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19
May

How to decide if outsourcing inside sales is right for your company.

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This is a replay of a show from December with Jeff Feuer of Customer Solutions Group.

You'll have to listen to the full show, but here are some highlights:
Outsourcing as a TOOL, it can be used to great advantage or great disadvantage.

The in-house sales force that can handle the workload, probably doesn't need to consider outsourcing that much.

Some reasons you may want to consider outsourcing are trigger events. These trigger events may include:

  • Near term large expansion of sales force.
  • Perhaps immediate need or temporary need that would be difficult to ramp up and ramp down for in house.
  • Desire to benchmark the existing sales force against an objective third party that could trigger good healthy competition that could make both the in-house
  • Launching a new business or a new product is another trigger event that should cause a manager to think about outsourcing, because a fresh perspective can be valuable to assist in solving unique problems
  • Lack of scale to justify an impact, or telephone capacity issue that could hinder a successful launch and related scale issues.

*How to get ROI - is it more or less expensive?*
If you allocate the costs properly, in-house sales should be 10% less than outsource. That's typical.
Depends on where you are located and your in-house work force location - Silicon Valley is way different than more industrial areas.

After analyzing costs, you'll have to decide if you have a greater capacity for success keeping it all in-house or will you have a greater capacity of success if you outsource for this specific situation.

Jeffrey's company 130 front line full time sales people.
"Sales is part of our core DNA - we've been doing it for 21 years. We are a sales firm."

09:00 Quoting Gerhard at Sales 2.0, "Majority of firms are not hiring outside sales people, they are hiring inside sales" and then using outsourcing more when they have the extra need."

09:20 Technology and the way people work, really tends to favor inside sales today.
Someone can cover a lot of grounding a phone call. Inside is more economical.


Outsourcing offers a lot of flexibility.


Outsources see a lot of different sales problems. Where inside sales relies on one set of experiences from their own services.

10:30 Warm Transfer topic. How and why it's used.
It's another word for outsourcing the prospecting leg of your sales process.
The task is to find the decision maker. Outsourcer can do it less expensively. They have more experience in this piece of the sales process.

11:48 Using a divide an conquer approach where the prospecting is outsourced and the closing, demos and customer service remain with in-house.

15:30 Outsourcers are specialists in the infrastructure and execution of programs. Most have space to grow and create quickly.

How long does it take to get up and running?
3-5 weeks is typical. Depends on services are necessary.

Do most of your clients use CRM?
With over 90 CRM systems out there. Important to have one system, but not all of the bells and whistles.
I want my sales people to focus on SELLING, not filling in little forms and data. That's what they do best - SELL. Persuasion skills are more important to sales than administrative skills. 

6
May

Can Marketing Automation Build Your Business?

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Join us May 14 for this episode of SLMA Radio. Yep, we've heard all the promises of marketing automation: follow-up, nurturing, customizing response, qualifying leads, etc., etc., but the real question is, can it build your business? Can it increase revenue and is its contribution measurable? SLMA Radio host Jim Obermayer clears away the hype and discusses the bottom line potential with marketing automation pioneer Lars Helgeson, CEO of GreenRope.

About Lars Helgeson

Lars Helgeson has been in the Internet marketing space since 2000, when he co-founded one of the world's first email service providers, CoolerEmail. As a pioneer in responsible email marketing, he grew CoolerEmail to a global software company specializing in marketing communication with over 1,500 clients. In 2010, after spending several years designing and implementing a more comprehensive way to meet the needs of small and mid-sized businesses, he launched GreenRope. GreenRope is the world's first and only Business Operating System, a cloud-based platform that simplifies and consolidates a company's sales, marketing, and operations. GreenRope currently provides technology solutions to over 3,000 companies worldwide.

Lars earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He also has an MBA from the Robert Anderson School at the University of New Mexico. He served in the United States Air Force for 4 years, working in the Air Force's space test program, Air Force Research Laboratory, and Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. He enjoys travel, stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, and ice hockey, and practices yoga whenever the forces of the universe are not aligned to keep him at his computer.

In the past several years, Lars has been a finalist in the San Diego Business Journal's Most Admired CEO and Information Technology Executive of the Year, and a finalist for San Diego Magazine's Top Tech Exec Award.
About GreenRope

GreenRope is a company built around providing exceptional value to its customers. In the past 15 years, GreenRope has have evolved from being one of the first email marketing service providers to being the only Complete CRM on the market. "Combining sales, marketing, and operations in to a single platform, GreenRope inspires collaboration with your clients, vendors, and employees and we live this collaborative culture, listening to people like you to build what YOU want to run your business."

