PersistIQ Sales Engagement Platform

The PersistIQ Activity Feed provides a real-time stream of prospect actions from within PersistIQ, Salesforce, Gmail, and Chrome.
The PersistIQ Activity Feed provides a real-time stream of prospect actions from within PersistIQ, Salesforce, Gmail, and Chrome.

Sales engagement service PersistIQ recently partnered with Lead411 to provide integrated contact prospecting. Unlike other sales engagement platforms, prospecting is built directly into PersistIQ. Content includes name, company, title, city/state, address, email, LinkedIn profile, URL, and phone. A maximum daily records feature pulls records into PersistIQ without overloading sales reps with too many prospects.

“Our powerful technology gives sales teams the perfect balance between sales automation and the human touch.  Providing our customers access to high-quality data inside their workflow is a natural next step as we further align tools with strategies that have been winning sales for decades.”

  • Pouyan Salehi, founder of PersistIQ

PersistIQ provides salespeople with communication campaigns that include emails, calls, and tasks (i.e. Cadences or Sequences). PersistIQ also executes a set of safety checks to eliminate mistakes commonly made by salespeople. Soft checks, such as whether a contact is already in another campaign, may be overridden while hard checks block email transmission. Hard checks include do not contact domains, bounced emails, and opted out emails. When sending emails, the system also provides smart variable checks to ensure emails aren’t sent with missing fields (e.g. {{first_name}} ) or misformatted HTML.

PersistIQ supports Gmail, Office 365, and Exchange email accounts. A throttle feature sends emails over a period of time instead of via large batches. Throttling helps maintain their customers’ email sender reputation scores.

Both outgoing and incoming emails are logged. The system also supports out of office management, recipient activity detection (e.g. read, click through, bounce), and time zone detection.

Sales reps can use the built-in dialer or their own phones while recording call notes.

An Activity Feed provides real-time access to prospect actions such as email opens and link clicks. The feed is available from within PersistIQ, Salesforce, Gmail, and Chrome. Activities that happen in quick succession are grouped together. A badge number in the system banner indicates new activity and number of events. Users can click from a feed item directly to the underlying campaign or prospect profile and activity.

PersistIQ provides bi-synchronous connectivity with leads, contacts, accounts, and campaigns. PersistIQ content passed to Salesforce includes emails, call activity with notes, dispositions, and tasks.

Marketers and sales ops can upload Excel or CSV files with up to 2,000 contacts. A copy/paste feature may be used in lieu of file imports. PersistIQ employs fuzzy matching logic to prevent duplicates from being created.

A Chrome connector provide email detection, user notes, add to Salesforce or PersistIQ, and searching across PersistIQ and Salesforce.

The Chrome Connector provides lead intelligence and quick transfer to PersistIQ and SFDC.
The Chrome Connector provides lead intelligence and quick transfer to PersistIQ and SFDC.

Analytics include daily actions, best time to send, response time, team reports, and campaign reports.

Pricing begins at $40 per month for the Lite service (billed annually). Features include multi-touch campaigns with email, phone, and task steps; reply to previous email threads; response detection; call scripts and outlines; master and step email templates; rolling campaigns; the live activity feed; email open alerts; and individual campaign reporting. A Starter Edition is priced at $60 per month (billed annually) and adds sending windows; A/B testing; email CRM logging; prospect activity history; campaign summery reporting; custom fields; shared email templates; and API access.

The Pro edition is priced at $450 per month for five seats. Features include Salesforce synchronization; send emails on behalf of others; VOIP or Bridge sales dialer; team reporting; best time to send analytics; time zone detection; custom statuses and call dispositions; shared campaigns; roles and dispositions; and custom onboarding.

Lead411 contacts are available in four plans ranging between 50 and 80 cents per record:

  • 250 monthly contacts for $200 per month
  • 750 monthly contacts for $500 per month
  • 1,250 monthly contacts for $800 per month
  • 3,000 monthly contacts for $1,500 per month

Annual subscriptions allow users to roll over unused credits.

“Combining prospecting data and sales communication into one system that is easy to use is a big win for sales reps and teams,” said Salehi. This is the first step in what we view as the next evolution in sales technology; where data and workflow become more closely connected.”

Outreach Releases Meeting Scheduler

Outreach Meetings allow reps to select open blocks for a meeting and quickly insert them into a templated meeting invitation.
Outreach Meetings allow reps to select open blocks for a meeting and quickly insert them into a templated meeting invitation.

Sales enablement service Outreach now offers a meeting scheduler for Outlook and Exchange. The service, currently in beta, is scheduled for general availability in early April. Features include integrated calendaring, reusable meeting templates, Salesforce synchronization, and available meeting insertion into emails. A Google scheduler was previously launched.

Templates provide sales reps with reusable meeting setups and confirmations. Thus, information such as conference call details can be automatically included in confirmation messages.

By including public calendar links in emails, “prospects can easily find a time that works for them or reschedule meetings without additional back and forth,” blogged Chelsey Feldman, Outreach Product Storyteller. “You can even manage multiple schedules with the ability to book meetings on behalf of someone else, and reassign meeting owners without creating a new invitation.”

