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Erika Granath

How Vainu Helps You Use BANT to Qualify Sales Prospects

Feb 20, 2018

Erika Granath

The qualifying acronym BANT (Budget, Authority, Need, and Timing) that IBM revolutionized sales with over ten years ago has fallen out of favor recently. A significant number of critics argue that BANT's time of greatness has passed as customers now have access to a never-ending amount of information online and often have thought about possible solutions to their problem(s) even before their first interaction with you as a salesperson.

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Topics: Prospect Qualification

The 90s Called and Wants its Static Prospecting Lists Back

Jan 10, 2018

Erika Granath

Are you still prospecting with static prospecting lists from one of the many list providers out there? If you answered yes, it’s seriously time to step up your game.

I’ll be straight with you: In today’s hyper-competitive sales landscape where consumers are getting smarter and more selective by the minute, static prospecting lists don’t cut it for salespeople who want to reach quota (and don’t we all?).

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Topics: Sales Prospecting

SaaS Company Analysis: How SaaS Companies Acquire Business

Dec 27, 2017

Erika Granath

In competitive and growing industries — like in the software as a service (SaaS) market — it can be nice to benchmark yourself and review high level trends to determine how your SaaS company compares to others in your space.

Using our expansive database, we analyzed more than 20,000 U.S. companies that provide a SaaS offering to determine how these companies market and sell their services online.

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Topics: SaaS, Press Release

The Data Points you REALLY Should Focus on When Defining Your Ideal Customer Profile

Dec 8, 2017

Erika Granath

In today’s world, basic firmographics don’t often reflect clear differences in needs, benefits and product use. This is the reason why modern salespeople are increasingly relying on other data points when defining their ideal customer profile.

To help you make your sales prospecting approach more pointed and timely we’ve listed all you need to know to create the best possible ideal customer profile, defined with the right data-points for your business.

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Topics: Ideal Customer Profile

How technology helps salespeople answer the WHEN, HOW and WHAT

Dec 1, 2017

Erika Granath

Yes, there are cases in which the stars align and decisions are made quickly that result in closed deals. Cases where it turns out you’ve reached out with impeccable timing and where decision makers nod enthusiastically at everything you say and cheerfully ask if you have the ability to read their minds or — more specifically — their dreams.

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Topics: B2B Sales

Leverage CRM Data for Successful Sales Prospecting Through Vainu’s New Native Integration

Nov 3, 2017

Erika Granath

Big data insights enable salespeople to bring their A-game to the sales cycle. The open web is not the only source to derive this kind of value, though. There’s a good chance your CRM holds equally important information about your potential customers, and it’s just waiting you to tap into it. By combining open data insights with the insights already sitting in your CRM, you can change the way you find and cultivate sales leads and become a powerful, close-to-all-knowing, “sales wizard.”

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Topics: Sales Prospecting, Vainu