Salesfusion Named a 2015 Cool Vendor by Gartner


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Why Winning “Vendor of the Year” is Bad for Business

The Sales Hunter

I’m sitting in the office of a VP of Sales and he begins to share with me about all of the “vendor of the year” awards his team has received from their customers. He says this is a great example of the leadership his team has with customers and how they don’t have one […]. Professional Selling Skills customer service profit sales sales tips

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The 8 Buying Considerations CRM Vendors Don’t Want You to Know About

Smart Selling Tools

Perhaps in the future, when budgetary concerns force the sales division decision-makers to hide their checkbooks, software solutions wrapped in market-speak like CRM will be tagged will a seal of approval like UPMs, which would designate some form of ‘ U ser P erformance M easurement’, instead of C an’t R easonably M anipulate this the way the vendor promised it was designed to function.When filtering through your CRM options, it is quite natural and very tempting to start with price.

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[PART 2] What Buyers Want: The B2B Vendor Advantage

DiscoverOrg Sales

As sales professionals know, the B2B buyer’s decision process is ultimately influenced by timing, office politics, budgets, vendor philosophy, and past experience – in addition to the quality and fit of the product or service itself. We surveyed them to get their candid thoughts about how they made buying decisions, and why they select the vendors they do. Vendor market position advantages. What do B2B buyers want to see on vendor websites?

OpenSymmetry Releases 2016 SPM Vendor Guide


The 2016 SPM Vendor Guide is an information resource that provides organizations an introduction to the leading suppliers of Sales Performance Management systems and solutions. The post OpenSymmetry Releases 2016 SPM Vendor Guide appeared first on OS Blog.

Learning From Sales and Marketing Automation Vendors

Partners in Excellence

There are thousands of vendors/solutions, growing by 100’s every year. All of the vendors clamor for attention and visibility. All of these vendors want to “teach” us, which seems right. But, I’ve discovered the secret to learning from these vendors.

Sales Tips: An Untapped Vendor Asset

Customer Centric Selling

Sales Tips: An Untapped Vendor Asset. Sellers and vendors fight hard to expand their customer bases. SaaS vendors are especially vulnerable because customers can switch providers without the need to take book losses and experience major disruption.

Would You Choose You As a Vendor – Honestly?

Jonathan Farrington

When was the last time you wondered what it would be like to buy from you? Maybe you never have; maybe the prospect would be far too daunting. Imagine arriving at your office, was it easy to park? Were there reserved parking spaces for customers/clients? Close to the front entrance?

Never Ask These Two Questions To Disrupt Your Competitor Vendor Relationship

Paul Cherry's Top Sales Techniques

When someone tells you they’re happy with their current vendor, how do you respond? What is it that you like about your vendor?” What is it that you don’t like about your vendor?” If you’re like many salespeople, you’re tempted to one of these two questions: 1.“What

Finding the Right Sales Performance Management Vendor


For the past decade, OpenSymmetry has published the Sales Performance Management (SPM) vendor guide to help organizations understand what options they have as it relates to implementing solutions to help improve the performance of their sales organization.

IT Staffing Approved Vendor Lists: 4 Things to Remember

DiscoverOrg Sales

Cue the IT Staffing Approved Vendor List. Approved vendor lists may seem like a headache to the IT staffing firm that has yet to get their foot in the door with their target companies.

Be One of the Five Emerging Software Vendors with Innovative Business Models to Receive the Awards

Software Business Blog

Software, SaaS and Cloud Services vendors of all sizes should apply for the Avangate Business of Software Scholarship. “Pay it forward.” It’s such a simple concept, but one we rarely get to implement in our busy professional lives.

Sales Tips: Bad Assumption #3 - "I Just Compete with Vendors"

Customer Centric Selling

Sales Tips: Bad Assumption #3 - "I Just Compete with Vendors". By John Holland, Chief Content Officer, CustomerCentric Selling® - The Sales Training Company. Image courtesy of Stock Images at

Develop a Winning RFP Strategy

Sales Benchmark Index

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Build or Buy? A Vendor-Agnostic Evaluation for ICM


Additionally, as vendors continue to shift towards cloud computing, we are continuing to see a trend in not only a reduction in the total cost of ownership but also enhanced performance for many off-the-shelf applications. A Vendor-Agnostic Evaluation for ICM appeared first on OS Blog.

Are You Something More Than a Vendor?

