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Aug 16, 2017

Today, in this segment of the Women in Sales Leadership series, I’m talking with Ellen Kindley is a dynamic revenue operations leader at QASymphony specializing in sales process, data management & analytics, strategy, and sales tech. 

Ellen believes that sales operations leaders should think about internal operational improvements as if you are building a product with features. Your sales people are essentially your customers, and everything done in revenue operations is geared to support them in success. Operations should act as a product owner - creating a road map where key stakeholders can collaborate on which projects (product features) to prioritize and why.

We discussed:

How revenue operations are different from traditional sales operations.

The overarching goals of a revenue operations team.

How to best organize the business initiatives you need to prioritize.

How to stay in tune with what’s happening on the sales floor and bring that back into your operational roadmap.

Ideas for cross collaboration with stakeholders across your business.

Some of the common operational challenges solved with the approach that Ellen advocates.

 

About Ellen:

Ellen Kindley is a dynamic revenue operations leader at QASymphony specializing in sales process, data management & analytics, strategy, and sales tech.

Ellen seeks to enable growth by facilitating strategic planning, infrastructure, and overall sales excellence. Ellen is passionate about laying the foundation on which SaaS startups can scale and grow - always striving to be the driving force for productivity improvement.

Starting at QASymphony in 2014, first as a consultant and then as a full-time employee in 2015, Ellen has successfully set the stage for hyper growth. Every step is data driven as she sets initiatives and priorities, evaluates gaps and executes improvements. Ellen's goal every day is to allow sales management and individual contributors to focus solely on revenue generating activities.

QASymphony's software testing and QA tools help companies create better software by improving speed, efficiency, and collaboration during the testing lifecycle.

Aug 14, 2017

I talked to Jim Burns of Avitage about how to support B2B value selling sales teams with the right knowledge, communication support, and situation-ready content. 

High-performing content is your First Product and Currency with which you earn attention, interest, engagement -- this is the way you create value for buyers. Unfortunately, many executives aren't aware of strategic imperative of high-performing content and the impact on their business. Since most content tends not to be sales or situation ready, it generally performs poorly, often negatively, which does not reflect well on the salesperson or the company brand.

 

Jim and I discussed:

How to assess the current state of your current sales content assets.

What Jim believes to be the underlying causes of why content doesn't perform well.

The primary cases for using sales content:

  • Knowledge, Shared Learning, Preparation support
  • Communication Support
  • Situation-ready

How an organization should go about producing content that is high-quality, high performing and sales-ready.

What Jim recommends in terms of deploying content, or making situation-ready content easier for salespeople to access and use?

And much more.

Enjoy the interview!

 

About Jim:

Jim Burns is a sales professional with a unique expertise in sales conversation and content. For over 20 years his company Avitage developed sales content and software that improved the way sales professionals differentiated themselves and created value for customers through the way they sold.

B2B selling organizations of all sizes have benefited from breakthrough approaches Avitage provided to capture and incorporate selling knowledge into daily activities. They've learned how to create effective communication support and situation-ready content that fuels value selling models.

Avitage no longer produces content. They help organizations capitalize on methodologies and practices that create high-performing content, at scale, without compromise.

Aug 9, 2017

In this Women in Sales Leadership episode, I talked with Erin Bush. She is the Director of Revenue Operations at SalesLoft, the platform for modern sales engagement.

A Walker 2020 report revealed that by 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product as a key differentiator. There is no doubt that experience is a key priority for many organizations. Forrester reported that 72% of businesses say that improving the customer experience is their top priority. In a blog from NewVoiceMedia, their recent research indicates that companies lose more than $62 billion due to poor customer service. That's a big problem!

I talked with Erin about SalesLoft defines customer experience and who is involved in the experience process. From their point of view it is a team effort between Marketing, Sales and their Customer Success team.

We talked about:

How the teams work together to create seamless experiences.

How they make sure that the team is well informed and hand-off points are clearly defined.

How technology and systems are key to a successful workflow.

Enjoy the interview!

 

About Erin:

Erin Bush is the Director of Revenue Operations at SalesLoft, the platform for modern sales engagement. In this role, she works with Marketing, Sales, and Customer Success to create systems to more efficiently prospect, win, onboard, and support customers.

Erin is a veteran sales leader in the Atlanta startup community.  An innovator in sales operations, Erin specializes in building a connected sales practice utilizing modern sales technology.

 

 

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