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Sales Automation

Combining Customer Relationship Management (CRM) with sales automation tools helps sales teams plan and monitor their sales activities and provides the necessary customer data throughout the entire selling process. Browse our news, analysis, and advice for sales professionals and managers looking take advantage of these time and labor saving strategies.

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2020: The 5G Revolution Begins

Wireless carriers finally begin their 5G rollouts, and the business potential is huge, as a world of new opportunities opens not just for consumers but for the companies that want to do business with them.

Customer Data Platforms Emerge as Marketing’s Latest Holy Grail

Companies adopt a new way to collect information in their ongoing quest to gain a single view of the customer

Channels Collide as Physical and Digital Converge

In 2020, customers will demand both in-store and online touchpoints

Customer Service Becomes a Marketing Tool

As businesses today compete on customer experience (CX), marketers have a tremendous opportunity to leverage effective customer problem resolution to increase loyalty and, potentially, sales. This approach integrates marketing and customer service in the ways that CRM always promised.

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Why These Are the Best Times to Call Prospects in 2020

Sales development and outbound prospecting are notoriously tough jobs, and any advantage you can leverage for more conversations has exponential results for quarterly revenue. New research from ringDNA has major implications for how sales reps should spend their time.

How Microlearning Makes Your Sales and Service Teams Customer-Ready

It is scientifically proven to increase knowledge retention and praised for its ability to pinpoint employees' strengths and weaknesses. But even as microlearning is increasingly embraced, its definition and value is still vastly misunderstood. Here we debunk five common myths about this innovative learning approach.

5 Common Sales Bottlenecks and How to Solve Them

With a few straightforward process changes, and by leveraging technology, you can progress toward eliminating bottlenecks to better optimize your time and resources. But first, you have to know what to look for.

Customer Churn Got You Down? 4 Tips to Increase Retention

Don't spend thousands of dollars trying to find and woo strangers, ignoring the people who already know your brand. Companies that neglect their fans for too long inevitably lose those valuable customers to businesses that know how to show a little appreciation.

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Let Hope, Not Hype, Be Our Guide in 2020

A big reason why innovation is so slow to take hold in the industry is the short time frame CX leaders are given to prove ROI.

A Simple Way to Set Your 2020 CRM Enhancement Priorities

With hundreds of sales enablement solutions from which to choose, how do you assess what you truly need?

It’s 2020! How Did Our CX Predictions Work Out?

Let's look at how we've responded to customers' rising demands

3 CRM Lessons From This Year’s Conferences

Some key themes kept coming up among the CRM intelligentsia

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