GreenRope  Philosophy
The mission of GreenRope is to provide a user-friendly, cost-effective, and efficient way for business owners to consolidate their operations on all levels. GreenRope  aims at always understanding the present and future needs of small business owners and helping them achieve their business goals.
5
May

Organic Mobile Search is Within Your Reach - Stop Pointing Fingers at Google

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CMOs, SEO companies, Web Developers - stop pointing fingers. Smart phones and mobile search are not new. Weren't you ready? What about third party applications you are using or married to? Instead of wallowing in "It's not my fault, we only had three months to plan!" - why not look at it as an opportunity to REVIEW, REVISE and RENEW your site?
Highlights include: 
00:23 It is not google's fault. It's about what the users want from their experience.
00:58 Google wants to give the users the best search results - the best experience.
01:15 What is the differentiator between #1 and #10 results?

01:34 #1 gripe when searching from mobile is the results don't lead to sites that are mobile friendly.

Browser vs. Search engines - the two have to play nicely to give you the best results.
03:38 - It's the Web Developer... it's the SEO company... it's the marketing team... Who is at fault? ANSWER: THEY ALL ARE!
04:43 The mobile search market has really heated up in the last year. 
05:30 Assuming you have looked at your analytics. Where are your visitors/searchers coming from? You need to know. 
06:07 CASE STUDY: Cost benefit analysis. Local brick and mortar: butcher shop.
08:40 You never know when someone will pick up their phone for an immediate query they have. You don't know when they have the time for this query that's bothering them. They will go from searching, reading to calling or walking in your doors within 24 hours. THIS is the conversion we are looking for. 
09:30 You have to be there for your customers when they want what you have. BE their solution, give them the answers they seek.
12:40 Even in small companies where one person or vendor wears many hats: media buy, design, SEO, marketing - we have a responsibility to know better and ask the question, know where their customers and searchers are coming from.

14:06 "It's (website) is doing what it's supposed to be doing." Are you sure?

14:36 - Provide your customers with custom dashboards to serve their needs, or take them on a tour of analytics so they know what's going on and have the answers as to where their customers are coming from.
15:30 It bit those in the butt who just put out a website and forgot about it. 
They treat their website like a shingle they hang outside their business. They hang it and it's just there.

What percentage of your traffic comes from organic search?

Is your website successful or not successful? Do you know?

16:21 Just because you have an eCommerce site with all of your products, you still need to TALK about your products - tell stories - tickle the search engines that you are active and engaged. The sole description in your product "more" needs to be more than the dimensions.
17:15 This is a wake-up call to all businesses if they are even paying attention.
17:30 What is your website about? What are you doing for it lately? It's more than just making it mobile friendly. It's about evaluating your goals, your marketing strategy, modifying it, updating it. 
18:08 It's a fabulous opportunity to refresh your online presence and get excited about your site once again.  Your old mailing lists may be drying up. Time to find a new audience for your products and services.
23:00 Find out from your Team in a GROUP CALL: who is doing this, what is the timeline and we need to get this done yesterday. Eliminate the shoulda wouldas and finger pointing - just solve it. 
24:00 You will have to most likely pay for these updates, especially if you have a custom site. The web changes so quickly, you have to be ready to invest to keep up. 
24:40 You need to check in with your web development team at least once a month. It needs to go on the list with the rest of your marketing and sales duties. This is the cog in a lot of these strategies.
25:00 It's time to get excited again about your website. Rebrand, review, renew!
25:45 Find David Kutcher at http://confluentforms.com and Susan Finch at http://susanfinch.com
4
May

Mobilegeddon and other finger pointing, search and SEO nonsense.

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Susan Finch and David Kutcher of Confluentforms.com dove into this discussion as companies large and small are crying foul from Google with the new mobile friendly algorithms put in place for search results at the end of April. CMOs, SEO companies, Web Developers - stop pointing fingers. Smart phones and mobile search are not new. Weren't you ready? What about third party applications you are using or married to? Instead of wallowing in "It's not my fault, we only had three months to plan!" - why not look at it as an opportunity to REVIEW, REVISE and RENEW your site?


