Digital Selling: Transforming B2B Sales (2020 Update)

  Shifts in Consumer Behavior And Technology Four years ago, Andy Hoar writing for Forrester Research, famously postulated that a million B2B sales representatives would be displaced by 2020. Andy asserted that the combination of digitally enabled self-service models and the retirement of previous generation buyers who are replaced by digital-native buyers would form new […]

Does Quota Even Matter?

  Several years ago, in my last position as a major account executive, my brand new first-line sales manager asked me to sit down with him so he could give me my new quota for the year. I told him that I did not care what quota number he assigned to me and that the quota […]

21 Stats Every Sales Leaders Should Know

Whether you’re a numbers person or not, here are 21 stats that every technology sales leader should know.   Sales Quotas & Win Rates 1. Only 60% of companies say that quotas are set as a collaborative effort between the CEO with input from senior management. (CFO Alliance) 2. 64% of sales organizations reported correct […]

The Problem with Sales Performance Programs

Whether you’re a numbers person or not, advances in technology and data management are continuously creating new opportunities for transforming and improving an organization’s sales effectiveness. To understand how sales managers can improve their teams’ sales performance, we spoke with Mike Kunkle, founder of Transforming Sales Results, LLC and Vice President of Sales Enablement Services for the […]

Cien Launches New Hidden Revenue Assessment

Dallas, TX, November 20th, 2019 – Cien Inc., a leading provider of AI-powered sales performance solutions, today announced the launch of its new Hidden Revenue Assessment.   Cien’s Hidden Revenue Assessment applies over 100+ AI models to a company’s CRM data to reveal the factors that are preventing their teams from achieving their sales quotas. […]

3 Sales Performance Traps to Avoid

While selling has never been easy, it hasn’t become harder either. Selling has become a more refined process where efficiency is key. Increasing sales performance requires operational awareness of the quality of leads generated from marketing as well as the performance of individual salespeople. With artificial intelligence (AI), your business can understand the deeper dynamics […]

Getting to the Root Cause of a Lengthening Sales Cycle

Most sales organizations have a well defined sales cycle, from initial contact to the closing of a deal. However, if you’ve noticed your sales cycle getting longer and longer, it can be hard to understand what’s causing it. Are you not qualifying your leads well enough? Or are your buyers’ budgets are tightening? Is it […]

The Anatomy of a High Performing Sales Operations Team

Do you have a sales operations team? Do you have a revenue operations team? It’s what all the fashionable sales teams are wearing this season. Think of a high-performing operations team as the “sales enabler,” according to Matt Cameron, Managing Partner at Sales Ops Central, and right-hand-person to a Chief Sales Officer (CSO). “If the […]

Achieving Sales Mastery with AI

Quota attainment went from 63% in 2012 to 53.8% in 2018 – that’s nearly a 15% drop. Today, we constantly hear that “sales are harder than ever before”. The question is – is this just a perception or reality? To understand how much sales have changed and how managers can improve their teams’s sales performance, […]

Cien Completes $3.5M Financing Round Led By Global VC Firm Elaia

Company to accelerate its US market presence as spending on AI-powered sales solutions expected to grow 54% by 2022. Cien Inc., a leading provider of AI-powered sales productivity solutions, today announced the completion of a seed round totaling $3.5M, $1.2M million of which was provided by Global Venture Capital firm Elaia, with follow on from […]

Migrating to Salesforce? 5 Ways AI Can Help

  If your company is new to the process of migrating its records with Salesforce, you are probably concerned about data integrity, record completeness and compatibility with your sales process, among other common migration issues. Here are 5 ways applying AI to your CRM data can help your Salesforce migration and onboarding process:   1. Standardize […]

Cien to Present at BCG’s PopTech Experience

Cien will be one of several innovative companies in the tech industry represented at Boston Consulting Groupś POPTECH Experience in Berlin on September 19th.