Calendaring can be a huge waste of time for sales reps. By integrating calendar functionality into Outreach and Google, sales reps have time freed up for more valuable account planning and sales activities. “Outreach Meetings enables salespeople to focus on closing deals rather than wasting valuable time managing the logistics of scheduling – and rescheduling – countless calls and meetings,” said Outreach CEO Manny Medina. “Now that Outreach Meetings is integrated with both Google and Microsoft platforms, salespeople can instantly schedule appointments – and get back to the business of selling.”

Outreach claims that the Customer Success Team at Jitterbit, where reps schedule around 45 meetings per quarter, saves an hour or more per user each week due to the scheduling functionality.

Additional time savings will be achieved as Outreach builds follow-on capabilities into their meeting scheduler. Feldman listed the following roadmap features:

  • Intelligent automation for perfectly-timed reminders and no-show follow up
  • Features enabling you to follow up on meetings in a timely and actionable way
  • An integrated note taking solution so you can run your meeting with fewer extra tools
  • Analytics and insights on: the meetings you’re booking, holding, and rescheduling; upcoming meetings; and which emails are most successful at helping you book meetings

One feature, not mentioned, is round-robin scheduling.

Outreach noted that 20% of meetings fail because the prospect cancels or does not show up. Thus, managing this scenario in a future release will improve sales rep efficiency and reduce the number of lost or delayed opportunities.

SalesLoft Named Top Midsize Workplace in Atlanta

One of the New Features Being Shown at Rainmaker 2018 is an Integrated Meeting Schedule.
One of the new features being shown at Rainmaker 2018 is an integrated meeting scheduler.

Congratulations to SalesLoft on being named the Top Midsize Workplace in Atlanta. The sales enablement firm added 120 employees over the past year to 220 headcount. SalesLoft is looking to add another 150 employees in 2018.

“SalesLoft’s core values are like motivational mantras: Team over self, bias towards action, focus on results, put customers first and glass half full.

  • Atlanta Journal Constitution

CEO Kyle Porter has long stressed the value of transparency at SalesLoft with Sunday evening company-wide emails and Friday all-hands meetings where staff are encouraged to ask any question.

“What I’ve constantly heard is just massive amounts of appreciation for being kept in the loop,” he said.

The firm also emphasizes recognition, cross-team interactions, career development, and teamwork. Chessboards in the lobby foster friendly competition. “It shows that salespeople can have a scientific mind and that engineers can have a relational mind, and that’s really the exact thing that we do for our customers, is we bring the science and relationships together,” said Porter.

SalesLoft is holding its annual Rainmaker conference in Atlanta this week.

SalesLoft EOY Enhancements

An Opportunity Smart Panel provides direct access to Salesforce Opportunities.
An Opportunity Smart Panel provides direct access to Salesforce Opportunities

Sales Acceleration vendor SalesLoft added two new integrated features at the end of last year.  From a SalesLoft smart panel, sales reps can view, edit, create, and one-click access Salesforce Opportunities.  SalesLoft also added a “log emails from anywhere” feature which captures prospect and customer communications from mobile devices.

Integrated Salesforce Opportunity data provides greater conversational context by surfacing current and historical opportunities and associated information.  It also reduces the workflow involved in toggling between applications and rekeying key details across platforms.  Bi-directional synching ensures that “opportunity status and stages synced as you’re engaging with your prospects and customers.”  SalesLoft also supports one-click new Opportunity creation functionality.

“Opportunities are both a core component of your sales cycle and a leading indicator of the success of your revenue team.  Your SDRs are hustling to create them, your AEs are actively working them and bringing them over the line, and your success team is keeping your customers happy and renewing them.”

  • Product Marketing Director Chris Murphy

The new email synching feature helps teams “log all email activities from their connected email accounts regardless of the device that it was sent from or whether they ‘loft’ their emails from Gmail or Outlook.”  Admins control which team members are logged and can choose which domains to capture.

“So, for example, we will automatically prevent emails sent to your company email domain from being logged as activities as well as those “pick up milk on the way home” reminder emails sent to your personal email address,” said Murphy.

Administrative Control Screen for Email Synching.
Administrative Control Screen for Email Synching.

SalesLoft also announced an extended partnership with Vidyard which provides freemium recording and transmission of videos from within SalesLoft.  Sales reps may attach video “selfies” to emails and email templates which display a custom video image. The integration also supports video playlists, making it easy for reps to include topical videos which address customer questions or concerns.  Vidyard maintains view analytics, providing sales and marketing information about who watched and for how long, helping sales reps hone both messaging and identifying which videos are connecting with prospects.

SalesLoft claims significant improvements in response and bottom line impacts from including video in the communications mix:

  • 8X higher response rates
  • 5X higher click-through rates
  • 20% higher close rates
  • 30% larger annual contract values

“We all know you can’t simply communicate through a single channel,” said VP of Product Strategy Sean Kester.  “However, when paired together in an intelligent combination of communication channels, process, and technology will ultimately increase conversion rates.”