Related rant of sorts on LinkedIn >
Highlights include: 
00:23 Mobilegeddon is not google's fault. It's about what the users want from their experience.
00:58 Google wants to give the users the best search results - the best experience.
01:15 What is the differentiator between #1 and #10 results?

01:34 #1 gripe when searching from mobile is the results don't lead to sites that are mobile friendly.

Browser vs. Search engines - the two have to play nicely to give you the best results.
03:38 - It's the Web Developer... it's the SEO company... it's the marketing team... Who is at fault? ANSWER: THEY ALL ARE!
04:43 The mobile search market has really heated up in the last year. 
05:30 Assuming you have looked at your analytics. Where are your visitors/searchers coming from? You need to know. 
06:07 CASE STUDY: Cost benefit analysis. Local brick and mortar: butcher shop.
08:40 You never know when someone will pick up their phone for an immediate query they have. You don't know when they have the time for this query that's bothering them. They will go from searching, reading to calling or walking in your doors within 24 hours. THIS is the conversion we are looking for. 
09:30 You have to be there for your customers when they want what you have. BE their solution, give them the answers they seek.
12:40 Even in small companies where one person or vendor wears many hats: media buy, design, SEO, marketing - we have a responsibility to know better and ask the question, know where their customers and searchers are coming from.

14:06 "It's (website) is doing what it's supposed to be doing." Are you sure?

14:36 - Provide your customers with custom dashboards to serve their needs, or take them on a tour of analytics so they know what's going on and have the answers as to where their customers are coming from.
15:30 It bit those in the butt who just put out a website and forgot about it. 
They treat their website like a shingle they hang outside their business. They hang it and it's just there.

What percentage of your traffic comes from organic search?

Is your website successful or not successful? Do you know?

16:21 Just because you have an eCommerce site with all of your products, you still need to TALK about your products - tell stories - tickle the search engines that you are active and engaged. The sole description in your product "more" needs to be more than the dimensions.
17:15 This is a wake-up call to all businesses if they are even paying attention.
17:30 What is your website about? What are you doing for it lately? It's more than just making it mobile friendly. It's about evaluating your goals, your marketing strategy, modifying it, updating it. 
18:08 It's a fabulous opportunity to refresh your online presence and get excited about your site once again.  Your old mailing lists may be drying up. Time to find a new audience for your products and services.
23:00 Find out from your Team in a GROUP CALL: who is doing this, what is the timeline and we need to get this done yesterday. Eliminate the shoulda wouldas and finger pointing - just solve it. 
24:00 You will have to most likely pay for these updates, especially if you have a custom site. The web changes so quickly, you have to be ready to invest to keep up. 
24:40 You need to check in with your web development team at least once a month. It needs to go on the list with the rest of your marketing and sales duties. This is the cog in a lot of these strategies.
25:00 It's time to get excited again about your website. Rebrand, review, renew!
25:45 Find David Kutcher at http://confluentforms.com and Susan Finch at http://susanfinch.com

28
Apr

Why Your Sales People Are Losing Sales

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Host Susan Finch interviews Patricia Fripp, the woman with boundless energy and bottomless wit to get to the heart of the lost sales issue.  It happens every year, salespeople are behind in quota, competitive sales that should come to you slip through your salesperson’s hands. The problem is that you very seldom know why. 

Excuse abound: 
  • pricing is too high
  • a product isn’t good enough
  • the marketplace sucks  
  • the weather was bad on the east coast 
  • hurricanes in the south tornadoes in the Midwest
  • and fires and earthquakes in the west. 

It’s all a bunch of hooey because salespeople can’t diagnose themselves and sales managers seldom visit the field enough to know what the real problem is. Until now. Patricia Fripp, the sales presentation skills trainer gets to the heart of the issue.

Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
When your message must be memorable, your presentation persuasive, your sale a success call Fripp.  Patricia is virtually everywhere with FrippVT.com.

Keynote Speaker, Executive Speech Coach, Sales Presentation Skills Trainer, Virtual Training Expert Fripp helps organizations and individuals gain a competitive edge through powerful persuasive presentation skills.

