100 Most Prospected-to Companies of 2018

DiscoverOrg Sales

You might recognize the most-prospected-to companies of 2018, according to DiscoverOrg’s database, as household names – but that’s not why savvy sales and marketing professionals have been pitching to them. Before we dive in, let’s take a quick look at the most-prospected-to industries.

Your Sales Tech Is Destroying Your Relationships With Prospects. Here's What You Can Do About it.

Hubspot Sales

Before the internet, it was nearly impossible for prospects to get information about a product without the help of a friendly salesperson. But reps didn't hold all the power -- they needed prospects too. With less reach and fewer resources, prospects were uncovered through hard work.

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Are You Using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles?

Smooth Sale

Construction companies are a prime example of using the PoC method. Think about it: If a software company is developing something for someone, then they want to recognize part of the work and part of what it has cost them to complete the task.

Why Your Focus on Quota is Killing Revenue Growth

Smart Selling Tools

The more elaborate “magical” tricks make use of smoke and mirrors not unlike how some people construct forecasts. Studies of B2B sellers have shown that on average only 35% of this time is spent communicating with prospects. Most organizations live and die by quota.

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Where Politics & Business Collide: Political Donations of B2B Decision Makers

DiscoverOrg Sales

We’ve taken DiscoverOrg’s available data on political donations and matched it to the prospect’s job and seniority level for a unique way of looking at political affiliation among B2B decision-makers: Based on donations, do political affiliations vary by role and/or seniority level?

10 Sales Proposal Templates to Automate the Closing Process

Hubspot Sales

You're at the final stretch, and the prospect you've been talking to for the past month and a half is nearly ready to pull out their wallet. Software Development Proposal Template. Since it can get very technical, software development agreements can be tricky.

The Best Way to Sell Is With a Story

Sales and Marketing Management

They’ve been through it so many times they can rattle off the typical objections from customers and prospects: “I don’t have time to hear this pitch”. “It’s Storytelling gives a prospect a compelling reason to hear you out. Nearmap, the company I work for, captures, manages and delivers high-resolution aerial imagery to engineering and construction firms, governments, property and real estate companies, solar installers, telecoms, and others.

The Secret Path to Successful Sales Calls

Smart Selling Tools

How do you lead each conversation so the prospect will want to continue the sales journey with you? Did you first think through the key sales messages and the best way to communicate them to prospects? It is equivalent to using a magnet to find true-north on the prospect’s compass.

Email Open Rates By Industry: See How You Stack Up

Hubspot Sales

Arts & Entertainment, Construction, Human Resources, Legal & Government, and Real Estate have the highest open rates. The lowest-hanging fruit is personalizing your subject line so it’s unique to the specific prospect. Software: 28%. Construction: 45%.

An Interview with Henry Schuck: 4 Ways to Move the Sales Performance Needle

DiscoverOrg Sales

If you do it right, eventually you reach a place where more reps are leaning toward the closing – not the prospecting. Everyone has egos, but we don’t let it get in the way of being coached, and that makes constructive criticism a lot easier.

GDPR lawful data processing – why is insight so important? [Here’s Why]

Artesian Solutions

Furthermore, utilising machine learning will enable the construction of predictive models of buying behaviours. Most of the major banks across the globe are shifting from rule-based software systems to AI-based systems which are more robust and capable of spotting money laundering patterns.

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The “Keystone” of B2B Corporations isn’t CRM or Marketing Automation

Pointclear

The Keystone is the wedge-shaped stone piece at the apex of a masonry vault or arch, which is the final piece placed during construction and locks all the stones into position, allowing an arch to bear weight. [1]

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The Key to Sales Territory Mapping

Xactly

Your sales territories should balanced and offer the right amount of coverage to optimize prospective opportunities and ensure every rep has an equal opportunity to hit their sales quotas. Data-driven sales mapping software uses analytics to help you design balanced territories.

Sales Automation: Friend or Foe?

DialSource

You’re Keeping Track of Prospect Touchpoints. A good sales cadence and smooth sales process mean keeping track of prospect “touchpoints.” Automation software can automatically update customer files so that you can prioritize who to contact, and how to contact them.

