When most people picture a successful salesperson, they often think of ‘the closer’ – the one celebrating the big deal coming in, money showering down, and gongs going off.

These folks, particularly in enterprise companies, are often called Account Executives (AE). They manage the account, ultimately building and owning the relationship, then closing deals.

Ever since the switch to ‘inside sales’ became the dominant way to initiate deals –  over the phone and over email – it’s been the role of sales development representatives to start but not finish the process. Once a lead is qualified, it turns to the AE to make it happen.

This week I interview Pete McChrystal, President & CEO of Accent Technologies.

Nancy: Why does the industry need your solution?

Pete: Most every sales team wants to improve sales productivity, and this is exactly what Accent’s sales enablement solution does. It’s like having a good sales assistant with you all the time.

Accent helps sales teams sell more efficiently in several ways. We reduce the time reps spend locating and customizing content and materials for buyers, and reduce the manual CRM data entry reps love so much—giving them more time to sell.

Something watches your every move. It casts a dark, deceptive, and often destructive, shadow upon each and every salesperson as they go about their day. It threatens to wreak havoc in the most insidious and unexpected ways.

It is the perfect ally to have on your side, but it often stands as a formidable and unforgiving adversary. It cannot be bought or owned, yet it is yours to use as you like.

Learn the best way to identify and prioritize your challenges using a framework I call the Revenue Hierarchy. You’ll walk away from this webinar with a workbook that includes checklists so you’ll have what you need to do this on your own.

The second thing I’ll cover in the webinar is the Sales Stack Maturity model, a tool to see where you stand with respect to technology compared to others with similar challenges. It’s a meter of sorts that tells you the next best technology step in your path to solving those challenges.

74% of companies are spending more on enablement efforts than they did last year, but sales enablement teams are struggling to quantify the value of on-boarding and training efforts and identify what activities have the highest impact on rep productivity.

With average turnover at 30% per year, management is putting increasing pressure on HR and sales enablement to hire even more quickly and shorten onboarding time so reps can get into the field and start selling.

Let’s face it: Google AdWords is expensive. Especially because “more leads” doesn’t necessarily mean “more sales” – unless you’re thinking the process through.

Even though the average cost per click is “only” $1-2, research from Wordstream found that even small businesses typically spend between $9,000-10,000 a month (more than $100,000 a year) on Adwords campaigns. Large companies like Amazon, State Farm and Lowe’s spend between $40 and $50 million each year – not to mention that popular keywords can cost upwards of $50 per click.

In this series, we ask tech executives to describe the why and how of their solution. We call it Sales Tech Simplified.

This week I interview George Brontén, Founder & CEO of Membrain.

Nancy: Why does the industry need your solution?

George: Because HOW you sell matters and existing tools focus too much on efficiency (do things fast) and not enough on effectiveness (do the right things). And you’re tired of too many point solutions.

The most gifted public speakers seem natural, authentic, and knowledgeable. They inspire people to act. These orators don’t sound like they are reading, nor do they sound as if they are fumbling around to find answers. As a sales professional, this is the level of delivery that you and your team should aspire to with every sales call you make. Remember that many eloquent speakers prepare by practicing a written speech; salespeople should follow suit by using a terrific call script.

In this series, we ask tech executives to describe the why and how of their solution. We call it Sales Tech Simplified.

This week I interview Andres Botero, CMO of CallidusCloud.

Nancy: Why does the industry need your solution?

Andres: Our Sales Performance Management solution has topped Gartner’s SPM Magic Quadrant four reports in a row, our CPQ solution was ranked as a leader in the Forrester Wave, and our other solutions fare well in similar reports.