ICYMI: September 18, 2016
What we wrote
A couple weeks ago, a few us from the FunnelCake team attended The Uberflip Experience, a conference focused on content marketing. Here are the key takeaways.
"5 things I learned at UFX2016" — 7 minute read
Aaron Ross, successful entrepreneur, family man, and author of Predictable Revenue and From Impossible to Inevitable, joined us to talk about nailing your niche. Aaron talks about his new book—coauthored by Jason Lemkin—and why it's better than his last, clues that indicate you haven't nailed your niche yet, and tips on how to find the right one.
"Aaron Ross on Nailing Your Niche" — 13 minutes
What we're reading
- David Skok writes about the troubling spots in your funnel, the point(s) where conversion rates from one stage to the next are unsatisfactory, otherwise known as a blockage point. David helps you to identify, fix, and measure those blockage points.
"Customer Acquisition: Maximizing Your Sales Funnel" — 6 minutes
- Giles House shines light on some interesting statistics. Sales and marketing professionals are more unhappy than ever with each other and their tech stack. The problem? Tools that impede data flow.
"Is Techn Building a Barrier Between Sales and Marketing?" — 4 minutes
- Steve Woods understands that for many, networking is a daunting task that often turns into nothing of value. Here are nine questions to avoid awkward small talk and lead to conversation about what interests, motivates, and excites your fellow networkers.
"Stop Selling, Start Asking" — 5 minutes
- Allison Lohse explains some top findings from a survey done by IDG Connect. Arguably the most alarming stat is that most marketers are using 6+ measurement tools, and of those people, most don't trust the results.
"Marketers Use 6+ Measurement Tools, Don’t Trust Data" — 3 minutes + infographic
- Victoria Lefevers asks that you think back to every date you've been on 😬 Can you explain what success looks like for each of those dates? Now sit down, grab a piece of paper, and do the same for your business to find the necessary measurements to define and act on problems.
"Why You Need to (Measurably) Define Success" — 6 minutes
- Ann Handley encourages us to slow down in order to grow faster. In the mile-a-minute world we live in, companies that will have the biggest marketing wins won't get there by going faster, but those that slow down and identify key moments.
"How to Deliver Faster Results by Slowing Down" — 7 minutes
- Jesse Davis lays out seven things (other than talent, hustle, and other intangibles) that are necessary for B2B sales reps to have in order to have great calls—the first of which is clean data.
"7 Vital Things B2B Sales Reps Need" — 3 minutes
- The Women in Sales Blog posts about the importance of being on the same page as your prospects at all times 📖
"Confirm and Reconfirm the Point of the Next Step" — 3 minutes
- John Doherty explains how Credo's change in revenue model led revenue, traffic, and inbound leads to grow by 200%. Maybe it's time to rethink your model structure?
"How To Pick A Sales Model For Your Software Startup" — 9 minutes
- Tacklebox uses the storyline of Mario and Bowser to relate how storytelling constructs can help on the journey of making people (customers, co-founders, investors, etc.) care about your company.
"How to use storytelling constructs to make people care" — 6 minutes
Meme of the week
This Barbie Dreamhouse is way, way, way better than your house.
- the bay window doesn't turn into a pool like the 2015 edition
- mobile app
- voice controlled
- automatic elavator
- toilet that clucks like a chicken
- automatic doors
- stairs that turn into a slide
- disco lights