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Enabling B2B Sales & Marketing

How to sell in a world of buyers overwhelmed by content

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 20-Oct-2016 15:42:24

Did you know that - with all of our frantic content marketing efforts - we're actually sending our buyers into what's become known as "Content Shock"!

How much content are we actually consuming every day?

I'm reading a wonderful book entitled The Content Code: Six Essential Strategies to Ignite Your Content, Your Marketing and Your Business.

Early on in this book, I learned a lot about how our content consumption habits have changed over the past 100 years or so:

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Topics: Sales, content marketing

10 Reasons You Suck at B2B Selling - and How to Improve

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 06-Oct-2016 11:30:54

The world of B2B sales is cut-throat.

Because of the large amounts of capital involved, and the fact it's often "someone else's money" (i.e. the company's, not our own) means that the B2B arena is full of highly competitive sales people who are good at what they do and who are out to win deals at any cost. 

So, for every highly successful B2B salesperson, there are several who simply can't keep up and who fall by the wayside. Or who simply "survive" rather than thrive. 

 

To help you avoid being one of them, here are 10 reasons your B2B sales technique might be failing...

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Topics: B2B Sales, Sales, Strategy

How to Align Sales & Marketing with the New Buyer’s Journey

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 29-Sep-2016 14:49:51

When sales teams fall short of target – invariably it’s Marketing’s fault because the leads were no good!

Similarly - when Marketing is queried on why revenue targets have not been achieved, it's Sales' fault for not effectively following up the leads that were provided.

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Topics: Social Selling, B2B Sales, Sales, Strategy

How to Outrank God on Google

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 21-Sep-2016 11:45:24

I've had 4 episodes this past week that have made me reflect on the power of content marketing - assuming it is done well.

I want to share them with you and add some commentary - in case they help your thought processes to move forward.  Hopefully the examples will give you some insights and tools to improve the outcomes of your content marketing program.

What this reinforced for me - you can't just "write content", and then hope.  You need a strategy, you need the best tools, and you need the best tactics.

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Topics: B2B Buyer Engagement, B2B Sales, B2B Buyers, Sales, Strategy, Marketing

Buyers Now Buy Differently - Learn How to Conquer the Disruption!

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 06-Sep-2016 18:37:08

As buyers continue to change how they buy, sales people need to keep evolving.

But how - and why?

In short - the salesperson of the future will be the one that adapts his/her selling processes to match the new way in which buyers buy.

There's lots of disrupting influences in the B2B marketplace at the moment - the move to the cloud, social media, globalisation etc. These issues are disrupting commerce - but the accompanying change in how buyers buy in particular is disrupting and making irrelevant the "old ways of selling". 

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Topics: B2B Sales, B2B Buyers, Digital Marketing, Sales, New Marketing, Marketing, Buyers Journey

How to Construct the Best Sales Methodology

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 01-Sep-2016 11:58:27

If you're asking yourself which sales methodology or process you should be using in your business - chances are you're asking the wrong question!

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Topics: B2B Sales, B2B Buyers, Sales, Sales Trends, Sales Methodology

7 powerful steps to attracting and engaging B2B buyers

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 23-Aug-2016 15:23:24

The web - Dr Google - that's where we turn for advice!

Website design must lead us to sell the way buyers want to buy.

B2B buyers are searching throughout the day.

As per their personal lives, they go online to start searching for information that helps them understand and start taking action to resolve business challenges. In fact, over 78% of new business projects start with a search online.

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Topics: Web Design

New research from LinkedIn - it's about sales, not the platform!

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 16-Aug-2016 15:05:53

If you already know how to sell, you'll be more successful using LinkedIn

Our recent blog post on why you need to STOP training salespeople in how to use LinkedIn was one of our most popular over the last 12 months.

Almost on cue, LinkedIn has just announced some new research validating our fundamental beliefs.

Our core premise is that "if you can't sell before you're taught how to use LinkedIn - you still won't know how to sell after you're taught".

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Topics: Social Selling, Sales, LinkedIn

Stop Training Sales People in Using LinkedIn!

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 08-Aug-2016 11:52:10

Instead, teach them how to sell!

LinkedIn's Sales Navigator is a great application - but it won't teach you how to sell!   If you couldn't sell before someone taught you how to use LinkedIn, you won't be able to after you've been taught.

There's a morass of consultants lining up to teach you "how to sell via LinkedIn".  People are talking about the new world of "social selling" compared to "traditional selling" - when in reality it's all just selling, albeit now in a social world.

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Topics: Digital Marketing, Sales, Strategy, Social Media, Training

5 Reasons Why Social Selling Sells the Way Buyers Want to Buy

Posted by Bruce Rasmussen on 27-Jul-2016 14:27:19

Social selling is a new approach to the sales process that is going to stick around for a while - it’s not just a passing fad.

Why?

Because social selling is not just a new approach to selling - it’s actually an adaptation to a new phenomenon that’s redefining how B2B customers actually purchase - it’s called social buying.

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Topics: Social Selling, Social Media Strategy, B2B Sales, Sales, Strategy, LinkedIn, content marketing