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How to Create Engaging Employee Spotlights for Business Growth

Company newsletters are a staple in many organizations, especially in the digital age. And with so many of us working remotely, it’s an excellent way to share information about what’s happening within the company without assembling a large staff meeting. Employee spotlights are a common element, but a poorly crafted one can do more harm than good. If done correctly, employee spotlights can be a useful tool for building trust within the ranks and with prospects and customers. Here’s a guide to get you started!

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3 Easy Steps to Track Prospects, Leads, & Customers [Infographic]

To accurately work and measure your sales pipeline, you need to know where your prospects are in the sales process. The following infographic outlines three CRM fields that give a clear picture of which contacts and companies have the highest potential of closing and are actively being pursued by sellers.

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How to Map Out a Sales and Marketing Plan

One of the biggest challenges businesses face is that finding and engaging potential customers is becoming increasingly technical and complex, and it’s all too easy to waste money on strategies that don’t get the desired results.

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5 Essential CRM Fields to Track Sales and Marketing Growth

Every company must invest some time and money into marketing to get customers. You can’t do business without it. The investment is usually about 7-8% of the projected gross revenue for a small business. How a company uses the money is critical to its success. The ONLY way to know if the investment is getting a return is to collect and track specific sales and marketing data.

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Intro to Creating a Warm Lead Follow-Up Program

Business leaders and sales and marketing teams work hard to find and engage new prospects and keep existing customers happy. Sometimes teams are so busy creating campaigns and pursuing their top accounts that other highly qualified leads slip through the cracks. Engaging and maintaining contact with warm prospects that need more time or education to make a decision is essential for sales pipeline growth and sustainability.

To help explain how to get started developing a warm lead follow-up program to convert more low-hanging fruit into real sales opportunities, I interviewed Shannon Mulligan, Owner of Vast Results, a virtual sales team. Her team helps organizations create and implement professional and consistent follow-up campaigns.

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Resources for Evaluating HubSpot Sales and Marketing Technology

I regularly talk to companies that are considering starting an inbound sales and marketing program, but they lack the technological capacity required to do the work.

While there's a variety of sales and marketing technology available, the tool we've had the most success with is HubSpot. They put all the necessary functionality required into one system, which improves data sharing, communication between the teams, and work efficiency.

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3 Reasons Why Salespeople Should Start Creating Blog Articles

For the majority of salespeople today, blogging is not a prospecting technique that is on their radar. However, when sales and marketing align around the content strategy, the return on investment goes way up. Here are 3 reasons why sellers should be part of the blogging process, either by helping to craft articles or by guiding the content strategy.

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How to Use Your Website to Identify Warm Prospects

Technology and data are changing the sales game. Now you can easily find out which contacts in your database are engaged and what web pages they're reading. This information is a game-changer for helping salespeople frame sales conversations that get results. You can also get a list of prospective companies that are looking at your website.

Coming from an old-school sales background, having access to all of this information still boggles my mind. It's pretty cool! Read more to find out how to identify warm prospects buzzing around your website.

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Resource Library for Writing Prospecting Emails

One of the most popular things salespeople search for is information about how to write prospecting emails. And it’s no wonder: figuring out “what to say” to get a prospect interested enough in a conversation is HARD! There are a gazillion templates and ideas available out there to help kick-start your prospecting efforts. I decided to consolidate some of the best resources I’ve seen in one post.

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#1 LinkedIn Mistake Most People Make That Destroys Sales Opportunities

I recently needed to source a graphic designer for my company, so the first place I turned to was LinkedIn. I wanted to find out who in my network was a freelancer or owned a design company that could potentially help me. It just makes sense that I would turn to LinkedIn before doing a random Google search. After all, I’d rather do business with someone from my network than a complete stranger.

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