Patricia Fripp is the ultimate authority on powerful persuasive presentations - your competitive edge! She is a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, executive speech coach, and sales presentation skills trainer and coach. Meetings and Conventions magazine named her "One of the 10 most electrifying speakers in North America.” Kiplinger's Personal Finance wrote, "The sixth best investment in your career is to attend a Patricia Fripp speaking school."   Fripp is now virtually everywhere through her interactive virtual training www.frippvt.com. Trusted by clients such as ADP, Cisco, VMWare, IBM, VISA and Genentech. Patricia is a past president, and the first female president, of the over 3,000-member National Speakers Association.  
21
Apr

A New Marketing Term is Born: Mega Content

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I love this “digital  commentary” by Paul Salvaggio. This month he tackles the thought that content marketing is part of what Gardner Research calls an over-hyped term deep in the “hype cycle”.   Paul gives us seven reasons why recent content management strategies are severely flawed and what he means by Mega Content and how it can benefit the user.   This is a very thought provoking commentary.

About Paul Salvaggio 

Paul Salvaggio is the VP of Operations for Backbone Media, a digital marketing agency based in Boston – Paul provides the tools, processes, services, and teams to best serve their B2B clients in the areas of data, technology and content. He leverages his nearly ten years of experience in the industry to help clients get their message out so they can focus on creating and fostering relationships. Contact: paul@backbonemedia.com
20
Apr

Is Marketing Automation Inadvertently Becoming the New ERP?

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Guest Dan Arra, VP of Sales & Service at Alto Cloud has a unique perspective in that he discusses with the host Jim Obermayer how marketing automation could be slipping into a rigid process that resembles an ERP solution, which is not necessarily good for the customer or the salesperson. He discusses how machine learning, when added to marketing automation can push personalized communications in real time to address a customer’s immediate interest. 

About Dan Arra, VP Sales & Service

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Dan Arra has over twenty-five years of experience in the software industry holding various positions in sales, engineering, senior management, and product management. Most recently, Dan was the Managing Director of Macadamian, a software design and development studio with deep expertise in the telecommunications and enterprise networking industries.

A founding/co-founding member of four successful technology companies, Dan played a key role assisting two companies going public on the NASDAQ. He co-founded SCS America, which became Brightstar Information Technology Group, and aggressively grew the company to over $30M in a short five-year period. While at BrightStar, Dan’s responsibilities included worldwide sales, consulting operations as well as taking the company public on the NASDAQ. BrightStar was an e-business professional services consultancy with annual revenues over $100M with 450 employees throughout locations in the US and Australia.
An early investor and employee of Young Design Inc. (YDI), which went public on the NASDAQ, Dan was a leader in sales and business development. YDI subsequently acquired wireless networking and services companies including Terabeam, Proxim Wireless, Ricochet Networks, and others. Dan founded Gatespeed Broadband, a wireless Internet service provider and successfully sold the company and also co-founded Blackstone Solutions, a software and services company delivering program management software solutions to enterprise customers.

Dan majored in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California and has been an IEEE member since 1987.
 

About Altocloud

Smarter Interactions with your Online Customers and Prospects

Altocloud is a cloud platform that combines predictive analytics with voice, video, and chat interactions to identify the right website and mobile visitors and best moments for communications.  We help convert shoppers into buyers for eCommerce, connect web and mobile visitors with Inside Sales people in real-time, and streamline Customer Support experiences.  Altocloud helps businesses efficiently grow revenue, saving time and money while making customers happy.

Altocloud is based in Silicon Valley and Galway Ireland and is led by CEO Barry O'Sullivan (Bio), formerly a senior executive at Cisco and Nortel where he led multi-billion dollar businesses, including Cisco'sVoIP, Collaboration, Contact Center and WebEx businesses.

Altocloud was founded in 2013 by Dan Arra, Joe Smyth and Barry O'Sullivan and had its launch out of stealth mode in March 2014 at  Enterprise Connect, the leading enterprise communications industry event (see News).
15
Apr

Gender Equality at the C-Level: Is it possible?

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Inspired by Patty Murray, formerly of Intel, Bonnie Crater, CEO of Full Circle CRM, wrote this article about taking a play from the NFL. Combine these thoughts with those of Patty Murray about gender equality at the executive level, especially the C level, we have some work to do. 
Some thoughts from Patty that Bonnie & Susan pondered: 
  • Ambition – and how it’s expressed – often looks very different in women.
  • Isolation affects women’s advancement more than we think.
  • Intentional, tailored development and flexibility is critical.
  • Women don’t want to be singled out as technical females.

