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Four Ways To Leverage Your Entire TEI Study (For The Vendor Sales Leader)

Veronica Iles 19 hours ago
Since the TEI study reflects the real, measurable impact of a technology investment, we do not quantify (for the ROI calculation) any benefits that the customers themselves have not measured. Nevertheless, it’s important to consider the abstract, and that’s why we have the Unquantified Benefits section.
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Sales Leaders’ Guide To Rolling Out Compensation Plans At Kickoff

Phil Harrell 2 days ago
Compensation plans that motivate sellers to accomplish corporate objectives are invaluable to sales growth. How sales leaders roll out compensation plans to their sales teams is crucial to gaining buy-in to the plan. Successful rollouts have three key attributes: Transparency Alignment Stakeholder buy-in It is up to the CSO/CRO to communicate the plan and ensure […]

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Four Things Sales Executives Should Do Immediately To Ensure A Fast Start To 2022

Phil Harrell January 13, 2022
A sluggish January can be difficult to recover from. Use these insights to start the year on the right foot.
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Four Steps Sales Leaders Should Take To Make The Right Sales Tech Investments In 2022

Phil Harrell January 7, 2022
Sales leaders must make the right investments in sales technology if they want to help their sales teams win in 2022. The right sales tech stack can improve sales productivity and broaden rep participation by: Automating administrative tasks for sellers and managers. Collecting valuable customer and seller data. Providing real-time coaching and recommendations. But there […]
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Five Areas B2B Sales Leaders Are Prioritizing In 2022: Straight From The Source

Rick Bradberry December 28, 2021
What our clients ask us about is often indicative of emerging trends. Here are some of the top questions we heard over the last quarter, along with the answers.
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How Sales Leaders Can Generate More Pipeline

Phil Harrell December 21, 2021
“My sales team has too many opportunities and too much pipeline,” said no sales leader ever. Recent changes in B2B buying habits offer sales and marketing leaders a unique opportunity to adopt a new approach to building pipeline that will support reps’ quota attainment efforts. Sales Leaders Don’t Care About Leads — They Care About […]
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2021 In Review: A Recap Of The Shifts That Every Sales Leader Should Know About

Phil Harrell December 10, 2021
For sales organizations, the past year brought significant change — and accelerated changes already in motion. Here, we recap some of those shifts and help sales leaders put them in perspective.

Planning Assumptions 2022

Discover the trends that will define B2B leaders' priorities in 2022 and learn what it will take to capitalize on them. Explore our guides, blog posts, podcasts, and more.

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How To Ensure That Your Organization’s TEI Gets The Most Mileage

Casey Sirotnak December 3, 2021
Make sure your TEI is meeting your organization where it’s currently at. The main objectives should be in-line with your organization’s strategy today, not tomorrow.
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Sales Enablement And The Great Resignation — Three Things You Need To Do NOW

Eric Zines November 11, 2021
Between April and August of 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an alarming trend for businesses: The number of resignations, or the “quits rate” as they call it, began to climb to record monthly highs. In August, 2.9% of the labor force resigned, which is up from a “normal” run rate of around […]
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B2B Buying Has Changed. How Should Marketers Respond?

What It Means November 4, 2021
The B2B buying process has changed dramatically in recent years, and particularly during the pandemic. Are the changes permanent, and what should marketers do to adapt? VP and Principal Analyst Beth Caplow and Principal Analyst Barbara Winters provide insight on What It Means.
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Prepare Now For Successful 2022 Channel Sales Planning

Stephanie Sissler October 21, 2021
Management and growth of the channel is too important to be left to chance. Here are the five actions to take in Q4 to ensure you and your organization are ready to begin building your 2022 channel sales plan.
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Three Outcomes Sales Leaders Should Expect From Marketing In 2022

Nancy Maluso October 13, 2021
To achieve the results they want in the coming year, sales executives should ensure that alignment and integration with their marketing counterparts are front and center.

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Discover the trends that will define B2B sales in 2022, and get actionable advice to come out ahead. Explore our Planning Assumptions guide for sales executives and sales operations leaders.

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The Two Pillars Of Successful Annual Sales Planning

Robert Munoz October 7, 2021
Many factors go into effective sales annual planning. Yet without close revenue engine alignment and use of data-driven insights, your plan may be doomed to failure.
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Transformation, Not Adaptation, Will Be Key For B2B Sales Leaders In 2022

What It Means October 7, 2021
To succeed in 2022 and beyond, B2B sales leaders need to transform and embrace the new digital normal. Vice Presidents Mike Pregler and Stephanie Sissler explain what that requires in this discussion of Forrester’s 2022 Planning Assumptions for sales executives.
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In 2022, Insights-Driven Sales Organizations Will Win

Mike Pregler October 6, 2021
B2B sales leaders need to move away from conventional, comfortable approaches and embrace the realities of today's digital-first buying climate. Learn what the shift requires.
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Five Perspective Shifts Sales And Revenue Operations Leaders Need To Make In 2022

Steve Silver September 30, 2021
As the B2B buying process becomes more complex, sales operations teams face escalating demands. Learn about the trends that will shape sales operations leaders' priorities in the year ahead.
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The Glengarry Glen Ross Effect: Why Sales Isn’t Attractive To Recent College Grads

Phil Harrell July 22, 2021
The sales profession has changed — but old stereotypes remain. Sales leaders need to help counter the misperceptions to bring in talent.
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Moneyball For B2B Sales: The Insights-Driven Sales System

Phil Harrell May 21, 2021
Just as using a scientific approach boosted the fortunes of major league baseball teams, so should sales teams use data and analytics to lift productivity and performance.
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Welcome To The Future: Have You Heard About The 5 P’s Of Sales?

Phil Harrell May 6, 2021
Learn about the characteristics that sales organizations will need to gain and maintain a competitive edge.
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Optimizing The Outside Sales/Inside Sales Mix

Robert Munoz April 30, 2021
Inside sales and field sales activities and roles have blurred, as both sellers and buyers enabled with digital tools have confirmed the physical and virtual boundaries that separate “outside” and “inside” sellers don’t matter anymore. Inside sales reps can close big deals — often more efficiently and at a lower cost than traditional field sellers, […]
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