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Erika Granath

How Sales Intelligence Helps Salespeople be More Timely

Apr 12, 2018

Erika Granath

Imagine picking up the phone for a cold call, getting the right decision maker on the line, delivering your sales pitch and then hearing this: “Thanks for calling, your timing is great! We’re just in the need of what you’re offering. Tell me more.”

This little dream scenario might sound silly here, however, the idea of reaching out to a company that can clearly benefit from your offer just as they’ve seen an increased need for your product or service can definitely happen. And, it’s not just about getting lucky.

You will have a significantly better timing in your sales outreach and win more deals when you

  1. Include the right buying signals in your Ideal Customer Profile, and
  2. Find out how you can (use a sales intelligence platform to) track these relevant changes that reveal a window of opportunity in your target accounts.

How? We'll tell you that in this article.

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Topics: Sales Prospecting

All You Need to Know About Account-Based Sales

Mar 22, 2018

Erika Granath

After decades of hunch-based, adrenaline-fueled cold calling and Hail-Mary revenue generation, we’ve recently entered an entirely new era. An era steered by intelligent, laser-targeted prospecting, tuned by personalization and driven by data.

Thanks to new technological innovations, a relatively old business selling model has become more common lately: the account-based sales model. With the use of sales intelligence, companies can now more efficiently than ever before discover the most viable accounts based on a wide range of criteria and create a tailored sales and marketing strategy for them.

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Topics: Account-Based Sales

Win More Deals With Sales Intelligence

Mar 14, 2018

Erika Granath

You probably haven’t missed the term sales intelligence. But just because most people have heard about it, doesn’t mean that the majority of sales professionals are using enough sales intelligence. In fact, most don’t, and those who do often don't use sales intelligence from enough resources.

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Topics: Sales Intelligence

Ideal Customer Profile

Mar 2, 2018

Erika Granath

As a salesperson, your most valuable asset is time. It’s better to spend it on a few high-quality prospects than spreading yourself thin processing a large number of poor opportunities.

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Topics: Ideal Customer Profile

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: Sales Prospecting

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