How Sales Execs Use Twitter

While there may be debate about whether LinkedIn or Twitter is more popular with salespeople, there’s no question that sales executives are becoming more active on Twitter. Why? They understand the power of the micro-blogging platform as a way to monitor, reach, and engage target buyers while also building their personal brand. But how are these sales leaders engaging on Twitter? And in what ways can you use this information to become more effective on social media?

How Sales Executives Engage on Twitter

My firm, Leadtail, decided to delve into these very questions by looking at the Twitter activity of 595 sales executives during the first six months of this year. Specifically, we analyzed 160,928 tweets and 91,471 shared links to better understand the topics sales execs are interested in, what they’re reading and sharing, and which people most influence them on social media. Here’s what we discovered.

What Sales Execs Talk About

We compiled the top hashtags used by sales leaders to identify the topics grabbing their attention. Why hashtags? Like search keywords, popular hashtags are a good indicator of what people are paying attention to, talking about, searching for, and sharing on social media. [Read more…]

The Most Important Social Selling Lesson an Inside Sales Rep Can Learn

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Today’s guest post is from Chris Snell, Director of Inside Sales for

Social selling has to be one of my least favorite topics to read about, to hear about, or to write about.  In fact, if you go through all of the blog articles I’ve written, I don’t think you’ll find one that is about social selling. [Read more…]

The Ultimate Visual Guide to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile For Social Selling

Today’s Author is Emma Snider Staff Writer from Hubspot.

You wouldn’t put outdated information or a picture from 20 years ago on your business card. So why do salespeople think it’s okay to allow their LinkedIn profiles (your virtual business card) to get musty?

Social selling isn’t just about monitoring social conversations and engaging with prospects on social networks. Equally important to social selling success is projecting the image of an informed industry resource who can help business leaders make smart decisions.

If you’re skeptical about the role of image in selling, consider the following statistic: According to LinkedIn, 90% of B2B buyers are more likely to engage with a salesperson viewed as a thought leader. With this in mind, if your social profiles are sparsely populated or woefully out of date, you’re going to have a tough time gaining trust.

Inspired to take action? The below infographic provides a section-by-section guide of how to revamp and optimize your LinkedIn profile for social selling. And if you’re short on time, not to worry — the HubSpot Sales blog is giving away 50 free LinkedIn profile makeovers during April. Click here to enter the contest, and discover how to increase your chances of winning (yes, you can improve your odds!).

LinkedInToday’s Author is Emma Snider Staff Writer from Hubspot.

Where Deals Go to Die: 5 Sales Administration Steps You Should Automate Today

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Today’s guest post is from Chris Bucholtz, content marketing manager for CallidusCloud and a speaker, writer and consultant on topics surrounding buyer-seller relationships. I worked with Chris a few years ago and he is brilliant. Oh and he is the kind of guy you can talk to about anything including baseball, model airplanes, and the Tuskegee Airmen. Here we go:

Anyone who sells in large companies has seen it: a deal that races through its early stages and seems like a sure thing, then abruptly grinds to a halt – not because the buyer suddenly got cold feet but because the salesman has become hung up on internal processes.

These administrative tasks are important – your company wouldn’t do them if they were not. They provide a means of control for sales managers, a record for marketing to evaluate its performance, and even help out the sales rep once in a while by offering up some insight about a customer. [Read more…]

Amplify Your Twitter Marketing Campaigns with Azuqua

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Editor’s Note: Today’s Post is from Claire Koerner, marketing manager at Azuqua

With CRM, social media, cloud services, SaaS tools and more, marketers have access to vast quantities of customer information. That’s the upside. The downside is it can be a time-consuming task analyzing all that data in order to identify and act on the most important and relevant content. Creating simple business process to address this issue can be a challenge, and usually require a dependency on already stressed IT departments. [Read more…]

Email Tracking is the New Expense Report Tracking

Editor’s note: Today’s post is from myDocket CEO Jason Wesbecher. This will be Jason’s third post on the Funnelholic, the other two posts just absolutely killed it: The “3 Ps” of Killer Drip Campaigns and Your Content is the New Cold Call. He came back with another great post and of course I said: “Let’s get it up now!”. Here it is, enjoy it and check out myDocket when you get a chance. Here we go:sales 2.0, sales tools, mydocketTwo opposing edicts have, at one time or another, surfaced in every sales organization for which I have worked.  The first is the edict from the VP Sales that says that if your expense reports were too low, you weren’t doing your job.  The theory here is that the more money the salesperson spends on travel, meals and entertainment for customers, the closer of a relationship they are developing.  The second edict, directly opposite from the first, is from the CFO and goes something like this – “all travel & customer-related expenses are frozen for the remainder of the quarter.” [Read more…]

Social Selling: The LinkedIn “Who’s Viewed my Profile” Play

Before I go any further, I have an important announcement: On Thursday April 17th from 8:30-Noon is the Funnelholic Virtual Sales Summit feat. Jill Konrath, Jill Rowley, Matt Heinz, and Dan Waldschmidt. Please click here to learn more.

I want to start this post with a simple story that is a great use case on using LinkedIn. I am a strong advocate for sales (sales development and sales) to live in LinkedIn. One screen: CRM; One screen: LinkedIn. There is a lot of things you do in LinkedIn, but one that I love is to think about it as a personal inbound marketing machine. Let the story unfold and then I will come back to this point.

Dateline July 11, 2012:

Yes, July 11, 2012. Yes, a long time ago in internet years. While I haven’t written about it, the experience left a lasting impression and I mention it to clients all the time. Ok, so I look at the profile of Marge Bieler. At the time, I don’t believe she was a LinkedIn trainer, but now she is. As soon as she saw that I viewed her profile, she sent me this:

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Social Selling 101: Random Acts of Business Kindness

I just had to share this story. Everyone asks me for use cases of using social intelligence in the selling process. Well, here is a perfect example — follow along.

I have a bone spur in my back right now and its killing me. Absolutely killing me. Anyway, this week was Marketo Marketing Nation and I was really excited for it….but just couldn’t get off my back. Brutal. People were asking me if I was there, so I tweeted the following:


Now, watch  SalesLoft act on the tweet. I got a package yesterday with this nice, handwritten note. [Read more…]

The “3 Ps” of Killer Drip Campaigns for Sales

Editor’s note: Today’s post is from myDocket CEO Jason Wesbecher. If you have read my work or heard me speak, you know I am very excited about sales enablement and in particular, content selling. I asked Jason to write a “how-to” post because I love the approach myDocket is taking to solve the sales engagement challenge. It’s a great post — I hope you enjoy!

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