Smartbound - Combining Inbound and Outbound Sales Prospecting

Dec 3, 2018

Erika Granath

During outbound’s period of greatness, the sales department at pretty much every company outnumbered the marketing department by far. As inbound grew stronger, marketing departments did the same and some companies came to only trust inbound activities to drive business to the company.

Today, the fastest growing companies in the world are doing both outbound and inbound, the frontrunners combining these two processes with a strong data-driven approach.

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Topics: Sales Prospecting, Smartbound

These are the Sales Prospecting KPIs Your Business Should Focus On

Nov 1, 2018

Erika Granath

The most successful sales organizations are the ones working systematically. To do that you have to have clearly defined goals, KPIs, and relentlessly measure and monitor how your sales and marketing efforts contribute to help you reach them.

This is why performance sales development teams have well thought out KPIs that are being tracked daily, weekly and monthly.

With modern technology, the question is not what you can measure, but what you benefit from measuring. Following the right metrics will help you as a sales executive evaluate the performance of your team and steer them in the right future direction. Measuring the wrong or additional metrics will simply take precious time away from the things that matter.

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Topics: Sales Prospecting

20 Sales Prospecting Tools That Help You Surface the Right Accounts for Your Business

Oct 1, 2018

Erika Granath

Prospecting used to mean purchasing a static lists of prospects from one of the many vendors out there offering these.

In today’s hyper-competitive sales landscape static lists based only on basic firmographics don’t cut it for salespeople who aim for strong sales figures (don’t we all?). High-performers within sales use dynamic data and more data-points provided in a smart sales prospecting platform when looking for new accounts to approach with their offer.

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Topics: Sales Tools, Sales Prospecting

Supercharge Your Inbound Sales Prospecting

Sep 4, 2018

Erika Granath

Often when we talk about sales prospecting we talk about outbound sales prospecting. This is the process of finding new companies that match your Ideal Customer Profile, companies that you should reach out to and try to persuade into becoming your customers.

In this article, we'll instead focus on inbound sales prospecting. Inbound sales prospecting is, simply put, about scrolling through leads that marketing automation workflow provides.

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Topics: Sales Prospecting

4 Data-Backed ways to Improve your Outbound Sales Prospecting

Jun 7, 2018

Erika Granath

Sales prospecting based on guesswork is not only tedious but also expensive. Experienced salespeople can expect to spend 7.5 hours of cold calling to get ONE qualified appointment, according to a Baylor University study.

By trusting data instead of your lucky star, you can increase the quality and efficiency of your outbound sales prospecting significantly and improve your call to meeting hit rate. But it can only be done if you have a deep understanding of your Ideal Customer Profile.

To succeed with data-driven outbound sales prospecting, you’ll need a scalable solution for collecting data about your current customers and prospects. Then you’ll have to apply machine learning to it to generate useful insights about the companies. Machine learning, a sub-category of Artificial Intelligence, is basically an enormous correlation engine.

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Topics: Sales Prospecting

Use Account Insights from Technographic data to Supercharge Your Sales

May 3, 2018

Erika Granath

Whether it’s to monitor marketing or to keep track of customers, technology in B2B these days cannot be escaped. The technologies that companies use leave digital footprints, so-called technographic data, that can help you as a salesperson understand their identity or future direction.

The decisions companies make regarding technology can reveal useful account insights on prospects’ intentions, their priorities and the way they want to run their operations. Using technographic data in sales prospecting refers to salespeople’s attempts to better understand their prospects by analyzing their technology stacks. 

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Topics: Sales Prospecting, Company Data