The Ultimate List of YouTube Channels for Sales Professionals

youtube channels for salesThanks to the influx of information made available online in the last decade or so, modern business professionals are thriving.  With just the click of a mouse and a quick Google search, today’s sales reps have a whole host of resources right at their fingertips—resources that help them streamline and simplify activities like prospect research, sales outreach, and professional development.

Although Google is widely known as both a professional and personal resource, YouTube—a Google subsidiary—is seen mostly as a personal resource and has yet to earn the same reputation with business audiences. But, we say, if you aren’t using YouTube to hone your skillset, pick up new tips and tricks, or stay up-to-date on industry news, you’re missing out. Continue reading “The Ultimate List of YouTube Channels for Sales Professionals”

How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle with Social Media

shorten the sales cycle with social mediaThe B2B sales cycle has always been complex and multifaceted—and it’s grown even more complicated in recent years. Thanks to modern technology, more decision-makers are involved in the average B2B purchase and, as a result, the way buyers find and consider products has changed dramatically.

Given the complex nature of the modern buyer’s journey, it should come as no surprise that the typical B2B sales cycle is longer than the typical B2C sales cycle. Fortunately, there are several modern ways for B2B organizations to shorten their sales cycle. And today, we’re focusing on one in particular—social media. Continue reading “How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle with Social Media”

The B2B Sales Rep’s Guide to Facebook

facebookIt’s no secret that social selling can have a huge impact on a B2B organization’s bottom line. In fact, sales reps who leverage social selling are 79% more likely to attain their quota than those who do not (source).

However, as impressive as this looks, B2B sales reps have been slow to adopt social media as an important sales tool. One study reported only 31% of sales reps use social media in their day-to-day sales process (source). Continue reading “The B2B Sales Rep’s Guide to Facebook”

Source of Hire: The Key to Successful Recruiting

keys to successful recruitingSource of hire—its arguably the most important recruiting metric, yet often the least understood. In fact, 96% of recruiters say source of hire is an important metric, but 60% of them rated the metric as less than 90% accurate (source).

So that begs the question, why is source of hire so important– and why do so many recruiters get it wrong? And, how can we improve the accuracy of our source of hire data? Continue reading “Source of Hire: The Key to Successful Recruiting”

Corporate Gift Giving: A Beginner’s Guide

corporate gift giving policyIt’s that time of the year again— the holiday season is upon us and festivities are in full swing. Your B2B sales reps are working long hours to close last minute deals. And your marketing team is busy too—fully entrenched in holiday messaging and plans for the upcoming year. It seems like there’s not enough time in the day.

Yet, there’s one last thing to consider before taking a well-deserved break for the holidays—corporate gift giving.  There are many instances in the business world where holiday gifts are appropriate, welcomed, and even expected. But, it’s important to be cautious—corporate gift giving can go very wrong. Continue reading “Corporate Gift Giving: A Beginner’s Guide”

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”

The B2B Marketer’s Ultimate Guide to Reddit

marketers guide to redditSince Reddit’s creation in 2005, the platform has earned its title as the “frontpage of the Internet.” Reddit, a popular social networking site and forum, has over 300 million users, 140,000 active communities, and boasts over 14 million monthly pageviews (source). Considering this expansive reach, it only makes sense for marketers to wonder how they can use Reddit to their advantage.

In a recent blog post, we offered some tips on using Reddit to conduct market research. But, beyond that particular use case, marketers can also convert Reddit into a successful marketing channel. Continue reading “The B2B Marketer’s Ultimate Guide to Reddit”

The B2B Marketer’s Guide to Social Media Holidays

b2b social media holidaysIf you’re a regular social media user, you’re likely familiar with social media holidays—but just in case, we’ll give you a quick overview. Sometimes referred to as “hashtag holidays” or “micro-holidays”, social media holidays are just what the name alludes to– holidays celebrated with the primary goal of generating engagement on social media.

Compared to more traditional holidays, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, social holidays are largely unofficial and commemorate a variety of items, objects, and occurrences. From favorite foods to political movements to animals and everything in between—there is a social media holiday out there for everything imaginable. Continue reading “The B2B Marketer’s Guide to Social Media Holidays”

The Impact of Bad B2B Marketing Data

b2b marketing dataThere’s no way around it – prospect and customer data is one of the most valuable assets a B2B organization has access to. Think about it: without accurate information, how can you market, sell, or provide customer service to your target audience?

Unfortunately, low-quality data is a real problem for many companies—simply because B2B data decays so rapidly. Consider these statistics (source): Continue reading “The Impact of Bad B2B Marketing Data”

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”