TOPO hosted its inaugural Sales Technology Council last Friday at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park. TOPO Councils provide a forum for leading sales practitioners to learn from each other. Each Council features three speakers who share the best practices, strategies, and tactics they use to drive revenue growth. This particular event attracted over 30 sales leaders who were interested in learning how to think about the sales technology stack, specific sales tech use cases, and the adoption challenges that continue to plague many sales organizations.
Last week, we hosted a webinar on sales technology – Sales Technology in 2015: The New Stack. The event provided analysis of the sales tech market, covering topics such as market drivers and macro trends. But the hottest discussion revolved around how to ensure successful adoption of technology in the sales organization. That’s because adoption sales reps remains the number one challenge when it comes sales technology.
TOPO is committed to bringing the sales development community the latest trends, data, and best practices from the world’s fastest-growing companies. Today, we interview Daniel Barber, the Director of Sales Development and Operations at ToutApp. He’ll share his thoughts on sales development best practices, goals, challenges, technology, and metrics.
Sales technology is the most effective investment sales organizations are making, according to TOPO’s Sales Benchmarking program. In fact, 37% of sales leaders name technology as their most effective investment. Even so, many sales organizations are struggling with the huge number of technology options, as well as the perennial problem of driving successful adoption among sales reps. At this free, live webinar, TOPO Founder, Scott Albro, will discuss what’s driving the boom in sales technology, key market trends, and best practices for adopting sales technology. He’ll share specific examples of how high growth companies are using sales technology as a key enabler of revenue growth.
The TOPO Sales Development Councils have been a tremendous success. At each council, we bring together sales development practitioners to listen to presentations from a TOPO Analyst, as well as two sales development leaders. The room is filled with some of the best sales development leaders in the business and the conversations are lively. This event had 40 attendees who shared best practices and collaborated on high growth strategies for sales development organizations.
TOPO is committed to bringing the sales development community the latest trends, data, and best practices from the world’s fastest-growing companies. Today, we interview Chris Flores, the Manager of Inside Sales at Namely. He’ll share his thoughts on sales development best practices, goals, challenges, technology, and metrics.
TOPO is committed to bringing the sales development community the latest trends, data, and best practices from the world’s fastest-growing companies. Today, we interview David Dulany, the Manager of Sales Development at OpenDNS. He’ll share his thoughts on sales development best practices, goals, challenges, technology, and metrics.
David will be speaking at our upcoming Sales Development Council meeting on April 10.
SalesLoft announced that it has raised $10M in venture funding this morning. SalesLoft CEO, Kyle Porter, published a post that provides a lot of details on SalesLoft’s fundraising process. It’s a major milestone for a company that is seeing tremendous growth in annual recurring revenue (ARR) – the holy grail of successful SaaS businesses. The SalesLoft funding, however, isn’t the only major sales technology event of the last few months. Over the last quarter, we’ve seen a spike in sales technology investment, both in terms of total capital invested and number of deals. Most importantly, the TOPO Analyst team has noticed a significant uptick in sales technology adoption by end-user sales organizations. This uptick is seen in the data we collect from sales (and marketing) organizations, as well as the number of client inquiries our Analysts are fielding.
The most recent version of the TOPO Sales Benchmark found that 59% of companies lack a well-defined sales process. It’s a shocking statistic given that your sales process represents the step-by-step plan for how you will win a deal. A good sales process moves prospects to a final purchasing decision, applies to many customer and deal types as you grow, and scales across your sales organization as you hire. By definition, it is one of the most important things your sales organization can design, build, and optimize.
In this post, we present 7 best practices used by high growth companies when designing their sales processes. It includes content from the recent TOPO webinar: How to Design Your Sales Process: 7 Best Practices.
One important note – there is a big distinction between your sales process and your CRM. Sales process is NOT CRM. Most sales organizations confuse the two. The sales process is a strategic plan for winning business, while the CRM is the platform you use to manage, enforce, and track the process.
At a recent TOPO Demand Generation Council event, Marketo co-founder Jon Miller gave a provocative presentation on account based marketing (ABM). Although ABM has been around for some time, we’ve seen growing interest on the topic the last few years. In fact, there’s been a major uptick in ABM interest in recent months, particularly among companies that have grown to approximately $100 million in revenue using inbound, demand generation tactics.