Cold Calling vs. Warm Calling: Is Cold Calling Dead?

is cold calling deadYou don’t have to be in the B2B sales world to be familiar with the term “cold calling.” It’s a phrase that’s likely to elicit a negative response, whether you’re in the business world or an average citizen who has received one too many unsolicited calls.

Though just about everyone knows of cold calling as a concept, it has been given several different definitions and interpretations as a sales practice. So too has the alternative to cold calling – the predictably-titled “warm calling”. Continue reading “Cold Calling vs. Warm Calling: Is Cold Calling Dead?”

5 Must-Follow B2B Sales Influencers

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In a recent post, we explored the qualities that made someone an influencer. We also introduced you to some of our favorite B2B marketing influencers—including the socially-savvy Ann Handley, Joe Chernov, and Joe Pullizi, just to name a few.

However, the B2B marketing world isn’t the only industry boasting some big names in the social sphere. The B2B sales arena has a few social celebs of its own. Wondering who they are? Well, you’re in luck! In today’s post, we’ve compiled a list of the top sales influencers on our radar. Check them out! Continue reading “5 Must-Follow B2B Sales Influencers”

12 B2B Sales Questions to Close Deals Faster

When it comes to B2B sales calls, the primary goal of the sales rep is to extract valuable information from the other person on the line.   If you’re a seasoned sales professional, you already know the best way to get information is to ask smart questions. But this is often easier said than done.

Good questions and the answers they produce can make a huge difference in your ability to close deals faster.  

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6 Ways to Improve Your B2B Sales Prospecting

prospecting in salesSales prospecting—a common source of misery for most sales reps—is a critical aspect of selling for nearly all businesses.  Prospecting uncovers potential buyers, fuels an organization’s sales pipeline, and provides important context to future sales conversations.

So, whether you’re brand new to sales or just looking for a refresher, today’s post will take you back to the basics of B2B sales prospecting.

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Building Trust in Sales: A Guide for Sales Professionals

Trust is the foundation of any successful deal. Think about it: you wouldn’t buy a car from a sketchy salesman or a house from a realtor you don’t trust. Why would your B2B sales prospects be any different?

In B2B sales, the quicker you build trust with your prospect, the more likely it is that you will close a deal. Yet, it’s easier said than done. In fact, only 3% of buyers trust sales reps (source). Continue reading “Building Trust in Sales: A Guide for Sales Professionals”

How to Spend Less Time Leaving Voicemails

voicemailsThere’s no way around it – voicemails are not an enjoyable part of a salesperson’s job. Not only is it a tedious process, but it’s largely ineffective in terms of getting a response. Consider these statistics (source):

  • 80% of calls go to voicemail, and 90% of first time voicemails are never returned.
  • The average voicemail response rate is 4.8%.
  • 15% of the average sales rep’s time is spent leaving voicemails.

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The B2B Sales Rep’s Guide to the Perfect Product Demo

product demoProduct demos are anxiety-inducing for even the most experienced B2B sales reps. After all, a product demo is a critical part of the sales process. Think about it, a prospect uses the demo to learn whether or not your service is right for their needs.

A stellar product demo can quickly lead to a closed deal. But, on the flip side, an underwhelming demo can lead a potential customer to look elsewhere. But, sales reps can succeed more often than not if they take the proper approach to product demos.  Continue reading “The B2B Sales Rep’s Guide to the Perfect Product Demo”

May 2019 B2B Blog Post Round-Up

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Welcome to the May edition of the ZoomInfo B2B Blog Post Round-Up series. For those of you who are new to this series, we use each monthly round-up to feature content created by the ZoomInfo writers for outside publications. These blog posts typically explore topics related to B2B marketing, B2B sales, recruiting, or business growth.

Today’s installment features content about getting ahead in your career, personalized marketing, lead generation roadblocks, brand trust, and more! So, without further hesitation, let’s take a look at our favorite B2B content from the month of May.

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7 Ways to Run More Efficient Business Meetings

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If you’ve worked in business for any length of time, you’ve attended two very different types of meetings. First, there are effective business meetings, where employees share necessary information, collaborate efficiently, and develop next steps to solve their shared problems.

And then there are the meetings where to put it simply, nothing gets done. You sit in a room with your colleagues and collectively spin your wheels for an hour, and by the time you leave you’re in the same place you were before you started the meeting— except now you’re frustrated about the time you just wasted.

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Data: The Key to Account-Based Marketing Success

account based marketing dataAccount-based marketing has seen a surge in popularity over recent years. In fact, over 90% of B2B marketers say they recognize the value of ABM as a must-have strategy (source). There’s only one problem, however– 60% of marketers also say that the overall health of their data is unreliable (source). You might be thinking, what does data have to do with account-based marketing?

The simple answer? Everything. Every step you take to implement ABM is fueled by data. If the data you have access to is thin, unorganized, or inaccurate, you’ll never have the insights you need to make your ABM strategy a success. Continue reading “Data: The Key to Account-Based Marketing Success”