The Sales Blog

Are You Something More Than a Vendor? Your clients are either going to believe that you are their strategic partner or that you are their vendor. If you behave like you are a vendor, then you are going to be treated like a vendor. If you behave like you are their strategic partner, you are going to be treated like you are something much more than a vendor. They’ll share their spending across other vendors. is a post from: The Sales Blog | S.

Become a CX Conductor: Breaking Down IT Vendor and Partner Silos

Tech Bytes

Truth or myth: High-tech vendors have little power to influence the customer experience when selling through channel partners? High-tech vendors can, and absolutely should, influence their end customers’ experiences when they purchase products or services from a channel partner.

Savings on Both Sides: Vendor and Client Perspectives on the Financial Advantages of SaaS – Part II

Software Business Blog

A multi-tenant model also enables SaaS providers to maintain and update only one central version of the software, making maintenance less complicated and expensive both internally for the vendor and for external customers. Multi-tenancy may involve some upfront costs to the vendor to create the redundancies and server capacity that will accommodate traffic spikes and enable effective disaster recovery. Vendor benefits : Distribution of costs.

The circus known as Dreamforce and the company behind it: A 2014 Retrospective

Brian Vellmure

If you haven’t been there (lately), the description might sound strange for an event that is hosted by the world’s most well known CRM technology vendor. Their eyes are squarely set on surpassing SAP as the most dominant enterprise application vendor on the planet.

Savings on Both Sides: Vendor and Client Perspectives on the Financial Advantages of SaaS – Part I

Software Business Blog

This blog post provides an in-depth exploration of the financial advantages of cloud services and resulting business practices, considering the savings and benefits for vendor and client alike. SaaS is often thought of as a major money-saver primarily because the model distributes basic IT costs for servers, storage, and maintenance over multiple clients, which also improves a vendor’s ability to offer relatively seamless upgrades and updates.

Redefining Vendor-Partner-Customer Relationships across Sales Channels

Software Business Blog

As SaaS vendors look to expand their sales channels and transition partner sales to subscription models, they may discover that traditional channel partners are not always well equipped to manage SaaS accounts. The changing software sales model requires new levels of partner oversight by vendors and increased customer outreach efforts by partners in order to succeed.

Sales training – managing a conundrum

Sales Training Connection

If you go with an outside vendor and customize the training materials, the training will be in the neighborhood of $1,000 to $1200 per sales rep. If this challenge was on the table 10-15 years go, there were not many viable sales training vendor options from which to select.

The IT Buyer Is Changing: Why Are High-Tech Vendors Slow to Adapt?

Tech Bytes

Chengappa Kodira co-wrote this post with Brandon Mills. This post is the fourth in a seven-part series examining top trends that are reshaping the high-tech industry. Historically, selling IT products and services has been pretty straightforward.

Five Important Microsoft Dynamics Themes From Convergence 2014

Brian Vellmure

With many of the leading marketing automation vendors getting acquired over the past couple of years, it seemed like Microsoft would likely acquire these capabilities in order to match Salesforce (Exact Target / Pardot), and Oracle (Eloqua).

28 Questions to Ask B2B Appointment Setting and Lead Gen Vendors

Green Lead's B2B Blog

There are so many demand gen vendors out there, and if you are a demand gen professional in sales or marketing, we've probably called you. Outsourcing some or all of your appointment setting or lead generation activity to a third party vendor is a task that shouldn't be undertaken by responding to one cold call. When you are interviewing vendors you have to get a sense that they are smart, interested in the same things that you are and passionate about what the future looks like.".

Event Marketing Works, but ONLY if Vendors Add Value

Green Lead's B2B Blog

Vendors can deliver their message themselves, or they can put customers or industry experts on stage to do it for them. I challenge all the vendors -- bring value to the audience. Tips for earning respect as a vendor: Consider using industry experts and/or customers to present your message. I've recently been on the conference circuit, speaking and tweeting whatever sales and marketing goodness I can find.

Analytics E-Book for Software Vendors v2.0 | Avangate Blog.

Software Business Blog

» Analytics Minibible for Software Vendors v2.0. It seems the interest for analytics in the software vendors community increases more and more, according to the requests I get by email. I believe in actionable metrics, so I decided to act and publish an updated version of the Analytics miniBible for Software Vendors. No matter if you got the chance or not to download the first release , here are some changes and highlights in this analytics eBook for software vendors.

