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The 5 P’s of Sales Talent Motivation and Retention

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The most difficult challenge leaders will face in 2021 is motivating personnel. Even with a new prospect or a new project, for most employees, the outlook is another year of virtual meetings that highly resembles 2020. In this environment, how.

How a Marketing Leader Relentlessly Drives Alignment With Sales

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Marketing leaders have faced numerous difficulties over the past year, but one challenge is not exclusive to just 2020—sales and marketing alignment. Getting this correct is more imperative now than ever before and can make-or-break your growth strategy. Ultimately, companies.

Hosting a Virtual Kickoff: 5 Keys to an Engaging Event

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This time last year, SBI released the research report “Sales Kickoffs are Dead,” and revealed how to host a world-class acceleration summit for your employees. The same principles still apply — create an environment that motivates your team and activates.

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How to Help Your Field Sellers Thrive in a Virtual World

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While the world innovated rapidly and continually adopts many advanced technologies, the sales environment is still catching up. In most cases, face-to-face selling was the top method or process, allowing for strong relationship building, effective communication, and the ability to.

Your New Schematic for Next-Level Sales Coaching & Enablement

Speaker: Matthew Hawk, President of B2bTrainers

The term “sales enablement” applies to a dizzying array of best practices and technologies. In addition, there is tremendous competitive pressure not to fall behind. No matter where you are in your current sales enablement strategy, one thing is key: success ultimately rides on the habits of your sales managers & marketers. In this webinar, Matthew Hawk will lay out an in-depth schematic for your next-level sales coaching, demonstrate the key activities that comprise success, and walk you through several examples of sales coaching cadences that apply to all salesforce sizes.

How to Update Your Pricing and Packaging for Digital Selling

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There’s no doubt that the pandemic has permanently impacted daily life in every way. It’s also clear that corporate digital transformation is accelerating in every way. After all, in 2019, many enterprise sales calls absolutely had to be in person.

How to Lead a Digital-Oriented Sales Strategy

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At this point in 2020, all your competitors have undergone some variation of a “digital transformation” to supplement an end-to-end data-driven, Customer Experience (CX) focused digital sales strategy. A recent study conducted by KPMG found that over 90% of companies.

A Proven Planning Framework From Market-Leading CEOs

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Over the past several months, SBI’s latest research has unpacked how market-leading CEOs have responded to market disruption and how they approach planning for 2021. Those identified as “Accelerators” have not only managed to thrive in the face of adversity.

Preparing Your Sales Organization For Success in a Hybrid Workplace

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As 2020 is finally in the rear-view mirror, the workplace as we have known it looks drastically different. Sellers are growing accustomed to the remote working environment, and the top players have quickly transformed their workflows to accompany the rapid.

Proper 2021 Planning Will Require a New Level of Focus

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No more bets, please. Have you ever been at a roulette table next to the person who bets on nearly every number? They practically cover the board betting the majority of the 38 numbers, 0 & 00 included, not realizing.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

How Sales Leaders Activate Key Data to Drive Alignment

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Death by information overload—a theme and phrase we often hear in the age of information technology and big data. Decision paralysis is derived from the inability to process data. As digital evolution continues to push data volume and make market.

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Not All Customer Touchpoints Are Equal

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In a world of uncertainty, market leaders are sure which customer touchpoints require prioritization. As a result of a highly volatile year, has your customer journey map been altered? As a sales operations leader, you must be confident in your. Article Sales Strategy

Using Data to Drive Sales Strategy & Execution

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As the calendar has turned to 2021, top-tier NFL teams are preparing for deep runs in the playoffs. Others are going back to the drawing board, diagnosing what went wrong and how to turn it around next season. These narratives.

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How a Software CEO Recharged the 2020 Strategy

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For market-leading software companies, the changing economic conditions have had a positive effect on the bottom line. But this has not been without their fair share of challenges, especially for those facing a high growth environment.

Want to Crush Your Competition? Read How to Build an AI-Powered Selling Roadmap

“If sales reps have the right AI tools and adoption, we see sellers easily closing 3 times as many sales each month.” Hear from 5 experts on steps you can take to reduce non-selling time and use conversational & sentiment analysis to transform how you sell.

Insights From SBI’s Latest CEO Advisory Meeting

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Nearing the end of 2020, less than a dozen market-leading CEOs gathered for SBI’s fall Advisory Meeting to discuss common challenges faced throughout the year as well as share best practices for trending topics, including: Using the Right Data for Right.

The Digital Evolution and Its Impact on Revenue Growth in 2021

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One of the main differences this past year was the emphasis on digital strategies geared towards getting closer to the customer rather than traditional cost-cutting. The impact of this is profound, and in industries where getting closer to the customer.

How to Plan Your Digital Strategy for 2021

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As we round out 2020 and begin to look ahead to 2021, the topic of revenue planning is surely at the forefront of conversations between your company’s leadership team and board members. While your annual revenue planning activities may focus.

