Announcing the TOPO Weekly Brief

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We’re excited to announce TOPO’s first newsletter: the TOPO Weekly Brief. Every Sunday morning, members receive a roundup of the week’s most important sales and marketing news, recently published TOPO research and tools, and announcements about upcoming events and research initiatives. If you’re a sales, marketing, or sales development professional, the TOPO Weekly Brief has to be on your reading list.

The Age of Multi-Channel Prospecting: Despite the Hype, Nothing is “Dead”

Every day on LinkedIn there is a post with a long comment string discussing how some prospecting methodology is “dead” –  cold-calling, social-selling, etc. These provocative arguments dominate our LinkedIn feed. It’s understandable because cracking the code of prospecting in today’s world is the holy grail. The real message here is that prospecting is hard and many techniques in isolation are frustratingly inefficient and ineffective.

Patterns to Drive Account-Based Success

Every day we talk to organizations in various stages of adoption of account-based. In 2017, we are seeing account-based quickly mature, with many organizations putting dedicated account-based resources in place in both marketing and sales development.

Account-Based Learnings From the Trenches

In 2017, Account-Based is moving from cool idea to reality. The results for early adopters have been exciting – 82% of organizations executing account-based marketing for 1+ year(s) are meeting or exceeding their objectives (TOPO research on behalf of ABMLA). As their peers see success, more organizations are moving to account-based.

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

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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?

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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 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.