Landing the Customer Who Doesn’t Want to Leave Their Long-Standing Vendor

The Sales Hunter

This situation comes up quite often, and it did again the other day in an email I received from a small business owner. This business owner heard me speak a couple of years ago and has been an avid follower of my blog ever since. The business owner’s problem was simple yet tough. He […]. Blog Closing a Sale Cold-Calling Consultative Selling leadership pricing Professional Selling Skills Prospecting competitor price prospect prospecting

Enterprise Software Chronicles: A synthesis of the rapidly evolving customer technology landscape

Brian Vellmure

Smaller technology vendors are racing to build point technology solutions that are easily consumable, deployable, and integratable, while major enterprise vendors are racing to add capabilities to provide a one stop shop for business applications.

Affiliate Summit East 2015

Software Business Blog

Finally, don’t forget to check out the panel discussion, “How Vendors & Affiliates Can Partner in 2015 and Beyond” , featuring Avangate CMO, Michael Ni on August 3.

Tech vendors Microsoft and Verint bolster knowledge and customer interaction capabilities

Brian Vellmure

The post Tech vendors Microsoft and Verint bolster knowledge and customer interaction capabilities appeared first on Value Creator. All Posts Vendor Events Customer Experience Kana Mergers Microsoft Parature Verint 2104 got off to a bang today as Verint acquired Kana , and Microsoft is acquiring Parature. Both Kana and Parature enable companies to have better interactions with their customers by providing relevant answers to customer needs across channels with speed and accuracy.

Why You Should Quit

The Sales Heretic

Sales business company customer perseverance persistence product quit quitting success vendorVirtually every personal development “guru” and business “expert” extolls the value of persistence and perseverance. Quitting is considered the ultimate sin. Phooey. Quitting is valuable. Important. Even crucial to your success, both in sales and in life. If your sales, your career, your project, your relationship isn’t where you’d like it to be, your best course of action [.].

Rapid digital innovation fueling vast complexity and opportunity for customer experience executives

Brian Vellmure

All Posts Featured Finding, Acquiring, and Delighting Customers Future & Innovation Social Business Vendor Events connection Customer Experience digitization of everything disruption innovation mobile NICE Systems social business social media social networking trends

Marketing Conversations Come Before Sales Conversations

Increase Sales

Vendor consolidation. Additionally, with small businesses (think your potential ideal customers) being time strapped, they too are possibly seeking vendor consolidation. To achieve business growth begins by attracting attention and building relationships.

IBM Watson enters the realm of customer engagement

Brian Vellmure

All Posts Finding, Acquiring, and Delighting Customers Vendor Events Big Data Customer Experience IBM Watson innovation While I get to see and hear about hundreds of product announcements, this one is particularly interesting.

Finding the Right Vendor(s) For Your Voice of Customer Program

The 1to1 Media Blog

Are you looking for a vendor or vendors to support your voice of the customer (VoC) program? Or are you reviewing your current VoC vendor(s)? There’s more… To read the rest of this blog posting click here or visit

Avangate 2014 World Cup Contest

Software Business Blog

Avangate Vendors and Affiliates. Sony PlayStation4 = The D or “Special” Category for new vendors/ affiliates. Sign-up using the forms on the Avangate website: here if you’re a Vendor and here if you’re an Affiliate. Play the Game and Go To Rio.

How to Maximize ESD Revenue with Effective Cross-Selling

Software Business Blog

What other businesses, like ESD vendors, can take from this is that while, yes, products and services are important, the real money is in increasing the value of the customer over her lifecycle. In its relatively short existence, the SaaS model has obviously gotten many things right.

What Methods Or Strategies Do You Employ During The “Quiet Period” Of A Sale When It Is Down to You And Another Vendor?

Sales Tips & Techniques

There are going to be times when you may not have any distinct advantage over your competitors prior to a presentation for a company regarding a possible major sale. It is important that a sales management team instructs its employees as to how to best prepare for the presentation and to employ the best strategies to get a competitive edge over the other company’s sales team.

Business of Software: What Software Vendors Need to Know to Leverage the Change in Software Distribution … Hint: Attend the May 10th Avangate webinar

Software Business Blog

What implications these changes have for what resellers and partners need from software vendors. Indirect channels are clearly changing. While over 50% of software sales still sold through channels, traditional channel partners are diminishing and alternative e-channels are proliferating.