How CEOs of Tech-Enabled Services Accelerate in a Downturn

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It may be easy to assume that tech-enabled services became an overnight success in the wake of the work-from-home and digital phenomena. However, many companies will not only miss their number but have also experienced an 8% year over year decrease.

The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

The Impact of Your Digital Evolution on Your Customer Acquisition Cost

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The global pandemic has brought about the greatest virtual sales experience ever to occur. Organizations that were staving off digital evolution were forced into adoption, while those that had embraced digital were positioned for success. In a multi-quarter stretch where.

Survival of the Fittest or the Boldest? How Market Leaders Get Ahead

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Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste. As a CEO leading through the pandemic, you’ve heard “never let a crisis go to waste.” ” Still, what practical takeaways from 2020 will place you among the top performers emerging from one of the.

Why Top CROs Care About Sales Velocity

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As a sales leader, it is necessary to understand the performance levers which impact your bottom line. One encompassing metric that can help you understand these levers and improve sales effectiveness and efficiency in 2021 is Sales Velocity. Deciphering your.

How Fast-Growing Companies Build Revenue Plans

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Regardless of your industry, the number of employees, annual revenue, or any other characteristic, SBI has seen several similarities in how market-leading companies build their revenue plans. These companies are defined as the top 9% of organizations that grow organically.

7 Keys to Creating Massive Value in Your Sales Meetings

Speaker: Marc Wayshak, Sales Strategist, Best-Selling Author & Founder, Sales Insights Lab

Engaging prospects in a strong two-way dialogue is something most reps struggle with. In this session with Marc Wayshak, you’ll discover a data-driven approach to sales meetings that yields significantly better results.

How a Sales and Marketing Leader Makes Meaningful Connections with Self-Serve Customers

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With more and more possibilities available to the online consumer, the desire for self-serve options does not seem to be subsiding anytime soon. With more independent and educated customers, where do sales and marketing fit into this new model? In his.

Are Your CSMs Assigned to the Right Accounts and Touchpoints?

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Customer Success has become the focus of many organizations and answers questions such as “how do I retain my customer?” ” And “how do I grow within my current customer base?” ” To ensure your organization is focused on the right CS.

Underwriting to a Growth Thesis: The 4 Quadrants of Value Creation

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While every industry has been impacted by the ongoing pandemic, private equity professionals have had to unpack an entirely different set of challenges trying to buy and sell in this environment.

How Leading CMOs Build Teams That Make the Number

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CMOs commonly struggle with talent issues across marketing functions, more so than their counterparts in sales. Being the benevolent leaders that they are, CMOs often explain this as a consequence of marketeers requiring deeper role specialization, technical skill requirements, data.

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[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

Why Sales Leaders Should Care About DEI

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Traditionally, B2B sales teams are mostly dominated by men. Though female sales reps earn a base pay of 33% lower than male reps, women are still paid higher at a commission rate. In fact, 86% of women achieved their set.

Advisory Board Learnings From Global Sales Leaders

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At SBI’s most recent Sales Advisory Board meeting, market leaders from a variety of industries came together in a virtual environment to discuss topics that are top of mind for sales executives: The Ascent of Sales Leaders to CEO Positions Executing a.

Navigating the Digital Disruption to Your Sales Channel Strategy

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If you are reading this article and you work in the B2B space, you have most likely been inundated with buzzwords surrounding Digital and how it is disrupting your industry: Digital strategy, digital transformation, eCommerce, big data, IoT, AI, and.

Survey Results: How Market Leaders Respond to a 33% Drop in New Logo Revenue

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Most companies earn the majority of their revenue from existing customers, and with the recession that began in March 2020, this is truer than ever. SBI’s quarterly pulse survey shows that companies are more dependent on their existing customers to.

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How to Redirect Your Indirect Channels by Enabling the Right People

Speaker: Jay McBain, Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems

We are in the middle of a major transformation of how companies go to market – in fact, 76% of global CEOs feel that their current business models will be unrecognizable in the next 3 years. Join Jay McBain from Forrester as he unpacks these future trends.

Top Priorities for CEOs in 2021

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A new year is on the horizon, and market-leading CEOs are forward-thinking, regardless of the circumstances in 2020. The top challenges in 2020 for CEOs included collecting and actioning the right data, managing Board and stakeholder expectations, and the rapid.

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Leading a Legacy Company to Accelerate in Any Market Condition

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Legacy companies have been able to withstand nearly every possible economic condition over several decades, and yet even they have had to persevere through new challenges seen this year. However, companies like Hexagon PPM have not been around for over 50.

How Business Services CEOs Are Responding to Industry Disruption

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While the Business Services industry saw comfortable growth preceding the pandemic, only a select few market leaders have been able to accelerate growth since the crisis began. Their secret lies in their ability to execute dynamic, cross-functional revenue plans. On today’s.

How Sales Leaders Avoid a Talent Exodus in Challenging Times

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As a sales leader, you view the revenue planning process as a tug-of-war between reality and board expectations. Did you have a killer year where you blew past your number? The board wants 15% more on top of that next.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.