it’s about when you ask them. This is where a lot of sales development reps get it wrong. Intuitively, fast, upfront and to-the-point seem like a sound approach and I’m a big fan of brevity. But, I also believe in timing and sequence, as both can make or break conversion.

Lead Qualification: Stop generating leads and start generating revenue

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

B2B marketers, stop focusing on generating leads. You’re wasting your time and your sales team’s time. Now that I have your attention, here’s what you should focus on instead: helping salespeople sell. How do you do that? By sending them only qualified leads.

8 Questions to Steer Your Marketing Priorities

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

You could be racing the finest Formula One car, but if you’re always steering in the wrong direction, even a horse and buggy will beat you to the finish line. So it is with marketing. Too many marketers think they can lead the pack by leveraging the hottest channels, software and platforms.

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

Teleprospecting: When marketing lead response time is a priority (and when it’s not)

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

When you’re converting inquiries into qualified leads, it’s widely believed that time is of the essence. Even research published in the Harvard Business Review says you’re almost seven times more likely to qualify a lead if you respond by phone within five minutes than if you respond an hour later. That’s why, when one of our Research Partners , a B2B telecommunications company, wanted to convert more inbound leads into sales-ready ones, we cut our response time.

3 Principles for Effective Teleprospecting that Drove an 839% Increase in Leads

B2B Lead Blog - Inside Sales

When I first started making test calls with MECLABS, I was unsuccessful, to say the least. I was unaware of the real goal of the call, lacked an effective strategy, and was generally unprepared. After about 900 calls, my results were disappointing — I only had one lead! Since I was unsuccessful, I lacked confidence in my ability, and that feeling came through on each call.

Consulting Services: Putting the Client First in Sales and Delivery [Podcast]

Sandler Training

Brian Sullivan, VP of Sandler Enterprise Selling, speaks with Steve Moritz, thirty year veteran of the technology industry and CEO of Moritz Consulting Group about Consulting Services: Putting the client first in sales and delivery. Listen Time: 40 Minutes. Professional Development

Digital selling is Not Optional

Sales 2.0

Stormy clouds covering the Serengeti while on game-drive on the way to Seronera. We are starting to reopen but it’s pretty clear things will be different. Things will be some kind of new but not the same as before. The good news is that some things will be better. than before.

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

Do you need an Enterprise Selling Plan (ESP)?

Sales 2.0

Don’t panic. We will return to normalish, at some point. We will start selling at some reasonable rate again, soonish. Budgets will be back in place and buyers will need things, in a little whileish. When all this happens, you may easily forget the lessons of this panic/pandemic.

It’s a great time to start upgrading your clients

Sales 2.0

It’s a really tough time for most companies to sell their products and services. Much buying is “paused.” Buyers are wondering what the future holds for their companies–and themselves–and are having a tough time committing to purchases.

The Impact of Poor Data Quality on Sales and Marketing

Sales Benchmark Index

Data is becoming a core component of every business. As a result, the quality of the data being gathered, stored, and consumed is becoming increasingly important. We have all seen the impact that poor data quality can have on a.

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4 Ways Inside Sales Can Enhance Customer Experience

Sales Benchmark Index

Whether you are about to go on a first date or preparing for a discovery call with a prospect – first impressions matter. Regardless if it is from their initial website visit to their first discovery call, the prospects’ experience.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.

Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #11 – Guest Steve Gielda

The Pipeline

Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #11 – Guest Steve Gielda. Steve Gielda , is the co-founder and CEO of Ignite Selling, and someone I have been looking forward to having on the podcast. Most salespeople do not know why they win or lose deals. If they win it is their charm, personality, and relationship.

BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS – Jeff Bajorek

The Pipeline

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 7:30 AM – LinkedIn Live. Jeff Bajorek. ‘Rethink The Way You Sell?’ ’ Thinking through each step of your process might seem as if it can slow you down, but checking out and mindlessly disregarding steps does not mean that things will move faster.

BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS – Andrew Jenkins

The Pipeline

Friday, May 29, 2020, 7:30 AM – LinkedIn Live. Andrew Jenkins. Connections Matter More Now Than Ever: . It’s not about just increased social selling activities but IMPROVED social selling.

Sales lessons from a virus

Sales 2.0

Urban crowds of people from above. This is entirely 3D generated image. If you didn’t believe that we humans are connected before COVID-19, you should now. As you know, the virus has been transmitting itself exponentially through populations around the world.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your ABM Strategy

For marketing teams to develop a successful account-based marketing strategy, they need to ensure good data is housed within its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. More specifically, updated data can help organizations outline key accounts for their campaigns. And to begin the targeting process, marketing teams must develop an Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) with appropriate firmographic and behavioral data to ensure they’re going after the correct audience.Download this eBook to learn how to start improving your marketing team's data!

When It Goes Sideways – A Book with Swagger

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Sometimes things fall into place even during a pandemic. This coming Monday, May 11, I have the pleasure of having Jeff Bajorek as my guest on the Sales Scrum podcast. It turns out that since that was recorded, he has written a new book you will want to grab.

Data Gopher

Sales 2.0

I have to admit that I’m doing this right now. I am looking for contact information in some target enterprise accounts. It takes time. If you’re not careful, a lot of time. And I’ve done this many (many) times in my sales career and used many (many) hours of time on this.

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How CMOs Are Identifying Shifting Customer Needs

Sales Benchmark Index

Why Are We Having a Hard Time Identifying Customer Needs? Just as social media platforms are constantly evolving, so is the way customers wish to interact with your company. Think of your new customer interactions as “TikTok”—it’s quick (less than 15.

How Sales Leaders Are Prospecting in a COVID-19 World

Sales Benchmark Index

Waking up today, there is a lot of uncertainty in your world as sales leaders. The way you are interacting with customers and even your own sales team have changed overnight. As my colleague points out in his recent post, Article Sales Strategy Uncategorized

Data-Driven Marketing 101

This eBook highlights how data-driven strategies empower marketing campaigns through personalization tactics.

Revenue Multiplier, Not Cost Center: Why Sales Leaders Should Invest in Customer Success

Sales Benchmark Index

As a sales leader, you have most certainly heard the words “Customer Success,” especially if you are a sales leader for a subscription-based technology company. Some companies tout customer success as the critical driver of their growth.

How To Go From Order Taker To Trusted Advisor

MTD Sales Training

Order Taker? Trusted Advisor? Or Cheese Monster? How do your customers view you? From the customer’s point of view there are 4 types of relationships that they have with their suppliers.

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Build a prospecting team

Sales 2.0

The biggest challenge facing most sales people and small business owners is getting meetings with prospective clients. Cold prospecting techniques get harder-and-harder every day.

Sales may be about to get harder

Sales 2.0

I’m getting that feeling right now that I am living in a movie. Big events are happening so quickly it’s hard to keep up. One of the lessons I’ve learned is a crisis is not the time to get stuck. It’s time to take action…and to do so soon.

Best Practices for Marketing Database Cleanse

Finding a vendor to cleanse and optimize your marketing database can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Download the eBook to get the most out of your database cleanse and find an appropriate vendor for your B2B marketing objectives.