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October 23, 2019

Where 1 + 1 = 3 in the Sales Application Stack - Sales Enablement

  In my previous blog I outlined 21 different sales technology categories for the Sales Application Stack .  These categories were consolidated from various industry analysts research. That blog highlighted the difference between data integration and application embedding and highlighted the benefits of application embedding and selecting software vendors who have strategic partnerships with other software providers in the CRM application space.   The concepts of application embedding needs to be expanded with the concept of “application in context”.  “Applications in context” is applications working “in context” with applications to solve a series of problems in a consistent and cohesive manner without derailing the users thought process. ...

Sales Operations, Sales Tools, Sales Pipeline Management, Strategic Partnerships

September 20, 2019

The Emperor [CRM] is Naked

  One of the things I like to track are stories I heard in kindergarten that persist through life.  The Emperor’s New Clothes is one of them.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in meetings, listening to what is being discussed and ideas explored and wanted to yell out, “THE EMPEROR IS NAKED”. ...

Sales Operations, Sales Tools, Sales Pipeline Management, Strategic Partnerships

August 16, 2019

AI For Sales - Business Examples

  The last seven blogs provide a business-case approach to infusing AI through the entire sales process.  One of the purposes of this blog series was to demystify AI by using AI for Sales as an  example.  Media tends to portray AI as a magic bullet.  Actual implementations show the less “black box” an AI solution is and the more “glass box” approach, the more utility it provides to the user.  The utility is created by uncovering the key drivers of an outcome and managing those drivers to increase results. ...

Sales Operations, Sales Tools, Sales Pipeline Management, AI for Sales

August 6, 2019

TopOPPS + Outreach Galaxy: AI Enhanced Guided Selling to Increase Win Rates

  Ever had the situation where: an important sales opportunity is in danger because of inactivity and it goes unnoticed; the opportunity is sold but they don’t have the budget till next quarter so the sales rep needs to “stay close”; or the opportunity wants to buy but “isn’t there yet” and needs further ongoing education?   ...

Pipeline Optimization, Artificial Intelligence, Sales Pipeline Management, Guided Selling, guide winning behaviors

July 22, 2019

AI for Sales - Calculating the Sales Forecast

  I mentioned in my first blog on AI for Sales, when you hear the phrase “AI for sales forecasting” it feels like the solution is an algorithm to predict “the sales number”.  This is only partially correct.  While the ultimate goal is an accurate sales forecast, AI for sales forecasting requires artificial intelligence to be infused throughout the entire sales process.   The last 6 blogs have walked through different AI use cases for each of the different areas supporting the sales process to build a foundation for applying AI to create a more accurate sales forecast.  With that background we are ready to review AI use cases for calculating different versions of the sales forecast. ...

Pipeline Optimization, Artificial Intelligence, Sales Pipeline Management, AI for Sales

June 5, 2019

AI for Sales - Sales Pipeline Management and Sales Rep Coaching

  This is the second of two blogs reviewing artificial intelligence use cases to support sales pipeline accuracy.    The first blog focused on artificial intelligence for guided selling. Guided selling is key to maintaining a realistic sales pipeline by ensuring that sales team rigor, discipline and process are consistent across all opportunities. This blog focuses on sales pipeline management and sales rep coaching.  It includes tools to help: ...

Pipeline Optimization, Artificial Intelligence, Sales Pipeline Management, AI for Sales

April 16, 2019

AI for Sales - Guided Selling

  The next two blogs cover AI for the sales pipeline.  This blog focuses on AI for guided selling.  Guided selling is the process of prescribing optimal sales execution steps to the sales reps to enforce an efficient sales process.  The tasks and process are based on sales patterns of past close-won, and close-lost opportunities.  Guided selling is key to maintaining a realistic sales pipeline. ...

Artificial Intelligence, Sales Pipeline Management, AI for Sales, Sales Enablement

February 27, 2019

AI for Sales - Enhanced Data Collection

  An accurate sales forecast requires a crystal clean sales pipeline.  A crystal clean sales pipeline requires a deep history on most buyer/seller interactions for each opportunity.  By having a deep history of these interactions you can apply AI to identify buyer patterns and better guide the sales process.   Unfortunately most sales organizations do not have enough information about each opportunity to apply AI to assist in the sales process. ...

Sales Automation, Sales Tools, AI, Artificial Intelligence, AI for Sales

January 25, 2019

AI for Sales - In the Marketing Funnel

  The topic of artificial intelligence [AI] for Marketing covers many different areas including content delivery, content generation, social media, personalizing emails, attribution, and optimizing lead gen, just to name a few.  This blog focuses on applying AI in the marketing funnel for optimizing lead gen and marketing attribution[MTA].  ...

