Author Archives: Molly Clarke

33 Statistics that Prove Your Business needs to be Blogging

bloggingIf content is king, consider your blog its throne. In the B2B space, consistent blogging can have a huge impact on the success of your business—i.e. more leads, heightened brand awareness, improved customer relationships, and ultimately, more revenue.

If your company isn’t blogging—it’s time to start. Not convinced? Check out these numbers:

General B2B Blogging Statistics:

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The Ultimate Guide to Hiring the Best B2B Sales Reps

hiring b2b sales repsWhether you’re a hiring manager, sales leader, or the CEO of a company, you know it can be difficult to identify and hire top sales talent. Although an intensive interview process can help you weed out unqualified applicants, you never really know how well a candidate is going to perform until a few weeks or even months into the job.

Hiring the right people can directly impact your company’s overall success and revenue. Although there will never be a foolproof way to hire the best B2B sales reps, we’ve compiled a list of the top characteristics to look for and the questions you should be asking to determine if a candidate is a good fit. These are as follows:

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21 Statistics to Improve Your Cold Calls

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The Importance of Cold Calling

With the rise of sales enablement technology and the variety of available communication methods, one might expect phone calls to become a thing of the past. Yet, cold calling is still a key component of B2B sales.

1. 78% of decision makers polled have taken an appointment or attended an event that came from a cold call (source).

The Problem with Cold Calling

But the reality is—whether you’re a seasoned veteran or it’s your first day on the job—you probably don’t enjoy making cold calls. The reason for this is simple: if you’re not armed with the right resources, cold calling is uncomfortable and ineffective.
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How to Develop a Corporate Social Media Policy

corporate social media policyIt’s 2017 – by now, social media has infiltrated every aspect of our lives; whether we’re documenting our commute via Facebook live, sharing our latest culinary find with our Instagram followers or simply keeping up with the latest headlines on Twitter, there is hardly a time when we aren’t connected to a social platform – even at work.

With the adoption of social networking as a business practice, the line between personal and professional is becoming more and more blurred. So what’s acceptable employee social media use and what’s not? Consider the following (source): Read More

Sales and Marketing Alignment: A Q&A

Seven years ago, ZoomInfo wrote a blog post about the newest trend in the B2B space—smarketing. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s what we now refer to as sales and marketing alignment.

In 2010, we wrote: Sales and marketing alignment is all the rage right now, as companies grapple with how to blend the two disciplines together to create better efficiencies. But first they have to break down the silos, and we’re not about to hold our collective breath on that one.

As it turns out, not much has changed.  Sales and marketing leaders are still debating the merits of alignment and struggling to bridge the gap between the two departments. With seven years more practice, research, and general insight, we’ll try to answer the same two questions we tackled in the original post.

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4 Tips for Selling to the Social-Savvy Buyer

We know B2B decision makers are using social media to inform their buying decisions. In fact, a recent study suggests that 91% of B2B buyers are active and involved in social media, while 75% are significantly influenced by social content when forming their buying decisions (source).

But—as B2B marketers and sales professionals—we have a lot to learn about social selling.  Case in point: Read More

Cure for the Common Cold Call [Infographic]

Even the most experienced sales reps don’t enjoy picking up the phone to call a complete stranger.  Yet, cold calling is still an essential part of selling. In fact, 78% of decision makers polled have taken an appointment or attended an event that came from a cold call (source).

If your team’s performance is lagging and your cold calls are falling flat, it’s time to conduct an audit of your B2B database. Quality data is the fuel of any successful sales team. Without it, your prospects will remain unreachable and quotas won’t be met.

Check out the following infographic to learn how you can warm up cold calls and increase sales productivity!

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5 Signs You’re Not Tracking Marketing ROI Effectively

marketing roiAs a marketer, your results are directly dependent on strategy and budget. But—to gain buy-in from executives and decision makers, you must be able to confidently demonstrate your ability to contribute to the company’s bottom line.

Enter ROI. Measuring marketing ROI is no longer optional—and while most marketers understand this, it’s a lot easier said than done. In fact, 50% of B2B marketing executives find it difficult to attribute marketing activity directly to revenue results as a means to justify budgets (source).

Continue reading to learn how to identify and fix ROI tracking problems so you can better prove that your marketing efforts are paying off.

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