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How AI And Machine Learning Can Make Forecasting Intelligent

Geoff Birnes AtriumTraditionally, CRM solutions have been unreliable for sales forecasting. Companies have dealt with inaccuracies and blamed their bad data. However, things are starting to change thanks to artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and predictive analytics. According to Salesforce, only a quarter of companies use predictive analytics. Of those using it, 86% have already seen a positive return. Predictive analytics can be brought to the CRM to create more accurate sales forecasts and provide actionable insights for reps, partners and managers.

2020 Customer Experience Outlook Guide: Reinventing The Martech Stack For The New Year & Beyond

The foundations of marketing and sales automation have positioned B2B businesses to scale for growth, leading to a newer focus on better experience management to personalize messaging and build authentic relationships.

Marketing and sales teams, as well as the solution providers that enable them, have been pivoting extensively to move to the next stage of marketing automation — ultimately going beyond individual leads to having a holistic, 360-degree view of the customer that empowers them to make better business decisions. This shift has also led to a higher focus on tools and tactics such as intent data, conversational marketing, AI and more — to further refine and customize the buying journey.

Read on to learn from industry experts and practitioners on what tools, tactics and strategies will amplify the customer experience in 2020 and beyond. Topics of discussion include:

  • The current state of customer experience in the B2B marketplace and how they see companies evolving their go-to-market efforts over the next couple of years;
  • How customer intelligence will impact sales and marketing teams;
  • The new role marketing automation and CRM solutions will play in a customer-driven world; and
  • The technologies that will have the greatest impact on B2B companies and their ability to offer customer centric experiences.

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3 Sales Lead Management Horrors To Avoid

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Until recently, sales lead management was purely a numbers game – call enough prospects and if you spread enough chips across the table, the roulette table of sales will uncover a golden opportunity.

But in today’s digital age, with so much information available at your fingertips, the game has changed. The modern sales exec is like a honeybee on a summer day — which flowers will attract what bee at that particular moment? It’s all in the timing.

InsightSquared Acquires Olono

InsightSquared, an AI-powered revenue intelligence platform, has agreed to acquire Olono, a guided-selling solution for B2B sales teams, to bring real-time actionable intelligence to their revenue operations platform. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Auto-Detecting Sales-Opportunity Contacts With AI

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How would you like to see a plethora of buyers lurking around each opportunity in your sales pipeline? I mean all the buyers, including those that don’t directly engage, but show some level of interest. The ones that don’t expose themselves. Buyers who are included in email threads and meetings, but haven’t been added to the CRM by sales reps. Or what about buyers that are exploring your website and looking at your solution, but aren’t included in sales’ emails or meetings?

RollWorks’ Account-Based Platform Launches Account Scoring Capabilities

RollWorks’ new account scoring capabilities expand upon the company’s account-based platform and identification solution. The account scoring feature is designed to enable account-based sales and marketing teams to score and prioritize target account lists using a predictive machine learning model, which is positioned to score accounts based on firmographic and technographic fit characteristics. 

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