Bite-sized Learning Alleviates Sales Onboarding Stress

Allego

Use short videos to walk new hires through administrative paperwork or gaining access to key software programs. Quick prospecting tactics and recaps of key buyer personas.

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Ultimate guide to sales emails: How to write sales emails that convert (templates, examples and case studies)

Close.io

What’s more, before we built our CRM software , we were running sales for more than 200 venture backed startups in the Bay Area. Well, if your sales prospects never open the email to read your message, it’s as if the email never even existed. Know your prospects and you won’t go wrong.

Take your competitors’ clients (It isn’t stealing if you earn their business)

Sales and Marketing Management

Your competitors’ customers are solid leads, says sales consultant Mark Hunter (TheSalesHunter.com) in his new book “High-Profit Prospecting.” To me, this approach is by far the easiest way to generate prospects because you don’t have to educate them,” he says.

The 15 Most Inspiring Sales Stories We Heard This Year

Sales Hacker

He is our in-house thought-leader and our go-to person for anything related to our prospects and sales methodology. Emily is a great motivator and knows the right balance of constructive and positive feedback. Parker Trahan – SDR Team Lead at Teamable Software.

12 inside sales skills you need to master to be a top-performing rep

Close.io

Then after that, we’ll dive into the hard sales skills every rep needs to hone, like how to use specific tools & technologies, prospecting, lead qualification, negotiating and more. What happens when you dial a prospect and they pick up the phone? Speak your prospect’s language.

4 Pieces of Advice From Modern Sales Leaders

LevelEleven

Steve Molen is the Senior Vice President of Sales at Viewpoint Construction Software. Congratulations! You have been promoted to sales manager. Going from a top performing sales person to a manager seems like it will be an easy transition, right? Wrong.

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How to hire the right sales reps (and keep them!)

PandaDoc

Your sales representatives are the ones working with your prospects to learn more about their needs, build relationships, and deliver results. No matter what a prospect has seen about your company on social media, your sales reps will be their first face-to-face impression.

7 Ways to Improve Your Lead Management Process

Zoominfo

25% of marketers who adopt mature lead management processes report that sales teams contact prospects within one day. First and foremost, effective lead management requires a deep understanding of the characteristics that make a prospect an ideal fit for your products and services.

Account Based Marketing for Lead Development Quality, Not Quantity

Sales and Marketing Management

ABM takes an individual prospect or customer account – these are companies, not individual people – and treats it like its very own market, or a market of one,” said Amanda Zantal-Wiener of HubSpot. Technology companies are leading this ABM revolution, providing valuable information on prospective buyers. Inbound marketing primarily focuses on creating content to bring prospects to you; ABM puts their aim on individual prospects or existing accounts.

14 Pro Tips for Running a Successful Business

Hubspot Sales

Others, like construction and transportation, have rates that are lower. It's more important than ever to be active in omnichannel marketing if you want to attract prospects and keep customers happy. And live chat software can help address the need for an immediate response.

Your Sales Management Guru - Untitled Article

Your Sales Management Guru

This blog is made up of Quotes from a book: Demonstrating to Win , if you demonstrate any product, especially software, this book is a must read. Knowing the prospect’s key value drivers gives me the opportunity to shape benefit statements and messages around their needs.

Is Your Sales Training Tethered to the Stone Age?

Increase Sales

” His response was three fold: “Me for not being more engaged” It was “not aligned with the behaviors of our people” (mostly software engineers).

Can a machine feel your customer’s pain?

Artesian Solutions

For B2B sellers, empathy is fundamental to understanding the pain felt by prospects and customers, but if you want to solve pain points then waiting for that monthly catch up to find out what issues they are facing and what’s challenges are on the horizon is far too late.

The Biggest Sales Mistakes

Pipeliner

Another less obvious, but still a common mistake, is when salespeople insult the decisions that their prospect made. For example, if they decide to entertain one of your competitors, or they just bought a competitive software, a salesperson might make a quip like, “well, good luck with that.” Regardless of if you think the prospect made a bad decision or not, the worst thing you can do is insult the choice. Avoiding the biggest sales mistakes is crucial.

