B2B sales research confirms buyers are overwhelmed and front-line managers are unprepared

Eighty per cent of B2B sales reps who help filter information and ease the decision-making process for customers close high-quality, low-regret deals, according to a report from research firm Gartner. Based on a survey of more than 1,000 B2B buyers, the Stamford, Conn.-based company’s report suggested that quantity and even accuracy of information is not […]

Pipedrive AI CRM

Pipedrive aims at enteprise sales teams with updated plans, AI-based assistant and learning portal

Pipedrive on Wednesday is launching an updated CRM suite that includes a virtual assist based on artificial intelligence, along with an online education platform and an enterprise plan in a bid to show it can serve larger organizations. Based in New York, Pipedrive’s latest release adds a slew of other features such as the ability […]

Oureach emojis B2B e-mail sales

Outreach data scientists put emojis in B2B e-mail subject lines to the test, and . . .

Adding little clocks or other emojis before and after B2B e-mail subject lines like “Quick call next week” have a negative impact on reply rates, according to tests conducted by sales enablement firm Outreach. Using seven different variations featuring emojis that were subject to an A/B split, Outreach found an overall 42 per cent decline […]

DiscoverOrg purchasing power survey

Marketing comes third in departmental tech budget spending, DiscoverOrg survey shows

The number and diversity of “salestech” products and services may be dwarfed by those on the martech side, but a research study from DiscoverOrg shows that’s where the bulk of budgets allocated to tech will be going this year. In its inaugural Purchasing Power Survey, Vancouver, Wash.-based DiscoverOrg commissioned Wakefield Research to ask approximately 500 […]

Showpad CPO

Showpad CPO promises to bring better coaching and a unified experience to sales managers

Showpad CPO Louis Jonckheere says the launch of the firm’s unified Sales Enablement Platform will help one of the least-supported in the enterprise to offer “coaching at scale” with training tools, easier administration and more. The Chicago-based firm’s release comes only nine months after it spent $50 million to acquire LearnCore, a provider of coaching […]

Miller Heiman Group 2019 sales data

Miller Heiman Group stats show B2B sales execs lean on renewals vs. improving team performance

B2B sales people are closing less than half of the deals they forecast and firms are relying on renewals from existing accounts to make up average of 70 per cent of revenues, according to a survey from Miller Heiman Group. The Chicago-based training firm’s CSO Insights team recently released its annual report, Selling in a […]

Conversica Valentine's Day Sales and Marketing Report

Conversica survey suggests AI could spark love between B2B sales and marketing teams

Ninety-three per cent of sales professionals and 87 per cent of marketers believe virtual assistants powered by artificial intelligence technologies could improve cross-functional relationships, according to the results of a survey released by Conversica. The Valentine’s Day Sales and Marketing Report is based on responses from approximately 1,000 U.S.-based sales and marketing professionals and explored […]

CROs tech skills

What the democratization of learning means for Chief Revenue Officers and their teams

Chief revenue officers may have all the career experience they need to hire a sales manager, but judging the skills of a software developer may be a bit of a stretch. Of course, most CROs probably don’t oversee teams of programmers today, but the increasingly data-driven nature of sales means they could be pulled into […]

InsideSales AI B2B sales 2019

90% of B2B sellers tell InsideSales they expect AI to improve their performance in 2019

While the overwhelming majority of B2B sales professionals have high hopes for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to help them do their jobs, less than half have actually started to implement such tools, according to the results of a recent survey released by InsideSales. Based on a set of questions fielded to more […]

DiscoverOrg buys ZoomInfo

DiscoverOrg president discusses ZoomInfo acquisition and the quest to corner the B2B contacts market

B2B contact and lead generation provider DiscoverOrg on Monday said it would acquire its competitor ZoomInfo and create a combined platform serving marketing and sales professionals over the next year. Financial terms of the deal between DiscoverOrg, which is based in Vancouver, Wash. and Waltham, Mass.-based ZoomInfo were not disclosed. The two firms said ZoomInfo […]

FPX digital transformation 2019

FPX research shows 58% of B2B firms pursuing digital transformation want to improve buying processes

The majority of B2B firms pursuing some kind of digital transformation projects are trying to improve customer experiences — particularly the ability for buyers to make purchases, according to research from configure-price-quote (CPQ) software maker FPX. Based on a survey of approximately 230 B2B firms with a strong focus on the manufacturing sector, the study […]

CommercialTribe CT Coach

CommercialTribe offers CT Coach to help B2B sales managers improve their reps’ performance

As B2B sales reps go through their annual performance reviews with managers, a startup called CommercialTribe has created a software-as-a-service tool that will grade them across 24 behaviors based on an analysis of more than 40,000 recorded sales interactions. Based in Denver, CommercialTribe formally launched CT Coach earlier this week, boasting HubSpot as an early […]

Forrester SiriusDecisions acquisition

Forrester’s CMO offers an inside look at its $245M SiriusDecisions acquisition

This week’s SiriusDecisions acquisition for $245 million by fellow research and adivsory firm Forrester will mean many more line-of-business executives learn about “the Sirius Way,” according to its CMO. Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester announced its SiriusDecisions acquisition on Tuesday, citing opportunities to expand further into vertical markets such as finance and utilities, as well as geographies […]

Showpad Voicefox

Showpad adds ability to transcribe and analyze sales meetings with AI via Voicefox acquisition

Showpad on Wednesday will announce an acquisition that will bring artificial intelligence-based voice recording and transcription analysis to its customer base of sales professionals as a way of boosting their productivity and effectiveness. The Chicago-based firm, whose software offers a range of sales enablement capabilities to B2B firms, said it has purchased Voicefox, a two-year […]