EMM LeadPorte Global Contact Prospecting

Email address compiler Every Market Media (EMM) announced the “early access launch” of its B2B list tool LeadPorte. The Build a List service provides access to 55 million US and 7 million international contacts. All of the records have emails and a subset have direct dials. The service, which is nearing the end of its beta period, has already delivered 7,500 counts and over 2,000 CSV file downloads to over a dozen beta customers.

Users have access to global company and contact screening via standard filter variables such as job function, job level, SICs, size, location, domain, and title keyword search. Advanced features include deployed technologies; email, domain, and past download suppression lists; SOHO business suppression; and maximum downloads per company, domain, or website.

Leads are ranked by quality with the option to filter leads by quality strata:

Leadporte quality strata allow users to select high-quality data specific to their primary outreach channel.
Leadporte quality strata allow users to select high-quality data specific to their primary outreach channel.

When the max records per company field is selected, LeadPorte selects records based upon job level and data quality.

Max downloads combined with suppression list functionality allow outbound call centers to pull records on an as needed basis instead of pulling bulk files which quickly begin to decay.

A data rebate is in place to encourage a positive quality feedback loop. “We were having trouble getting feedback on our data outside of our OEM channel partners.” said EMM CEO Rick Holmes. “LeadPorte connects us to the feedback of the final user of our product. With hundreds of thousands of records a week being fed back to us from top telemarketing and email firms we’re improving and adding new data in a tremendous way.”

Domain and company name downloads support ABM campaigns focused on best-fit companies. According to Holmes, “Strong ABM campaign case studies often use referral outreach to other stakeholders in the business at companies that have a good fit for your product. That’s why we want to get ‘supporting cast’ contacts we can ask for referrals to the right person in the organization who makes decisions about our product. Successful organizations lever this strategy using different messaging than to a direct prospect, generally asking for a referral to the person who handles the decision.”

Company data is sourced from several companies and combined with EMM’s own data. Content is blended at the field level subject to a vendor hierarchy. A company-level data module will be available shortly.

Administrative features include a search-only restriction, the ability to pull team saved searches, and visibility into monthly data consumption.

LeadPorte is priced on a volume basis with significant discounts for large call centers. At 2,000 records per month, contacts cost $0.15 each, but fall to $0.01 at 250,000 records per month. Additional discounts are available for annual purchases. Unused records are rolled forward on annual accounts but not monthly subscriptions.

LeadPorte volume-based pricing provides significant savings for large call centers.
LeadPorte volume-based pricing provides significant savings for large call centers.

Roadmap features include their first sales enablement connector, machine learning, and social login.

While a number of tier one SalesTech vendors have been acquired this year, it is refreshing to see some of the data vendors such as EMM, HG Data, and Oceanos step into the void with cloud-based data services for sales and marketing.

Mimosas and Implosions

SalesLoft Mimosas and Implosions

Sales Acceleration vendor SalesLoft has a unique business development promotion opportunity next Monday morning in Atlanta.  They are offering a Mimosas and Implosions promo for folks who want to watch the Georgia Dome implosion from their 22nd floor outdoor patio.

They are opening their office to customers, prospects, job candidates, and partners.  So if you are in the Atlanta area and have a relationship with SalesLoft, it sounds like a great way to get to know them better.

Doors open at 7 AM and the Dome drops at 7:30. [Registration]

Nimble Prospector

The Nimble Smart Contacts App captures the Name, Email, Mobile Phone, Work Phone, Job Title, Company, Website URL, Physical Address, Facebook URL, Twitter URL, and LinkedIn URL contained within an email signature.
The Nimble Smart Contacts App captures the Name, Email, Mobile Phone, Work Phone, Job Title, Company, Website URL, Physical Address, Facebook URL, Twitter URL, and LinkedIn URL contained within an email signature.

Nimble partnered with CircleBack to add two contact maintenance features into its social sales and marketing CRM for individuals and teams.  Users can capture email signatures or take a photo of business cards to populate Nimble.  Email signatures are gathered from Gmail, Google Apps, Outlook / Exchange, and Office 365.  Furthermore, CircleBack appends missing fields such as social links, corporate addresses, and URLs which may not always be available.  It then updates the records to ensure they remain accurate.

“CircleBack’s collaboration with Nimble brings tremendous opportunity to leverage and enhance our open API ecosystem, and to enable Nimble to enrich contact information from social data in new and increasingly effective ways.” said Manoj Ramnani, CEO, CircleBack. “What makes Nimble such an incredible Social CRM is its ability to provide instant context to its users, and now through the power of our APIs, we want to empower Nimble to do it with greater precision.”

Nimble browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge allow sales reps to capture and enrich contacts while browsing the web.  Thus, a sales rep could be on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or a corporate website and add the contact record with a single click.  CircleBack then enriches the record with missing details.  What’s more, the sales rep doesn’t need to key information into Nimble or guess at email structures.

Nimble plans include 25 free lookups per user per month.  Additional contacts are priced in bundles between 20 cents (50 credits per month) and 10 cents (1,000 credits per month).  While credits are shared across the team and reasonably priced, they do not rollover.  Thus, the true per record cost is higher.

Nimble Prospector Pricing
Nimble Prospector Pricing