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Top Trends from TOPO Summit Sponsors – Sales Development and Sales Enablement

We surveyed our sponsors for TOPO Summit 2017 and asked them to identify three trends their companies are following in 2017.  Based on those responses, we will be publishing a series of blog posts over the next several weeks, categorizing their thoughts into five themes: Account-Based, Sales Development, Data, Tech Stack, and Sales Enablement.

5 New Account-Based Metrics

Last week marked my one year anniversary at TOPO. For most of that time, my work has involved helping companies transition to account-based go-to-market strategies. I’ve observed that people within these companies bring diverse perspectives on what account-based is, what it does, and what it means. That diversity is actually important to preserve, and even embrace. Based on functional roles, the way account-based programs are designed and executed will vary. The diversity of perspectives makes marketing and sales outreach more compelling and engaging.

Top Trends from TOPO Summit Sponsors – Tech Stack and Data

We surveyed our sponsors for TOPO Summit 2017 and asked them to identify three trends their companies are following in 2017.  Based on those responses, we will be publishing a series of blog posts over the next several weeks, categorizing their thoughts into five themes: Account-Based, Sales Development, Data, Tech Stack, and Sales Enablement. Want to hear more from these companies? Be sure to meet with them at TOPO Summit, where these topics, and more, will be covered by our speakers and our sponsors.

Top Trends from TOPO Summit Sponsors – Account-Based

We surveyed our sponsors for TOPO Summit 2017 and asked them to identify three trends their companies are following in 2017.  Based on those responses, we will be publishing a series of blog posts over the next three weeks, categorizing their thoughts into five themes: Account-Based, Sales Development, Data, Tech Stack, and Sales Enablement. Want to hear more from these companies? Be sure to meet with them at TOPO Summit, where these topics, and more, will be covered by our speakers and our sponsors.

Are You Really Account-Based?

As a consultant, one of my key roles is discovery: a fancy-sounding word that simply means asking questions. Sometimes client answers to important questions about their business are unintentionally vague. So I ask more questions to unpack what’s going on. One topic that frequently warrants scrutiny is the degree to which the client has implemented an account-based go-to-market strategy.

TOPO Sales Council #4 – A Recap

Sales leaders from the Bay Area’s fastest growing companies once again gathered last Friday for TOPO’s fourth Sales Council. These Councils offer a unique forum for sales leaders from high growth companies to learn from each other and share best practices. Each Council features three speakers who share the processes, plays, organizational elements, and technologies they use to drive key revenue metrics.

TOPO Sales Development Funnel

The proliferation of sales development teams in B2B companies over the past decade has been unprecedented. While the sales development (SD) function has existed for at least 30 years, many great companies safeguarded their sales development process as a “secret sauce.” Today, sales development is considered a requirement for any normally functioning B2B sales and marketing organization, and SD practices have become virtually standardized across companies. In fact, TOPO’s research has shown that 100% of high-growth organizations have sales development organizations.

TOPO Marketing Council #11 – A Recap

Over 25 demand generation leaders from the Bay Area’s fastest growing companies gathered last Friday for TOPO’s eleventh Marketing Council. These Councils offer a unique forum for marketing leaders from high growth companies to learn from each other and share best practices. Each Council features three speakers who share the processes, plays, organizational elements, and technologies they use to drive key revenue metrics.

A Very Large List of Account-Based Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)

In nearly every TOPO engagement with clients who are launching an account-based GTM strategy, a common question we hear goes like this: “How can we learn from others’ mistakes so we can realize the benefits of account-based (e.g., higher ACV, LTV) faster?” We love hearing this question because we have, indeed, observed the habits of many clients as they implement their account-based programs. We’ve seen them get awesome results and we’ve seen them struggle, too. Here is a summary of their struggles, with recommendations for how your company can overcome them.

The “No Top Ramen” Rule (or 4 things we did when we started TOPO)

I get asked quite often for my learnings in launching TOPO. With 3 years of hindsight, I believe there were 4 critical tactics that allowed us to launch quickly into the market and grow our business out of the gate. For some context, TOPO was bootstrapped and Scott and I (the founders) made a “No Top Ramen” agreement, which meant that we would build this business to make money immediately. This pact drove urgency to get out into the market, and forced us to make quick but solid decisions that were also realistic since there was only two of us. There were some bad decisions, but there were four that stood out that any business starting out can execute.

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