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SaaS Companies: What Is Your Plan B?

Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model is a must-read for software executives who come from a tech background. Here are the book's best takeaways for SaaS companies.

Mitigating Direct vs. Indirect Sales Channel Conflict

Selling more software through indirect sales channels can create headaches for your direct sales team – and your partners – unless you proactively take steps to address the potential conflict.

Employee Bonus Programs: Advice From 5 Software CEOs

I recently got an email from a reader asking if we had any content about employee bonus structures, so I reached out to a few CEOs and founders of successful software companies to see how they approach bonuses. Here’s what they had to say.

Software Startup Advice: Pay Off Your Emotional (Not Technical) Debt

A certain amount of technical debt is just part of being in business as a software startup. Companies accept it – even embrace it – and will formulate a game plan to address it down the road. But what about the emotional debt that builds up in fast-paced, tense, high-growth startup environments?

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GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Accepting Digital Transformation Isn’t Enough: Innovate Or Die
    Accepting Digital Transformation Isn’t Enough: Innovate Or Die

    Ray Noorda, co-founder and one-time chief executive of Novell, famously said, “Cause change and lead; accept change and survive; resist change and die.” Words to live by, literally.

  • Transforming A Global SaaS Business With Data And Automation
    Transforming A Global SaaS Business With Data And Automation

    I recently had the chance to sit down with Pete Tantillo, CFO and COO, and Elliot Goldman, Finance Director for RapidRatings. RapidRatings provides sophisticated analysis of the financial health of public and private companies around the world. The company’s analytics system provides predictive insights into third-party partners, suppliers, vendors, customers, and securities issuers, and is transforming the way the world’s leading companies manage enterprise and financial risk. 

  • Scaling The Land-And-Expand Subscription Management Model
    Scaling The Land-And-Expand Subscription Management Model

    Many growth-stage SaaS companies have embraced the “land-and-expand” subscription business model to win an initial customer and then add value over time that allows for upselling additional products and features. But that creates a strong need to balance both volume and repeatability in automating their processes. Here’s how one company has achieved 100-percent growth using that model.

  • 4 Key Takeaways From The Modern SaaS Finance Summit

    Every round of financing requires you to prove something new before you proceed to the next round. Aligning and simplifying your measures and leading indicators drives consistency across the team to achieve your objective.

  • Cold Email Templates, 56 Elements & Examples That Get Responses And Sales In 2019

    There’s no faster way to get a prospect’s attention than outreach. The question is, how do you make great cold email templates that grab attention and generate a response? In this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know to create great cold email templates. We cover best practices, attention-grabbing subject lines, and copy that will compel your prospects to respond. If you’re looking for a way to create appointment-generating cold emails, then this guide is for you.

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SOFTWARE WHITE PAPERS

  • 8 Challenges Of Sales And Marketing Alignment

    As blatantly obvious as it sounds, Sales and Marketing alignment is beyond critical for any organization. According to the Aberdeen Group, 74% of best-in-class organizations have a strong relationship between Sales and Marketing. So why is such common knowledge often hard to act on – let alone perfect?

  • To Build Or Buy An Enterprise Technology Solution

    Firms seeking enterprise-grade sales enablement solutions that include data aggregation and selective distribution controls first have a questions to answer: Should they custom-build internally or partner with an external vendor? his whitepaper reveals why enterprises need not wait to access a technology platform they can call their own and why they no longer have to undertake massive, capital-consuming development efforts to do so.

  • Achieving An End-To-End View Of Your Buyer's Journey

    How to maximize the impact of your sales and marketing tech stack.

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    Embedded Business Intelligence and Analytics for Software Companies. Exago BI is a 100% web-based, seamlessly embedded, no plugins required, white labeled solution for software companies looking to provide ad hoc reporting, dashboards and analytics to their internal and external customers. Our full-featured BI solution tightly integrates with your web-based SaaS and or on-premise application and allows non-technical users to easily create reports and dashboards without help from IT.

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    Seismic is the recognized leader in sales and marketing enablement, equipping global sales teams with the knowledge, messaging, and automatically personalized content proven to be the most effective for any buyer interaction. Powerful content intelligence and analytics enable marketers to prove and improve their impact on the bottom line, revealing what is really driving revenue and what needs to be adjusted.

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SOFTWARE INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • 10 Cold Email Formulas That Just Plain Work
    10 Cold Email Formulas That Just Plain Work

    For years copywriters have used basic scientific principles of persuasion and influence to come up with a number of writing techniques that reliably draw readers into their content. These formulas just plain work – and can stop people in their tracks and compel them to read your cold email. Here are 10 of the best formulas we’ve come across, as seen in real-world cold email examples from Yesware sales reps and others.

  • Mitigating Risk With On-Brand, Compliant Sales Materials At 361 Capital
    Mitigating Risk With On-Brand, Compliant Sales Materials At 361 Capital

    The financial advising firm noticed they were burning valuable resources manually updating sales materials. With Seismic, they were able to automate those updates, ensure total accuracy, and speed up the update process by 33%. Watch how else their marketing and sales teams discovered the Seismic difference.

  • Improving Close Rates And Winning More Deals At Blackbaud
    Improving Close Rates And Winning More Deals At Blackbaud

    Alan Yarborough, Sales Enablement Marketing Manager at Blackbaud, shares how Seismic has helped marketing empower sales with the right content for every selling scenario to impact the bottom line.

  • Increasing Sales Content ROI And Content Usage With Elekta
    Increasing Sales Content ROI And Content Usage With Elekta

    Kathleen Voboril, Director of Digital and Marketing Operations at Elekta, explains how Seismic helped break down internal silos between marketing and sales, leading to better content from Marketing and 350% more content being used by Sales.

  • Data Science And Embedded BI

    Senior Software Developer Dave Killough and VP of Product Development and Delivery Tom Gimpel of SofterWare about the data science behind their nonprofit fundraising platform, DonorPerfect. We find out what sorts of experiments they run, what insights they’ve uncovered, and how they use embedded BI to pass that value on to their clients.

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