Sales Tools, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Marketing Funnel, AI for Sales

January 9, 2019

AI for Sales - AI/Machine Learning Primer for Sales

  I had planned my blog “AI for Sales - In the Marketing Funnel” to be posted  before now.  It was a challenge writing it because I had to include terminology and background in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Advanced Analytics, to set the right perspective. This blog takes on the task of trying to level set around terms and characteristics of Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Machine Learning(ML).  My next blog, [in two weeks] will discuss the AI for the marketing funnel. ...

Sales Tools, AI, Artificial Intelligence, AI for Sales

December 5, 2018

Independent Research Validates TopOPPS Benefits for Sales Enablement

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent Research conducted by Washington University in St. Louis CELectteam found customers using TopOPPS AI for Sales Forecasting and Pipeline Management were able to: ...

Sales Forecasts, TopOPPS Users, Artificial Intelligence, Sales Pipeline Management

October 25, 2018

Artificial Intelligence [AI] For Sales Forecasting*

  When you hear the phrase “AI for sales forecasting” it feels like the solution is an algorithm to predict “the sales number”.   This is only partially correct. While the ultimate goal is an accurate sales forecast, AI for sales forecasting requires artificial intelligence to be infused throughout the entire sales process. ...

Sales Predicability, sales forecasting, Sales Pipelines, AI, Artificial Intelligence, AI for Sales

September 13, 2018

TopOPPS Positions for Growth, Adds Chris Cabrera to the TopOPPS Board

The TopOPPS team and CEO Jim Eberlin are thrilled to announce that Christopher W. Cabrera, founder and CEO of cloud-based sales performance management software provider Xactly,  has joined the TopOPPS Board of Directors. Christopher is a seasoned executive with senior management experience at both early-stage and public companies where he has managed sales, marketing, operations, and business development. ...

Press

August 29, 2018

Pipeline Management Strategy for More Wins

Mark Kosoglow and Jim Eberlin teamed up to present a how-to webinar called Work Your Deals, Not Your CRM to show sales leaders how to eliminate the burden of CRM compliance on reps so they can reinstate the strategic (and fun) part of selling! This article summarizes the necessary steps discussed on the webinar. ...

Blog

July 19, 2018

TopOPPS Scores as a High Performer in the G2Crowd Summer 2018 Reports

TopOPPS is excited to announce our position as a top performer in the Sales Analytics Software category in the G2Crowd Summer 2018 Grid Report. TopOPPS is a leading software platform that provides sales teams and leaders effective tools to improve performance, validate pipeline and increase forecast accuracy. ...

Press, Blog, G2 Crowd

June 28, 2018

Buyer Team Tracking: ZoomInfo Integration

ZoomInfo and TopOPPS partner to solve pipeline data's biggest challenge  Now sales teams can automatically capture contacts on opportunities for all members of the buying team, ensure sales reps are calling the right titles in their deals, and determine which campaigns are producing the best leads for the sales team to close. The time has come for Sales + Marketing to finally align! ...

Press, Blog

May 23, 2018

AI Solution for Sales Forecasting & Pipeline Management, TopOPPS, Cited by Gartner

St. Louis, Missouri, May 2018 -  TopOPPS is excited to announce their inclusion in the Gartner report, Tech Go-to-Market: 3 Ways to Reimagine Sales  Enablement Strategies to Win more Deals and Shorten Sales Cycles for pipeline inspection and sales forecasting. In a recent interview, Jim Eberlin, Founder & CEO at TopOPPS said, “We built the TopOPPS platform to harness the power of AI for sales teams. The mention by Gartner validates our work and highlights how important AI technologies have become for successful sales organizations.”  ...

Press, Blog

May 21, 2018

Gartner: How to Use Sales Enablement to Complement Your CRM Capabilities

Gartner surveyed hundreds of sales leaders to identify where they are investing to optimize their CRM. Learn how the industry's best are leveraging sales enablement tools to maximize team performance, improve data quality and ROI of their CRM. The report highlights: ...

Blog, Guidebooks

March 6, 2018

TopOPPS Sponsors SuiteWorld: Introducing Sales Automation for NetSuite CRM

TopOPPS is the SuiteApp Partner for Artificial Intelligence for Sales for Netsuite CRM! TopOPPS is a predictable revenue generation platform that natively sits within NetSuite CRM for forecasting, pipeline management, guided winning behaviors and lead analysis. We are proud to sponsor the 2018 SuiteWorld Event in Las Vegas at Booth #949! Please contact us to meet!  ...

Webinars & events, exprtng

September 19, 2017

"Sales Process or Die" Interview with CSO Insight's Barry Trailer

Most companies think of Sales Process and simply say “Yeah, we got that” while viewing it as a 3 step linear journey; we go from prospecting, to discovering, and ultimately closing the deal while delivering the numbers necessary for quota. ...

Analysts on TopOPPS, Webinars & events

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