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How to Win (and Keep Winning) Bigger Deals

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This week's episode is entitled "How to Win (and Keep Winning) Bigger Deals" and our guest is Lisa Magnuson, Founder of Top Line Sales and the author of The TOP Sales Leader Playbook: How to Win 5X Deals.

I ask Lisa in 2020, what should sales professionals be thinking about and prioritizing as they stare at the quarter in the year ahead of them?

She shared one of the things that they absolutely are thinking about is that pipeline, but most importantly inside that pipeline, they're thinking about what are their biggest opportunities. Because the smart sellers know that if they identify a couple of really big accounts... I call them 5X accounts, worth about five times their average deal... if they identify a couple of those and really work them, diligently work them, they will get those in 2020 and it will be a game changer for their year.

This and a lot more.  Listen in NOW or read the entire conversation on the Heinz Marketing blog starting Monday, 1/27/19 at 6am PST.  

Sales Pipeline Radio is hosted by Matt Heinz of Heinz Marketing which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.

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Sales Pipeline Radio is sponsored and produced by Heinz Marketing on the Funnel Radio Channel.  I interview the best and brightest minds in sales and Marketing.  If you would like to be a guest on Sales Pipeline Radio send an email to Sheena.

How Your Board and Investors Think About Marketing 

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This week's episode is entitled "How Your Board and Investors Think About Marketing" and our guest is Robert Pease Managing Director at the Cascade Seed Fund.

I ask Robert, as a board member, as an investor, how do you not just think about marketing, but when the company comes back and describes their marketing plan, describes how marketing is doing and how they're reporting on it, what do you as an investor want to see? What are you looking for?

You'll love his message around audience message and offer.  I also ask him, thinking about the life he's lived, the career he's had, the mistakes he's made....What's a piece of advice, or a lesson, or an experience you would share with others that hopefully they can learn from as well?  Listen in or read the full transcript on the Heinz Marketing Blog starting 1/20/20.  

Sales Pipeline Radio is hosted by Matt Heinz of Heinz Marketing which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.

Heinz Marketing   Funnel Radio Podcast Channel by the Funnel Media Group, LLC

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Sales Pipeline Radio is sponsored and produced by Heinz Marketing on the Funnel Radio Channel.  I interview the best and brightest minds in sales and Marketing.  If you would like to be a guest on Sales Pipeline Radio send an email to Sheena.

 

Three Things AI Must Do and It Doesn’t Include Replacing Salespeople

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Anil Kaul, CEO at AbsolutData joined host Matt Heinz for an in-depth talk about artificial intelligence.  The three things he expects from AI are :

  1. Sensing the meaning behind data
  2. Understand text
  3. The ability to recommend complex decisions. 

".... we went from using data quite literally and quite directly to now using information to make conjectures and to create new experiences for customers. I think maybe five years ago, the big buzzword in B2B was maybe "social selling," "social media." A couple of years later "account-based marketing" and then we start talking about AI and I think there has been a lot of interest in artificial intelligence, a lot of discussions.

I think inevitably that initial frothing turns into, "Well what exactly is it and how do we use it?" And AbsoluteData really have been at the forefront of this.

Listen as Anil talks about what AI means to him and about some of the practical applications that can help more marketers or more business leaders wrap their heads around how to leverage it. 

Read the full transcription on the Heinz Marketing blog.

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Sales Pipeline Radio is hosted by Matt Heinz of Heinz Marketing which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.  Heinz Marketing is the sponsor of Sales Pipeline Radio.

Heinz Marketing   Funnel Radio Podcast Channel by the Funnel Media Group, LLC

 

From Process to Profits: How Systems Will Increase Your Sales

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In "From Process to Profits: How Systems Will Increase Your Sales", I'm talking about sales strategy with Bethany Fagan, CMO at PandaDoc. Full disclosure, I am a PandaDoc customer and a very happy one.  I wanted to have her on to talk about templates as part of the sales process. Sometimes things like templates can be perceived as perhaps less exciting parts of the process. It's not as exciting as the creative. It's not as exciting as let's go make more dials or figuring out how to get reps to engage with our prospects, to engage with our reps. But process and systems are the backbone of successful, predictable, scalable sales organizations.

We talk about what PandaDoc has seen on this and how important process and templates are. This and a lot more! 

Listen in and/or read the full transcript on our blog starting Mon. 12/02/19 6am PST.  

Why Buyers Prefer Working with Inside Sales People - Trish Bertuzzi Podcast

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Trish Bertuzzi, President & Chief Strategist is Matt Heinz's guest as they discuss the status of inside and outside sales careers and why today's buyers prefer working with inside salespeople. 

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Personal Touch at Scale: How to Make Your Marketing (and Sales) Irresistible

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Talking today with Kris Rudeegraap, CEO of Sendoso, a fast-growing MarTech company that really helps create better customer experiences and is improving communication and getting attention from your target prospects.

