ICYMI: November 4, 2018

What we wrote

FunnelCake is hosting a webinar!

Join us on November 9th to learn how to identify common process issues and red flags in your CRM data to create coaching moments with your team.

Register Now: Sales Pipeline Inspection Webinar

What we’re reading

  1. Scott Brinker explains the funny (and frustrating) truth that modern businesses aren’t changing fast enough to keep up with technology.
    The funny and frustrating truth: organizations change more slowly than technology — 3 minutes

  2. Eric Seufert examines the “leaky bucket” problem and why product teams might want to spend less time on early-stage optimization and more time on the later stages.
    Optimizing growth: the “leaky bucket” isn’t an early-stage retention problem — 4 minutes

  3. Natalie Koltun takes a look back at some of the biggest marketing campaigns. From IHOb to jurassic sized deliveries from Amazon, these campaigns made some noise in Q2.
    11 marketing campaigns that made a splash in Q2 2018 — 5 minutes

  4. Sinead McSweeney put together a list of practical best practices to help your sales and marketing teams get aligned.
    10 sales and marketing alignment best practices — 8 minutes

  5. Daniel Burstein looks at some of the biggest technology challenges when it comes to marketing, and to not forget why we invest so much in tech – for the customer!
    MarTech Chart: Biggest technology innovation challenges — 5 minutes

Meme of the week

YouTube Challenge - I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy 2018

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NewsletterDan Bruce
ICYMI: July 15, 2018

What we wrote

Nikki Curtis joined us to talk about Sales Enablement at Slack and some lessons learned from her experience at Salesforce and LinkedIn. 
Nikki Curtis on Sales Enablement — 9-minute read

ICYMI - more great content from Nikki on what to focus on when building an enablement team in the midst of hyper-growth:
Building an Enablement Team from Scratch: Where Do You Start? — 12 minutes

What we're reading

  1. Scott Brinker writes about why he dislikes the idea of working toward being a "unicorn" company, and why you should be a "Chimera" instead. 
    The future of marketing belongs to hybrids, but don’t call them unicorns — 6 minutes

  2. The Prepperz blog breaks down the difference between Sales Ops and Sales Enablement, and what mistakes you're making in your Sales Ops strategy that is leading to a broken process. 
    Broken Sales Operations Is Costing Your Company Millions — 8 minutes

  3. Margo Pierce explains how they used content marketing to boost leads and expand their team. 
    How to Double Organic Sales Leads with a Content Marketing Refresh — 9 minutes

  4. Despina Exadaktylou does an in-depth look at the user onboarding funnel and how crucial it is to continually advance in order to keep up with customer expectations.  
    The User Onboarding Funnel! — 8 minutes

  5. Jason Lemkin walks through an example where a startup thought they had a sales problem, but turns out it was more of a demand gen and marketing problem. 
    What You Think is a “Sales” Problem is More Likely a Marketing Problem — 4 minutes

  6. Lauren McMenemy explains how the content marketing funnel is less like a funnel, and more like a pipe, and your success lies in where you aim that pipe. 
    The Content Marketing Funnel Never Ends — 12 minutes

  7. Ken Gaebler looks at the relationship between marketing and sales enablement and how folks in marketing can help the enablement team while driving better business results. 
    Sorry, Marketing, You Don't Own Sales Enablement — 5 minutes

Meme of the week

After a tremendous run at the World Cup, England was eliminated by Croatia on Thursday. For English fans, this sadly means their rally call, "It's coming home!" will not come true in 2018.

