Category Archives: Sales Prospecting

5 Data-Driven Sales Prospecting Tips

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It seems everyone has advice on prospecting, from the best time to cold call to which days of the week executives are most likely to answer the phone. It’s hard to separate the myths from the truth, so the experts at ZoomInfo have gone ahead and done that for you.

Here are 5 data-driven tips for sales prospecting:

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Try Before You Buy: B2B Data Sampling Strategies

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If done correctly, investing in your B2B data can produce impressive results. In fact, companies that regularly maintain their database can realize 66% higher conversions to revenue compared to those that do not (source).

Unfortunately, when you work with a low-quality data provider, you run the risk of doing more harm than good. Consider this statistic: 40% of business objectives fail due to inaccurate data (source). So, how do you make sure the data you’re buying is top-notch? Try before you buy!

Continue reading for our top tips and best practices for selecting a B2B data provider.

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The Essential B2B Sales Stack

b2b-sales-stackSome might compare selling to a competitive sport, which is hard to disagree with. Sales professionals have monthly quotas to hit, just as athletes are expected to perform well and win. In the business world, sales professionals are under a lot of pressure to perform and sell. If they don’t, they could easily be replaced with someone who can outperform them. Read More

36 B2B Data Statistics: The Effect of Dirty Data on ROI

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There is no greater asset to your organization than your B2B database. However, when your database becomes cluttered with outdated, incomplete or inaccurate contact information, it can prove to be a costly obstacle along your route to success. From marketing, lead generation and customer relationships, to sales and even revenue, dirty data can have an insurmountable impact on all areas of your business.

As frustrating as it may be, data decay is a natural outcome of the ever changing B2B landscape; professionals are constantly changing positions, titles, locations and places of work, rendering data useless. Even if you don’t see the direct impact of dirty data to your bottom line, there is no question that your sales and marketing teams would perform even better if your contact data was regularly cleansed and optimized.

Still not convinced? Let’s see if some cold, hard facts can change your mind. Here are 36 statistics about dirty data that highlight the importance of database maintenance:

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How to Integrate Sales and Marketing Tools to Facilitate Alignment

sales and marketing alignmentBy now, B2B leaders understand sales and marketing alignment is essential for growth. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, sales and marketing alignment isn’t a new concept – yet, many companies still struggle to establish a strong connection between the two departments.

Today, we unpack a hidden culprit behind poor sales and marketing alignment—technology. Hear us out.

Both sales and marketing departments rely heavily on software to operate effectively. For sales, a CRM (customer relationship management) tool is the software of choice, while marketing often relies on automation tools. When two departments operate differently, communication becomes difficult. So, what’s the solution? Read More

The Impact of Direct Dials on Sales Productivity

sales productivityOften, sales reps who fail to hit the phones hard, wonder how they missed their quota. That said, not all sales outreach is created equal. Consider the following:

  • It takes 22 minutes to connect using switchboard numbers, but with direct dials it only takes 5 minutes (source).
  • When dialing a direct dial phone number at the director level, your SDR is 46% more likely to connect (source).
  • On top of that, when dialing a direct dial number at the VP level, your SDR is 147% more likely to connect (source).

The lesson here is clear: while access to direct phone numbers will not alleviate every pain point related to sales outreach, chances of connecting with prospects is significantly higher compared to calling into company switchboards. Read More

Get More from Your B2B Sales Training

b2b sales trainingB2B sales training is a big investment. Not only is it expensive, but your sales team loses prime selling hours in order to attend.

Yet, sales training programs can improve the overall bottom-line of your organization. In fact, according to CSO Insights, organizations that complete highly rated sales training programs can increase revenue by up to 106.7% (source).

Continue reading to learn why your organization should invest in sales training this year:

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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