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.

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Avoiding the ‘Just Another Vendor’ Trap

Sales and Marketing

Teaser: Some companies view their vendors as easily replaceable. Some companies view their vendors as easily replaceable. Issue Date: 2016-05-05. Author: Michelle Cirocco, VP of Client Success, Televerde.

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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?

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[STUDY] Bridging the Great B2B Vendor-Buyer Divide

DiscoverOrg Sales

In a perfect world , the B2B buyer-vendor relationship is mutually beneficial – and most of the time, it is. But the fact that most buyers still identified this as the primary reason they don’t connect with salespeople (and there’s a lot of supporting evidence, such as this excellent breakdown from Hubspot, for buyer-vendor disconnect ) means that it’s still a big problem. The post [STUDY] Bridging the Great B2B Vendor-Buyer Divide appeared first on DiscoverOrg.

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6 Things Good Lead Generation Vendors Do Right (That You May Be Doing Wrong)


There’s plenty of mediocrity in lead generation—both in-house and outsourced. However, there are a lot of things good insourced operations and lead generation companies do well. While lead generation (or teleprospecting) is not rocket science, there are a lot of moving parts in a well-run lead generation machine. Failure to execute and coordinate all of the moving parts leads to poor results.

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.

Just Out! Our Top 20 Sales Tech Vendors to Follow at Dreamforce #DF17

Smart Selling Tools

My Hot Picks for Off-Site SalesTech Vendor Events. If you want to follow each of these vendors as I will be, simply click here to follow all 20 ! Dreamforce 2017 is just around the corner. Nov.6-9 in gorgeous San Francisco.

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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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How Should CMO’s Evaluate Marketing Automation Vendors?

Sales Benchmark Index

CMO’s are on a crusade to increase marketing contribution to revenue. Lead Generation is the path and their Marketing Automation system is the engine. However, 75% of CMO’s are not accomplishing what they expect from Marketing Automation (Frost & Sullivan report).

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Develop a Winning RFP Strategy

Sales Benchmark Index

Article Sales Strategy How to win RFP Request for Proposal rfp strategy vendor de-selection Vendor selection Win RFPs

Salesfusion Named a 2015 Cool Vendor by Gartner


The post Salesfusion Named a 2015 Cool Vendor by Gartner appeared first on Salesfusion.

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.

Why CMOs Aren’t Turning to Marketing Analytics Vendors for Marketing Analytics


The big players — native reporting in marketing automation and cloud-based sales- and business intelligence (BI) vendors — have caused the ground beneath specialty marketing analytics vendors to shake.

Sales ops offer tips for onboarding new technology vendors


To help you roll out the new technology your sales leadership just purchased, I’ve outlined some general guidelines you can follow to help the organization onboard a vendor successfully. . Guest blog by Joe Rodden, Sales Systems Manager at Catalant Technologies.

Do You Love Your Vendors?

Leading Results Rambings

And it means vendors that you are truly jazzed to represent. At Leading Results, I’ve gotta say, we do love our primary vendors – we have only two – but we are passionate supporters of them, because they are there for us and help us to be our best.

Who’s on Your CPQ Solution Vendor Shortlist?

Cincom Smart Selling

The selection process for choosing a CPQ solution vendor is not unlike most software selection processes. Vendor requirements – Finding a CPQ solution partner means you will need to look beyond the product offered and also consider the CPQ company itself. Do you get along with the vendor reps? The elements identified above are common to most product/vendor selection processes, but there are other elements to consider that are more specific to CPQ.

Who’s on Your CPQ Solution Vendor Shortlist

Cincom Smart Selling

The selection process for choosing a CPQ solution vendor is not unlike most software selection processes. Vendor requirements – Finding a CPQ solution partner means you will need to look beyond the product offered and also consider the CPQ company itself. Do you get along with the vendor reps? The elements identified above are common to most product/vendor selection processes, but there are other elements to consider that are more specific to CPQ.

