November 2018 B2B Blog Post Round-Up

b2b blog post round-upWelcome back to our monthly B2B Blog Post Round-Up. We publish this series to recognize our favorite pieces of B2B content published each month. Similar to the content published here on the ZoomInfo blog, these pieces are intended to help sales, marketing, and recruiting professionals with their day-to-day job responsibilities.

Today’s round-up covers the world of corporate social media policy, vanity metrics, candidate personas, and more! We hope you stick around and find inspiration in our November blog post picks. Let’s get into it! Continue reading “November 2018 B2B Blog Post Round-Up”

4 Ways Technology Changed the B2B Selling Process

b2b selling processTechnological advancements have the ability to transform any industry or job function overnight—including B2B sales. Although these changes are often exciting, keeping up with the evolving technological landscape can feel like a full-time job. If you fall behind on the latest and greatest in technology, you fall behind your competitors. Don’t let this happen to you!

Today’s blog post breaks down some of the most impactful technological developments B2B selling has seen in the last few years. Keep reading! Continue reading “4 Ways Technology Changed the B2B Selling Process”

Dynamic Data: Why B2B Businesses Must Abandon Static Data

dynamic dataHere on the ZoomInfo blog, we regularly cover topics related to business data and business data management. In fact, there are very few aspects of business data we have yet to cover. But, today we’re venturing into uncharted territory to discuss a recent—and necessary—trend in business data. That is, the switch from static to dynamic data management.

Today’s blog post explores the difference between static and dynamic data. We also look at why this transition is critical to the success of the modern business. Let’s get into it. Continue reading “Dynamic Data: Why B2B Businesses Must Abandon Static Data”

Win More Business on Your First Call: A Beginner’s Guide

win more businessFirst impressions are important – especially as a sales rep trying to win more business. When you get on the phone with a potential buyer for the first time, every word you use can make or break a future sale.

With so many tasks to accomplish during a first call, it’s easy to forget the simplest one – making a good first impression. Continue reading “Win More Business on Your First Call: A Beginner’s Guide”

6 Outdated Sales Techniques Hurting Productivity

outdated sales techniquesHave you ever felt your productivity slipping, despite the fact that you’re putting in the same amount of effort you always have?  Have you ever wondered, “If I’m working as hard as before, why I am accomplishing less?”

If you answered yes to the questions above, your sales process may be out of date. Strategies that worked five years ago just aren’t as effective now—and if you don’t abandon your bad habits, your sales productivity will suffer. Continue reading “6 Outdated Sales Techniques Hurting Productivity”

How to Build a Better B2B Sales Tech Stack

sales tech stackB2B sales leaders are constantly looking for tools and technologies that offer insight into their team’s productivity—tools also known as Sales Force Automation (SFA). The problem is that SFA tools, particularly CRM, only facilitate measurement, rather than the sales process itself.

This is not to say reporting and measurement aren’t paramount to achieving company growth; it absolutely is. But think of it this way: if given the choice, would you rather have a working furnace this winter or a thermometer that tells you the temperature? Gas in your car or an instant MPG reader to tell you about the car’s fuel economy?

The point is, the best sales stacks empower execution just as much as performance measurement. With all that said, let’s examine a framework for building a better B2B sales stack.

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The Role of Face-to-Face Interaction in the Modern Sales Process

face-to-face sales meetingsIt’s no secret, technology has transformed the way businesses communicate with customers and prospects. Modern sales reps rely on a variety of tools and technologies to conduct their work—including email, social media, video chat tools and more. As a result, the traditional in-person sales meeting has become far less common than it once was.

But, even as the B2B sales process becomes increasingly digital, face-to-face meetings still provide certain benefits that no technology can replicate. In today’s blog post, we explain why in-person interaction remains critical to the modern sales process and we offer several tips to make the most of face-to-face meetings. Let’s get into it! Continue reading “The Role of Face-to-Face Interaction in the Modern Sales Process”

Technographics: 6 Reasons to Use Technographic Data

B2B technographicsHere’s the scenario: Company ABC and Company 123 have identified the same exact target audience to sell their software to. Both companies have access to the same demographic and firmographic prospect data—yet Company 123 also has access to technographic data. These technographics reveal the tools their prospects use, what they use them for, how long they’ve used them, and much more.

We don’t need to tell you who has the upper hand here. Continue reading “Technographics: 6 Reasons to Use Technographic Data”