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Sales Enablement In The Wild: How Blackbaud Is Improving Sales Productivity & Impact

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Listen in as I talk to Raymond Ivory, Senior Manager of Sales Enablement at Blackbaud in this episode called "Sales Enablement In The Wild: How Blackbaud Is Improving Sales Productivity & Impact" 

Read the full transcript on the Heinz Marketing blog.

A lot of people have different definitions of what sales enablement means to them. I ask Raymond what sales enablement means to him; what it means to Blackbaud?

Hear the story of how this got started and where it came from. In terms of sales enablement at Blackbaud today, find out some of the main components and tactics they're following as well as key components of their program Raymond believes have driven the most success.  We'll also talk a little bit about the balance between the technology and the process... and A LOT MORE!

The Rise of Revenue Operations: How an Integrated Approach can Accelerate Results

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So glad to have Karen Steele, CMO at LeanData on this time talking about what "Revenue Operations" really means.  

LeanData has done a great job of evangelizing an integrated, cohesive Revenue Operations strategy. I ask Karen what that means and what it looks like.

I also ask her about the balance of activities for marketing teams when you've got those so focused on demand generations and getting more leads and getting more MQLs, versus focusing on some of the Sales Enablement and Revenue Operations tasks and priorities. 

It's not just about the sales funnel-- revenue implies impacting the entire customer life cycle. I asked her to share how the concept of Revenue Operations can now span beyond acquisition marketing as well as sales and how it can impact customer success and account management teams as well.   

Listen in for this and a lot more! 

You can also listen in and read the transcript on the Heinz Marketing Blog starting Monday, 5/13/19 at 6am PST as well.. and catch the recording everywhere podcasts play! 

Sales Pipeline Radio is sponsored and produced by Heinz Marketing on the Funnel Radio Channel.  I interview the best and brightest minds in sales and Marketing.  If you would like to be a guest on Sales Pipeline Radio send an email to Sheena.

Cerebral Selling: How Science, Art and Metrics Combine to Exceed Your Sales Quota

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Read the transcript starting Mon. 12/17/18 on the Heinz Marketing Blog.

We were thrilled this last time to talk to David Priemer (a repeat guest) in an episode called, "Cerebral Selling: How Science, Art and Metrics Combine to Exceed Your Sales Quota".  

To get a glimpse of our conversation, enjoy this excerpt:

Matt:  if you think about it like science, there're scientific systems. Whether it's, you know, the water table, or the meteorological systems, they're all based on certain amounts of rules, but those systems do tend to change over time.

David:  If you're kind of an astute observer, you can see when those systems change. Certainly, over the course of the last 20 years, the world of sales has changed quite a lot. I just love applying kind of the lens of the curiosity, the why, to the world of sales. I just love seeing it evolve. That's kind of how I harmonize these two worlds.

Matt:  I love that. You know, this is changing, of course, but there traditionally have not been a lot of educational paths in sales. We're starting to see some sales certificate programs and some sales management and sales mastery programs in higher education, but I think when you think about the people that tend to get into sales, it's a different brain set. Right? I mean, it's the left brain versus right brain. That scientific approach to selling, I would argue, is in the minority. I would say, in the follow-up question I was going to ask you before, is around just the connotation of science in selling. I think you've got a lot of folks that believe, that are in sales, that sales is an art, that if you put science behind it, then you lose what works on the periphery to build relationships and rapport, and you lose the uniqueness that each individual selling opportunity requires.

But knowing your work, and seeing the work that you write, I know it's really, it's not one or the other, it's a combination of both. Talk a little bit from the science side how that really does help sellers. Then, marketers listening, as well, differentiate their work and impact.

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Augmented Intelligence vs. Predictive Analytics with Lara Shackelford

episode-card-250-lara-shackleford.jpgOur guest is Lara Shackelford of Altify. Altify sells to sales professionals. With their software, every sales rep can sell like your BEST sales rep. More reveals followed at DreamForce as it ties to AI and Einstein.

Matt asked what AI means to sales and marketing leaders. Lara told us, "It's important to bring the augmented intelligence piece to help humans perform better. An example - a sales rep is working 4-5 deals critical for the quarter, with our software they can be notified if a change is noticed affecting their influence on the sales decisions by looking at more than past data." 

Matt then asked if there is there a difference between augmented and predictive analytics and intelligence. Lara gave a quick overview:
  • Predictive - predicts what will happen in the future based on a lot of data. This involves high quantity of data.
  • Augmented takes knowledge and context into providing a solution and be able to flag insights to alert the human to be more effective and generate results based on the data and knowledge.
This has been the missing piece - the CONTEXT. This helps guide the next best step. Catch the replay of this show to get more insights from Lara Shackelford.

More about Lara Shackelford:

Lara is a leader in marketing strategy, innovation and execution, building market prominence for some of the largest technology enterprise companies as well as the most innovative Silicon Valley startups. She is known for creating a culture of success that enables brands to clarify, amplify and elevate their share of voice in a crowded marketplace. As EVP and CMO of Altify (Formerly The TAS Group), Lara is responsible for driving market leadership, global awareness, alliances and channels, demand generation, product marketing, content marketing strategy, and strategic events.