Check out some of the best "They're going home" memes

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Dan Bruce
ICYMI: July 1, 2018

Since you're either on holidays or everyone you work with is on holidays this week, here's some reading you can do to pass the time:

What we're reading

  1.  Babar Suleman explains what conversion wireframing is and how to use it to create a revenue oriented design process. 
    Conversion Wireframing: A Revenue Oriented Design Process — 7 minutes

  2. Steli Efti talks to his many successes and failures as a serial entrepreneur and gets into what he's learned about the psychology, habits, and skills of being a founder. 
    The Path to Improving as a Founder and Generating Millions in Revenue with Steli Efti of Close.io — 1 hour 23 minutes (podcast)

  3. Adam Henshall recommends 9 user onboarding tools and encourages anyone building out an onboarding process to test, test, and test some more. 
    9 User Onboarding Tools to Smash Your Revenue Targets — 14 minutes

  4. Neil Patel gives a full walkthrough of the SaaS conversion funnel, how to optimize it, and uncovers some essential steps you may be missing. 
    Are You Optimizing Your SaaS Conversion Funnel? Don’t Forget These Essential Steps — 12 minutes

  5. Aja Frost dissects and explains how to overcome a sales objection every salesperson has run into: "It costs too much."
    33 Responses to the Dreaded Sales Objection "It Costs Too Much" — 8 minutes

  6. Marketing Charts surveyed 500 B2B buyers to share some interesting insights about how sellers are connecting with buyers in today's landscape. 
    Are B2B Sales Reps Connecting With Buyers? 5 Insights — 5 minutes

  7. Kristen Herhold has done her research, looked at the numbers, and presents us with the state of email marketing 2018. 
    The State of Email Marketing in 2018 — 9 minutes

  8. Andy Mura explains the importance of having a well-defined customer success playbook and what battle-tested tactics you can use within it. 
    Customer Success Tactics That Lead to Hyper Growth — 15 minutes

  9. Tomasz Tunguz teaches us a lesson about how to look at the jobs and projects we have on the go because your lookout on things can be the difference between laying bricks and building a cathedral. 
    The Three Layers Of Management — 3 minutes

  10. Michael Redbord clearly lays out what to do, and what not to do, in your customer success strategy at every life stage of your company. 
    How Your SaaS Company Should Be Thinking About Customer Success — 8 minutes

Meme of the week

Whenever a #challenge starts to go viral on the internet, it's always fun. The #fluffchallenge is no different – take a look

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NewsletterDan Bruce
ICYMI: June 17, 2018

What we wrote

FunnelCake has partnered up with Kiite and LevelJump to create the Sales Productivity Survey 2018. The goal is to answer some important questions in the Sales space centered around how Sales Reps spend their time to uncover some valuable insights. 

If you're in Sales, take the survey to gain exclusive access to the results. It's anonymous, will only take 7-minutes of your time, AND if you're one of the first 800 to complete the survey we'll send you a $10 giftcard to Starbucks ☕️ ☺️

What we're reading

  1. Jason Lemkin explains that all closing is not equal. Different deal sizes require different skills, and it can be tough to jump from one bracket to another. That's why the first question you should ask your Sales hires is what their experience level is at your ACV is. 
    Why SMB and Enterprise Sales Have Nothing In Common — 3 minutes

  2. Tyler Sprunk writes about using video to accomplish the thing everyone is Marketing and Sales is after: more closed sales. 
    How to Use Video to Move Leads Through the Sales Funnel Stages — 6 minutes

  3. Brandon Redlinger recognizes that target account lists get plenty of attention in ABM, but the focus on clean contact data does not. He goes through some eye opening stats, data cleanliness blindspots, and how to maintain quality standards while growing your database. 
    Cleansing and Enriching Your Contact Records for a Pristine ABM Program — 5 minutes

  4. Jeff Hoffman offers his suggestion on how to follow-up with prospects after you've been ignored via email. 
    How to Send a Follow-Up Email After No Response — 4 minutes

  5. Tomasz Tunguz looks into the recent Github acquisition by Microsoft and how it's positioned Microsoft at the forefront of open-source. 
    Seven Strategic Rationales For The Microsoft/Github Acquisition — 2 minutes

  6. Steli Efti explains that as you're growing, selling to startups should be part of your strategy, but not the entire thing. 
    Selling to startups: What you need to do to get the most our of your startup customers — 10 minutes

  7. Allison Pickens wrote a brilliant guide on aligning your whole company around the customer. 
    The Essential Guide to Company-wide Customer Success — 20 minutes

Meme of the week

The World Cup is upon us, and naturally, people are excited. Some are so excited, that they've been diagnosed with World Cup fever

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Dan Bruce