Tenbound, a Research & Advisory firm focused 100% on Sales Development, announced the winners of this year’s BEAST Awards for excellence in Sales Development, at The Tenbound Sales Development Conference 2021 on October 27th, 2021 in San Francisco.
The BEAST Award is a voting award specifically for the Sales Development community, run each year in leading up the annual Conference.
It includes four categories, with the highest number of unique votes winning in each category.
The categories include Best Sales Development Team, Best Sales Development Technology, Best Sales Development Leader, and Best Sales Development Representative. Once again this year, Tenbound received a record number of votes in each category.
David Dulany, Tenbound Founder & CEO stated: “Sales Development is growing in importance in B2B SaaS companies and in many other industries. The Tenbound BEAST Awards represent the best in the burgeoning Sales Development industry, the top-rated Leaders, Reps, Teams, and Technology out there performing at the highest level in our field. We are proud to be associated with all the nominees and winners!”
The 2021 Winners:
Best Sales Development Leader
Patrick Jeter, Groove
Best Sales Development Representative
Alex Trca, LeadIQ
Best Sales Development Team
LeanData led by Rob Simmons
Best Sales Development Technology
Regie.ai led by Matt Millen
CONGRATULATIONS to all our winners!
This is the future of Sales Development.
Sales Development used to be a numbers game. "Smile and Dial."
Make enough calls, knock on enough doors, send out enough emails, and eventually, you’d set an appointment.
The arrival of the digital age changed the platforms, but not the overall strategy: send out enough emails, make enough cold calls, spend enough on ads, and eventually, you’d land an appointment.
But as Sales Development teams grew and technology was created to support them, it unleashed a spam tsunami on the buyer community. If you could mass email ten people, you could just as easily mass email tens of thousands.
Concurrently, as Demand Generation became an accepted practice, SDRs spent time sifting through inbound leads looking for anything worth calling. While efficient, it doesn’t allow for specific targeting.
For some companies, especially targeting Enterprise accounts, instead of the traditional spray-and-pray system, they have taken a laser-focused approach to crack into new accounts.
Enter the world of Account-Based Sales Development.
Sales Development and the Big Fish
At its simplest, Account-Based Sales Development is a technique that targets accounts identified as a best-fit and highest return. It’s personalized marketing for an audience of one account.
It eschews casting a wide net in favor of precision fishing using bait specifically chosen for a single target. As Jon Miller puts it, it’s spearfishing versus net fishing.
And while it may seem like putting all your eggs into one proverbial basket, it can be very profitable and lucrative if you’ve done your homework. According to the Alterra Group:
97% of marketers achieve a higher return-on-investment from Account-Based initiatives than any other approach
Sales Development produces 208% more revenue in businesses with strong alignment between Marketing and Sales departments
The nitty-gritty details may differ, but Account-Based Sales Development has five components in common across the board:
Targeted, high return accounts
High levels of cooperation between marketing, Sales Development, sales, and customer success teams
Data is the engine that drives the machine
Buyer experiences are tailor-made
Coordinated, frequent, and active outreach
Companies using account-based methods at every stage of the customer life cycle can often limit their focus to up to 1000 accounts (38%) or even fewer than 100 (13%).
Fewer accounts mean more time and energy that can be devoted to each one. And that’s typically the difference between success and failure in modern marketing and sales: the personal touch.
To that end, 80% of marketers and reps say Account-Based Sales Development improves customer lifetime values, and 86% report it increases win rates.
The Account-Based Quickstart Guide
Account-Based Sales Development can be boiled down to three broad steps:
Step1: Target Accounts
You want to design your Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) — a hypothetical description of the kind of company that would benefit most from whatever it is you’re selling — at this stage. Once you have that, go find them amongst your existing accounts and out in the real world.
Step 2: Research Those Accounts
Once you’ve zeroed in, you can drill down on each one’s specific wants, needs, and challenges, creating unique experiences and outreach based on that data.
Step 3: Find the Gatekeepers
Which individuals at each business need to be involved in a purchase decision? What is each one looking for in a solution? Whereas your ICP is a fictionalized description of a company, here you’ll create a buyer persona for each decision-maker within it.
Armed with those, you can craft your Sales Development outreach for the best chance of getting each to say ‘yes’ to you and your solution.
The devil’s in the details, of course, but that’s it in a nutshell.
In the age of Big Data, automation, and digital communication platforms, you really can’t afford not to take the account-based approach. Stand out. Market and create for a target of one rather than thousands.
Not sure where to start? Contact us at Tenbound for a no-obligation exploratory call for more details on this and other Sales Development strategies.
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