5 Ways for Marketers at Mid-Sized Companies to Survive (and Thrive)

Today’s author is Dennis Shiao, Director of Product Marketing at DNN. He is awesome and this research is really interesting. We are lucky to have the opportunity to have him on the Funnelholic today.

Introduction

I’m trying to channel my inner Billy Beane. No, I don’t imagine that Brad Pitt will play my role in a made-for-Hollywood true story. You see, I’m a marketer at a mid-sized software company (DNN). In Marketing, we’re like the front office of a ball club. We make moves and stay on the look-out for interesting opportunities. But like Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, we have limited resources, compared to the New York Yankees of the software world. Despite that, management expects us to contend for a championship. This means that we have expectations comparable to the Yankees, but far less resources available. You know what else? The “Moneyball” tactics employed by Billy Beane (i.e. using analytics to derive unfair gains against statistically-averse competitors) are now commonplace in Marketing. That means that “test, measure, adapt, interate” is part and parcel of being a marketer today. Beating the Yankees requires far more than that.

Marketing Got Complicated

But wait, there’s more. According to a research report commissioned by DNN, marketers at mid-sized companies are faced with an increasing degree of complexity in the tools and systems they use.

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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...]

4 B2B Sales Videos That Will Change Your Game

The only reason you didn’t sign up for the Funnelholic Virtual Sales Summit is if you just didn’t want to go. (It hurts, but I understand). It has dominated our headlines and newsletters, etc.

If you went, I am giving you a virtual hug as we speak.

If you signed up and missed it, I get it — you were out there doing your day job.

Either way, the on-demand videos are in. In our humble opinion, it was the best content we have had yet. Special thanks first to our two premier sponsors: DocuSign and Citrix GoToMeeting. And second, but with equal love and care: Switch Video, LeadSpace, ShareBloc, and TOPO.

 

Keynote: Jill Konrath on The Agile Selling Mindset

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We Used this Video as our Webinar Reminder and It’s Awesome

As we prepared to produce the Funnelholic Virtual Sales Summit, Andrew Angus from Switch Video came to us and said: “I have something really cool we want to do for the reminder email.” Keep in mind, we are always looking for marketing innovation and especially online event innovation. So, of course, we said “Yes, yes, and yes”.

And it’s awesome. Basically, Andrew’s team created a video reminder for the event which is already awesome but it takes the person’s name and company and automatically inserts it into the video. Bingo! Personalization!! If you signed up, you will get yours in an hour.

I see some many other use cases for this solution — personalized product/explainer videos for sales (personalized animated email follow-up or more — you can animate a lot of the sales process), lead follow up for marketing (lead comes in and send personalized video), the list goes on and on. I love it and people love short, entertaining videos. Check out and thank Switch Video when you get a chance or contact Andrew yourself…

And the video:

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Sales Tactics: Avoiding the Dark Stage

Don’t forget: This  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. It will be the most fun you will have all week (or month)…

Back to regularly scheduled programming:

Today’s post is about the dark stage. The dark stage = when we don’t hear “boo” from them. Today’s buyer only responds when they have something they want not what you want. This is why the “checking in” voicemails and emails that go unanswered. Fair enough…but to make it worse: Many buyers don’t even say “no” anymore, they just never respond. The problem is: They also don’t respond if things are still moving along. If there isn’t a profound update or information they need, they still don’t respond. It’s painful. It’s hard enough to get people on the phone in the first place…and now this. Alas, the dark stage.

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Startup Sales Leadership: The Good Fellas Mind Set

Don’t forget: This  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. It will be the most fun you will have all week (or month)…

First, the video. BIG TIME WARNING: There is profanity in this video and I am warning you now to not watch the video if you are offended by cursing. I know that posting something with cursing is risky and I could lose some of you. I hope not, but I understand. Here is the thing — when I run into the issues that I am about to detail in this post, I think of this scene. I just have to present it as is. [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...]