The key question to help dislodge a competitive vendor relationship

Paul Cherry's Top Sales Techniques

The post The key question to help dislodge a competitive vendor relationship appeared first on Paul Cherry Sales Training & Coaching. You’re in a conversation with a prospect and you finally pop the question: “What do you like or do not like about your current supplier?” The prospect says, “Well, we’re happy with whom we’re using now. But I’m willing to listen to what you have to offer.”

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.

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

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

Top 20 Sales & Marketing Vendors to Follow on Twitter @Dreamforce ’14

Smart Selling Tools

Watch the toolskool videos to learn more about each vendor and click to follow each of these 20. Or, click here to follow all 20 vendors at once! That’s me with Sassy. What do Hillary Clinton, Bruno Mars, Arianna Huffington, and Eckhart Tolle, have in common?

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.

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 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.

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

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Rethinking Supplier Pricing: Target Price or Test Balloon?

Nyden on Negotiation

My client was preparing to make a counteroffer to a vendor asking them to reduce their price, when an announcement to close a division of my client’s organization was made public. The closure impacts the vendor’s relationship with the organization, but doesn’t eliminate the relationship.

Appointment Setting Vendors Can Reduce Carbon Footprint

Green Lead's B2B

Someone asked me recently where the Green in Green Leads came from?

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?

New Sales Training Helps Evolve B2B Vendors from Product Pitches to Value Selling

The ROI Guy

Alinean Launches Value Expert™ Sales Training to Help Reps Engage Earlier and Sell More Effectively Today we announced the launch of Value Expert™ Sales Training, an important milestone.

Event Marketing Works, but ONLY if Vendors Add Value

Green Lead's B2B

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.

Infographic: Frugalnomics Demands that Vendors Prove Superior Competitive Value

The ROI Guy

To many buyers, this means extracting a “pound of flesh” from each and every vendor – driving huge discounting, and often making the purchase alone based on who can deliver the best price. To be successful in this environment, vendors must employ new strategies to move the discussion beyond price, to focus on total cost of ownership and value.

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 [.].

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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.

Relationship Selling: Are You a Sales Vendor or Sales Guru?


As you continue to work with each customer you build your relationship and may move into the next level of being more than a friend because you are starting to bring additional value to the relationship. Your competencies are starting to shine

BI Vendors not doing enough to prove ROI

The ROI Guy

The research indicates that over 60% of these buyers turn to vendors to prove the value. At Gartner's Business Intelligence Summit 2010, IT Executives indicate that they're struggling to prove the ROI of BI to the business. BI managers are finding it difficult to quantify bottom-line impact, and as a result, are not able to get business leaders on board to support additional analytics and reporting projects.

IT recovery full speed ahead. IT vendors, are you ready?

The ROI Guy

SearchCIO's latest survey on IT budgets and spending priorities confirms reports from Forrester, Gartner and other analysts, that the IT spending recovery in 2010 is upon us. For the majority of the 282 respondents to the survey, 55% indicated that the recovery has begun, with 52% indicating more spending in the next three months than in the last three months. This shows a strong recovery, especially comparing to the meager 35% of budget increases in the SearchCIO survey of last November.

Vendor ROI: Can it be trusted?

The ROI Guy

As an IT buyer you often don't have time to do your own ROI analyses, and often rely a lot on vendors to help. But, can vendor ROI analyses be trusted? Just like a reporter putting together a news story, your reliance on vendor ROI analyses depends on having a credible source and questioning/validating the facts. Factoring in risk on vendor-provided costs and benefits will help to create a more realistic and achievable business case.

Financial business case justification remains a requirement for IT vendors

The ROI Guy

In Gartner's 2010 trends report, Daryl Plummer, managing vice president and chief Gartner fellow indicates that "For many organizations, the economic and budgetary challenges of 2009 drove important changes in the general governance of IT investment decisions, accelerating the trend toward greater accountability and transparency. According to Daryl "With a strong emphasis on business-case justifications, chief financial officers (CFOs) assumed a more active role.

28 Questions to Ask B2B Appointment Setting and Lead Gen Vendors

Green Lead's B2B

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.".