Use Insights from Companies' Websites to Surface the Right Prospects for Your Business

Aug 1, 2018

Erika Granath

Companies’ websites are pure treasure chests for salespeople; there are more jewels to collect than just the insights from website technologies.

The keywords used on a company’s website will tell you a lot about both the organization, its daily business and its needs and help you get more pointed in your approach.

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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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How to use Buying Signals to Improve your Timing in Sales

Jun 1, 2018

Erika Granath

Nothing is harder to sell around than a prospect unwilling or unready to buy. A company that checks every box in your Ideal Customer Profile doesn’t hold weight if the decision maker isn’t in a position to sign a deal with you now.

According to Hubspot, as many as 25 percent of the deals that are marked closed-lost are because of timing, or rather, the lack of it.

Yes, there are cases in which the stars align and decisions are made quickly to result in closed deals. This is the exception and not the rule though, as it isn’t often that the timeline you’re working on matches up with the timeline of your prospect. In other words, it’s not enough to rely solely on luck. The best salespeople strategically use buying signals, modern technologies and data to increase their chances of landing at the right place at the right time.

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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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Pros and Cons of Sales Prospecting using Insights from Firmographic Data

Apr 3, 2018

Mikko Honkanen

A company’s industry, number of employees or location doesn’t reveal much about its needs and interests. This type of company information is often referred to as firmographics. It has significant value to salespeople who target companies in a specific industry or a chosen size-range as it allows them to quickly filter promising prospects out of a longer list of potential customers. However, firmographic data doesn’t reveal enough details about a company's organization and current situation to help you find those hidden gems you should go after right now.

If you’re a salesperson in forefront you combine firmographics, technographics (data showing a company’s online profile and technical tool-box, etc.) and insights from buying signals when sales prospecting.

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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