The Ultimate Guide to Mutual Action Plans (How to Use MAPs to Transform Your Sales Process)

Sales Hacker

Better still, imagine getting your prospects to tell you both who their key players are and all the gory details of their organization’s buying process –– and having it verified by the buyer before you even submit a proposal. RELATED : Stop “Closing” Your Prospects!

Moving From Mid-Market to Enterprise {Part 1} – Product and Market Readiness

Sales Hacker

Your Product Management team should start the Customer Development process again and interview prospective Enterprise customers to find out if they have the problems you currently solve.

What's it take to generate leads that fuel your forecast?

Pointclear

Quality conversations and personal engagement with prospects. All the time we’re having unscripted conversation with our clients’ prospects. Our group is capable of navigating a prospect organization to find the right decision-makers. And there are others who maintain that their technology can make mediocre people successful generating, qualifying and nurturing executive-level leads for enterprise software companies (for example).

Reflections on 2013: Social Proof, Quota Killers, Failing CRM, and Recommendations

Smart Selling Tools

In all, there were 16 categories that honored thought-leaders; books, blogs and articles; software tools; and useful resources. The more elaborate “magical” tricks make use of smoke and mirrors not unlike how some people construct forecasts.

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Can Your Marketing Team Increase Sales Productivity?

Zoominfo

Buyer personas are semi-fictional profiles of your ideal buyers constructed using research, observation and thorough analysis of customer data. Explain the value of your personas as part of the sales prospecting process.

SaaStr Podcast #214: Erica Schultz, CRO @ New Relic on What It Takes To Successfully Scale Into Enterprise

SaaStr - Sales Strategy

Erica Schultz is Chief Revenue Officer @ New Relic, the company that gives you the real time insights your software driven business needs to innovate faster. From Erica’s experience, how do the very best sales reps build relationships with their prospects? Welcome to Episode 214!

12 inside sales skills you need to master to be a top-performing rep

Close.io

Then after that, we’ll dive into the hard sales skills every rep needs to hone, like how to use specific tools & technologies, prospecting, lead qualification, negotiating and more. What happens when you dial a prospect and they pick up the phone? Speak your prospect’s language.

8 ways to optimise the customer journey with data driven insight

Artesian Solutions

In line with these statistics, and those from across the industry, our own experience demonstrates that businesses harnessing data-driven insight are achieving: 38% more prospects and opportunities. Optimise the customer journey with data driven insight.

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Why Sales People’s Product Demo’s Suck and What to Do About it!

A Sales Guy

Product demos and trials seem to be the thing these days, especially in the world of SaaS (Software as a Service). In other words demos and trials need to be constructed as a way to demonstrate how your solution will solve their specific problems now!

How to Build an Army of Virtual Sales Assistants to Help Grow Your Business

Sales Hacker

Here’s an example: <Sales Prospecting Coordinator Role> Company X is seeking a virtual sales assistant with knowledge of list building and prospecting to complete tasks that are anticipated to require around 25 hours per week for an on-going duration. The following skills are a must: Experience with business software suites like Google and Microsoft Office. It means that everyone is getting constructive criticism/feedback along with some praise every week.

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Putting it into Practice: Preparing New Sales Hires for the Front Lines

Showpad

Within reps’ first week, you should also execute a stand and deliver, where each person runs a demo or pitches a product to an actual client or prospect, allowing you to gauge where they are at in their pitch. Giving each other constructive feedback and sharing ideas will empower sellers and encourage camaraderie amongst the team. LearnCore offers software to make sales onboarding and training simple. Even the most skilled professionals practice and rehearse.

Whale Hunting Part I - The Rate of Decay

Tony Hughes

What truly constitutes an ideal prospect? Don't answer your email, construct an RFP response, work the web leads or build that 55 slide presentation with your NASCAR slide. Nobody is ever satisfied with what they're using, especially in software.