An interview with Jeffrey Russo, Director of Product, Sales Hub Go-to-Market at HubSpot. HubSpot’s evolution from a marketing system to broader front office solution, focusing on the needs of the user experience, streamlining the quote-to-cash process, moving up market, getting “technical debt” that exists within organizations out of the way of the customer experience, applying functionality such as automations across different departments and use cases, HubSpot’s durable partner channel, Conversation Intelligence, sales coaching based on transcripts, applying machine learning to transcripts, honoring two party states & countries, HubSpot’s advantage for applying revenue attribution to marketing efforts.
A discussion about the various CRM review sites. How they work and how to use them.
Sam and Steve deconstruct some of the common questions that are included in CRM RFPs and RFIs. They suggest some ways in which a better outcome can be achieved for the CRM buyer.
The email marketing origins of GreenRope, the transition to an all-in-one platform for managing long-term relationships, sharing multiple methods of customer communication around an organization, the high cost of integrating disparate systems, the many components of a customer relationship, creating a more collaborative company culture, turning clients into advocates, getting your emails to stand out in recipients’ inboxes with timeliness and relevance, email as one part of an omnichannel strategy, the benefits of modeling the sales process, the reason for GreenRope’s contact-based vs. user-based pricing model, what types of companies use GreenRope, the need for at least one person to own CRM within an organization, the weak CRM component of many “all-in-one” solutions, GreenRope’s approach to vertical markets through private-label resellers, GreenRope’s pure organic growth, the value of having operations-side applications such as events and LMS built into the platform, integrated predictive analytics, how to get a no-pressure, consultative demo of GreenRope.
CRM administration, the high demand for businesses analysis skills, what it takes to become a skilled business analyst,
Sam gets sick and infects conference attendees plus his employees, Steve’s guest appearance on “Our Love Hate Relationship With Sales”, Infor CRM’s integration to LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator, the high price of standalone Navigator, the value of connecting CRM to multiple big data sources, Nimble’s capabilities, Infor CRM’s Marketo integration, what doesn’t sync from marketing automation to CRM, tracking sources from Lead to Order, Contour mapping, Coleman AI, Infor’s vertical market strategy, integrating acquire companies’ products, the CRM beasts that will not die, companies moving back to ACT!, Google My Business for B2B companies, the sale of Endeavor Commerce to Vendavo, Zoho’s new Zoho Sign digital signature app, Zoho’s alternative to QuickBooks.
Cheap MacBook upgrade, Apple’s port reduction, Yathit for Sugar and Gmail, Microsoft’s big win over Salesforce, Wells Fargo’s sales compensation plan “glitch”, autonomous selling, AI-powered CRM.
Apple news, being an airline passenger in the 1960’s, Sam’s CRM database cleaning effort, limiting the number of marketing automation system records.
Steve and Sam talk CRM and mapping with Proxima Software founder David Wahl.
Sam & Steve discuss Dreamforce, Infor Next San Diego, CPQ technology, Amazon EC2 & S3, Chromebooks, Vertical CRM vendors and LinkedIn as CRM.
Sam and Steve talk about CRM use cases and a bottle of 2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello.
Ignoring orthopedists, Apple Watch flop, Government CRM, poor man’s B2B landing pages
After congratulating one another for the respective championship victories of the Hawks and the Warriors, Sam and Steve discuss CRM project management, the effectiveness of drip email, big data and predictive analytics.
Sam and Steve discuss all the speculation that was sparked by Bloomberg’s report that salesforce.com “is working with financial advisors”. Zoho’s CEO speaks out. CRM product upgrades and rewrites.
CRM prototypes, configuration vs. customization, Sage’s salesforce.com announcement, Google’s new mobile-friendliness standards, Amazon Prime addiction.
How specialization is occurring in everything from mobile apps to underwear. CRM requirements, the business value of podcasting and getting overwhelmed by online ads.
After talking about Steve’s latest mountain bike mishap, Sam and Steve review their batting averages on their 2014 CRM predictions and take a stab at some 2015 CRM and marketing automation predictions.
A post-Inforum 2014 discussion about Infor CRM (formerly SalesLogix) and how CRM fits in with Infor’s many offerings.