In Business-to-Business Sales, Contact Intelligence Is Vital

If you know your customers’ daily challenges, you can easily explain how you can help them, whether that’s with a product or ad inventory. Most sellers, when they find a business opportunity, lead with email outreach. But a one-size-fits-all approach might not be the best way to identify the best way to reach the most valuable opportunities. What can you do with a name and a business email address? There’s a ton of information you can find out about your prospects if you can get a business email address for them. At the very least you’re going to have their company name and website URL. Once you visit that URL you will probably get a sense of what your prospect’s business is and how you might help them achieve their goals. Everyone email in a company’s business email address directory will tend to follow the same format, too, so once you know one person in an organization, it’s not very difficult to extrapolate that out over the people in the organization you want to reach. Usually you’ll be looking at some combination of first name (or initial) and their last name (with or without a dot separator). Some companies limit their name-side of the email address to a specific number of characters so there might be some truncation involved, but you don’t have to be Wikileaks to figure out the pattern. This knowledge is particularly useful if you’ve heard about a promotion or new hire in your target organization and want to get on their radar before anyone else. Unlock their social media accounts Business email addresses will also...

Sales Intelligence Must-Haves to Find Decision Makers

Regardless of industry, sales intelligence resources provide background data on contacts, companies, and industries. The idea is that rather than spending hours researching and vetting contact information for decision makers – that may or may not prove fruitful – sales professionals can use these resources to easily access what they need. But do they actually work? The right sales intelligence tool for your company can turn prospects into leads faster, shorten your sales cycle, improve conversion rates, and free you up from the tedious stuff so you can focus on the meat of what you do – building relationships and closing deals. If you’re targeting national marketers and/or their agencies, there are specific features and functions that the highest-performing new business teams consider must-haves – in other words, the boxes that must be ticked to make it a worthy investment. In our 20+ years working alongside media, marketing, and agency new business teams, we’ve cultivated an acute understanding of what these particular groups need to succeed. After listening to our clients and conducting extensive research, from surveys and focus groups to beta tests and everything in between, these are the five must-haves our most successful clients tell us they need: 1) Human-Verified Data for Prospecting If meaningful sales intelligence could be scraped from the internet, it would be a brilliant investment to pay someone to write a script that could collect it for you. But the information needed to engage the right people at the right companies is not something that’s conspicuously floating around the web, or accurately crowd-sourced in any other way. That’s not to say that technology and...
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