The Why and How For Marketing and Sales Assessments

Before joining TOPO as a Research Analyst, I was a marketing strategist at high growth B2B tech companies and always looking for ways to drive efficiency (more quality revenue with less effort). I usually did this by understanding and then intentionally breaking processes. I used industry research (including TOPO best practices!) in order to justify my gut decisions, which helped me maintain my credibility and drive results in the face of uncertainty.

Orchestration Design Solves Short-Term Challenges With Cross-Functional Efforts

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Marketing teams look for ways to improve results with every program. Marketers can accomplish that goal with an orchestrated program that leverages multiple channels and functions to meet a specific objective for a specific list of target accounts. These programs do not replace existing always-on marketing programs—whether account based or demand generation—but instead create greater impact with stronger results, more focused messaging, and better calls-to-action.

Create and manage a successful demand generation strategy with the TOPO framework

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Every marketing organization includes a demand generation strategy to raise awareness and bring more leads into the funnel. Adhering to best practices and measuring deep into the sales process helps to identify areas of improvement, eliminate stalled pipeline, and show the impact of marketing to the business.

A Proven Approach for Handing Off SDR Qualified Leads to Sales

Sales development reps (SDRs) are responsible for creating qualified meetings for sales reps. While this seems like a straightforward process, TOPO has identified a breaking point.

Many sales organizations fail to address what happens before and after SDRs set up those meetings. This oversight creates confusion.

SDRs pass leads before they are fully qualified, sales ignores qualified leads, or sales fails to document what happened in the meeting and next steps. More often than not, issues like these lead to a lack of alignment and the SDR program suffers.

An Effective Trial Approach That Converts

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A trial provides prospects an opportunity to test a vendor’s solution before purchasing. In the age of Software as a Service (SaaS), many technology companies provide self-serve demos. While this works for single-user purchases, it’s not as effective for more complex purchases where multiple stakeholders are forced to navigate the intricacies of trials on their own.

The Sales Enablement Technology Market Landscape: Predictions and Buyer Guidance

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In our first post on sales enablement, we explained the optimal sales enablement stack and the trends influencing its evolution. In part two of the series, we focus on the market landscape, along with TOPO’s predictions and buyer guidance.

What Defines the Sales Enablement Category?

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One of the key factors for sales success is an organization’s ability to enable sales by providing the required resources to sell effectively. The more fluid and effective a sales rep’s interactions with a buyer, the faster reps can close each deal. And the faster they can close, the more deals they can close. That’s where sales enablement technology comes into play.

Standard Touch Patterns Make SDRs More Efficient and Effective

Touch patterns matter. The job of a sales development rep (SDR) is to contact prospects with engaging, value-based messages so that the prospects will respond and ultimately schedule a meeting. The biggest challenge for an individual SDR is not having enough guidance from management for the touch pattern activities that make up their primary job function.

An Account Based Approach to Marketing with the TOPO Framework

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More and more organizations are adopting and leveraging an account based strategy to drive business growth. Therefore, organizations must identify the most impactful activities for an account based strategy and align internal expectations around the expected outcomes.

Build and Grow a Sales Organization with the TOPO Sales Framework

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The success of a modern sales organization starts before the first sales person even walks in the door. A well-conceived go-to-market strategy, sales playbook, and messaging framework are the foundation for every sales call. Ongoing training on the right processes and the right technology keeps a sales team effective, efficient, and on the same path.