Innovation Insights

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Innovation Insights explores the impact of new and emerging concepts in sales, marketing, strategy and leadership for CEOs of growth-driven business-to-business companies.

When All Sales Is Inside Sales: The B2B CEO's Guide to Building an Effective Inside Sales Strategy

The world of sales has been turned upside down by the COVID-19 crisis and sales professionals across the United States have found their efforts stymied, thrown into disarray or just outright derailed, as the traditional activities associated with many B2B sales processes have been held hostage to the global pandemic. As a result, many CEOs are asking themselves how to restart the growth engine, redirect their sales teams and rethink their approach to revenue generation.

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Tags: sales process, marketing strategy, b2b, sales strategy, business growth strategy, Inside Sales Strategy, Inside Sales Team, inside sales

Building an Effective Inside Sales Strategy: Defining Your Process

Inside sales is a process-focused discipline. Whereas outside sales teams have historically been provided with wide latitude to allocate their time, expenses and energies as they see fit, inside sales teams, in contrast, have been tightly managed in order to drive newfound leads to their outside sales counterparts as rapidly as possible.

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Tags: sales process, marketing strategy, b2b, sales strategy, business growth strategy, Cold Calling, Inside Sales Strategy, Inside Sales Team, inside sales

Building An Effective Inside Sales Strategy: Building Your Team

A strategically developed inside sales playbook has long been a critical component of success for B2B companies, and our evolving business landscape has made it even more so. Capitalizing on the agility and innovation needed to navigate the world of contactless sales, a purposefully structured inside sales team can leverage the process and techniques in your playbook for lead generation and business acquisition in changing circumstances and shifting geographies.

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Tags: sales process, sales, lead generation, sales strategy, StrategyFirst, sales effectiveness

7 Dirty Secrets about Inbound Marketing (They Won’t Tell You)

inbound_marketing_mike_volpe.jpgInbound marketing is one of the hottest concepts in business growth today. Built around a comprehensive vision for creating new customer relationships online, the idea behind inbound has evolved over the years but was largely evangelized and institutionalized thanks to Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah, the co-founders of Hubspot.

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Tags: sales process, marketing strategy, CRM, Focus Area: Marketing, inbound marketing, lead nurturing, lead generation, b2b business growth, customer relationship management, hubspot

Contact Data Quality: The Hidden Crisis in Your CRM System

sales_person_at_laptop_2According to industry analysis, as many as 63% of all Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system implementations fail. One reason for this is that salespeople often feel that the CRM system is being primarily installed simply to track and report on their activities, rather then being provided to offer value-added information or resources that can improve their success.

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Tags: sales process, CRM, Focus Area: Sales, customer relationship management, data quality, sales execution, contact management

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