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Erika Granath

Erika Granath

Vainu's Content Marketing Manager. Grew up next to Sweden's largest cookie factory. Love cookies (of course), ping pong tournaments and word jokes.

10 Ways Company Data Elevates Your Sales Prospecting Process

In today's hyper-competitive business landscape, a canned sales pitch is more likely to lead to the person on the other side of the line hanging up on you mid-sentence than an encouraging "please, tell me more."

Company data is the solution to fixing poorly targeted sales efforts. When you only connect with companies when there's a data-driven reason to do so, and tailor your messaging according to the prospect’s situation and needs, you'll significantly improve your hit rate in every step of the sales process.

How to Build a Sales Playbook for the 21st Century

In sports, many teams use a playbook to chart out potential in-game scenarios, outlining the teams' strategies, tricks for avoiding common impediments, and tips for reaching goals smoothly. Similarly, a sales playbook can help sales teams build systematic winning habits and processes.

Integrating sales playbooks into your business strategy ensures better attainment of quota, increased customer retention rates, and improved lead conversion rates.

Total Addressable Market: A Practical Guide to Crunching the Numbers

If you’re an angler, you might be interested to know that the newest estimates say there are about 3,5 trillion fish currently living in the world ocean. If you’re a B2B sales professional, you probably don’t care about things like how many salmons there are in the Pacific Ocean. What you want to know is the number of companies that can be successful with your product or service, and what revenue these potential customers can generate you–your total addressable market.

Perfect Your Sales Script: How to Pen Winning Cold Calling Scripts

Sales calls where salespeople read from generic cold calling scripts convert at an abominable rate: Less than 1 percent. That means if you make 100 calls, you’ll only get one meeting. Unsolicited cold calling sucks for the salespeople but is probably worse for the prospects.

The phrase “always be closing,” popularized in the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross has no place in today's world of informed buyers. In 2019, salespeople have to follow a totally different mantra: always be helping.

Smarketing: What It Is And How To Get Started

If you search for “wordplay” on Google and your humor is as bad as mine, you can easily waste a good part of your afternoon reading jokes on how a scarecrow kept getting promoted because he was outstanding in his field. Yet not all wordplays are time-wasting gags. There are also those that will help you save time and achieve business growth. Have you heard about smarketing? Smarketing is, in short, alignment between your sales and marketing teams created through frequent and direct communication between the two.

What is smarketing more precisely? Is it relevant for your business and, if so, how do you go about implementing this approach into your day-to-day?

These are the Sales Prospecting KPIs Your Business Should Focus On

The most successful sales organizations are the ones working systematically. To do that you have to have clearly defined goals, KPIs, and relentlessly measure and monitor how your sales and marketing efforts contribute to help you reach them.

This is why performance sales development teams have well thought out KPIs that are being tracked daily, weekly and monthly.

With modern technology, the question is not what you can measure, but what you benefit from measuring. Following the right metrics will help you as a B2B sales executive evaluate the performance of your team and steer them in the right future direction. Measuring the wrong or additional metrics will simply take precious time away from the things that matter.

20 Best Sales Prospecting Tools For Finding Future Customers In 2021

Many professionals say sales prospecting is the most challenging step in the entire sales process. It requires crazy good research skills to find not only the prospects most likely to convert but also the right angle and time to reach out. Building a healthy pipeline can be tough, so why wouldn't you tap into technology?

Supercharge Your Inbound Sales Prospecting

Often when we talk about sales prospecting we talk about outbound sales prospecting. This is the process of finding new companies that match your ideal customer profile, companies that you should reach out to and try to persuade into becoming your customers.

In this article, we'll instead focus on inbound sales prospecting. Inbound sales prospecting is, simply put, about scrolling through leads that marketing automation workflow provides.

Prescriptive Sales - How To Make Purchasing Easy For Your Customers?

Networked society has given buyers easy access to more information about endless solutions and purchasing alternatives. Most B2B sales professionals think this automatically means that their customers are in the driver’s seat – empowered, armed to their teeth with information, and clear about their needs.

Customers, however, seldom see it that way. More information begets more questions, which leads to customers working harder to ensure that they fully understand the requirements and the alternatives of every offer.

What Is Company Data and Why Is It Valuable for Salespeople?

In this article, we’ll dig deeper into types of company data and analytics. We'll also look at why company data is valuable for sales professionals and go into the details of how you can access comprehensive, real-time company data most effectively.

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