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How to Eliminate Competitive Battlecard Bias to Help Sales Win More Deals

chess-3325010_1920One helpful tool in an effective sales enablement playbook is battlecards, especially for when a prospect is choosing between your product and a competitor’s. All too often, companies make the mistake of filling these battlecards with points that have been collected by word of mouth. For instance, if a salesperson is on a call with a prospect and that prospect mentions something about a competitor, that may be added to the battlecard. But, how can you ensure that it’s an accurate insight, and how can other prospects confirm that you’re giving them unbiased information? Let’s take a look at how to eliminate bias and arm your sales team with the best battlecards.

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Announcing $5M in Funding & Crayon's Next Chapter: Actionable Market Intelligence for Every Employee

I’m thrilled to announce that Crayon has raised $5M in new funding in a round led by Steve Anderson at Baseline Ventures, with participation from existing investor and board member Eric Paley at Founder Collective, Maia Heymann at Converge, and notable angel investors.

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Competitive Analysis Requires Benchmarking Your Own Company

Competitive analysis should be an integral part of every business’ strategy. Earlier this year, we conducted a survey and published the 2018 State of Market Intelligence Report to uncover how businesses are analyzing their competitive landscape. It was encouraging to find that 82% of people are tracking their own company alongside their competitors. This may seem like a high percentage, but truthfully, the number should be 100% - every company should be tracking themselves alongside their competition. Let’s take a look at the value tracking yourself can bring to your competitive strategy.

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Should Product Marketing Report Into Marketing or Product?

productmarketing-1.pngProduct Marketing is a function so interconnected with multiple departments that, from company to company, it can even report into different teams altogether. Product Marketing - as its name indicates - is closely connected with both the Product and Marketing organizations. Factors like industry, company culture, and the specific leaders in the organization can play a role in where and how the team is structured. Where is the right fit and why? I turned to Marketing, Product, and C-level executives to get their take.

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