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Sales Tech Innovation Is Declining — And That’s A Good Thing!

Seth Marrs October 27, 2022
From 2020 to 2021, we saw a renaissance in sales technology. COVID-19 forced sellers to work from home, leaving no choice but to adopt new technologies to do their job. In addition, low interest rates provided an almost unlimited supply of funding to help sales technology companies solve this challenge. Investors funneled almost a billion […]
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Sales Engagement Platforms Optimize Sales In A Hybrid World

Seth Marrs October 6, 2022
The Forrester Wave™ evaluation covering sales engagement vendors in 2020 was released at a point during the COVID-19 epidemic when sellers could no longer visit customers and 53% of white-collar workers were planning to work from home for the foreseeable future. One year later, the Forrester/Human Resource Executive© Magazine Q3 2021 US HR Decision-Maker Survey […]

Tackle 2023 With Bold Action & Clear Focus

Get our Predictions 2023 Guide to see the 12 big-impact dynamics that leaders will have to navigate in the coming year.

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B2B Buyers And Digital Selling (Part 2): Buyer Enablement And Buying Signals

Rick Bradberry September 2, 2022
Sell something to a prospect, and you might earn a valuable commission. Help a prospect buy, and you might earn a valuable customer. This practice — helping prospects buy — is buyer enablement. And it requires a deeper understanding of purchasing preferences and the buying process itself, particularly with self-service. In this area, B2B teams […]
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Three Key Areas For Sales Enablement To Focus On In 2023

Peter Ostrow September 1, 2022
Competencies, culture, and compensation — find out where you should invest your sales enablement budget in the year ahead. Read highlights from our new report, Planning Guide 2023: Sales Enablement.
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Sales Leadership, Assemble! At Forrester’s B2B Summit EMEA In London, October 11–12

Anthony McPartlin July 21, 2022
B2B organisations face a range of macroeconomic uncertainties as they head into the second half of 2022 that pose risk to growth and profitability objectives. While you may not have control over these changing conditions, you can determine your own path through them to ensure that you thrive rather than just survive. Forrester’s B2B Summit […]
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B2B Buyers And Digital Selling (Part 1): Self-Service, PLG, And Consumption Pricing

Rick Bradberry June 24, 2022
Digital selling insights from buyers and B2B sales executives, covering self-service purchasing, product-led growth (PLG), e-commerce, and consumption-based pricing. Will they converge or remain distinct practices shaping the buying experience?
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Sales Enablement Technology Decisions Just Got Easier: Introducing The Now Tech Report For 2022

Peter Ostrow June 23, 2022
Sales enablement automation (SEA) solutions equip sellers with personalized training and content to effectively engage with and meet the expectations of increasingly digital-first buyers. Over the past decade, these solutions have evolved and empowered B2B revenue teams to: Optimize sales processes. Break down organizational silos. Shorten time-to-competency. Measure the impact of enablement programs. These technologies […]

See Why 2023 Fortune Favors The Bold And Focused

Explore our 2023 Predictions to see where strategies are shifting – and where opportunities for bold moves exist.

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Is The Sales Tech Party Over?

Anthony McPartlin June 20, 2022
As the pandemic ramped up demand for tech to support new modes of interaction, billions of dollars of investment poured into sales tech startups. Now, a combination of macroeconomic and political factors is having a cooling effect.
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Clari’s Acquisition Of Wingman Signals A Deeper Push Into Revenue Intelligence

Seth Marrs June 15, 2022
Clari is a sales technology provider that helps sales teams streamline operations and improve revenue predictability. Traditionally, it has stayed away from deeper revenue intelligence capabilities that focus on interaction execution, preferring to aggregate that information from other tools and present it in Clari. The Wingman acquisition is a shift away from this approach, as […]
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Time For Sellers To Exit The Activity Capture Game

Seth Marrs May 27, 2022
New tools that automate data capture from buyer-seller interactions will unlock a plethora of benefits for sales organizations.
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The Sales Engagement Landscape And The Case For The Single Pane Of Glass

Seth Marrs May 19, 2022
In this fast-moving sales technology environment, the sales engagement feature set has never been more valuable. Our new research provides insight into what the future may hold.
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How Sales Can Make Your Sustainability Sustainable

Anne Slough April 22, 2022
The concept of “sustainability,” as we know it today, was first introduced in 1987 in the famous Brundtland (for Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland) Report produced by several countries for the UN. The report defined sustainable development as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” […]

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The New Digital Sales Experience (DSX) Manifesto

Steve Silver March 7, 2022
Sales reps' needs and preferences are too often ignored in technology purchase decisions. Learn how to start changing that.
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In The Future, Will You Really Need A CRM?

Seth Marrs January 25, 2022
Just a small fraction of sellers use CRM stages to manage deals. So why do companies continue to pay so much for tools that go unused?
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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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2022 — Mutations In The Sales Tech Industry

Anthony McPartlin January 6, 2022
Mutants In Marvel And DC Marvel and DC comics and films of course are permeated with the notion of mutations (X-Men, Spider-Man, Venom, etc.). It’s the narrative hook that drives many of their stories, imbuing their characters with all sorts of weird and wonderful superpowers. My 15-year-old son Finn is a massive fan of the […]
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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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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.
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With Sales Tech, Getting You To Your Destination Is The Easy Part

Seth Marrs November 15, 2021
Ask sales technology vendors these three questions to determine if their solutions can go beyond forecasting and provide insights that will help you consistently hit sales targets.
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Revenue Operations And Intelligence (RO&I) Is Now Core To A Go-To-Market Tech Stack

Anthony McPartlin October 20, 2021
If there is one go-to-market tech category that generates significant confusion amongst buyers and even providers, it's revenue operations and intelligence (RO&I). Fortunately our first New Tech report on the category has just dropped with the explicit goal of removing the ambiguity around this category. Here its author Anthony McPartlin, provides some highlights.
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