How do these resonate with you? Do you agree, disagree? What is your company doing to address the imbalance in this area? Is it enough?
Phil Fernandez of Marketo doesn't think it is. He is committed to adding two more women to his executive level, bringing it to 4 and 4. He's also looking to increase the number of women on Marketo's board by 3. 
Decide to make a change. Listen to this passionate show and take the challenge.
6
Apr

Measuring Marketing with your CRM (Especially Salesforce)

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Of all the reasons to install and use Salesforce as a CRM system, measuring marketing performance is one of the biggies.   And yet we still hear that campaign results are not measured consistently.  Some will say that metrics will only be important if the campaign has metrics attached to them going into the launch.  How can you measure something that marketing didn’t have the foresight to forecast the goals before launch?   In this interview with industry veteran Bonnie Crater, CEO of Full Circle CRM, we explore how can you get intelligence to make decisions and not hum and haw when the CEO says, “What does Salesforce report on our marketing spend?  What worked and what didn’t and why not?”   The host for this program is Jim Obermayer, author of several books on managing sales leads.

 
 
About Bonnie Crater
 
Prior to joining Full Circle CRM, Bonnie Crater was Vice President of Marketing for VoiceObjects and Realization. Bonnie has held Vice President and Senior Vice President roles at Genesys, Netscape, Network Computer Inc., salesforce.com, and Stratify, as well. A 10-year veteran of Oracle Corporation and its various subsidiaries, Bonnie served as Vice President, Compaq Products Division and Vice President, Workgroup Products Division. In addition, Bonnie was President and CEO of Zelerate, a provider of open source e-commerce solutions. In 2000, Bonnie was named one of the “Top 20 Female Executives in Silicon Valley” by San Jose Magazine. Bonnie holds a B.A. in Biology from Princeton University.
 
About Full Circle CRM
 
Full Circle CRM provides Salesforce users a complete Marketing Performance Management solution that answers all of their marketing questions in one place and helps drive more revenue from every campaign with best-practice response lifecycle management, powerful weighted campaign influence models, and comprehensive marketing and sales funnel metrics. The company’s cloud-based products are built 100 percent on the Salesforce1 Platform and are compatible with the leading marketing automation solutions. All of your marketing data is in Salesforce, and so are the answers.
 
Founded by former Salesforce executives, product managers, and marketing automation specialists – the Full Circle CRM team knows what it takes to run a successful marketing organization. Our team is passionate about giving marketers the answers they need to prove marketing’s contribution to the bottom line, plan with confidence, and grow revenue. Learn more at www.fullcirclecrm.com.
30
Mar

How does Pay for Performance work in Lead Generation?

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Pay for performance is an interesting topic in lead generation.  Not every company has the guts for it, or the experience to pull it off.  In this interview with SalesStaff CEO David Balzen we get an understanding of the what it takes for a pay-for-performance model to be successful for both parties. Certainly many companies want someone to take all of the risk while they reap the benefits of new sales.  We’ll see how this works and the pitfalls for both parties.   The host this week is Jim Obermayer. 
 
About DAVID BALZEN
David Balzen is the founder and CEO of SalesStaff and is responsible for the company's strategic and operational leadership. 
As a demand generation executive and pioneer in lead generation for B2B industries, David helped lead the industry through the development of demand generation systems leveraging inbound and outbound lead generation strategies. His extensive understanding of the business development challenges facing B2B companies and their sales teams led to the development of SalesStaff. David has over 20 years’ experience as a chief executive, consultant and thought leader in demand generation. Recognitions include Winner of the Crystal Eagle Award by the University of Houston's Center for Entrepreneurship. Business accomplishments include being a 1999, 2000 and 2013 "Houston 100" Winner as one of the fastest growing Houston-Based companies. In 2012, David was selected as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Inside Sales Professionals by the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals. Inc. Magazine featured SalesStaff on the Inc. 500 list in 2013 as the 87th fastest growing company in America.

About SalesStaff
 
SalesStaff’s leadership team is deeply rooted in the Information Technology industry with more than 25 years’ experience of C-level leadership in information technology companies. They saw the need to support true sales “closers” with actionable opportunities through a consistent and sustainable flow of prospect meetings.
 
In response to that need in the marketplace, SalesStaff began offering demand generation services to the high-tech industry. Since then, SalesStaff has pioneered a number of leading innovations:
  • Integrated delivery model
  • Various technology platforms leading to vastly increased productivity
  • First hybrid demand generation offering
Having come from the IT consulting world, its founders created sound sales principals designed around complex-sale environments that support actionable sales opportunity development.
 
SalesStaff stands firm on our commitment to clients to do what we say we will and deliver quality sales appointments, leads, and sales intelligence.